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Protecting Our Children
Legislation to further protect Pennsylvania’s children passed the House recently. The measures are designed to toughen the criminal sentences for those who put children in harms way.

House Bill 217 would increase the grading of offenses related to endangering the welfare of children to reflect the degree of risk and the age of the child victim. This would better ensure that parents, guardians or those charged with the care of a child would face harsher penalties in cases of child endangerment if the child was under the age of 6, if the endangerment resulted in serious injury or death, or if the endangerment was part of a continuing course of conduct.

Likewise, House Bill 489 toughens the sentences in cases of indecent exposure where children under the age of 16 are present. The measure provides for ranges of sentences applicable based upon aggravating circumstances such as the number and ages of people present, and the nature and character of the incident.

Both proposals are now with the Senate for review.

Holding Lottery Winners Accountable for Debts

 

Individuals who are delinquent on state taxes or behind on child support payments could find their winnings intercepted under legislation passed by the House.

House Bill 674 would require the Department of Revenue to determine whether taxpayers who win a single prize of more than $2,500 from the Pennsylvania Lottery have any unpaid state taxes. If the taxpayer does have an outstanding state tax liability and all appeal rights have been exhausted, the amount of state tax that is owed will be deducted from the winnings and paid to the Commonwealth. Other obligations, such as court costs, fines and restitution could be deducted as well.

Finally, the bill would require the Department of Revenue to send the winner’s information to the Department of Human Services to determine if he or she is a recipient of public assistance benefits. If the prizewinner does receive benefits, a determination would be made regarding if he or she remains eligible for those benefits.

The bill awaits consideration in the state Senate.

Check Out PA’s ‘Happy Traveler’ Guide

 

The Pennsylvania Tourism Office has released its annual “Happy Traveler” vacation guide to help residents and visitors plan a perfect summer vacation or weekend getaway.

The guide features information about the 150th anniversary of Frank Lloyd Wright’s birth and encourages travelers to visit one of his iconic properties in Pennsylvania — Fallingwater, Duncan House and Kentuck Knob.

Additionally, the guide features 11 new “Happy Day Road Trips,” one in each of the state’s distinct tourism regions, providing visitors a one-stop shop for even more of Pennsylvania’s best unique stops and only-in-PA attractions.

The travel guide is available digitally, or free printed copies can be requested at www.visitPA.com.

Tourism in Pennsylvania attracts more than 192 million domestic travelers, injecting more than $40 billion in the state’s economy annually, and the industry as a whole supports more than 482,524 Pennsylvania jobs and generates $4 billion in state and local tax revenue.

Go Fishing with the Family!

 

To help share the love of fishing with families, the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) has scheduled several opportunities in May and June for families to learn fishing skills.

The six events – three in May and three in June – will lead up to the two statewide Fish-for-Free Days – the Sunday before Memorial Day, May 28, and Independence Day, July 4. Each of the state’s six regions will host an event. For the list, click here. 

The program is open to all ages, including children ages 5 and older, and the PFBC provides equipment, bait and tackle. PFBC staff will be present to teach skills and assist those who fish.

Preregistration is required. Space is limited, and there will be no registrations accepted the day of the events.

Around Our Community

 

On Thursday, I had the honor to present a House citation to the General Federation of Women's Clubs Harveys Lake which celebrated its 70th birthday. I have been a proud member of this organization for 35 of those 70 years! Pictured with me is Club President, Lex Bubb.

Satellite Hours Offered Next Week
A member of my staff will be available at the following locations next week to provide assistance with Property Tax/Rent Rebate forms, PennDOT paperwork, state-related issues and more.

• Tuesday, May 9, at the Hunlock Township Building, located at 33 Village Drive, Hunlock Creek, from 10 a.m. to noon.

• Thursday, May 11, at the Factoryville Borough Building, located at 161 College Ave. in Factoryville, from 10 a.m. to noon
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Mark Your Calendars!
Our annual Senior Expo is set for Friday, July 28, at Tunkhannock High School. Watch for more details, including information on breakout sessions, in the coming months.

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