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Senator Killion Continues to Combat the Opioid Crisis in Pennsylvania with New Legislation
On Wednesday, September 28, 2016, I was given the duty of escorting Governor Tom Wolf to the Joint Session on the Opioid Crisis. We must collectively do more to address the rise in opioid abuse impacting our communities.
We need to have people properly trained in the areas of pain management and prescribing practices. Our response to the heroin and opioid epidemic continues to evolve. As such, we need to evolve our curricula being taught in our medical schools. Training in certain areas, such as pain management, is a pivotal first step.
This week I was also proud to have been the prime sponsor of SB 1368, which would require licensing boards, beginning August 1, 2017 by joint regulation, to implement a curriculum for the safe prescription of a controlled substance containing an opioid.
The curriculum would include all of the following:
This is one step forward in helping end this tragic epidemic in Pennsylvania.
Senator Killion to Sponsor Growing Greener III
On Wednesday announced that I will sponsor Growing Greener III legislation, along with co-sponsors Senator Richard Alloway (R-Franklin) and Senator Chuck McIlhinney (R-Bucks). The proposal will provide $315 million in annual investments for environmental conservation, recreation, and preservation projects across the Commonwealth.
The Growing Greener legacy programs have been hugely responsible for improving the quality of life for hundreds of thousands of Pennsylvanians and protecting our environment. I am hopeful to make sure Growing Greener programs are strong and vibrant long into the future.
Senate Bill 1374 will represent the recently unveiled Growing Greener III blue print of environmental needs compiled by the Growing Greener Coalition. The Coalition is composed of more than 200 members and organizations from across the state. Its mission is to enhance the health and economic well-being of communities across the Commonwealth by advocating for funding to conserve, protect and restore land, water and wildlife, to preserve farms and historic places, and to provide well-managed parks and recreational areas throughout the state.
This legislation represents the first step in the process—identifying the need and establishing the commitment to support these critical environmental and quality of life programs. Identifying sustainable funding sources will be the next step in the process that will be achieved through other legislative proposals and negotiations with the administration and all legislative chambers.
Since its inception in 1999, Pennsylvania’s nationally recognized Growing Greener program has funded hundreds of local parks and trail projects; conserved more than 50,000 acres of threatened open space; protected more than 33,500 acres of family farmland; repaired more than 1,600 acres of abandoned mine land; and restored hundreds of miles of streams and waterways.
I look forward to working with the Growing Greener Coalition and all its partners to ensure the long term vitality of Growing Greener and the Environmental Stewardship Fund in Pennsylvania.
2016 Pennsylvania Student Aid Guide
The 2016 Pennsylvania Student Aid Guide is now available online. This publication is free to the public and is a complete roadmap to help students and families navigate the financial aid process. I encourage all families to take a look at this helpful resource.
The guide is available at PHEAA.org and includes
Property Tax and Rent Rebate Deadline
Pennsylvania extended its deadline from June 30, 2016 until December 31, 2016 for the Property Tax and Rent Rebate Program for eligible Pennsylvanians, and issued a reminder that free application assistance is available through local Area Agencies on Aging, Senior Centers and PA Department of Revenue district offices.
Age, income and disability are critical eligibility factors. First time filers will need photocopies of documents providing proof of age, a spouse’s death certificate if widowed, and proof of permanent disability, if applicable.
Obtain the Property Tax and Rent Rebate Program application online or by mail or call 1-888-PATAXES. Questions may be answered by the Online Customer Service Center. If you have already applied and 8 to 10 weeks have lapsed since filing, contact the PA Department of Revenue for a status report on your rebate.
Senator Killion a Proud Supporter of Libre’s Law
Upcoming Events Hosted By Senator Killion
CoStars Workshops for Small Business Owners to Be Held in October
I am joining with Senator Tom McGarrigle (R-26) to sponsor two COSTARS Workshops on Thursday, October 6, 2016. The first workshop will be at 10 a.m. and will be hosted by the Chester County Chamber of Business and Industry, located at 1600 Paoli Pike in Malvern. A second event at 1:30 p.m. will be held at the Delaware County Chamber of Commerce, located at 1001 Baltimore Pike, Suite 9 LL (lower level) in Springfield.
To register to attend, please call the Harrisburg Office at 717-787-4712 or toll free at 1-888-984-3478. You may also register online at www.SenatorKillion.com. Registrations will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis.
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