Jun. 28, 2024

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

In this Edition:
  •   Living the Sweet Life
  •   July is MECP2 Duplication Syndrome Awareness Month
  •   Upgraded PA ABLE Website Highlights Program for Pennsylvanians with Disabilities
  •   Happy Independence Day!
  •   Fish for Free on Independence Day!
  •   Scam Jam & Fraud Bingo Highlights Shadowy Crimes
  •   Constituents Visit Capitol Office
Living the Sweet Life

As I’m sure you heard (listen to that ROAR!), the Hershey Bears took home their 13th AHL title Monday when they clinched the Calder Cup in championship play. The game drew a record crowd of more than 11,000 people, including Gov. Josh Shapiro, my wife and me.

Further exciting developments concerning Hershey included a Capitol visit this week from the Hershey Kiss Committee, a group of students learning about civics as they advocate to make Hershey’s Kisses our official state candy. I restocked their supply of Kisses and wished them well as they spoke to senators about my legislation to bring about the designation.
July is MECP2 Duplication Syndrome Awareness Month

Click here to view video.

A resolution I introduced received broad legislative support, so July will be MECP2 Awareness Month in Pennsylvania. MECP2 is a rare neurodevelopmental disorder with promising new research in the works. Learn more about MECP2 in the video linked above and hear from Commonwealth families impacted by it.
Upgraded PA ABLE Website Highlights Program for Pennsylvanians with Disabilities

The Pennsylvania Treasury recently launched its redesigned PA ABLE Savings Program website, paable.gov.

PA ABLE gives individuals with qualifying disabilities a tax-free way to save and invest without impacting important benefits. All federal benefits are protected, including Medical Assistance (Medicaid) and, with some limitations, Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits, as are many Pennsylvania state benefits.

The new website makes it easier for individuals to learn about the many benefits of PA ABLE, open a new account and access their existing PA ABLE account. It streamlines navigation and content, integrates frequently asked questions within relevant pages, and includes changes that make it easier and more convenient for account owners and prospective account owners to find the information they need about PA ABLE.

More than 9,000 PA ABLE accounts are currently open with over $120 million in assets.

To learn more, visit paable.gov or call 855-529-2253.
Happy Independence Day!!

Many of us enjoy celebrating our nation’s independence by watching public displays of fireworks, or by setting off our own.

If you choose to set off your own fireworks, be smart, be careful and be considerate of your neighbors. The U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission offers the following safety tips for using fireworks.

  •   Keep a bucket of water or a garden hose handy in case of fire or other mishap.
  •   Never allow children to play with or ignite fireworks, even sparklers.
  •   Light fireworks one at a time, then move back quickly.
  •   Never point or throw fireworks at another person.
  •   Never pick up or try to relight fireworks that have not fully ignited.
  •   Never use fireworks after consuming alcohol or other substances that impair judgement or the ability to act quickly.

For details about the state’s fireworks laws, click here.

If you are traveling, check out www.511pa.com. Free and available 24 hours a day, the site provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information and access to more than 1,000 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.

PennDOT will close its driver license service centers on Thursday, July 4. Customers may still obtain a variety of driver and vehicle products and services, including all forms, publications and driver training manuals, online through PennDOT’s Driver and Vehicle Services website, www.dmv.pa.gov.

Have a safe and happy July Fourth!
Fish for Free on Independence Day!

On Thursday, July 4, the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) will host a Fish for Free day to allow anyone (resident or non-resident) to legally fish on all Pennsylvania waterways. No license is required, but all other fishing regulations still apply. This is a great way to expose the next generation of anglers to the outdoors! More information about fishing in Pennsylvania is available here.
Scam Jam & Fraud Bingo Highlights Shadowy Crimes


The Pennsylvania Department of Banking and Securities presented information at a Scam Jam & Fraud Bingo hosted by my office in East Hanover Township. Fraud is a serious topic, but those who attended learned about it in a fun, interactive way. I hope all attendees feel better equipped to protect themselves and their financial assets. Missed the event but want copies of the printed materials? Call my office at 717-534-1323.
Constituents Visit Capitol Office

The Capitol is always abuzz with activity in late June and early July, and this past week was no exception. I had a pair of very gracious visitors Tuesday. Catherine Siris and her son, Wesley, came from their Derry Township home to talk about funding for intellectual disabilities and autism.