Mar. 04, 2019

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The latest news from the State Capitol
Budget Hearings Continue

The second full week of budget hearings wrapped up on Thursday, with the House Appropriations Committee asking agency and department officials a variety of questions about executive functions, programs and efficiencies. These questions, along with submitted written testimony, will serve as the foundation for budget negotiations this spring.

The hearings featured the Pennsylvania State Police, as well as the departments of Transportation (PennDOT), Community and Economic Development (DCED), Corrections, General Services, Health, and Drug and Alcohol Programs, as well as the Liquor Control Board and the Gaming Control Board.

It also included a hearing on the Office of the Administration, during which I asked about the true expenditure of information technology through the office. A lot of the office’s budget is “offline” from the general spending plan, meaning the true amount of money being spent by the office isn’t included in the budget. I have huge issues with this way of spending taxpayer dollars. I encourage you to watch the above video to learn about this issue.

This week concludes the House’s budget hearings with appearances by the departments of Education, Agriculture, and Military and Veterans Affairs, as well as the Public School Employees’ Retirement System and State Employees’ Retirement System.

The full schedule is available here. The site also includes links to video of the archived hearings once available.  
Successful REAL ID Event

I want to thank everyone who came out to my REAL ID pre-verification event at Northern High School on Tuesday. My thanks also go out to Pennsylvania Department of Transportation officials (PennDOT) who helped make this event the success it was. We had about 300 people attend.

REAL IDs are now available in Pennsylvania to residents who choose to obtain one. Under federal guidelines, a REAL ID, or other approved identification, such as a passport, will be needed to board a commercial flight or visit a secure federal building starting next year. Obtaining a REAL ID is optional for residents.

Residents who have not pre-verified but wish to obtain a REAL ID will be required to bring original versions or certified copies of the following documents for verification to a local driver license center:
  • Proof of identity, such as an original or certified copy of your birth certificate with a raised or embossed seal, or a valid U.S. passport or passport card. Birth certificates with a sticker rather than an embossed seal will not be accepted.
  • Proof of Social Security number by providing your Social Security card. The name on the card must match the name on your current driver license or photo identification card.
  • Proof of legal name changes, such as marriage certificates or court orders issued by a family court. You must have documentation to show all name changes from your original name on your birth certificate to your current name.
  • Proof of current, physical address, such as your current, unexpired driver license or state issued ID card, vehicle registration or utility bill. TWO forms of proof must be provided.
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Healthy Steps Program Returns

The York County Area Agency on Aging will again host its Healthy Steps for Older Adults, including a program here in the 92nd District. Healthy Steps for Older Adults is an evidence-based program that reduces fall risks among older adults by raising awareness about the causes of falls and how to prevent them.

Participants will learn how to exercise safely at home and be offered information on ways to improve their health and well-being. Discussions will include home and medication safety, as well as appropriate foot care/foot wear.

A unique part of this program is the involvement of participants in physical skill screenings to determine an individual’s fall risk. Participants will be referred to appropriate healthcare professionals and community resources as deemed necessary, to meet one’s needs when it comes to preventing falls.

The first program will be held at the Red Land Senior Center, 736 Wyndamere Road, Newberry Township, from 10 a.m. to noon on Wednesdays, March 6 and 13. (Snow days are March 7 and 14.) To register, call Red Land at 717-938-4649.

The second program will be held at September House Senior Center, 1251 W. King St., West York, from 10 a.m. to noon on Wednesdays, March 20 and 27. (Snow day is April 4.) To register, call September House at 717-848-4417.

For more information, call Faye Kinard at 717-771-9610 or 1-800-632-9073.
Bill to Save on State Pensions

House Republicans passed House Bill 60, which I cosponsored, to prohibit future hires of the Susquehanna River Basin Commission (SRBC), which serves three states, from participating in the State Employees’ Retirement System (SERS).

The SRBC was created by federal law in 1970 that also was adopted by the legislatures of Maryland, New York and Pennsylvania.

According to the Independent Fiscal Office – a non-partisan entity created to provide unbiased information to the state Legislature – there were 65 employees of the SRBC who were active, contributing members of SERS in 2017. However, they are not state employees.

The bill now moves to the Senate for consideration.
I Want to Hear from You

Residents of the 92nd Legislative District, I want to hear from you! I want to learn what state-related issues impact you the most and what you want to see changed in our state. If you live in the 92nd Legislative District, I ask that you take a few minutes to fill out the survey, which can be found by clicking here. Your input will help guide me as your representative during the 2019-20 Legislative Session.

Thank you for taking the time to share your opinions with me. I enjoy hearing your feedback concerning current issues that are affecting the Commonwealth and our community. If my office, or I, can be of additional assistance to you, please contact us at (717) 432-0792.
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