Legislation I’m Working On
This legislation increases access to parks and outdoor recreation opportunities across the Commonwealth.
Trails, parks, and greenspaces offer significant benefits to people and communities. They provide attractive, safe, accessible, and no-cost places to play, gather, and exercise. They help preserve important natural landscapes and wetlands, contribute to stormwater management, and improve air and water quality. They add quality-of-life value that attracts jobs, tourism, and community development.
The outdoors has been a vital outlet during the pandemic. Trails and parks have experienced a surge in use as people journeyed outside for their health and wellbeing – but this newfound appreciation has also brought added strain and need for investment. Our 5,600 local parks and recreation areas are the most frequently visited recreational asset in this Commonwealth, but most need additional funding to address aging infrastructure, deferred maintenance, and limited capacity to carry out programs and services.
The Community Conservation Partnership Grant Program (C2P2) and the Greenways, Trails and Recreation Grant Program are two of the largest outdoor grant programs in the Commonwealth. These grants fund new playgrounds, walking trails, open spaces, and conservation areas. Both have a match requirement for municipalities.
The local match requirement imposes a barrier that makes it hard for low-wealth communities to develop and maintain outdoor spaces and recreation opportunities. My legislation would exempt municipalities that fall below 80% of the state median household income from these match requirements so that all Pennsylvanians can enjoy the abundant benefits the outdoors has to offer.
The Pennsylvania Energy and Water Efficiency Standards Act will establish minimum energy and water efficiency standards for commercial and residential appliances sold in the Commonwealth.
This legislation will play a critical role in helping Pennsylvania tackle climate change, reduce air pollution, conserve our water resources, and save the Commonwealth’s consumers and businesses money on their utility bills.
The Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnership (NEEP) estimates the minimum standards proposed in this bill will reduce climate pollution by 507 tons, conserve over 6 billion gallons of water, and save consumers approximately $217 million on their utility bills by 2025.
As you can see, this legislation will go a long way towards protecting the health, environment, and pocketbooks of Pennsylvania’s residents and businesses.
This bill amends Title 18 (Crimes and Offenses) to further provide for the offense of animal cruelty.
This legislation was co-sponsored last session by Senators: Fontana, K. Ward, Santarsiero, Collett, Yudichak, Hughes, Blake, Tartaglione, Costa, Muth, Haywood and Street.
Specifically, the legislation would prohibit the use of live animals or fowl for target trap shoots and block shoots. A trap shoot involves immediately launching a moving target and a block shoot involves a tethered or stationary target. An individual who willfully organizes, operates or conducts one of these shoots commits a summary offense.
This legislation exempts all hunting or other activities authorized or permitted under Title 34 (Game Code) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes and under 58 Pa. Code CH. 147 (relating to special permits). This legislation will protect legitimate hunting activities in the Commonwealth but will also prevent the use of live animals or fowl for purely target practice activities.
Senator Lindsey M. Williams Announces $800,000 In Grants for Recreation & Community Revitalization Projects in 38th District
Pittsburgh, Pa. − September 7, 2022 − Senator Lindsey M. Williams announced $805,600 in state grant funding for projects to improve recreation and community revitalization across Senate District 38 today. The grants are administered by the DCNR Community...
Pittsburgh, Pa. − October 21, 2020 − Senator Lindsey M. Williams joined Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) Secretary Dennis M. Davin, Fox Chapel Park Commission Chair Wes Posvar, project architect and Parks Commission Member Jim Pashek, and Fox...
Senator Lindsey M. Williams And Rep. Sara Innamorato Announce Conservation Grant Funding for Local Projects
Pittsburgh, Pa. − October 9, 2020 − Senator Lindsey M. Williams and Representative Sara Innamorato announced today that the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) has awarded $1,050,000 in grant funding through the 2020 Community...
Harrisburg – September 15, 2020 – At the request of Senator Lindsey M. Williams (D-Allegheny), the Senate Democratic Policy Committee today held a virtual public hearing on ways to help manage and support the growing public interest in outdoor recreation during the...
Pittsburgh, Pa. − November 14, 2019 − Senator Lindsey M. Williams announced that Blawnox Borough, Richland Township, and Ross Township have been awarded grant funding through the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) Community Parks, Small Community...