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Senator Tom killion

Dear Friend,

I will be sending out periodic Enewsletters to keep you informed about legislative action in Harrisburg and local items of interest. I hope that you find this information useful and share it with others.

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Please do not hesitate to contact me to express your views or to receive assistance with any issue or problem pertaining to state government.

Sincerely,

Tom Killion


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:

  • Current, age-appropriate information relating to pain management.
  • Multimodal treatments for chronic pain that minimize the use of opioids.
  • Instruction on safe methods of prescribing an opioid that follow guideline-based care.
  • Identification of patients who have risk factors for developing problems with prescription of opioids.
  • Training on managing substance abuse disorders as a chronic disease.

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

  • Information on federal and state grants, scholarships, federal student loans, work-study, and other special student aid programs
  • Eligibility information, application procedures and deadlines- including new application information for 2016
  • Timelines for high school junior and seniors to help them get ready for college
  • Tips for receiving grants, scholarships and other “free” aid that does not need to be repaid
  • Career-planning resources and access to checklists, applications and forms that families will need to apply for and receive financial assistance
  • Tools to help create a student budget that estimates expenses
  • Online links to forms, research, calculators and more

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

 

I am a proud co-sponsor of and supporter of Senate Bill 1372, otherwise known as Libre's Law, that would help prevent animal cruelty in Pennsylvania. I was fortunate enough to meet the little guy this week as he visited the Pennsylvania State Capitol. A rally was held and a number of individuals and stakeholders attended in support of Senate Bill 1372.

 


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.

Senior Expo
Friday, October 21, 2016 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Penn State Brandywine 25 Yearsley Mill Road, Media, PA 19063 Please join me at this free event to learn more about state programs and services available to seniors. Free health screenings and refreshments will also be provided. More information to follow. 

Vietnam Veterans’ Commemorative Ceremony
Saturday, October 29, 2016 2:00 p.m.

This event will be held at the West Chester East High School, 450 Ellis Lane, West Chester, PA 19380. In order to attend this event and to be eligible to receive the commemorative pin, the recipient must be a United States Veteran who served on active duty in the United States Armed Forces at any time during the period of November 01, 1955 to May 15, 1975, regardless of stationing location. To fully accommodate all who wish to attend, and ensure a sufficient quantity of the commemorative pins, we ask that you register for the event by using the form below. Questions regarding the event may be directed to Courtney Eubanks in Senator Killion’s district office at 610-358-5183. Please register online at the following link http://www.senatorkillion.com/vietnam-veterans-50th/.


How We Can Help You

Here are some of the ways that my office can assist you:

  • Free notary service.
  • Assistance with preparations of Property Tax/Rent Rebate claim forms.
  • Citations from the Pennsylvania Senate for notable local accomplishments and family milestones.
  • Information and problems with PA Insurance programs: Medical Assistance and CHIP.
  • Fishing and hunting information.
  • Information on financial assistance for higher education.
  • PennDOT forms for special tags and driver and vehicle services.
  • Pennsylvania Personal Income Tax forms.
  • Pennsylvania road maps.
  • Requests for copies of legislation, bills and regulations.
  • Requests for literature for students and senior citizens.
  • Tours of the State Capitol for individuals or groups.
  • Unemployment compensation issues.

Satellite Offices

Satellite offices have been set up to provide close-to-home services to area residents. The locations and hours are listed here:

Nether Providence Township Building
214 Sykes Lane
Wallingford, PA 19086
1st Wednesday of each month
9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Edgmont Township Building
1000 Gradyville Road
Gradyville, PA 19039
2nd Wednesday of each month
9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Borough of Marcus Hook
10th and Green Streets
Marcus Hook, PA 19061
3rd Wednesday of each month
9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Kennett Township Building
801 Burrows Run Road
Chadds Ford, PA 19317
4th Wednesday of each month
9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

The Chester Township Municipal Building
1150 Engle Street
Chester, PA 19013
1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.


How to Contact Me

I have staffed offices in the district and Harrisburg to provide you with top-notch constituent service and provide answers to legislative inquiries.

The district office is located at 100 Evergreen Drive, Suite 113 in Glen Mills PA, 19342. The phone number is (610) 358-5183. It is open Monday through Friday from 9 am to 4:30 pm.

My Harrisburg office can be reached by phone at (717) 787-4712 or by mail at Senate Box 203009, Harrisburg, PA 17120.

If you are having any problems with state agencies or need help with a problem relating to government, my staff and I will be happy to assist you.

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Offices

Senate Box 203009
Harrisburg, PA 17120-3009
Phone: 717-787-4712
Fax: 717-783-7490
Toll-Free: 1-888-9th-Dist

100 Evergreen Drive
Suite 113
Glen Mills, PA 19342
Phone: 610-358-5183
Fax: 610-358-5184

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