Jul. 21, 2017

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

Voters to Decide Property Tax Issue
This fall, voters will have the opportunity to amend the Pennsylvania Constitution to allow local governments to exclude more of a property’s median assessed value for property tax reductions.

Currently, the state Constitution only permits local governments – counties, municipalities and school districts – to exclude up to 50 percent.

The referendum is made possible through House Bill 1285, which recently passed both chambers of the General Assembly this summer. It is identical to legislation, House Bill 147, which cleared both the House and Senate last session – a requirement to amend the Constitution.

Voters will be able to consider the constitutional amendment on the Nov. 7 ballot. Should the people of Pennsylvania vote in the affirmative on this question, the Constitution will be amended as the governor’s signature is not required for it to become law.

Railroads Celebrate Region’s Shortline Heritage
Stewartstown Railroad and Ma & Pa to Offer Combo Tickets
The Ma & Pa Railroad Heritage Village and the Stewartstown Railroad are joining forces this summer to celebrate the heritage of short line railroads in southeastern York County. Starting on Sunday, July 9th, they will offer a reduced price combination ticket to visit and ride the trains at both railroads. Combination tickets purchased at either railroad will be honored at the other on any open day through Labor Day (Monday, Sept., 4.)

Stewartstown’s engine #9, “Mighty-Mo”, with newly renovated Coach 1341 on the track in Nov. 2016

Go to StewartstownRailroadCompany.com, or email info@stewartstownrailroadcompany.com, or by phone 410-336-1605.

For more about the Ma & Pa Railroad Heritage Village, go to  MaAndPaRailroad.com or send an email to info@MaAndPaRailroad.com.

Delta Parade 2017
The Mason-Dixon Fair culminates with a parade through Delta. It is always a great show and meeting up with old friends. Here, Delta Mayor Joan Jones and I stand next to her parade car.

Saving Taxpayer Money on Health Care Costs
As a way to help save taxpayer money by reducing health care expenses, the House approved two measures addressing cost-drivers in the state’s Medical Assistance program.

House Bill 1354 would create the Office of Independent Medical Assistance Director, which would be required to post online the number of Medicaid enrollees, costs and a cost analysis to compare budget funds and forecasted expenses on a monthly basis. The office would also be tasked with improving health outcomes and working toward providing budget predictability. This would help ensure greater efficiency within the Medical Assistance program.

House Bill 1532 would allow the Commonwealth to better identify potential abuse of opioids among Medical Assistance enrollees by giving Medicaid organizations access to information in the state’s Prescription Drug Monitoring Program. The legislation would help save lives by allowing anyone prescribing or dispensing opioids to better recognize potential abusers and stem the tide of this epidemic.

Both bills are now with the state Senate.

Helping Military Families through Hardship
For more than a decade, the Military Family Relief Assistance Program, which is partially funded through a state income tax check-off, has been helping active duty members of the armed forces and their families meet basic expenses when facing extreme financial hardships.

House Bill 984 would ensure that the check-off is permanent, rather than having to be extended. Currently, the check-off has been extended three times and is set to expire on Jan. 1, 2018.

To qualify for assistance, eligible members must have a direct and immediate financial need as a result of circumstances beyond their control. The amount of a grant is based on documented financial need up to a maximum of $3,500.

More information about the program is available here.

Where to Find Help in York County
As your elected state representative, I am pleased to provide you with this free directory of valuable resources in York County. Please use this guide as a starting place for answering your questions or getting help.

Dooley Road Bridge Closing Postponed
The scheduled closing of the Dooley Road bridge over Scott Creek at the Delta Borough-Peach Bottom Township line in Southeastern York County, has been postponed. It was previously scheduled to begin during the week of July 17.

The bridge is now scheduled to be closed during the week of July 24 and be complete in early October. During this time, drivers will be directed to follow a detour along Main Street, Broad Street, Route 74 (Delta Road) and Line Road.

Dooley Road is officially designated as State Route 2028. Replacement of this bridge will allow PennDOT to remove it from the state's structurally deficient bridge list.

In the event of unfavorable weather or unforeseen activities, this schedule may still change.

Current Hunting Digest Available Online
Pennsylvania hunters will be charged $6 if they want the full printed version of the regulations digest with their 2017-18 licenses, which go on sale June 19.

The digest has traditionally been provided to hunters as part of the hunting license fee, which remains $20.90 for residents. In order to save money, the digests will now be posted online for printing or downloading in pdf format. Published reports estimate this will save the Game Commission about $190,000 a year per 1 million copies.

To get the digest for free online, click here, or visit RepSaylor.com and click on the ‘Pennsylvania Hunting & Trapping Digest” banner.
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