Office Locations 
District Office
12 North Baltimore Street
Dillsburg PA 17019
Phone: (717) 432-0792
FAX: (717) 432- 0795
Hours: M - F
9:00 am - 4:30 pm

Capitol Office
422 Irvis Office
PO Box 202092
Harrisburg PA 17120-2092
Phone: (717) 783-8783
FAX: (717) 782-2920

                                             
#GoodJobs4PA bills approved
3/18/2019
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Matching Good-Paying Jobs with the Right Training

House Republicans are focusing on good jobs and careers for all Pennsylvanians, working to improve our workforce development and career and technical education opportunities, and advancing policies to help transition people from minimum wage jobs to family-sustaining careers.

A package of bills to help us achieve these goals earned committee approval and will now advance to the full House for a vote.

This package includes bills that would boost awareness of workforce needs and increase the flexibility for secondary CTE programs. Bills would also create a comprehensive online CTE resource center and coordinate a state-level career exploration and workforce development opportunities.

Improving the way CTE works in Pennsylvania also would include putting at least one K-12 career and technical center administrator on each Workforce Development Board and creating a database with information on where courses, programs, certificates, and diplomas transfer among public schools and institutions of higher education. To learn more about #GoodJobs4PA, click here.
 
 
Celebrating Pennsylvania’s Charter


To mark the 338th anniversary of the founding of Pennsylvania, I visited the Penn Charter, signed in 1681. The royal charter signed by King Charles II granted the then Province of Pennsylvania to its founder, William Penn.
 
 
Committee Hearing Focuses on Employment Issues in Health Care

The House Health Committee, on which I serve, heard testimony about difficulty in attracting doctors and other health care employees to Pennsylvania.

Experts from across the state who testified said burdensome government regulations have contributed to “burnout” and pushed younger doctors and nurses to move out of Pennsylvania. They also discussed issues with finding qualified candidates to fill important roles, including nurses and technicians.

As the session continues, the House will look at ways we can remove these barriers and help improve training for these important positions.
 
 
Protecting Second Amendment Rights

You have probably heard about a bill to require all gunowners in Pennsylvania to register their firearms and themselves with the state or face having their legally owned guns taken from them.

As a defender of the Second Amendment and legal gunowners, I will never support this measure, or any others like it.

House Bill 768, would require legal firearm owners to apply with the Pennsylvania State Police for a certification verifying that they can legally own their firearm. These individuals are required under the bill to not only register but register every firearm they own. Additionally, applicants for the certification must provide the state police with a picture of themselves and submit themselves to fingerprinting. Should an individual fail to complete the certification, he or she would have to surrender all firearms.

This bill is both radical in its proposal and troubling for how it violates several constitutional rights of Pennsylvanians. First this legislation violates an individual’s constitutional rights to own a firearm. Additionally, the legislation violates the constitutional right to privacy recognized by the Supreme Court in landmark cases such as Griswold v Connecticut and Lawrence v Texas.
 
 
Firearm Owner Rights and Responsibilities Seminar

To better inform gunowners of their rights and responsibilities, I will hold a Firearm Owner Rights and Responsibilities Seminar at the Franklintown Fire Company, 107 Baltimore Road, Franklintown, on Wednesday, April 3, from 6-8 p.m. A second seminar will be held in Fairview Township in May.

This seminar is an excellent opportunity for potential and existing gunowners to learn more about their rights under the Second Amendment and how to responsibly carry firearms. I encourage residents interested in firearms safety and rights to attend this free seminar.

Attorney Matt Menges will discuss gun laws and will answer questions from the audience.

Space is limited, so interested individuals should RSVP as soon as possible by calling my district office at 717-432-0792. Those interested in attending can also register online at RepKeefer.com.
 
 
Troop 284 Arrow of Light Ceremony


It was my privilege to serve as the guest speaker during Boy Scout Troop 284’s Arrow of Light Ceremony in Lewisberry. Thanks for having me, scouts!
 
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12 North Baltimore Street,Dillsburg, PA 17019 | 717-432-0792
422 Irvis Office, PO Box 202092, Harrisburg PA 17120-2092 | (717) 783-8783 / 3-8783
Email Address: DKeefer@pahousegop.com
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