Jul. 05, 2024

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

In this Edition:
  •   Nuclear Energy Caucus to Support Industry
  •   New State Law to Offer Added Protections for Victims of Data Breaches
  •   Growing PA’s Meat-Processing Businesses
  •   Hummelstown Park Site of Celebration
Nuclear Energy Caucus to Support Industry


The bipartisan, bicameral Nuclear Energy Caucus relaunched this week with Sen. John Kane (D-9), Sen. Lynda Schlegel Culver (R-27), Rep. Rob Matzie (D-16) and me serving as co-chairs. We want to ensure this emission-free form of energy contributes to our baseload power for generations to come. Want to learn more? Read this guest editorial I wrote for City & State PA.
New State Law to Offer Added Protections for Victims of Data Breaches

A new state law will help protect consumers impacted by data breaches.

Act 33 of 2024, which received unanimous support in both the House and Senate, requires an impacted organization to provide a free credit report and one year of credit monitoring to affected consumers. It also strengthens notification requirements and mandates notification of the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General if a data breach occurs in the Commonwealth.

The measure would cover instances in which an individual’s first and last name or first initial and last name have been accessed in combination with any of the following information: Social Security number, bank account number, or driver’s license or state ID number.

A record 3,122 data breaches occurred nationally in 2023, affecting hundreds of millions of Americans and costing billions of dollars, according to the Identity Theft Resource Center. It marked a 72% increase in data compromises from the previous all-time high in 2021.

The law will take effect in late September.
Growing PA’s Meat-Processing Businesses

The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture is now accepting applications for its 2024-25 Very Small Meat and Poultry Processor Reimbursement Grant Program.

The grant program supports the development and expansion of current or future meat and poultry processing operations across Pennsylvania, offering reimbursement funds to cover costs associated with opening or expanding operations, or obtaining a grant of inspection from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety Inspection Service.

A total of $500,000 is available for 2024-25, with a maximum grant amount of $100,000. Applications can be submitted through the Single Application for Assistance online applications system and are due by 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 2.

Additional information is available here.
Hummelstown Park Site of Celebration

Last weekend, we cut a ribbon to celebrate the newly renovated Alexander Park in Hummelstown. Lori Yeich from Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources joined us and saw all the park off Sweet Arrow Drive has to offer to families. The park is named for the late Bud Alexander, who was Hummelstown's mayor for 29 years.