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My CTE Legislation Passes House
3/22/2019
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A quick look at what’s happening in Harrisburg
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My Legislation to Set Up Students for Career Success Passes House


Working to ensure Pennsylvania students have a diverse array of career paths from which to choose, the state House overwhelmingly approved a bipartisan package of bills designed to boost career and technical education (CTE) at schools across the Commonwealth.

The initiatives are a cornerstone of the House Republican Caucus’ #GoodJobs4PA initiative aimed at ensuring all Pennsylvanians have access to good-paying jobs and careers.

Among those bills that will now move to the Senate for consideration is legislation I sponsored that establishes the “Career and Technical Education Investment Incentive Program,” which would provide tax credits to businesses that contribute to career and technical partnership organizations.

House Bill 522 would encourage businesses to make direct contributions to career and technical partnership organizations. Those business contributions could be used to increase career and technical education enrollment, to purchase industry-standard equipment, or to improve educational programs.

The House Speaker gave me an opportunity to speak about my legislation on the House floor. Click here to watch my comments.

To help students plot their path to success, there are bills in this legislative package that would allow technical schools to recruit students like colleges do; make it easier for students to see where credits transfer; create a database of workforce development programs at secondary and post-secondary institutions; create an online career resource center; and allow students who complete classes in STEM education to apply the credits to a course through a vocational-technical school, technical institution or vocational school.

Learn more about #GoodJobs4PA here.
                       

Holding Public Officials and Employees to a Higher Standard

This week, the House gave overwhelming approval to a bill that would ensure public officials or employees who commit felony crimes related to their jobs will not collect a taxpayer-funded pension.

Senate Bill 113 would expand the types of convictions that require officials or employees to forfeit their pensions to include any felony convictions, guilty plea or no contest plea related to an official’s job.

The measure would also put a stop to the practice of a person pleading guilty to lesser crimes to avoid losing their pension and closes several other loopholes that have been exploited by officials to continue to collect pensions from the state after breaking the law and violating the public trust.

The bill is now on its way to the governor for his signature.
 

Protecting State Workers’ Rights

 
In light of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision that public employees cannot be required to pay money to a union, the House could soon consider a bill to ensure public sector employees are notified of their rights under the First Amendment and state law.

House Bill 785, which was approved by the House Labor and Industry Committee this week, would require public employers to notify their employees who are not union members annually that they are not required to pay any money to the union unless they agree to do so.

The bill would also require public employers to inform job applicants of their right to choose whether or not to join the union – and of their First Amendment right to not pay any funds to an organization they did not consent to support.

The bill is currently awaiting consideration by the full House.
 

House Passes Bill to Permit Licensing Exams Prior to Graduation

This week, the House unanimously approved a bill which would permit students studying physical therapy to take the required licensing exam up to 90 days prior to graduation.

Currently, Pennsylvania law prohibits physical therapy students from sitting for the exam prior to graduation.

By requiring they graduate first, we are putting our students at a disadvantage to those who are ready to start work on day one.

House Bill 138 would allow testing up to 90 days prior to graduation, provided the students verify their educational status with the licensing board.

The bill now goes to the state Senate for consideration.
 

New License Plate Options for PA Veterans

PennDOT is adding several New License Plates to its collection Honoring veterans and their service to our country.

The Honoring Our Women Veterans registration plate costs $35, of which $15 goes to the Veterans Trust Fund to be used for programs and resources that assist women veterans.

The Soldiers Medal, Presidential Service Badge and Legion of Merit registration plates each recognize veterans’ specific contributions during their service. These plates are available for a fee of $20. Veterans must be able to show that they are recipients of the respective awards.

Veterans from other countries can apply for a Veterans of an Allied Foreign Country registration plate, also available for a fee of $20.

Motorcycle owners can now get the Purple Heart Medal Motorcycle registration plate, which displays the words “Combat Wounded Veteran” across the bottom of the registration plate at a cost of $11.

Another new plate is the Historic Military Vehicle registration plate, which is available for antique or classic vehicles manufactured for use in any country’s military forces. This plate is available for both historic military vehicles and historic military motorcycles for $75.

For more information about plates for veterans and applying for these plates, click here.
                                     

DEP Starts Statewide Surveillance of Ticks

The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is beginning a five-year environmental surveillance of ticks to assess the risk of tickborne illnesses across Pennsylvania.

The survey is taking place in every county in Pennsylvania to track ticks’ habitats, life stages and peak activity levels and to test them for human pathogenic diseases. Additionally, 38 counties are conducting a specific survey of nymphal blacklegged (Ixodes scapularis) ticks, which can transmit Lyme Disease to humans.

The project is being funded through the Department of Health.
 
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