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Schools to Receive Safety Grants
11/2/2018
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Harrisburg Update

A quick look at what’s happening in Harrisburg
and the 125th Legislative District...


Schools to Receive Safety Grants from New State Program

 
This week, $175,000 in School Safety and Security grants were awarded to school districts in our area through the School Safety and Security Committee within the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency.

The School Safety and Security Grant Program was created earlier this year to provide grants to school districts, intermediate units, area vocational-technical schools, charter schools and private residential rehabilitative institutions for a wide variety of projects to include school safety.

Each school district received a $25,000 grant allocation, including Blue Mountain, Pine Grove, Pottsville Area, Schuylkill Haven, Tri-Valley, Williams Valley and Upper Dauphin.

The new program was created as part of a comprehensive school safety bill that was signed into law in June. More than $60 million in new funding was dedicated in the current year’s budget to improve school safety.


Fighting Opioid Abuse
A new law that requires opioids to be prescribed electronically will bring consistency in the way prescriptions are filled and will also prevent the fraudulent use of prescription pads to fuel the opioid crisis.

Act 96 of 2018 will make it more difficult to have fake prescriptions filled, while also making it more convenient for patients who have a legitimate need for the medication. Currently, most all medications are prescribed electronically.

Another benefit of e-prescribing is that the tracking of the prescription can go directly to the state’s prescription drug monitoring database to help ensure only those who have a legitimate medical need for these prescriptions can access them.
 

Assistance for Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Now Law
Two new laws signed into law by the governor will assist grandparents raising their grandchildren and help them better access both private and public resources.

House Bill 2133, now Act 89 of 2018, will establish the Kinship Caregiver Navigator Program, an informational resource for these grandparents that will operate both as a website and a toll-free hotline. The website will offer information on support and services available.

Another measure to help grandchildren, House Bill 1539, now Act 88 of 2018, will allow grandparents to have temporary guardianship when the parents of the grandchildren are unable to care for them primarily due to substance abuse issues.

An estimated 82,000 grandparents are the sole caregivers for the nearly 89,000 grandchildren in Pennsylvania.
 

Governor’s Vetoes Perplex Lawmakers
My colleagues and I are puzzled by the governor’s decision to veto important cost-saving and education measurers last week.

The bills would have dramatically reduced the state’s debt by $1 billion over 20 years (House Bill 83), required the Department of Human Services to institute work requirements for Medical Assistance recipients (House Bill 2138), and expanded career and technical education (CTE) opportunities for students across Pennsylvania (House Bill 2157).

This is the second time that Gov. Tom Wolf has vetoed work requirements for able-bodied individuals on Medical Assistance, even though work requirements are in place for food stamp assistance.

All three bills are expected to be reintroduced in the new 2019-20 legislative session.
 

Turn Those Clocks Back This Weekend
Daylight saving time will end at 2 a.m. on Sunday, Nov 4, and Pennsylvania residents will be turning their clocks back one hour before going to bed on Saturday night.

Experts recommend using this reminder to check or change the batteries in smoke detectors and carbon monoxide alarms. Smoke detectors and carbon monoxide alarms should be replaced every 10 years and located near bedrooms and on each level of the residence.
 

 
The lights of the Pennsylvania State Capitol have been darkened this week, except for a lone blue light shining in remembrance of the 11 victims of the shooting at Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh. 
 
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