Apr. 29, 2019

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Cutting Through Red Tape

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Continuing the House’s efforts to improve Pennsylvania’s middle class, business climate and economy, I joined local senators and representatives, as well as local and state leaders, at York College to outline bicameral efforts to reduce and reform the state’s regulatory process.

We outlined six major reform measures, including efforts to require greater oversight of regulations which cost state taxpayers in excess of $1 million, provide for the removal of two regulations for each new regulation added, as well as improve permitting transparency in Pennsylvania.

The site we selected for the press conference was very symbolic. The now former York Narrow Fabrics Company once produced the red tape used to bind the federal government’s regulations. It is high time we cut through this burdensome red tape at the state level.

It’s time to restore the balance of power our Founding Fathers established. My REINS Act legislation is a solid first step to restoring this balance by shepherding in enhanced regulatory review to reduce the amount of prohibitive red tape. This would decrease unnecessary and duplicated government oversight to create a free market in which Pennsylvania businesses can thrive and grow, all while attracting more businesses to the Commonwealth.                                    

This effort meshes with the series of bills to improve workforce development the House past recently. To learn more about the bills, click here.

I encourage you to watch the above video to learn more about the bills we are proposing.
Protecting Children and Animals in Hot Cars

As temperatures begin to rise outside, the heat in your vehicle can quickly reach levels which can be deadly for children and pets locked inside.

House Bill 279, which was passed by the House earlier this month, would provide civil immunity for any damage done to a vehicle when forceful entry is necessary to rescue a child.

Last year, the Legislature enacted Act 104 of 2018, which provides civil immunity to law enforcement, animal control and humane officers and emergency responders who enter a car to save an animal which was left behind.

The civil protections in Act 104 do not extend to civilians attempting to break into a car to rescue an animal.

For the safety of your pets, it is best to leave them at home in hot weather. It is extremely irresponsible to leave children unattended in a vehicle regardless of weather and should never be done.
Dispose of Drugs Properly

To help keep prescription medications out of the hands of those who shouldn’t have them, numerous York County police departments partnered with the York County Solid Waste Authority for its medication take-back program. Responsibly disposing of drugs is a matter of public safety and is a simple way to combat the opioid epidemic. Unused drugs can be stolen from homes or taken by people not prescribed to use the medication. Drugs tossed into the trash can contaminate our water supply.

Please dispose of your unused drugs in the take-back boxes at one of the following police departments in the 92nd District:
  • Carroll Township Police Department, 555 Chestnut Grove Road, Dillsburg. Open Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Fairview Township Police Department, 599 Lewisberry Road, New Cumberland, PA. Open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Newberry Township Police Department, 1905 Old Trail Road, Etters. Open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Northern York County Regional Police Department, 1445 East Canal Road, Dover. Open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Share the Road

As the weather continues to warm up, more and more Pennsylvanians will ride their bicycles on the roads.

Both motorists and bicyclists can work together to ensure everyone shares the road and gets home safely.

Motorists and bicyclists have the right to use the roads in Pennsylvania and should work to maintain a 4-foot barrier between each other when passing. Motorists can overtake a bicycle in a no-passing zone, provided they leave a 4-foot clearance.

You can learn more about Pennsylvania’s bicycle laws here.
Extra, Extra! Column Released

I hope you can take a few minutes to read a column by my colleague Rep. Kate Klunk (R-Hanover) She writes about her House Bill 849 to ensure workers who face sexual harassment in the workplace can exercise their voice to report such egregious offenses they may suffer at the hands of a co-worker or superior.

To read the column, click here.
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