Meeting to consider SB 1289

Senate Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee

Wednesday, June 22, 2022 | 9:30 a.m.

Main Capitol, Room 461


AGENDA

Meeting to consider SB 1289

Schedule

SB 1289 P.N. 1785 (Vogel) – Amends Dog Law to provide for dog and kennel license fee updates and make changes to other provisions of the law.

  • Amendment A04915 (Vogel) – Removes incorrect language.

Senate Ag Committee to Consider Very Small Meat Processing Grant Program Update, Horse Racing Regulations Legislation

HARRISBURG – The Senate Agriculture & Rural Affairs Committee will hold a voting meeting at 12:30 p.m., Tuesday, May 24, in Room 461, Main Capitol, to consider the following legislation:

  • Senate Bill 1236 (Sen. Vogel) – Amends Title 3 of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes to make several updates to the Very Small Meat Processor Federal Inspection Reimbursement Grant Program.
  • Senate Bill 1237 (Sen. Vogel) – Amends Title 3 of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes to extend the existing temporary horse racing regulations by three years and provide the Horse Racing Commission the authority to issue temporary regulations in compliance with forthcoming federal regulations.

The meeting will be streamed live on the committee website.

 

CONTACT: Cara Laudenslager     claudenslager@pasen.gov

Meeting to consider SB 1236 and SB 1237

Senate Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee

May 24, 2022 | 12:30 p.m.

Main Capitol, Room 461


Agenda

Meeting to consider SB 1236 and SB 1237

Schedule

SB 1236 P.N. 1650 (Vogel)—Amends Title 3 of the Pennsylvania
Consolidated Statutes to make several updates to the Very Small Meat
Processor Federal Inspection Reimbursement Grant Program.

  • Amendment A04288 (Vogel)—Updates and clarifies definitions and
    provisions in the bill.

SB 1237 P.N. 1654 (Vogel)— Amends Title 3 of the Pennsylvania
Consolidated Statutes to extend the existing temporary horse racing
regulations by three years and provide the Horse Racing Commission the
authority to issue temp

ADVISORY – Wednesday, April 13 – Joint Public Hearing on Chronic Wasting Disease

A joint hearing about Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) will be held in the state Capitol on Wednesday, April 13 by the Senate’s Game and Fisheries and Agriculture and Rural Affairs committees, according to committee chairs Sen. Dan Laughlin, R-49, and Sen. Elder Vogel, R-47.

The hearing follows up a joint hearing held by the committees on Feb. 9 in Bedford, PA, during which the committee heard about the prevalence of CWD in Pennsylvania and what is being done to address this neurological disease that affects members of the cervid family (deer, elk, moose and reindeer/caribou).

Since first being detected in Pennsylvania deer roughly a decade ago, CWD has spread to all or part of 27 of Pennsylvania’s 67 counties. The abnormal proteins that cause CWD are shed in saliva, urine, and feces, meaning animals can be infected via animal-to-animal contact or through contaminated environments. CWD-infected animals might not show symptoms of the disease for 18 to 24 months, but all white-tailed deer and elk that contract CWD die, there are no exceptions.

The April 13 hearing will focus on the science behind CWD and related research efforts to combat the disease, and feature testimony from Dr. Erick Gagne, Assistant Professor of Wildlife Disease Ecology, University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine Wildlife Futures Program; Dr. Michelle Gibison, Manager of Research Projects, University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine Wildlife Futures Program; Dr. Richard Roush, Dean of the College of Agricultural Sciences, Penn State University; Calvin Norman, Forestry and Wildlife Extension Educator, Penn State Extension; and Darell Rowledge, Director of the Alliance for Public Wildlife.

The Alliance for Public Wildlife is a group of scientists and professionals whose stated goal is establishing, developing, promoting, and defending principles and policies that will ensure the conservation of North American wildlife. The organization has produced documents (The Challenge of CWD: Insidious and Dire, as well as a supplement to that analysis) examining the science behind CWD, the history and process of its spread, and the public policy implications and recommendations for dealing with it.

WHAT: Joint public hearing of the Senate’s Agriculture and Rural Affairs and Game and Fisheries committees about Chronic Wasting Disease.

WHEN: 9 a.m. – 11 a.m., Wednesday, April 13

WHERE: Hearing Room 1, North Office Building, PA State Capitol

HEARING LIVESTREAM:  https://www.senatorlaughlin.com/2022/04/11/ag-game-041322/

 

CONTACTS:           Koty McGowan          kmcgowan@pasen.gov

                                   Cara Laudenslager      claudenslager@pasen.gov

                                   

 

                                   

 

 

Joint Public Hearing on Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD)

Joint Public Hearing of the

Senate Agriculture and Rural Affairs and Game and Fisheries Committees

on Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD)

Wednesday, April 13, 2022 | 9:00 a.m.

Hearing Room 1, NOB

Agenda

Joint Public Hearing on Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD)

Schedule

9:00 a.m.

Opening Remarks

  • Senator Laughlin, Majority Chair, Game & Fisheries
  • Senator Vogel, Majority Chair, Agriculture & Rural Affairs
  • Senator Brewster, Minority Chair, Game & Fisheries
  • Senator Schwank, Minority Chair, Agriculture & Rural Affairs

9:10 a.m.

Dr. Erick Gagne, Assistant Professor of Wildlife Disease Ecology
University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine Wildlife Futures Program

Dr. Michelle Gibison, Manager of Research Projects
University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine Wildlife Futures Program

Testimony

9:40 a.m.

Dr. Richard Roush, Dean
College of Agricultural Sciences, Penn State University

Calvin Norman, Forestry and Wildlife Extension Educator
Penn State Extension

Testimony

10:10 a.m.

Darell Rowledge, Director – Testimony
Alliance for Public Wildlife

10:40 a.m.

Closing Remarks and Adjournment

Meeting to SB 907, SB 960, SB 1032 and SB 1181

Senate Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee

Tuesday, April 5, 2022 | 12:30 p.m.

Main Capitol, Room 461

Agenda

Meeting to consider bills

Schedule

Senate Bill 907 P.N. 1151 (Yaw)—Creates a fifteen-member Animal Welfare Board to review related laws and regulations and make recommendations to the General Assembly.

  • Amendment A03845 (Yaw)—Updates and clarifies members of the board.

Senate Bill 960 P.N. 1249 (J. Ward)—Repeals Act 215 of 1965, The Frozen Dessert Law, and amends Title 3 of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes with Frozen Dessert Safety sanitation standards and related penalties.

Senate Bill 1032 P.N. 1340 (Schwank)—Amends Title 3 of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes to create the Agricultural Commodity Indemnity Fund, providing for licensing and regulation of agricultural commodity handlers, including penalties and enforcement.

Senate Bill 1181 P.N. 1537 (Brooks)—Creates the Whole Milk in Pennsylvania Schools Act to allow Pennsylvania milk to be purchased for consumption in the Commonwealth’s schools

Joint Public Hearing on Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD)

Joint Public Hearing of the

Senate Agriculture and Rural Affairs and Game and Fisheries Committees

on Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD)

Wednesday, February 9, 2022 at 5:00 p.m.

Bedford American Legion
3721 US 220 BUS
Bedford PA, 15522

or via Zoom


AGENDA

Joint Public Hearing on Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD)

Schedule

5:00 p.m.

Opening Remarks

  • Senator Laughlin, Majority Chair, Game & Fisheries
  • Senator Vogel, Majority Chair, Agriculture & Rural Affairs
  • Senator Brewster, Minority Chair, Game & Fisheries
  • Senator Schwank, Minority Chair, Agriculture & Rural Affairs

5:10 p.m.

Bryan Burhans, Executive Director – Testimony
Pennsylvania Game Commission (PGC)

5:30 p.m.

Kevin Brightbill, DVM, State Veterinarian and Director
Bureau of Animal Health and Diagnostic Services
Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture

Gregory Hostetter, Deputy Secretary – Testimony
Animal Health and Food Safety
Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture

5:50 p.m.

Torin Miller, Director of Policy – Testimony
National Deer Association (NDA)

6:10 p.m.

Josh Newton, President – Testimony
Pennsylvania Deer Farmers Association (PDFA)

6:30 p.m.

Closing Remarks and Adjournment

Panel Discussion on Mental Health in Agriculture

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Senate Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee

Tuesday, January 11, 2022 | 1:00 pm

Erie Room, Farm Show Complex, Harrisburg, PA

Agenda

Panel Discussion on Mental Health in Agriculture

Schedule

1:00  Welcome and Opening Remarks by Committee Chairs 

1:05  Remarks by Panelists:

Russell Redding, Secretary
Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture

Andrew M. Hoffman, DVM, DVSc, Diplomate, ACVIM, Dean
PennVet

Ginger D. Fenton, PhD, Educator
Penn State Extension

Cynthia Pollich, MS Ed, Associate
Penn State Extension

Scott Baldwin, Administrator
Mental Health/Development Services of Lawrence County, Pennsylvania

Cliff Wallace, President
Beaver-Lawrence County Farm Bureau

1:45  Discussion/Question and Answer

2:15  Closing Remarks

 

Joint public hearing to receive testimony regarding fireworks laws

JOINT HEARING

Senate AND House Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committees

Wednesday, December 15, 2021 | 9:00 a.m.

East Wing Room 60


AGENDA

Joint public hearing to receive testimony regarding fireworks laws

SCHEDULE

Fireworks Incidents Hearing Follow Up – January 2022

9:00 a.m.

Opening Remarks by Committee Chairmen

9:10 a.m.

Local Government Panel

Joe Gerdes, Director of Government Relations – Testimony
Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors (PSATS)

Edward C. Troxell, Director of Government Affairs – Testimony
Pennsylvania State Association of Boroughs

Amy Sturges, Director of Governmental Affairs – Testimony
Pennsylvania Municipal League
PA State Association of Township Commissioners (PSATC) – Testimony

9:40 a.m.

Law Enforcement Panel

Sergeant Jerry L. Harper, Supervisor, Fire Marshal Unit – Testimony
Bureau of Criminal Investigation
Pennsylvania State Police 

Scott L. Bohn, Executive Director
Pennsylvania Chiefs of Police Association

10:10 a.m.

Jay Delaney, Fire Chief – Testimony
Bureau of Fire, City of Wilkes-Barre
President, Pennsylvania Career Fire Chiefs Association

10:30 a.m.

Danial Peart, Director of Government Affairs – Testimony
Phantom Fireworks

10:50 a.m.

Closing Remarks by Committee Chairmen and Adjournment

Additional Written Testimony:

Jack Bernard – Testimony

Janet Bradley – Testimony

Megon Burkit – Testimony

Corey Cohen – Testimony

Caiolinn Ertel – Testimony

Firefighters’ Association of the State of Pennsylvania – Donald Konkle, James Carstater – Testimony

Lisa Fraser – Testimony

Shanna Halpern – Testimony

The Humane Society of the United States – Testimony

Julian Kern – Testimony

Bonnie Maclean – Testimony

Kathyn McGrail – Testimony

Hydie Miller – Testimony

Susan Moon – Testimony

Cherelle L. Parker – Councilperson – 9th District – City of Philadelphia – Testimony

Pennsylvania Farm Bureau – Darrin Youker – Testimony

Pennsylvania Office of the State Fire Commissioner – Tom Cook – Testimony

Pennsylvania State Grange – Wayne Campbell – Testimony

Representative Christina Sappey, House District 158, Chester County, PA – Constituents – Testimony

Ruth Ann Scanzillo – Testimony

Sara Shute – Testimony

Stop Philly Fireworks – Maureen McDevitt Greene – Testimony

TNT Fireworks – Eric Turner – Testimony

Uwchlan Township – Bill Miller – Chairperson – Testimony

Mary Kennedy Withrow – Testimony

Cathy Yarnall – Testimony

 

Meeting to consider SB 450

Senate Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee

Wednesday, November 10, 2021 | 9:30 a.m.

Main Capitol, Room 461


Agenda

Meeting to consider SB 450

Schedule

SB 450 (Yaw). P.N. 534 (Yaw)—Amends the Rural Pennsylvania Revitalization Act.

  • Amendment A02901 (Yaw)—Technical amendment.