Sep. 01, 2023

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Human Trafficking Community Workshop Next Week

I hope you’ll join me and the team at Greenlight Operation for a workshop to spread awareness about human trafficking next week.

You’re Invited to My Upcoming Town Hall

Upper Allen Has a New Water Tower

After ongoing efforts, the Mechanicsburg water tower project is complete and supplying water to residents in Mechanicsburg Borough and Upper Allen Township!

The municipalities worked in tandem with Mechanicsburg Area School District, local business leaders and Veloia to address supply and pressure issues in the area. Thank you to everyone who worked to bring better water quality to the 87th District!

Exploring Opportunities in Rare Earth Minerals

Pennsylvania is rich with rare earth minerals, products that serve as vital components in many of today’s technologies, including computer chips, smart phones and touch screens, as well as medical devices, defense systems and more.

The House Republican Policy Committee traveled to Clearfield last week to speak with researchers and industry experts. With a vast majority of America’s rare earth minerals originating overseas, there is an immense need to encourage production here in the Commonwealth, and great potential for growth in this industry can be found in Pennsylvania’s coal regions.

To review testimony and view the hearing, click here.
Addressing PA’s Nursing Shortage

Working to address the critical shortage of nurses and ensure access to health care, Pennsylvania is taking the first step to implement the Nurse Licensure Compact by allowing nurses with multistate licenses issued by 40 other states and territories to practice here.

Effective Sept. 5, registered nurses (RNs) and licensed practical nurses (LPNs) who hold a multistate license through the interstate Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC) will be permitted to practice in the Commonwealth. The change provides a much-needed expansion in the pool of recruits for hospitals and other health care facilities, and helps alleviate burdens on overworked nursing staffs, making conditions safer for both patients and health care workers.

A November 2022 survey by The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP) showed vacancy rates of 30% for RNs providing direct care, which is a 10 percentage point increase since 2019. A separate HAP report from January 2023 showed that Pennsylvania could have a shortfall of more than 20,000 RNs by 2026.

This is an important step toward reversing that trend.

PennDOT Driver License, Photo Centers Closed for Labor Day Holiday

All PennDOT driver license and photo centers, including the Riverfront Office Center in Harrisburg, will be closed Saturday, Sept. 2, through Monday, Sept. 4, in observance of Labor Day.

Customers may still obtain a variety of driver and vehicle products and services online through PennDOT's Driver and Vehicle Services website,
Ag and Youth Grant Program Now Accepting Applications

The Department of Agriculture is inviting proposals for this year’s Ag and Youth Grant Program.

The program provides direct grants of up to $7,500 and matching grants of up to $25,000 to support projects, programs and equipment purchases by youth-run organizations, and those with programs that benefit youth or promote development in agriculture, community leadership, vocational training and peer networking.

The grant program was created by the Legislature in 2019. Additional information about the program is available here.

Grant applications must be submitted online through the PA Department of Community and Economic Development Electronic Single Application. Applications are due by 5 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 29.
Attention Students: House Fellowship Program Taking Applications

The Pennsylvania House Legislative Fellowship Program is accepting applications for its spring 2024 session. The 13-week program remains based at Pennsylvania’s Capitol Building in Harrisburg where fellows are placed in committee chair and House leadership offices.

Qualified applicants must be:  
  •   Undergraduate juniors and seniors, graduate students or law school students.
  •   Enrolled in a Pennsylvania college/university or a Pennsylvania resident enrolled in an out-of-state institution.
  •   Students of any major with a GPA of 3.0 or higher.

For more information or to apply, visit Applications can be submitted via email to The deadline to apply is Oct. 1.
PA Elk Cam Back for Another Season!

You can once again check in on the state’s elk herd from the comfort of your own home!

The Pennsylvania Game Commission has installed a camera on Elk County game lands that are typically a hub of elk activity as the bugling season heats up. In the coming weeks, bulls will become more vocal as they compete with one another for available cows.

In addition to the elk, viewers can expect to see turkeys, deer and other wildlife as well. The top time to see elk on camera is late in the afternoon.

If you’d like to see the bugling season in person, the PA Game Commission reminds visitors to always be “Elk Smart.” Give elk space, never feed elk and do your part to ensure the welfare of the herd.  

Learn more about elk here.