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Senator Tom killion

Dear Friend,

I will be sending out periodic Enewsletters to keep you informed about legislative action in Harrisburg and local items of interest. I hope that you find this information useful and share it with others.

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Please do not hesitate to contact me to express your views or to receive assistance with any issue or problem pertaining to state government.

Sincerely,

Tom Killion


Senator Killion DNA Legislation is Unanimously Approved by Senate Judiciary Committee

This week members of the Senate Judiciary Committee unanimously approved my SB 461, which will modernize and strengthen the use of DNA technology to better fight violent crime in Pennsylvania.

DNA science has advanced dramatically in the two decades since Pennsylvania’s DNA Database was created. Since then, the federal government and more than half of the states have improved their DNA collection and testing policies. Pennsylvania has not. This legislation will make dramatic improvements in how Pennsylvania uses DNA technology to fight crime, to get violent criminals off our streets, and to make our communities safer.

We know the expansion of state databases in recent decades has been associated with decreased rates of murder, rape, aggravated assault, robbery and vehicle theft. My legislation will no doubt produce leads in thousands of previously unsolved crimes and bring closure to crime victims and their families.

New York State provides an excellent example of the important public safety protections that my legislation would provide. In 2012, it enacted a law requiring DNA samples to be taken from virtually every individual convicted of a crime (its prior law, much like our current law), only required samples to be taken from individuals convicted of more serious crimes. As a result of including misdemeanors, from August 1, 2012 through June 30, 2013, New York State added 17,545 DNA samples to their database as a result of the legislative expansion of crimes. In that same 11 month period, there were 216 hits resulting from convictions of expansion crimes, linking individuals to:

  • Burglary (90 hits)
  • Sexual Assault (54 hits)
  • Robbery (17 hits)
  • Larceny (15 hits)
  • Assault (13 hits)
  • Homicide (13 hits)

My legislation, when we consider the New York model, will help solve crimes, hold offenders accountable, and protect the innocent from being wrongfully accused or convicted.

Supporters of this legislation include the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape, the Pennsylvania District Attorneys Association, the Pennsylvania Chiefs of Police Association, the Pennsylvania State Troopers Association, the Pennsylvania State Lodge of the Fraternal Order of Police, and the national organization DNA Saves.

4/26/17 - Blue Star Mothers of America Month

It was my pleasure to offer up a resolution recognizing this May as Blue Star Mothers of America Month in Pennsylvania. It is important that we recognize this organization for their continued dedication to active duty service personal and their families.

This week I stood with the PA Coalition Against Domestic Violence & the PA Coalition Against Rape at a rally in the Main Rotunda. I was able to speak two of my bills SB 461 and SB 501, which will both help in protecting victims.

Reminder: Open House May 6th

Please be sure to RSVP!

Route 322 Construction Update

U.S. 322 Daytime and Nighttime Restrictions Next Week for Improvement Project in Concord Township, Delaware County

Daytime and nighttime lane closures are scheduled next week on U.S. 322 (Conchester Highway) from U.S. 1 (Baltimore Pike) to just east of Clayton Park Drive in Concord Township, Delaware County, for construction related to a $62.7 million project to improve and widen the highway.

On Monday, May 1, through Friday, May 5, from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM and 7:00 PM to 6:00 AM, flaggers will direct an alternating single lane of traffic on U.S. 322 (Conchester Highway) through various work areas along the 2.6-mile construction zone.

Motorists should expect delays on U.S. 322 (Conchester Highway) and on northbound U.S. 1 (Baltimore Pike) approaching U.S. 322 (Conchester Highway), allow extra time for travel through the work areas, or use an alternate route. All scheduled activities are weather dependent.

U.S. 322 (Conchester Highway) will remain open to one lane of traffic in each direction during peak travel times. Periodic flagger-controlled lane restrictions may occur Mondays through Fridays from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM, and from 7:00 PM to 6:00 AM, for various operations as construction advances along the corridor.

For more information and to sign up for email alerts about the project, go to us322conchester.com.

Five-Minute Traffic Stoppages Scheduled on U.S. 322, Concord Road and Station Road for Construction Activities

Five-minute traffic stoppages will start next week on U.S. 322 (Conchester Highway), Concord Road and Station Road in Concord Township, Delaware County, for construction activities related to a $7.3 million roadway, maintenance and environmental mitigation enhancement project.

Sometime between 9:00 AM and 3:00 PM on Monday, May 1, Thursday, May 4, Tuesday, May 9, and Friday, May 12, there will be one five-minute traffic stoppage each day scheduled simultaneously at the following locations:

  • U.S. 322 (Conchester Highway) between Station Road and Spring Valley Road;
  • Concord Road between Station Road and Spring Valley Road; and
  • Station Road between U.S. 322 (Conchester Highway) and Concord Road.

Motorists are advised to allow extra time when traveling through the area. All construction activities are weather dependent.


How We Can Help You

Here are some of the ways that my office can assist you:

  • Free notary service.
  • Assistance with preparations of Property Tax/Rent Rebate claim forms.
  • Citations from the Pennsylvania Senate for notable local accomplishments and family milestones.
  • Information and problems with PA Insurance programs: Medical Assistance and CHIP.
  • Fishing and hunting information.
  • Information on financial assistance for higher education.
  • PennDOT forms for special tags and driver and vehicle services.
  • Pennsylvania Personal Income Tax forms.
  • Pennsylvania road maps.
  • Requests for copies of legislation, bills and regulations.
  • Requests for literature for students and senior citizens.
  • Tours of the State Capitol for individuals or groups.
  • Unemployment compensation issues.

How to Contact Me

I have staffed offices in the district and Harrisburg to provide you with top-notch constituent service and provide answers to legislative inquiries.

The district offices are located at:

4110 Edgmont Ave, Brookhaven, PA 19015. The phone number is (610) 447-3163.

780 E. Market St, Ste140, West Chester, PA 19382. The phone number is (610) 436-3320.

Both offices are open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

My Harrisburg office can be reached by phone at (717) 787-4712 or by mail at Senate Box 203009, Harrisburg, PA 17120.

If you are having any problems with state agencies or need help with a problem relating to government, my staff and I will be happy to assist you.

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Offices

Senate Box 203009
Harrisburg, PA 17120-3009
Phone: 717-787-4712
Fax: 717-783-7490
Toll-Free: 1-888-9th-Dist

4110 Edgmont Ave
Brookhaven, PA 19015
Phone: 610-447-3163
Fax: 610-447-5848

780 E. Market St
Suite140
West Chester, PA 19382
Phone: 610-436-3320
Fax: 610-436-6983

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