In this Update:
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.”
Legislative Review: Pandemic Response
When Pennsylvania voters chose overwhelmingly this year to amend the state Constitution and limit the length of a governor’s unchecked emergency powers, they were weighing in on ballot questions created through Senate legislation.
Other measures passed by the Senate this year to safely respond to the COVID-19 pandemic include:
Act 1 of 2021 amending the state Fiscal Code to allocate $569.8 million for Rental and Utility Assistance, $197 million for education programs, and $145 million to support Pennsylvania’s struggling restaurants and taverns as they cope with the devastation created by the COVID-19 pandemic and the governor’s mandated closings and restrictions.
Act 21 of 2021 ensuring all waivers previously effective under the COVID-19 emergency will remain in effect until Sept. 30, 2021, unless sooner terminated by the authority which initially authorized the waiver.
Act 67 of 2021 allowing family members to safely visit long-term care facilities during a pandemic as essential caregivers.
Senate Resolution 90 extending the emergency temporary rules adopted to maintain continuity of operations of the Senate during the COVID-19 disaster emergency.
House Resolution 106 terminating the pandemic emergency declaration and ending the governor’s power to close employers, limit occupancy, suspend state statutes or issue stay-at-home orders due to COVID-19.
You can find a full list of bills of note passed by the Senate in 2021 here.
Senate Hearing Explores the Impact of the PA Workforce Shortage
The economic impact of the workforce shortage facing Pennsylvania employers was the topic of a public hearing Wednesday by the Senate Community, Economic and Recreational Development Committee.
Pennsylvania is facing a serious workforce crisis that is threatening our employers and slowing our economic recovery. Businesses across the Commonwealth have been forced to curtail their hours of operation or even close because of a workforce shortage. The panel heard from the PA Chamber of Business and Industry, local employers and the PA Restaurant and Lodging Association in order to fully identify the employers’ needs and the role the General Assembly can play in creating an environment for economic growth and job creation.
You can view hearing video and more here.
DMVA: Important to Safeguard DD-214 Military Paperwork
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