Mastriano to Host State Working Animal Appreciation Day Tuesday

HARRISBURG – Sen. Doug Mastriano (R-33) will host State Working Animal Appreciation Day on Tuesday, June 6, with animal demonstrations beginning at 10 a.m. and a noon news conference at the intersection of Commonwealth Avenue and Soldiers Grove at the Capitol.

Mastriano, who serves as chairman of the Senate Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee, is working with Senate colleagues and the Pennsylvania State Working Animal Foundation to recognize the police and military K-9s; search and rescue dogs and horses; service dogs and therapy animals that work for people.

Animal demonstrations will include:

  • 10 a.m. – The Capitol Police
  • 10:30 a.m. – Life Changing Service Dogs for Veterans
  • 11 a.m. – Penn Vet Working Dog Center

Speakers at the noon news conference will include:

  • Sen. Mastriano
  • Pennsylvania state Sen. Katie Muth (D-44), Democrat chair of the Senate Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee
  • Pennsylvania State Working Animal Foundation President Terri Heck

The event will feature a special appearance by K-9 Detective Briggs, a dog that has worked with the Pennsylvania Game Commission, local police departments, the U.S. Marshal and Secret Service agencies, and the FBI. Briggs is credited with assisting in the apprehension of arson and armed robbery suspects.

The PA Dairymen’s Association Milkshake on the Moove Truck will sell milkshakes for $6 with proceeds benefitting agricultural scholarships, youth programs and educational programs across the commonwealth.

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Media contact: Nathan Silcox


Meeting to consider SB 532

Senate Urban Affairs and Housing Committee

Tuesday, June 6, 2023 | 12:30 p.m.

Room 461, Main Capitol


To consider SB 532

Meeting to consider SB 209, SB 375, SB 462 and SB 565; and HB 100 and HB 301

Senate Education Committee

Tuesday, June 6, 2023 | 11 a.m.

Room 8E-B, East Wing


Senate Bill 209 (Pennycuick) – Amends the Public School Code of 1949 to allow children of a member of the National Guard or Reserves to be afforded the same rights as a child eligible under the Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children Act.

Senate Bill 375 (Brown) – Amends the Public School Code of 1949 making various requirements related to automatic external defibrillators in schools.

Senate Bill 462 (Bartolotta) – An Act establishing the Adult Education and Workforce Recovery Grant Program.

Senate Bill 565 (Phillips-Hill) – Amends Title 24 (Education) to provide for student data privacy and protection.

House Bill 100 (Freeman) – Amends the Public School Code of 1949 to require the Department of Education to create a cross-age tutoring program.

House Bill 301 (Harkins) – Amends the Public School Code of 1949 to update outdated terminology related to physical or mental disabilities to conform with modern usage.

Meeting to consider HB 739

Senate Banking and Insurance Committee

Monday, June 5, 2023 | Off the Floor

Rules Committee Conference Room


Consideration of HB 739


I. HB 739 Boyle: Requires insurance entities to establish cybersecurity policies and
   promptly notify the Insurance Commissioner of any cybersecurity events. Grants the
   Commissioner authority to implement national guidelines exempting certain insurers
   from valuation procedures.

Senate ERE Committee Schedules Voting Meeting to Consider Re-confirmation of Cindy Adams Dunn

HARRISBURG – The Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee will convene on Tuesday, June 6, 2023, at 12:30 p.m. to consider the re-confirmation of Cindy Adams Dunn as Secretary of the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR), according to Committee Chairman Sen. Gene Yaw (R-23).

The meeting will be held in room 8-EB in the East Wing of the State Capitol.

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