Senate Passes Mensch Bill to Continue State Military College Legislative Appointment Program and Mensch Resolution Urging Administration to Update Statewide Radio Network System

Harrisburg –  Senator Bob Mensch’s (R-24) legislation, SB 1194, to remove the sunset date of June 30, 2016 from the “State Military College Legislative Appointment Initiative” (Act 29 of 2012) passed the Senate unanimously.  Act 29 of 2012 was enacted in order to allow members of the General Assembly to appoint annually an eligible student within their legislative district for initial enrollment at Valley Forge Military Academy & College.

Valley Forge Military Academy & College (VFMA&C) has a long tradition of providing character-based education within an academic and military environment to young men and women who have gone on to become military leaders, industry executives, government officials, professional athletes, Rhoades Scholars, and White House Fellows.  Valley Forge Military College (VFMC) is a two-year, transfer program from which almost all students go on to attend four-year colleges and universities.

The bill now goes to the House for consideration.

The Senate also adopted Senator Mensch’s Senate Resolution 325 which urges the administration to fix the problematic, tax payer funded statewide radio system also known as STARNet.

“The administration has the opportunity to implement a plan to create a unified radio system that works,” said Mensch. “Pennsylvania taxpayers have invested over $750 million dollars into STARNet and it remains unreliable often preventing our agents in the field from doing their job safely and effectively. Most recently, it has proven to be a liability in the search for Eric Frein who ambushed and murdered one police officer and gravely injured another.”

Repeated efforts have tried and failed to fix the problems with the radio system.  Senator Mensch emphasized that now is the time to make real progress on a solution. “There have been many committee meetings and hearings in which officials have testified over and over again that our statewide radio system is broken,” said Mensch. “Through that testimony we have gathered ideas and created studies that we need to use to implement a new system.” Listen to Senator Mensch’s remarks on SR 325 here:

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For more information on Senator Mensch’s legislation, visit www.senatormensch.com.  State updates can also be found on Senator Mensch’s Facebook at www.facebook.com/senatormensch, or Twitter @SenatorMensch.

CONTACT: Sarah Rasmussen srasmussen@pasen.gov  (215) 541-2388