May. 23, 2024

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Capitol Update
 Rep. Gleim at the 2024 PA Capitol Bible Reading Marathon
After the House Speaker cancelled Monday’s session day, I was in session Tuesday and Wednesday looking for budget or code bills to come across the desk, but it wasn’t promising prior to the holiday. We voted on a tax reform code bill providing for employer child care contribution tax credits; expanded maternal blood pressure monitoring coverage; improved lab oversight under the medical marijuana act; and establishing a Women, Infant and Children advisory board. All of those go to the Senate for consideration.

One bill, however, which was argued on second consideration yesterday, was House Bill 1743, basically rendering a monopoly on the market for school board training within the state. There are over 50 approved providers within the state that can offer this training; however, the Pennsylvania School Boards Association (PSBA) wanted a corner on the market, and the Democrat majority was willing to give it to them.

The bill would require public board members elected by the people to do training, and then give a nonprofit that lobbies on behalf of school districts the authority to charge school districts for their services, and then give sole discretion to that same nonprofit to choose its own competition, if any, to refer to the department. Also not mentioned was the extra funds that PSBA would have needed to expand its compliment all across the state, and the increase in the state pension funding needed as well. You can see my remarks on the topic here and the article written in PennLive on the subject here.

On another note, I attended many meetings in the Capitol, attended an EMS Leadership breakfast, and I did receive the final draft of the Food Processing Residual legislation, made edits, and sent it back to my Democrat colleagues to file. I look forward to coming back into session after the holiday to see it on the calendar for a vote.

Today, I hosted our Emergency Services Appreciation Breakfast in honor of the observance of the 50th annual National EMS Week.

The courage of the men and women providing fire, police and EMS services is not recognized enough – yet many of us in the Carlisle community have been impacted by their heroism. Thank you!

Memorial Day 2024: Remember and Honor
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Memorial Day Events in the 199th
On Sunday, I attended the Newburg Memorial Day Service and Parade. The Newburg Memorial Day Committee held its annual Memorial Day Observance with a morning worship service on the Monument Green featuring guest speaker Richard Bonitz, LTC retired U.S. Marines. I was happy to present Newburg with a new United States and P.O.W flags.

Sunday, May 26
Boiling Springs Memorial Day Parade and Picnic
The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8851 will hold its annual Memorial Day Parade and Picnic. The parade will begin at Boiling Springs High School and ends at the Memorial Clock Tower at Children's Lake, where a ceremony will be held. A picnic will follow the ceremony. For more information, visit here.

Monday, May 27
Carlisle Memorial Day Parade and Service
The Joint Council of Carlisle will host a Memorial Day Parade beginning at 9 a.m. at N. Hanover and North Streets. It will proceed south on Hanover Street, past the square and turn right on W. Pomfret Street. The parade will continue west then turn right onto S. Pitt Street. A memorial service will be held at Veterans Memorial Courtyard in Carlisle Square following the parade. For more information, visit here

Army Heritage and Education Center Memorial Day Ceremony
The Carlisle U.S. Army Heritage & Education Center will host a ceremony for Memorial Day at the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC) at 11:20 a.m. Salute artillery provided by the 1-108th FA, PAARNG and the Carlisle Town Band will provide a musical selection for the event. For more info., visit here.  

Newville Memorial Day Parade and Service
The Joint Veterans Council of Newville will host its annual Memorial Day Parade and Service to be held Monday, May 27, in Newville Borough. The parade begins at 1 p.m. with services immediately following the parade.

Adjusted Office Hours
Due to several community events and the Memorial Day holiday, we will be closed the following dates:

Friday, May 24 Closed for Community Event
Monday, May 27 Closed for Memorial Day
Thursday, May 30 Closed for Shughart Bridge Dedication Event

Honoring Fallen First Responders
A new state law will allow us to provide much-deserved recognition to first responders who made the ultimate sacrifice while performing their duties.

Act 11 of 2024 creates the Keystone First Responder Award to honor public servants who were either killed or suffered a career-ending injury in the line of duty from 2021 forward. Those eligible for the award include law enforcement officers, firefighters, emergency medical services personnel, coroners, 911 dispatchers and other first responders. The award consists of a plaque and a medal.

Under the new law, a committee made up of representatives from state fire, police and emergency management organizations will be formed to administer and develop the criteria for the award. The committee will then work to provide a list of potential recipients to the governor, who will choose the honorees and present the award annually at the end of September.

Dedication Ceremony of SFC Randall Shughart Memorial Bridge
In an effort to honor and remember a local hero, I am hosting a ceremony to dedicate a bridge on Route 641 over Big Spring Creek as the SFC Randall Shughart Memorial Bridge.

The dedication ceremony will take place on Thursday, May 30, at 10 a.m. at American Legion Post 421 at 28 Shepard Road in Newville. Guest speakers at the event will include Congressman Scott Perry (R-PA) and Sen. Greg Rothman (R-Cumberland).

Shughart died in service to his country on Oct. 3, 1993, during the battle of Mogadishu, Somalia. He was a resident of Newville and attended Big Spring High School. He joined the U.S. Army, becoming a member of the elite Delta Force unit. Shughart was killed during a rescue operation of two downed Blackhawk helicopters. The mission was featured in the book and movie titled, “Blackhawk Down.” For his bravery and ultimate sacrifice, Shughart was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor.

I authored legislation amended into Act 17 of 2023 designating the bridge carrying PA Route 641 over Big Spring Creek on the border of Newville Borough and West Pennsboro Township, Cumberland County, as the SFC Randall Shughart Memorial Bridge.

The public is invited to attend the dedication ceremony. Those planning to attend are encouraged to RSVP online at or by calling 717-249-1990.

Fish for Free This Weekend!
On Sunday, May 26, the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) will host a Fish for Free day to allow anyone (resident or non-resident) to legally fish on all Pennsylvania waterways. No license is required, but all other fishing regulations still apply.

This is the first of two dates set by the PFBC to enhance fishing opportunities. The next day is Independence Day, Thursday, July 4. This is a great way to expose the next generation of anglers to the outdoors. More information about fishing in Pennsylvania is available here.
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