Senator Lisa Baker E-Newsletter

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In this Update:

  • Baker Joins Senate Republican Leadership Team
  • Crime Victim Access to Criminal History Information Act
  • Utilities Set to Adjust Seasonal Energy Supply Prices Dec. 1
  • Support Available for Nursing Apprenticeships
  • Pre-Application Period Begins for Traffic Signal Improvement Grants
  • National Guard Academy for At-Risk Youth Taking Applications
  • Help for Pennsylvanians Dealing with Alzheimer’s Disease

Baker Joins Senate Republican Leadership Team

As part of the new Senate Republican Caucus leadership team for the 2023-24 legislative session, today, I was appointed by Interim Senate President Pro Tempore Kim Ward to serve as the Senate Majority Caucus Administrator.

I am honored to be appointed to serve as a member of the Senate Republican Leadership team for the 2023-24 session.  Being the sole member from the northeastern portion of our state, I will have the chance to be an even stronger voice for the communities that I am privileged to represent.  I am excited about this new opportunity to help determine the General Assembly’s agenda and engage in bipartisan work to accomplish results for the people of Pennsylvania.

Crime Victim Access to Criminal History Information Act

Providing increased support for crime victims has been one of my top legislative priorities. Earlier this week, I was pleased to join Representative Aaron Kaufer, The PA District Attorneys Association, the PA Association for Justice, and other advocates, for the signing ceremony of Act 134 of 2022. This legislation, known as the Criminal History Records Information Act, allows criminal justice agencies to release investigative information for crime victims.  I am pleased that this new bill will make it easier for crime victims to obtain relevant information learned by law enforcement during the investigation of the crime, in order for crime victims to use that information in subsequent civil legal actions to recover damages for their injuries.

Utilities Set to Adjust Seasonal Energy Supply Prices Dec. 1

The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) reports that Pennsylvania electric and natural gas utilities will adjust their prices on Dec. 1 for customers who do not shop around for energy suppliers.

All regulated utility companies will adjust their “price to compare” (PTC) rates in the coming weeks, but Pennsylvania’s electricity marketplace gives consumers the option to select a different supplier to find the most competitive pricing.

The two major parts of monthly electric or natural gas bills are the delivery/distribution charge and the generation/supply charge. Consumers can shop for and contract with a competitive supplier or for consumers who do not shop, the utility provides energy supply at the PTC. The PTC averages 40% to 60% of the customer’s total utility bill and will be adjusted at the end of this month.

The PUC urges consumers currently struggling to pay monthly bills to act now and seek assistance by contacting their utilities. State assistance is also available. You can see what price increases utilities are reporting, and how to reduce energy costs, here.

Support Available for Nursing Apprenticeships

Local workforce development boards have until Nov. 30 to apply for state assistance to develop nursing apprenticeship programs in low- or moderate-income communities.

Distributed by the Department of Labor and Industry, Nursing Pathway Apprenticeship Industry Partnership grant funding will award local workforce development boards up to $260,000 to collaborate with community partners, organizations, sponsors and regional industry partnerships to register, maintain and manage nursing apprenticeship programs, as well as recruit and retain qualified health care professionals.

The initiative aims to prepare individuals for a range of nursing positions, including home health aides, certified nursing assistants, and licensed practical nurses.

Pre-Application Period Begins for Traffic Signal Improvement Grants

Green Light-Go is a competitive state grant program designed to improve the efficiency and operation of traffic signals in Pennsylvania communities, reducing congestion and increasing safety at intersections.

Prior to applying for this assistance, municipalities, counties and planning organizations must pre-apply by Dec. 23. Full applications must be submitted electronically through the DCED Single Application for Assistance between Jan. 3, 2023 and Jan. 31, 2023.

It is anticipated awards from this application round will be announced in summer 2023 and the projects must be completed by spring 2026.

National Guard Academy for At-Risk Youth Taking Applications

Applications are being accepted for youth to take part in the Pennsylvania National Guard’s Keystone State ChalleNGe Academy class beginning in January 2023. If selected, students will attend the 22-week residential phase at Fort Indiantown Gap in Annville, Lebanon County.

The academy provides a positive learning environment designed to guide at-risk teenagers in furthering their education and setting a path to a brighter future. Cadets will experience a structured and disciplined residential program built upon a military-based training model.

There is no tuition cost to attend. Meals, housing, uniforms and school supplies are provided at no charge. There is no military obligation requirement after completing the program. Find out more and apply here.    

Help for Pennsylvanians Dealing with Alzheimer’s Disease

There are an estimated 280,000 Pennsylvanians living with Alzheimer’s disease. This type of dementia is the seventh leading cause of death among all adults.

Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month is a reminder that while there is no cure for this disease, there is a wide range of support available for patients and families.  

You can find caregiver resources and information on risk reduction and other topics at the Pennsylvania Department of Health and the Alzheimer Association’s Greater PA Chapter.

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