Aug. 16, 2019

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New District Office Opening in Snyder County
I am pleased to announce that we will be opening a new satellite office in Monroe Township, Snyder County, sometime in September. The office will be located at the Susquehanna Valley Mall, 1 Susquehanna Valley Mall Drive in Selinsgrove. We will be open to the public Monday through Friday from 1-4 p.m.

I have seen significant demand for increased access to our offices as well as direct requests from Snyder County residents, and I’m proud to enhance services for those residents. The office will also allow for additional programming opportunities; my office has been collaborating with local and state agencies for future events to be held at the office and the mall. Additional details, including the official opening date, will be announced soon.

I’m very excited for the opening of this office and look forward to continuing to serve the residents of the 108th Legislative District!

Snyder County Night Out
On Wednesday evening, my office participated with local law enforcement, first responders and community organizations at the seventh annual Snyder County Night Out, sponsored by the Snyder County Coalition for Kids. Hundreds of families attended the Night Out located at East Snyder Park, near Selinsgrove. It was my pleasure to join with so many great people in our community for such a positive event focusing on the safety and well-being of children.


Hotline to Assist Grandparents Raising Grandchildren
A new hotline to help connect thousands of grandparents who are raising their grandchildren to the resources and programs available to them is now live.

The KinConnector hotline was established through Act 89 of 2018 to address the growing number of grandparents who have become primary caregivers to their grandchildren in the Commonwealth. It is a situation that has skyrocketed in recent years as a result of the state’s opioid epidemic. An estimated 82,000 grandparents are the sole caregivers for nearly 89,000 grandchildren in Pennsylvania.

KinConnector can be reached by calling 1-866-KIN-2111 (1-866-546-2111). The KinConnector helpline is staffed by social service professionals prepared to help families understand and access local, state and federal resources. A website of resources will also be available in the near future.

First Ever “Thankful for Health Care” Community Fair
Last Friday, I attended the first ever “Thankful for Health Care” Community Fair, held at Emmanuel Home Personal Care in Northumberland. Area vendors were in attendance to distribute information about health care, and local restaurants were there to sell food. A portion of their proceeds for the day went toward Emmanuel Home’s Homegrown Community Garden project.
Thank you to all who attended and helped to make this such a great event!


Law to Eliminate Inheritance Tax for Children
Children age 21 or younger who suffer the loss of a parent will no longer have to pay the state’s 4.5% inheritance tax under a new law taking effect in January.

Act 13 of 2019 reduces the inheritance tax rate to 0% for the transfer of property to or for the use of a child 21 years of age or younger from a natural parent, adoptive parent or a stepparent of the child.

A prior law implemented a 0% tax rate on transfers from a child 21 years of age or younger to his or her parent.

The law will apply to transfers from a decedent who dies after Dec. 31, 2019.

FCC Takes Next Step in Battle Against Robocalls, Spoofing
Recognizing the frustration and potential danger posed by spam calls and spoofing, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced new rules this week that will ban malicious caller ID spoofing of text messages and foreign calls.

The rules are designed to close a loophole in existing law that prevented the agency from pursuing scammers sending spoofed text messages and international bad actors making spoofed calls to Americans.

Earlier this summer, the FCC approved rules that could make it easier for AT&T, Verizon and other telecom giants to block suspected spam calls on behalf of their subscribers. It allows the companies to enroll consumers in their call-blocking services by default, as opposed to waiting for customers to sign up for such tools on their own.

While these changes are important steps in the fight against robocalls and spoofing, no one expects they will result in their elimination. Protect yourself by using some of the following tips provided by the FCC: don’t answer calls from unknown numbers; due to spoofing, don’t assume when the caller ID shows a local number that the caller is actually local; if you answer and the caller asks you to press a button to stop receiving calls or asks you to say “yes” in response to a question, hang up to prevent your response from being used for unauthorized charges; and if a caller claims to be from a legitimate company or organization, hang up and call them back using a valid number found online or a recent bill if you do business with the organization.

If you have lost money because of a scam call, notify your local law enforcement agency. If you receive a spam call, file a complaint with the FCC Consumer Complaint Center.

Hunter-Trapper Education Courses Available
State law requires all first-time hunters and trappers, regardless of age, to successfully complete Hunter-Trapper Education training before they can buy a Pennsylvania hunting or trapping license.

Prospective hunters age 16 years or older may complete the study course entirely online. Or you may sign up for one of the classes being offered near you.

For a searchable database of classes currently scheduled, click here.

Fire, EMS Grant Program to Open First Week of September
Fire companies and ambulance services throughout Pennsylvania are encouraged to apply for the 2019-20 Fire Company, Emergency Medical Services Companies Grant Program from the Office of State Fire Commissioner.

The application period will open the first week of September and remain open for 45 days. Exact dates will be listed at closer to the grant application period opening.

Organizations may apply for a grant in up to two of six eligible funding categories. Those categories include: construction or renovation of a unit’s facility and purchase or repair of necessary fixtures and furnishings; purchase or repair of firefighting, ambulance or rescue equipment, including fuel for company vehicles; debt reduction related to the above categories; training and certification of members; training and education materials about fire prevention for the general public; and, for career fire departments only, overtime costs associated with backfilling positions while firefighters are attending training.

The maximum grant amount is $15,000 for fire companies and $10,000 for volunteer ambulance services. A total of $30 million will be awarded through the program, which is funded by state gaming proceeds.

For more information about the program, click here

Bringing the World to Central PA
Pennsylvania businesses have a unique opportunity to gain key insights on how to sell goods and services in over 50 international markets at the Bringing the World to Central PA event in Hummels Wharf, Snyder County, on Sept. 17.

The event is being operated by the SEDA-Council of Governments' (SEDA-COG's) Export Development Program, Fulton International Group and the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development.

The event is free and will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Registration is required by Sept. 3.

For more information on the event and how to register, visit the SEDA-COG website.
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