State Capitol Roundup

 Applications Being Accepted
for 2014 Environmental Education Grants

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is now accepting applications for the Environmental Education Grant program for 2014. The grants of up to $3,000 are available to schools, colleges, universities, county conservation districts, nonprofit organizations, municipalities and businesses for the development of educational programs and projects. The grants provide funding for support of education on such issues as watersheds, air quality, brownfields, energy efficiency and conservation, environmental literacy, environmental education certification and more. In April, DEP awarded 92 grants totaling more than $334,000 to groups in support of environmental education programs throughout the Commonwealth. Since the program’s inception in 1993, DEP has awarded more than $8 million in grants. Applications are available online at, keyword “EE Grants.” 

Hunting Violation Protection Legislation for Landowners
Signed Into Law

As the Pennsylvania hunting seasons get into full swing, Gov. Tom Corbett signed into law legislation ensuring that property owners are not held responsible for hunting violations committed by those who are granted permission to hunt on their land. Previously, the law could be interpreted to mean landowners could be held liable for the actions of hunters who committed violations of hunting law on their property. The House amended the bill to protect against liability unless the landowners aid, abet, assist, attempt or conspire in the commission of any unlawful act committed on their land. The new law took effect immediately upon signing. 
November Observed as Alzheimer’s Awareness Month

The Pennsylvania Department of Aging observes November as Alzheimer’s Awareness Month by recognizing citizens and their families affected by Alzheimer’s and encouraging residents to learn more about the debilitating disease. An estimated 280,000 Commonwealth residents are living with Alzheimer’s disease, and the number is closer to 400,000 when adding in those living with related dementias. The Department of Aging and the state’s Area Agencies on Aging can provide information to persons living with Alzheimer’s disease and their caregivers on services such as adult day centers, geriatric assessment centers and dementia care and respite centers. After designating National Alzheimer’s Disease Week, President Ronald Reagan, who later succumbed to the disease, launched a national campaign against the disease in 1983 and signed a proclamation declaring November as National Alzheimer’s Disease Month. Currently, the Alzheimer’s Disease Planning Committee is working to create a statewide plan to address the Alzheimer’s crisis in Pennsylvania, with the plan due in February 2014.
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