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With the help of some of the most dedicated advocates Iíve ever had the privilege of working with, we legalized medical marijuana. That was a tough battle. When I first introduced the bill, I couldn't get a single co-sponsor. Now, just over a year later, we've helped nearly 100,000 people access this vital medicine, weíve created a whole new industry that is employing thousands of Pennsylvanians and opioid-related deaths in the state have dropped by 25 percent. The program has grossed more than $150 million in total sales and Pennsylvania has collected more than $2 million in tax revenue. There is no doubt that it was worth the fight. Now, we have a new fight ahead of us: ending the prohibition of cannabis once and for all. That’s why I introduced Senate Bill 350 last week, which would legalize cannabis for adult use. Now is the time for us to establish a rational and fair protocol for the legal use, cultivation, and sale of cannabis. We also need to help those who have been harmed by prohibition to get out of prison and expunge their criminal records and provide opportunities for people of all income levels to enter the cannabis industry.

The most recent studies show that nearly 70 percent of Pennsylvanians agree it’s time to legalize adult-use cannabis. To reinforce that data, I launched the first ever Citizen Co-Sponsorship Campaign, where people across the state can sign on to show their support. More than 6,400 people from all over Pennsylvania have already signed, but we HAVE to keep the momentum going. If you are not already a co-sponsor, please consider visiting the link below and joining the effort (and don't hesitate to share).

It took us nearly four years to pass the medical marijuana bill. We did that, and we'll do this too. Thanks for your support!

Sincerely,

Daylin

Our Second Spotted Lanternfly Presentation for Kids

We had so much fun at our first Spotted Lanternfly Presentation for Kids that we are holding another at Radnor Memorial Library on Thursday, November 7th, from 4:30-5:30 PM. Although people may not see as many spotted lanternflies out in the community now, fall is critical time in containing this bug’s population ahead of next year.

Attendees will hear a presentation by Luke Hearon of Morris Arboretum, be able to ask questions and receive fun take home materials about ways they can do their part.

This event is free. The presentation is recommended for kids in grades K through 5, but all families are welcome. Space is limited. Call 610-768-4200 or email leach@pasenate.com to reserve your spot.

Entry-Level Job Fair

Job Fair

Join my office for an Entry Level Job fair on Tuesday, November 12th from 11 AM to 3 PM at 3031 Walton Rd #A201, Plymouth Meeting PA 19462 (UFCW Local 1776). We are partnering with the Valley Forge Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta to connect people with local employers, job opportunities and essential tools that will assist throughout their careers. For more information, call my office at 610-768-4200.

Recognizing Constituents

Bill and Joshua Bostic

I was honored to recognize two very brave constituents on the Senate Floor up in Harrisburg on Tuesday, October 22nd. Back in June, Father and Son Bill and Joshua Bostic from King of Prussia courageously rushed to the aid of a driver that swerved off the road and into a pond. The man was unconscious from a seizure. Without hesitation, the pair jumped into action and swam to the sinking car. With the help of another individual on the scene, William and Joshua pulled the trapped man out of the vehicle and swam him back to shore.

Our community is extremely proud and fortunate to have these heroes. I thank Bill, Joshua and the rest of their family for joining me in Harrisburg and allowing me to present them both with citations on behalf of the Senate.

Do you know someone from District 17 that should be honored with a citation? Let our office know by calling 610-768-4200 or emailing leach@pasenate.com.

First Annual Community Safety & Health Fair

The health and safety of our community members is my top priority. Thatís why I am excited to partner with Einstein Medical Center to host a Community Safety & Health Fair, which is the first of its kind in our area. Join us on Thursday, November 14th from 2 PM to 6 PM at the Teamsters Union Hall in East Norriton for activities such as CPR training, blood pressure screenings, and fire safety instructions. More information to follow soon. Please call my office with any questions at 610-768-4200.

LIHEAP 2020

LIHEAP applications for 2020 will be available starting in November.

The Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) helps families living on low incomes pay their heating bills in the form of a cash grant. Households in immediate danger of being without heat can also qualify for crisis grants.  The cash grant is a one-time payment sent directly to the utility company/fuel provider to be credited on your bill that does not have to be repaid. These grants range from $200 to $1,000 based on household size, income, and fuel type.

There are three ways to apply for LIHEAP:

  • Online: Apply for benefits online using COMPASS, the online tool for Pennsylvanians to apply for health and human service programs and manage benefit information.
  • On Paper: You can download a paper application, print it, fill it out, and return it to your local county assistance office.
  • In person: Visit your local county assistance office to fill out an application. 

For more information about LIHEAP, you can contact your county assistance office, or call the LIHEAP hotline at 1-866-857-7095, Monday through Friday.

 

COMMUNITY EVENTS

Owl Prowl

Join educators on November 9th from 6-7 PM at Elmwood Park Zoo for a night hike to explore the sleeping forest, listen for some nocturnal feathered friends, and experience a close encounter with one of our ambassador owls. This is a free program, but registration and zoo admission is required. For more information, visit https://www.elmwoodparkzoo.org/event/owl-prowl/

One Book One Lower Merion, featuring Delia Owens

On Sunday, November 10th, author Delia Owens will speak, answer questions and sign your copy of Where the Crawdads Sing, starting at 2 PM at Temple Beth Hillel/Beth El (1000 Remington Road, at Lancaster Avenue). Admission is $10 per person in advance or $15 per person at the door (assuming it is not sold out). For more information, go to www.LMLS.org and then click “One Book One Lower Merion.”

Save the Date: Enchanted Library

Don't miss the fun on Friday November 8th from 6 to 9 PM at the Upper Merion Township Library! Come out to celebrate some of our favorite fairy tales and folk stories during the 11th year of this unique event.  For more information, click here.

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Fall

October is here and it’s that wonderful time of year when the leaves begin turning beautiful shades of yellow, orange and red. Although its not quite cold enough for homeowners to retire their lawn equipment for the season, organizations such as the National Wildlife Federation and The Nature Conservancy are recommending that people skip raking or blowing leaves altogether. The reason? Leaving your leaves as they lie can greatly benefit your garden and the surrounding trees and wildlife.

Research shows that a leaf layer several inches deep can act as its own mini-ecosystem, protecting wildlife species such as salamanders, chipmunks, wood frogs, box turtles, toads, shrews, earthworms, millipedes and many insect species. Important pollinators such as butterflies and bats depend of leaf litter to survive the severe cold temperatures of winter.

From a gardening perspective, fallen leaves suppress weeds and help fertilize soil as they break down.

Remember, the less time you spend doing the back-breaking work of raking up your leaves, the more time you have to enjoy the gorgeous fall weather outside! Happy Fall!

 

Offices of State Senator Daylin Leach

www.senatorleach.com
  DISTRICT OFFICE
601 S. Henderson Road, Suite 208
King of Prussia, PA 19406
(610) 768-4200 | Fax: (610) 768-4204
Office Hours: 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
HARRISBURG OFFICE
543 Main Capitol | Box 203017
Harrisburg, PA 17120-3017
(717) 787-5544 | Fax: (717) 705-7741
Office Hours: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.