Update from Harrisburg
With budget season beginning, I wanted to highlight some of the work I’ve done as a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee. The committee, which began public budget hearings in February, allows members to hear from the heads of various state agencies and ask questions ranging from budget needs to operational and long-term planning issues.
|During budget hearings, Senator Santarsiero met with leadership from the Pennsylvania State Police to discuss background checks.
The final budget passed by Governor Wolf and the General Assembly should reflect the shared values and aspirations of this great commonwealth. Whether it be funding for the State System of Higher Education or ensuring the state background check system is being properly implemented, I will work to make sure our district has a voice in the budget process.
The hearings will continue to run through the first full week of March and I’ll be updating my social media platforms regularly to keep you updated.
On February 14th, 2019, the one-year anniversary of the Parkland shootings at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, I met with senate colleagues to discuss ways to prevent gun violence and introduced two bills focusing on the safe storage of firearm.
|Senator Santarsiero joins senate colleagues at La Salle University for a policy hearing on gun violence prevention.
SB 137 centers on the safe storage of a firearm when residing with a person not to possess a firearm, and SB 138 focuses on safe storage of a firearm when it is not in use. I am proud to serve as the primary sponsor on both of these pieces of legislation, which aim to keep firearms out of the hands of unauthorized users and reduce accidental shootings, suicides, homicides, and mass shootings.
|Senator Santarsiero and Representative Warren hold a press conference outside of Council Rock North High School as a call to action on passing common sense gun safety legislation.
Update from Senate District 10
Beginning October 1, 2020, Pennsylvanians will need a REAL ID-compliant driver's license, photo ID card, or another form of federally-acceptable identification (such as a valid passport or military ID) to board a domestic commercial flight or enter a federal building or military installation that requires ID.
Getting a REAL ID is optional for Pennsylvania residents and they will be available in March 2019 to Pennsylvanians who want them.
Residents may bring their REAL ID documentation into any PennDOT Driver License Center for pre-verification. Then, when REAL IDs are available in March 2019, residents can apply for their REAL ID online — no need to come back to the driver license center! To learn more about what documents you'll need to present, visit the REAL ID Document Check page.
Yardley Makefield Soccer Supporting Our Troops
Members of YMS came together for Operation Gratitude, a collection drive that creates care packages for troops. Thank you to the organizers and participants of this wonderful public service event.
|Senator Santarsiero at the Lower Makefield Community Center with YMS members during their Operation Gratitude event.
Celebrating Public Service in Levittown and Tullytown
I visited Levittown and Tullytown Fire Companies to celebrate the public service of dedicated local firefighters. At Tullytown, I presented Karen Cohen a citation from the PA Senate honoring her 15 years of service.
|Senator Santarsiero presenting Karen Cohen of Tullytown Fire Company Station 33
with her senate citation.
||Chris Rovenolt (25 years service), Jo Ann Campbell (25 years service), Senator Santarsiero, and Beth Hoagland (35 years service) at the Levittown Fire Company #1 annual banquet.
If you or someone you know is interested in working as an intern in one of my district offices, an application can be found on my website here.
February has been a busy month, so please visit the district newsroom to view additional stories, videos, and photos from across the district and the commonwealth.
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Offices of State Senator Steve Santarsiero
2003 Lower State Road
Building 100, Suite 121
Doylestown, PA 18901
3 Terry Drive
Newtown, PA 18940
184 Main Capitol Building
Senate Box 203010
Harrisburg, PA 17120-3010
Phone: (717) 787-7305
Fax: (717) 783-5962