Mar. 09, 2020 / Weekly Roundup

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#Listrak\DateStampLong# The latest news from the State Capitol
Appearance on Capitol Beat

In case you missed my appearance on FOX43’s Capitol Beat, you can watch it by clicking here.
Update on Shawn’s Law

This is an extremely disheartening story. You may recall I introduced House Bill 1827 to increase criminal penalties for people convicted of aiding or encouraging another person to commit suicide. People who guide or encourage others to kill themselves are committing murder by proxy. Our justice system must be given more tools in the form of harsher sentences to combat this evil. It seems to me that such an enhancement is needed to send a message that the actions of these disturbed people will not be tolerated. You can read about the bill by clicking here.

The bill is named Shawn’s Law for Shawn Shatto, who killed herself in her parent’s Newberry Township home after she received a step-by-step guide on how to commit suicide from an online chat forum. Shawn's death is being called a "success story" by people on these forums. This is just disgusting.

I urge you to watch a recent news story on what’s happening by clicking here.

Question About Growing Hemp and Marijuana

Click here to view video.
As a member of the House Health Committee, I raised questions about growing hemp during a hearing to examine the impact of Cannabidiol (CBD)—an active ingredient in cannabis which can be purchased off the shelf—on Pennsylvania’s Medical Marijuana program. You can watch the above video to learn more.
Cumberland and York Now Part of Spotted Lanternfly Quarantine Zone

Twelve counties, including York and Cumberland, have been added to Pennsylvania's Spotted Lanternfly quarantine zone ahead of the 2020 spring hatch. With this addition, the quarantine for this invasive pest is now at 26 counties. To learn more, click here.

Legislation proposes another $3 million to combat Spotted Lanternfly, plus an extra $1 million that is uncommitted to readily act in the event of the next agricultural disaster.

Businesses that operate in or travel through quarantined counties are required to obtain a Spotted Lanternfly permit; fines associated with noncompliance can be up to $300 for a criminal citation or up to $20,000 for a civil penalty. Homeowners with questions about treatment are encouraged to contact their local Penn State Extension office or learn about management, including approved sprays, online. Pennsylvanians who live inside the quarantine zone should also review and sign the Compliance Checklist for residents.

The Penn State Extension offers learning materials and training, including a program about the Spotted Lanternfly. You can learn more about programs it offers by clicking here.

For more information about the Spotted Lanternfly and the quarantine, check out this article from the Carlisle Sentinel.
Learning More About Fish and Boat Commission Initiatives

I joined fellow House members in attending a legislative lunch with the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission. We learned about trout opening day, mentored youth trout fishing, trout stocking, licenses, the boat facility grant program, and much more. They also informed me that Lake Marburg at Codorus State Park will benefit from a $10,000 bass stocking initiative this year!! Stay tuned for more details. Don’t forget to buy that fishing license or register your boat. Go to for more info.
Reminder: REAL ID Enforcement to Begin Oct. 1

Effective Oct. 1, the federal government will require all citizens to use a REAL ID or other federally accepted form of identification to board a commercial flight (including domestic flights) or visit a secure federal building that requires ID at the door.

REAL ID is optional for Pennsylvanians, but if you plan to fly or visit a secure federal building and choose not to obtain a REAL ID, you will need another form of federally accepted identification, such as a U.S. passport or passport card or a military ID.

To date, more than 700,000 Pennsylvanians have chosen to get a REAL ID-compliant product. Based on data from other states with optional REAL ID programs, PennDOT anticipates that approximately 1.3 million of its customers will get a REAL ID before the federal enforcement deadline of Oct. 1.

Federal regulations require that to be issued a REAL ID-compliant product, PennDOT must verify documents that ensure proof of identity, such as a certified copy of a birth certificate; Social Security number; current, physical Pennsylvania address; and all legal name changes. Customers can bring the required documents to any PennDOT Driver License Center. A list of accepted documents for verification may be found here.

My office can help you obtain a certified copy of your birth certificate. Simply call my office at 717-432-0792 for more information.

More information about REAL ID in Pennsylvania, including frequently asked questions, can be found at
Aerial Powerline Inspections

You may see a helicopter, like the one pictured above, flying low to the ground. Have no fear, the helicopter will be performing Comprehensive Visual Inspections on the Met-Ed 115kV transmission lines. These inspections are expected to take approximately two weeks to complete but as always, inclement weather or any non-routine and outage patrols could prolong completion.

Additional aerial inspections are expected to happen toward the end of the month as well.
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