Wednesday, December 29, 2021

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House returns to session Jan. 4, 10, 11, 12, 24, 25, 26

     -- Committee Schedule

Senate returns to session Jan. 4, 18, 19, 24, 25, 26

     -- Committee Schedule

TODAY’s Calendar Of Events


-- In 2021 Initiatives By The Biden Administration, Congress Make Historic Investments In Cleaning Up PA’s Environment; How To Invest $11 Billion Remains Up In The Air  [PaEN]


-- Westminster College 2021 Student Symposium On The Environment Winners; 100+ Participate  [PaEN]


-- Conservation Effort Launches In Northern PA To Protect, Enhance Or Restore 1,675 Acres of Endangered Wetland Habitat By Ducks Unlimited, Partners  [PaEN]


-- Ducks Unlimited, Partners Restore Wetlands On 130-Acre Aquafarm In Mercer County As Migrating Bird Habitat  [PaEN]


-- Ducks Unlimited, Cargill Improve PA Public Land In Bradford County


-- Partnership For The Delaware Estuary: A Quarter Century Of Progress


-- Dept. Of Human Services Begins Accepting Applications For Federal Low Income Household Drinking & Wastewater Assistance Program Jan. 4  [PaEN]

-- Anthracite Heritage Foundation/King’s College Announce January Anthracite Mining Heritage Month Events  [PaEN]


-- PA Resources Council Hosts Jan. 18 Recycling & Waste Reduction Webinar  [PaEN]


-- CentreDT: Ferguson Twp. Takes First Steps To Ban Single Use Plastic Bags


-- WHYY: Philly Will Start Enforcing Plastic Bag Ban Next Year, Many Stores Not Ready


-- Plan Philly: Philly’s Year In Environmental News And What’s Next: Carbon Pledge, Bag Ban, Tree Plan


-- ReadingE: Reading’s First Public Electric Vehicle Charging Stations Will Be At Albright College


-- TribLive: Gasoline Prices Falling After Setting New Christmas Day Record


-- AltoonaM: Tyrone Natural Gas Blast Survivor Dies


-- DEP Took Action On 607 Permit Applications, 98% Met Permit Decision Guarantee Deadlines; Conducted 892 Inspections Last Week

-- Penn State Extension: Landscape Workforce Professional Development Courses


-- ScrantonT: I Promised You’ll Enjoy This State Park - Promised Land


-- PA Great Outdoors Visitors Bureau Announces Winter Landscape Photo Contest


-- PG: Is The Abandoned Century III Mall In Pittsburgh An Endangered Historical Site Worth Preserving?


American Rescue Plan Funding

-- In 2021 Initiatives By The Biden Administration, Congress Make Historic Investments In Cleaning Up PA’s Environment; How To Invest $11 Billion Remains Up In The Air  [PaEN]

Bipartisan Federal Infrastructure Law

-- In 2021 Initiatives By The Biden Administration, Congress Make Historic Investments In Cleaning Up PA’s Environment; How To Invest $11 Billion Remains Up In The Air  [PaEN]

Other States/National/International

-- Reuters: EPA To Order Chemical Makers To Test PFAS Substances For Toxicity

PA Politics - Everything Is Connected

-- Legislative Reapportionment Commission: 6 Hearing Sessions On Proposed Senate, House Voting District Maps Begin Jan. 6

-- PennLive - Jan Murphy: Legislative Reapportionment Commission To Hold 6 Hearing Sessions On Proposed House, Senate Voting District Maps Starting Jan. 6

-- AP: Bid To Redraw Voting Districts To Help Latinos Win More Seats In Legislature Misses Mark, Critics Say

-- CourierT: Redrawn Legislative Voting District Could Change Who Represents You, One-Third Of Voters In Bucks County Affected

-- CourierT: Democratic Candidate Announces For New House Voting District In Bucks

-- Gov. Wolf: Expresses Concerns About Congressional Voting Districts Map Proposed By House Republicans

-- Inquirer: PA Congressional Redistricting Fight Heats Up As Wolf Pushes Back On House Republican Proposal

-- MCall/NYT: ‘Magic’ Weight-Loss Pills, COVID Cures: Republican Dr. Oz Under A Microscope As He Runs For U.S. Senate Seat

-- Inquirer - Will Bunch: Republican David McCormick Running For U.S. Senate Isn’t As Sexy As Rival Oz, Just More Dangerous 

-- Inquirer: Federal Judge Clears The Way For Philly Proud Boys Leader To Proceed To Trial On Charges Related To The Assault On U.S. Capitol 

-- AP: Federal Judges Refuses To Dismiss Charges Against Philly Proud Boys Leader Related To Assault On U.S. Capitol

-- PA Cap-Star Guest Essay: There Must Be Full Accountability For Inciters, Planners, Leaders  Of Jan. 6 Assault On U.S. Capitol - Mike Kirlin, PA U.S. Navy Veteran

-- ReadingE: Should Lawmakers End Automatic Pay Raises For Themselves?

-- Dept. Of Health: Weekly Update On COVID Trends In Vaccinations, Cases, Hospitalizations

-- Inquirer: Philly Averaging Record-High COVID Cases, But Hope For Fewer Hospitalizations

-- PG: Allegheny County Executive, Health Director Warn Of Omicron’s ‘High Community Transmission’

-- ErieT: Erie County Sees COVID Cases, Hospitalizations Decline Despite Omicron’s Arrival

-- WBTimes: Wilkes-Barre Police Dept. Mourns Loss Of Longtime Officer To COVID

-- PEMA/Dept. Of Health: PA Hospitals To Receive Strike Teams Following Gov. Wolf’s Call For Federal Support

-- AP: FEMA To Help PA Hospitals With COVID Surge

-- Inquirer: New Vaccine Mandate Poised To Impact Philadelphia’s Restaurants Next Week

-- AP: CDC Move To Shorten COVID Isolation Stirs Confusion, Doubt

-- NPR: CDC Significantly Cuts Estimate Of Omicron COVID’s Prevalence In U.S.

-- MCall: The Flu Is Back With A Vengeance In The Lehigh Valley, Across PA

-- WHYY: Restaurant Workers In Philly Turning To GoFundMe To Survive COVID Closures - Again

-- MCall: Embattled Allentown Constable-Elect Fails To Show At Court Hearing

-- WITF: Victim Advocates In PA Looking For Ways To Revive Victims’ Rights Amendment To Constitution After Court Decision

-- TribLive: Disciplinary Action Initiated Against 9 Pittsburgh Police Officers In Tasing, Death Of Man

-- TribLive: Pittsburgh Bans Traffic Stops For Minor Violations

-- ErieT: How Erie County Is Addressing Its Other Public Health Crisis: Racism

-- ErieT: Ex-Erie City Council Chief Arrington Seeks Early Release From Federal Prison Citing COVID

-- PG/PennLive: PA Supreme Court: Whistleblower Can’t Avoid Paying School, Borough Tax On $34.5 Million Federal Award

-- Gov. Wolf: 2021 In Review - Progress On Education, Health Care, Jobs & More

-- WITF: Top Stories Of 2021: Critical Race Theory And PA School Board Elections

-- WilliamsportS Editorial: Governor Is Wrong, Schools Should Be More Transparent

-- Gov. Wolf: 2021 In Review - Supports Small, Diverse, Veteran Business With Record-Setting $856 Million Contract Spend

-- LancasterOnline Editorial: Ongoing Frustrations With State Government Transparency

-- ScrantonT: Federal Dept. Of Health & Human Services Chartered Flights Carrying Immigrant Minors To Wilkes-Barre, Not ICE 

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