Apr. 12, 2019

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2019 Adam T. Bower Dam Operating Schedule
Shikellamy State Park is excited to announce the operating schedule for the Adam T. Bower Memorial Dam and the Shikellamy State Park marina. Inspection of the dam by park staff will begin during the week of April 22, 2019. Inflation of the dam will begin on Monday, April 29 and will continue through Friday, May 10. Fluctuations in the water level during inspection and inflation are expected.

The dam will then be deflated beginning on Monday, October 14 and will be completed on Friday, October 25.

Park staff at the marina will begin dock installation on Monday, May 13. During this time, the boat launch will be closed to the public. The marina will then be open to slip holders beginning on Friday, May 24.

The marina is scheduled to close on Sunday, October 6, with the dock removal process scheduled to begin on Monday, October 7.

All dates are dependent on weather and river conditions and are thus subject to change. This information can also be found on the Shikellamy State Park page on visitpaparks.com.

Questions or concerns are fielded by the Shikellamy State Park office at 570-988-5557.                                   

PA Homecare Association Holds Annual State Lobby Day
The PA Homecare Association (PHA) held their annual State Lobby Day on Tuesday, April 9. Constituent caregivers and providers from all over Pennsylvania traveled to Harrisburg to highlight the importance of home-based care and how it can help to save money for the taxpayers. Most importantly, home-based care keeps families together at home, where everybody wants to be.

Meeting with PHA members from the 108th district.

Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Advocacy Day
The Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education held an advocacy event on Wednesday, April 10 at the Capitol Building. Students from several universities across Pennsylvania traveled to Harrisburg to show legislators the importance of an affordable, high-quality state education system.

Students shared their personal experiences at State System universities and provided key facts demonstrating how these universities serve the needs of both students and future employers.

Meeting with PASSHE members from Bloomsburg University.

Maranatha Christian School Students Tour Capitol Building
Students from the Maranatha Christian School in Watsontown traveled to Harrisburg on Thursday, April 11 and were given a tour of the Capitol Building. Tour guides showed students the architectural and artistic highlights of the building and helped make the Capitol’s history come alive.

Maranatha Christian School students in the Capitol Building’s Main Rotunda.

Strengthening Protections for Victims of Crime
With this week being National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, the House began working through a package of bills designed to help protect victims of crime.

A cornerstone of this package is Marsy’s Law, a bill that seeks to amend the state Constitution by adding a victim’s bill of rights.

Other bills in the package passed this week include measures to shield rape victims from being re-victimized by irrelevant cross examination; allow victims and witnesses with intellectual disabilities or autism to submit out-of-court statements rather than face their perpetrators in court; expand the types of crimes for which an out-of-court statement can be accepted; and allow crime victims to attend any proceeding relating to their cases, unless attending would materially alter the victims’ testimony.

The bills now head to the Senate for consideration.

Learn more about efforts to protect crime victims in Pennsylvania here.

Expanding the Statue of Limitations for Child Sexual Abuse
As the Commonwealth marks April as Child Abuse Prevention Month, the House passed a two-bill package known as the Pennsylvania Hidden Predator Act to help empower victims of child sexual abuse.

House Bill 962, sponsored by Rep. Mark Rozzi (D-Berks), would change the civil statute of limitations for child sexual abuse, allowing childhood victims until age 55 to file suit. It would also abolish the criminal statute of limitations for child sexual abuse moving forward.

House Bill 963, sponsored by Rep. Jim Gregory (R-Blair), would amend the Pennsylvania Constitution to provide a two-year window in which civil lawsuits alleging childhood sexual abuse may be filed in court if the statute of limitations regarding those cases had expired.

The House also started the process of amending the Pennsylvania Constitution to provide a two-year window to anyone for whom a statutory limitations period has expired to commence action arising from childhood sexual abuse.

These bills are important in the effort to ensure justice for victims of past abuse.

Reporting suspected abuse is the best way to protect children. If you suspect a child is being abused or neglected, you can call the Department of Health’s toll-free ChildLine at 1-800-932-0313.

House Passes My National Poetry Month Resolution
This week, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives passed two of my resolutions. One resolution designates the month of April 2019 as “National Poetry Month” in Pennsylvania. This celebration highlights the legacy and achievement of American poets and works to introduce the joys of reading and writing poetry to the hearts of Pennsylvania’s children.

The second resolution recognizes the month of April 2019 as “Sjogren’s Syndrome Awareness Month”. Sjogren’s Syndrome is a chronic autoimmune disease which causes a person’s white blood cells to malfunction, causing dry eyes and dry mouth, sometimes leading to other, more serious symptoms. Over 4 million people in the United States suffer from Sjogren’s Syndrome, and this recognition hopes to bring awareness to this disease and help bring aid to those who suffer from it.

Pennsylvania Trout Season Begins Saturday, April 13
Pennsylvania’s 2019 Trout Season opens this Saturday, April 13 at 8:00 a.m. for Pennsylvania counties in the northwest, southwest, north-central, and northeastern parts of the state. Southeastern counties participated in their Regional Opening Day on March 30.

Participants age 16 and older must hold a valid Pennsylvania Fishing License along with a Trout/Salmon Permit. Multi-year licenses are available at 3-year, 5-year, and 10-year increments. Prices remain the same as last year and can be purchased at www.gonefishingpa.com or at over 700 issuing agents. Those age 15 and under are not required to hold licenses or permits.

Until closing of the regular season on September 2, anglers are permitted to keep up to five trout (combined species) measuring at least seven inches per day. During extended season – September 3 through February 28 – the daily keep limit is three trout.

The FREE Fish Boat PA Mobile App can be used to locate stocked trout waters, identify fish, and stay familiar with Pennsylvania fishing and boating regulations. More information on the app can be found here.  

Adult Trout Stocking by County on FBC Website
You can find the dates for all available trout stockings throughout the state on the Fish and Boat Commission website here.

Give PennDOT Feedback
PennDOT is looking for Pennsylvanians to supply constructive feedback on its winter services and communications.

You can provide your input by taking PennDOT’s 10-question survey that asks about how often you travel in poor weather, how you rate PennDOT’s winter service, and how you rank its snow-removal priorities.

The survey also asks how you receive PennDOT’s roadway information, and if you use Pennsylvania’s 511PA system for traffic and incident information, and winter roadway conditions.

You can take the survey by clicking here

Tax Day Approaching
The Monday, April 15, deadline to file your federal, state and local taxes is fast approaching.

If you received more than $33 in total gross taxable income in calendar year 2018, you must file a Pennsylvania Personal Income Tax return by midnight on April 15.

You can file online for free through PAdirectfile, a secure, state-only electronic income tax filing system by clicking here.

If you want to use an online tax preparing service, Pennsylvania has deals with certain providers for free e-filing. You can learn more about these services by clicking here.

Income tax assistance is available through the department’s Online Customer Service Center, or by calling 717-787-8201 between 7:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Pennsylvanians can also visit a Department of Revenue district office for basic state personal income tax filing assistance. Assistance at these offices is available from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Have an Issue or Concern?
If you are a resident of the 108th district and need assistance with a state agency, please feel free to contact my Sunbury office at 570-286-5885 or toll free at 1-800-924-9060. One of my staff members will be more than happy to assist you.

Stay in Touch with Me on Social Media
You can stay up to date on my latest news and activities by visiting my House website, lyndaculver.com, or my official Facebook page. You can watch my House floor speeches and press interviews at my YouTube channel HERE.
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