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June 8, 2017
 

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Legislative Alert!  
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The Senate State Government Committee may schedule a vote on the Pennsylvania Museum Preservation Act (SB 588) as early as next week!
 
This bill, introduced by Senator Pat Browne and Senator Jay Costa, would provide a consistent source of funding to assist Pennsylvania museums that do not receive general operating support from other state sources. The Pennsylvania Museum Preservation Act frames out a funding program that is streamlined, allows for operating support and multi-year funding, and  identifies eligible museums and organizations using national standards, definitions, and markers of performance.

Funds would be distributed by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission (PHMC) based on a percentage of the operating budget for each museum.
 
This is a unique opportunity to change the way Pennsylvania funds museums.
 
Please contact the members of the Senate State Government Committee NOW to ask them to vote for SB 588 when it is before the Committee.
 
We are providing two sample e-mails that you can adapt to your use (below).

We have also provided a list of the e-mail addresses for the Senators and their Chiefs-of-staff (below).
Please send your note to both the Senator and the Chief of Staff to make sure that it reaches his or her desk.

Thanks for your continued efforts.

Send those e-mails TODAY!


"On behalf of the (insert your organization's name here) I am asking for your support of SB 588, Senator Browne and Senator Costa's PA Museum Preservation Act. This bill will provide of a consistent source of funding to support eligible and accredited museums and historical organizations in Pennsylvania.
 
(Insert some information about your organization and its impact on your community)
 
Museums and other arts and cultural institutions play an important role in our communities and in the well-being of the citizens of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. SB 588 provides an efficient, predictable source of funding for museums and community facilities. This would protect thousands of jobs in the tourism industry and would enhance the quality of life throughout the Commonwealth.
 
Thank you for supporting this important bill.
 
Sincerely,"

Or

"Tourism is the second largest industry in Pennsylvania. For too long, state funding for museums and cultural facilities has been hit-or-miss and organizations like (insert your organization's name here) have been struggling to survive.
 
SB 588, the Museum Preservation Act, would provide a consistent source of funding for museums and other vital community facilities. This means that we can preserve thousands of jobs in tourism - Pennsylvania's second largest industry - and enhance the quality of life in the state. I ask for your strong support for this legislation when it is considered by the State Government Committee and by the full Senate."

Senate State Government Committee Contact Information:

Mike Folmer (R) Chairman
Senate Box 203048
337 Main Capitol Bldg.
Harrisburg, PA 17120-3048
(717) 787-5708
Fax: (717) 787-3455
Chief of Staff: Fred Sembach fsembach@pasen.gov

Thomas Killion (R) Vice Chair
463 Main Capitol Bldg.
Senate Box 203009
Harrisburg, PA 17120-3035
(717) 787-4712
Fax: (717) 783-7490
Chief of Staff: Mike Stoll      
Richard Alloway (R)
Senate Box 203033
172 Main Capitol Bldg.
Harrisburg, PA 17120-3033
(717) 787-4651
Fax: (717) 772-2753
Chief of Staff: Jeremy Shoemaker jshoemaker@pasen.gov

Charles McIlhinney (R)
Senate Box 203010
187 Main Capitol Bldg.
Harrisburg, PA 17120-3010
(717) 787-7305
Fax: (717) 783-5962
Chief of Staff: Heather Cevasco hcevasco@pasen.gov

Mike Regan (F) (R)
Senate Box 203031
461 Main Capitol Bldg.
Harrisburg, PA 17120-3031
(717) 787-8524
Chief of Staff: Noah Karn
Patrick Stefano (R)
Senate Box 203032
169 Main Capitol Bldg.
Harrisburg, PA 17120-3032
(717) 787-7175
Chief of Staff: Benjamin Wren bwren@pasen.gov

Donald White (R)
Senate Box 203041
286 Main Capitol Bldg.
Harrisburg, PA 17120-3041
(717) 787-8724
Fax: (717) 772-1589
Chief of Staff: Joe Pittman
Joseph Scarnati (R) Ex Officio
Senate Box 203025
292 Main Capitol Bldg.
Harrisburg, PA 17120-3025
(717) 787-7084
Fax: (717) 772-2755
Chief of Staff: Drew Crompton dcrompton@pasen.gov

Anthony Williams (D) Chairman
Senate Box 203008
11 East Wing
Harrisburg, PA 17120-3008
(717) 787-5970
Fax: (717) 772-0574
Chief of Staff: Kyle Miller (Leg. Dir.) kmiller@pasenate.com

Andrew Dinniman (D)
Senate Box 203019
182 Main Capitol Bldg.
Harrisburg, PA 17120-3019
(717) 787-5709
Fax: (717) 787-4384
Chief of Staff: Steven Grabicki sgrabicki@pasenate.com

Daylin Leach (D)
Senate Box 203017
543 Main Capitol Bldg.
Harrisburg, PA 17120-3017
(717) 787-5544
Fax: (717) 705-7741
Chief of Staff: Zach Hoover
zhoover@pasenate.com

Judy Schwank (D)
Senate Box 203011
457 Main Capitol Bldg.
Harrisburg, PA 17120-3011
(717) 787-8925
Fax: (717) 772-0578
Chief of Staff: William Evans WGEVANS@pasenate.com

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