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Thanks to All Tele-town Hall Participants
A special thanks goes out to all of the community residents who took the time to participate in my most recent telephone town hall on Tuesday night. These events always generate a great discussion about what is happening in local communities and in Harrisburg, and I appreciated the chance to give an update on many of these topics.
If you missed this event, audio of the meeting will be available here soon. In addition, the town hall was broadcast on Facebook Live. You can check out the video on my Facebook page here.
Check back to my website at www.senatorbartolotta.com for the next town hall event!
Legislative Update: Fire/EMS, Cancer Screening and Coverage Bills Move Forward
The Senate approved several bills of note this week, including two bills to address the financial and personnel challenges of fire and EMS companies, and two measures to help cancer patients access potentially lifesaving drugs and require insurers to cover supplemental screenings for women at high risk for breast cancer.
Senate Bills 908 and 910 would expand the Volunteer Fire Company, Ambulance Service and Rescue Squad Assistance program and the Fire Company and Emergency Medical Service Grant Program.
House Bill 427 sets health insurance coverage requirements for stage four, advanced metastatic cancer. Senate Bill 595 provides for insurance coverage for breast density screenings.
Other bills approved by the Senate this week include:
It was an honor recently to be sworn into the Pennsylvania Wing of the Legislative Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol by Major Adam Springmeyer.
New Location, Hours Set for Beaver County Satellite Office
In order to better meet the needs of constituents, I recently changed the location and availability of my satellite office in Beaver County. Beginning in February, my new satellite office will be at the B.F. Jones Memorial Library, located at 663 Franklin Avenue in Aliquippa. The office will be open every Monday from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.
The Hopewell Township office, which was previously available one day per month, will no longer be open. I encourage community residents to stop by the new satellite office if my staff or I can assist you with any questions or concerns pertaining to state government.
Committee Explores Creation of Family and Medical Leave Insurance Program
As chair of the Senate Labor and Industry Committee, I recently held an informational hearing on a proposal to create a Family and Medical Leave Insurance Program for Pennsylvania workers. The hearing offered an opportunity for lawmakers to gather input from stakeholders on both sides of the issue, weigh the pros and cons of this proposal and identify concerns that could be addressed regarding the bill in the future.
Video of the hearing is below. Written testimony submitted for the hearing is available here.
State Grants, Loans Support Career Readiness, Dairy Farms and More
In recent weeks, several state grants have been awarded to address a variety of different priorities in local communities, ranging from career training to fire and emergency medical services. Below is a brief overview of these awards and how they will benefit our area:
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