Apr. 12, 2024

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#Listrak\DateStampLong# The latest news from the State Capitol

In this Edition:
  •   Potential Changes Coming for East Hanover Township Road
  •   Bill to Honor Gold Star Families Advances
  •   Scam Alert! PA Turnpike Alerts E-ZPass Users of Phishing Scam
  •   Reminder: Saturday is Children’s Trout Derby
  •   Donate Life Month
  •   Clean Up During ‘Pick Up Pennsylvania’
  •   Stay Alert in Work Zones
  •   Reminder: Deadline to Apply for Mail-In Ballot April 16
  •   Teens Visit Capitol
Potential Changes Coming for East Hanover Township Road

Legislation to convert Bow Creek Road in East Hanover Township from a municipally owned and maintained road to a state-owned one cleared the House of Representatives on Wednesday.

House Bill 2055, which I sponsored, now goes to the Senate for its review.

The bill would affect Bow Creek Road from its intersection with Jonestown Road to Route 443/Mountain Road. Maintenance responsibilities would transfer to the state.

Bow Creek Road is believed to be the only municipally owned road that directly serves an Interstate 81 exit throughout the highway’s entire route in Pennsylvania. It is important the state take ownership of this road and the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation maintain it.

In exchange for the transfer, East Hanover and South Hanover townships would accept sections of Canal Road (State Route 2022) to maintain.

Act 203 of 1931 establishes the process for a municipal road to become a state road through the legislative process, culminating in a signature from the governor.

Bill to Honor Gold Star Families Advances

This week, I wholeheartedly supported a bill that would bring a memorial monument to state Capitol grounds in recognition of Gold Star families. It would give families a place to gather while remembering and honoring their fallen loved ones.

Dating back to World War II, Pennsylvania has 36,584 Gold Star families that would be honored by this memorial. Gold Star families have experienced the loss of an immediate family member who died as a result of active-duty military service.

A memorial would increase awareness of the sacrifices made by not only the fallen service member, but also by his or her partner, children, siblings, parents and friends.

The bill is sponsored by northern Dauphin County’s Rep. Joe Kerwin, who serves in the Pennsylvania Army National Guard and was deployed to forward operating positions in East Africa earlier this year.

House Bill 71 passed the House unanimously and now goes to the Senate for consideration.
Scam Alert! PA Turnpike Alerts E-ZPass Users of Phishing Scam

If you receive an unsolicited text or email suggesting it is from the Pennsylvania Turnpike, E-ZPass or another toll agency, DO NOT click on the link.

The Pennsylvania Turnpike is warning E-ZPass users of a phishing scam that is attempting to obtain personal financial information to settle outstanding toll amounts. The text purports to be from “Pa Turnpike Toll Services.”

E-ZPass account holders should use approved safe methods to check their accounts, such as the official PA Turnpike E-ZPass website or the PA Toll Pay app.

Those who receive a fraudulent text should file a complaint with the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center at www.ic3.gov, which is a site dedicated to sharing information on Internet crimes across law enforcement agencies.
Reminder: Saturday is Children’s Trout Derby

Join me for the trout derby detailed in the flyer below. We’re stocking fish in anticipation of this fun event!

Donate Life Month

April is Donate Life Month to highlight the importance of organ donation. More than 100,000 patients across the country are awaiting organ transplant.

Ensure you are registered as an organ donor when updating your driver’s license or state ID, and consider whether you could be a living donor through kidney or liver transplant.
Clean Up During ‘Pick Up Pennsylvania’

The Pennsylvania departments of Environmental Protection (DEP) and Transportation (PennDOT) are encouraging residents, local leaders, businesses and organizations to join in cleaning up their communities as part of the “Pick Up Pennsylvania” spring community improvement campaign, now through May 31.

Pick Up Pennsylvania is a year-long initiative; however, events scheduled through May 31 receive free trash bags, gloves and safety vests provided by support from DEP, PennDOT and Keep America Beautiful, as supplies last.

Events may include litter cleanups, illegal dump cleanups, community greening and beautification, special collections and litter education events. Events must be registered at www.keeppabeautiful.org to receive free cleanup supplies.

Last year, the Pick Up Pennsylvania initiative welcomed more than 71,000 volunteers who disposed of more than 2.9 million pounds of trash; cleaned 8,462 miles of road and waterways; and planted more than 8,000 trees, flowers and other greens.
Stay Alert in Work Zones

Next week, April 15-19, is National Work Zone Awareness Week, a time to remind drivers to be cautious, alert and respectful while traveling through areas of roadway and bridge construction. This year’s theme is “Work zones are temporary. Actions behind the wheel can last forever.”

When you encounter work zones, PennDOT offers the following tips: drive the posted work zone speed limit; stay alert and pay attention to signs and flaggers; maintain a safe distance around vehicles; use flashers if traveling slowly; avoid distractions; and be patient.

State law requires motorists to travel with their headlights on in all posted work zones, not just active work zones. Daytime running lights are not sufficient; drivers must have their headlights on to also activate their taillights.

Drivers also should be aware that interstate work zones with a project cost exceeding $300,000 will have a speed-monitoring device to alert motorists of their speed prior to entering the work zone.

For more information about work zone safety, click here. Remember: The men and women working on our roadways are parents, children, siblings and spouses. They deserve to return home from work each day safely.  
Reminder: Deadline to Apply for Mail-In Ballot
April 16

With the primary election fast approaching, I wanted to remind those who wish to vote by mail that you must apply for your mail-in ballot no later than this coming Tuesday, April 16. You may apply at your county’s voter registration office or online here.  

Once you receive the mail-in ballot, be sure to follow instructions for filling it out and be sure to return it no later than 8 p.m. on election day, which is Tuesday, April 23.

For more information about voting in the Commonwealth, visit www.vote.pa.gov.
Teens Visit Capitol

Students from Dauphin County Technical School and Hershey High School visited with me in the Capitol this week.

The Dauphin County Technical School students were highlighting the principles of work-based learning.

Hershey High School’s Junaid Siddiqui and Ana Leon Kovatch are students in the YMCA’s Youth & Government program in which they learn about civics with practical lessons.