Mar. 10, 2017

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Asking State Employees for Money-Saving Solutions…
A new effort to help save taxpayer money by asking state employees for their ideas was announced this week by the House Appropriations Committee. The program, State Employees Achieving Savings (SEAS), will ask state employees, who can remain anonymous, about their strategies to better streamline services and be more efficient. Retired state employees are also being encouraged to participate. State employees – from any department anywhere in the state – can click here to submit their ideas. The submissions will then be reviewed and possibly implemented. The committee emphasized that no idea is too small for consideration. 
Is I-Gaming in the State’s Future?...This week, the House Gaming Oversight Committee and the Senate Community, Economic and Recreational Development Committee discussed potential changes to the gaming industry, including an expansion as a way to raise much-needed state revenue. Much of the hearing focused on the pros and cons of internet gaming and the impact it would have on brick-and-mortar facilities within the state, along with other measures contained within House Bill 392. That legislation also includes provisions designed to improve consumer protections, rein in the black market and off-shore gaming operators, and address a decision by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court regarding the share of casino revenue directed to local governments. Since casino gaming was authorized in 2004, the industry has generated more than $11 billion in tax revenue and created 18,000 jobs. 
Many Museums Offering Free Admission This Sunday…To help the Commonwealth celebrate its 336th birthday on Charter Day, the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission (PHMC) will offer free admission to many historic sites and museums along the Pennsylvania Trails of History on Sunday, March 12. Pennsylvania was created when England’s King Charles II granted a charter to William Penn in 1681. Once each year, the Pennsylvania State Archives displays the original document, for a limited time, at the State Museum of Pennsylvania. For the remainder of the year, the charter is safeguarded in a special vault within the archives. Charter Day celebrates the founding of the Commonwealth and gives visitors to The State Museum of Pennsylvania a rare opportunity to see the original Charter of Pennsylvania written in 1681. The document is on display through March 17. For a complete list of the participating museums and historic sites in this year’s celebration, click here.
Spring Ahead: Turn Clocks Ahead One Hour This Weekend…Daylight saving time will begin on Sunday, March 12, at 2 a.m., and residents are reminded to turn their clocks ahead one hour Saturday night. This is also a good time to check and/or change batteries in both smoke detectors and carbon monoxide alarms, which should also be replaced every 10 years. Daylight saving time will end on Nov. 5.
Thank you to everyone who took time out of their day to stop by my district office open house on Tuesday, March 7! It was wonderful to meet many people from the community, hear what issues matter most to them and address state government-related concerns. We share office space with Congressman Charlie Dent, and we were happy to have him join us. If you were unable to make it to our open house, you can learn more about our district office services here. My next event will be our Health Expo on Friday, May 19. Visit for additional details.
The 106th District has two more impressive Eagle Scouts joining its ranks! I recently presented House of Representatives citations to Orrin Wilson (top) and Sawyer Smith (bottom). Both young men are members of Boy Scout Troop 203 in Hershey and held leadership positions. For Sawyer’s Eagle Scout project, he built concrete pads and installed benches in front of the First United Methodist Church to help promote a sense of welcoming to the church and the downtown Hershey community. For his project, Orrin built a barbecue pit for the Fishburn United Methodist Church. Congratulations again to Sawyer and Orrin — we are very proud of you and your outstanding accomplishments! 
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