Update from Harrisburg
PennDOT Road Tour
Senator Santarsiero with Representative Wendy Ullman (D-143), Doylestown Township officials, and a PennDOT representative at the Limekiln Road bridge
Recently, I conducted a road tour with local and state officials, and representatives from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) to highlight some of the roads and bridges throughout the district in need of repair.
Beginning at the Limekiln Road bridge in Doylestown Township and ending on Business Route 1 in Falls Township, we toured along Route 202 in Doylestown, Buckingham, and Solebury Townships, Route 32 in Yardley, the Edgewood Road bridge and Big Oak Road in Lower Makefield Township, the North Pennsylvania/ Union Street bridge in Morrisville Borough, and Route 13 in Morrisville Borough and Falls Township.
In particular, the Limekiln Road bridge is a crucial project, as its poor condition has forced the Doylestown Fire Company to use detoured routes, which can make all the difference in an emergency, as President Jay Fetterolf discussed at the site. I look forward to seeing these vital projects progress.
You can watch highlights of the tour by visiting my district website at www.senatorstevesantarsiero.com/video.
College Financial Planning Seminar at PHS East
Senator Santarsiero with Representative John Galloway (D-140), and representatives from the PA Treasury Department, PHEAA, and American College Admissions
At Pennsbury High School East in Fairless Hills, I was joined by Representative John Galloway (D-140), David Dominick of the Pennsylvania Treasury Department, Fran McKeown of Pennsylvania Student Financial Aid (PHEAA), and Francine Block from the Pennsylvania Association for College Admission Counseling for the first of two College Financial Planning Seminars I’m hosting this month.
Having three children, two currently enrolled in college, I know the experience can often be frustrating and overwhelming. That is why it was my pleasure to join our panel in providing insightful tips and strategies on how to better navigate the college planning process.
If you missed this seminar, I will be hosting another at Central Bucks High School West on Thursday, September 26th from 7:00 to 9:00 pm.
18th Anniversary of 9/11
Senator Santarsiero speaking at the Garden of Reflection 9/11 Memorial in Lower Makefield
Eighteen years ago, our nation was changed forever. At the Garden of Reflection 9/11 Memorial in Lower Makefield, we came together to honor the 2,977 lives lost, including 18 who called Bucks County home.
Michael A. Bane * Lorraine Bay * James P. Berger * Jeffrey M. Chairnoff * Peter Chirchirillo * William R. Godshalk * Donald G. Havlish, Jr. * Donald W. Jones * William H. Kelly, Jr. * Joseph Lostrangio * Louis Nacke * Joshua Reiss * John Michael Rodak * Victor Saracini * Larry Senko * Barbara A. Shaw * William Steiner * Sandra Wright
Out of darkness, light.
Addressing Pay Inequity
Thank you to Time's Up for hosting a powerful evening of conversation on the very real issue of pay inequity in Pennsylvania and to the National Women's Soccer League, Women's Law Project, and The United State of Women for being such vocal advocates.
Women in Pennsylvania earn 79 cents for every dollar paid to men, amounting to a gap of over $10,000 a year. The gender wage gap is the result of many factors, including occupational segregation, bias against working mothers, and direct pay discrimination. When it comes to doing what's right and ensuring economic independence for half the population, we have to say #TimesUpPayUp.
In search of solutions, my sponsored legislation, SB 721, and the companion bill in the House, HB 850, were held up as prime examples of how Pennsylvania could put an end to pay inequity for good. These bills would modernize Pennsylvania's antiquated Equal Pay Law, which was passed in 1959.
Honoring PFC John Rivers
The community came together to honor Private First Class John Rivers of the United States Marine Corps, who died in battle during World War II defending the democratic ideals we hold most dear. We dedicated a portion of Route 563 in Quakertown in his name to honor a local hero and remember the ultimate sacrifice he made in service to our nation.
CDC Investigation on Vaping
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), state and local health departments, and other clinical and public health partners are investigating a multi-state outbreak of severe pulmonary disease associated with the use of e-cigarette products (devices, liquids, refill pods, and/or cartridges). Officials say it is too early to pinpoint the exact cause of the illness, investigators are looking into vitamin E acetate as a possible link between patients who were hospitalized, although it remains unclear if the acetate was inhaled while using e-cigarette products designed for THC, the psychoactive compound in marijuana.
As of September 6, 2019, over 450 possible cases of lung illness associated with the use of e-cigarette products have been reported to CDC from 33 states, including Pennsylvania, with six reported deaths. The number of cases is likely to change frequently.
In a 2018 survey by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, almost a quarter of teens reported vaping within the past month. This is double the rate that was reported in 2017. Although e-cigarettes are often marketed as a safe alternative to smoking or as a method to weaning smokers off traditional cigarettes, a study by the Journal of the American Medical Association found that those who vape between the ages of 12 and 17 are two times as likely to become tobacco smokers over the next year.
The FDA recommends avoiding products containing THC and the CDC recommends avoiding e-cigarettes altogether. To learn more about the ongoing investigation, visit the CDC website.
Addiction Prevention and Recovery Open House
Monday, September 16th
5:00 - 8:00 PM
William Penn Middle School
1524 Derbyshire Road, Yardley, PA 19067
College Financial Planning Seminar
Thursday, September 26th
7:00 - 9:00 PM
Central Bucks West High School
375 West Court Street, Doylestown, PA 18901
Shredding & Donation Event
Saturday, October 5th
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Pennsbury High School West
608 South Olds Boulevard, Fairless Hills, PA 19030
Saturday, October 19th
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Morrisville High School
550 West Palmer Street, Morrisville, PA 19067
Telephone Town Hall
Tuesday, October 22nd
For more information, call (215) 497-9490 or (215) 489-5000.
Friday, November 15
10 AM - 12 PM
Central Bucks Senior Center
700 North Shady Retreat Road, Doylestown, PA 18901
Thursday, November 21st
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Pennridge Community Center
146 East Main Street, Perkasie, PA 18944
To RSVP or learn more information about these events, contact Nancy Adam at firstname.lastname@example.org, by phone at (215) 489-5000, or visit my website, SenatorSteveSantarsiero.com/events.
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