Nov. 26, 2018

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Providing “Safe Harbor” to Child Trafficking Victims

After it’s unanimous passage by the General Assembly, legislation was signed by the governor to protect the young victims of human trafficking from criminal prosecution by diverting their cases to county child protective services. Act 130 of 2018, formerly Senate Bill 554, of the “Safe Harbor Law,” also provides safe, long-term housing, education, life-skills training and counseling to these children. In addition, police officers will be trained to identify, interview and assist child victims.

Human trafficking is the world’s fastest growing criminal enterprise, second only to the drug trade. Nearly 300 human trafficking cases have been reported in Pennsylvania since 2016.

I have been an advocate for this bill and am pleased it is now law. At least 34 other states have a Safe Harbor Law.
Hunters Can Share Their Harvest

To help families, individuals and seniors who are in need in the 92nd District and beyond, the Hunters Sharing the Harvest (HSH) program encourages hunters to share their deer harvest and provide thousands of pounds of venison.

The program, which partners with the Pennsylvania Game Commission, Department of Agriculture and many other sportsmen and charitable organizations, has distributed more than 1.2 million pounds of donated venison since 1991.

Hunters can donate all or part of a harvested deer by taking it to a participating processor, which will then distribute the ground venison to food banks and pantries.

HSH’s goal is to channel about 100,000 pounds of processed venison each year through the state’s 20 regional food banks, which then redistribute to more than 5,000 local provider charities such as food pantries, missions, homeless shelters and churches, as well as individual families.

To find a list of local processors or for more information, visit
Have You Taken the Broadband Speed Test?

The Center for Rural Pennsylvania and its research partners at Penn State University ask Pennsylvania residents to help provide that much-needed information by taking the broadband speed test. The test can be found here.

The lack of rural broadband access is a major problem in both rural and suburban Pennsylvania, impacting our economy, educational opportunities, health care access and more. Your participation will help map broadband access in Pennsylvania, providing a valuable tool as lawmakers work to resolve this issue.

The center hopes that more than 1 million consumers will take the test. Researchers will continue to compile results through 2018, and the test will still be available in 2019 to further offer data to the federal government.

If you have previously taken the speed test, thank you! Your results will help researchers better pinpoint what areas of the state are still in need of accessible broadband service.
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