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Special Tele-Town Hall Discussion Tonight
I am inviting residents living in Bradford, Lycoming, Sullivan, Susquehanna and Union counties, as well as other interested individuals across the Commonwealth, to join me for a special telephone town hall discussion on heroin and opioid addiction.
The event will be held tonight, Monday, June 13, 2016, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., and will feature guests Barry Denk, Director of the Center for Rural Pennsylvania and Dr. Nancy Falvo, Center for Rural Pennsylvania Board Member and Professor of Nursing at Clarion University.
The tele-town hall format allows community residents to participate in a discussion on the issues without the need to travel throughout the region. Participants may ask questions or simply remain on the line to listen to the discussion. Residents can sign up for the event in advance by visiting my website at www.senatorgeneyaw.com.
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Senate Reconvenes Monday, June 13th
Bills expected to be considered by the Senate are as follows:
Senate Bill 163 clarifies that parental rights may not be terminated solely because a parent is incarcerated and addresses services available to those children.
Senate Bill 1109 amends the state Constitution to extend the state’s property tax exemption program for disabled veterans to the surviving spouse of soldiers killed in action.
Senate Bill 1113 broadens representation of crime victims on the Victims’ Services Advisory Committee within the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency.
Senate Bill 703 creates a state plumbers licensing program regulating who can call themselves a state-licensed plumbing contractor rather than who can perform plumbing services.
House Bill 147 proposed Constitutional amendment allowing local taxing authorities to exclude from taxation up to 100 percent of the assessed value of the homestead property.
House Bill 602 increases the base minimum state active duty pay for National Guard personnel.
House Bill 1325 allows for assessments of storm water fees without the need to establish a municipal authority in Second Class Townships.
House Bill 1199 repeals the 1965 Act authorizing the Department of Highways to erect and maintain a toll bridge over the Monongahela River.
House Bill 1766 allows future life insurance policy reserves to be based on Principle-Based Reserving.
The Senate Majority Policy Committee Hearing on SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) - Tuesday, 9 a.m., East Wing, Hearing Room 8E-A.
The Senate State Government Committee Hearing on SB 413 (Administrative Law Procedure and Office of Administrative Hearings) - Tuesday, 11:30 a.m., North Office Building, Hearing Room #1.
The Legislative Budget and Finance Committee Release of reports on a performance audit of the PA Fish and Boat Commission, and afterschool programs in Pennsylvania - Wednesday, 10 a.m., East Wing, Hearing Room 8E-A.
Hearings streamed live at
Consumer-Centered Liquor Reforms Signed Into Law
Last week, legislation to allow grocery stores to sell wine, increase opportunities for the sale of beer, and improve consumer convenience for overall liquor sales was signed into law.
Act 39 of 2016 provides many changes that increase customer convenience, including:
According to a detailed fiscal analysis of the bill, the plan could generate up to an additional $100 million to 150 million in profits for the state system. In addition to modernizing liquor sales, the bill also requires a comprehensive study of the valuation of the state system and various proposals to privatize liquor sales in the future.
Senate Acts to Protect Energy Jobs
The Senate approved legislation to protect family-sustaining Pennsylvania jobs placed at risk by the new federal regulations.
Senate Bill 1195 provides procedures for the General Assembly’s consideration of the Department of Environmental Protection’s implementation strategy for the Clean Power Plan before its submission to the federal Environmental Protection Agency.
Senate Bill 1195 is a compromise agreement between the General Assembly and Governor Wolf that provides important safeguards that protect local energy-producing industries and the thousands of workers they employ from overreaching regulations that could come with Pennsylvania’s compliance with the federal regulations.
Senate Bill 1195 now goes to the House of Representatives for consideration.
Bill to Deny Public Benefits to Illegal Immigrants Advances
Legislation that would deny public benefits, such as Medicaid, welfare, and unemployment compensation to illegal immigrants living in Pennsylvania passed the House State Government Committee last week.
Senate Bill 9 would require anyone receiving public benefits in the Commonwealth to provide identification proving they are legal residents. In addition, individuals would be required to sign an affidavit stating they are a United States citizen, or an immigrant lawfully residing in this country. Any illegal immigrant who falsely claims they are residing in the country legally, in order to obtain public benefits, will have committed a second degree misdemeanor and be subject to arrest.
Federal law prohibits illegal immigrants from receiving state or local public benefits.
Senate Appropriations Committee Approves Measure to Increase
Last week, I was happy to meet Sandy and Kenneth Shirk of Millmont, Union County. Accompanying the Shirk’s on their visit around the State Capitol is Rep. Fred Keller.
Department of Revenue Update
The Property Tax/Rent Rebate program deadline for older adults and residents with disabilities to apply for rebates of rent and property taxes paid in 2015 has been extended from June 30 to Dec. 31, 2016.
Each year the Department of Revenue evaluates the program as the statutory June 30 application deadline approaches to determine if funds are available to extend the deadline. To date, funding has been available to allow all who qualify to take advantage of this tax relief.
Applicants may obtain Property Tax/Rent Rebate claim forms (PA-1000) and related information online at www.revenue.pa.gov or by calling, toll-free, 1-888-222-9190.
It costs nothing to apply for a rebate, and the department reminds residents that free application assistance is available at hundreds of locations across the state, including Department of Revenue district offices, local Area Agencies on Aging, senior centers and state legislators’ offices.
Claimants who already applied for rebates may check the status of claims online at
www.revenue.pa.gov or by
calling, toll-free, 1-888-PATAXES.
Department of Health News
DumpFreePA (Surveillance camera loan program)
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