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10/5/2018
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The latest news from the State Capitol
 
Senior Expo a Success
 
 

We had another fantastic turnout at my recent Senior Expo in Newport. I want to thank the more than 300 folks who attended, who came to learn about the programs and services available to older residents in our area. My staff and I had a great time talking with all of you.

Thanks to all the businesses and organizations that took part as well, including the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ Mobile Veterans Center, which provided free services to veterans and their family members. 

 
 
Ensuring Upkeep of Veterans’ Graves

The House has approved legislation to help ensure proper upkeep of the graves of Pennsylvania veterans.

Under current law, counties are required to place a marker and a U.S. flag on the graves of all honorably discharged veterans. These U.S. flags are to remain up from Memorial Day through the Fourth of July.

However, new legislation would enhance current law to ensure cemeteries remove torn and weathered flags after the Fourth of July annually, and allow a veteran’s family member to keep them if they choose.

The legislation would also clarify current law to ensure greater communication between cemeteries, local veterans organizations and county commissioners, who are currently required to provide the flags.

House Bill 1471 and Senate Bill 1005 are awaiting action in the Senate. 
 
 
Feds Extend REAL ID Grace Period

Pennsylvania has been granted an extended grace period to comply with REAL ID requirements set by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. The grace period was set to expire Oct. 10, 2018, but has now been extended until Aug. 1, 2019. A final federal deadline for all states to comply is Oct. 1, 2020.

This grace period extension means that Pennsylvania residents will not face access issues when entering federal facilities or boarding commercial aircraft through at least Aug. 1, 2019.

REAL ID is voluntary for Pennsylvania residents, but encouraged for those who may need to access certain federal facilities, such as military bases, or fly commercial flights within the United States. Residents also have the option to use other, non-REAL ID forms of enhanced identification. Click here for that list.

Residents wishing to obtain REAL ID-compliant driver’s licenses and photo ID cards can obtain them, beginning in March 2019. In the meantime, customers are encouraged to pre-verify for REAL ID by gathering the required documentation as soon as possible, giving them ample time to prepare.

One of the required documents is a certified copy of a birth certificate, which can take up to several months to process, depending on one’s circumstances. My offices can help residents with birth certificate applications. Call or stop by for more information.

More information about REAL ID is available here
 
 
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

To honor those who have fought breast cancer or are fighting it now, the Capitol fountain has been turned pink in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The pink fountain is also a reminder to all women of the importance of mammograms and early detection.

This week, the House also passed a resolution recognizing October 2018 as “National Breast Cancer Awareness Month” and Oct. 19, 2018, as “National Mammography Day” in Pennsylvania.

The American Cancer Society estimates that 268,670 women and men in the United States will be diagnosed with invasive breast cancer this year, and that’s why it is important to continue to educate the public about breast cancer and stress the importance of routine self-breast exams, regularly scheduled doctor visits and yearly mammograms as recommended. 

 
Fall in Love with PA’s Autumn Colors

Fall leaves are just about to turn across several areas in Pennsylvania, helping to boost tourism activities in many regions. If you’re interested in checking out autumn’s splendor, the weekly fall foliage report is available here
 
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