Jan. 14, 2019

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The latest news from the State Capitol
Open House a Success

I want to thank everyone who attended the open house at my office on Thursday. We had a great turnout and I enjoyed speaking with the people I represent.

My office can assist constituents with state-related issues, such as PennDOT paperwork, PACE and PACENET applications for senior citizens, Property Tax/Rent Rebate forms and many others.

The district office can also assist with:
  • Status reports on legislation.
  • Copies of House and Senate bills and current state laws.
  • Certified copies of birth and death certificates.
Veterans Should Review Benefits

As the New Year starts, the Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (DMVA) suggests veterans review the benefits they have earned through their service.

Veterans should check with a veterans service officer to see if a change in their circumstances or in benefit policies could make them eligible for different programs.

Veterans are encouraged to apply for federal health care and state benefits by visiting their local county director of veterans affairs or an area accredited service organization. County directors can be found by clicking here.

To make it easier for residents of the 92nd District, my office hosts a monthly veterans’ assistance outreach initiative. A representative from the American Legion is in my office from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the fourth Thursday of each month. Appointments must be made in advance by contacting my office at (717) 432-0792.

Veterans and their dependents should never pay for help to apply for benefits. There are about 200 veterans service officers in Pennsylvania who work with organizations such as the DMVA, county veterans’ affairs offices and several veterans service organizations to provide assistance at no cost.

To get timely information about state benefits, programs and services, veterans are urged to sign up for DMVA’s Veterans Registry at www.register.dmva.pa.gov.  
Fun at the Farm Show

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The 103rd Pennsylvania Farm Show wrapped up this past weekend. I had a wonderful time checking out the exhibits and meeting with folks from our area.

Check out the above video of my interview with Secretary of Agriculture Russell Redding as we discuss the farming industry and challenges our farmers face in the state, and particularly in the district.

In addition to all the delicious food offerings, the Farm Show featured 6,000 animals, 10,000 competitive exhibits and 300 commercial exhibitors. Locally, the 92nd District boasted a lot of winners at this year’s Farm Show. Be sure to check out the list on the Farm Show website, which can be found by clicking here. The site also includes hundreds of photos from the week, categorized by competition.
Slow Down to Get Around Law Now in Effect

An expansion of the state law designed to protect roadside workers is now in effect in Pennsylvania.

Act 83 of 2018 adds trash haulers to the list of vehicles, including stationary tow trucks, mail delivery vans and other vehicles involved in performing a roadside service, to those for which a driver must slow down when passing.

Drivers are required to move at least one lane away when possible or slow down and be ready to stop if they cannot.

This law is in addition to the “Steer Clear” law requiring drivers to move over when approaching an emergency response scene.
PennDOT Summer Employment Program

 The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) is now accepting applications for 2019 summer employment for students and government services interns. To qualify, candidates must be 18 years of age and enrolled in college full-time for the fall 2019 semester. Applicants must also have a valid Pennsylvania driver’s license.

The Summer Employment Program runs from May through August to supplement the permanent workforce. Government services interns are utilized primarily for summer maintenance and sign upgrade services. They also perform laboring duties in maintenance organizations as well as worksites along the highway.

The deadline to apply is the close of business on Friday, Feb. 15. For more information, please call my district office at (717) 432-0792.
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12 North Baltimore Street,Dillsburg, PA 17019 | 717-432-0792
422 Irvis Office, PO Box 202092, Harrisburg PA 17120-2092 | (717) 783-8783 / 3-8783
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