From the 9/19/06 Press Release:
WASHINGTON, D.C., Sep 19 – U.S. Rep. John R. “Randy” Kuhl, Jr. (R-Hammondsport), a member of the House Education and The Workforce Committee, today managed floor debate in favor of H.R. 5295, the Student and Teacher Safety Act. Rep. Kuhl and two other Members of Congress are coauthors of the bill, which passed the House today.
“This bill goes a long way to keep our children, teachers, and school administrators safe,” said Rep. Kuhl. “Our bill will help ensure that classrooms, school buildings and property, and students remain free from the threat of weapons, illegal drugs, and other potentially dangerous materials.”
H.R. 5295 promotes a safe school environment by requiring districts to have policies to address reasonable student searches. These policies would allow full-time teachers or school officials to conduct student searches when acting on reasonable suspicion based on their professional experience and judgment.
H.R. 5295 includes safeguards to make certain that searches are made within the protections afforded to all citizens as mandated by the constitution, and that they are made carefully with respect to a student’s age, sex, and the nature of the offense.
H.R. 5295 was endorsed by a number of educational organizations, including the National Education Association (NEA).
From the 9/20/06 Press Release:
ELMIRA, N.Y., Sep 20 – U.S. Representative John R. “Randy” Kuhl, Jr. (R-Hammondsport) today announced that Chemung County is the recipient of a $125,000 grant from the U.S. Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) to help replace sewer lines extending across the Chemung River in Elmira.
“This is an environmentally sensitive sanitary project in Chemung County,” said Rep. Kuhl. “I thank the ARC for their help in this project to shore up the lines across the river that lead to the wastewater treatment facility on the south side.”
Failure of the pipes that currently run across the river would result in discharge of raw sewage into the Chemung River that would adversely affect the Susquehanna River Basin all the way to the Chesapeake Bay. It would also interrupt sewer service for many customers in Elmira including at least five major businesses that employ over 2200 workers, 51 smaller businesses, and 12,460 homes.
Chemung County will contribute the remainder of the funds to complete the project. The total of the project is estimated to be $1,202,978.
The Southern Tier of New York is also the northern tip of the Appalachian Region, and thus qualifies for grants from the ARC, a federal agency focusing on the needs of Appalachia. Rep. Kuhl serves on the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee’s Economic Development Subcommittee which, among other programs, oversees the ARC.