Sep. 09, 2019 / Weekly Roundup

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The latest news from the State Capitol
 
Discussing the Issues at Chamber Event


I was joined by some of my fellow representatives who represent Cumberland County to take part in the Carlisle Chamber’s legislative forum on Friday. We discussed the fiscal and regulatory polices hindering Pennsylvania’s economic growth. U.S. News ranks our state’s economy at 44 in the nation. It can be and should be better. The steppingstone to an improved economy would be to remove some the unneeded regulations businesses face.
 
 
Prepared. Not Scared.

In recognition of September being National Preparedness Month, the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency is encouraging all of us to take steps to plan for emergencies by participating in September’s 30 Days/30 Ways preparedness event. Considering the recent hurricane to sweep along the East Coast, this initiative is particularly timely.

This year’s theme for National Preparedness Month is “Prepared. Not Scared.” Much like a fire drill, knowing what to do in an emergency makes the situation a little less frightening for everyone.

Some simple steps to boost your preparedness include taking a basic first aid or CPR class, creating a family emergency plan, assembling a small kit of emergency supplies for your home and car, reviewing insurance coverage, and building up an emergency fund.

PEMA is inviting anyone who wants to participate to register here for weekly updates with helpful hints and tips to get them started on their journey to preparedness. At the end of the month, participants who fill out a brief survey about their experience will be entered to win a random drawing of a wind-up radio, flashlight or phone charger.

More information about how to prepare for an emergency, including specific information for people with access and functional needs or pets, is available on the ReadyPA webpage, www.ready.pa.gov.  
 
 
Attention, Veterans!


Join me for my Veterans’ Ice Cream Social on Monday, Sept. 30, from 6-8 p.m. at the American Legion, 301 Route 15 South in Dillsburg. All veterans and their families are invited to attend. Veterans will receive a pin to commemorate their service. Veterans and their families will also learn about services available to them. The speaker will be Dr. Kenneth Graf, who works at the Lebanon Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

Registration is required by Sunday, Sept. 22. To RSVP, contact my office at 717-432-0792, or register online here.
 
 
Capitalizing on Technology for Education

Recognizing the impact missing school can have on a student’s education, the General Assembly recently adopted two new laws to make better use of technology to limit, or even eliminate, these impacts.

Act 18 of 2019 creates the Keystone Telepresence Education Grant Program to provide funding to intermediate units for the purchase of equipment and related services to support homebound students. Telepresence technology may include a robotic device that resembles an iPad mounted on a mobile Segway unit that allows real-time communication between students who are homebound and their classrooms. The technology is valuable for children with extended absences due to chronic illness, such as cancer, or recovery from surgery or injuries.

Act 64 of 2019 allows school districts, intermediate units, area vocational-technical schools and charter schools to establish a “flexible instructional day” program to use when school is closed due to weather, damage to the school building, disease epidemic or other temporary circumstances. Under the law, no more than five flexible instructional days may be used during a school year.
Act 64 took effect on Saturday, Aug. 31, while Act 18 will take effect Sept. 26.
 
 
Schedule Your Capitol Tour!

President Theodore Roosevelt called Pennsylvania’s state Capitol “the handsomest building” he ever saw. Tours of the historic building, which highlight its artistic and architectural features as well as provide information about state government, are offered daily for individuals and groups of up to 80 people.

Reservations are required for groups of 10 or more, but all visitors interested in touring the Capitol are encouraged to make reservations through the Capitol tour office. Tour dates fill up quickly in the spring due to school field trip season.

Tour reservations may be made by calling the tour office directly at 1-800-868-7672, or call my office at 717-783-8783 and we’ll set it up for you. When you call, have your group name, total number of participants and contact information ready.

Tours are available Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturday, Sunday and most holidays at 9 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. The Capitol is closed for tours New Year’s Day, Easter Sunday, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. Weekday tours begin at the top of the hour and every half hour. The tours last between 30 and 45 minutes depending on the size of the group.

You may also explore the Capitol using the self-guided tour mobile app available at Google Play and the App Store. Self-guided tours may only be done on regular weekdays.

More information about visiting the Capitol is available here.
 
 
Welcoming a New Business to the District

I had a great time at the ribbon-cutting ceremony for Phoenix Rehabilitation and Health Services in Etters! I’m pictured with Monica Johnson, the physical therapist who is heading up Phoenix’s new facility. Welcome to the 92nd District!
 
 
Fighting Back Against Spotted Lanternfly

Recognizing the devastating impact the ongoing spread of spotted lanternfly could have on key sectors of the state’s agriculture industry, the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture is again inviting students to help spread the word about this threat.

For the second year in a row, first- through eighth-grade students are being invited to submit entries in a calendar contest designed to educate people about this invasive insect that was first identified in Berks County but has since spread to more than a dozen counties in the eastern and central regions of the state. Spotted lanternfly could be devastating to the state’s grape, hops and hardwoods industries.

All entries must include one fact about spotted lanternfly with artwork created by the student in an 11-by-17-inch, horizontal poster format. A completed contest submission form must be attached or emailed with each entry. All entries must be original artwork; no copies will be accepted.

More than 800 entries were received for the 2018 calendar contest. This year’s competition runs through Oct. 31. For contest rules and additional information, click here.
 
 
Register Now for my Farmers’ Breakfast

 
Residents interested in attending my free annual Farmer’s Breakfast, scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 10, and sponsored by PennAg Industries Association and Seneca Foods, should register now. This year the breakfast is from 8-10 a.m. at the Wellsville Fire Company, 95 Community St., Wellsville. The deadline to RSVP is Friday, Sept. 30.

During this informative event, attendees will receive an update on issues that impact them. The guest speaker this year is Jennifer Reed-Harry, an assistant vice president at PennAg Industries. She will speak about water issues the agricultural industry is facing.

There have been a lot of new and expanded efforts in agricultural programming in Pennsylvania. Understanding the challenges and pressures the state’s agriculture industry has been enduring, lawmakers worked with agricultural communities, businesses and stakeholders to develop a strategy to help agriculture grow in Pennsylvania. I’m excited to share these new opportunities and resources with farmers in my district.

Make sure you don’t miss my annual Farmers’ Breakfast where you’ll learn not only about the new programs, but how to successfully access them as well.

The deadline to reserve a seat is Monday, Sept. 30. To RSVP, call my office at 717-432-0792, or go online to www.RepKeefer.com and click on the events tab.
   
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