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Howdy!

It has been an exciting past couple of weeks. At the end of February, my office held our annual Good Government Seminar at Cabrini University. We had the largest attendance in the event’s history and it was truly impressive to see how perceptive and engaged the students were on the issues. In all, the seminar was a huge success!

We are also in the process of rolling out several new pieces of legislation. Just this past week, myself and Senator Street announced legislation that would end Pennsylvania’s prohibition of cannabis and legalize cannabis for adult-use in Pennsylvania.  Ten States and Washington DC have now legalized cannabis for adult use and 33 states have legalized medical cannabis, including Pennsylvania. Our neighboring states, New Jersey and New York, are on the brink of passing similar bills and studies have shown that nearly 60 percent of Pennsylvanians support this type of legislation. An end to the prohibition of cannabis is overdue. It is time for us to join the emerging cannabis economy. The economic imperatives are too great. We also have a moral mandate to correct the damage that disparate enforcement of our Marijuana Laws has done and is still doing to communities across the commonwealth.

Stay tuned for updates on this bill and others that will be introduced soon. With your support, we can continue to bring meaningful change and improve the lives of citizens in these and other areas. As always, please reach out to my office to let us know what you think and if we can be of assistance.

Sincerely,

Daylin

Ninth Annual Good Government Seminar

Senator Daylin Leach at the Good Government Seminar

On February 28th, I hosted my annual Good Government Seminar at Cabrini University. There in the George D. Widener Campus Center, students from 8 schools in the 17th Senatorial District came to take part in the day’s activities. The participating institutions included Upper Merion High School, Haverford High School, Valley Forge Military Academy, Roosevelt Alternative School, The Shipley School, Sacred Heart Academy, Harriton High School, and the Agnes Irwin School. This year was particularly exciting because this is the most high schools we’ve ever had attend!

Equally great was the support the event received from elected officials, advocates, and government affair representatives within our community. Participating facilitators were Magisterial District Judge Michael Sam Quinn, Senior Assistant Dean for Community Engagement at Drexel University and Narberth Borough Councilwomen Cyndi Rickards, Mike Bettinger from Montgomery County Community College’s Government Relations team, Maria Dispenziere from the Pennsylvania Department of Aging, Dylan Lindberg from the office of State Representative Mary Jo Daley, Larry Healy from the office of State Representative Jennifer O’Mara, and Courtenay Harris Bond, Freelance Journalist and Rosalynn Carter Fellow for Mental Health Journalism.

To start the day, I delivered my own version of Schoolhouse Rock’s “I’m Just a Bill” to the young men and women. By walking the students through the intricate legislative system, I hoped to give them a clearer understanding of how bills become laws. After taking them through all of the steps of the democratic process, it was finally time for the students to become part of the action.

Good Government SeminarThe “mock Senate” session allowed the students experience the democratic process through the lens of a legislator. To get the event going, the participants were divided into teams that were tasked with supporting or opposing a certain bill. After consulting with one another, the groups were then to debate on the “Senate floor”. The bills that were up for discussion were those that pertained to the establishment of safe injection sites, a single-use plastic straw ban, an opt-out voter registration system, and a bill that would ban the sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole.

It was great to see the young people within our community so engaged with the relevant issues facing Pennsylvania. The energy in the room was vibrant and I was impressed by the exuberance that the students spoke with and the strength of their arguments. I always look forward to seeing what ideas students come up with at my annual Good Government Seminar. The Seminar is one of my favorite events and this year was an absolute success. I look forward to continuing the tradition and hope to have an equally great turnout next year.

Passing of Victoria

I am very sad to share that two weeks ago, Finding Shelter Animal Rescue lost their brave and beloved Victoria. To honor the memory of Victoria and save more puppy mill dogs like her, we need Victoria’s Law to pass.

Please help us spread the word with friends and neighbors and have them ask their State Senators and Representative to support Victoria’s Law.

For more information on how you can help, visit www.findingshelter.org.

Victoria

Legislative Update: Wildlife Trafficking

Soon I will introduce legislation prohibiting the purchase, sale, offer to sell, trade or possession with intent to sell imperiled animal parts or products. Wildlife trafficking continues to be an epidemic plaguing most countries around the world. Wildlife and wildlife parts are primarily consumed as trophies, luxury items, souvenirs, and cultural/religious items.

The most obvious problem associated with the illegal wildlife trade is that it can cause overexploitation to the point where the survival of a species hangs in the balance. Historically, such overexploitation has caused extinctions or severely threatened species.

States have an important role in protecting species that are subject to the illegal wildlife trade. The most effective way to discourage illegal trafficking is to eliminate its markets and profits. Please join me in supporting this important legislation.

Wildlife

First Annual Camp Fair

Thank you to everyone that participated in our first annual Camp Fair at Ludington Library! It was a wonderful event that connected community members with summer camp opportunities of various types that are available in our area. We are looking forward to next year!

Wildlife

COMMUNITY EVENTS

Spring Eggstravaganza

This year’s Spring Eggstravaganza is being held on Sunday, April 7th from 12 to 2 P.M. at the Villanova University Stadium. It is a community event that features free egg hunts for children 12 and under, adult egg hunts, family entertainment, crafts, food and other fun activities. For more information call 610-688-5600 or email recreation@radnor.org.

Haverford Township is sponsoring a Rabies Inoculation Clinic for residents’ pet dogs and cats, three months of age or older. This event will be held on Saturday, April 27, 2019, 10:00 a.m. to noon at the Oakmont Fire House. Cost is $5.00 for each pet. Any questions, please contact the Township Health Department at 610-446-1000 x2501.

Rabies Clinic - April 27. 2019

COMMUNITY KUDOS

The Lower Merion Conservancy

Children at the Lower Merion ConservancyThe Lower Merion Conservancy was formed in September 1995 after two well-established and respected community organizations united as one. The first was The Lower Merion-Narberth Watershed Association. It was founded in 1974 by Dr. Arthur Wolfe, a science teacher at Lower Merion High School. The organization focused on stream improvement projects, mostly in Mill Creek, that improved the stream’s flow and attempted to restore a population of native trout. What began as a collection of volunteer projects quickly transformed into a community non-profit to tackle larger efforts.

The second organization was The Lower Merion Preservation Trust, which was formed in 1991 to advocate for the preservation of landscapes and community character and grew to embrace protection of historic resources. The Trust focused on contacting owners of large properties and arranging for these properties to be set aside in perpetuity.

Both the Trust and the Watershed shared interests in landscape preservation, and entered merger discussions in spring 1995, which ultimately resulted in the creation of the Conservancy.

Today, the mission of The Lower Merion Conservancy includes protecting and enhancing our community’s character and quality of life, recognizing that the sustainable management of our environmental and historic resources is inextricably intertwined with both conservation and change. The Conservancy advocates for policies, programs, and projects that support its vision for the community and builds an informed constituency that can actively support this vision. In a nutshell, The Lower Merion Conservancy protects the natural and historical traits that set our community apart and makes Lower Merion one of the best places to live in Pennsylvania.

Lower Merion Conservancy TourThe Conservancy’s dedication and hard work are demonstrated through projects they take on, such as the Historic Perseveration WatchList that they publish annually. The WatchList identifies vulnerable historic properties in need of preservation. In many parts of the township and borough, preservation is now regarded as a practical strategy for revitalizing moribund main streets, safeguarding traditional neighborhoods from over development or incompatible new construction, and protecting affordable housing. Since its initial publication twenty years ago, the WatchList has identified more than 75 vulnerable historic properties in need of attention. Many of these properties have been saved through public and private initiatives. To view the 2018 WatchList, click here.

As a land trust, the Conservancy works with property owners to protect natural habitat, water quality, and scenic views through the use of conservation easements, which limit certain uses of land to advance one or more conservation objectives. The Conservancy holds 20 conservation easements, protecting 185 acres of land in Lower Merion, Radnor, and Haverford Townships.

The Conservancy is also a leader in finding green solutions for managing stormwater on public and private lands. They advocate for sustainable practices that keep waste out of streams and prevent the pollution of local waterways. As an example, the Conservancy is currently working to pass a township-wide ordinance to reduce single-use plastic waste. Plastic pollution is a rapidly increasing issue of global concern that requires an urgent response. Plastic bags, bottles and straws are not only littering our streets, consuming landfills and polluting our oceans, but plastic microparticles are also finding their way into our drinking water. To learn more about the single-use plastic waste ordinance and how it can impact our community, please contact Executive Director Maurine McGeehan at maurine@lmconservancy.org.

Gentleman working at the Conservacy

On the advocacy side, our office has been working with The Conservancy to help spread awareness about recently introduced State Historic Tax Credit legislation that aims to make improvements to Pennsylvania's existing historic preservation incentive tax credit program. This bill will put Pennsylvania in a more competitive position with neighboring states, allowing us to leverage more investment to rehabilitate significant historic buildings in our communities. Multiple independent studies show that such legislation has a powerful impact on the state and local economy because it generates additional tax revenue, supports the creation of new jobs, and encourages heritage tourism.

To find out more about The Lower Merion Conservancy or to see how you can get involved, please visit their website at http://lmconservancy.org/ or call 610-645-9030. On Wednesday, May 29th the Conservancy is hosting their 24th Annual Gala to toast their accomplishments, successes, and their commitment to preservation. For more information, click here.

 

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