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Senator Camera Bartolotta

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Camera Bartolotta

Upcoming Outreach Events Offer Opportunities for Feedback

The best way for me to represent local communities is by gathering feedback on the most important issues facing Pennsylvania and our region. In the coming weeks, I have a number of events planned to gather your opinions and ensure local perspectives are well-represented in Harrisburg.  

On March 22 at 6 p.m., I will host a telephone town hall event to answer questions about the budget impasse, discuss Governor Wolf’s new proposed tax hikes and talk about other district priorities. Community residents can register for the event on my tele-town hall page at  

In addition, I am hosting two “Coffee With Camera” events in the coming weeks that will include an informal conversation about what is happening in our local communities and in Harrisburg. The Greene County event will be held on March 17 from 10 a.m. until noon at the Cumberland Township Municipal Building located at 100 Municipal Road in Carmichaels. Beaver County residents can join me on April 7 from 10 a.m. until noon at my satellite office in the Hopewell Township Municipal Building located at 1700 Clark Boulevard in Aliquippa.  

The Beaver County satellite office is also open the second Monday of each month. I encourage you to stop by if I can be of assistance on any issue pertaining to state government.

I recently participated in Rep. Jason Ortitay’s Humane Issues Forum and a panel discussion on legislative proposals that would help protect dogs from being tethered.

Agriculture Cuts Threaten Public Safety, Economic Security

Governor Wolf’s elimination of funding for critical agriculture programs in this year’s budget have raised serious concerns in terms of food security and the economic health of our Commonwealth. I recently wrote an opinion editorial regarding the potential impact of these cuts. The opinion piece is available here.

Proposal Could Help More Small Businesses Bid on State Contracts

In current practice, businesses that are interested in bidding on state road projects are required to submit complex financial statements that can cost as much as $10,000 to complete. While it is certainly important to carefully review a business’s financial information prior to awarding state contracts, this expensive hurdle often prevents many qualified and capable small businesses from bidding on smaller projects.

In the near future, I will introduce legislation that would help ease this burden on small businesses by simplifying a reporting requirement for companies that bid on road projects of $500,000 or less. Under my proposal, businesses would still be required to submit financial statements prior to bidding. However, the type of statements that would be required for smaller projects would be less restrictive and expensive than those required of larger firms that work on more expensive projects.

The end result would be a more inclusive bidding process that allows for a thorough review of a bidder’s financial information without disqualifying capable companies from the process altogether due to an outdated, unnecessary disclosure standard.

More information on the proposal is available here.

Thank you to everyone who attended the Beaver County NRA banquet in support of our Second Amendment rights.

Washington County Ag Days Scheduled for March 11-12

The hard work of local farmers will be showcased during Washington County Ag Days on March 11-12 at the Washington Crown Center. The free, two-day event will feature a wide variety of locally produced agricultural products and attractions, including an apple pie auction, sheep shearing, fashion show, magic show, tractor pull and more.

Additional information, including a schedule of events, is available here.

I appreciated the invitation to attend the Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 862 of Beaver County 16th Annual TET Event held in Aliquippa, along with Senator Elder Vogel and Representatives Jim Christiana and Jim Marshall.

Second Week of Budget Hearings Completed

The Senate Appropriations Committee has completed its second week of budget hearings regarding Governor Wolf’s 2016-17 spending plan. Hearings will continue next week on Monday and Tuesday.

Video and summaries of each hearing are available online at A list of hearings completed this week is available below.

Corrections/Probation and Parole
Labor and Industry
PEMA/Fire Commissioner
State Related Universities

I enjoyed serving as a judge of the many displays at the Pinewood Derby and Scout Mall Show in Washington

Great American Cleanup of PA Runs Through May 31 

The Great American Cleanup of PA campaign is a statewide effort to keep our communities healthy and beautiful. The annual program relies on volunteers and civic organizations to plan and participate in community improvement events such as trash collection efforts and watershed improvement projects. Free cleanup supplies such as bags, gloves and vests are available while supplies last. 

If you are interested in doing your part to pass along a cleaner, healthier environment to future generations, more information on local cleanup efforts is available at and at

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Harrisburg Office
Senate Box 203046
Harrisburg, PA 17120-3046
Phone: 717-787-1463
Fax: 717-772-2108
M-F: 8:30 am – 5:00 pm

SouthPointe District Office
135 Technology Drive
Suite 202
Canonsburg, PA 15317
Phone: 724-746-3762
Fax: 724-746-3797
M-F: 9 am – 5 pm

Greene County Office Building
93 East High Street
Suite 308
Waynesburg, PA 15370
Phone: 724-627-9802
Fax: 724-627-5066
M-W-Th: 8:30 am – 4:30 pm

Monongahela Office
316 West Main Street
Monongahela, PA 15063
Phone: 724-258-3365
Fax: 724-258-3368
M-Th-F: 8:30 am – 4:30 pm

Satellite Office
Hopewell Twp. Building
1700 Clark Boulevard
Aliquippa, PA 15001
2nd Monday of Month:
10 am - 4 pm


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