Summer Focus on Traffic Safety

May. 24, 2021 / Newspaper Columns

With Memorial Day weekend and the summer travel season approaching, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) and the Pennsylvania State Police are urging drivers to keep traffic safety top of mind when behind the wheel.

REAL ID Deadline Postponed to 2023

May. 03, 2021 / Newspaper Columns

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security announced it was again postponing the enforcement date for REAL ID until May 3, 2023, citing ongoing pandemic restrictions that have impacted states’ ability to process and issue the enhanced driver licenses and identification cards.

Learn More About the May 18 Ballot Questions

Apr. 26, 2021 / Newspaper Columns

Pennsylvania voters will head to the polls on May 18 for the primary election. There will be more than just candidates on the ballot, as four questions – three constitutional amendments and one referendum – are slated to appear as well.

Addressing Pennsylvania’s Economic Recovery

Apr. 13, 2021 / Newspaper Columns

The Pennsylvania House of Representatives last week continued its work to help the Commonwealth recover from the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic with the passage of several bills aimed at supporting employers, schools and more.

Fighting Back Against Spotted Lanternfly

Mar. 22, 2021 / Newspaper Columns

With more than half of Pennsylvania’s counties, including Luzerne County, now in a quarantine zone due to infestation by spotted lanternfly, the state Department of Agriculture and Penn State Extension are again encouraging all of us to be on the lookout for the invasive insect.

Attention Pennsylvania Employers: How Can We Help?

Mar. 08, 2021 / Newspaper Columns

The Majority Policy Committee in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives is seeking input from small business owners in our region and across the state for the COVID-19 Economic Recovery Business Survey it launched last month. The goal is to gather feedback for use by our Economic Recovery Task Force as it works to develop and implement policies to restore the Commonwealth’s struggling economy.

Lawmakers Discuss COVID-19 Challenges for Schools, Students

Mar. 01, 2021 / Newspaper Columns

The House Education Committee in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives met last week to discuss the ongoing challenges facing schools and students as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The first hearing focused on elementary and secondary education, while the second hearing highlighted the challenges for higher education.

Does Your Home Contain Radon?

Jan. 27, 2021 / Newspaper Columns

January is National Radon Action Month. An estimated 40% of Pennsylvania homes have higher levels of radon than national safety standards, due to the state’s geology. However, residents can perform a simple test to detect this gas, which is considered the second leading cause of lung cancer.

Beware of COVID-19 Vaccine Scams

Jan. 19, 2021 / Newspaper Columns

The Pennsylvania State Police issued a disturbing warning recently about scammers using the COVID-19 vaccine distribution program as a means to steal someone’s money and/or personal information.

Virtual Pennsylvania Farm Show Set for Jan. 9-16

Jan. 04, 2021 / Newspaper Columns

The Department of Agriculture has released the schedule for the virtual 105th Pennsylvania Farm Show. Traditionally held in Harrisburg, the department moved the show to an online event as the Commonwealth continues to battle the COVID-19 pandemic.

Deadline Nears for Health Insurance Enrollment Through Pennie

Dec. 10, 2020 / Newspaper Columns

Pennie, the state’s new health insurance marketplace, is approaching its first enrollment deadline. Tuesday, Dec. 15, is the last day for individuals and families to purchase health coverage to start January 2021. Current and potential customers are encouraged to select a plan by Dec. 15 to ensure continuous coverage.