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Keep Children Safe as School Buses Return to the Roads
Encountering a school bus on a narrow rural road versus a multi-lane highway requires differing responses by the driving public to ensure each child’s safe return home. The Pennsylvania School Bus Stopping Law outlines the requirements for motorists when encountering a stopped school bus. For example, drivers are required to STOP when:
Motorists must stop at least ten feet from a stopped school bus and remain stopped until the red lights have stopped flashing and the stop arm has been withdrawn before moving.
Engage your students in preparing for the hours ahead spent on the school bus with PennDOT’s “School Bus Safety Activity Book” to promote safe, respectful school bus behavior.
Senator Killion and Representative Quinn Request Public Hearing Regarding Pipeline Safety
Representative Chris Quinn (R-168) and I have sent a letter of request to Senator Randy Vulakovich, Chair of the Senate Veterans Affairs & Emergency Preparedness Committee, and Representative Stephen Barrar, Chair of the House Veterans Affairs & Emergency Preparedness Committee, requesting a joint hearing to compile a thorough record of the current safety requirements in place regarding pipelines and to examine if any other steps are necessary at the state level. We will pass along any additional information as it become available.
Text Message Voter Registration Service Available
The Pennsylvania Department of State (DOS) has added another tool to assist citizens in registering to vote, using a new voter registration text messaging system called 2Vote. By texting the word "PA" to 2VOTE (28683) on a smartphone, individuals receive a link that provides direct access to the online voter registration application, voter registration status, polling place locator and link to contacts for county offices and the DOS. The text message link also provides users with dates and deadlines significant to the November 8 general election. Further, as a part of its membership in the national record-matching consortium Electronic Registration Information Center (ERIC), the state is mailing postcards to more than two million Pennsylvanians who are eligible to vote but are not registered, providing them information about registering to vote and the upcoming deadline.
The online registration site can be found directly at register.votesPA.com. Applications for a new registration, or a change of name, address or party affiliation must be submitted online by midnight on Oct. 11, and traditional paper registration applications must also be postmarked no later than that date.
In addition, the DOS is urging voters planning to vote by absentee ballot to mail their request no later than Oct. 21. Although the deadline to request an absentee ballot is Tuesday, Nov. 1, the voted ballots must be received by the county election office no later than 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 4, and the early requests are advised due to the 3-day time frame and cutbacks in service by the U.S. Postal Service.
Tackle Back-to-School Assignments with “POWER”
As the school doors swing open welcoming students to the 2016-17 school year, the POWER Library, Pennsylvania’s Electronic Library, shines a light on its available resources.
Use a local library card or obtain one online through the POWER Library, allowing use of the resources from the comfort of home or through a visit to your local library. PA residents may also CHAT with a librarian to get started in the right direction or for guidance along the way.
Students can rely on the POWER Library to assist in accurately completing homework and conducting research assignments. The types of information available to students include biographies, business facts and figures, special children’s resources, books, general reference materials, literature, and health and science reports, not easily accessible from outside sources.
2016 Kids Expo Featured Great Attendance
Thank you to all the sponsors, exhibitors and constituents who helped to make my first ever Kids Expo such a success. We had hundreds of families attended this event Saturday and we cannot wait to start planning next year’s Kids Expo.
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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