Oct. 01, 2018

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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. 
Broadband Caucus Looks for Ways to Expand Access, Availability

More than 30 members of the state House gathered Tuesday at the state Capitol for the inaugural meeting of the General Assembly’s Broadband Caucus. The goal of this bipartisan group is to bring access to high-speed internet to unserved and underserved areas of the Commonwealth.

Speakers included representatives from AT&T, the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC), Department of Community and Economic Development, Pennsylvania Farm Bureau and Pennsylvania State Grange.

Leaders of the caucus have put forward a four-bill package of legislation that would address compliance of non-rural telecommunication carriers, use of existing state communications assets, recommend improvements to the deployment of high-speed broadband services and audit the existing Educational Technology Fund.

The Broadband Caucus considers addressing the lack of access to sufficient broadband internet service to be critical if Pennsylvania wishes to remain economically, medically and personally competitive. 
Guardian of Small Business

I am extremely honored to be recognized as a Guardian of Small Business by the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) in Pennsylvania, the leading small-business association in the state.

The Guardian of Small Business Award, given to legislators who have achieved a 100-percent voting record on key small business issues, is the most prestigious honor NFIB bestows on legislators in recognition of their efforts to support small business issues.

Standing with me is Rebecca Oyler, NFIB’s Legislative Director in Pennsylvania. 
End the Practice of Using ‘Fake Revenue’

I want to share with you a column by Rep. Seth Grove (R-Dover) on the problem of using “fake revenue” to formulate state budgets that was published by the York Daily Record/Sunday News. Read an excerpt below and click here to read the entire column.

“For years, Pennsylvania has created budgets partially based on, what I call, “fake revenue.” This is revenue believed to be coming in but never materialized…

“These unrealistic expectations are akin to you or me assuming to we will get a second job, but never do and increase our spending as if we did. All it does is create instability in an already volatile financial situation for the Commonwealth. The net financial position in the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) reflects this as well…

“This is not a political problem. It has occurred when Democrats and Republicans have held the governor’s office. This has led me to draft legislation, House Bill 2013, to create the Joint Revenue Estimate Committee.” 
Honoring Those Who Served
On Thursday, I had the privilege of recognizing Korean War veterans with the Korean Ambassador for Peace Medal during a ceremony at the James A. Danner VFW Post No. 537.

I was honored to help U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey’s (R-PA) office and the government of the Republic of Korea recognize veterans of the 92nd Legislative District for the sacrifices they made during the conflict. It is very appropriate we continue to remember those who defended freedom from communism and all its horrors decades ago. 
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, 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. 
Emergency Alert to Sound Test Next Week

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), in coordination with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), will conduct a nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) and Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) on Oct. 3.

The wireless portion of the test commences at 2:18 p.m. EDT, and the EAS portion follows at 2:20 p.m. EDT. The test will assess the operational readiness of the infrastructure for distribution of a national message and determine whether improvements are needed.

The WEA test message will be sent to cell phones that are connected to wireless providers participating in WEA. During this time, WEA compatible cell phones that are switched on, within range of an active cell tower and whose wireless provider participates in WEA should be capable of receiving the test message. Some cell phones will not receive the test message, and cell phones should only receive the message once.

The EAS test is made available to EAS participants (i.e., radio and television broadcasters, cable systems, satellite radio and television providers, and wireline video providers) and is scheduled to last approximately one minute. The test message will be similar to regular monthly EAS test messages with which the public is familiar.

The WEA system is used to warn the public about dangerous weather, missing children and other critical situations through alerts on cell phones. The national test will use the same special tone and vibration as with all WEA messages (i.e. tornado warning, AMBER Alert). Users cannot opt out of receiving the WEA test. 
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! 
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