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2015

July 16, 2015: Senator Dinniman has been appointed by Gov. Wolf to a taskforce that will oversee the construction of natural gas pipelines across Pennsylvania which is expected to take place over the next decade.  Here’s more with the Chester County Democrat, who says chief among his concerns are public safety and impact on the environment in our communities and neighborhoods.

July 13, 2015: The Pennsylvania Senate has adopted a resolution observing the week of July 12 through 18 as “Pre-trial, Probation and Parole Supervision Week” in Pennsylvania and commending community corrections professionals as a source of positive change and improved public safety in this Commonwealth.  Here’s more with Senator Dinniman, sponsor of the resolution.

July 6, 2015:  Pennsylvania Moment: Physical, emotional and financial abuse of the elderly is a very real and significant problem in Pennsylvania. Senator Dinniman says there’s a way to report elder abuse when you witness it.

June 28, 2015:  Senator Dinniman takes to the floor of the Senate to discuss problems he finds in Senate Bill 6, the “Educational Opportunity and Accountability Act,” which would create a special turnaround district for struggling schools. The bill would establish an “Achievement School District” that would manage up to 75 schools across the state that rank in the bottom 1 percent on performance standards. An executive director and appointed board would lead the ASD, which would manage the schools directly or convert them to charter schools.

June 23, 2015:  A Senate committee chaired by Senator Dinniman has taken the school funding formula developed by the Basic Education Funding Commission and put it into legislation that’s making its way through the Senate and House.

June 22, 2015: A report issued by the Basic Education Funding Commission last week includes many different factors in determining a fairer way of distributing state funds to school districts statewide, including what many are calling “student trauma.”  Here’s more with Senator Dinniman, a member of the commission, who fought for trauma to be a factor in the new education funding formula.

June 18, 2015: The Basic Education Funding Commission has released its report and recommendations to the General Assembly for a fairer and more equitable way of funding public education in Pennsylvania.  Here’s more with Senator Dinniman, a member of the commission, who supports the new funding formula.

June 18, 2015: The Pennsylvania Senate has approved a resolution recognizing Friday, June 19, 2015 as “Juneteenth Day” in Pennsylvania. Here’s more with Senator Dinniman, a cosponsor of the resolution, who says Juneteenth commemorates the day in which the last of the slaves located in Galveston, Texas were informed of the Emancipation Proclamation.

June 11, 2015: A bill that would delay the implementation of the Keystone Exams as a requirement for high school graduation has cleared its first major hurdle in the Pennsylvania Senate.  Here’s more with Senator Dinniman, a supporter of the legislation, and the Democratic Chairman of the Senate Education Committee.

June 9, 2015: Senator Dinniman celebrated the 5th Annual Apprenticeship Awareness Day in the Capitol Rotunda, saying apprentices are learning great skills that will help turn around local and regional economies.

June 9, 2015: Senator Dinniman, along with Senator Daylin Leach and Senator Stewart Greenleaf, held a State Capitol news conference today to announce the introduction of a bill designed to help law enforcement identify the child victims of human trafficking and avoid prosecuting children who have been forced to perform illegal activities. Here’s more with Senator Dinniman on the “Safe Harbor for Minors” legislation.

June 5, 2015:  Pennsylvania Moment: Whether it’s a short trip or a summer vacation, Senator Dinniman says the PA Turnpike makes it easy to plan your trip.

May 6, 2015:  Pennsylvania Moment: Warmer weather can get homeowners thinking about home improvements. Senator Dinniman advises them to take advantage of Pennsylvania’s list of registered contractors before the work has started.

May 6, 2015: The Pennsylvania Senate has adopted a resolution recognizing the week of May 3rd through the 9th as Teacher Appreciation Week in Pennsylvania.  Here’s more with Senator Dinniman, the Democratic Chairman of the Senate Education Committee, and sponsor of the resolution.

April 22, 2015: Senator Dinniman held another of his Telephone Town Hall Meetings this week in which participants were able to ask questions on a wide range of state issues as well as listen to a discussion on topics  that are important to Chester County and the Commonwealth.  You can listen here to the complete town hall discussion.

April 17, 2015: The Pennsylvania Senate has adopted a resolution recognizing the 170th anniversary of the 1845 novel narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave, written by himself.  Here’s more with Senator Dinniman, sponsor of the resolution, who explains Douglass’ relationship to Chester County.

April 15, 2015:  The state Senate has declared this week as “Days of Remembrance of the Victims of the Holocaust” in Pennsylvania, and April 16th has been designated internationally as a Day of Remembrance. Senator Dinniman is a prime sponsor of the Resolution.

April 6, 2015: Pennsylvania Moment: April is Donate Life Month.  Senator Dinniman says organ donor enrollment is simple at driver’s license centers or when licenses are obtained or renewed. Larger volumes of potential donors would reduce the numbers on transplant waiting lists and improve the wellbeing of transplant recipients.

March 24, 2015: The Pennsylvania Senate has adopted a resolution recognizing March 25th as National Medal of Honor Day in Pennsylvania.  Here’s more with Senator Dinniman, sponsor of the resolution.

March 6, 2015: Pennsylvania Moment:  Senator Dinniman says Pennsylvanians who served in the military can have that fact recognized on their driver’s license.

March 3, 2015: The Pennsylvania Senate has adopted a resolution designating the month of March as Brain Injury Awareness Month in Pennsylvania to bring attention to the 215,000 Pennsylvanians who are living with long term disability resulting from traumatic brain injury and the nearly 90,000 Commonwealth residents who are treated and released from emergency rooms for traumatic brain injury each year.  Here’s more with Senator Dinniman, cosponsor of the resolution.

February 24, 2015:  Senator Dinniman held another of his Telephone Town Hall Meetings tonight.  The Senator answered questions about the Keystone Exams, liquor privatization, the Medal of Honor grove, land use and other topics. Click here to listen to the complete discussion.

February 12, 2015: Senator Dinniman is strongly supporting Gov. Wolf’s proposal for a severance tax on the Marcellus Shale natural gas industry in Pennsylvania, saying it will provide essential funding for public education.  Here’s more with the Democratic Chairman of the Senate Education Committee who joined the governor on his tour yesterday of Caln Elementary School in the Coatesville Area School District.

February 5, 2015: Senator Dinniman held a live Telephone Town Hall Meeting recently in which participants were able to ask questions as well as listen to a discussion about issues that are important to Chester County and the Commonwealth.  You can listen here to the complete town hall discussion.

February 4, 2015: Senate Democrats at a State Capitol news conference today proposed a College Access Plan to lower the financial burden and open the doors to higher education for more Pennsylvanians. Here’s more with Senator Dinniman, who along with several other members, unveiled a 13-bill package that’s intended to make it more affordable for students to attend college and graduate with less debt.

February 4, 2015: Pennsylvania Moment:  Senator Dinniman says most Pennsylvania families qualify for free or low-cost health coverage for kids.

January 27, 2015:  Senator Dinniman continues his series of remarks on education from the floor of the Senate by addressing the problems schools face when the state government saddles them with requirements, then refuses to give them the funding to carry out the mandate.

January 22, 2015: In remarks on the Senate Floor, Senator Dinniman addressed an issue that will face almost all students in Pennsylvania: the rising cost of higher education.  Here’s more with the Chester County Democrat who says one way to significantly reduce the cost may center around the concept of dual enrollment and he begins by citing Philadelphia’s Overbrook High School as an example of why dual enrollment may work.

January 21, 2015: Speaking on the floor of the Senate,  Senator Dinniman talks about the very real and pressing problems faced by schools he visited over the summer, and the possibility that deserving students could be branded failures after taking the Keystone Exams in the spring.

January 5, 2015:  Pennsylvania Moment:  Senator Dinniman says Pennsylvania state government has an online resource that can get people the help they need for everything from child care to mortgage problems to paying less in taxes.

2014

December 31, 2014:  Senator Dinniman, a member of the state legislature’s Basic Education Funding Commission, says Pennsylvania should fundamentally change the way it funds its public schools, starting with the elimination of the property tax.

December 22. 2014:  Senator Dinniman says counties in the southeastern part of the state are being affected by Marcellus Shale gas drilling just as much as the areas where gas drilling occurs, by the pipelines carrying gas to market. He thinks the citizens of those counties should be compensated by an impact fee

December 2, 2014:  Pennsylvania Moment:  Senator Dinniman says a good way to get in the spirit of holiday giving is to help out your local food bank.

November 7, 2014: With a change in administration coming to Harrisburg in January, some people may be wondering what if any impact that will have on the future of the 15-member Basic Education Funding Commission, which hopes to develop a fairer funding formula for Pennsylvania’s public school system.  Here’s more with Senator Dinniman, a member of the commission and the ranking Democrat on the Senate Education Committee.

November 6, 2014: A legislative panel that’s looking to develop a fair funding plan for Pennsylvania’s public school system held a State Capitol hearing today on what factors the commission must consider in coming up with a new and fairer way to fund schools.  Here’s more with Senator Dinniman, a member of the Basic Education Funding Commission.

November 5, 2014: Pennsylvania Moment: Senator Dinniman says the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) is now taking applications to help those who cannot afford to heat their homes this winter.

October 23, 2014: The Pennsylvania Senate has adopted a resolution observing October 29, 2014 as the 153rd Anniversary of the 97th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry Regiment being commissioned into service by Governor Andrew Curtain to preserve and protect the Union during the Civil War.  Here’s more with Senator Dinniman, sponsor of the resolution:

October 8, 2014: Senator Dinniman held a live Telephone Town Hall Meeting tonight in which participants were able to ask questions as well as listen to a discussion about issues that are important to Chester County and the Commonwealth.  You can listen here to the complete town hall discussion.

October 8, 2014: Senator Dinniman, in remarks on the Senate Floor today, again urged the state legislature to approve legislation that would block the Keystone Exams from being used as a requirement for high school graduation, and he urged state lawmakers to approve a bill that would require the state Department of Education to come up with a cost figure on future unfunded state mandates.  Here’s more with the Chester County lawmaker, who’s the Democratic Chairman of the Senate Education Committee.

October 7, 2014:  Pennsylvania Moment: Senator Dinniman says the state Department of Aging has a toll-free hotline anyone can call to get answers to questions about how to care for an aging loved one.

October 6, 2014: The Pennsylvania Senate today adopted a resolution recognizing October as Sudden Cardiac Arrest Awareness Month in Pennsylvania.  Here’s more with Senator Dinniman, sponsor of the resolution:

October 6, 2014: In an effort to get parents more involved in their childrens’ education, the Pennsylvania Senate has adopted a resolution observing October as Parent Involvement Recognition Month in Pennsylvania.  Here’s more with Senator Dinniman, sponsor of the resolution:

September 16, 2014:  A new state law takes effect this month that’s designed to fight human trafficking in Pennsylvania.  Senator Dinniman, who co-sponsored the legislation, calls human trafficking “modern day slavery” and asks for everyone’s help in stopping this crime.

September 8, 2014:  Pennsylvania Moment: The Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) covers the health needs of all Pennsylvania’s children. Senator Dinniman says all parents should check to see if their children are eligible.

August 20, 2014: A special commission looking at public education funding in Pennsylvania began its work in earnest today, hearing from school district administrators and officials from the state Department of Education.  Here’s more with Senator Dinniman, a member of the Basic Education Funding Commission, and the ranking Democrat on the Senate Education Committee.

August 5, 2014:  Pennsylvania Moment- As students head back to college, Senator Dinniman reminds them — and their parents — to explore all the possibilities when it comes to paying for higher education.

July 7, 2014: Pennsylvania Moment: Senator Dinniman tells senior citizens how they can get help paying for their prescriptions.

July 2, 2014: Legislation has passed the General Assembly and awaits the governor’s signature that’s intended to combat human trafficking in Pennsylvania. Here’s more with Senator Dinniman, a strong supporter of the measure that will help prosecutors in the Commonwealth convict traffickers.

June 29, 2014: The Senate Education Committee has approved legislation, on a bipartisan vote, that would end passing the Keystone Exams as a requirement for high school graduation. Here’s more with Senator Dinniman, the Democratic Chairman of the Senate Education Committee, who strongly supports the measure.

June 27, 2014: Senator Dinniman spoke on the Senate Floor today warning members of the Senate that the spending plan passed this week by House Republicans eliminates many tax credit programs that could devastate Pennsylvania’s bio-science industry.  Here are the Chester County lawmaker’s remarks:

June 20, 2014:  June is “Hunger Awareness Month” in Pennsylvania, and Senator Dinniman tells us it’s a problem that’s bigger than you think.

June 9, 2014:  Senator Dinniman held a live Telephone Town Hall Meeting. Participants were able to ask questions as well as listen to a discussion about issues that are important to our area.

June 5, 2014: Pennsylvania Moment: Sen. Dinniman advises Pennsylvania’s veterans to call the Veteran’s Hotline and check on the benefits they’ve earned.

June 4, 2014: This year’s proposed state budget has increased funding to persons with disabilities by almost 28 million dollars. But with a lot of holes to fill in this year’s spending plan, Sen. Andy Dinniman wants to make sure that allocation stays intact.

June 2, 2014:  Senator Dinniman’s Resolution (Senate Resolution 401) declaring June Hunger Awareness Month” in Pennsylvania received unanimous support in the Senate.  Here’s the Senator introducing the Resolution on the Senate floor.

May 9, 2014: Pennsylvania Moment: Sen. Dinniman talks about PennDOT’s Yellow Dot program, designed to help both people with special medical conditions and first responders at an accident scene.

May 5, 2014:  Senator Dinniman speaks on the floor of the Senate to introduce a Resolution commemorating the 66th anniversary of the founding of the state of Israel.

April 29, 2014: Today is Life Sciences Day in Pennsylvania. Here’s more with Senator Dinniman, sponsor of a Senate-adopted resolution observing April 29th as Life Sciences Day in the Commonwealth, and he explains why that’s important.

April 28, 2014: As Pennsylvanians today honored victims of the holocaust by observing a “Day of Remembrance,” Senator Dinniman called on the state legislature to resolve its differences and approve legislation that would allow schools to offer a Holocaust education program to their students. Here’s more with Senator Dinniman who spoke on the Senate Floor today.

April 22, 2014:  A new law sponsored by Senator Dinniman would require the state to check every public and private school to make sure each has a working AED, a device that can save the lives of children and adults who suffer sudden cardiac arrest.

April 1, 2014:  The Pennsylvania Senate has declared April Pennsylvania Community College Month. Senator Dinniman made the announcement on the floor of the Senate.

April 1, 2014:   Sen. Dinniman joined advocates and other lawmakers to rally for the swift passage of Senate Bill 75, a bill that would help law enforcement officials to end human trafficking in Pennsylvania by allowing them to punish perpetrators. S.B. 75 awaits consideration by the House Judiciary Committee.

March 11, 2014:  Senator  Dinniman has joined with senators from both sides of the aisle to propose legislation that would allow financially secure universities to break away from the State System of Higher Education.

March 5, 2014:  Pennsylvania Moment: Sen. Dinniman reminds you that March 31st is the deadline to sign up for health insurance provided by the federal Affordable Care Act.

February 7, 2014:  Pennsylvania Moment:  Senator Dinniman says Pennsylvania’s Career Link offices can connect the unemployed to businesses that need workers.

February 4, 2014:  Senator Dinniman reacts to the Governor’s 2014 Budget Address.

January 17, 2014:  Senator Dinniman reflects on why the commemoration of Martin Luther King’s birthday has become a day of service across the country.

January 2, 2014:  Pennsylvania Moment: It’s never too early to begin saving for your child’s college education. Senator Dinniman says the state Treasury has a plan that can help now and in the future.

 

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