Apr. 01, 2019

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Weekly Roundup
The latest news from the State Capitol
Ensuring Seniors Stay Eligible for PACE and PACENET

This week, the House Aging and Older Adult Services Committee approved a package of bills designed to help seniors in need continue to receive PACE and PACENET prescription drug benefits.

House Bill 754 would ensure any individual enrolled in PACE and PACENET as of Dec. 31, 2018, remains eligible if their maximum income limit is exceeded due solely to a Social Security cost-of-living adjustment.

House Bill 375 would exclude the cashing of savings bonds for seniors age 65 and older from being counted towards income when applying for lottery funded programs, including PACE and PACENET.

The final part of the package, House Bill 684, would remove the value of federal veterans’ disability payments and the value of all state service-connected payments from income eligibility calculations for the PACE and PACENET programs.

The bills now go to the full House for consideration.
Firearm Owner Rights and Responsibilities Seminar

My Firearm Owner Rights and Responsibilities Seminar is just around the corner and you still have time to sign up to attend! The seminar will be held at the Franklintown Fire Company, 107 Baltimore Road, Franklintown, on Wednesday, April 3, from 6-8 p.m.

This seminar is an excellent opportunity for potential and existing gunowners to learn more about their rights under the Second Amendment and how to responsibly carry firearms. I encourage residents interested in firearms safety and rights to attend this free seminar.

Attorney Matt Menges will discuss gun laws and will answer questions from the audience.

Space is limited, so interested individuals should RSVP as soon as possible by calling my district office at 717-432-0792. Those interested in attending can also register online at RepKeefer.com.
Turnpike Summer Employment

Applications for the 2019 Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission Summer Employment Program are now being accepted. All applications MUST be submitted online at www.paturnpike.com/employment, and applications should select “SUMMER WORK” in the first step of the registration process. Copies of online applications should be sent to my Harrisburg office by Monday, April 15.
Details of the summer program are as follows:
  • All eligible applicants must be at least l8 years of age and have completed a secondary education program such as high school or GED at the time of hiring.
  • Toll collectors must be available to work any of the three shifts over a 24-hour period including weekends and holidays on the basis of a 40-hour week.
  • The pay is $12/hour for toll collectors, $12/hour for maintenance, $12/hour for clerk and $14.50/hour for engineering positions.
  • The summer employment program runs between May l and Sept. 30.
Host Small Business Outreach Event

To assist current and potential business owners, I will host the Shippensburg University Small Business Development Center (SBDC) for a Small Business Outreach Day event at my office, 12 N. Baltimore St., on Tuesday, April 9, from 1-3 p.m.

We have been working to pass legislation in the House to improve career opportunities for all Pennsylvanians. This event perfectly complements our efforts of ensuring everyone has access to good-paying jobs and the opportunity to move up the economic ladder.

The SBDC provides no-cost, confidential professional business consulting assistance to small business owners and entrepreneurs planning to start a small business.

The Small Business Outreach Day is geared toward people who are:
  • Considering starting a new business and need help researching the idea or obtaining funding.
  • Seeking to grow a business via expansion at a current location or by exploring new markets.
  • In need of assistance to address current business challenges.
  • Exploring purchasing an existing business and need to develop a business plan.
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