May. 31, 2019

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

REAL ID Informational Event Set for 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 have questions and want to learn more about the REAL ID program should attend. There will be an informational presentation by PennDOT and it is a great opportunity for residents to get more information about the REAL ID program and decide if a REAL ID is right for you.

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.

                                York Academy

This week, I toured York Academy with my House and Senate colleagues. In its eighth year of operation, the school uses academic goals to direct its programming and teachers expect that each student will demonstrate academic growth throughout the course of each school year.

The school’s framework provides the opportunity for an inquiry approach to education with an emphasis on collaborative learning opportunities. In the picture from the left, Reps. Dawn Keefer (R-Dillsburg), Seth Grove (R-Dover), Dr. Dennis Baughman,York Academy CEO, Sen. Kristin Phillips Hill (R-York), me, and Rep. Mike Jones (R-York Township).

Education Committee Advances Charter School Reform Measures
Four bills aimed at updating and improving Pennsylvania’s charter school laws have been approved by the House Education Committee and sent to the full House for consideration. Charter schools are an important component of our effort to ensure we can meet the unique educational needs of each child. The Charter school reform bill package includes:

House Bill 355, which would create a new ethics requirement for charter school trustees and administrators.
House Bill 356, which would give charter schools a first right of refusal for the purchase or lease of unused school district buildings and require school districts, community colleges and state-owned universities to give cyber charter schools reasonable access to their facilities to administer standardized tests.
House Bill 357, which would require the Department of Education to create a uniform process for a charter school application and a uniform charter amendment process.
House Bill 358, which would allow charter school students to be dually enrolled in college classes through a higher education institution.

Airville Town Hall

Great conversation with a small group of constituents last night at Indian Step’s Museum - a museum and memorial dedicated to the Native Americans who lived along the Susquehanna River. Some of the topics discussed were dealing with unfunded mandates, internet access in rural areas, updating York County’s voting machines, House ethics issue and property taxes. It was a beautiful location on a nice spring night. Information on visiting the museum can be found here.

Judiciary Committee Tackles Bills to Protect Homeowners, Minors and Victims of Sexual Extortion
The House Judiciary Committee recently approved three bills to help protect Pennsylvanians from a variety of crimes.

Recognizing that have been tragic cases of children are coerced into a childhood marriage, House Bill 360 would prohibit the issuance of a marriage license to anyone under the age of 18. The change in law would also better ensure a person choosing to be married is prepared to make this life-altering commitment.

The committee also responded to the growing problem of illegal residential trespassers or “squatters” essentially taking over properties that don’t belong to them, House Bill 365 would give law enforcement officers better tools to remove such individuals from the property.

Finally, the committee approved legislation to create the offense of sexual extortion, which occurs when a person uses coercion and misuses their power to demand sexual acts, images, or videos from victims. Establishing this specific offense better equips law enforcement officers to protect victims and prosecute offenders. The bills now go to the full House for consideration.

Explore Summer Fun Opportunities in PA
Pennsylvania has thousands of places to visit for summer fun, and the Happy Traveler Guide, now available for download here, is a great tool to help you plan!

Categorized by region, the guide includes nearly 100 pages of attractions, lodging options, dining and many other recreational activities, stretching from Lake Erie to the Philadelphia. The attractions are specially marked for these traveler categories: adventure, arts and culture, family, foodie, history buff, party animal, and shopper.

This year’s guide celebrates our awesome amusement parks. Pennsylvania is also home to more roller coasters as rated in the top 100 by Amusement Today than any other state. Nearby, we have Dutch Wonderland if you have youngsters who would enjoy a day at the amusement park, or Hershey Park for the whole family.

Tourism is one of Pennsylvania’s largest industries, injecting $41 billion annually in the state’s economy and supporting nearly half a million jobs. Each year, Pennsylvania hosts nearly 200 million travelers from across the United States. An estimated $2.8 billion is spent each year by international visitors.
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