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District Office
400 Old Forge Lane
Suite 407
Kennett Square, PA 19348
Phone: 610-388-3100 
Hours: M - F
9:00 am – 4:30 pm

Capitol Office
117-A, East Wing
PO Box 202158
Harrisburg, PA 17120-2158
Phone: (717) 783-1574
FAX: (717) 782-2970

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RSVP Now for My Senior Expo on Oct. 20

I’d like to invite residents age 60 and older of the 158th District to my Senior Expo on Saturday, Oct. 20, from 9 a.m. to noon.

This free event will be held at East High School, 450 Ellis Lane in West Chester. My Senior Expo is a one-stop shop where more than 50 exhibitors will be on hand to share information about the various programs and services available to senior citizens in our area. Refreshments will be served. To RSVP, please call my office at (610) 388-3100. 
Giving Students Flexibility for Graduation Requirements

The House passed legislation this week that would remove the heavy focus on standardized testing as a requirement for high school graduation and instead allow students various options to show proficiency in pursuing their own career paths.

Senate Bill 1095 would provide Pennsylvania students with additional options to fulfill high school graduation requirements beyond the Keystone Exams. Students who do not score proficient on the Keystone Exams would be able to demonstrate their readiness to graduate through alternative routes.

Specifically, the bill outlines several commonsense options for assessing student performance while also giving teachers more flexibility with classroom instruction time. Some alternatives include a student’s successful completion of work-based learning programs, a service learning project, or an offer of full-time employment as evidence of post-secondary readiness.

As part of the bill, the Keystone Exam graduation requirement would be put on hold until the 2021-22 school year. The alternate graduation options in Senate Bill 1095 would take effect when that delay expires.

This legislation, which now goes back to the Senate, seeks to enhance a multi-bill package to expand career and technical education to benefit both students and employers looking to fill jobs in high-demand fields. 
New Law Enhances Training, Oversight of Humane Officers

To help ensure the state’s animal cruelty laws are enforced in the fairest way possible, legislation has been signed into law to strengthen the training and oversight of Humane Society police officers.

Act 77 of 2018 increased initial and annual training hours for Humane Society police officers, and requires the training to include the proper procedure to file citations and warrants, including when and how to contact other law enforcement.

Other provisions of the new law require training in farm operations and biosecurity, with at least one on-site visit to a working commercial farm operation. Any organization that employs Humane Society police officers will be subject to the state’s Right-to-Know Law.

Humane Society police officers must be residents of Pennsylvania. If the appointment of a Humane Society police officer is revoked in one county, it would be revoked in all counties. 
House Passes Bill to Crack Down on Hazing

Legislation that seeks to better ensure the safety of students on college campuses by cracking down on hazing passed the House this week.

Senate Bill 1090 is a comprehensive overhaul of the state’s anti-hazing law which gives law enforcement better tools to prosecute hazing-related activities and to encourage those nearby to call for assistance for someone who may need help.

Specifically, the bill would increase penalties for those involved in hazing; require schools to have policies and reporting procedures in place to stop hazing; and ensure that parents and students are provided with information related to the issue. The legislation also would establish clear parameters on hazing for organizations such as fraternities and sororities.

The legislation is named in memory of Tim Piazza, a Penn State student who died as a result of hazing in 2017 and was denied medical care for hours. The measure now heads back to the Senate for concurrence. 
Safe Schools Grants Awarded in 158th District

Two state grants were awarded in the 158th Legislative District to boost school security by creating a program to reduce violent incidents and enabling the hiring and/or training of a school resource officer.

West Chester Area School District received a $20,000 program grant to prevent and reduce violent incidents.

The South Chester County Police Department received a $60,000 school resource officer (SRO) grant that can be used for the training and compensation of SROs, municipalities and police departments. SROs are law enforcement officers from local, county or state enforcement agencies assigned to schools in cooperative agreements with education officials.

Because so much flexibility is afforded at the local level for these grants, the school district and police department will be able to determine how best to make the lives of our students safer. Customization is key as what is effective in one school may not be in another.

The funds were awarded by the Pennsylvania Department of Education through the competitive Safe Schools Targeted Grant Program. 
U.S. Route 322 Bridge to be Replaced

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) has awarded a $5,859,555 contract to Allan Myers, LP, of Worcester, to replace the bridge that carries U.S. Route 322 (Downingtown Pike) motorists over the east branch of the Brandywine Creek in East Bradford and West Bradford townships.

The purpose of this project is to provide a long-term transportation facility that is structurally sound, capable of handling the volume of expected traffic along this state highway and has the hydraulic capacity to improve the flow of the creek below.

The project was driven by the need to replace the existing steel beam bridge that was built in 1929 and is in poor condition. The bridge is deteriorating and no longer meets current design standards. The new two-span, concrete beam structure will be constructed downstream of the existing crossing on a new alignment extending from the intersection of U.S. Route 322 (Downingtown Pike) and Sugars Bridge Road to the intersection of U.S. Route 322 (Downingtown Pike) and Skelp Level Road.

The department will maintain two lanes of traffic during most of the construction phase and the work will be staged with short-term flagging operations to complete the new roadway tie-in on both approaches. Construction is expected to begin this fall and finish in the spring of 2020.

This replacement project is financed with 100 percent federal funds. 
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