Subscribe to E-Newsletter June 14, 2016

Dear Friend –

I want to keep you updated on upcoming events and the work I’m doing in Chester County and Harrisburg.

PhoneTelephone Town Hall Tomorrow

I am holding a live Telephone Town Hall Meeting this Wednesday, June 15 at 7 p.m. Last month we had a record turnout and an excellent discussion on key state and local issues impacting Chester County. Sign up and submit questions ahead of time here. And in addition to calling in, you can listen to the meeting live on Smartphones, tablets and computers here. Read more »

Liquor Reform »

Legislation to allow the sale of wine in grocery stores and make other reforms to how alcohol is sold in Pennsylvania was signed into law last week. I supported and voted for the legislation as it makes our system more consumer-oriented. Under the new law, which takes effect in August, consumers will now be able to purchase wine at restaurants and grocery stores, and have wine shipped directly to their homes, among other changes. Details » Read more »

PaoliPaoli Train Station

Construction is set to begin this summer on major upgrades to the Paoli Train Station, a project that represents one of the most significant economic investments slated for the region in recent memory. The first phase of the project calls for significant improvements including a new center high-level platform, elevators and ramps, a pedestrian overpass, improved parking, ADA accessibility improvements, and upgrades to the existing rail infrastructure. Read more »

New School Funding Formula

Pennsylvania has joined the vast majority of states that have a student-based formula for distributing state education dollars. Act 35 of 2016 is the result of the extensive work, findings, and recommendations of the Basic Education Funding Commission, of which I was a member. The new formula is more responsible, predictable, and equitable, and includes a factor to account for student growth. School districts in Chester County are among some of the fastest growing in the Commonwealth. Read more »

Oxford Public LibraryOxford Public Library

I recently had the pleasure of joining Oxford Borough and library officials for the opening of the new Children’s Room at the Oxford Public Library. Public libraries play a vital role in our communities and in the education and development of our young people. The new Children’s Room at the Oxford Public Library is another great way to help keep kids reading this summer.

Chester County Leads in Innovation

The 19th Senatorial District, which encompasses most of Chester County, led the Commonwealth in the amount of Research and Development (R&D) Tax Credits awarded to life sciences and healthcare companies in 2015. Fifty-eight life sciences and healthcare companies in the district were awarded more than $3.7 million in R&D Tax Credits – more than $1 million more in credits than any other region, including Philadelphia and Pittsburgh. Read more »

Spotlight on Education

Capitol UpdateFor my latest episode of Capitol Update, I was joined by Ken Witmer, Dean of West Chester University’s College of Education for an in-depth discussion of education in Pennsylvania. The show focused on the role of standardized testing in public schools and Pennsylvania’s initiatives involving global and international education. I continue to oppose the proliferation of standardized testing in our schools as it takes away from valuable classroom learning time and hurts students. Watch the show »

More Time to Apply for Property Tax and Rent Rebate

The deadline to apply for Pennsylvania’s Property Tax and Rent Rebate (PTRR) Program has been extended from June 30 to December 31, 2016. The program provides property tax relief for senior citizens, widows and widowers over 50 years old, and disabled adults. However, every year thousands of Pennsylvanians who qualify for assistance through this program never apply. Read more »

Strong Emergency Services

EMSI recently had the opportunity to attend the annual Chester County EMS Council Awards Dinner to recognize all of our emergency first responders who continue to make a difference in our communities. I was also honored to receive the Robert Thompson Memorial Award for my efforts on behalf of the EMS community. In addition, my Senate Bill 1096, legislation to establish the Pennsylvania Premise Alert System (PAS) statewide, was recently unanimously passed out of the Senate Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee. The PAS is a system to allow anyone with any special need, complex medical diagnosis or disability to share pertinent information with local law enforcement and the 911 system. Read more »

Electronic Billboard Legislation

In response to residents’ concerns, I have introduced Senate Bill 1301 calling for more thorough guidelines on the placement of the large electronic and digital billboards that are appearing alongside roadways and near neighborhoods throughout Chester County. The bill changes and improves the permitting process to give local municipalities more information, more involvement, and more factors to consider in deciding on a digital or electronic billboard application. Senate Bill 1301 is currently in the Senate Transportation Committee and I expect the Senate Democratic Policy Committee to hold a public hearing on the bill in Chester County this summer. Read more »

Thank you for reading and as always, don’t hesitate to give me a ring at my West Chester office or e-mail me directly at andy@pasenate.com

 

Sincerely,

Andy Dinniman
State Senator - 19th District

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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
182 Capitol Building
Harrisburg, PA 17120-3019
Phone: 717.787.5709
Fax: 717.787.4384

 
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