Senator Regan E-Newsletter

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In this Update:

  • School Safety Grants Awarded $2.7 million for 31st Senatorial District
  • Grants Available for Training PA’s Workforce for Open Positions
  • Increasing the Number of Firefighters in Pennsylvania
  • Spring Gobbler Season Begins April 27
  • April is National Donate Life Month

School Safety Grants Awarded $2.7 Million for 31st Senatorial District

More than $150 million in School Safety Grants were approved this week for schools across the commonwealth through Pennsylvania’s School Safety & Security Grant Program.

School Safety has been a top priority for me throughout my time in the legislature, and I am proud to have led the charge in the Senate in 2018 to create a school safety program with the goal of making our schools the safest they can be for students and staff.  Since then, I have continued to champion each budget cycle for the necessary funding for this important grant program.

Funding will be going to school entities in all 67 counties, and I am pleased to report that a total of $2.7 million has been awarded to schools in the 31st Senatorial District.

This is across four categories: School District Meritorious Grants; School Mental Health Grants; Competitive School Safety Grants; and Targeted School Safety Grants for Nonpublic Schools.

Click for all public school grant awards and for all nonpublic school grant awards.

Grants Available for Training PA’s Workforce for Open Positions

Funding is available for community colleges, trade or tech schools, school districts and nonprofits for job-training initiatives 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. Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis.

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.

Spring Gobbler Season Begins April 27

On Saturday, April 27, spring gobbler season opens with a half-day hunt for junior hunters and mentored hunters 16 and under. All participants must be accompanied by adults, and hunting hours run from 30 minutes before sunrise until noon.

The regular season runs from May 4-31. Hunting hours are 30 minutes before sunrise until noon from May 4-18 and 30 minutes before sunrise until 30 minutes after sunset from May 20-31.

Approximately 172,000 people hunt spring turkeys in Pennsylvania every year. Last season, hunters harvested about 39,500 gobblers – an increase from 35,700 in 2022 and 28,100 in 2021. Information about spring turkey hunting rules and regulations, for youth and regular hunts, is available here.

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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