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Religious Exemptions for Well Water Regulations

 Click here to view video.

During the House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee hearing on Wednesday, I provided comments on House Bill 707. This bill would clarify existing law that religious institutions are not public water systems when they are relying upon their own privately-owned water wells as their water source.

I urge you to watch the above video to learn more about this issue.
 
 
Attention Hunters! Licenses Go on Sale Monday, June 17

Hunting licenses for the 2019-20 hunting season go on sale this Monday, June 17, across the state.

All license buyers will receive a complimentary copy of the 2019-20 Pennsylvania Hunting and Trapping Digest.  A pocket guide for the upcoming season, including key details about general hunting regulations, hunting hours, fluorescent orange requirements, a map of the Wildlife Management Units and season dates and bag limits, is also available to be printed.Click here to find a licensing agent near you

Click here to purchase your new license online (on or after June 17). For more information about hunting seasons, safety and more, visit www.pgc.pa.gov.
 
 
Property Tax/Rent Rebate Deadline Extended to Dec. 31

Older adults and Pennsylvanians with disabilities now have until Dec. 31 to apply for the state’s 2018 Property Tax/Rent Rebate program. The original deadline was June 30.

The rebate program benefits eligible Pennsylvanians age 65 and older; widows and widowers age 50 and older; and people with disabilities age 18 and older. The income limit is $35,000 a year for homeowners and $15,000 annually for renters, and half of Social Security income is excluded. The maximum standard rebate is $650, but supplemental rebates for certain qualifying homeowners can boost rebates to $975.

As of June 1, the department had received 432,411 rebate applications. As specified by law, rebate distributions cannot begin until July 1. After June 30, rebates will be distributed as claims are received and processed. Applications typically take six to eight weeks to process.

For the 2017 program year, more than $253 million was paid to income-eligible seniors and people with disabilities who applied for rebates on rent and property taxes.

Eligibility information and forms are available on my website at www.RepKeefer.com or by contacting my office. Residents are reminded that assistance in filling out the applications is available free of charge at my district office.

Claimants who already applied for rebates may check the status of claims online at www.revenue.pa.gov by clicking on the “Where’s My Property Tax/Rent Rebate?” link. Claimants may also call, toll-free, 1-888-PATAXES to check the status of their rebates.
 
 
Calpine Opens Latest York County Facility


It was a pleasure to join my colleagues from the House and Senate to celebrate the dedication of Calpine’s York 2 Energy Center in Peach Bottom Township. Calpine is the country's largest generator of electricity from natural gas and geothermal resources. We are thrilled Calpine opted to expand operations at its York County facility.
 
 
Ensuring Sexual Harassment is not Hidden

Recognizing the rampant problem of sexual harassment in the workplace, the House approved legislation this week to help prevent these offenses – and the offenders – from being hidden and dealt with.

House Bill 849 would prohibit employers from requiring employees and prospective employees to sign a nondisclosure agreement related to sexual harassment as a condition of employment.

This would ensure workers who face sexual harassment in the workplace can exercise their voice to report such egregious offenses they may suffer at the hands of a co-worker or superior. Employees and employers would still be able to voluntarily enter into such agreements.

The bill now goes to the Senate for consideration.
 
 
Follow This Trail for Sweet Treats!

There’s nothing like a delicious ice cream cone or sundae on a warm summer day or night…or both!

To help Pennsylvanians find the best of the best and support local farms, the state departments of Agriculture and Community and Economic Development have unveiled an expanded Pennsylvania Ice Cream Trail program for 2019.

The program includes a passport that visitors can have stamped at each of 32 stops, including some that are close to the district, along the three trails in eastern, southcentral and western Pennsylvania. More information about creameries on the trail, including a downloadable passport and prize information, can be found by clicking here. Be sure to post your pictures to social media using the #PursueYourScoops hashtag.

The trails officially opened June 1 in conjunction with the start of Dairy Month in Pennsylvania. The Commonwealth is ranked sixth in total milk production nationally, with 525,000 cows producing more than 10.8 billion pounds of milk each year. We have the second largest number of dairy farms in the country, second only to Wisconsin. The average herd size is around 80 cows, and 99% of all dairy farms in Pennsylvania are family owned.
 
 
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, www.RepKeefer.com and the House GOP site, www.PAHouseGOP.com, where you can also find this week’s schedule.
 
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