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Pennsylvania State Senator District 24

Description of office: The General Assembly is the legislative branch of government in Pennsylvania. It is composed of two houses: the Senate is the upper house, and the House of Representatives is the lower house. A majority vote in both houses is necessary to pass a law. The PA Senate consists of 50 members, representing one district each, with an equal number of constituents. Senators must be at least 25 years old, have been a citizen and a resident of the state four years and a resident of their respective districts one year before their election, and shall reside in their respective districts during their terms of service. The Senate develops budget packages, makes taxation decisions, allocates spending, and passes laws (including redistricting in collaboration with the House of Representatives). In addition, the Senate tries officials impeached by the House and authorizes executive appointments. Senators serve on various policy committees that may propose legislation. There are no term limits to this office.Term: 4 yearsSalary: $95,432Vote for ONE.

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    Jill Dennin
    (Dem)

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    Tracy Pennycuick
    (Rep)

Biographical Information

What issue(s) would you prioritize, and how would you work with others in government to get legislation passed and signed into law?

What changes, if any, would you support making to Pennsylvania’s voting laws?

Article 1, Section 27 of the PA constitution guarantees the rights to clean air, pure water, and the preservation of the environment. What actions would you take to protect these rights?

There are several pieces of gun legislation being considered on comprehensive background checks, red flag laws, and firearm safety training. What is your position on these measures?

County Montgomery
Occupation Retired
Education Graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Goucher College with a BA in Political Science and Public Policy
Qualifications For over 30 years I have been working, advocating and serving my community. As a substitute teacher I was motivated to run for school board and was elected twice to the Boyertown school board where I served 8 years. I have the experience and leadership skills be an effective legislator.
Campaign Website http://Jillfor24.com
Campaign Facebook URL http://facebook.com/JillforPA
Campaign Twitter URL http://twitter.com/@jillforPA
Link to position on abortion http://www.jillfor24.com/choice
My first priority would be Education Funding and Property Tax Reform. I would work to ensure fair, adequate and equitable basic education funding so all students receive the education they deserve regardless of zip code. We also must address the issue of cyber and charter school expenses which have been the driving factor for property tax increases over the past several years. The second priority would be supporting our communities and businesses as they recover from the pandemic. This would include investing in local infrastructure such as broad band, water, sewer and roads to support growth. I would work with others in government to find common ground and compromises where we can to advance legislation that benefits our constituents.
I would support mailing a voter registration form to any PA citizen who turns 18. I would support groups like the League of Women Voters to gain access to high schools to register students to vote. I would support legislation making election day in PA a State Holiday. I would vote for legislation that expands mail in voting by ensuring easy access to drop boxes and automatic ballots mailed once a request is filled out. I would like to see the State mail a voters' guide to every registered voter so they can have easy access to candidate information and polling locations.
If elected I would vote to ensure that the industries that provide our water, electricity, sewer and gas are properly regulated to protect our environment. In addition I would support additional state resources to schools so all our our students in Pennsylvania can learn in a school without mold, lead, asbestos and have access to safe drinking water. I would also advance carbon credits and resources into more clean energy generation in PA. We should not have to choose between the right to clean air, water, the environment and economic development. I believe with proper storm water maintenance, credits for renewable energy and proper regulations we can preserve our environment and also grow our communities.
I strongly believe in the 2nd Amendment. There are several hunters in my family and I respect the right to bear arms. However, I do believe we must have comprehensive background checks and red flag laws. Too many suicides and deaths are attributed to guns that are easily accessible in the homes of young people and or those with a tendency towards violence. Firearm safety training should be required for anyone seeking a license to own a gun.
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