Senator John R. Gordner E-Newsletter

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January 15, 2019

New Session/New Opportunities

The Pennsylvania Constitution requires the General Assembly to convene on the first Tuesday every other year to swear-in newly elected and re-elected members of our body and to commence a new legislative Session. This year, the first Tuesday happened to fall on January 1.

It is hopefully very telling that the 2019-20 legislative Session kicked off on New Year’s Day. Many view this day as a fresh beginning and a time to start anew. I believe that this also marks a time in which my colleagues and I begin a renewed effort to serve the people of Pennsylvania in fresh and unique ways.

I look forward to working with all of my colleagues, on both sides of the aisle, to meet the needs of our constituents while continuing our efforts to make Pennsylvania a model for all other states in job creation, economic development and innovation.

It was my pleasure to recently celebrate with my good friend, Majority Leader Jake Corman (R-34), as he took the oath of office for another 4-year term in the PA Senate.

Standing Committee Chairs Announced for the 2019-20 Session

On January 7, 2019, President Pro Tempore of the Pennsylvania Senate, Joe Scarnati, announced the following Committee Chairs for the upcoming Session:

Aging and Youth – Senator John DiSanto
Agriculture and Rural Affairs – Senator Elder Vogel, Jr.
Appropriations – Senator Pat Browne
Banking and Insurance – Senator Don White
Communications and Technology – Senator Wayne Langerholc, Jr.
Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure – Senator Robert Tomlinson
Education – Senator Ryan Aument
Environmental Resources and Energy – Senator Gene Yaw
Finance – Senator Scott Hutchinson
Game and Fisheries – Senator Dan Laughlin
Health and Human Services – Senator Michele Brooks
Intergovernmental Operations – Senator Judy Ward
Judiciary – Senator Lisa Baker
Labor and Industry – Senator Camera Bartolotta
Law and Justice – Senator Pat Stefano
Local Government – Senator Scott Martin
Rules and Executive Nominations – Senator Jake Corman
State Government – Senator Mike Folmer
Transportation – Senator Kim Ward
Urban Affairs and Housing – Senator Tom Killion
Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness – Senator Mike Regan

Easily Prepare for Real ID

Pennsylvania will initiate issuance of REAL IDs beginning in March 2019; more than a year ahead of the October 1, 2020 deadline to board a domestic commercial flight, enter a federal building, or access an ID-required military installation, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV).

Bring the necessary documents to any of the DMV’s 71 Driver’s License Centers prior to March 2019 for pre-verification and simple facilitation of REAL ID licensure. Contact the Department of Vital Records for the PA Department of Health to obtain a PA birth certificate. Out-of-state birth certificates are available through the National Center for Health Statistics for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Consult the list of Frequently Asked Questions for specific details on REAL ID as it passed Congress in 2005 and its implementation in Pennsylvania.

FTC Warns Consumers of Social Security Scam

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is urging consumers to be aware of new scams involving callers pretending to be from the Social Security Administration (SSA) in an effort to gain access to an individual’s personal and banking information.

The scam involves a caller telling a consumer that their Social Security number has been linked to identity theft or another crime. The caller then asks the consumer for their Social Security number and other personal information that could be used for the purposes of identity theft.

The SSA will never call to ask for an individual’s Social Security number. More information about this scam – and how to avoid it – is available here.

2019 Fishing Licenses Available Now

Pennsylvania anglers can purchase their 2019 fishing license now at any of the state’s 700 issuing agents, county treasurer’s offices, Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission regional offices, or online at

Licenses purchased now at a cost of $22.90 will be valid through December 31, 2019. More information for anglers is available online at


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