Apr. 12, 2019

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 #Listrak\DateStampLong# The latest news from the State Capitol

Court Ruling Will Allow Potentially 3,000 York County Veterans and Spouses to Get VA Assistance
On Jan. 29, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit extended the presumption of exposure to herbicides to cover veterans who served in the territorial sea of the Republic of Vietnam. The definition of “served in the Republic of Vietnam” now extends to 12 nautical miles off the coast of Vietnam.

There could be as many as 3,000 veterans and surviving spouses in York County who could be affected by this landmark court ruling. The presumptive conditions for exposure to herbicides used in Vietnam are:

• Diabetes mellitus type 2
• Prostate cancer
• Respiratory cancers
• Hodgkins disease
• Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma
• Ischemic heart disease including coronary artery disease
• Chronic b-cell leukemia
• Chloracne
• AL amyloidosis
• Multiple myeloma
• Parkinson’s disease
• Peripheral neuropathy (early onset)
• Soft tissue sarcoma

If you are a Navy or Marine veteran who served at sea in the territorial waters of Vietnam during the Vietnam War and have one or more of these presumptive conditions, or if you are a surviving spouse of a Navy or Marine veteran who died with one of these conditions as a primary or contributing cause of death, please call the York County Department of Veterans Affairs liaison officer at 717-771-9685 or 717-771-9218 to schedule an appointment for a complete benefits review. 

No Place Like Home
I am truly honored to have been selected to receive the No Place Like Home Legislative Champion Award from the Pennsylvania Homecare Association by PHA CEO Vicki Hoak.

The award is presented to Pennsylvania lawmakers who have been champions for seniors and individuals with disabilities who choose to receive care and services in their own homes.

Everyone wants to stay at home as they age or live with a disability, and all Pennsylvanians deserve this measure of independence.

Associated Builders and Contractors

I recently met with local representatives of the Associated Builders and Contractors: Kevin Chanko and Jim Gotwald (Clark Associates); Colleen Gemmill and Ashley Brumbacher (D.E. Gemmill); Scott Wegrenkovich and Drew Brumbach (Murray Securus).

Capitol Visitors from Red Lion

Levi Jones, a Juniata College student from Red Lion, visited with me at the Capitol this week.
I met up with Bethany Miller from Red Lion Pharmacy. We discussed legislative issues.

Strengthening Protections for Victims of Crime
This week in the House we passed legislation known as Marsy’s Law, of which I am a co-sponsor. The measure is named for Marsalee (Marsy) Nicholas, a California college student who was shot and killed by her ex-boyfriend in 1983. Only a week after her murder, Marsy’s brother and mother walked into a grocery store and were confronted by the accused murderer, whom the family had no idea had been released on bail.

Marsy’s family has since championed for victim rights. The law, which has been adopted in six states (California, Illinois, North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana and Ohio), stipulates that crime victims have the constitutional right to:

• Notice of hearings and other proceedings.
• Protection from the accused and notice of release or escape.
• Full and timely restitution and proceedings free from delays and with prompt conclusion.
• The ability to confer with the government’s attorney and information on all of these rights.

The bill now heads to the Senate for consideration.

Trout Season Open Statewide
This Saturday, April 13, marks the statewide opening day of trout season. Fishing begins at 8 a.m.

To participate, anglers ages 16 and older must have a valid Pennsylvania Fishing License and a Trout/Salmon Permit, both available at gonefishingpa.com or at more than 700 issuing agents. Multi-year licenses are also available in 3-year, 5-year and 10-year increments. Prices for licenses and permits remain the same as last year. Youth anglers ages 15 and under do not require licenses or permits.

To locate stocked trout fishing waters near you, select the 2019 Trout Stocking Schedule at fishandboat.com. Waterways on this list are searchable by county, organized in alphabetical order and provide the date, time and meeting place for each stocking event.

The FREE Fish Boat PA Mobile App is the most useful tool in an angler’s tackle box. Download the app from the Apple App or Google Play stores to locate stocked waterways or wild trout streams, use the fish identification tool, and view fishing and boating regulations.
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