May. 28, 2018

Weekly Roundup
The latest news from the State Capitol
PUC Orders Rate Reduction

The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) issued an order, requiring 17 major electric, natural gas and water and wastewater utilities to return $320 million per year to consumers. To read more about the order, click here.

The refunds are a direct result of the significant decrease in corporate tax rates and other tax changes under the federal Tax Cuts and Jobs Act signed into law last year, which lowered the tax liability of many utility companies. Republicans in the state House strongly urged the PUC to order the companies to pass along the savings to consumers.

To find out the refund percentage you may receive, click here.
Remembering Our Heroes

Monday, May 28, is Memorial Day, honoring the men and women who have sacrificed their lives serving in our nation’s military. More than 1.1 million Americans have died in wars in which the United States entered, including nearly 500,000 in the Civil War and 405,000 in World War II. For more information on Memorial Day and its history, click here.

This weekend also kicks off the travel season for Pennsylvanians. Travelers can log onto to check current traffic impacts from construction, traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information and access to more than 770 traffic cameras. The service is free and available 24 hours a day.

511PA is also available through a smartphone application for iPhone and Android devices, by calling 5-1-1, or by following regional Twitter alerts accessible on the 511PA website.

Travelers are always reminded to buckle up, put their phones away and stay sober when behind the wheel.

In other PennDOT news, driver license and photo centers will be closed Saturday, May 26, through Monday, May 28, for the holiday. Customers may still obtain a variety of driver and vehicle products and services online through PennDOT’s Driver and Vehicle Services website,
Honoring First Responders

I had the privilege of taking part in a ceremony to honor three EMTs from the 92nd District who have completed 25 or more years of service to our community. Pictured with me are David P. Bowen, Kenneth J. Boyles and Traci Cook.

Thank you to all first responders for all you do to keep us safe and help us in our times of need.
Veterans: Applying for Benefits Should Never Come with a Fee

The Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (DMVA) reminds veterans and their dependents that they should never have to pay for help to apply for veterans’ benefits.

Under both state and federal law, accredited veterans service organizations are authorized to provide free advice and assistance to veterans as they apply for veterans’ benefits.

My office serves as a site for these services. A representative from the American Legion will be in my office from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the fourth Thursday of each month. The next day the representative will be at my office is June 28.

These veteran service officers are experienced, trained professionals who provide veterans with the best advice and assistance available at no cost.

Accredited veteran service officers provide veterans and their dependents free assistance to identify, determine eligibility for and apply for a wide range of benefits on the local, state and federal levels.
Input on Roadwork Sought

The York Area Metropolitan Planning Organization was allocated $330 million to fund York County transportation projects. The public has until Tuesday, June 12, to comment on the 2019-22 Transportation Improvement Programs draft.
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Swearing in New BizTown Mayor

It was an honor to swear in Monroe Elementary School student Grace Gemberling as the mayor of Junior Achievement’s BizTown during a visit earlier this week.

Each student held a special role within BizTown. Some students worked on construction projects, others filled customer orders, tellers at the bank cashed paychecks, the district attorney investigated a crime, the restaurant sold snacks and scientists performed experiments. I love that BizTown teaches kids they must work hard to earn money. It also teaches important financial lessons like writing and depositing checks, paying rent and utility bills, paying taxes and contributing to charities.
Are You Owed Unclaimed Property?

The Pennsylvania Treasury Department is currently holding more than $3.2 billion in unclaimed property, with about one in 10 residents eligible to recoup that property.

Unclaimed property is any financial asset that has been left inactive by the owner for a period of three years or more. The most common kinds of unclaimed property include savings and checking accounts, uncashed checks, unclaimed insurance benefits and items abandoned in forgotten safe deposit boxes. The amounts can range from a few dollars to a few thousand dollars.

The Treasury is required to advertise the names and addresses of unclaimed property owners in their last known county of residence, but only if the property is valued in excess of $250. The names and addresses of unclaimed property owners appear in the newspaper only once per year, even though they may be owed multiple pieces of property. State officials are also cautioning individuals to be wary of services or “finders” that charge costly fees to help locate unclaimed property.

There is no need to pay a private service to submit a claim when there is a FREE and more effective way to conveniently determine if the state is holding some of your money.

To search Pennsylvania’s unclaimed property online database, go to the Treasury Department’s website,, and follow the simple instructions. My office can assist with obtaining the paperwork to file a claim, tracking a claim and resolving claim difficulties.
York County Planning Wants Your Input

The York County Planning Commission (YCPC) announced the start of the public review and comment for the draft of the York County Flooded Roadway Study. You are invited to comment on the study draft (posted on YCPC is looking for flood-vulnerable locations not identified in the study, as well as additional information about flooding events and road closures in the County. The comment period is open now through June 12.

Submit all comments to Jephrey L. Rebert, senior transportation planner at Comments will also be accepted through regular (USPS) mail at the following address: 28 East Market St., Room 301, York, PA 17401-1580 and by telephone call, (717) 771-9870 ext. 1726.

To view a map of flood-vulnerable locations, click here.

Visit to the Capitol

I recently hosted students from Monroe Elementary School to the state Capitol in Harrisburg. These future leaders learned about the state government 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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