Subscribe to E-Newsletter October 15, 2015

Dear Friend –

I want to let you know about some upcoming events in Chester County and the latest news from Harrisburg.

Coatesville Centennial Bookmark Unveiling Tomorrow

As part of Coatesville’s Centennial Celebration, we have memorialized eight individuals who made important and lasting contributions to the Coatesville community in a series of bookmarks that will be distributed to local schools and community youth organizations.

The Coatesville Centennial Edition Bookmarks honor leaders and pioneers in the fields of art, social service, politics, business, education, and labor whose work has had a positive impact on Coatesville.

You are invited to join me and members of the honorees’ families to officially unveil the full-color bookmarks at a special ceremony and reception on Friday, October 16 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Olivet United Methodist Church located at 301 East Chestnut Street in Coatesville.  Read more.

Rally to End Domestic Violence in Downingtown on Sunday

Domestic Violence RallyThis week my legislative colleagues in Harrisburg and I joined in marking October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month in Pennsylvania with a special ceremony in the Capitol Rotunda honoring the victims of domestic violence and celebrating the lives of those who have survived.

More than 100 men, women and children were killed in domestic violence incidents in the the Commonwealth during the past year. Two of those victims lived in Chester County. As a community, we must work together with law enforcement personnel and judicial officials to find ways to increase protections for victims and those who are at risk, as well as break the cycle of domestic violence.

With that in mind, I will join Downingtown Mayor Josh Maxwell, Chester County District Attorney Tom Hogan, and Dolly Wideman-Scott, CEO of the Domestic Violence Center of Chester County for the Rally to End Domestic Violence on Sunday, October 18 at 1 p.m. at Kerr Park in Downingtown. Read More.

Lyme Disease Task Force Report

Senator Dinniman Lyme Disease Report :: October 14, 2015 This week I joined Pennsylvania Secretary of Health Karen Murphy in releasing a landmark report on Lyme disease in Pennsylvania designed to guide the Commonwealth’s strategy in addressing the growing epidemic of tick-borne disease.

The report was produced by the Pennsylvania Health Department’s Task Force of Lyme Disease and Related Tick-Borne Disease Task Force, established by Act 83 of 2014. It marks the first-ever comprehensive report on Lyme disease in Pennsylvania.

As a co-sponsor of Act 83, I am committed to ensuring that this report does not sit idly on a shelf and that it helps steer legislative action and positive change in preventing and treating Lyme disease.

In fact, Chester County will be the first in the Commonwealth to hold a public forum and discussion on the report with a visit from Secretary Murphy and Pennsylvania Physician General Dr. Rachel Levine on November 5. Details of the event are forthcoming. Read More.

“Paper Tigers” Screening at WCU October 21st

Paper Tigers ScreeningMany of you know of my ongoing efforts to raise awareness of the importance of trauma-informed education in our schools.  The bottom line is: children who are experiencing traumatic stress have much more difficulty learning. While we are taking important steps toward a trauma-informed education system in Pennsylvania and the nation, there is much more work to be done.

On Wednesday, October 21 from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. at West Chester University’s Sykes Theatre, I am holding a screening of the documentary film “Paper Tigers,” which follows the true story of Lincoln High School in Walla Walla, Washington and how one principal and his staff changed their approach to address trauma and experienced overwhelmingly positive results in the lives and the academic careers of their students.

“Paper Tigers” was directed by James Redford, son of Robert Redford. This is a powerful film that everyone who works with young people should see.

Immediately following the film screening, Dr. Joan Duvall-Flynn, chair of the Education Committee of the Pennsylvania NAACP, will lead a panel discussion on best practices to address the impact of trauma in the classroom.

Act 48 credits and continuing education units may be available for teachers and social workers who attend the event. However, the film is free and open to anyone who wants to attend. Read More.

Environmental Education Grants Available

Schools, colleges and universities, county conservation districts, nonprofit organizations, municipalities and businesses can now apply for funding through the state’s Environmental Education Grant program.

The grants, which come through the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, provide funding to create or develop programs and projects that support environmental education about important issues. Past projects in Chester County that have received funding included organic gardening classes, outdoor environmental education camps for young children, and youth community service projects involving solar and sustainable energy projects.

Grants are awarded up to $3,000 and the deadline for applications is December 18. Read More.

Two Bills to Watch

sb290This fall my Senate colleagues and I unanimously passed two important bills, of which I am a a supporter and co-sponsor.

Senate Bill 290 aims to crack down on the epidemic of DUIs in Pennsylvania by expanding the use of mandatory interlock ignition devices. According to MADD, more than 368 people have been killed in alcohol-related accidents in Pennsylvania this year and that accounts for more than 30 percent of all traffic deaths. This legislation can help prevent drunk drivers from getting on the road in the first place. It is now in the House Transportation Committee.

Senate Bill 879 calls for the creation of an ABLE (Achieving a Better Life Experience) program in Pennsylvania to provide tax-free savings accounts for individuals with disabilities and their families.

Much like the PA 529 Guaranteed Savings Plan for college, ABLE accounts allow Pennsylvanians with disabilities and their families to safely set aside tax-free funds to provide for the long-term care of their loved ones. These funds could be used for qualified disability expenses such as education, housing, transportation, health prevention and wellness and other expenses. 

This legislation is currently in the House Finance Committee.

capitolBudget Impasse

Unfortunately, the stalemate on the state budget continues. I am doing everything I can to bring both sides together to resolve this issue. Unfortunately, we are already feeling the consequences of the budget impasse on our schools and social service agencies. We need to reach a compromise and pass a budget NOW!

I hope to see you at some of these upcoming events, and as always, don’t hesitate to give me a ring at my West Chester office or e-mail me directly at



Andy Dinniman
State Senator - 19th District


Offices of State Senator Andy Dinniman


District Office
One North Church Street
West Chester, PA 19380
Phone: 610.692.2112
Fax: 610.436.1721
Monday-Friday: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Harrisburg Office
Senate Box 203019
183 Capitol Building
Harrisburg, PA 17120-3019
Phone: 717.787.5709
Fax: 717.787.4384

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