Mar. 22, 2019

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Setting Up Students for Career Success
Working to ensure Pennsylvania students have a diverse array of career paths from which to choose, the state House overwhelmingly approved a bipartisan package of bills designed to boost career and technical education (CTE) at schools across the Commonwealth.

The initiatives are a cornerstone of the House Republican Caucus’ #GoodJobs4PA initiative aimed at ensuring all Pennsylvanians have access to good-paying jobs and careers.

To help students plot their path to success, there are bills that would allow technical schools to recruit students like colleges do; make it easier for students to see where credits transfer; create a database of workforce development programs at secondary and post-secondary institutions; create an online career resource center; and allow students who complete classes in STEM education to apply the credits to a course through a vocational-technical school, technical institution or vocational school.

The package is also aimed at improving business and education partnerships by creating a CTE investment incentive program, requiring CTE programs to establish advisory committees and having at least once administrator from a CTE center on each of the state’s Workforce Development Boards.

The bills now go to the Senate for consideration.

Learn more about #GoodJobs4PA here.


Student Art Open House Showcases Work of Local Students
   
It was a pleasure to host our annual Student Art Open House at the district office in Sunbury, which was sponsored by Service 1st Federal Credit Union. The event featured some very creative pieces of art by students from local schools and art centers in Northumberland and Snyder counties. We were very proud to put these students’ talents and skills on display!

If you missed the Art Open House you can stop by our Sunbury office to see the artwork on display during office hours.

   

                                   

Legislation to End Taxpayer-Funded Pensions for Convicted Public Officials
The House this week gave overwhelming approval to a bill that would ensure public officials or employees who commit felony crimes related to their jobs will not collect a taxpayer-funded pension.

Senate Bill 113 would expand the types of convictions that require officials or employees to forfeit their pensions to include any felony conviction, guilty plea or no contest plea related to an official’s job.

The measure would also put a stop to the practice of a person pleading guilty to lesser crimes to avoid losing their pension and close several other loopholes that have been exploited by officials to continue to collect pensions from the state after breaking the law and violating the public trust.

The bill is now on its way to the governor for his signature.
 

Protecting Workers’ Free Speech Rights
In light of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision that public employees cannot be required to pay money to a union, the House could soon consider a bill to ensure public sector employees are notified of their rights under the First Amendment and state law.

House Bill 785, which was approved by the House Labor and Industry Committee this week, would require public employers to notify their employees who are not union members annually that they are not required to pay any money to the union unless they agree to do so.

The bill would also require public employers to inform job applicants of their right to choose whether or not to join the union – and of their First Amendment right to not pay any funds to an organization they did not consent to support.

The bill is currently awaiting consideration by the full House.
 

Penn State Students Visit the Capital

 
This week, I met with Penn State University students for Penn State Capital Day to discuss topics including education, careers, financial aid and the impact the university has on the Commonwealth. I admire the enthusiasm these students have for learning and helping their fellow classmates succeed!
                                     

State Needs Volunteers for Statewide Spring Cleanup, Beautification Effort
 
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) and Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) are seeking volunteers for this year's Great American Cleanup of Pennsylvania, a campaign of statewide community cleanup activities that runs through May 31. Groups participating in PennDOT's Adopt-A-Highway (AAH) program, which involves volunteers cleaning roadsides year-round, are also encouraged to take part in the campaign.

PennDOT has created a comprehensive webpage that includes all volunteer opportunities available, from the Great American Cleanup of Pa and Adopt-A-Highway to Safety Training, Litter Brigades and more. Find it at PennDOT.gov, Roadside Beautification.
 

DEP Starts Statewide Surveillance of Ticks
The Department of Environmental Protection is beginning a five-year environmental surveillance of ticks to assess the risk of tickborne illnesses across Pennsylvania.

The study is taking place in every county in Pennsylvania to track ticks’ habitats, life stages and peak activity levels and to test them for human pathogenic diseases.

The surveillance will focus on collecting three tick species: the blacklegged tick in its immature nymphal stage, when it most often infects humans with Lyme disease, as well as human babesiosis and human granulocytic anaplasmosis; the adult American dog (Dermacentor variabilis) tick, which transmits Rocky Mountain spotted fever and tularemia; and the adult lone star (Amblyomma americanum) tick, which transmits ehrlichiosis and tularemia.

The project is being funded through the Department of Health.
 

Lots of New License Plate Options for PA Veterans
PennDOT is adding several new license plates to its collection honoring veterans and their service to our country. Plate options include Honoring Our Women Veterans, plates recognizing badges and medals, plates recognizing wounded veterans and more. For more information about license plates for veterans and applying for these plates, click here.
 

Congratulations to New Eagle Scout Kerry Bingeman
This week, Rep. Fred Keller and I attended a special ceremony for local Boy Scout Kerry Bingeman. I was thrilled to attend Kerry’s court of honor ceremony and present him with an official citation from the Pennsylvania House of Representatives for attaining the rank of Eagle Scout, which is the highest achievement that can be reached by a Boy Scout.

 
From left to right are Snyder County Commissioners Joe Kantz and Peggy Chamberlain Roup, Kerry Bingeman, myself and Rep. Fred Keller.
 

Have an Issue or Concern?
If you are a resident of the 108th district and need assistance with a state agency, please feel free to contact my Sunbury office at 570-286-5885 or toll free at 1-800-924-9060. One of my staff members will be more than happy to assist you.
 

Stay in Touch with Me on Social Media
You can stay up to date on my latest news and activities by visiting my House website, lyndaculver.com, or my official Facebook page. You can watch my House floor speeches and press interviews at my YouTube channel HERE.
   
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