Dec. 08, 2023

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#Listrak\DateStampLong# The latest news from the State Capitol
 
In this Edition:
  •   Preserving our Capitol
  •   Interested in Working for the Commonwealth?
  •   Beware of Holiday Scams
  •   Watch Out for Deer!
  •   Mark Your Calendar for 2024 Fishing Season
  •   Happy Hanukkah!
  •   Out and About Photos
 
 
Preserving our Capitol

Anyone who has toured the House Chamber knows how beautiful the building in which we work is. Recently, it was announced that there is a leak in the ceiling that needs addressed. Our House Chamber features priceless murals and artworks that show the history of the Commonwealth and has been so well preserved that we still sit at the original desks from the early 20th century. In the interest of preventing damage to the Chamber, preservation work must take place. The governor’s budget address will be held in the Rotunda of the building this year rather than the House Chamber. It also means that the House will not return to voting session until March.

It is important to remember that even if we are not working in Harrisburg, we are still working in our districts to do everything we can for you. I spend more time working in the district than the Capitol. Also, once Gov. Josh Shapiro delivers his address in February, the House Appropriations Committee will be focused on budget hearings. This hiatus from session will allow for the reparation and preservation of the House Chamber and allot even more time for us to work in the district for you.
 
 
Interested in Working for the Commonwealth?

On Tuesday, Dec. 12 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Wednesday, Dec. 13, from 2-6 p.m., the State Correctional Institution Camp Hill is hosting an on-site hiring event with a number of available positions. You can read the below flyer for more information or visit employment.pa.gov to apply today!


 
 
Beware of Holiday Scams


The Office of Attorney General is once again warning us all about common scams that typically ramp up during the holiday season.

These include email and text phishing, in which you receive an email or text message directing you to enter personal information on a fraudulent website; home delivery stealing; credit card skimming; romance scams; online pet scams; online pop-up advertisements; and online marketplace deals. Read more about each of these scams here.  

To further protect yourselves, you are encouraged to:
  •   Set up email or text alerts with your credit card company or bank, so you will be alerted quickly to all purchases, including fraudulent purchases.
  •   Install the latest security updates and run virus scans regularly on your computer or mobile device.
  •   Never use your home’s smart device to find a customer support number for any company and have the system dial it for you. Go directly to the company’s website, call the number on the back of your credit or debit card, or use the number on your billing statement.
  •   Never pay with a prepaid gift card, CashApp, or Venmo or wire someone money when you’re trying to buy a gift online. Use your credit card, not a debit card, for better protection.
  •   Never click on a hyperlink in an email, social media ad or text message to make a purchase. Go directly to the website of the store you wish to purchase from to ensure you are shopping at the right place.
  •   Gift cards are for gifts; you cannot pay a bill or debt owed to the government through a gift card.

Anyone who believes they may have been scammed should file a police report, and file a complaint with the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General online here, or by emailing scams@attorneygeneral.gov or calling 1-800-441-2555.
 
 
Watch Out for Deer!


‘Tis the season for deer-related crashes. The Pennsylvania Insurance Department (PID), Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) and Pennsylvania State Police are reminding motorists to stay alert and watch carefully for deer darting across and along roadways.

Figures compiled by State Farm show Pennsylvanians have a 1-in-59 chance of being involved in an animal-related crash, the third highest in the nation. According to PennDOT data, there were 5,849 deer-related crashes in Pennsylvania last year, resulting in 1,265 injuries and nine fatalities. The average cost of a deer-related collision is approximately $4,300, based on industry reports.

The following tips can help reduce the possibility of being involved in a crash with a deer:
  •   Slow down and use caution, particularly where deer crossing signs are posted, and increase following distance between vehicles.
  •   Make young drivers aware of increased deer movement.
  •   Be especially watchful during morning and evening hours when wildlife is most active.
  •   Exercise caution when one deer crosses a roadway. Since deer often travel in small herds, one deer will usually be followed by others.

For more information, click here.  

Pennsylvanians can report a dead deer for removal from state-maintained roads by calling 1-800-FIX-ROAD.  
 
 
Mark Your Calendar for 2024 Fishing Season


Now is a good time to mark your 2024 calendars for important statewide fishing days. My apologies that the wrong dates appeared in my last email.

The correct dates are as follows:
  •   Opening day of trout season – Saturday, April 6
  •   Statewide Mentored Youth Trout Day – Saturday, March 30
  •   Fish for Free Days – Memorial Day (Monday, May 27) and Thursday, July 4.

Fishing licenses for 2024 are now available for purchase from the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission. In the new year, an annual license for a Pennsylvania resident will cost $26 and senior resident annual licenses go for $12.50. Please click here to make a purchase and check out the full list of license options.
 
 
Happy Hanukkah!



To those who celebrate, happy Hanukkah! Wishing you a joyous eight-day festival and a lifetime of light. I hope you’re singing the dreidel songs a little louder this time of year.
 
 
Out and About Photos

Hummelstown Business and Professional Association

As a business owner, I love to see our local businesses grow and thrive. I also recognize the challenge of growing business in an economy that continually sees rising costs. Recently, I attended the Hummelstown Business and Professional Association’s gathering at Rubber Soul where I got to meet and speak with many business owners.


Christmas Tree Lightings

Are you feeling festive? Linda and I certainly are! It was wonderful to see the community participation at all of the events; you can enjoy some of the many photos we have from the district and all the beautiful lights we saw below.
Merry Christmas everyone. Linda and I wish you all a happy, healthy and safe holiday season!

Middletown Borough


We joined the Middletown Borough tree lighting the Saturday after Thanksgiving. What a great turnout.


East Hanover and South Hanover townships, Royalton Borough, and Lower Swatara Lions Club

Last Friday, Linda and I raced around the district to visit the East Hanover Township, South Hanover Township, Royalton Borough and Lower Swatara Lions Club tree lightings. As a member of the Lower Swatara Lions Club, I was looking forward to attending their tree lighting. Unfortunately, we only arrived after the tree lighting was over, but it looked beautiful!


Derry Township


Saturday, we visited Derry Township where, of course, I tried to butter-up Santa. I think it worked; hopefully I see some extra presents in my stocking!


Hummelstown Borough


Sunday, we enjoyed the tree lighting in Hummelstown Borough. Each year they honor various individuals who have made an impact in the borough. This year, one of the dedications was to borough councilman Randy Lutz, who was a lifetime borough resident who passed away earlier this year.
 
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