Apr. 18, 2019


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 The latest news from the State Capitol

This email includes:
  • Helping to Put More Domestic Abusers Behind Bars
  • April is Child Abuse Prevention Month
  • Reaching Out to You
  • Recognizing Our Future Leaders
  • Pension Forfeiture for Sex Offenses
  • April is “Donate Life Month”
  • Thank You Veterans!
  • Starting A Small Business?
  • Happy Holidays
  • Honoring An Ambassador
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.

Passing this bill continues the push by House Republicans to protect the victims of crime. You can learn more about House Republicans protecting victims here

The bill now moves to the Senate for consideration.
April is Child Abuse Prevention Month

Click here to view video.

On Monday, the state House unanimously passed House Resolution 185, my legislation that designates April 2019 as “Child Abuse Prevention Month” in Pennsylvania.

Please click on the video to watch a recording of my floor remarks on the vote.
Reaching Out to You

Next week, a member of my district office staff will be available to answer your state government questions on the following dates as part of my satellite office hours program:
  • This Tuesday, April 23 – Meshoppen Borough Building, intersection of Canal Street and Route 267 from 10 a.m. to noon, and the Laceyville Borough Building, 324 Church St., from 1-3 p.m.

  • This Thursday, April 25 - Falls Senior Center, 2813 Sullivan’s Trail, Falls from 10 a.m. to noon.
Recognizing Our Future Leaders

The Luzerne County Dairy Court recently visited my Dallas office to promote the Fill A Glass with Hope program.

Pictured with me (from left) are Dairy Miss Juliet Price, Dairy Princess Toni Traver and Dairy Ambassador Kaelyn Traver.
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.
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.
“Thank You Veterans”

Rep. Martina White (right in photo) and I recently had the opportunity to see the first official “Women Veterans” license plate delivered by Transportation Secretary Leslie Richards. The legislation to enact this plate was spearheaded by veteran Cindy Good.

I am thrilled to have sponsored this legislation and to be a part of the initiative recognizing women veterans and the role they play in our armed services.

To all our veterans, “Thank you for your service!”
Starting A Small Business?

This Wednesday, April 24
- a representative from the University of Scranton Small Business Development Center will be at the Tunkhannock district office, 133 W. Tioga St., from 10 a.m. to noon. The center provides educational programs and no-cost, confidential consulting services to entrepreneurs looking to start or grow a small business.

This Wednesday, April 24 - a representative from Wilkes University Small Business Development Center will be at the Dallas district office, 105 Lieutenant Michael Cleary Drive, from 9-11 a.m. Constituents interested in starting a small business or who need assistance with their business can receive free counseling and advice.
Happy Holidays

I want to also wish everyone celebrating Easter this weekend peace, love and to have a blessed and holy Easter.

I also want to wish everyone observing the Passover Seder at sundown this Friday the blessings of health and peace to you and yours this season.
Honoring An Ambassador

I recently presented the Ambassador for Peace Korean War Medal to Sheila Brandon on behalf of her uncle, Francis Cadwalader. Sheila is holding a picture of her uncle.

The Ambassador for Peace Medal is a commemorative medal that expresses appreciation from the Korean government to American service men and women who served in the Korean War.

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