Jun. 17, 2024

Capitol Report
The latest news from the State Capitol
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Upcoming District Events

Thursday, July 11 – District Office Open House
Saturday, July 20 – Hard to Read License Plate Event
Thursday, July 23 – Java with Jeff (Details coming soon!)
Saturday, August 10 - Hard to Read License Plate Event
Friday, September 6 – Senior Expo
Thursday, September 12 – Concealed Carry Seminar
Harrisburg Happenings

As the newest member on the Game and Fisheries committee, I took a ride on the wild side in Harrisburg! Zoo Day is an awesome opportunity to learn about Pennsylvania’s conservation efforts.

Great discussion during the Children and Youth Committee Meeting. I look forward to serving on this committee with my colleagues.
Education Funding Plan Lacks Accountability, Hurts Choice Options

The state House narrowly passed an education funding plan this week that falls well short of providing the transformational change needed to boost classroom success for all students.

Introduced in response to last year’s ruling by Commonwealth Court that our education funding system is unconstitutional, the proposal would place a massive burden on taxpayers while providing no accountability and no meaningful measures of success in a system that has received increased funding year after year, but continually produces declining test scores and students unprepared to further their education or begin careers.

House Bill 23702370 also does a disservice to students who need alternative educational opportunities by significantly cutting funding to Pennsylvania’s cyber charter schools, which currently educate more than 65,000 students in the Commonwealth. You can read my press statement here.

The measure now goes to the Senate for consideration.
Bill to Require Coverage of Biomarker Testing Passes House

Legislation that would lead to better, more effective treatment of diseases like cancer and ALS passed the state House this week and is now pending consideration by the Senate.

House Bill 1754 would require insurance coverage of biomarker testing by both commercial insurance and government-sponsored plans, subject to federal approval.

Biomarker testing may be used for the purposes of diagnosis, treatment, appropriate
management, or ongoing monitoring of an insured or enrollee’s disease or condition to
guide treatment decisions for the covered person.
Juneteenth National Freedom Day

This Wednesday, June 19, is Juneteenth National Freedom Day. Considered the longest-running African American holiday, Juneteenth commemorates June 19, 1865, when union soldiers reached Galveston, Texas – the furthest point in the south – with news of the end of the Civil War, which had occurred two months earlier with the surrender of Confederate General Robert E. Lee in Virginia.

The troops’ arrival also came two and a half years after President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation, freeing all slaves and ending slavery in the United States. Learn more about the history of Juneteenth here.
Driver License Centers Closed for Juneteenth

All PennDOT driver license and photo centers, including the Riverfront Office Center in Harrisburg, will be closed Wednesday, June 19, in observance of Juneteenth National Freedom Day.

Customers may still obtain a variety of driver and vehicle products and services, including all forms, publications and driver training manuals, online through PennDOT's Driver and Vehicle Services website, www.dmv.pa.gov.
Don’t Let Ticks Ruin Your Summer!

School is out, and the summer season officially kicks off June 20. As you head outside to enjoy all the activities Pennsylvania has to offer, be sure to take extra steps to protect yourself and your loved ones against ticks and associated illnesses such as Lyme Disease. Here are a few tips to keep in mind!