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Senator Boscola’s Vehicle Ice Removal Bill Set for Full Senate Vote

Snow RemovalThis week, the state Senate Appropriations Committee unanimously approved legislation that would require drivers to remove ice and snow from their vehicles within 24 hours following heavy storms.

Following the committee nod, this bill now goes to the full Senate for consideration.

Named “Christine’s Law,” Senate Bill 114 would help prevent tragedies like the one that befell Christine Lambert of Palmer Township, Northampton County, in 2005. She died when a large piece of ice dislodged from a truck heading in the opposite direction and crashed through her windshield. As you may know, I have been fighting to pass this snow and ice legislation ever since. This bill would help prevent injury and death on our roadways. It would also emphasize safety and responsibility – building public awareness so that more people are vigilant about clearing snow and ice from their vehicles.

InterviewThis proposal, if passed, would strengthen the existing law by deterring drivers and preventing tragedies before they happen. The current law only penalizes a driver when serious bodily harm occurs from a snow or ice projectile. Christine’s Law would be more proactive, giving police officers discretion to pull over a vehicle where the buildup of ice or snow poses a potential hazard.

Last session, Senate Bill 435 unanimously passed the Senate but was not taken up in the House of Representatives prior to session concluding last November. This week’s Appropriations Committee support follows a unanimous June vote in the Senate Transportation Committee. This bill is now positioned for a final Senate vote – giving the state House of Representatives plenty of time to review and act on this bill before the legislative session wraps up late next year.

4th Annual Bipartisan Bicameral Charity Softball Game to Fight Pennsylvania Hunger

All-star Game

Hunger and food insecurity continue to plague Pennsylvania. Today, 1.6 million Pennsylvanians struggle with hunger — more than 482,000 are children. We need to do better, PA! 

All-star gameMembers from both sides of the aisle met at beautiful FNB Field on City Island in Harrisburg to hit a home run against hunger! Two teams started this game – the Yinz vs. the Youse – the Youse were victorious in upsetting the Yinzers & snapping their 3-year winning streak!

I would like to take this opportunity to personally thank @MajesticOnField & @Fanatics for their generous donation of the amazing jerseys for the game & joining us in the fight to combat hunger across this great Commonwealth!

E-Verify Supported by Many Unions & Only Applies to Newly Hired Employees

E-VerifyIn the past few weeks, my office has been contacted by a number of unions including Pennsylvania State Building and Construction Trades Council (AFL-CIO), General Contractors Association of Pennsylvania National Electrical Contractors Association (Penn-Del-Jersey Chapter) (Western PA Chapter), Laborers’ International Union of North America lending their support of House Bill 1170

HB 1170 would create the Construction Industry Employee Verification Act and would require employers in the construction industry to utilize the E-Verify program for new hires, ultimately prohibiting them from knowingly employing an unauthorized employee.  This Legislation would require employers in the construction industry to use the federal E-Verify system to ensure that their employees don’t include individuals not authorized to work in the United States and prohibit those employers from hiring an unauthorized employee.
I’m glad to say that early this week, HB 1170 passed the Senate with near unanimous, bi-partisan support.  After achieving overwhelming support and adoption by both the House and Senate, the bill now heads to Governor Tom Wolf for his endorsement and official enactment into law.

According to those in support of E-Verify & HB 1170, the current system only requires employees to submit documents that can be easily faked, and it requires employers to check the right box in the 1-9 form to confirm that the proper type of fake documents were provided. Employers who know that workers are illegal face no legal consequences as long as the 1-9 was properly filled out. By contrast, the E-Verify system is highly accurate. This system produces confirmed results 98.91% of the time & of the unconfirmed instances, only .38% end up being unresolved or contested. The system also is not burdensome. An employer only needs a computer and internet access to operate it.

Around the Capitol…

Dr. Ric Baxter’s ‘Just Don’t Wait’ Tour – Just Keep Moving!

I was so excited to welcome Dr. Ric Baxter, a national leader in Hospice and Palliative Care from St. Luke’s University Hospital, to the Capitol as he made a stop on his journey across the Commonwealth to raise awareness of end-of-life care.  He left the Lehigh Valley and is journeying west, visiting more than a dozen locations including hospice houses, hospitals, and medical schools, where he is sharing words of inspiration and insights from his decades of experience providing end-of-life treatment. He is a tremendous man with an enormous heart – thank you for sharing your mission with all of us this week!

Dr. Baxter "invites" you to join him to support and celebrate Hospice and Palliative Care.

“People come to the end of their lives in ways that reflect who they are and how they have lived – following the story of themselves. Death is frequently sad, occasionally angry, sometimes chaotic, sometimes joyful but always personal and unique. In many ways, Palliative Care and Hospice are the most intimate of the caring professions. We are invited to be with people at their most vulnerable moments – to bear witness to unique individuals and their life stories and to walk a journey between life and death. We are called to bring our whole selves into another’s suffering and not turn away. While death may be scary, and certainly the grief over loss and the concern over suffering are very real and often overwhelming, Hospice should not be scary.

lmost everyone who has utilized Hospice services has not only benefited, but had very positive experiences – it is just getting there that is hard. Don’t Wait! "I’ll think about it when I really need it, when I’m dying"…Don’t Wait. Hospice can help you to focus on living as well as possible, until you die and help "families" celebrate a life. In celebrating that life, we all have the opportunity to find joy and celebrate our own lives. Don’t Wait.”

Mae Krier “Rosie the Riveter” visits the Pennsylvania Capitol

Senator Lisa Boscola, Senator Robert Tomlinson, Mae Krier

Mae Krier “Rosie the Riveter” visits the Pennsylvania CapitolWhat a surprise it was this week in Harrisburg to meet Ms. Anna Mae Krier – one of the youngest of the original Rosie the Riveters! She was hired by Boeing in Seattle, WA, to work as a riveter building B-17 and B-25 bombers during World War II.   For the past 20 years, Mae has worked tirelessly to educate the public about the role women played on the Home Front during WWII. 

Mae's mission is to ensure that the Rosie's legacy continues to inspire future generations, especially young women who are competing for careers in today's high-tech economy.   This woman is a true inspiration to all – young & old.  Thank you, Mae, for paving the way for all of us – we are forever indebted to you & your fellow ‘Rosies’.

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