News For Constituents

From Senate Republican Policy Development & Research Office

Cool Down & Save Money With PAPower Switch

Start saving on your summer cooling bills through the PA Public Utility Commission resource, PAPower Switch.

Get answers to your questions on understanding your choices and shopping for an electric supplier. PAPowerSwitch even provides the necessary details on the switching process.

Make the most of your energy dollars with tips on energy efficiency and conservation. Share a copy of the PAPowerSwitch brochure to help your family and friends save on their energy usage this summer.

Take Me Fishing

When sunshine and blue skies beckon, round up the family and checkout the Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission’s “Take Me Fishing” Program.

Selected State Parks and Lakes located around the state will conduct family fishing programs throughout the summer. Beginners learn basic fishing skills, including knot tying, casting, baiting the hook, and taking a fish off the hook. Equipment is provided and no fishing license is required.

A list of Frequently Asked Questions is available to assist with planning your family’s future fishing outings. Next time, head out for your family’s new favorite fishing hole and don’t forget your fishing license when fishing independently.

Hurricane Season Requires Our Attention

The kick-off of the 2013 hurricane season is underway and wary homeowners are preparing for the possibilities, according to the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA).

Planning and preparation can be the difference between life and death when tropical storms, tornadoes, and thunderstorms tear across the state. Turn to the PEMA Fact Sheets and Plans, Guides and Presentations to develop your plans and to make emergency preparations.

Make sure your kids know the facts and are actively engaged in developing potentially life-saving plans, including when and where to seek shelter, waiting out a storm, and re-establishing contact.

Consider Flood Insurance

Flooding, the most common natural disaster in the U.S., destroys thousands of homes and its aftermath costs billions of dollars annually, according to the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA).

Homeowner’s insurance does not typically cover flood damage. Talk to your insurance provider about your policy and consider if you need additional coverage. Tap into the resources of the Pennsylvania Insurance Department to learn more about flood insurance.

Pennsylvania has historically been one of the most flood prone states in the nation having experienced billions of dollars in damages since the 1930s. Pennsylvania’s mountainous terrain, more than 86,000 miles of rivers and streams, second only to Alaska, and average annual rainfall of 42 inches create the potential for flooding to occur anywhere in the state at any time of the year, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP).

Being Bugged By Insects

If summer’s approach and the barrage of headlines are leaving you a bit bugged about the prospects for various insect invasions, turn to Pennsylvania’s preeminent entomologists at the College of Agricultural Sciences for Penn State University.

The portended appearance of Brood II of the periodical cicadas, brown marmorated stink bugs, West Nile-carrying mosquitoes, and gypsy moths, to name just a few, can be more closely monitored and observed with a little advice from professional entomologists.

When and where will they arrive? What, if any, damage will occur? How best shall we control these unwanted visitors? Consult the Department’s Outreach and Education Office or contact the Department at or at 814-865-3048.

PA State Museum Commemorates the Civil War

The Commonwealth’s critical role in the Civil War is being honored at the State Museum through a new exhibit, “Objects of Valor: Commemorating the Civil War in Pennsylvania” .

Visitors will see the largest Civil War scene painted on a single canvas, “Battle of Gettysburg: Pickett’s Charge” . At its December 1870 unveiling, it was hailed by many as a masterpiece and a testimony to the horrors of war. Its depiction of death and violence was criticized by others for opening old wounds between the North and South.

Artist Peter Frederick Rothermel’s 16 feet high by 32 feet wide painting is accompanied by four of his smaller paintings: “Charge of the Louisiana Tigers and Repulse”, “Battle of the First Day and Death of Reynolds”, “Repulse of General Johnson’s Division by General Geary’s White Star Division, July 3”, and “Pennsylvania Reserves at Plum Run” — all painted circa 1871–1872 — and “Charge of Pennsylvania Reserves in Plum Run, July 2” commissioned for the Adjutant General’s Office in 1881.

In 1865, Pennsylvania began acquiring objects and relics from the war, as well as subsequent reunions and remembrances. Muskets, medals, uniforms, and flags are just a few of the items on display and donated by veterans and their loved ones.