Nov. 25, 2019 / Weekly Roundup

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#Listrak\DateStampLong# The latest news from the State Capitol
 
 
Bill to Make “No Trespassing” Markings More Noticeable Goes to the Governor

To give landowners more options when marking their property, the Senate approved my legislation to allow property owners to use purple paint to indicate that trespassing onto the land is not permitted. It now goes to the governor for his signature.

Too often, no trespassing signs become tattered or illegible over time, or are removed by trespassers, making it difficult for people to know or easily recognize they are entering private property. This purple paint would make it easier to delineate property lines and provide notice that private property is not to be trespassed on.
House Bill 1772 provides landowners with the option of using commercially available purple paints. The bill also specifies that the stripes must be at least 8 inches long and 8 inches wide, between 3 and 5 feet above the ground on trees or posts and are placed no more than 100 feet apart.
 
 
Plan to Improve PA Financial Outlook

 
Click here to view video. 

I took part in a Capitol news conference to unveil an aggressive plan to put Pennsylvania on a sound financial course and prevent it from going into default, which is inevitable if nothing changes.

The way that we budget in Pennsylvania is best described as fiscal evasion. We must get our fiscal house in order. If not, the consequences will be dire and would impact all residents of the Commonwealth. This package of bills puts Pennsylvania on the correct course to avert financial catastrophe.

To learn more about the issues facing Pennsylvania, I urge you to watch the above video and click here.

To watch the full press conference, click here.  
 
 
Bill to Curb Gifts to Lawmakers, Staffers Clears Committee

As a member of the State Government Committee, I had the privilege of voting in support of House Bill 1945 to prohibit public officers, public employees and candidates for public office from accepting a gift of cash in any amount.

These individuals would also be prohibited from accepting any gift that has either a fair market value or an aggregate actual cost of more than $50 from any one person in a calendar year. In addition, they would be prohibited from accepting hospitality, transportation or lodging that has either a fair market value of an aggregate actual cost of more than $500 from any one person in a calendar year.
 
 
Working Toward a Healthier PA

Continuing our commitment to delivering affordable and accessible health care options for Pennsylvania families regardless of where they live, the House advanced several health-related initiatives this week.

With prescription drugs playing an important role in both treatment and preventive care, we approved bills addressing the Commonwealth’s use of pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs). The measures aim to remove gag clauses that prevent pharmacists from advising their patients of options to save money on their prescriptions by bypassing insurance and ensure fair pricing and accountability regarding the use of PBMs for the state’s Medicaid program.

Other measures adopted by the House include additions to the state’s newborn screening procedures and requiring patients being prescribed opioids to have a treatment agreement with a prescriber to ensure they understand the risk of addiction, dangers of overdose and their responsibility regarding treatment.

Learn more about the #HealthierPA initiative here.

 
 
 
Happy Thanksgiving!

For nearly four centuries, Americans have come together in the spirit of thanksgiving. From the earliest traditions that began in Plymouth, Mass., to the first official national observance in 1863, families have gathered in November to celebrate bountiful harvests and all that has been given to them.

In honor of the Thanksgiving holiday on Nov. 28, state offices will be closed on Thursday, and my office will also be closed on Friday, Nov. 29. PennDOT Driver License Centers will also be closed Nov. 28 and 29. If you are traveling, be sure to check www.511pa.com for the latest traffic and weather information.

From my family to yours, may you all have a safe, healthy and happy Thanksgiving.
 
 
Supporting Small Businesses

With small business serving as the economic engine of our communities, Pennsylvania consumers are encouraged to shop small on Small Business Saturday, Nov. 30.

According to the Pennsylvania Small Business Development Center, there are nearly 1 million small businesses in Pennsylvania, which employ nearly half of the state’s workforce. Small firms make up more than 99% of the state’s employers.

According to the U.S. Small Business Administration, a 2018 survey found total reported spending among U.S. consumers who said they shopped at independent retailers and restaurants on the day reached a record high of an estimated $17.8 billion.

Learn more about Small Business Saturday here.
 
 
Safety Tips for this Hunting Season

As you prepare to head out to our fields and forests, be sure to keep safety in mind. The Pennsylvania Game Commission offers these important tips:

Basic Safety
  • Positively identify the target – Be sure you are shooting at legal game and not another hunter. And never shoot at sounds or movement.
  • Know your zone of fire and never shoot at game moving between you and someone else.
  • Wear the mandated amount of fluorescent orange clothing and use layers of clothing that wick moisture, insulate and block wind or rain to help keep you safe and comfortable.
  • Let someone know where you are hunting and when you will return. They should alert authorities if you do not return at the appointed time.
  • Carry a basic survival kit and know how to use it.
Firearms Safety
  • Handle all firearms as if they’re loaded. Never assume they are unloaded and double check to be sure.
  • Always point the muzzle in a safe direction and don’t put your finger on the trigger until you are ready to shoot.
  • Unload and place your firearm on the ground before crossing a fence, log or other obstacle, or climbing a tree.
  • Shoot only when a safe and adequate backstop exists. Don’t shoot at hard, flat surfaces, water or a target on the horizon.
For more information, visit the Pennsylvania Game Commission website at www.pgc.pa.gov.
 
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