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Great Turnout for Concealed Carry Seminar

I want to thank the roughly 150 people who came to the concealed carry seminar I hosted in Newberry Township last week. It is great to see so many people taking an active role in learning to be even more responsible gun owners. A big “thank you” also goes out to the presenters, who explained Pennsylvania’s gun laws in a clear, easy-to-understand manner.
Separation of Powers Becoming a Blurred Line

The separation of powers clauses laid out in our state and national constitutions is meant to ensure one section of government, whether it be the executive, legislative or judicial branch, doesn’t become too powerful and infringe on the rights of the people. These separations protect our democratic system and uphold our free society.

We must have checks and balances if we want a government that works for the people. As John Adams, our second president, said, “I say, that power must never be trusted without a check.”

Of late, however, the thin line that separates the three branches of state government have sadly become blurred with one branch overstepping its border and infringing on the powers held by another branch.

We have recently experienced in Pennsylvania two clear examples of branches of government overstepping the legal boundaries and blurring the lines that separate the powers.

To read more of my column, click here.
Local Students Wins Poster Contest

Way to go Hermiony Valdes, a student at Allen Middle School, who won the sixth-grade category in the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board’s Alcohol Awareness Poster Contest. The contest was a creative and fun way for students to depict positive alternatives to underage drinking.
Should Local Police Be Allowed to Use Radar?

The issue of allowing municipal police to use radar to detect vehicle speeds on local roadways was discussed during a hearing of the House Transportation Committee this week. Under current Pennsylvania law, only the state police can use radar to track vehicle speed.

House Bill 2148 would change that by creating a six-year pilot program so accredited municipal and regional police could use radar as a speed timing device. Under the bill, radar would be used only by full-time police officers and only after an approved course of training and refresher course every three years. The legislation includes several provisions to prevent potential abuse and provide for a defense against prosecution if it can be demonstrated that radar use is generating 1 percent or more of the municipality’s total revenue.

Supporters of the bill believe it could help reduce speed-related crashes, while opponents have concerns about overzealous use of the devices to raise money for municipalities.

According to the state police, speed was cited as a factor in 31,083 crashes in 2016.
Talking Issues with Seniors

I had a great time talking about legislation, budget hearings and state resources available to senior citizens during a forum at the Red Land Senior Center. Attendees were also presented with information regarding utility choice and consumer protection from the state Public Utility Commission.

Check Out a State Park Near You

Now that spring has arrived, the nicer weather will allow Pennsylvanians more opportunities to explore our state’s 121 beautiful state parks, operated by the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR).

Pennsylvania’s state parks system manages 300,000 acres for popular recreation activities, such as hiking, picnicking, camping, fishing, hunting and boating.

Pennsylvania state parks do not charge an entrance fee; however, fees do apply for some activities.

If you like to enjoy the outdoors with your dog, 56 of our state parks offer dog-friendly campgrounds. Click here to learn more or to find a park nearby.

Visitors can make reservations online here or by calling 888-PA-PARKS (888-727-2757), 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday.
Visit to the Capitol

I recently hosted students from South Mountain Elementary School to the state Capitol in Harrisburg. These future leaders learned about the governmental process and toured the Capitol.

Throughout the year, I host numerous guests and groups at the Capitol. If your group is interested in visiting the Capitol, please contact my Harrisburg office at (717) 783-8783 to make arrangements.
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