PA Agriculture Secretary Issues Statement on 2018 Federal Farm Bill’s Introduction in U.S. House

Harrisburg, PA – Secretary of Agriculture Russell Redding today commended the U.S. House of Representatives for the initial release of a draft federal Farm Bill, legislation that provides funding and guidelines for farm and food programs in the United States. While noting the challenges of crafting such a wide-ranging piece of legislation, Redding said the bill […]

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206 Million Eggs Recalled; PA Among States Impacted; Rose Acre Farms Recalls Shell Eggs Due to Possible Health Risk

Through an abundance of caution Rose Acre Farms of Seymour, Indiana is voluntarily recalling 206,749,248 eggs because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella Braenderup, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy individuals infected with SalmonellaBraenderup can experience fever, diarrhea, nausea, […]

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Department of State Tells Counties to Have New Voting Systems in Place by End of 2019

​Harrisburg, PA –  Acting Secretary of State Robert Torres today informed Pennsylvania’s counties to have voter-verifiable paper record voting systems selected no later than December 31, 2019, and preferably in place by the November 2019 general election. He also announced the commonwealth will receive nearly $14 million in federal funding to assist counties with replacement. “We […]

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Education Advocates Call for Boost in Special-Ed Funding

By:Andrea Sears HARRISBURG, Pa. – Two dozen disability-rights groups, child- and education-advocacy organizations have signed on to a letter asking lawmakers to increase funding for special education. The more than 270,000 students in special education in Pennsylvania are legally entitled to additional supports and services. They may need access to certified school psychologists, therapists, nurses […]

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Electric-Vehicle Bill a Potential Win for PA

By: Andrea Sears HARRISBURG, Pa. – Pennsylvania is lagging behind some other states in creating the infrastructure to support electric vehicles, but a bill making its way through the Legislature could change that. Transportation is one of the main sources of carbon pollution. But without a reliable network of charging stations, consumers are reluctant to […]

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PA House Abortion Ban Bill Called Unconstitutional

By: Andrea Sears HARRISBURG, Pa. – Civil-liberties advocates call a bill passed Monday by Pennsylvania’s House Health Committee “unconstitutional and unenforceable.” House Bill 2050 would make it a crime to perform an abortion based on a fetal diagnosis of Down syndrome. Elizabeth Randol, legislative director for the ACLU of Pennsylvania, noted that other states have passed […]

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Secretary of State Encourages Pennsylvanians to Use Online Voter Registration as Primary Deadline Approaches

​Harrisburg, PA – Acting Secretary of State Robert Torres today reminded Pennsylvanians that Monday, April 16, is the deadline to register to vote in the May primary election. He added that Online Voter Registration (OVR) makes the process easier than ever before. “Voting is the most important way in which we can participate in our democracy,” Torres said.  […]

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DEP to Host Public Hearing on Brunner Island Draft Discharge Permit

​Harrisburg, PA – The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) will host a public hearing to collect comments on the draft National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit issued to Brunner Island LLC. The public hearing will be held on Wednesday, April 25, 2018 from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM at the Union Fire Company, 201 […]

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DEP Seeks Public Comment on Draft Final Methane General Permits

​Harrisburg, PA – The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is accepting public comments on the draft final general permits (GP) that address methane emissions and other air pollutants from unconventional well sites and from midstream and natural gas transmission facilities. The additional comment period is opening to provide the opportunity for public comment on the […]

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