Oct. 08, 2018

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Weekly Roundup
The latest news from the State Capitol
Ending Cars for Legislators Bill Approved

A few weeks ago, I told you about legislation, House Bill 482, to end a program which grants members of the General Assembly access to taxpayer-funded vehicles. I am happy to report the bill was approved by the House last week.

Members of the General Assembly currently have the option to use a state-owned vehicle for official business and personal use. I do not take advantage of this taxpayer-funded program because I believe I should use my own vehicle to go to and from work, just like all of you.

The bill now goes to the Senate for consideration. 
Feds Extend REAL ID Grace Period

Pennsylvania has been granted an extended grace period to comply with REAL ID requirements set by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. The grace period was set to expire Oct. 10, 2018, but has now been extended until Aug. 1, 2019. A final federal deadline for all states to comply is Oct. 1, 2020.

This grace period extension means that Pennsylvania residents will not face access issues when entering federal facilities or boarding commercial aircraft through at least Aug. 1, 2019.

REAL ID is voluntary for Pennsylvania residents, but encouraged for those who may need to access certain federal facilities, such as military bases, or fly commercial flights within the United States. Residents also have the option to use other, non-REAL ID forms of enhanced identification. Click here for that list.

Residents wishing to obtain REAL ID-compliant driver’s licenses and photo ID cards can obtain them, beginning in March 2019. In the meantime, customers are encouraged to pre-verify for REAL ID the required documentation as soon as possible, giving them ample time to prepare.

One of the required documents is a certified copy of a birth certificate, which can take up to several months to process, depending on one’s circumstances. My office can help residents with birth certificate applications. Call or stop by for more information.

More information about REAL ID, including frequently asked questions, can be found at www.dmv.pa.gov.
Absentee Ballots Available

I want to remind everyone the deadline to apply for an absentee ballot for the Nov. 6 general election is Tuesday, Oct. 30. For more information about absentee ballots, click here.

The last day to register to vote ahead of the election is Tuesday, Oct. 9. For more information about the election, including how to find your polling place, go to www.votespa.com

Register Now for My Farmers’ Breakfast 

On Thursday, Oct. 11, from 8-10 a.m. I will again host my Farmers’ Breakfast at Baker’s Restaurant, located at 515 N. U.S. 15 in Dillsburg.

During this informative event, those in the agricultural industry will receive an update on issues that impact them. The guest speaker will be former Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture and House Majority Leader Sam Hayes. The 92nd District has a rich history of farming; and we must ensure agriculture has a bright future here. I encourage all farmers and anyone interested in agriculture to attend. Breakfast will be provided.

To register, call my office at (717) 432-0792, or fill out the registration form on www.RepKeefer.com by clicking the “Farmers Breakfast” icon. RSVPs must be made by noon on Wednesday, Oct. 10.

Active Shooter Seminar to be Held

I am teaming up with the York County legislative delegation to host an Active Shooter Seminar at the Horticulture Hall in the York Expo Center, 334 Carlisle Ave. in York, on Thursday, Oct. 11, from 6-8 p.m. The seminar will feature Pennsylvania State Police troopers who will provide information on what to do during an active shooter situation.

This is free and open to the public. No RSVP is required!

Register Now for My Concealed Carry Seminar

In an effort to better inform gun owners who live in the 92nd District regarding Pennsylvania’s firearm laws and personal responsibilities, I will host a free Concealed Carry Seminar at the Wellsville Fire Company, 95 Community St., from 6-8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 23.

Joining me to discuss Pennsylvania’s firearm laws will be attorney Matt Menges and a member of the state police. In addition to discussing firearms laws, the speakers will also talk about how to safely interact with law enforcement when carrying a firearm. There will also be a question-and-answer period so attendees can receive answers to conceal carry questions they may have.

Advanced registration to this free event is required. Those interested in attending should contact my office at (717) 432-0792 or go to RepKeefer.com to fill out a registration form. The deadline to register is Friday, Oct. 19. 
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