Mar. 15, 2019

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Matching Good-Paying Jobs with the Right Training
House Republicans are focusing on good jobs and careers for all Pennsylvanians, working to improve our workforce development and career and technical education opportunities, and advancing policies to help transition people from minimum wage jobs to family-sustaining careers.

This week, a package of bills that will help us achieve these goals earned committee approval and will now advance to the full House for a vote.

This package includes bills that would boost awareness of workforce needs and increase the flexibility for secondary CTE programs. Bills would also create a comprehensive online CTE resource center and coordinate state-level career exploration and workforce development opportunities.

Improving the way CTE works in Pennsylvania also would include putting at least one K-12 career and technical center administrator on each Workforce Development Board and creating a database with information on where courses, programs, certificates, and diplomas transfer among public schools and institutions of higher education.

Learn more about #GoodJobs4PA.

Health Committee Hearing Focuses on Employment Issues in Health Care
This week, the House Health Committee heard testimony about difficulty in attracting doctors and other health care employees to Pennsylvania.

Experts from across the state who testified said burdensome government regulations have contributed to “burnout” and pushed younger doctors and nurses to move out of Pennsylvania. They also discussed issues with finding qualified candidates to fill important roles, including nurses and technicians.

As the session continues, the House will look at ways we can remove these barriers and help improve training for these important positions.

Report Potholes to PennDOT
With the thaw out of spring comes the growth of potholes on Pennsylvania’s roads.

Extreme fluctuations in temperatures, coupled with an active snow season, can contribute to more potholes on our roads.

To help combat potholes and prevent them from becoming a danger to vehicles and drivers on the road, you can report potholes to PennDOT.

You can report potholes by calling 1-800-FIX-ROAD or by clicking here to file a report online

Keep PA Beautiful!

Volunteers are being sought for this year’s Great American Cleanup of Pennsylvania, which began March 1 and runs through May 31. A comprehensive webpage that includes all volunteer opportunities available, from the Great American Cleanup of PA and Adopt-A-Highway to Safety Training, Litter Brigades and more, is available here.

The cleanup is sponsored each year by PennDOT, the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful and other partners.

During last year’s cleanup, 108,638 volunteers collected over 7.7 million pounds of litter from Pennsylvania’s roads, trails and shorelines. Over 5,300 events were held, with every county participating.

Groups participating in PennDOT’s Adopt-A-Highway (AAH) program, which involves volunteers cleaning roadsides year-round, are also encouraged to participate in the cleanup, with gloves, trash bags and safety vests provided. In addition, during “Pick It Up, PA Days,” set for April 13 to May 6, registered cleanup events have access to reduced or free disposal at participating landfills, through support from DEP and the Pennsylvania Waste Industries Association.
Committee Updates
Monday, March 11
Consumer Affairs Committee
Informational meeting on the role the PJM has in the interstate energy market with historical perspective and possible future market trends.

Tuesday, March 12
Consumer Affairs Committee
HB 751 (Roae) – Title 66/omnibus amendments.

Judiciary Committee
HB 97 (Rapp) – Title 18/sale of "vaping" products to minors.

HB 279 (Boback) – Title 42/hot car immunity – children.

HB 288 (Simmons) – Title 18/concealing death of child (Caylee's Law).

HB 315 (Murt) – Title 18/criminalization of female genital mutilation.

HB 332 (Grove) – Title 42/establishing a statewide commerce court.

SB 113 (DiSanto) – Public Employee Pension Forfeiture Act/pension forfeiture for any job-related felony offense.
Rep. Delozier in the Community
• Recently, I spoke at the Pennsylvania Association of Building Code Officials about my legislation that would create a building code official “trainee” program to ensure we have a sufficient number of building code officials in the future. Certified inspectors, in particular, are a rapidly aging population in Pennsylvania. Municipalities and third-party agencies are both reporting shortages in qualified, certified persons to fill vacancies.

• This week, I hosted three students as guest pages at the Capitol. They are Clara Tosh of Upper Allen Township, a Mechanicsburg Area High School junior; Summer Clutter of Silver Spring Township, a senior at West Shore Christian Academy; and Justin Rockey of Silver Spring Township, a junior at West Shore Christian Academy. Guest pages serve on the House floor during session days and witness government up close.
• Wednesday was the 81st anniversary dinner for the Rotary Club of Mechanicsburg. I am a proud member of this organization, which assists so many in a variety of ways.
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