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Pennsylvania Report

Pennsylvania Report  is a monthly television program, produced by Senate Democrats. This month topics are Minimum Wage, Marcellus Shale Gas Tax & Domestic Violence

Yudichak Announces Local Safe Schools Grants

NANTICOKE, November 14, 2014 – State Sen. John Yudichak (D-Luzerne/Carbon) today announced that five Luzerne County school districts and a local police department have received nearly 0,000 in state Safe Schools grants to fund the hiring of a school resource…   Continue reading →

Yudichak Joins Senate Democratic Leadership

HARRISBURG, November 12, 2014 – State Sen. John Yudichak (D-Luzerne/Carbon) was selected to serve as a member of the Senate Democratic Caucus leadership team in the role of Caucus Administrator for the 2015-16 legislative session. As Caucus Administrator, Senator Yudichak…   Continue reading →

Yudichak Announces $ 1 Million Grant for Wilkes Streetscape Project

HARRISBURG, November 10, 2014 – State Sen. John Yudichak (D-Luzerne/Carbon) today announced that Wilkes University has received a million federal grant to continue to make streetscape and pedestrian safety improvements at South Franklin Street and West South Street. “Wilkes…   Continue reading →

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November 5, 2014: Pennsylvania Moment: Senator Yudichak says the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) is now taking applications to help those who cannot afford to heat their homes this winter.Pennsylvania-Moment-

October 7, 2014:  Pennsylvania Moment: Senator Yudichak says the state Department of Aging has a toll-free hotline anyone can call to get answers to questions about how to care for an aging loved one.Pennsylvania-Moment-

October 1, 2014:  Recently it was alleged that employees of the state Health Department were instructed to ignore public complaints about the health effects of fracking in Marcellus Shale areas of the state. At the suggestion of Senator Yudichak, the Senate Democratic Policy Committee held a hearing on that topic at King’s College in Wilkes-Barre. Here are Senator Yuichak’s opening and closing remarks at the hearing.Fracking-Health-Hearing-Sen.Yu

September 17, 2014: Senator Yudichak is inviting the public to an October 1st Senate Democratic Policy Committee hearing on the handling of Marcellus Shale drilling-related health complaints by the Pennsylvania Department of Health.  Here’s more with Senator Yudichak:Policy-Hearing-Health-Complain

September 16, 2014: The Senate Finance Committee today approved legislation that would bring an end to school property taxes in Pennsylvania.  Here’s more with Senator Yudichak, a strong supporter of Senate Bill 76, which he says will release homeowners from the grips of unaffordable property tax bills while ensuring that our public schools are adequately funded.SB-76-Committee-Vote-Yudichak-

September 8, 2014:  Pennsylvania Moment: The Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) covers the health needs of all Pennsylvania’s children. Senator Yudichak says all parents should check to see if their children are eligible.Pennsylvania-Moment-

August 29, 2014: Labor Day is more than just a day off or a signal that summer is coming to an end, it’s a time to honor Pennsylvania’s working men and women, especially organized labor.  Here’s more with Senator Yudichak who explains what the holiday means to him, and he calls for an increase in the minimum wage in Pennsylvania.Labor-Day-2014-Yudichak-WebCut

August 27, 2014: In view of recent criticism over the way the Pennsylvania Department of Health is responding to health complaints concerning fracking by the Marcellus Shale natural gas drilling industry, Senator Yudichak is pushing legislation that would create a statewide health registry.  Here’s more with the Democratic Chairman of the Senate Environmental Resources & Energy Committee.SB-790-Health-Complaints-Yudic

August 21, 2014:  A state Senate committee is looking into a plan by the federal Environmental Protection Agency designed to clean up power plant emissions.  Senator Yudichak, the Democratic chairman of that committee, is looking for flexibility from the EPA.epa-emissions-hearing

August 6, 2014:  Senator Yudichak says lawmakers hope to pass legislation in the fall that will give local police the same ability to monitor speeds on local roadways that State Police have on state highways.local-radar-bill

August 5, 2014:  Pennsylvania Moment:  As students head back to college, Sen. Yudichak reminds them — and their parents — to explore all the possibilities when it comes to paying for higher education.Pennsylvania-Moment-

July 21, 2014: Senator Yudichak comments on Pennsylvania’s Public Employee Pension Crisis:Pension-Crisis-Op-Ed-Yudichak

July 7, 2014:  Pennsylvania Moment: Senator Yudichak tells senior citizens how they can get help paying for their prescriptions.Pennsylvania-Moment-

June 30, 2014: Senator Yudichak today praised Senate approval of “Kevin’s Law,” which stiffens the penalties for hit-and-run drivers involved in fatal crashes.  Here are the Luzerne County lawmaker’s remarks on the legislation which makes fleeing the scene of a vehicular homicide punishable by three years in jail.Kevin’s-Law-SB-1312-Yudichak-R

June 10, 2014: Legislation that would reduce the number of members on the Penn State University Board of Trustees has cleared its first major hurdle in Harrisburg. Here’s more with Senator Yudichak, sponsor of the measure, and a member of the Senate State Government Committee which approved the bill today and sent it to the full Senate for a vote.PSU-SB-1240-Yudichak-WebStory

June 5, 2014:  Pennsylvania Moment: Sen. Yudichak advises Pennsylvania’s veterans to call the Veteran’s Hotline and check on the benefits they’ve earned.Pennsylvania-Moment-

May 15, 2014: Ohio’s House of Representatives has passed a bill imposing a severance tax on fracking in that state. Senator Yudichak says Pennsylvania should do the same. Ohio-Gas-Severance-Tax-Yudicha

May 9, 2014:  Pennsylvania Moment: Sen. Yudichak talks about PennDOT’s Yellow Dot program, designed to help both people with special medical conditions and first responders at an accident scene.Pennsylvania-Moment

April 11, 2014: Senator Yudichak, who also serves on the State System of Higher Education’s Board of Governors, says he’s optimistic the system’s new chancellor will lead the 14 state-owned universities to a bright future.  Here’s more with the Luzerne County lawmaker on the new chancellor and the challenges that he faces.PASSHE-Chancellor-Yudichak-Wra

April 10, 2014: A Commonwealth Court ruling which upheld the constitutionality of a state law passed last year by the General Assembly — stemming from the Jerry Sandusky scandal — that had been challenged by the NCAA is being applauded by Senator Yudichak, a graduate of Penn State, who says the NCAA got a one-two punch from the court.NCAA-PSU-Court-Ruling-Yudichak

April 9, 2014: A bipartisan group of lawmakers from the Pennsylvania Senate and House of Representatives voiced their support today at the State Capitol for imposing a severance tax on the Marcellus Shale natural gas industry.  Here’s more with Senator Yudichak, the Democratic Chairman of the Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee, who says current state law regulating the industry crafted by Gov. Corbett and his administration, is flawed in many areas including its tax policy.Shale-Tax-Bipartisan-Support-Y

April 5, 2014:  Pennsylvania Moment:  Senator Yudichak says authorities can be alerted to child abuse by anyone anytime of the day or night.Pennsylvania-Moment