Mar. 17, 2017

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Milton Area High School Concert Band Performs at Capitol

On Monday, March 13, the Milton Area High School Concert Band performed in the East Wing Rotunda at the state Capitol. Sen. John Gordner and I met with the students and their director Alyssa Williams while they were at the Capitol. Their performance is part of Pennsylvania Music Educators Association’s Music in Our Schools Month Capitol Concert Series. More photos are available at
A Special Thank You!

As our schedules are beginning to get back to normal after the massive snowstorm earlier this week, I just want to extend my appreciation to the PennDOT, municipal crews and private personnel who have worked around the clock this week to keep our roads passable and our communities safe. Please continue to be careful as the snow removal and cleanup processes continue across our area. There’s a light at the end of the snow tunnel, as Monday marks the first official day of spring! Have a great weekend.
Student Art Open House on March 30

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You’re invited to join me and my staff on Thursday, March 30, for our annual Student Art Open House, from 4-6:30 p.m. at our district office in Sunbury. We will be recognizing featured artwork by students from area schools and art centers. SUN Area Technical School’s food service program will be providing some light refreshments. If you are a student, or know any students in the 108th District who are interested in displaying their artwork, please contact my Sunbury District Office at 570-286-5885 or toll free at 1-800-924-9060.
Mark Your Calendars: Basic Handgun Safety Training Course

I am hosting a Basic Handgun Safety Training Course on Saturday, May 6, from 8 a.m. to noon, at Keystone Fish and Game Club in Paxinos. Only 25 spots are available, so RSVPs are required in advance. Please call us at 570-286-5885 or toll free at 1-800-924-9060 to reserve your seat today!
Recognizing Hannah Callowhill Penn

To continue our theme of recognizing incredible women throughout Pennsylvania’s history – as March is Women’s History Month – I share with you Hannah Callowhill Penn. Hannah was born in 1671 in England, came to America in 1699, and then lived in southeastern PA. Hannah, a Quaker, married Pennsylvania’s founder William Penn in March 1696, and was the mother to the couple’s eight children. When William fell ill in 1712 after suffering several complications related to strokes that left him incapacitated, Hannah technically became our state’s first female governor, as she ran the colony for six years. This makes her the only woman to have controlled a British proprietary colony for so long. Click here to learn more about Hannah Callowhill Penn
Improving PA’s Unfriendly Adoption Policies

The House passed eight bills this week to improve the state’s unfriendly adoption policies by ensuring birth parents, adoptive parents and children can benefit from a smoother process. From shortening the period in which a birth parent can revoke his or her consent to an adoption from 30 days to 14, to ensuring birth parents have access to adoption-related counseling services, we are doing what we can to better the adoption process in Pennsylvania. All bills have been sent to the Senate.
Expanding EITC and OSTC Programs

Also this week, the House voted to expand the Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) and the Opportunity Scholarship Tax Credit (OSTC), two popular tax credit programs that have allowed thousands of families to choose the best education for their kids. House Bill 250 increases the amount of tax credits available for EITC by $50 million (to total a record $175 million), and OSTC by $25 million (to total $75 million). This bill has also been sent to the Senate for consideration. 
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