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Rep. Frank Farry is the prime sponsor of House Bill 2157, which would impose greater penalties on individuals who set off fireworks in violation of the law, as well as place restrictions on when consumer fireworks may be set off in Pennsylvania. He joins Sen. Kristin Phillips-Hill on the podcast to discuss his unique background as a volunteer fire chief and why he thinks this bill will address many known challenges since the Commonwealth legalized consumer fireworks in 2017. You can read the legislation here: https://www.legis.state.pa.us/cfdocs/billinfo/billinfo.cfm?syear=2021&sind=0&body=H&type=B&bn=2157
Sen. Kristin Phillips-Hill is joined by the Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Broadband Development Authority, Brandon Carson. Brandon was recently hired by the authority to lead this statewide entity that serves a single point-of-contact for broadband funding in the Commonwealth and drive out federal tax dollars to eligible projects to close the digital divide.
Sen. Lisa Baker (R-Luzerne) joins Sen. Kristin Phillips-Hill to discuss legislation they are working on together that would ban outside groups from funding Pennsylvania’s elections process. In 2020, the nonprofit Center for Tech and Civic Life (CTCL) pumped in more than $20 million into the Commonwealth. Further evidence shows certain counties were targeted by CTCL for funding. The senators believe that this could set a very dangerous precedent and outline why they are seeking to end the practice all together. Senate Bill 982 would restore confidence and integrity in Pennsylvania’s election process.
Senator Gene Yaw, Chairman of the Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee, joins Senator Phillips-Hill to discuss rising energy costs in Pennsylvania and across the nation. The senators discuss the efforts by the Wolf Administration through the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative and how it will only make matters worse in the state. They also discuss Senator Yaw’s recent op-ed titled, “Are We Nuts? American Energy is Key to Undermining Putin’s War,” which can be found here: https://www.senatorgeneyaw.com/2022/03/01/are-we-nuts-american-energy-is-key-to-undermining-putins-war/ Finally, they review the recent Independent Fiscal Office’s report showing Pennsylvania a major net exporter of electricity, which can be found here: http://www.ifo.state.pa.us/download.cfm?file=Resources/Documents/Electricity_Update_March_2022.pdf
Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Sen. Pat Browne (R-Lehigh) joins Sen. Kristin Phillips-Hill to discuss Gov. Wolf's recently proposed state budget and the committee's public hearings to review the spending plan.
Senator Ryan Aument (R-Lancaster) joins Senator Kristin Phillips-Hill to review proposed amendments to the Pennsylvania Constitution, including measures that he is sponsoring alongside House Speaker Bryan Cutler (R-Lancaster).
Senator Kristin Phillips-Hill sits down with Rep. Eric Nelson to discuss legislation that would prohibit third-party entities from contributing to the elections process in Pennsylvania. In the 2020 General Election, the Center for Tech and Civic Life (CTCL) provided more than $20 million to Pennsylvania counties. Counties were selectively asked by state officials to apply to the nonprofit for funding. CTCL was the recipient of $350 million in donations by Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg last year.
Senator Kristin Phillips-Hill is joined by Reps. Clint Owlett and Marty Causer to discuss the latest on House Bill 2071. The bipartisan legislation would put parameters on how federal infrastructure funding is spent to improve access to high-speed internet in unserved and underserved areas.
Senator Wayne Langerholc, who serves as the Chair of the Senate Transportation Committee, joins Senator Kristin Phillips-Hill to discuss a recently released plan presented by Governor Tom Wolf's Transportation Revenue Options Commission (TROC). The plan proposes to phase out the state gasoline tax, however, the new fees and taxes will result in a tax hike for Pennsylvania motorists. Sen. Langerholc also outlines the DRIVE SMART Act, an alternative to the governor's proposed tax and fee hikes.
Senator Kristin Phillips-Hill sits down with Representative Jason Ortitay to preview upcoming public hearings to review the Dept. of Health's latest $34 million contract with a Boston-based firm to conduct contact tracing in Pennsylvania over the next year.
Senator Kristin Phillips-Hill sits down with Senator Judy Ward (R-30) to discuss their effort to ban state and local governments from requiring vaccine passports.
Senator Kristin Phillips-Hill sits down with Senator Ryan Aument (R-Lancaster), who is a member of the COVID-19 Vaccine Joint Task Force, to discuss how the collaborative approach improved the rollout of the vaccine across the state.
Senator Kristin Phillips-Hill hosts Senate Health and Human Services Committee Joan Bradbury on the podcast to discuss the latest on Pennsylvania's rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine.
Citizens Volunteer Fire Company Chief Jimmy Williams joins Senator Kristin Phillips-Hill to discuss some of the challenges volunteer fire companies are facing amid the coronavirus pandemic.
York City Fire Chief Chad Deardorff joins Senator Kristin Phillips-Hill to discuss firework safety ahead of the Fourth of July holiday as well as legislation pending in the General Assembly to increase penalties on individuals who set off fireworks in violation of the law.
Dr. Nathan Van Deusen, Superintendent of the South Eastern School District, joins Senator Kristin Phillips-Hill to discuss the current reality of public education during the coronavirus pandemic.
Senator Kristin Phillips-Hill hosts a discussion with President Dr. Pamela Gunter-Smith of York College as part of her ongoing series of podcast episodes focused on the coronavirus pandemic and its impact on various sectors across York County.
Senator Kristin Phillips-Hill features York County District Attorney Dave Sunday, who outlined the latest updates on how his office is serving the public, how victims are protected and how he and his team are ensuring public safety during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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