Jan. 21, 2019

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Skilled Workers Needed

On Wednesday, I joined my colleagues for a press conference at the York County School of Technology to highlight the importance of career and technical education (CTE) for students’ and Pennsylvania’s economic success.

There are numerous open positions for skilled workers in the Commonwealth and no one to fill them. These high-tech jobs offer family-sustaining pay. It is important we meet the workforce demands to ensure our middleclass thrives.
Committee Assignments Announced

House Committee assignments for the 2019-20 Legislative Session have been announced. I will serve on the House Aging and Adult Services; Health; Labor and Industry; and State Government committees.

The Labor and Industry Committee has been tackling several important issues and I look forward to continuing the work.
Column on Human Trafficking

I ask that you take a moment to read a column about human trafficking. The column was co-authored by Rep. Seth Grove (R-Dover), Sen. Kristin Phillips-Hill (R-York) and York County District Attorney Dave Sunday. You can read an excerpt of the column below, or click here to read it in full.

“Human trafficking is society’s hidden dark secret that sometimes happens in plain sight. This heinous crime happens in every part of Pennsylvania. Yet, sometimes we don’t realize that people we encounter are victims of modern-day slavery.

“To aid law enforcement in its fight to end this barbaric practice, the Buyer Beware Act, which will be introduced as House Bill 12 in the House and Senate Bill 60 in the Senate, was unveiled during a recent press conference in Harrisburg.

“The Buyer Beware Act will ensure those who are convicted of crimes related to human trafficking will feel the full force of our court system while providing justice to helpless victims. We must get tougher on these villainous criminals who rob victims of their God-given right of freedom.”
Appearance on Face the State

I appeared on CBS 21’s Face the State to discuss the start of the 2019-20 session and other topics. I will post a link to the show on my Facebook page once it’s available. You can find my page by clicking here.
Radon – Is Your Home Safe?

An estimated 40 percent of Pennsylvania homes have higher levels of radon than national safety standards, due to the state’s geology. However, residents can perform a simple test to detect this gas, which is considered the second leading cause of lung cancer.

Radon is an odorless, colorless radioactive gas that occurs naturally from the breakdown of uranium in soil and rocks and enters homes through cracks in the foundation or other openings. High levels of radon tend to be found in basements, but the gas can be found anywhere in the home.

Winter is a good time to test for radon, because doors and windows are generally closed, providing more accurate results. Simple radon test kits are inexpensive and available at home improvement and hardware stores.

January is national Radon Action Month. For more information on radon in the home, click here.
Women of the House

The 2019-20 session marks the largest class of woman to serve in the Pennsylvania House in its history. I am proud to be part of this group of 51 women.
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