Bill Protecting Children From Dangers of Hot Cars Passes House
My legislation that seeks to protect children left inside dangerously hot vehicles passed the House unanimously on Friday.
House Bill 1152 would provide civil immunity for any damage that may be done to a vehicle when forceful entry is necessary to rescue a child. The immunity only would apply when the person acts reasonably under the circumstances, has a good-faith belief that the child is in imminent danger and makes an effort to notify law enforcement. The bill now goes to the Senate.
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Are You Interested in a Nonprofit, Anti-Fraud and Theft Prevention Seminar?
Have you been following local news stories regarding theft of funds at volunteer organizations? Do you have volunteers who manage the finances of your not-for-profit group? Then I have a program for you.
While 99.9 percent of our volunteers are beyond reproach, some are unscrupulous and have absconded with thousands of dollars raised by hard-working members. As a result, I have decided to offer an informational session to help your organization avert a financial catastrophe. The focus of the seminar would be on practical processes, procedures and internal controls for small organizations with few or no employees (PREDOMINANTLY VOLUNTEERS). Examples of local cases of financial mismanagement and specific controls where losses could have been prevented or at least minimalized will be discussed.
The presentation will be given by Dr. Fred Croop, CPA, dean of the College of Professional Studies and Social Sciences at Misericordia University. Dr. Croop has authored two publications addressing financial management and internal controls for volunteer organizations. Wyoming County District Attorney Jeff Mitchell will also be present to offer his perspective on financial mismanagement cases investigated through his office. The seminar will be held at the Wyoming County Emergency Management Building on Tuesday, July 25, from 6-8 p.m.
Please let me know if you are interested in attending this event. You can contact my Dallas district office at 570-675-6000, or my Tunkhannock district office at 570-836-4777.
State Budget Spending Plan Now on Governor’s Desk
With strong bipartisan support, the House sent to the governor a $32 billion budget that invests in key areas while also starting the process to reinvent state government.
House Bill 218 supports additional funding for schools, pension obligations and services for those with intellectual disabilities, but demands additional savings across state government agencies and programs, including Medicaid. The budget also shows savings from the shrinking prison population.
Of particular note, nearly 40 percent of the General Fund, $11.8 billion, is directed toward prekindergarten through 12th-grade education, including $100 million more for basic education, a restoration of funding for pupil transportation, $30 million more for early childhood education, another $25 million for special education, and a 2 percent increase for the State System of Higher Education.
This budget begins the process of eliminating duplicative services and reducing overall costs to encourage reform and innovation, while ensuring funds are available for core government services.
Additional legislation is forthcoming to finalize the entire 2017-18 budget package.
Roadwork Scheduled for Route 92
Construction work will begin on a section of Route 92 on Tuesday, July 11, and the road will be closed from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. from 1.5 miles north of the Falls River Bridge to Route 307.
The road work is in preparation for an upcoming paving project set for August and September.
Detour signs will be in this area, which will reroute drivers to Route 307 and Route 2017.
Holding Caretakers Accountable
Individuals who endanger children in their care will face stronger criminal penalties under legislation that was recently signed into law.
Under Act 12 of 2017, parents, guardians or those tasked with the care of a child will face harsher penalties in cases of child endangerment if the child is under the age of 6, if the endangerment results in serious injury or death, or if the endangerment is part of a continuing course of conduct.
Currently, a person who endangers the welfare of a child under the age of 18 can be charged with a first-degree misdemeanor, and if the conduct is part of a continuing course of conduct, the offense is graded as a third-degree felony.
The new law will take effect in late August.
Take a Road Trip in PA
Tourism is one of Pennsylvania’s largest industries, and the Pennsylvania Tourism Office has compiled a list of customized road trips for a wide variety of interests and locations.
Available at www.VisitPa.com/pa-road-trips, the road trips are designed in each of the state’s 11 unique tourism regions, complete with off-the-beaten path stops and only-in-Pennsylvania attractions.
Road trips are designed around nature, religious and spiritual destinations, kid-specific sites, historical attractions, photographic gems, shopping, keystone countryside, small-town charm, arts and culture, ghost rides, sporting events and culinary delights.
Traveler spending generated an estimated $71.6 billion in total economic activity and supported nearly 500,000 jobs in the Commonwealth, according to a 2015 report from the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development.
Outreach and 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, July 11, at the Hunlock Township Building, located at 33 Village Drive, Hunlock Creek, from 10 a.m. to noon.
• Thursday, July 14, at the Factoryville Borough Building, located at 161 College Ave. in Factoryville, from 10 a.m. to noon.
Senior Expo Set for July 28
Our annual Senior Expo is set for Friday, July 28, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Tunkhannock Area High School. New interactive informational sessions begin at 10:30 a.m., including a healthy eating demonstration, chair yoga and Tai chi. Vendors include area health care professionals, veterans services and other state and local agencies. Health-related screenings will be offered and a prescription drug drop-box, provided by the Wyoming County District Attorney’s office, will be on site. Hope to see you there!
Around Our Community
It was my pleasure to attend the Dallas Bicentennial Parade last Saturday. I am pictured here with the Dallas Township Supervisors and Sen. Lisa Baker.
On Thursday, I attended the 71st Back Mountain Memorial Library Auction, which is going on now through Sunday on the library grounds in Dallas. All proceeds benefit the library. I am pictured in front of the linens and home accessories tent with Mary Lou Grant, auction volunteer.
Pictured with me is Vicky Grzyboski.