Senator Richard Alloway, II E-Newsletter

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Opioid Outreach Event Set for Thursday

The heroin and opioid epidemic has taken a terrible toll on communities throughout Pennsylvania. I look forward to hosting an opioid outreach event later this week to discuss the problem, ways the state is working to combat this crisis, and where community residents can turn for help.

The opioid outreach event will be held on April 12 from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. at the Franklin Fire Hall, located at 158 West King Street in Chambersburg. Jerry Mitchell from the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General and Franklin County District Attorney Matt Fogal will be available during this program for a general discussion and to answer questions.

Registration for the event is available online at http://www.senatoralloway.com/opioid-outreach-program/.

Senate Approves Framework for Growing Greener III Program

Pennsylvania’s Growing Greener and Growing Greener II programs have played a critical role in protecting our natural resources for nearly two decades. Unfortunately, funding for the program has declined from approximately $200 million in the mid-2000s to just $57 million last year.

Earlier this year, the Senate passed a bill I sponsored that would create a framework for a Growing Greener III program that will continue to support critical environmental and quality of life projects in communities throughout the state.

The program would fund projects including local parks and trails, open space preservation, farmland preservation, flood mitigation, stream and waterway restoration, watershed protection initiatives, and drinking and wastewater treatment improvements.

The success of the Growing Greener program is a result of a strong cooperative effort between lawmakers, state and local government officials, environmental advocates and many other stakeholders who worked together to identify the most pressing needs in our communities. Finding a way to continue this program is one of the best ways that we can ensure we pass along a cleaner and healthier Pennsylvania to future generations.

Special Ceremony Will Honor Local Vietnam Veterans

Many American heroes who fought for our country during the conflict in Vietnam did not receive the respect and admiration they deserved. I plan to host a special event in Harrisburg next month to honor our local veterans who served during that tumultuous time in our nation’s history.

If you or someone you know in the 33rd Senatorial District served on active duty in the United States military at any time during the period of November 1, 1955, to May 15, 1975, regardless of stationing location, I encourage you to learn more about this event. Participants must register on my website by May 3 in order to attend and to be recognized.

Registration is available online at www.senatoralloway.com/vietnam-veterans-50th or by calling Melissa Knepper in my Harrisburg office at 717-772-2929. 

Senate Approves Bills to Support Crime Victims

There are numerous state and federal laws in place to protect the due process of rights of individuals accused of committing a crime, but there are few measures in place to protect crime victims. I joined my Senate colleagues in supporting a package of bills that are designed to better protect crime victims.

One bill in the package would amend the state Constitution to create a crime victims’ Bill of Rights. Known as Marsy’s Law, the legislation would ensure that victims of crimes are provided notice of hearings and other proceedings; protection from the accused; notice of release or escape; full and timely restitution; proceedings free from delays and with prompt conclusion; the ability to confer with the government’s attorney; and information on all of these rights.

Other bills in the package would help protect victims of domestic violence, including measures to help relocate victims who live in public housing; provide protection while a PFA is being served; clarify the use of risk assessment tools when setting bail; making it easier to remove the name of an abuser from a shared telephone plan; providing for extensions of a PFA order when an abuser is released from custody; and clarifying provisions related to a court-ordered surrender of firearms for domestic violence defendants.

If approved by the House of Representatives and signed into law by the governor, these bills would help ensure that the rights of crime victims are finally protected as vigorously as the rights of the accused.

Spring Fling Event Offers Information for Senior Adults, Caregivers and Individuals with Disabilities

The Adams County Office for the Aging and PA LINK to Aging and Disability Resources will host a Spring Fling event to offer information for senior adults, caregivers and individuals with disabilities. The event is scheduled from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. on May 30 at Hauser Field House at Gettysburg College.

A number of exhibitors will be available to answer questions and offer information on programs and services designed to help senior adults, caregivers and those who have a disability. Free health screenings, entertainment, door prizes, bingo, and a yoga demonstration are also planned for the event. Lunch tickets can be ordered through May 18 for $6.

Registration for the event is available by calling 717-334-9296 or 1-800-548-3240.

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