May. 23, 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 Informational Event in Red Lion, June 6
I will be hosting a REAL ID informational event on Thursday, June 6, 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. 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.

Please be aware that there will be no REAL IDs issued at this event, nor will any documents be pre-verified. This is an informational session only and there is no need to register or RSVP.

Blue Star Memorial Highway

I recently had the honor of joining the Green Thumb Garden Club of Red Lion, the Garden Club Federation of Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) District 8, and local American Legion and VFW posts to dedicate the Blue Star Memorial Highway Marker and garden at the Pennsylvania Welcome Center on I-83 North Bound in Shrewsbury Township.

This garden will serve as a tribute to the men and women of United States Armed Forces who serve, have served, and those who will serve, for many years to come. I would encourage you to stop and see the marker and the garden the next time you are travelling north on I-83 into Pennsylvania. Pictured in the photo are: me; Melanie Markowski, president of the Green Thumb Garden Club; and Sen. Kristin Phillips-Hill.

Legislative Breakfast

We had a great turnout for our constituent breakfast at the Peach Bottom Inn on May 18. We discussed recycling in rural areas, state and federal regulations, education funding, the need for a local health care facility, Pennsylvania’s retirement system, and Pennsylvania State Police coverage. Just like my town halls, these face-to-face meetings allow me delve deeper into the issues important to our communities.

Forge Hill Road Bridge over Cabin Creek Closed

The state Department of Transportation closed the Forge Hill Road bridge over Cabin Creek south of East Prospect on Tuesday, May 21. Inspection crews discovered holes in two bridge beams as well as several exposed and severed steel strands. The bridge is closed until further notice. Built in 1955, it is a county-owned bridge with a 13-ton weight limit and averages nearly 400 vehicles daily.

Collinsville Library Improvements Done by Local Students

Last Saturday, I had the honor of attending the ribbon cutting for the Sensory Walk and Mural at the Collinsville Community Library. Local Eagle Scout Gregory Nace constructed the walk for his Eagle Scout project, and the mural behind the walk is the creation of Rhiannon Harbold. It is always inspiring to see such great work being done by wonderful young men and women like them. Pictured in the photo from the left are Gregory Nace Sr., Gregory Nace Jr., Rhiannon Harbold,  Branch Manager, Ellen Helfrick, and me.

Red Lion Pharmacy at 60 Years!

Congratulations to Lion Pharmacy in Red Lion Borough for 60 years of serving the local community! Along with Sen. Kristin Phillips-Hill, I recently had the pleasure of presenting a citation from the House of Representatives to the pharmacy owner, Bethany Miller, and the rest of the staff. The entire team at Lion Pharmacy works tirelessly to improve the wellbeing of our local community.

Laurel Fire Company
I recently attended Laurel Fire Company appreciation dinner where their members received awards for meritorious service. The majority of Pennsylvanians depend upon volunteers for fire protection and basic emergency response services. Nationwide, 71% of our fire departments consist of volunteers, and within Pennsylvania that number is 97%. Our volunteers are the backbones of our communities and it was a privilege to stand with company treasurer Dan Orwig and company president Shawn Gunnet and present them with House citations for their achievements.

                                       Dakota Crumling, Junior Firefighter of the Year

                                    Penny Leiphart, Fire Police of the Year.

                                Jordan Frey, Firefighter of the Year.

                                Janel Nunez, Member of the Year.

Honoring Our Heroes
Monday, May 27, is Memorial Day – a day set aside to honor the more than 1.1 million Americans who have died in wars which the United States entered. Please take a moment this weekend to remember these men and women who sacrificed their lives for us and for our country by participating in Memorial Day events in your community. For more information on Memorial Day and its history, click here.

PA’s Opioid Epidemic – Employing More Tactics in the Fight
As we continue to combat the opioid abuse epidemic plaguing the Commonwealth, the House Health Committee has approved legislation to better regulate pain management clinics and help identify patients who previously overdosed.

House Bill 1005 would help health care professionals identify and better treat patients who previously overdosed by requiring first responders and hospital personnel to document the use of Narcan, Naloxone or any other opioid overdose agent in the patient’s record in a state database. The database was created in 2014 to help track opioid prescriptions to prevent people with an addiction from obtaining multiple scripts from different doctors.

House Bill 1214 would require pain management clinic to be licensed and regulated by the Department of Health to ensure they are not prescribing or dispensing controlled substances inappropriately. While it is important to ensure people who are struggling with chronic pain can access the medications they need, it is equally important to prevent the diversion, misuse and abuse of controlled substances. Both bills now go to the full House for consideration.

Reminder: Fish for Free on Sunday
The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission is hosting the first of its two annual Fish for Free Days this Sunday, May 26.

Don’t miss out on the opportunity to enjoy fishing in any of Pennsylvania’s waterways, even if you don’t have a license. Both residents and non-residents are eligible. Just make sure you follow all other fishing regulations.

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.

Traveling Over Memorial Day? Check Traffic Conditions on
Travelers can log onto to check current traffic impacts from construction, traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information and access to more than 770 traffic cameras. The service is free and available 24 hours a day.

511PA is also available through a smartphone application for iPhone and Android devices, by calling 5-1-1, or by following regional Twitter alerts accessible on the 511PA website. Travelers are always reminded to buckle up, put their phones away and stay sober when behind the wheel.

Also, PennDOT driver license and photo centers will be closed Saturday, May 25, through Monday, May 27, for the holiday. Customers may still obtain a variety of driver and vehicle products and services online through PennDOT’s Driver and Vehicle Services website,
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