May. 20, 2019

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Weekly Roundup
The latest news from the State Capitol
Touring York Railway

I toured York Railway and the ES3 warehousing facility with the House Transportation Committee. It was great to learn about the short rail service in York and the impact it has on business here in the county.
Ending Childhood Marriage

The House Judiciary Committee moved legislation to prohibit child marriage in Pennsylvania. House Bill 360 would prohibit anyone from receiving a marriage license before reaching the age of 18. The bill can now be considered by the full House.

We must not allow opportunities for children to be coerced or forced into marriage. This bill is quite simply a ‘child protection’ bill.

Under current Pennsylvania law, a marriage license may be issued to an applicant younger than 16 with court approval. A marriage license also may be issued where an applicant is older than 16 but younger than 18 with the consent of a parent or guardian.

If the bill is passed and signed into law, Pennsylvania will be the third state to ban child marriage. Delaware and New Jersey passed similar laws in 2018.
House Moves to Protect Babies with Down Syndrome

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On Tuesday, I voted in support of House Bill 321 to include a prenatal Down syndrome diagnosis as a legal reason why babies can’t be aborted in Pennsylvania.

House Bill 321 is simple. Just like Pennsylvania does not allow an abortion based on the sex of the child, this bill would not allow an abortion because of a Down syndrome diagnosis. The Commonwealth does not allow for discrimination against girls or boys in the womb and we shouldn’t allow eugenics to prevent babies with Down syndrome from being given the chance at life.

I urge you to watch the above video to hear more of my thoughts on the bill.
Bill to Close Alcohol Sales Loophole Approved by House

To give voters more say in their community and to close a loophole in the updated liquor laws, the House approved House Bill 423 to allow for ballot referendums to authorize “dry” municipalities to issue special liquor licenses to manufacturers.

As part of recently passed updates to our liquor laws is a provision that allows exemptions in local communities to authorize specific licenses in what are known as dry townships.

After seeing an increase of establishments operating in dry municipalities through this loophole, the legislation was introduced to create a ballot initiative for such municipalities to explicitly opt-in or opt-out of allowing on-premise sales for manufacturers.

About 25% of the state’s municipalities have chosen to ban the sale of alcohol in one form or another. The all-or-nothing question voters must answer doesn’t fit for all dry municipalities. The legislation would create a referendum to give voters the choice to allow their municipality to stay completely dry, allow limited sales or convert to wet. The bill now goes to the Senate for consideration.
#GoodJobs4PA At York College

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I recently toured York College’s J.D. Brown Center for Entrepreneurship to check out the work being done. Check out the above video for a glimpse into the center and to learn about efforts in the House to improve workforce development.
Primary Election Day is Tomorrow!

Tomorrow, Tuesday, is the primary election. Numerous elected positions, ranging from school board to county commissioner, will be on the ballot. To find your polling place, and other pertinent information, click here.
Fish for Free This Weekend

With so many great places to fish in the district, I want to let you know about this event to introduce your child or a friend to the joys of fishing. The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission will host the first of its two annual Fish for Free Days on Sunday, May 26.

On Fish for Free Days, anyone -- resident or non-resident -- can legally fish on all Pennsylvania waterways without a license. All other fishing regulations will still apply.
For your convenience, there are even opportunities to borrow equipment from certain sites at state parks and other locations. You can find those locations by clicking here.

The second Fish for Free day is scheduled for Thursday, July 4.
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