A Win-Win for the Valley and Our Region
9/28/2017
Legislative Report 
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A Win-Win for the Valley and Our Region

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This week’s Mon Valley Moment is an important and inspiring update regarding communities from all parts of our region, standing together to support the efforts of Donora Borough to bring the Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC) to the 49th Legislative District.

As we continue to work through this process, we need to do everything we can to let everyone at CCAC know that they are not only wanted, but would be greatly appreciated in our region!

TEAM: Together Everyone Achieves MORE!

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Celebrate PA Manufacturers

Pennsylvania Manufacturing Week will be observed Sept. 30 through Oct. 6, and will recognize the vital role manufacturers play in our state’s economy and the variety of job opportunities and career paths open to the next generation of Pennsylvania’s workforce.

In total, manufacturing has an economic impact of $84 billion in Pennsylvania, and is the eighth largest manufacturing industry in the United States.

Throughout the week, Pennsylvania manufacturers and partners will hold events to give students and their families an inside look at today’s modern manufacturing. The weeklong celebration will conclude with National Manufacturing Day on Oct. 6. More information about the industry and events are available here

Pennsylvania Manufacturing Week and Manufacturing Day are part of a movement to build positive perceptions about manufacturing, draw attention to the variety of career opportunities available, and highlight the industry’s important contributions to our economy.

In helping to promote manufacturing, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives has spearheaded a new law to allow career and technical students to demonstrate proficiency on exams developed by the National Occupational Competency Testing Institute in lieu of demonstrating proficiency on a Keystone Exam.

Act 6 of 2017 gives them greater flexibility in meeting high school graduation requirements so they can be ready to enter the workforce.
                  
         
Protect Yourself from the Flu

The state Department of Health is encouraging all Pennsylvanians over 6 months of age to get a flu vaccine.

Infants and children, seniors, pregnant women and people with chronic medical conditions are especially susceptible to developing flu-related complications.

Other steps people can take to protect against the flu include:
  • Washing your hands often with soap and warm water or using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Covering your nose and mouth with a tissue when coughing or sneezing, and throwing any used tissues in the trash.
  • Keeping your hands away from your face, and not touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
  • Disinfecting frequently used surfaces like doorknobs, light switches, TV remotes or countertops.
  • Avoiding contact with individuals who may have the flu. When sick, stay home until at least 24 hours after your fever goes away on its own without the use of fever-reducing medicine.
Talk to your doctor about obtaining a flu vaccine or click here for information about the flu
                  
         
Preventing Illegals from Using Welfare Benefits

To help prevent the fraudulent use of public assistance benefits, the House passed legislation this week to further crack down on welfare fraud by requiring proper documentation of citizenship and residency when applying for local and state benefits.

Under House Bill 1095, individuals who apply for benefits directly must provide an acceptable form of identification, or an affidavit certifying their citizenship. The bill would not change any eligibility criteria for the receipt of public benefits. It merely would update Pennsylvania law to ensure compliance with federal law.

The bill would also prohibit individuals from possessing multiple ACCESS cards. Any person who violates this prohibition would be charged with a third-degree felony.

House Bill 1095 now goes to the state Senate.
                  
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