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happening in the 48th Legislative District, the State Capitol, and the progress
of my legislative priorities. If you haven't done so already, please take a few
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Week of June 19, 2017
Bills Pass Senate, Go to House for Further Consideration
All bills passed unanimously unless otherwise noted.
Senate Bill 496 gives courts additional sentencing option for
trespassers on PA casino self-exclusion list;
Senate Bill 527 (37-12) creates an independent Office of Inspector General;
Senate Bill 561 (29-20) requires the General Assembly and Governor to approve all
regulations with an economic impact or cost exceeding $1 million;
Senate Bill 646 removes the sunset provision and reauthorizes the
Municipal Waste Planning, Recycling and Waste Reduction Act.
Bills Pass Senate, Go to Governor for Further Action
House Bill 267 (45-4) creates the offence of Theft of Secondary Metal;
House Bill 1071 (28-21) prohibits a political subdivision from imposing a ban, fee,
surcharge or tax on recyclable plastic bags at the point of sale.
Bills Signed into Law by the Governor
Senate Bill 1 Act 5 changes to PAs public pension systems to stop the
bleeding of red ink;
House Bill 23 Act 4 updates PAs stroke center designation law.
Real Life Example of the Need for SB 76, Property Tax Elimination
I continued my fight for the much needed and long overdue need for
property tax elimination through
Senate Bill 76 by sharing a real-life example of a senior citizen and
veteran who is struggling to keep his home due to his onerous property taxes.
Who really owns his home: him or the state? No tax should have the power to
leave you homeless. Watch my remarks:
Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program Application Deadline Extension
Property Tax/Rent Rebate program deadline for older adults and residents
with disabilities to apply for rebates of rent and property taxes paid in 2016
has been extended to December 31, 2017. As of May 26, the
PA Department of Revenue had received 465,064 rebate applications. Rebate distribution cannot begin
until July 1, but because July 1 falls on a Saturday this year, direct deposit
payment for processed applications will occur on July 3. Applicants requesting a
paper check can expect to receive payment by mail several days later. After June
30, rebates will be distributed as claims are received and processed.
Applications take approximately 4-6 weeks to process.
Property Tax/Rent Rebate claim forms (PA-1000) and
related information can be found at
www.revenue.pa.gov or by calling, toll-free, 1-888-222-9190. My Lebanon
District Office (Rm. 101 Municipal Bldg., 400 S. 8th St.) also has
PennDOT Driver and Vehicle Services Update:
New Look and Security Features to PA Driver License and ID Cards
My office recently received a Special Edition of the
PennDOT Driver and
Vehicle Services Update in regards to updated drivers licenses and ID cards.
Please note, this update is unrelated to the REAL ID Act.
Read the update here.
Newberry Road Bridge Closure over Route 283 in Londonderry Township
The bridge that carries Newberry Road over Route 283 in Londonderry Township,
Dauphin County closed this week for a rehabilitation project that includes
substructure and concrete beam end patching, installing new expansion dams
(i.e., bridge joints) and placing a latex-modified concrete overlay. A detour
will direct motorists around the bridge closure by way of Swatara Creek Road,
Creek Road and Schoolhouse Road. The bridge, which carries approximately 700
vehicles daily, should reopen to traffic mid-August.
June Cable Show: Dauphin County Breweries in the 48th District
My June Community Report cable show is ready to watch! This months show
features breweries in Dauphin County and the 48th Senatorial
District, including The Vineyard and
Brewery at Hershey (Londonderry Township),
Boneshire Brew Works (Swatara Township),
and Tattered Flag Brewery & Still
Works (Middletown). These local and talented entrepreneurs have really built
their small businesses into success stories in our community! You can watch the
show below or on my
website, and Comcast On Demand and WHBG TV 20 should also be airing the
show through the end of the month. Enjoy!
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Harrisburg, PA 17120
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Lebanon, PA 17042
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