Senator Bob Mensch E-Newsletter

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In this Update:

  • October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month
  • Wolf Administration Declines Request to Discuss Election Reform
  • Sign Up for Election Investigation Updates Direct to Your Email
  • Consumer and Economic Impacts of Failing to Invest in PA’s Natural Gas Infrastructure
  • Celebrating Farmers on October 12
  • Blood Inventory Levels are Dangerously Low, Donate Blood Today
  • PA CareerLink® Bucks County to be Hosting Interview Sessions
  • PennDOT Driver License, Photo Centers Closed for Columbus Day Holiday

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

About one in eight U.S. women will develop invasive breast cancer during her lifetime. Breast Cancer Awareness Month is a good time to learn about breast cancer risk and how to lower it.

In an effort to highlight this deadly disease and the steps that can be taken to be proactive against it, the Capitol fountain was again turned pink for the month of October. Women who have lost income or health insurance because of COVID-19 may qualify for free breast screening and diagnostic services. Learn more here.

To help combat this deadly disease, I have passed a new law to give Pennsylvania residents renewing their vehicle registration or driver’s license an option to donate to the Pennsylvania Breast Cancer Coalition.

Wolf Administration Declines Request to Discuss Election Reform

The Senate State Government Committee held a public hearing about election reform and integrity. Unfortunately, for the second time in two weeks, Acting Secretary of the Commonwealth Veronica Degraffenreid and other officials from the governor’s Department of State failed to attend.

They were invited to discuss Senate Bill 878, a bipartisan bill that would implement recommendations of the bipartisan Senate Special Committee on Election Integrity and Reform, after previously agreeing to attend.

Some of the recommendations incorporated in the bill include tracking and transparent counting of mail-in ballots, real-time reporting of deceased voters, elimination of a permanent mail-in ballot list and more.

Watch the full hearing here.

Sign Up for Election Investigation Updates Direct to Your Email

With many constituents requesting more information about the Election Investigation, I am pleased to announce a new resource available from the Senate Intergovernmental Operations Committee. In an effort to be transparent, the Committee will send regular email updates directly to you so you can stay up to date with every step of the investigation.

If you are interested in having exclusive content, timely news, and relevant updates on the status of the investigation delivered directly to your inbox, please sign up for “Inside the Election Investigation” email updates here.

Consumer and Economic Impacts of Failing to Invest in PA’s Natural Gas Infrastructure

The Senate Community, Economic & Recreational Development Committee and the Environmental Resources & Energy Committee held a joint hearing to examine the consumer and economic impacts of failing to invest in the state’s natural gas infrastructure.

The committees brought together industry experts and others to provide feedback on labor, economic development and consumer protection.

View hearing video and written testimony here.

Celebrating Farmers on Oct. 12

Tuesday, Oct. 12, is National Farmers Day, recognizing the heritage and indispensable work of the men and women behind Pennsylvania’s number-one industry.

If you want to show your appreciation for the folks who feed Pennsylvania, America and the world, you can read about a farmer or shop at a local farmers market.

Blood Inventory Levels are Dangerously Low, Donate Blood Today

Miller-Keystone Blood Center (MKBC) has issued an appeal for available donors of all blood types and platelets, noting blood inventory levels are dangerously low. According to MKBC, there is less than a one-day supply of blood available, which means that one serious accident or trauma could deplete the entire community blood supply, putting lives at risk. Over 450 donations are needed daily in our region to care for accident victims, cancer patients, premature infants and others in need of lifesaving transfusions. It is important to remember that blood is perishable and there is no substitute, the only source is the volunteer blood donor. Save lives today by visiting GIVEaPINT.org to schedule your lifesaving blood donation.

PA CareerLink® Bucks County to be Hosting Interview Sessions

PA CareerLink® Bucks County will be hosting an Interview Session for PAR Defense Industries on November 10th from 10:00-12:00PM.

Attached is a flyer with additional information. Help us spread the word to local jobseekers!

PennDOT Driver License, Photo Centers Closed for Columbus Day Holiday

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) this week announced that all driver license and photo centers, will be closed Saturday, October 9, through Monday, October 11, in observance of Columbus Day. 

Customers may still obtain a variety of driver and vehicle products and services, including all forms, publications and driver training manuals, online through PennDOT’s Driver and Vehicle Services website, www.dmv.pa.gov.   

Driver and vehicle online services are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week and include driver’s license, photo ID and vehicle registration renewals; driver-history services; changes of address; driver license and vehicle registration restoration letters; ability to pay driver license or vehicle insurance restoration fee; driver license and photo ID duplicates; and driver exam scheduling. There are no additional fees for using online services.

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