Dec. 17, 2018

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Clean Slate Law Taking Effect – PA Has First in the Nation

Pennsylvanians with low-level offenses on their records who have gone 10 years without a subsequent arrest, prosecution or conviction will have their records automatically sealed under a new law taking effect this month.

Act 56 of 2018, which I voted for when it passed the House last year, allows records of second and third-degree misdemeanor criminal convictions to be automatically sealed after a 10-year period without subsequent offenses. The law does not apply to violent offenses or those committed with a firearm or other dangerous item; sexual offenses; cruelty to animals; or corruption of minors.

This legislation balances the opportunity for low-level, nonviolent offenders to move forward, while at the same time not shielding the records of violent criminals. Pennsylvania was the first state in the nation to enact this “clean slate” legislation.
 
 
Honoring Our Veterans

I recently attended a ceremony, during which Korean War veterans were presented the Korean Ambassador for Peace Medal, at the James A. Danner VFW Post No. 537 in Etters.

I was honored to help U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey’s (R-PA) office and the government of the Republic of Korea recognize these veterans for the sacrifices they made during the war.
 
 
Eagle Cam Now Live

The livestream of a bald-eagle nest near Codorus State Park in Hanover is now live! This is the fifth year the live feed of the nest is available for viewing.

In the livestream’s first four seasons, the state Game Commission had secured permission for audio and video equipment and components to be installed at the nest, and the 24-7 livestream was made possible through services donated by HDOnTap and Comcast Business. This year, the livestream is made possible through a private partnership with HDOnTap, which secured the permit after the Game Commission decided it would explore a new livestream opportunity expected to launch early next year.

To view the Eagle Cam, click here.
 
 
Applications for 2019 Pennsylvania House Scholarships Now Available

High school seniors interested in receiving financial assistance to help pay for college can now apply for a Pennsylvania House of Representatives Scholarship.

Each year the program awards four-year scholarships to two students preparing for post-secondary education. The scholarship is privately funded by individual and corporate donors; no tax or other public funds are used. It is administered through the Foundation for Enhancing Communities.

The program is open to graduating high school seniors who are Pennsylvania residents with plans to attend a Pennsylvania college, university or career school as a full-time student.

Students must have attained a minimum 3.0 cumulative grade point average in high school to be eligible for a scholarship. Other factors taken into consideration are a student’s commitment to community, leadership qualities, extracurricular activities and financial need.

The application is available through the foundation’s website at www.tfec.org. Once on the site, click on the “Scholarship” tab at the top of the page. Then click on any of the counties listed underneath or the link entitled “any other county in the state of Pennsylvania” to access the scholarship information. The application deadline is March 1, 2019.
 
 
New Tool to Fight Drug and Alcohol Addiction

Building on the work of lawmakers to develop policies to combat the opioid crisis, the Departments of Drug and Alcohol Programs and Human Services recently unveiled a Drug and Alcohol Referral Tool (DART) to help individuals identify drug and alcohol treatment options and support services for themselves or a loved one.

DART is not a diagnostic assessment and does not gauge eligibility for any programs. It is designed to assist people who are looking for services but are not sure where to begin. Users get the results based off their answers to survey questions. They can skip a question at any point.

After completing the questionnaire, people can email, download, and/or print their results. The tool does not ask any identifying information and does not save answers after the tool is closed.

The tool is a free, anonymous resource and can be found here.
 
 
Save the Date for My Open House

I am personally inviting you to an Open House at my office, located at 12 N. Baltimore St. in Dillsburg, on Thursday, Jan. 10, from 4-6 p.m.

Residents of the 92nd District are encouraged to attend, tour the office and learn what my staff and I can do to assist you with state-related issues. Light refreshments will be served.

For more information, call my office at (717) 432-0792.
 
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