In this Update:
Sen. Robinson’s District Office in Robinson Township Now Open; Ready to Serve Constituents
State Senator Devlin Robinson (R-37) today announced his second district office is open and ready to assist constituents.
The office is located at 200 Cedar Ridge Drive, Suite 206, Pittsburgh, PA 15205. That location will be open Monday-Thursday from 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. and Fridays by appointment only. To schedule, constituents can call 412-643-3020 or stop in during regular office hours.
“My goal is to offer the best constituent service possible and ensure our local concerns are addressed in Harrisburg,” Senator Robinson said. “We’re excited to welcome the faces of the 37th District.”
Senator Robinson’s district offices in Bethel Park and Robinson Township are available for services such as processing PennDOT forms, acquiring Port Authority Senior Connect Cards, assisting with property tax and rent rebate forms, legislative questions and concerns and much more. For a complete list, please visit Senator Robinson’s website at www.SenatorDevlinRobinsonPA.com. The website also includes information about topics of interest to local communities, as well as updates on what is happening in Harrisburg. Constituents can also share their questions and opinions with Senator Robinson on the contact page on the website.
“I encourage constituents to give us a call, so they can learn more about how my district offices can assist them and their community,” Senator Robinson said. “I’m looking forward to meeting and serving more residents of my district.”
Senator Robinson also reminded constituents they can follow what’s happening on social media. His Facebook page (@SenRobinsonPA) and Instagram (@senatordevlinrobinson) provide legislative updates and pictures of local constituents he meets, and information on other events happening in local neighborhoods and communities. Senator Robinson can also be found at the Twitter handle @SenRobinsonPA. On Twitter, the Senator provides more news updates of legislative action in Harrisburg and the district.
The 37th Senate District is made up of portions of Allegheny and Washington counties.
Pittsburgh International Airport Unveiling of Microgrid
Earlier this week, I was pleased to attend the unveiling of Pittsburgh International Airport’s first-of-its-kind microgrid, making it the first airport in the world powered completely by natural gas and solar energy.
The microgrid went live on Wednesday morning and is an important step ahead of the upcoming groundbreaking for the airport’s terminal project.
Thanks to several stakeholders and partners, this project comes at no cost to Allegheny County taxpayers and demonstrates how new, alternative energy sources can be combined with traditional power sources in our region.
Pittsburgh International Airport, located in the 37th Senatorial District, has always served as an example to airports around the world, and this major step in this ongoing project has proven that once again.
Legislative Reapportionment Commission Update
The Pennsylvania Legislative Reapportionment Commission held an administrative meeting and public hearing Tuesday to focus on staffing, census data, primary election deadlines and reapportionment criteria.
You can view the agenda and video here.
The Pennsylvania Constitution requires that the legislative districts for the state House of Representatives and Senate be redrawn each decade following the federal census. This process is mandated so that each citizen’s vote ultimately carries the same weight in the ballot box. The Legislative Reapportionment Commission consists of five members: two members of both parties and a chair.
2021 Legislative Roundup: Children & Families
Among the key bills passed by the Senate in the first half of the year are several that strengthen protections for children and older Pennsylvanians. They include:
Act 20 of 2021 aligns the Family Caregiver Support Act with federal standards, expands the definition of “care receiver” to add a child being raised by a grandparent and an adult with a disability who is cared for by an older adult, and makes other changes to help families.
Act 42 of 2021 allows a criminal justice agency to share information relating to an allegation or instance of child abuse with a county agency or the Department of Human Services to investigate, or with a children’s advocacy center to provide services to investigating agencies.
Act 48 of 2021 gives the Attorney General’s office concurrent jurisdiction with county district attorneys to investigate individuals who use their position of trust to financially exploit older adults and care-dependent people.
Act 49 of 2021 targets elder abuse by making it a misdemeanor for a professional caretaker to post pictures of care-dependent individuals on social media without permission with the intent to ridicule or demean.
Act 53 of 2021 increases the penalties for those convicted of child pornography and permits the Pennsylvania Commission on Sentencing to increase penalties for those convicted of the sexual abuse of children when the victim is known to the defendant.
A complete list of notable bills passed by the Senate this year can be found here.
State Government Merger to Save Taxpayer Dollars
Legislation merging the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections and the Board of Probation and Parole was recently signed into law.
The new law transfers supervision of offenders and certain administrative functions from the Board to the Department, but preserves parole decision–making responsibilities within the Board. The merger is projected to save taxpayers $29.6 million through 2023 when fully implemented by eliminating redundant procedures and sharing of resources and personnel.
Preventing Child Deaths in Hot Cars
Since 1998, an average of one child per year has died in Pennsylvania after being left in a hot car. All of these tragic deaths could have been prevented.
More than half of pediatric vehicular heat stroke deaths involve children under 2 years of age. By far, the leading circumstance is children forgotten by a caregiver.
The National Safety Council advises parents and caregivers to stick to a routine and avoid distractions to reduce the risk of forgetting a child. Place a purse, briefcase or even a left shoe in the back seat to force you to take one last look before walking away. Keep car doors locked so children cannot gain access and teach them that cars are not play areas. And look in the back seat before you leave and lock your vehicle.
Increased Unemployment Compensation Fraud and Identity Theft
According to the Department of Labor and Industry, unemployment phishing attempts are at an all-time high. Before clicking on any link or responding to suspicious messages, claimants are asked to review all verified UC contact methods.
What to do when someone files for unemployment benefits using your identity:
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