Jul. 18, 2019

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Ninth Annual Senior Expo
Our Ninth Annual Senior Expo, sponsored by UPMC Susquehanna Sunbury, will take place next Thursday, July 25, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Shikellamy High School Cafeteria at 600 Walnut St. in Sunbury.

More than 65 vendors are expected to have information beneficial to are senior citizens, drawings will be held for door prizes and UPMC Susquehanna Sunbury will be providing refreshments and free tote bags to the first 300 attendees.

Free health screenings and services will be available including foot care assessments, blood pressure screenings, blood glucose readings, heel scans, balance assessments, consultations with pharmacists and more.

For more information, please contact my District Office at (570) 286-5885, toll-free at 1-800-924-9060, or my satellite office at (570) 742-6975.

Updates on Adam T. Bower Dam                                   

Earlier this week, Shikellamy State Park staff encountered issues maintaining the inflation of Bag #6 of the Adam T. Bower Dam, affecting the water levels of Lake Augusta. Park staff implemented a temporary solution to inflate the bag and raise water levels to a normal amount. Unfortunately, the next day, problems with Bag #6 continued, and water levels are currently within 1-2 feet of normal pool.

Park staff are working with engineers to troubleshoot problems with inflation and retention of air levels in Bag #6. The Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) will continue to provide updates as they work to resolve the issue.

Visit the DCNR website for updates.

Road Work in Our District
Route 147 will be closed in both directions at the railroad tracks on King Street in Northumberland Borough from noon Friday, July 19, until noon Monday, July 22, for railroad work.

Aside from the weekend work, the detours on that section of King Street continue in half widths. King Street is open to northbound traffic from Sunbury. Southbound traffic from Northumberland is detoured via Route 11 south to Shamokin Dam and Route 61 Veterans Memorial Bridge to Sunbury.

Additionally, The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) will be resurfacing Route 147 in West Chillisquaque Township beginning on Monday, July 22. The project extends from Route 405 to I-80.

Work includes milling, paving, guide rail upgrades, rumble strips and bridge preservation. Work will also be done on ramps within the project limits.

There will be daylight lane restrictions during the first phase of the project, which includes epoxy surface treatments on bridge decks. Long-term lane restrictions will be in place during highway paving operations.

Motorists should be alert and drive with caution through the work zone. Work on Route 147 expected to be completed in early November.

Motorists can check road and traffic conditions around the state at 511PA.com.

10th Annual Ta-Ta Trot in Selinsgrove

On Saturday, July 13, the 10th Annual Ta-Ta Trot took place in Selinsgrove. The Ta-Ta Trot, a 5 kilometer (5K) run that starts and ends at Selinsgrove Area High School, has raised over $500,000 for breast cancer research and treatment over the last 10 years, all thanks to walkers and runners from across the United States.

It was truly inspiring to see so many people united for such a great cause. Thank you to Ta-Ta Trot President Lisa Pfleegor, all volunteers and all participants for continuing to work hard and dedicating your time to fighting breast cancer!

PennDOT Wins Awards for Transportation Innovation

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) received two awards in the America’s Transportation Awards regional competition for innovative planning approaches to a bridge replacement project in Philadelphia and a bridge rehabilitation project in Pittsburgh.

In Philadelphia, the “PennDOT Connects – Connecting Communities” initiative won in the category of Quality of Life/Community Development Small Projects. This initiative began as a policy issued by PennDOT Secretary Leslie Richards to strengthen PennDOT’s commitment to work with Metropolitan and Rural Planning Organizations and local governments during the planning process. PennDOT Connects identifies community needs and contextual issues early in project planning through a collaborative process.

In Pittsburgh, the “Liberty Bridge Rehabilitation” project won in the Operations Excellence, Medium Project category. The project consists of the complete rehabilitation of the 91-year-old Liberty Bridge including steel and concrete repairs, full paint of the superstructure, a new exodermic deck and a new lane control system.

As a member of the House Transportation Committee, and Chair of the Subcommittee on Highways, I am enormously proud of PennDOT for its hard work and dedication to improving transportation throughout Pennsylvania. Congratulations!

House Advocacy Leads to New Laws to Ensure Fairness, Justice

Working to ensure justice is served for victims of crime in the Commonwealth, several initiatives championed by the House aimed at improving the effectiveness and fairness of court proceedings were recently signed into law.

Recognizing that children and people with intellectual disabilities are often targeted as victims and may have more difficulty handling the trauma of testifying in court, two laws expand the situations in which out-of-court statements by victims or witnesses may be used in lieu of in-person testimony.

Act 31 of 2019 adds several different crimes – such as human trafficking, sexual abuse and related offenses – to the statute allowing out-of-court statements by children. Act 30 of 2019 extends the ability of the court to accept out-of-court statements made by people with intellectual disabilities or autism.

Other measures recently signed into law to address court proceedings include Act 23 of 2019, which ensures a victim is permitted to be present at any criminal proceeding unless the court determines the victim’s own testimony would be altered by hearing other witnesses; and Act 24 of 2019, which prevents prosecutors from bringing up a victim’s sexual history or prior allegations of sexual abuse while prosecuting certain crimes.

Learn more about our victim protection initiatives here.

Supporting Foster and Adopted Children

Working to ensure success for children in the foster system and those who have been adopted, the General Assembly has enacted three new laws.

Act 14 of 2019 promotes the placement in adoptive homes of children who have disabilities or are otherwise hard to place due to age, sibling relationships or ethnicity. The law allows family members who are granted permanent legal custodianship for qualified children up to 21 years of age to receive subsidies for their care.

Act 16 of 2019 assists children in the foster care system with the challenges of accessing higher education opportunities by creating a tuition and fee waiver option for youth in foster care, who were adopted from the foster care system, or have aged out of foster care. Statistics indicate only 50% of foster youth graduate from high school, only 20% go to college and less than 10% complete their postsecondary education.

Act 47 of 2019 simplifies the process for certain adoptions by allowing a prison employee to serve as a witness to the completion of an adoption consent form by an incarcerated birth parent. If a second witness is unavailable, the new law allows the consent to be acknowledged before a notary public. Under prior law, potential adoptions were delayed for months, leaving the child stuck in the system rather than under the care of adoptive parents.

Removing Barriers to Employment
Building on our long-term efforts to promote economic opportunity and remove barriers to work, the General Assembly has passed a new law improving the portability of professional licenses.

Act 41 of 2019 requires the licensing boards and commissions under the Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs (BPOA) to provide licensure by endorsement for applicants who hold similar licenses in other states. It also offers a provisional endorsement license to quickly move these professionals into the work force.

Under prior law, professionals moving into the state – including members of the military and their families – faced a number of barriers and delays in obtaining the appropriate licenses to reenter the work force, creating a financial burden for them and their families. In some cases, the delays could lead to missed job opportunities or even a decision to avoid moving to the Commonwealth.

The law is a win-win for both employees and employers.
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