Feb. 03, 2017

The Weekly Roundup
#Listrak\DateStampLong# The latest news from the State Capitol
Forum on PA’s Heroin and Opioid Epidemic
Later this month, I will be co-hosting a public discussion with U.S. Congressman Lou Barletta on Pennsylvania’s heroin and opioid epidemic. The forum will take place on Wednesday, Feb. 22, from 5-7 p.m. in the Ceddia Union Building at Shippensburg University.

Our panelists include health care professionals and law enforcement officials who will speak about the extent of the drug crisis in our communities and the efforts underway to resolve it. You are encouraged to attend this important event and learn how you can be part of the solution.
House Readies for Budget Address 

The House and Senate will convene in a joint session of the Pennsylvania General Assembly on Tuesday, Feb. 7, to hear Gov. Tom Wolf’s budget proposal for the third year of his administration.

In a preview of his address, Wolf has pledged not to ask for an increase in the state’s sales or incomes taxes. He is also seeking to consolidate four state agencies – the departments of Human Services, Health, Aging, and Drug and Alcohol Programs – into one Department of Health and Human Services.

Lawmakers will be looking to study the details of such a proposal, along with other ways the state can save taxpayer money and fund core functions of government in the most efficient way possible. For the past several years, the House has been able to meet budgetary needs while not relying on increases in broad-based taxes.

To watch the governor’s address live, log onto www.RepKeller.com beginning at 11:30 a.m. The address is expected to begin closer to noon. 
How to Navigate a Roundabout
PennDOT has launched a video to assist drivers and pedestrians in navigating roundabouts. The video instructs viewers how to use both single and multi-lane roundabouts whether in a vehicle, on a bicycle or on foot.

A modern roundabout is a type of circular intersection where traffic flows continuously in a counterclockwise direction around a central island and where the entry traffic must yield to the circulating traffic. The Federal Highway Administration encourages implementing roundabouts as they have been proven to significantly improve safety and reduce traffic delays.
 You can watch the video here.
Thank You, PAA 
I was truly humbled to be named the Pennsylvania Auctioneers Association’s (PAA) Outstanding Legislator of 2016. I am honored to be the first legislator to receive the award in recognition of a new law I sponsored that updates Pennsylvania’s auction regulations. PAA President Bill Anderson Jr. made the presentation during the organization's recent conference.