Senator Lisa Baker E-Newsletter

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In this Update:

  • Agricultural Meeting in Susquehanna County
  • Consumer and Economic Impacts of Failing to Invest in PA’s Natural Gas Infrastructure
  • PennDOT Invites Pennsylvanians to Share Feedback on Construction, Maintenance Services
  • October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month
  • Sign Up for Election Investigation Updates Direct to Your Email

Agricultural Meeting in Susquehanna County

Last week, I co-hosted an agricultural meeting with Senator Gene Yaw. Our special guest speaker was Pennsylvania Secretary of Agriculture Russell Redding.  There are a number of pieces of legislation that we are working on that would impact farms through creation of the Clean Streams Fund, the Agriculture Conservation Assistance Program, and the Growing Greener III initiative.

Thank you to the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau for also working with me on legislation I have introduced related to the Chesapeake Bay and stormwater management and taxation of farms. We cannot allow our farms to be taxed in a disproportionate way.  We must recognize the work of farmers to help our communities both with open spaces and conservation.

I have also circulated a co-sponsorship memo to protect our historic agriculture and barns infrastructure.  We are incredibly fortunate to have beautiful historic infrastructure that we should work together to preserve across the Commonwealth.

Tuesday, October 12, is National Farmers Day, recognizing the heritage and indispensable work of the men and women behind Pennsylvania’s number-one industry.  If you want to show your appreciation for the folks who feed Pennsylvania, America and the world, you can read about a farmer or shop at a local farmers market.

Consumer and Economic Impacts of Failing to Invest in PA’s Natural Gas Infrastructure

The Senate Community, Economic & Recreational Development Committee and the Environmental Resources & Energy Committee held a joint hearing to examine the consumer and economic impacts of failing to invest in the state’s natural gas infrastructure.

The committees brought together industry experts and others to provide feedback on labor, economic development and consumer protection.

View hearing video and written testimony here.

PennDOT Invites Pennsylvanians to Share Feedback on Construction, Maintenance Services

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) is accepting construction and maintenance services feedback through an online survey. The public can take the survey through October 26 at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2021PDConstruction.

The 20-question survey asks how they receive PennDOT roadway information and how often PennDOT meets or exceeds expectations in construction and maintenance activities. Respondents are also asked about experiences with reporting concerns to the department, and whether or how they use the state’s 511PA traveler information services.

The public can check conditions on more than 40,000 roadway miles in Pennsylvania by visiting www.511pa.com. The service, which is free and available 24 hours a day, provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information, and access to more than 1,000 traffic cameras.

511PA is also available through a smartphone application for iPhone and Android devices, by calling 5-1-1, or by following regional Twitter alerts accessible on the 511PA website.  Information on projects occurring or being bid this year is viewable at www.projects.penndot.gov. Visit the “Regional Offices” page at www.penndot.gov to sign up for travel alerts in a specific area.

Subscribe to statewide PennDOT news and traffic alerts at www.penndot.gov/news or choose a region under “Regional Offices.” Information about the state’s infrastructure and results the department is delivering for Pennsylvanians can be found at www.penndot.gov/results. Find PennDOT’s planned and active construction projects at www.projects.penndot.gov.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

About one in eight U.S. women will develop invasive breast cancer during her lifetime. Breast Cancer Awareness Month is a good time to learn about breast cancer risk and how to lower it.

In an effort to highlight this deadly disease and the steps that can be taken to be proactive against it, the Capitol fountain was again turned pink for the month of October. Women who have lost income or health insurance because of COVID-19 may qualify for free breast screening and diagnostic services. Learn more here.

To help combat this deadly disease, the legislature passed a new law to give Pennsylvania residents renewing their vehicle registration or driver’s license an option to donate to the Pennsylvania Breast Cancer Coalition.

Far too many of our mothers, sisters, daughters and friends have been faced with the challenge of breast cancer. I’m honored to come together with the women who are brave survivors/thrivers and their families, and hopefully someday prevent future generations of women from being impacted by this disease.  About one in eight U.S. women will develop invasive breast cancer during her lifetime. Breast Cancer Awareness Month is a good time to learn about breast cancer risk and how to lower it.

To help combat this deadly disease, the legislature passed a new law to give Pennsylvania residents renewing their vehicle registration or driver’s license an option to donate to the Pennsylvania Breast Cancer Coalition.

Sign Up for Election Investigation Updates Direct to Your Email

With many constituents seeking clarification about the Senate Election Investigation, I wanted to make you aware of a new resource available from the Intergovernmental Operations Committee.  In an effort to be transparent, the committee will send regular email updates directly to you so you can stay up-to-date with every step of the investigation.

If you are interested in receiving relevant updates on the status of the investigation delivered directly to you inbox, you may sign up for “Inside the Election Investigation” here.

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