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Urging the Passage of Lifesaving AED Legislation

This week, I was joined by advocates in hosting a press conference to urge the passage of my bill, Senate Bill 375. The legislation would require schools to have an automatic external defibrillator (AED) present at all school-sponsored events, athletic events, and practices. An AED is a portable medical device that delivers a shock to the heart through the chest wall to restore normal heart rhythm and is used for victims of sudden cardiac arrest.

Since my time in the House of Representatives, I have been advocating to increase access to AEDs. I was led to spearhead this legislation in honor of my constituents, John and Rachel Moyer, who tragically lost their son, Greg, at 15 years old.

Senate Bill 375 passed out of the Senate Education Committee and is now awaiting full Senate consideration. View the full press release here

This Week in Harrisburg

This week, the Senate passed House Bill 27, to more effectively keep Pennsylvania children safe at school by streamlining and increasing school safety measures. This bill would consolidate school safety programs and operations under the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD) and create a new Executive Committee under PCCD to review school safety issues and to identify current and emerging trends.

This bill will ensure schools and counties can develop best practices for emergency response by developing a safe schools collaborative, release $100 million that was included in the 2023-24 state budget for K-12 mental health programs and provide greater flexibility for school districts experiencing shortages of substitute teachers.

Also this week, the Senate passed Senate Bill 224, which would give Pennsylvania voters a significant say in the presidential elections by moving up the primary election date. In many presidential elections, the outcome is largely decided before Pennsylvania voters have a chance to cast a ballot. Moving up the spring election date gives voters in the fifth-largest state a better chance of weighing in on the presidential primary.

Currently, the primary takes place on the fourth Tuesday of April. This bill would move the primary to the third Tuesday in March, making the next presidential primary election date March 19, 2024. The change would also prevent a conflict with Passover, during which observant Jewish Pennsylvanians are prohibited from writing, driving, or using electricity.

Out and About Listening to You

TOP LEFT: Last week, I attended the National POW/MIA Recognition Day, remembering nearly 82,000 of our military that are Prisoners of War of Missing in Actions. Their sacrifice is not forgotten. Thank you to the Pocono Chamber of the Vietnam Veterans of America for holding this ceremony.

TOP RIGHT: This weekend, I attended a Women in the Military event hosted by the Women’s Veteran Museum. Special thank you to US Army Sergeant Major Claudette Williams and her team who have develop this wonderful Women Veteran’s Museum in Mount Pocono.

BOTTOM: Congratulations to our newest Eagle Scouts! Michael Tuin (left) and Nathan Fritz (right) – wishing them years of continued success and fulfillment.


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