May. 13, 2019

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The latest news from the State Capitol
#GovtDoneRight Requires Efficiency, Transparency, Fiscal Responsibility

As part of our “Government Done Right” initiative, House Republicans passed additional bills to increase transparency, save taxpayers money and improve the efficiency of government.

House Bill 880 would extend and accelerate the reduction of the debt ceiling for the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program by $500 million over five years. Lowering our debt reduces the financial burden of current and future taxpayers.

To ensure businesses get effective and efficient treatment when navigating the Commonwealth’s legal system, the House voted to create Commerce Courts. Under House Bill 332, these courts would have judges dedicated to hearing and deciding complex business-related cases, including acquisitions, mergers, dissolutions and liquidations, among other items.

The bills now go to the Senate for its consideration.

For more information on this initiative, click here.
Honoring Our State Champions

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I had the privilege of welcoming to the House floor three state champions – swimmer Kate Luft, wrestler Kyle Swartz and runner Marlee Starliper – from Northern York High School. The entire 92nd Legislative District is proud of our three state champions.

I encourage you to watch the above video to learn more about our champions!
Why I Ditched My State Pension

You may recall the General Assembly passed legislation in 2017 to revamp the state employee pension system and shift employees hired after Jan. 1, 2019, to 401K-style plans. Currently employees, including lawmakers, were also given the option to switch from a traditional pension to one of two offered plans.

I was one of just 20 members to make the switch. I believe in leading by example. I have been a proponent of pension reform and voted for the bill. Though I believe we must do more to scale back pension costs taxpayers incur, this law is a step, albeit a very small step, in the right direction. Switching to the new system was an easy choice to make.
Volunteers Needed for Senior Games

2019 York County Senior Games will be held June 17 through June 21 and volunteers are needed to help.

Volunteering at the games is great opportunity for adult civic organizations, church groups, high school and college students or businesses. All volunteers must be at least 14 years of age. To learn more about volunteer opportunities, call 717-771-9001 or email

To learn more about volunteering and the games, click here.
Be Aware of New Phone Scams

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) advises there’s a new scam of “One Ring” or “Wangiri” robocalls targeting specific area codes in bursts, often calling multiple times in the middle of the night. These calls are likely trying to prompt consumers to call the number back, often resulting in per-minute toll charges similar to a 900 number. Consumers should not call these numbers back.

Recent reports indicate these calls are using the “222” country code of the West African nation of Mauritania. Generally, the One Ring scam takes place when a robocaller calls a number and hangs up after a ring or two. They may call repeatedly, hoping the consumer calls back and runs up a toll.

Consumer tips:
  • Do not call back unrecognized numbers, especially those appearing to originate overseas.
  • File a complaint with the FCC if you received these calls:
  • If you never make international calls, consider talking to your phone company about blocking outbound international calls to prevent accidental toll calls.
  • Check your phone bill for charges you don’t recognize.
Advances in technology allow massive amounts of calls to be made cheaply and easily. In addition, spoofing tools make it easy for scammers to mask their identity. The FCC is working to combat scam calls with enforcement actions, a strong push for caller ID authentication, and support for call blocking tools.
House in Session This Week

The House is back in session this week. You can stay up on all the latest news on my website, and the House GOP site,, where you can also find this week’s schedule.
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