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June 20, 2017: Senator Fontana joined with the group Penn Environment for a rally in the Capitol Rotunda in Harrisburg. They emphasized the importance of Pennsylvania showing leadership and following through with the climate adjustments the state made in the wake of the Paris Climate Accord. Legislation being co-sponsored by Senator Fontana would ensure that Pennsylvania continues to meet commitments made under the Paris climate accord.
June 13, 2017: A group of Democratic lawmakers announced a package of bills aimed at increasing voter participation in Pennsylvania, bills that Senator Fontana says have been bottled up in committees for too long. Sen. Fontana’s legislation (Senate Bill 440) would allow early voting in Pennsylvania.
June 9, 2017: Senator Fontana says he doesn’t think that President Trump spoke for Pittsburghers when he pulled the U.S. out of the Paris Climate Accord.
May 9, 2017: Senator Fontana has introduced legislation that would require hospitals to compile and maintain daily reports in each patient care unit, and make sure that unit staffing reports be posted publicly in patient care areas.
February 7, 2017: Senator Fontana says Gov. Tom Wolf’s 2017-18 state budget proposal is a lean budget for lean times.
January 23, 2017: Here is Senator Fontana talking about Monday’s hearing at the Capitol in Harrisburg. The Senate Judiciary Committee joined with the Democratic and Republican Policy Committees to look at the proposed closure of two state prisons in June – the state Department of Corrections is looking at five prisons across the state, including SCI-Pittsburgh, and says it will decide by this Thursday which two to close.
January 19, 2017: Senator Fontana makes the case for keeping SCI-Pittsburgh open. The Corrections Department is looking to close two state prisons as a way of saving money in the state budget, and SCI-Pittsburgh is one of five prisons that might be closed.
January 18, 2017: Pennsylvania Moment: Winter weather can cause hazards and delays for drivers on the Pennsylvania Turnpike. Senator Fontana advises you to be prepared by checking Turnpike conditions before you head out.
December 1, 2016: Pennsylvania Moment: Senator Fontana suggests making a donation to your local food bank as one way to make this a happy holiday season for all.
November 3, 2016: In an effort to build support for legislation that would allow early voting in Pennsylvania, the Senate Democratic Policy Committee held a hearing yesterday in Pittsburgh to gather testimony from county officials, the League of Women Voters, and Common Cause, among others. Here’s more with Senator Fontana, sponsor of the early voting legislation, who says Pennsylvania is one of only 13 states that does not have early voting — and that it should not be a partisan issue but appears to be so in Pennsylvania.
November 2, 2016: Pennsylvania Moment: Registration has opened for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). Senator Fontana says the LIHEAP program is designed to help low-income Pennsylvanians pay for heat this winter and get needed repairs to furnaces and other heating equipment.
September 2, 2016: Pennsylvania Moment: The deadline to register to vote in this November’s Presidential election is October 11th. Senator Fontana reminds state residents that they can now register online to vote (register.votespa.com).
August 5, 2016: Pennsylvania Moment: Senator Fontana reminds drivers to watch out for highway workers, police and emergency personnel who may be on the shoulder of the road.
July 5, 2016: Pennsylvania Moment: Lyme disease has been found in all 67 Pennsylvania counties. Senator Fontana has some simple tips to help everyone avoid Lyme disease this summer, as well as the West Nile and Zika viruses carried by mosquitoes.