Apr. 15, 2019

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Keep Powering PA Act Update
Since introducing the Keep Powering Pennsylvania Act (House Bill 11) to ensure our state’s leading zero-emission energy source – nuclear energy – is treated the same way as other zero-emission energy sources, an endless amount of misinformation and speculation has been reported. As committee hearings on my legislation have begun, this is a good time to set the record straight. I’ve seen groups estimating House Bill 11 could cost billions of dollars for the electric ratepayers of our state. The cost is $500 million annually – plain and simple. Anyone who says otherwise is doing nothing but fearmongering. They are also being disingenuous if they don’t tell you the cost of doing nothing is eight times more – totaling $4.6 billion annually. I’ve never hidden the cost of my legislation, but it’s time for the opponents in the oil and gas industry to be honest about the $4.6 billion in increased costs to Pennsylvanians, including $788 million in increased annual electricity costs, if our state’s nuclear plants, including Three Mile Island, prematurely close.

To read the rest of the FACTS about the Keep Powering PA Act, click here.
 

Trout Season Opener
 
Trout season opened across Pennsylvania on Saturday, April 13. While Dauphin County was part of an early opening for the region, licensed anglers can now fish in waterways across Pennsylvania.

The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission will stock 3.2 million trout in streams and lakes. Trout will be re-stocked in popular areas as the season continues.

Information about fishing licenses can be found here.

Please contact my Hershey office for a statewide Trout Stocking Schedule and/or Pennsylvania Fishing Summary.
                                    

Route 283 Reconstruction

                                   
 
PennDOT and its contractor have announced plans to reconstruct 6 miles of Route 283 in southeastern Dauphin County. This project covers 6 miles of Route 283 between the interchange with Interstate 76 (Pennsylvania Turnpike) and Interstate 283 and the Toll House Road interchange.

Nighttime work is expected to continue more frequently and consistently as weather allows and should be expected each night through November. Travelers are reminded to be alert for these operations and to use caution when driving through work zones.

The contractor has shifted two lanes of eastbound traffic by maintaining a local lane and directing the other lane across the grass median to an “express lane” on the westbound roadway. Important: The express lane will have no access to the ramps for the Airport Connector, Union Street and Vine Street interchanges.
The speed limit on Route 283 will remain reduced from 65 mph to 55 mph while the eastbound lanes are being reconstructed.

Motorists can check conditions on more than 40,000 roadway miles by visiting 511pa.com/. 511PA, which is free and available 24 hours a day, provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information, and access to more than 860 traffic cameras. 511PA is also available through a smartphone application for iPhone and Android devices, by calling 5-1-1, or by following regional twitter alerts accessible on the 511PA website.
                                   

Upcoming Events
                                   
 
Health Expo
Friday, May 3, from 9 a.m. to noon
Hummelstown Chemical Fire Company No. 1
249 E. Main St., Hummelstown

More than 50 representatives from state and local agencies and the health care industry will be on hand to speak with attendees about programs and services as well as answer questions or concerns. No advance registration required to attend. A variety of free health screenings will be available.

Active Shooter Safety Seminar
Thursday, May 30, from 6-8 p.m.
Lower Swatara Volunteer Fire Department
1350 Fulling Mill Road, Middletown

The event will feature a presentation by Derry Township Police Sgt. Tony Clements on survival methods and responses you can employ during an active shooter scenario. Lower Swatara Township Police Chief Jeff Vargo will also be in attendance. Seating for the event is limited and registration is required. Residents interested in attending should call my office at
717-534-1323 by May 24.
 

 
Congratulations to the 193rd Special Operations Wing (SOW) in Middletown on earning a 2018 United States Air Force Outstanding Unit Award! The award spans a two-year period of wing performance. (Photo taken during my tour of 193rd SOW operations in 2017.)
 

 
Congratulations are in order for U-Gro Harrisburg East on Tech Port Drive in Swatara Township! I presented a certificate to Center Director Nora Burgos for being awarded a 4-star rating under the Keystone STARS program. The Keystone STARS program, operated by the state Office of Child Development and Early Learning, sets quality requirements for early childhood educators based on a four-star rating system. The standards address staff qualifications and professional development, early learning programs, partnerships with family and the community, and leadership and management. I currently have House Bill 309 pending in the House that would ask U-Gro and other early learning facilities in our district to proudly display their star ratings in prominent locations.
                                   

 
I stopped by the Middletown American Legion Post No. 594 to celebrate the American Legion’s 100th birthday and to congratulate members on this exciting milestone. Thank you all for your service and for all you continue to do to support and serve our communities!
 

 
Two brave citizens from the 106th District recently received top honors for their heroic acts. Jennifer Dixon of Middletown Borough and Aaron Andrew Young of Lower Swatara Township were recently presented with the Carnegie Medal, a special honor given to individuals who display acts of lifesaving done at extraordinary risk to the rescuer. They helped saved the lives of two teenage boys by pulling them from the wreckage of a car fire. Congratulations, Jennifer and Aaron!
 
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