Senator Hutchinson E-Newsletter

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March 2019

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Local students serve as “Senators for a Day”

Students and advisors from secondary schools across the 21st Senatorial District had the opportunity to get a first-hand look at legislative and state government operations during a student government seminar I hosted on March 7 at Clarion University.

During the morning, the students divided into Senate committees to discuss bills, take positions on legislation and draft laws. The students came together after lunch to convene as the full Senate to consider the bills crafted by the committees.

The students had the opportunity to see how state government works and how it reacts to public policy issues. The attendees interacted with students from other high schools, elected officials and people in government relations while developing and voting on legislation as they served as members of the General Assembly.

Bridge Builders Community Foundations Taking Scholarships Applications

Bridge Builders Community Foundations is now accepting applications from students in Venango, Forest or Clarion counties for scholarships to be awarded later this year. Applications will be accepted until April 5. To apply or for more information, visit the Bridge Builders Community Foundations’ website at

Last year Bridge Builders Community Foundations granted over $250,000 in scholarships to students in our area.

REAL IDs Now Available

REAL ID driver’s licenses and photo ID cards are now available to residents who want one. After October 1, 2020, a REAL ID or a federally approved alternative will be required to board commercial flights or enter secure federal buildings.

Find out how to obtain one from PENNDOT here:

Exercise Caution to Prevent Wildfires

The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources is urging Pennsylvania residents to exercise wildfire prevention vigilance throughout a three-month period when major fires are most likely across the state’s forests and brush lands.

Human carelessness continued to lead the list of causes as wildfires across Pennsylvania in 2018. A total of 690 wildfires, ranging from less than one acre in size to almost 690 acres, were reported last year. They consumed 1,843 acres, well below the 10-year average of 4,000 acres.

DCNR statistics show nearly 85 percent of Pennsylvania’s wildfires occur in March, April, and May, before the greening of state woodlands and brushy areas. Named for rapid spread through dormant, dry vegetation, under windy conditions, wildfires often scorch 7,000 or more acres of state and private woodlands.

Anglers, campers, and other state forest visitors are reminded open fires are prohibited on state forestland from March 1 to May 25, and when the fire danger is listed as high, very high, or extreme, unless authorized by district foresters.

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