Gebhard Announces More Than $2.5 Million in Grants for 48th District

HARRISBURG – Five Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA) grants have been awarded to the 48th District through the CFA’s Multimodal Transportation Fund Program and Greenways, Trails and Recreation Program totaling more than $2.5 million, according to Sen. Chris Gebhard (R-48).

“These grants bring hard-earned tax dollars back to the 48th District where they belong. The funding will be used for important projects to remove and replace old infrastructure and generally improve the quality of life in our area,” Sen. Gebhard said. “I look forward to seeing the benefit these improvements will have on our communities.”

The first grant, in the amount of $836,326, will be used to extend and connect Davies Drive in Springettsbury Township, York County, by removing a heavily deteriorated bridge that was used to cross a railroad.

The second grant, in the amount of $750,000, will be used to construct a roundabout on Canal Road in Freedom Square in Conewago Township, York County. Freedom Square is a planned mixed-use development that will offer diverse residential, commercial and retail uses.

The third grant, in the amount of $600,000, will be used to replace a bridge along Shirksville Road in Bethel Township, Lebanon County.

The fourth grant, in the amount of $218,000, will be used for improvements – including replacing the baseball field’s backstop and outfield fence, new dugouts, grooming and leveling the field and replacing the bleachers – at Terry Dolan Memorial Park in Newberry Township, York County.

The final grant, in the amount of $100,000, will be used for streetscape improvements along Cumberland Street in the City of Lebanon, Lebanon County.

All five projects were funded by the CFA, which is an independent agency of the Department of Community and Economic Development that administers many of Pennsylvania’s economic development and community improvement programs. 

CONTACT: Matthew Urban, 717-787-5708

Gebhard Works to Honor Veterans’ Sacrifices for Veterans Day

LEBANON – In recognition of those who have sacrificed to protect our nation and defend the freedoms we enjoy as Americans, Sen. Chris Gebhard (R-48) is asking veterans to submit their names to his virtual wall of honor for Veterans Day 2021.

Veterans and their family members are asked to submit their biographical information to inspire the community online at SenatorGebhard48.com/virtual-wall-of-honor in advance of Veterans Day on Thursday, Nov. 11.

“As your state senator, I will always prioritize the health and needs of our veterans, and I hope to address some of the issues still facing our veteran community,” Sen. Gebhard said. “I would also like to honor the memory and ultimate sacrifice of those brave veterans who never made it home.”

Sen. Gebhard serves as a member of the Senate Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee, which is tasked with reviewing legislation promoting state programs and services to benefit veterans and their families. 

CONTACT: Alex Gamble, 717-787-5708

Legislators from York, Adams Counties to Gov. Wolf: School districts already made their decisions through locally elected officials, public process

YORK – Senators Kristin Phillips-Hill (R-York), Mike Regan (R-York/Cumberland), Chris Gebhard (R-Lebanon/Dauphin/York) and Doug Mastriano (R-Adams/Cumberland/Franklin/York) and Representatives Torren Ecker (R-Adams/Cumberland), Keith Gillespie (R-York), Seth Grove (R-York), Mike Jones (R-York), Dawn Keefer (R-Cumberland/York), Kate Klunk (R-York), Dan Moul (R-Adams) and Stan Saylor (R-York) released the following statement regarding Governor Wolf’s announcement imposing a statewide mask mandate in schools and childcare facilities:

“Governor Wolf, once again, reversed course from his repeated stance over the month of August that there would be no mask mandate. Furthermore, in a letter to legislative leaders just last week, he asked for legislation to implement a universal masking policy in school districts and childcare facilities. Today’s announcement from the governor and his unelected and unconfirmed Acting Secretary of Health is more mixed messages and added confusion for our local school districts.

“In fact, our locally elected school directors have weighed all of the options, consulted with students, parents, teachers, administrators, health experts and taxpayers to make these difficult decisions in the best interest of their community when creating School Health and Safety plans. Fortunately for school districts, these locally created plans are still valid. A few weeks ago, Secretary of Education Noe Ortega said that there would be no funding cuts for decisions locally elected school directors make in their own school district.

“School directors should follow the decisions they made and were elected to do after careful and thoughtful considerations in their local districts and ignore empty words from a lame duck governor and mandates from an unelected, unconfirmed bureaucrat.”

Gebhard Encourages Students to Participate in 9/11 Remembrance Essay Contest

LEBANON – To ensure that today’s generation recognizes and honors those who were lost in the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, Sen. Chris Gebhard (R-48) is sponsoring an essay contest for fifth and twelfth graders.

$250 will be awarded to both the fifth and twelfth grade winners, as well as a custom pen donated by G&L Trophies. Winners will also be invited to tour the Capitol with Sen. Gebhard.

“While it is important to always remember the lives that were lost that day, we must also focus on how we became stronger as a country following the attacks,” Sen. Gebhard said. “We should be forever grateful for the heroic efforts of the first responders, especially as their tireless dedication serves as a powerful reminder of the strength of Americans even in times of trial.”

Students must be enrolled in fifth or twelfth grade in a public, private or homeschool program in Pennsylvania. They may submit one essay of no more than 750 words by Friday, Sept. 30. Content must be original and may only contain copyrighted content if appropriately cited. Entrants must credit all sources on a citation list.

Essays will be judged on creativity, content, effectiveness of message delivery and whether the directions were followed. An independent panel of judges not including any Pennsylvania senators will select the winners.

All entries become the property of the Pennsylvania Senate. Entrants agree that submitting their essay permits the Pennsylvania Senate to use, without any compensation, their names, likenesses and entries for promotional purposes. By submitting an entry, entrants represent that their entries constitute original works of creativity that do not violate the property rights of any other person or organization, and grants the Pennsylvania Senate the right to exhibit, distribute, televise and otherwise use the entries in various media.

All entries should be submitted online at SenatorGebhard48.com/essay.

The contest is sponsored by Dairy Queen West, Blue Bird Inn, Steckbeck Engineering & Surveying, Inc., Bob Phillips State Farm and G&L Trophies. 

CONTACT: Alex Gamble, 717-787-5708

Lebanon County Legislators to Host Free Job Fair in Lebanon on Aug. 16

LEBANON – To help residents who are looking for new job opportunities, Sen. Chris Gebhard (R-48) is partnering with Reps. Frank Ryan (R-101), Russ Diamond (R-102), Sue Helm (R-104) to host a free job fair on Monday, Aug. 16, from 4-7 p.m. at the Lebanon Valley Expo Center, North Hall, 80 Rocherty Road, Lebanon.

Nearly 30 employers have registered to attend the job fair in search of candidates seeking full- or part-time employment. Interested employers represent local school districts and health care companies, as well as the food production, local government and construction industries.

In a joint statement, the Lebanon County lawmakers said, “This is a great opportunity for the many people who are still trying to find employment after the governor forced business closures across the state as part of his response to the pandemic. Having so many employers who are looking to hire in one place will make a convenient job search opportunity.”

While job seekers do not need to register for the job fair, they are encouraged to call Sen. Gebhard’s district office at 717-274-6735 with any questions they may have.

Residents are encouraged to visit Sen. Gebhard’s website at SenatorGebhard48.com, his Facebook page at Facebook.com/SenatorGebhard48 and his Twitter at Twitter.com/SenatorGebhard. There, they will find information on the latest legislative developments in Harrisburg, state programs and happenings in the 48th District.

 

CONTACT: Matthew Urban, 717-787-5708

Gebhard Announces $607,000 in Green Light-Go Grants for Springettsbury Township

Springettsbury Township, York County, will receive two state grants to improve traffic safety under Pennsylvania’s “Green Light-Go” program, according Sen. Chris Gebhard (R-48).

The first grant, in the amount of $313,656, will be used for signal retiming, updating pedestrian accommodations to meet ADA standards, controller equipment upgrades and equipment upgrades at the Eastern Boulevard and Northern Way intersection.

The second grant, in the amount of $293,416, will be used for the same purposes at the Eastern Boulevard and Kingston Road intersection.

 Springettsbury Township was among 50 municipalities statewide sharing more than $15.6 million in the current round of Green Light-Go funding. The program provides funding to install light-emitting diode (LED) technology, perform regional operations such as retiming, develop special event plans and monitor traffic signals, as well as upgrade traffic signals to the latest technologies. 

CONTACT: Matthew Urban, 717-787-5708

 

Gebhard Announces Committee Assignments for 2021-22 Legislative Session

HARRISBURG – Sen. Chris Gebhard was assigned to serve on six standing Senate committees during the remainder of the 2021-22 Legislative Session: Appropriations; Banking and Insurance; Game and Fisheries; Intergovernmental Operations; Urban Affairs and Housing; and Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness.

“I am eager to use the knowledge I’ve gained as an employer to represent the views of district residents as our state budget is developed and debated. I understand the unique challenges employers are facing now as they fight to stay in business despite the struggles they faced because of the governor’s persistent closures,” Sen. Gebhard said. “We have real work to do, and I’m ready.”

The Appropriations Committee is responsible for reviewing the state budget and determining how to most efficiently use tax dollars to provide critical programs and services.

The Banking and Insurance Committee focuses on improving consumers’ access to high-quality, affordable insurance and financial services while supporting a fair and healthy marketplace that is transparent and cost-competitive.

The Game and Fisheries Committee works to promote the importance of hunting and fishing and shares information with Pennsylvanians about new boating and hunting laws, as well as lake stocking.

The Intergovernmental Operations Committee considers legislation to streamline governmental operations, enhance governmental transparency and reform the state’s regulatory code. Improving the Commonwealth’s permitting process to help employers in the aftermath of the pandemic is a high priority.

The Urban Affairs and Housing Committee focuses on addressing housing challenges in urban and rural areas, as well as promoting affordable housing and revitalization of communities.

“As Lebanon is a city of the third class, many of the challenges the Urban Affairs and Housing Committee will consider would directly benefit the district. I look forward to working on bills that would address abandoned and blighted properties and promote community revitalization,” Sen. Gebhard said.

The Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee works to preserve first responder services in the Commonwealth and care for both active military members as well as veterans. It also focuses on maintaining a strong system of law enforcement.

Fort Indiantown Gap, which is a premier training facility for warfighters from all branches and components of the nation’s armed forces, is within the 48th District. It is also home to the Pennsylvania National Guard.

Constituents can access the Senator’s page by searching for Senator Richard Alloway on Facebook.

Residents are encouraged to visit Sen. Gebhard’s website at SenatorGebhard48.com, his Facebook page at Facebook.com/SenatorGebhard48 and his Twitter at Twitter.com/SenatorGebhard. There, they will find information on the latest legislative developments in Harrisburg, state programs and happenings in the 48th District. 

CONTACT: Matthew Urban, 717-787-5708

 

Gebhard Takes Oath of Office to Begin Serving 48th Senatorial District Residents

HARRISBURG – Senator Chris Gebhard today took the oath of office to begin his first term in the Senate serving the 48th District. The current term will conclude in December of 2022.

During his time in office, Gebhard wants to ensure Pennsylvania has fair and honest elections; reopen the Commonwealth’s economy and schools; help small business owners recover from Gov. Tom Wolf’s draconian lockdown orders; and replace the governor’s tax-and-spend budget proposal with a fiscally responsible budget that puts families and taxpayers first.

“Passing a budget that protects taxpayers from tax increases, like the one that was part of the governor’s budget proposal, is my top priority. As a small employer and father of two boys, I know how critical it is to balance the needs of the Commonwealth – like providing our children with a quality education – with the financial limitations of families and employers,” Gebhard said. “So much has been done in the last year to drive employers from Pennsylvania, and we desperately need to take a different approach.”

Before winning a special election following the passing of Senator Dave Arnold, Gebhard spent the past 25 years working in the insurance field. He currently owns Hoaster Gebhard & Co., an insurance and risk management firm in Lebanon.

Gebhard has not yet been assigned to the committees on which he’ll serve, but will announce that information when it is available.

Residents are encouraged to visit his website at SenatorGebhard48.com. There they will find information on the latest legislative developments in Harrisburg, state programs and the latest happenings in the 48th Senatorial District.

The 48th District includes all of Lebanon County and parts of Dauphin and York counties. 

CONTACT: Matthew Urban, 717-787-5708

Senate Republicans Welcome Senator-elect Chris Gebhard

HARRISBURG – Senate President Pro Tempore Jake Corman (R-34) and Senate Majority Leader Kim Ward (R-39) today welcomed Senator-elect Chris Gebhard of the 48th Senatorial District to the Senate Republican caucus.

The 48th District includes all of Lebanon County and parts of Dauphin and York counties.

For 25 years, Gebhard worked in the insurance industry, both as an insurance carrier and an agent. Currently, he owns a business employing more than 10 people: Hoaster Gebhard & Co. He is a lifelong resident of the 48th District and graduated from Vanderbilt University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology.

As a community leader, he is serving on the board of the Lebanon Lions Club, the Lebanon Community Library, Mt. Gretna Theatre and Lebanon County Health Facilities Authority. He previously served as a chairman and board member of the Lebanon Valley Chamber of Commerce.

During his time in office, Gebhard wants to ensure Pennsylvania has fair and honest elections; reopen the Commonwealth’s economy and schools; help small business owners recover from Gov. Tom Wolf’s draconian lockdown orders; and replace the governor’s tax-and-spend budget proposal with a fiscally responsible budget that puts families and taxpayers first.

Gebhard was elected to serve the 48th District in a special election following the passing of Senator Dave Arnold. The current term will conclude in December of 2022.

With the addition of Gebhard, voters have given Senate Republicans a 28-21 majority in the State Senate, with one independent member who caucuses with Senate Republicans. 

CONTACT:

Jason Thompson (Corman)

Erica Clayton Wright (Ward)