Senate Puts “Farming First” In Pennsylvania
The Senate recently passed legislation to help Pennsylvania agricultural operations remain competitive and profitable for current and future generations of farmers.
The “Farming First” package is designed to build on the longstanding efforts of Senate Republicans to support Pennsylvania’s farm families and maintain agriculture’s status as the state’s top industry and includes:
Recognizing Summer Camps
Members of the Pennsylvania Camps Association were in Harrisburg to advocate for their members and to be recognized during Senate session. Sen. Baker introduced a resolution marking May as Summer Camps Month in the state. Pictured, from left, are: Rep. Mike Peifer; Mark Major, with International Sports Training Camp; Mark Zides, with Camp Towanda; Rep. Jonathan Fritz; Sen. Lisa Baker; Lily Stoltz, from Island Lake Camp; Sen. Mario Scavello; Matt Stoltz, from Island Lake Camp; Bruce Lipton, from Camp Ramah; Esther Katz, from Camp Shoshanim; and Matt Miller, from Camp Towanda.
Lead exposure is not an accident of nature. It is a problem of our making. The Centers for Disease Control have determined no level of lead in the blood is safe. Our state Department of Health says the risk is all around, which is an alarming finding that probably caught most people off-guard.
The Advisory Committee and Task Force on Lead Exposure recently issued a report, and the legislative members of the panel – Sens. Wayne Fontana, Judy Schwank, Pat Stefano, Gene Yaw, and John Yudichak – worked together to introduce legislation.
We have known for a while now how debilitating lead exposure is to the health and development of children. Recent revelations of lead tainted water in schools and homes have raised additional alarms. There is an obligation to have every child tested, in order to find out who has been affected, to monitor and treat those who have, and to locate the source of contamination so preventative measures can be taken, which is why I am partnering with Sen. John Yudichak to require universal blood testing for children. SB 312 has been referred to the Senate Health and Human Services Committee.
Other recommendations to be addressed include:
The Advisory Committee and Task Force on Lead Exposure was formed after SR 33 was approved in 2017. The Joint State Government Commission released the report in April and is available online at http://jsg.legis.state.pa.us/
Memorial Day is a chance to remember and to honor those who gave their lives so we can enjoy abundant freedom. We salute them, and pay tribute to them, and memorialize them, today, tomorrow, and for as long as there is a free and great America.