Apr. 18, 2019

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Milton Borough Receives Governor’s Award for Local Government Excellence
The Pennsylvania Legislature designates one week in April each year as Local Government Week. This week seeks to recognize the dedication of Pennsylvania’s local government officials and encourage citizens to educate and engage themselves within their local governments. This week culminates with a Local Government Day celebration held at the Governor’s Mansion.

On this year’s Local Government Day, held on Wednesday, April 10, Milton Borough received the Governor’s Award for Local Government Excellence in the category of Fiscal Accountability and Best Management Practices.

The event was coordinated by the Governor’s Center for Local Government Services.
Congratulations to Milton Borough Manager Chuck Beck and Secretary/Treasurer Shelly Sandstrom who were in attendance to accept the award on behalf of Milton Borough

Congratulations to Jeannine Markowski for 38 Years of Service to the House of Representatives
On Tuesday April 16, I had the honor of recognizing a coworker, a friend and one of the kindest people I've ever had the pleasure of knowing.

Jeannine Markowski has provided over 38 years of service to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives working for two House members – Merle Phillips and myself – and assisting countless people and organizations. She has shown true dedication and honor in her work.

While she has now officially retired from the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, she stays active by volunteering with the Humane Society and PetSmart five days a week where she gets to pass her goodwill and compassion along to animals.

Congratulations, Jeannine, on your retirement!

                                With Jeannine Markowski on the House floor.

Municipal Leaders Event with Sen. Gordner
Last Friday I hosted a Municipal Leaders Meeting in Sunbury. We were joined by Sen. John Gordner (R-Columbia/Luzerne/Montour/Northumberland/Snyder).
Municipal leaders from across the 108th District were invited to attend to learn more about state issues relative to local municipalities.

Gordner provided a legislative update from the Capitol, discussed legislation affecting local municipalities and finished the event with a Q&A session.
Thank you to Sen. Gordner and all those who attended!

                 Sen. Gordner speaking to municipal leaders in the 108th District.

Helping to Put More Domestic Abusers Behind Bars
Continuing the commitment to protecting crime victims, the House this week approved a bill to ensure victims of strangulation get the justice they deserve.

Prior to a 2016 law, strangulation could only be charged as a misdemeanor assault in Pennsylvania. Act 111 made it a criminal offense, and according to law enforcement officials across the state, the law has helped put more domestic abusers behind bars.

House Bill 854 builds on that progress by fully incorporating strangulation into our laws, ensuring any prior strangulation conviction will be recognized and considered in subsequent cases.

This bill was part of a package of bills protecting the victims of crime. You can learn more about this bill here.

The bill now moves to the Senate for consideration.

Pension Forfeiture for Sex Offenses
Working to ensure public officials and employees are held fully accountable for their actions, the House approved legislation this week that would force them to forfeit their taxpayer-funded pensions if they are convicted of committing a sexual offense.

The bill builds on Act 1 of 2019, which requires any public official who is convicted of a felony to forfeit his or her pension.

Under House Bill 991, public employees and officials – including elected officials – would lose their pension if convicted of offenses such as indecent assault, indecent exposure or unlawful dissemination of an intimate image (commonly referred to as revenge porn).

The bill now moves to the Senate for consideration.

Milton Public Library Hosts Harry Potter-Themed Event
Last Saturday, April 13, I attended a benefit dinner hosted by the Milton Public Library.

The theme of the dinner was Harry Potter: Fantastic Feasts. I was happy to attend the event to show my support for our public libraries and to promote interest in reading across all age groups, but especially among younger readers and students.

At this event I had the opportunity to meet Mason Yeagle, a student in the Milton School District and a volunteer at the Milton Public Library. Mason is an outstanding young man and it was a pleasure to meet him!

                    Meeting Mason Yeagle at the Fantastic Feasts benefit dinner.

                                The Milton Public Library Board of Directors

April 2019 Named “Family Reading Month”
Each year, the Keystone State Literacy Association (KSLA) names April “Family Reading Month” throughout the Commonwealth. The KSLA works to promote an interest in reading among all Pennsylvanians, but especially children, and to encourage family reading as something to bring families even closer over a shared interest.

Their website has some incredible resources such as their Families and Reading Month Packet, released annually in April. This packet contains the titles of fantastic books, educational apps, and magazines for preschool through eighth grade readers, as well as some helpful reading tips.

The Families and Reading Month Packet, other helpful resources and information about the KSLA, can be found HERE.

April is ‘Donate Life Month’
April 2019 is “Donate Life Month” in Pennsylvania.

In Pennsylvania, about 8,000 people are on the organ donation waiting list and, on average, every 18 hours one of them will die waiting for the call that never comes.

The encouraging news is that more people are making the decision to “donate life.” About 4.7 million Pennsylvanians have said yes to organ and tissue donation by adding the donor designation on their driver’s license. More than 138 million Americans are registered donors.

In addition, Pennsylvania driver’s license and ID card holders can support organ donation programs with a voluntary donation of $3 at the time of application or renewal. To date, nearly $14 million has been generously donated to the fund.

More information is available at donatelifepa.org.

Come Take a Tour of Pennsylvania’s Capitol
Spring has sprung, and now is a perfect time to visit Pennsylvania’s Capitol for a tour. Completed in 1906, the Capitol has seen more than a century of legislative history pass through it. Home to countless beautiful paintings, murals, sculptures and architecture, there is no shortage of things to see.

Visitors can schedule guided tours or take a self-guided tour themselves. Guided tours are available in 30-minute segments Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. and weekends starting on odd-numbered hours.

Groups of 10 or more are required to make advanced reservations. Tour groups are limited to 80 people – groups of more than 80 will require multiple tour times.
Come visit “the handsomest building” President Theodore Roosevelt ever saw and learn about the legislative and artistic history of Pennsylvania!

A great view of the Capitol dome taken by my Harrisburg secretary Dawn in the Capitol complex.

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.

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