Working to promote early literacy
development, the McKean County Family Center invited me to read this
year’s “One Book, Every Young Child” selection, called “Daniel Finds a
Poem.” As always, reading to the children was a lot of fun, and I
appreciate the opportunity to help grow their interest in books!
Putting Public Safety, First Responders First
In another step aimed at boosting
public safety and helping our fire and emergency medical services, the
House has approved legislation establishing a bipartisan commission to
make recommendations to help ensure the future of these life-saving
According to Senate Resolution 6,
the commission would be made up of state lawmakers, as well as
representatives of local government and emergency service providers
throughout Pennsylvania. The group would be charged with producing a
final report of all legislative recommendations by June 30, 2018.
While the commission is at work,
lawmakers are already discussing several initiatives aimed at supporting
our fire and EMS providers by boosting funding and training
opportunities and encouraging volunteerism.
This work is vital to ensuring we
have fire and ambulance personnel at the ready in the event of an
emergency. Read more here.
Allowing Terminally Ill Patients the Right to Try
Legislation that would permit
eligible patients with a terminal illness to use investigational drugs,
biological products and devices not yet approved by the U.S. Food and
Drug Administration (FDA) passed the House on Tuesday.
With the FDA approval process often
too slow to save patients suffering from terminal illness, 31 other
states allow these patients the right to try medicines, products and
House Bill 45
would permit a manufacturer to make these products available to
eligible patients once the products successfully complete the first
phase of clinical trials. Under the bill, physicians would not be held
liable for recommending experimental products to their terminally ill
patients, nor would the bill create a private cause of action against
the manufacturers that make the drugs. While the bill does not require
insurers to cover these products, they may do so at their own
The bill now moves to the state Senate.
State Grant Deadline is May 1 for PA College Students
The deadline for students and
families to submit their applications for the 2017-18 Pennsylvania State
Grant program is May 1. This deadline applies to all renewal applicants
and first-time applicants who plan to enroll in colleges, universities
or a college transfer program at two-year public or private colleges
(except community colleges and designated Pennsylvania Open Admission
To apply for a Pennsylvania State
Grant, applicants must first complete the 2017-18 Free Application for
Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Applicants can access the FAFSA online at www.PHEAA.org/FAFSA or www.fafsa.gov. Completing the FAFSA online saves time and reduces application and processing errors.
Students and families with questions
about the FAFSA or the State Grant Program can call 1-800-692-7392 for
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