Senator Regan E-Newsletter

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In this Update:

  • May 12-18 is National Police Week
  • Big 33 Football Classic Next Weekend in Mechanicsburg
  • Senate Approves Bill to Boost PA Youth Hunting and Fishing
  • Stopping Mobile Device Carriers from Misleading Consumers
  • Free Hotline to Support New Parents
  • Early Detection of Breast Cancer Saves Lives

May 12-18 is National Police Week

This week is National Police Week, a time to honor fallen officers and recognize the significant role law enforcement officers play in keeping our communities safe.

As I shared last week, I sponsored Senate Resolution 288 recognizing this week in Pennsylvania, along with May 6th as Police Officers’ Memorial Day, and remembering those officers who were killed in the line of duty last year. Click here to watch the FOP’s Fallen Hero Ceremony held in the Capitol last Monday.

I am also proud to have achieved final passage last year for Senate Bill 429, which extended Heart and Lung benefits to additional law enforcement officers not previously afforded such benefits under the law.  And I continue to work to garner support for Senate Bill 464, which would provide a police pension buyback for municipal officers.

Additional laws have also recently been passed to aid the men and women who work so hard to protect us. Act 34 of 2023 funded an additional 100 Pennsylvania State Police (PSP) troopers to help make our communities safer. And Act 10 of 2023 provided statutory authority to the Municipal Police Officers’ Education and Training Commission (MPOETC) within PSP to conduct fingerprint-based criminal history checks on police applicants to ensure we accept and train qualified individuals.

To learn more about National Police Week, click here.

Big 33 Football Classic Next Weekend in Mechanicsburg

The Super Bowl of High School Football is set to take place next Sunday, May 26th at Cumberland Valley High School in Mechanicsburg. Come out and see the best the gridiron has to offer from Pennsylvania as they take on their foes from Maryland.

The Big 33 Football Classic has been a staple in the Commonwealth for decades. Legends of the sport have played in this game including Joe Montana, Ben Roethlisberger, Dan Marino, and many more. There has never been a Super Bowl played without a member of the Big 33 game alum.

To purchase tickets please click here.

Senate Approves Bill to Boost PA Youth Hunting and Fishing

The Senate unanimously approved legislation to create a new license plate for Pennsylvania sportsmen with proceeds used to fund youth hunting and fishing education. 

The Pennsylvania Sportsman registration plate would celebrate those who hunt and fish. Under Senate Bill 916, the plate would be designed by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, in consultation with the Pennsylvania Game Commission and the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission.

The Pennsylvania Sportsman plate would cost $40 plus the registration fee, of which $14 would be deposited into a Youth Hunting and Fishing Restricted Account to be allocated equally to the Pennsylvania Game Commission and the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission for the purpose of promoting youth hunting and fishing activities.

Stopping Major Mobile Device Carriers from Misleading Consumers

Pennsylvania reached a $10.25 million settlement with several major mobile device service carriers regarding deceptive advertising practices, including supposed “unlimited” data plans and “free” phones.

The settlement with AT&T, Verizon Wireless, Cricket and T-Mobile requires the carriers to disclose all attached fees and agreements, train customer service staff accordingly, and be truthful in future advertising.

The terms of the settlements address misrepresentations in advertisements concerning “unlimited” data advertisements, “free” phone offers, monetary incentives to switch wireless networks and wireless carrier plan comparisons. They will be able to claim that a consumer will save money by purchasing its products or services only when it’s reasonable based on comparisons with the prices of comparable goods and services of other providers.

Free Hotline to Support New Parents

While we celebrated mothers last week, they need our support more than simply on Mother’s Day – particularly when they recently had a baby and are much more prone to feeling depressed, anxious and overwhelmed.

The National Maternal Mental Health Hotline is free, confidential and available 24/7. Trained counselors can listen to what callers and texters are going through, connect them with local support groups and organizations, and refer them to other health care professionals if they need more care.

Call or text 1-833-TLC-MAMA (1-833-852-6262). Partners and other family members may also use the hotline as pregnancy and the birth of a baby can affect the whole family.

Early Detection of Breast Cancer Saves Lives

When diagnosed early, the five-year survival rate for breast cancer is higher than 90%. Of course, a missed mammogram could mean the delayed diagnosis of breast cancer.

If you are high risk, don’t let the cost of screening deter you. Through Act 1 of 2023, Senate Republicans eliminated costs for breast MRIs, breast ultrasounds, and BRCA-related genetic testing and counseling.

Women aged 40 and above who regularly get mammograms are in the best position to fight breast cancer. Remember, early detection saves lives.


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