Jan. 13, 2017

The Weekly Roundup
The latest news from the State Capitol



Farm Show Attracts Large Crowds
The 101st Farm Show will wrap up Saturday, with hundreds of thousands of visitors expected to walk through the doors at the Farm Show Complex near Harrisburg.

Locally, the 86th District is boasting a number of blue-ribbon winners. Be sure to check out the list on the Farm Show website. The site also includes hundreds of photos from the week and recipes from the award-winning baking contests.

I spent a lot of time there and had the chance to meet up with many folks from our area. You can find more photos from Farm Show week on my Facebook page.



Beer Sales Changes Start Saturday
Under a new law aimed at improving customer convenience, consumers will be able to buy six-packs and refillable growlers at the state’s beer distributorships starting this Saturday.

The law also allows retail licensees to start selling on Sundays at 9 a.m. instead of 11 a.m.; permits the direct shipment of up to 192 fluid ounces of beer to a customer per month; and allows liquor to be sold before, during and after professional and amateur athletic events.

The new law is the latest in a series of steps taken by lawmakers to make beer, wine and liquor sales more convenient to consumers. Among the most recent changes was allowing the sale of wine at approved grocery stores. 

Testing Your Home for Radon

The Department of Environmental Protection is urging Pennsylvanians to test their homes for radon in January as part of national Radon Action Month. The colorless, odorless and radioactive gas is a known human carcinogen.

Winter is an ideal time to test, because doors and windows are generally closed, producing the most conservative results. High levels of radon tend to be found in basements, but the gas can be found anywhere in the home. Simple radon test kits are inexpensive and available at home improvement and hardware stores.

Due to its geology, Pennsylvania is prone to high radon levels, and has been detected in all 67 counties, with about 40 percent of homes having levels above national safety standards.