Subscribe to E-Newsletter April 28, 2016

Dear Friend –

As we move into spring, I want to keep you updated on the latest news from Chester County and Harrisburg.

Senator DinnimanNew Committee Assignment

At my request, I was recently appointed to the Senate Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee. Supporting our veterans and ensuring that our communities are safe are not Democrat or Republican issues. I look forward to working in the spirit of bipartisanship to help ensure that our veterans have access to strong support services and all our residents have access to strong emergency response services. Read more about my commitment to veterans and legislation to strengthen emergency services.

Medical Marijuana

Recently, the governor signed into law legislation that will allow those with serious illnesses to benefit from the use of medical marijuana. Under Act 16 of 2016 (Senate Bill 3), Pennsylvania doctors will now have the option to treat patients who suffer from severe pain and other serious medical issues with medical marijuana. Read more.

Spotlight on Agriculture

Capitol UpdateDid you know that agriculture is the top industry in Pennsylvania (with sales of $5.9 billion) and Chester County has the second highest farming revenue (more than $550 million) of all counties in the Commonwealth? For this month’s episode of “Capitol Update,” I was fortunate to be joined by three individuals who represent Chester County’s agricultural business and heritage in the fields of mushroom, equine agriculture, and dairy farming. Watch the show.

Moving to Two-Year Budget Cycles

I recently joined a bipartisan group of lawmakers to discuss necessary changes to the Pennsylvania budget process, including the need to move to two-year budget cycles. Almost 20 other states operate on two-year budget cycles to reduce the uncertainty of the yearly budget process and allow more planning and financial stability for our schools and human service agencies. The legislature serves in two-year sessions; why not work in two-year budgets? Watch the Press Conference.

Henry’s Fund

Senator Dinniman and Harvey Phillips“Henry’s Helping Paws Fund” recently made its first delivery of pet food and pet care products to the home of Harvey Phillips in Valley Township. The new nonprofit organization, a partnership between the Pennsylvania Veterinary Foundation and Meals on Wheels of Chester County, aims to keep people and their pets together in their homes by providing complimentary dog and cat food to those who are homebound or lack transportation. Mr. Phillips, an 83-year-old Korean War veteran and widower, was grateful for the meals provided to his toy poodle, Inky, and his cat, Samuel. Read More.

Community College-PASSHE Reverse Transfer Program

Students who began their studies at one of Pennsylvania’s 14 community colleges and transferred to one of Pennsylvania’s 14 state system of higher education universities before earning an associate’s degree, may now be eligible for it under Pennsylvania’s new statewide Reverse Transfer Program. Not only does the Reverse Transfer Program give those who transferred without a credential a pathway to their first degree, but it also ensures that they have an associate’s degree in case their studies toward a bachelor’s degree are interrupted for any reason in the future. Read More.

Summer Internship Guide

Summer Internship ProgramTime is running out for high school and college students looking for a summer internship with a Pennsylvania State Agency. Please check out the 2016 Guide to Summer Internship Programs, which is filled with important information on dozens of internship programs with various state agencies. The guide includes background and contact information for internship opportunities with state agencies like the Attorney General’s Office, the Department of Environmental Protection and the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, among others. Don’t delay as many of these programs are highly competitive and have upcoming application deadlines. Read more.

$50K Investment for Paoli Tech Company

Technological development continues to be a driving force in the Commonwealth’s economic future. The Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Southeastern Pennsylvania recently announced that Narbis, an early-stage neurotechnology company based in Paoli, will receive $50,000 in investment funding. The pioneering work and research on digital health and neurotechnology that is being done right here in our backyard is not only astounding, it is also an asset to the Chester County region. Read More.

Reporting Potholes

potholesWhile we are beginning to see all of the usual sighs of spring, you may also notice potholes on local roadways. PennDOT crews are on the job filling and fixing potholes each day throughout Chester County and have placed nearly 3,000 tons of patching material on state roads in the five-county Philadelphia region since December. Motorists can report potholes and other state road maintenance issues in Chester County to PennDOT directly by dialing 484-340-3201. Outside Chester County, the statewide hotline to report potholes to PennDOT is 800-FIX-ROAD (800-349-7623). 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 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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