Governor Wolf has presented his budget proposal for next year, which focuses on some of Senator Iovino’s top priorities: education, workforce development, and reducing gun violence. Senator Iovino looks forward to getting to work on hammering out a final budget, playing a role in this process as a member of the Appropriations Committee and advocating for investments in the working families and businesses of the 37th Senatorial District.
Senator Iovino recognized some distinguished guests from the 37th Senatorial District in the Senate gallery: the South Fayette girls varsity cross-country team and the varsity cheerleading team. Both teams won state championships last year. We’re so proud of our Lady Lions!
Senator Iovino introduced a Senate Resolution marking the week of January 20th – 26th as Pennsylvania’s inaugural Community Risk Reduction week, a grassroots initiative started by fire service professionals across the country to raise awareness of risk reduction and encourage emergency preparedness.
Senator Iovino introduced a Senate Resolution commemorating the decommissioning of the Los Angeles class fast attack submarine, USS Pittsburgh.
Senator Iovino toured the WQED Pittsburgh studios in Oakland, home to the historic Fred Rogers Studio and the production of top-notch educational programming. She enjoyed touring this regional gem, the nation’s first community-supported TV station.
Sen. Iovino recaps the achievements of 2019 and looks forward to a productive 2020 serving the 37th Senatorial District
Sen. Iovino toured RiverLift Industries, a locally-owned and family-operated logistics, transloading, and trucking company in Jefferson Hills. Their multimodal Mon River barge terminal helps local companies like U.S. Steel move 800,000 tons of goods per year, supporting regional jobs. Because of state grant support, the river terminal will be repaired to keep the company and other local businesses moving and growing.
Senator Iovino toured the Holy Family Institute and Nazareth Prep School in Emsworth to see the beautiful campus, learn more about the many education & social support programs they operate, and see how $1 million in state grant funds will help with capital improvements.
Senator Iovino attended a press conference with Governor Tom Wolf, Senator Lindsey Williams, members of the PA National Guard, and others to promote the PA GI Bill at the Southwestern Veterans Center. This first-in-the-nation legislation provides tuition-free education to the spouses and children of PA National Guard Members who re-enlist for an additional six years of service.
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.