In this Update:
POW/MIA Recognition Day
In honor of POW/MIA Recognition Day, the Senate of Pennsylvania welcomed former Prisoner of War and Army Private First Class, Jessica Lynch.
Jessica was captured and held prisoner after her unit was ambushed by Iraqi forces in 2003. After nine days of relentless door-to-door operations, actional intelligence was finally received and a special forces rescue mission was launched to rescue her.
My colleague, Senator Devlin Robinson from Allegheny County, was part of that marine unit that searched and ultimately rescued Jessica. Now twenty years later, he had the incredible opportunity to introduce Private Lynch on the Senate floor.
Jessica became the first American Prisoner of War to be rescued successfully since WWII. Since that time, Jessica has since become a mother, teacher, and motivational speaker.
It was honor to meet Jessica, an American hero, and thank her for her service. I want to thank all the men and women who were prisoners of war and those service members who made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom.
You can find Sen. Robinson’s remarks, including Private Lynch addressing the full Senate here: https://vimeo.com/866071273/64b0983015…
Senate Votes to Streamline and Increase School Safety Measures
This week, the Senate passed House Bill 27 to more effectively keep Pennsylvania children safe at school by streamlining and increasing school safety measures.
House Bill 27 would consolidate school safety programs and operations under the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD) and create a new Executive Committee under PCCD to review school safety issues and to identify current and emerging trends.
The bill would also ensure schools and counties can develop best practices for emergency response by developing a safe schools collaborative, release $100 million that was included in the 2023-24 state budget for K-12 mental health programs and provide greater flexibility for school districts experiencing shortages of substitute teachers. Read More
Tax Seminars Held Virtually and Across PA
Tax professionals can learn about changes to state tax laws and policies during one-day seminars offered by the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue held across the state and virtually.
The tax seminars will educate tax professionals on Personal Income Tax, sales tax corporate taxes, compliance initiatives and using the department’s website to establish tax accounts for new businesses, file tax returns and pay state taxes.
Find a local or virtual seminar here.
Yom Kippur Begins Sunday
Yom Kippur – the holiest day on the Jewish calendar – begins at nightfall on Sunday, Sept. 24. The Day of Atonement, which ends the following day at nightfall, is spent fasting, praying and seeking forgiveness.
I wish everyone who observes this important holiday a meaningful Yom Kippur. May you be sealed in the Book of Life.
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