In This Update:
Senator Bob Mensch’s Statement on Washington D.C. Unrest
We are a nation of laws, and violence is never an acceptable way to settle disagreements. The violent actions yesterday are totally unacceptable and in no way can be condoned. We, all Americans, have an obligation to redouble our commitment to peaceful discourse.
Senator Bob Mensch’s 2020 Year in Review
As this year winds down, it’s important to take a look back at everything that 2020 has brought, even in the light of a global pandemic. All of our lives have been transformed in countless ways, and the lessons we’ve learned over the past 8-10 months will certainly shape our communities for years to come. However, during this time, I am happy to know that my office has had the opportunity to help a great amount of individuals that needed it most during this time.
This year, my office received and assisted over 8,000 constituent requests. 1,400 of those were related to Labor and Industry and/ or unemployment compensation. We also received approximately 10,500 legislative inquiries.
Senator Bob Mensch’s 2020 Year in Review
In this video, I offer my reflections on 2020, and take a look ahead to 2021.
Senator Mensch Congratulates Towamencin Police Department’s Chief Tim Dickinson on His Retirement
This week, I had the honor of congratulating and recognizing Towamencin Police Department’s Chief Tim Dickinson on a 43-year police career. Chief Dickinson has displayed the finest spirit of public service, and we thank him for all of his work throughout his career.
SAVE THE DATE: PNGAS Virtual Job Fair
The Pennsylvania National Guard Association will be hosting a series of virtual job fairs in the upcoming months. The next job fair is January 27, 2021, in which you’ll be able to explore the available information and opportunities, and participate in 1-on-1 text-based chats with representatives from participating organizations.
Montgomery County Office of Senior Services to Host Virtual Panel on Pain Management
On Thursday, January 14 from 10:00am-11:30am, the Montgomery County Office of Senior Services will be hosting a virtual panel presentation: ‘Pain Management: What Options Do Seniors Have?’
Are you raising a grandchild or other family member as a result of the opioid epidemic? Join the Penn Foundation for a FREE educational series.
Penn Foundation is inviting individuals to the following educational support group sessions. This series will be held via Zoom on consecutive Tuesdays from 6:30pm-7:30 pm. You may pick and choose which sessions you attend; you do not need to attend them all. To register, visit: https://www.pennfoundation.org/events/.
Apply for Your FREE Agent Orange Medal
If you are a Vietnam vet suffering from one or more of the conditions on the presumption list from exposure to agent orange and have a VA rating, the Orange Heart Medal Foundation would be honored to send you an Orange Heart Medal at no charge to you. Go to their website and apply here: http://www.orangeheartmedal.org/home/.
2021-22 Legislative Session is Officially Underway
The 2021-22 Legislative Session began this week as new and returning members were sworn into office on Tuesday. The beginning of the new session allows lawmakers to start the process of addressing the most critical issues facing our communities, including fixing problems related to the state’s response to COVID-19, creating a stronger environment for job creation and making necessary reforms to restore faith in the voting process.
A total of 24 Senators and 202 Representatives were sworn into office this week. Seating was delayed temporarily for one Senate district that is still being contested, and one House seat will remain vacant after the tragic passing of Representative Mike Reese on December 30.
Honoring Representative Mike Reese
I was deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Representative Mike Reese over the weekend. Mike served the people of the 59th Legislative District in Somerset and Westmoreland counties with honor and distinction since 2009, and his tireless leadership and dedicated advocacy will be sorely missed in the halls of the state Capitol.
He is survived by his wife Angela and three children. My heartfelt condolences go out to Mike’s family during this difficult time.
Fire and EMS Companies Can Apply Now for Federal Grants
Volunteer and career fire departments and EMS organizations can apply now for grants to support training, equipment purchases and other critical public safety priorities through the federal Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program. Applications are available through February 12.
Workshops and webinars are scheduled throughout January to help fire and EMS companies learn more about the program and how to apply.
Security Grant Applications Available Now for Nonprofit Groups
Nonprofit organizations that serve groups at the greatest risk of being targeted for hate crimes can apply now for grants to complete security enhancements. Applications for the Nonprofit Security Grant Fund Program are available through February 3.
Eligible uses of grants include safety and security planning, the purchase of security equipment and technology, security training, threat awareness and response training, threat assessments and other safety or security-related projects.
COVID-19 Vaccine Dashboard Offers Updates on Distribution
The Department of Health recently announced the creation of a new COVID-19 vaccine dashboard on its website to provide updates on the number of vaccinations administered by county, as well as demographic information about people who have received the vaccine.
The vaccine is currently being distributed to health care workers, as well as staff and residents of long-term care facilities. More information about the roll-out of the vaccine is available here.
Commercial Driver Licenses, Learner’s Permits Extended Through February 22
PennDOT has extended the expiration dates of all commercial driver licenses and commercial learner’s permits that were set to expire between March 16, 2020 and February 22, 2021.
The extension provides additional time for truck drivers to renew these licenses and permits as they continue to keep supply lines open and prevent product shortages and disruptions.
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