May. 17, 2019

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

Town Hall Set for Thursday, May 30

I have scheduled a town hall meeting on Thursday, May 30, starting at 6:30 p.m., at Indian Steps Museum, 205 Indian Steps Road, Airville. As your voice in Harrisburg, I greatly value the feedback and opinions from residents on the issues facing our state. Traditional town hall meetings have been particularly helpful in gathering this input as they provide the time needed to really dig into the issues important to York County residents.

REAL ID Event in Red Lion on June 6
My colleague Mike Jones (R-York Township) and I will be co-hosting a REAL ID informational event on Thursday, June 6, at 6:30 p.m. in the Red Lion Junior High Cafeteria, 200 Country Club Road, Red Lion. Residents who wish to learn more about the REAL ID program or who have questions regarding the program are encouraged to attend. The event will include an informational presentation by representatives from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.

The REAL ID program is complex and the details are sometimes confusing. This event will be a great opportunity for residents who are interested in a REAL ID to get more information about the program, what it is useful for, weigh their options and decide if a REAL ID is right for them. Beginning Oct. 1, 2020, PA residents will need a REAL ID or another Department of Homeland Security-approved identification to board domestic commercial flights, enter military bases and federal facilities. This meeting will provide information on the options you have with regard to obtaining a REAL ID.

Meet Silver, the Arson Detective!

Here I am pictured with Silver, an arson dog with the City of Bethlehem’s police department and Detective/Deputy Fire Marshal Doug Northstein. They were at the Capitol this week to demonstrate her ability to sniff out accelerants in fire investigations. Arson dogs substantially increase law enforcement’s ability to identify and prosecute arson cases.Silver can sniff out a drop of gasoline in an area the size of a football field!

York Railway Company
Thursday, the I participated in a House Transportation Committee tour of the York Railway Company and ES3 Transloading Facility, illustrating how small short line railroads serve shippers in York County and connect the county to the national rail freight network across the continental United States. It was very educational and helpful to lawmakers as we develop infrastructure and transportation policy and funding.

Supporting Our National Guard Members and Their Families
Recognizing the sacrifices made by the families of PA National Guard members, the House approved legislation to provide them with education benefits. House Bill 1324 would extend our current Pennsylvania National Guard Military Education Program by including a Guard member’s spouse or child in this benefit program. The benefit would pay for 10 semesters/quarters, or five years equivalent, at the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education tuition rate.

The Guard member could earn these educational benefits for his or her spouse and/or children by committing to a second obligation of six years with the Pennsylvania National Guard. This would help retain current National Guard members and attract transitioning military service members to Pennsylvania while also supporting Guard families. The bill now moves to the Senate for its consideration.

May is Mental Health Awareness Month
Working to support people struggling with depression or other mental health conditions, the House recently designated May as “Mental Health Awareness Month” in the Commonwealth. Mental illness is not always visible, but it affects Pennsylvanians from all walks of life. This invisibility can make people feel isolated and unable to share their experiences.

Only about half of people impacted by mental illness seek treatment, and too many people struggle in silence. It is important that all Pennsylvanians understand mental illness is a biologically based disorder that requires medical attention. You can learn more about mental health and services available in Pennsylvania by clicking here.

Fish for Free Next Weekend
If you’ve been thinking about trying fishing or wanting to introduce your child or a friend to the joys of fishing, you’ll have a great chance to do so next weekend! The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission will host the first of its two annual Fish for Free Days next Sunday, May 26.

On Fish for Free Days, anyone -- resident or non-resident -- can legally fish on all Pennsylvania waterways without a license. All other fishing regulations will still apply. For your convenience, there are even opportunities to borrow equipment from certain sites at state parks and other locations. You can find those locations by clicking here.  The second Fish for Free day is scheduled for Thursday, July 4, 2019.
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