Senator Robinson E-Newsletter

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In this Update:

  • Take Your Child to Work Day
  • Community Highlights
  • Robinson Speaks on Veterans Mental Health
  • School Safety Grants Awarded
  • Robinson Co-Sponsors Senate Bill 1000
  • Training PA’s Workforce for Available Positions
  • Increasing the Number of Firefighters in Pennsylvania
  • License Plate Legibility Event
  • April is National Donate Life Month

Take Your Child to Work Day

It was so fun having our office kids visit for Take Your Child to Work Day! Maddie visited our district office, and my Harrisburg staff brought their kids, Lily, Mia, Ella, Nina, and Luke, to the Capitol as well. Everyone had a wonderful day learning about state government and how we serve the residents of the 37th district!

Community Highlights

Congratulations to Reginald’s coffee in Bethel Park on celebrating their five-year anniversary!

Great turnout again this year for Healthy Kids Day at the Sewickley Valley YMCA!

Thank you to the Pleasant Hills Lions Club for having me speak at their meeting! I enjoyed our wide-ranging discussion.

Great meeting in Pennsbury Village this week! I discussed a range of topics with the Allegheny County Sheriff’s Office and Representative Anita Kulik including identity theft prevention, services provided by my office, and much more!

Robinson Speaks on Veterans Mental Health

I had the pleasure to speak about Veterans mental health at Representative Dan Miller’s Disability and Mental Health Summit. We were joined by my friend, Major General T.S. Jones, a Marine Corps Veterans of nearly four decades. He is the founder and director of Outdoor Odyssey in the Laurel Highlands which hosts Semper Fi Odyssey, a yearly seminar that helps veterans and their families craft a plan for their future.

Thank you to Major General T.S. Jones for joining us, and thank you to representative Dan Miller for hosting this event and providing such a great resource to our community.

School Safety Grants Awarded

More than $150 million in School Safety Grants have been approved this week for students across the commonwealth. Pennsylvania’s School Safety & Security Grant Program was originally established in 2018, providing for school entities to be safer places for students, staff and visitors. Most recently through Act 33 of 2023, changes were made to strengthen and expand the program, which is overseen by the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency, School Safety and Security Committee.

Meritorious Grants ranging from $30,000 to $45,000 were awarded to each of the 497 applicants from all 67 counties that applied. Mental Health Grants ranging from $70,000 to $100,000 were awarded to each of the 719 applicants from all 67 counties that applied. These applicants included school districts, area career and technical schools, intermediate units, charter schools, regional charter schools and cyber charter schools.

I am pleased to see well over $1 million in funding brought to schools within the 37th district. This funding can be used to address safety and security through security assessments, violence prevention, and all-hazards plans, as well as mental health services, training, and program for students and staff.

Robinson Supports Community Pharmacies

I am proud to co-sponsor Senate Bill 1000 and stand up for small businesses like Porter’s Pharmacy and Compounding Lab in Moon Township. Trusted community pharmacies are vital to ensuring patients have access to prescription medicine, yet reimbursements often do not cover their costs.

This legislation would ensure fair competition & transparency for local pharmacies against mail order and 3rd party brokers while stopping spread pricing and patient steering so you can use the local professionals your family trusts. You can read more about this legislation here.

Training PA’s Workforce for Available Positions

Complementing Senate Republicans’ efforts to protect Pennsylvania jobs, support is available for community colleges, trade or tech schools, school districts and nonprofits through the Manufacturing PA Training-to-Career Grant Program.

The program is designed to help companies identify and train a skilled workforce for existing positions or ones that will be open soon. It is also designed to advance capacity for local and regional manufacturers and increase awareness of manufacturing career opportunities for youth or those with barriers.

Grants may be used for professional services/consultants, internships, equipment purchases, shop modifications, program development, marketing, domestic travel and salaries. Learn more and apply online.

Increasing the Number of Firefighters in Pennsylvania

The Senate approved a bill aimed at increasing the number of volunteer firefighters in Pennsylvania by reforming the certification process without sacrificing quality or safety.

Current firefighter applicants must complete four training modules totaling 188 hours. They then must pass a cumulative test covering all four modules. Senate Bill 1101 would enable applicants to be tested following each of the four modules.

In the 1970s, the commonwealth had as many as 300,000 volunteer firefighters. There currently are fewer than 38,000 volunteer firefighters in Pennsylvania.

License Plate Legibility Event

Reminder: my office is partnering with AAA, Representative Natalie Mihalek, and the Allegheny County Police Department to host a license plate legibility event on Monday, April 29th. This event is free and open to the public.

April is National Donate Life Month

Making a difference in the lives of others might be easier than you think. With nearly 7,000 Pennsylvanians awaiting organ transplants, donors can save up to eight lives. People donating tissue can enhance the lives of 75 others by helping them recover from trauma, spinal injuries, burns and vision loss.

If you aren’t an organ or tissue donor yet but would like to be, there’s no need to wait until you get or renew your driver’s license, learner’s permit or photo ID. It’s easy to register online to donate.

Misconceptions about organ and tissue donation can discourage people from taking the important step to save lives. Find myths and facts here.


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