Sean Wiley/ETN file photo
For state Sen. Sean Wiley, it was noteworthy when the Pennsylvania Senate Aging and Youth Committee met Tuesday to consider two House bills and a Senate resolution.
The meeting marked the first for Wiley, of Millcreek Township, D-49th Dist., as the committee’s Democratic chairman.
“I am both honored and privileged to have this opportunity to work with Chairman (Randy) Vulakovich, my colleagues and various departments on issues relating to what I believe are two of the most vulnerable groups within our commonwealth, and those are our children and our senior citizens,” Wiley said in a statement.
Vulakovich, of Shaler Township, R-40th Dist., represents parts of Allegheny and Butler counties.
At Tuesday’s meeting, committee members considered House Bill 2204, House Bill 1702 and Senate Resolution 62.
House Bill 2204 calls for homeless infants and toddlers to qualify for early intervention services in Pennsylvania. It was amended to appropriate $640,000 to the Department of Public Welfare to offset the costs of providing these early intervention and tracking services to homeless infants and toddlers, according to Wiley’s office.
The amendment was unanimously adopted and the bill was reported out to the full Senate for consideration.
House Bill 1702 authorizes a new affordable tool to help aging Pennsylvanians live safely at home through the Community Respite Services Program Act. It was amended to clarify the role of area agencies on aging.
Senate Resolution 62 directs the Legislative Budget and Finance Committee to study new approaches to family work support programs.
Both measures were reported out to the full Senate for consideration as well.
Wiley also serves as Democratic chairman on the Intergovernmental Operations Committee. And he serves on these other Senate committees: Community, Economic and Recreational Development; Labor and Industry; Public Health and Welfare; and Communications and Technology.
– John Guerriero