Senator Iovino welcomed a distinguished guest and constituent from the 37th Senatorial District to the Senate gallery in Harrisburg – Katharine Kelleman, Chief Executive Officer of the Port Authority of Allegheny County. We applaud and appreciate her leadership to improve transit and mobility throughout the greater Pittsburgh region.
Senator Iovino hosted Affordable Care Act health insurance enrollment events in Sewickley and Whitehall to help residents sign up for health insurance so they can have the financial security and peace of mind that health insurance brings.
Senator Iovino discusses the impact of her legislation to improve coordination of veterans services immediately after it passed the Senate unanimously.
Senator Iovino introduced a Senate resolution recognizing November as Military Families Month. Behind every soldier, sailor, airman, marine, and coast guardsman, active or reserve, are loved ones – spouses, children, parents, or siblings. These family members bear burdens that make it possible for our military’s men and women to serve.
Senator Iovino speaks on the Senate floor about SR 170, her resolution to improve the coordination of veterans services.
Senator Iovino is hosting two Affordable Care Act Insurance Enrollment events on November 13th and 14th. If you don’t have heath insurance, please come to either event, where certified ACA enrollment specialist will help you get covered.
Senator Iovino introduced a Senate resolution recognizing Veterans Day, a day when Americans acknowledge our shared responsibility to understand the sacrifice of veterans, and to appreciate how their service has made our nation safer and more prosperous.
Senator Iovino is focused on finding solutions to the challenges facing our fire & Emergency Medical Services departments. To hear directly from those in the field, she joined her colleagues at a Senate Democratic policy hearing at Delaware County Community College to discuss modernizing firefighting & EMS response.
Senator Iovino chaired a meeting of the Special Education Funding Commission at the Moon Area School District. The Commission, a bi-partisan, bi-cameral body, is charged with issuing a report to the General Assembly by November 30th with recommendations on how the state can more fairly and effectively distribute special education funds while better considering school districts’ needs and ability to raise local revenue. This was the first of four meetings being held throughout the state.
o First half of the Special Education Funding Commission meeting at Moon Area School District. Testimony from: Southwestern PA Intermediate Unit officials, PA Association of School Business officials, and the PA School Boards Association.
Second half of the Special Education Funding Commission meeting at Moon Area School District. Testimony from: South Park School District, Mt. Lebanon School District, Pittsburgh School District, and the Parent Education & Advocacy Leadership Center
Senator Iovino’s Open House on Addiction on September 29th in Bridgeville provided recovery resources, family counseling, and access to other supportive services in the field of addiction. A panel discussion included a Narcan demonstration from the Allegheny County Health Department, an update on regional drug trends by a Drug Enforcement Administration agent, a story of hope and recovery from a recovering addict, a St. Clair Hospital ER doctor’s perspective on the addiction crisis, and a father’s story of his son’s struggle with addiction.
Senator Iovino joined Rep. Dan Miller, Sen. Camera Bartolotta, and members of the disability advocacy community at a press conference in the Capitol to discuss legislation that would expand the number of adult changing stations in public restrooms throughout Pennsylvania. This would benefit a broad range of people on the disability spectrum by providing a dignified, private, and hygienic place to see to their personal needs.
Senator Iovino introduced a resolution on the Senate floor recognizing September as Preparedness Month in Pennsylvania, and encouraging all Pennsylvanians to take simple steps to be ready for emergencies and natural disasters.
On Sept. 23rd, Senator Iovino participated in “Teal Talk Day” to raise awareness of ovarian cancer and encourage women to talk with their healthcare providers, family, and friends about early detection and what puts them at risk.
Senator Iovino joined her colleague, Senator Tina Tartaglione, on a tour of the University of Pittsburgh’s McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine. Here, the university’s leading scientists and clinical faculty push the boundaries of modern science in the areas of tissue engineering, cellular therapies, and artificial and biohybrid organ devices.
Senator Iovino participated in a roundtable discussion on the serious and tragic issue of veteran suicide. The event brought together federal, state, and local lawmakers, veteran service organizations, and foundations from our region for a conversation on prevention, intervention, and best practices to directly connect veterans with needed resources.
Senator Iovino toured the Allegheny County Sanitary Authority (ALCOSAN)’s wastewater treatment plant, where they treat 250 million gallons of water each day for 83 municipalities throughout the region. She had a great discussion about upgrading our aging infrastructure and the future expansion at the facility that will more than double treatment capacity to meet demands from storm events.
Senator Iovino toured Pittsburgh International Airport, one of the district’s and region’s major economic engines. The airport is undergoing preparation for its Terminal Modernization Program and the Innovation Campus, a large-scale economic development project adjacent to the airport. The airport is also spearheading a number of innovative projects, such as their sensory room for people with autism, which was recently featured on the Today Show.
Senator Iovino joined Bridgeville Borough Council President Michael Tolmer for a tour of Bridgeville’s small businesses and commercial corridors. The tour showcases some of the district’s vibrant local main streets, which offer both new businesses and longtime establishments that are staples of the community.
Senator Iovino toured one of the 37th District’s great natural amenities, the Pittsburgh Botanic Garden, with Executive Director Keith Kaiser. This 460-acre site near Oakdale includes plant collections of the Allegheny Plateau and inspires visitors to value the natural world.
Senator Iovino toured Rinker Materials, a local manufacturer that makes culverts and concrete piping for the Turnpike, Southern Beltway, and other infrastructure projects throughout the region.
Senator Iovino convened a Senate Democratic Policy Committee meeting at the Steamfitters Local 449 to discuss ways to better coordinate and deliver services to the Commonwealth’s approximately 819,000 veterans. Senators heard from subject matter experts on five core subjects: the PA Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, PA Serves, and veteran women, veteran students, and veteran suicide.
Senator Iovino planned to introduce 3 amendments to protect veterans from planned cuts to the General Assistance program. Unfortunately, her colleagues across the aisle prevented that by shutting down debate. But she’s not giving up on this fight to protect those who have served and are vulnerable.
Senator Iovino responds to the recently announced agreement between UPMC and Highmark. This is a step in the right direction, bringing more stability and predictability to healthcare decisions for more families and seniors. But Senator Iovino remains focused on a permanent solution to reliable healthcare access.
Senator Iovino joined Disabled American Veterans at the State Capitol to help dedicate 7 new vans to the Rides for Veterans partnership – an excellent example of veterans taking care of veterans, ensuring they can get to their VA doctors’ appointments.
Senator Iovino toured the Animal Friends shelter in Ohio Township. They’re a full-service companion animal welfare organization that operates the local Pets for Vets program, which matches rescue dogs & cats with veterans seeking companionship.
Senator Iovino enjoyed touring Robert Morris University’s new UPMC Events Center, a multi-purpose regional amenity for sporting events, concerts, and conferences. Go Colonials!
Senator Iovino toured the 18th consecutive Pittsburgh Carpentry Skills Expo on May 10, 2019. The Pittsburgh Carpenters Training Center provides critical workforce development and building-trades apprenticeships that generate jobs and new opportunity for our communities. Senator Iovino will remain an outspoken advocate for these initiatives in Harrisburg.
Senator Iovino takes the oath of office in the Senate Chamber in Harrisburg.