May. 03, 2019

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The latest news from the State Capitol
 
My Motorcycle Procession Safety Bill Advances

Legislation I am sponsoring that would improve highway safety by affording certain rights to organized motorcycle processions was overwhelmingly approved by the House this week. House Bill 634 now goes to the Senate for consideration.

Under my proposal, such processions, which are often charity events, would have many of the same rights that funeral processions currently receive in Pennsylvania. The bill would make these rides safer for both the participants and other motorists by bringing them into compliance with the state Vehicle Code. Learn more here.
 
 
Good News for PA Budget, Taxpayers

We have some great economic news to report related to the state budget! State revenue collections are more than $828 million ahead of estimates with two months to go in the current fiscal year. But that does not mean we should be spending it all.

House and Senate Republicans held a news conference this week to stress our intention to devote much of the additional funding to building up the state’s reserves to help ensure we can weather the next economic slowdown.

The Commonwealth’s revenue growth is the result of pro-growth policies and our commitment to standing up for taxpayers – and rejecting the excessive taxes and spending proposed by the governor over the last several years.

We will continue that commitment through this year’s budget negotiations. A final 2019-20 state budget is due by June 30. Learn more here.

                                     
 
Government Done Right

House Republicans are devoting the month of May to giving our state government a long-overdue upgrade.

Having “government done right” means upgrading to a more effective and efficient government while providing core services. It means repealing out-of-date laws, reexamining the effectiveness of some state boards and commissions, and putting a stop to the red tape and overregulation that has tied the hands of job creators and hampered economic progress.

We kicked off the effort this week by passing House Bill 762 to require state agencies to designate a regulatory compliance officer to facilitate better understanding of new and existing regulations and boost compliance rates among affected businesses.

We also passed House Bill 509, which would boost transparency in the permitting process by requiring agencies to post information online and create an accessible tracking system for applicants to check the status of their applications.

Finally, we started a spring cleaning of sorts to get rid of some our most outdated, irrelevant laws. These include measures that regulate when things can or cannot happen on Sundays, such as movie times, baseball and football games and even playing music. Other laws we are working to repeal include antiquated sections of our Public School Code and the Scotland School for Veterans’ Children, which closed in 2009.

You can read more about what we are doing to improve Pennsylvania’s state government here.
 
 
Test Your Ticks

With May designated as Lyme Disease Awareness Month in Pennsylvania, individuals who spend time outdoors should check themselves for ticks and be aware of the symptoms of Lyme disease and other tick-related ailments. Our state has led the nation in confirmed cases of Lyme disease for three straight years.

Last year, a $500,000 grant was provided to East Stroudsburg University (ESU) to allow all state residents to have ticks (found on them or a family member) tested for free by the university. Click here to access the Tick Lab website with all the details.

All but two of our 67 counties have submitted ticks so far and 42% of the ticks tested positive for a tick-borne disease, confirming the health risks in Pennsylvania. For tips about how to protect yourself from Lyme disease, click here.
 
 
New Eagle Scout


Congratulations to the 86th Legislative District’s newest Eagle Scout! Charles Ebling had his Court of Honor Ceremony last Saturday in Liverpool, Perry County, where I had the pleasure of presenting him with a House citation in recognition of this outstanding achievement.

For his Eagle Scout project Charles created a keychain and book to support patients at Penn State Children's Hospital’s Heart Group. He is a member of Troop 222, Newport, and the son of Kenneth and Carla Ebling.
 
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