Apr. 02, 2018

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Weekly Roundup
The latest news from the State Capitol
Severance Tax Would Cost Landowners Millions

A recently released report by the state Independent Fiscal Office (IFO) found a severance tax proposed by Gov. Tom Wolf would cost landowners who receive royalties from gas drillers tens of millions of dollars. Landowners who have leases with gas drillers to drill on their land would be hit with the tax in the form of post-production costs.

The IFO estimates a severance tax would cost landowners upward of $51 million. This is simply not right. Pennsylvania already collects a tax on drillers through impact fees, which are spread to all parts of the state.

Add the reduced royalties landowners would receive with the increased cost of gas for consumers because of the severance tax and toss in lost jobs because the tax would drive the gas drilling industry from the state, and the proposed severance tax equals bad news for all Pennsylvanians.

To read the full report, click here
Meeting with Girl Scouts

I recently spoke with the American Heritage Girls Troop PA 0304 to help them earn their civics badge. They asked great questions about government, civic engagement and interacting with elected officials. I’m always encouraged to see civic interest from our youth, regardless of political philosophy.
New Motorcycle Safety Clinics Offered

PennDOT is offering new Motorcycle Safety Program (PAMSP) clinics in 2018 that are designed to focus on developing operator proficiency among prospective, experienced and new Pennsylvania riders. Clinics are offered free of charge to Pennsylvania residents who have a motorcycle learner’s permit or motorcycle license.

PAMSP will offer five revamped training syllabuses tailored not just to hone riders’ knowledge, but to test their ability to physically manipulate a motorcycle properly.
All training clinics are conducted under the supervision of certified instructors at one of numerous riding ranges located throughout the state. Three of the clinics – the Beginning Rider Clinic (BRC), the Intermediate Riding Clinic (IRC) and the 3-Wheel Riding Clinic (3WRC) – offer a pathway to earning a motorcycle license.
Act 84 of 2012 requires that all permit holders under age 18 successfully complete the BRC to receive their motorcycle license.

For more information or to enroll in a clinic, visit www.pamsp.com or call 1-800-845-9533.
Rural Broadband to be Focus of Legislative Hearing

Citing the lack of rural broadband as an impediment to economic development, the House Majority Policy Committee will hold a hearing on the topic on Thursday, April 5.

Testifiers at this hearing are expected to discuss ways in which the absence of high-speed internet access is holding back local economies, provide an update on the long-range plans of providers and discuss emerging technologies that could help solve the problem.

Those expected to offer testimony will include representatives from the following organizations: Central Bradford Progress Authority, Soil Services, Endless Mountains Health Systems Inc., Wayne County Board of Commissioners, Pennsylvania Telephone Association, Broadband Cable Association of Pennsylvania, Verizon and Microsoft.

Barring any technical difficulties, the hearing will be streamed online at www.pagoppolicy.com.
Register Now for My Concealed Carry Seminar

There’s still time to register for my upcoming Concealed Carry Seminar! It will be held at the James A. Danner VFW Post 537, 1095 Pines Road, Etters, on Wednesday, April 4, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. To register for the seminar, call my office at (717) 432-0792, or go online to RepKeefer.com and click on the concealed carry banner.

During the seminar, gun owners will learn more about their rights. The speakers, which include law enforcement officials, have a firm grasp of our laws and will do an excellent job explaining them.

Spots fill up quickly. I strongly encourage you to reserve your spot now.
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