Monday, January 28, 2019

Senate State Government Committee Meets Jan. 29 To Consider Recognizing Eastern Hellbender

The Senate State Government Committee has scheduled a meeting for January 29 to consider Senate Bill 9 (Yaw-R-Lycoming) designating the Eastern Hellbender as the state amphibian and clean water ambassador (sponsor summary).
The bill easily passed the Senate in 2017, but got stuck in the House and died, disappointing the high school students who worked for 2 years researching the Hellbender and drafting the legislation.
High School students from the 43 counties in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed have been pushing to have the Eastern Hellbender designated the state amphibian and clean water ambassador for the last 2 years.  The students are members of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation-PA’s Student Leadership Council.
The meeting will be held in Room 8E-B East Wing of the Capitol starting at 10:45.
Sen. Mike Folmer (R-Lebanon) serves as Majority Chair of the Senate State Government Committee and can be contacted by calling 717-787-5708 or sending email to:   Sen. Anthony Williams (D-Philadelphia) serves as Minority Chair and can be contacted by calling 717-787-5970 or sending email to:
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