Apr. 15, 2019

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Weekly Roundup
The latest news from the State Capitol
 
Honoring Our Fallen Marines

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Pennsylvania learned that we lost two Marines from York County. Sgt. Ben Hines and Staff Sgt. Christopher K.A. Slutman, both of Echo Company, 2nd Battalion, 25th Marines in Harrisburg, and Cpl. Robert A. Hendriks of Locust Valley, New York, were killed serving in Afghanistan.

My colleague, Rep. Frank Ryan, helped us honor these brave Marines on the House floor. May they rest in peace. Semper Fi.
 
 
Meeting with Nurse-Family Partnership


I met with folks from Nurse-Family Partnership this past week at the Capitol. Nurse-Family Partnership works with first-time mothers to better their lives, and the futures of their children.
 
 
Strengthening Protections for Victims of Crime

With last week being National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, the House began working through a package of bills designed to help protect victims of crime.

A cornerstone of this package is Marsy’s Law, House Bill 276, which seeks to amend the state Constitution by adding a victim’s bill of rights.

The other bills we passed in the House are:
  • House Bill 502 would ensure victims can attend proceedings against their abusers.

  • House Bill 503 would help victims and witnesses with intellectual disabilities or autism to submit out-of-court statements rather than face their perpetrators in court.

  • House Bill 504 would shield rape victims from irrelevant cross examination by ensuring prior sexual assaults or other prior acts of victimization against a rape victim cannot be used at trial for the purpose of attacking the victim’s character.

  • House Bill 505 would expand the types of crimes in which out-of-court statements by child victims or child witnesses could be admitted by the court, avoiding further trauma for the affected children.

The bills now head to the Senate for consideration. Learn more about efforts to protect crime victims in Pennsylvania here.
      
 
PA is Stronger than Hate


During a special joint session of the General Assembly, I proudly supported House Resolution 214 to honor the victims of the terror attack at the Tree of Life synagogue last fall in Pittsburgh.

Prior to the vote, we held a moving memorial for the 11 victims and the seven people injured in this senseless attack. This act of violence was an attack on our way of life. I deeply condemn such hate.

Though this was undoubtedly a tragedy, I was moved by the stories of how the Pittsburgh community and beyond rallied around the victims, survivors and the congregation in their time of need. Such support shows we are, indeed, stronger than hate.
 
 
Give PennDOT Feedback

PennDOT is looking for Pennsylvanians to give feedback on its winter services and communications.

You can provide your input by taking PennDOT’s 10-question survey, which asks about how often you travel in poor weather, how you rate PennDOT’s winter service, and how you rank its snow-removal priorities.

The survey also asks how you receive PennDOT’s roadway information, and if you use Pennsylvania’s 511PA system for traffic and incident information, and winter roadway conditions.

You can take the survey by clicking here.
 
 
Weekly Roadwork Updates

With warmer weather hopefully right around the corner, PennDOT crews are out working on our roads. Did you know you can easily find out which roads are being worked on?

Simply go to my website, www.RepKeefer.com, and click on the “Construction Update” icons on the right of the page.
 
 
Grateful for the Recognition


I was honored to receive the “Champion of the Merit Shop” award from the Associated Builders & Contractors (ABC) of Pennsylvania for my work during the 2017-18 Legislative Session.
 
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