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In this Update:

  • Happy Independence Day
  • District of Character
  • Work Continues on a New State Budget
  • Senate Works to Reunite Missing Children with Their Families
  • Around the 40th District

Happy Independence Day

This Fourth of July marks 247 years since the 13 American colonies signed the Declaration of Independence in Philadelphia to break free from British rule. As we pause to celebrate the birth of our nation, let us take a moment to remember the men and women who sacrificed so much to create this country.

Have a safe and happy July Fourth!

District of Character

Work Continues on a New State Budget

This week, our work continues to complete a state budget for the 2023-24 fiscal year. Budget priorities include:

  • Supporting family-sustaining, good-paying jobs.
  • Lowering energy costs.
  • Avoiding tax increases.
  • Providing education opportunities to all children.
  • Helping seniors with rising costs.
  • Improving roads and bridges.

Passing a state budget is one of the largest responsibilities as a legislator – and something I take very seriously. The Senate is focused on putting the right plan in place for PA families and taxpayers and ensuring that it is sustainable for this year and in the future.

Senate Works to Reunite Missing Children with Their Families

The Senate approved the Child Reunification Act to provide parents and law enforcement with a new tool to help identify and return missing children.

Senate Bill 460 would provide parents and guardians with free identification kits that include fingerprinting materials, DNA collection swabs and other information to help identify the child in case of an emergency.

The bill would require school districts to distribute the kits to all first graders at no cost to parents. To protect the personal information of children and families, the information would be stored securely by parents and would not be entered into any state or national database.

Around the 40th District

Recognizing these incredible athletes – the Mid Valley Girls Softball who attained the PIAA State Title! Rep. Kyle Mullins, Senator Marty Flynn and I presented the school and the girls with well-deserved Senate and House citations to document this momentous accomplishment. Amazing work by the athletes, coaches, families, and supporters! Congratulations!

Congratulations Timbers Terrace on your grand opening today! Located on Rt 715 in Reeders (off the Tannersville Exit off Rt. 80). Timbers Terrace is an extension of the Timbers Pub & Grill and is a beautiful new outside pavilion with gorgeous landscaping, indoor and outdoor seating, food, drink and music.

Recognizing Barbara Keiser for her years of dedication as President of the League of Women Voters in Monroe County. Kristine from my office attended their annual meeting and recognition for her service.

Earlier this week, NEPA Alliance and NeighborhoodWorks hosted a press conference to highlight the incredible work of their revitalization project in Scranton. Doug from my office attended on my behalf.

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