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Sen. Yudichak Reports

Carbon County Beer DistributorsModernize, Don't Privatize

A few weeks ago, I stood with Malt Beverage Distributors Association of Pennsylvania president Mark Tanczos and numerous Carbon County beer distributor owners at Highland Beverage in Jim Thorpe to oppose legislation that would crush most family-run beer distributors and privatize the state-run wine and spirit stores.

House Bill 790, currently before the Senate Law and Justice Committee, would sell off the state’s more than 600 liquor stores and allow liquor and beer sales in supermarkets, convenience stores and big box retailers.

All across Pennsylvania, communities are struggling with record-high unemployment – and this proposal would severely jeopardize the future of our family-run beer distributors, potentially costing upwards of 10,000 jobs.

Instead of privatizing our state stores, we should look at proposals that modernize our operations – such as allowing our family-run distributors to sell six and twelve-packs – which would generate millions of dollars in additional annual revenue.

Proposals circulating in Harrisburg to modernize the operations of the PLCB, including wine and beer sales, would allow the existing agency to operate at peak performance, and produce up to $100 million in additional revenue.

Administration Remains Silent on Issue of Naming DEP Secretary

DEPIt has been nearly two months now since former Department of Environmental Protection Secretary Michael Krancer announced his resignation – and while the administration has hastily nominated candidates to fill other Cabinet vacancies, there has been no sense of urgency to fill the important DEP Secretary position.

Secretary Krancer’s resignation became official on April 15 – meaning that the DEP, complete with over 2,600 employees and a $655 million budget, has gone more than a month without a department head. This is simply not acceptable and the lack of action and urgency on appointing a replacement for Secretary Krancer is jeopardizing the quality of our environment, the potential for economic development in the Marcellus Shale Industry, and hundreds of other important functions of the DEP that must be overseen by a Secretary.

I urge the administration to immediately remedy this situation and nominate a viable candidate for the vacant Secretary of the Department of Environmental Protection position.

Sen. Yudichak's Community Corner

Helicopter
We had a great turnout for our Carbon County Community Safety Day at Mauch Chunk Lake in Jim Thorpe. Thanks to the PennStar/St. Luke's helicopter flight team for the smooth ride in!
Carbon County Community Safety Day
At Community Safety Day, I presented a Senate citation to the family of Summit Hill Fire police woman Claudia Sokol who tragically lost her life while responding to a fire.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PA Fraternal Alliance Award
The Pennsylvania Fraternal Alliance recently presented me with their prestigious 2013 Legislator of the Year Award. I am extremely humbled and honored by this wonderful recognition. and will continue to fight for our fraternal societies
Scranton School for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Children
Joined a number of my colleagues in welcoming the students from the Scranton School for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Children to the Capitol.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Veterans Honor Roll
I was honored to take part in the dedication ceremony for the new Veterans Honor Roll in the 6th Ward of Hanover Township. The honor roll was the Eagle Scout of Kyle Cunard.
I recently sat down with administrators and school board members from Lehighton Area School District to discuss their legislative priorities for the upcoming budget negotiations.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SHINE
I was proud to welcome members of the Lehigh Carbon Community College SHINE program to the state Capitol to perform their “The Inventive Inn” play at the Capitol Media Center.
Fallen Officer Memorial
Paid tribute to Officer Ernesto Valente and all of our other fallen heroes at Hazleton's National Peace Officer Memorial Day celebration.

 

 

 

 

Luzerne County Community Safety Day Set for July 20

Community Safety DayAfter our incredibly successful Carbon County Community Safety Day earlier this month in Jim Thrope, I am proud to partner with state Sen. Lisa Baker to bring Community Safety Day to Luzerne County.

The Keep'n It Safe in Luzerne County Community Safety Day will take place on Saturday, July 20 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Luzerne County Community College Public Safety Training Institute located at 133 South Prospect Street in Nanticoke.

We have worked very closely with Luzerne County, Luzerne County Community College, and Lackawanna/Luzerne Safe Kids to put together this wonderful, FREE event that will allow families to get a better idea of how they can help keep their neighborhoods safe and where they can go for help.

I hope to see you in Nanticoke on July 20!

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June 22, 2011 - Senate Democrats to Discuss Marcellus Shale Fee Amendment June 26, 2011 - Senate and House Democrats joined today to urge Republican leaders to “do the right thing” and pass a responsible severance fee on natural gas drilling in the Marcellus Shale.