Nov. 30, 2017

District Office Open House


You are invited to an Open House on Friday, December 15, from 3-6 p.m at our district office located at 1200 Camp Hill Bypass in Suite 202. It will be a great opportunity to meet me and my staff, get to know the services we offer in our office, and learn about the ways we can help improve your interactions with state government.

I hope to see you at our Open House, or feel free to stop by our district office during regular business hours for help with state government-related issues. My staff and I are here to serve you. If you need help with state government programs, services or initiatives, our office is here to serve as a resource for you and your family.

East Pennsboro Press Conference

I participateed in a news conference on November 21, announcing a $900,000 grant approved by the Commonwealth Financing Authority to help improve East Penn Drive and Adams-Ricci Park in East Pennsboro Township.
The project will widen traffic lanes, install traffic signals and establish new turn lanes, as well as build a pedestrian and bicycle bridge across East Penn Drive to connect the two sides of Adams-Ricci Park. These changes will ensure that East Penn Drive can safely handle the increased traffic that will accompany a new development located along the road.

This is an encouraging example of what can happen when state and local officials work together to deliver a project for residents. This funding will make Adams-Ricci Park an even better community asset and provide greater access for local families to take advantage of recreational opportunities. This grant and the ensuing project will positively affect the lives of the people in the 87th district who utilize the park.

Cumberland Community-Based Veteran Outpatient Clinic


A new state-of-the-art veteran outpatient facility will open in Mechanicsburg in March 2018. The 2,500 square foot facility will include new health services available to veterans in the area, and will be equipped with the latest technology and resources for our community veterans.

The center will replace the Lebanon VA’s current satellite campus in Camp Hill. Current patients will be notified when to start visiting the new location at 5070 Ritter Road.

The groundbreaking ceremony for the new veteran outpatient facility included VA and community leaders.



My staff and I recently toured the 108-bed hospital at UPMC in Mechanicsburg. This hospital was recently voted by Soliant Health as one of the 20 Most Beautiful Hospitals in the U.S. I am proud to have an innovative medical center like UMPC in our district.

Students in the 87th District

Central Dauphin High School senior Micki Butler spent the day shadowing me during the House session on November 20. Micki, who has committed to Temple University and plans to play field hockey in the fall, participates in youth and government with her school.

Micki attended two House Transportation Committee meetings and session for the day. Any students interested in shadowing my role in the House or participating in the Guest Page program through the House should contact my staff to schedule.

Veteran’s Day


Every year on November 11, we take a moment from our busy lives to honor the many men and women who have fought to make our country great. We also recognize the families whose sons, daughters, and loved ones have been lost or injured while fighting for the United States.

I had the opportunity to attend several Veterans Day events in our area, and every event was a testament to how earnestly we care for our fellow man, and how we strive to honor their sacrifices so we can live freely as Americans.

It was my honor to speak at both the Susquehanna View Apartments and Manor Care’s Veteran’s Day ceremonies and to present the veterans living in those facilities with certificates recognizing their service.

I also attended RJ Harris’s annual Veterans Day Celebration at the Radisson Hotel in Camp Hill. I had the opportunity to eat breakfast with veterans from the area, and talk to them about their lives during and after service. RJ Harris broadcasted live from the event on News Radio WHP 580.

Opioid Crisis Roundtable


A roundtable was hosted by Senator Mike Regan on November 8 at the JFT Recovery and Veterans Support Services in Lemoyne, to discuss solutions to the opioid crisis in Pennsylvania.

The senator and I were joined by Representatives Steve Bloom and Sheryl Delozier, Attorney General Josh Shapiro, Former District Attorney and newly elected U.S. Attorney Dave Freed, as well as Cumberland County Coroner Charley Hall, and JFT staff.

Thirteen people die every day in Pennsylvania from opioid overdoses, and the problem continues to grow. During the roundtable, discussion centered on recent legislative efforts to address the opioid crisis and how best to enhance coordination between state and local law enforcement. The objective is to figure out what we can do to solve this problem. Discussions such as this are a step in the right direction to conquer this epidemic that continues to take lives in our community and nationwide.

Anti-Fraud Measure Signed into Law

Legislation reforming the local tax collection system to reduce instances of fraud was signed into law this month and will go into effect January 1, 2018.

Act 38 of 2017 prohibits checks made payable to a tax collector’s name only. Under the new law, checks should be made payable to the name of the tax collector along with the office, title or position; or be made out just to the office, title or position and then be deposited into a separate bank account used only for tax money. Changing how accounts are set up and how checks are written will give municipalities and taxpayers an added layer of protection by ensuring their tax dollars go where they are intended.

Previously, the Local Tax Collection Law did not specify how taxes are to be paid, so it was left to individual tax collectors to determine how they want checks made out for the payment of taxes and to what account the tax money was to be deposited.

Helping Our Veterans

While we honor our veterans annually on Veterans Day, it is important to support these brave men and women all year.

This session, the House is working on several initiatives to help our veterans, including one that is now law.

Known as the Stolen Valor Law, Act 9 of 2017 makes it a crime for someone to misrepresent military service or honors for the purpose of fraudulently attempting to obtain money, property or other benefits.

House Bill 1878 seeks to assist members of the National Guard with employment protection, as the bill would extend current employment protections to Pennsylvania citizens who are members of another state’s National Guard. Currently, the employment protection only applies to members of the Pennsylvania National Guard. The bill is currently in the House Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee and is expected to advance.

House Bill 165 would create and add the Pennsylvania Medal of Achievement and the Pennsylvania Veterans Service Award to the list of existing medals, badges and awards that are authorized and presented by the governor in the name of the Commonwealth.

Muslim Day at the Capitol


Members of civically engaged faith communities on November 15 visited Harrisburg in honor of Muslim Day at the Capitol. American Muslims play a critical role in shaping our society’s social and political fabric, and it was a day to recognize the major influence that Muslims have in the political sphere.

Muslim Day at the Capitol provides the opportunity for Muslims in our community to develop valuable leadership and advocacy skills, engage with lawmakers on issues and gain a greater understanding of the inner workings of local and state government. I had the honor of visiting with some of my friends and neighbors from the Muslim community, Aaysha Noor, Rabiya Wajeh and Shumila Khan.
Adoptees Can Now Apply for Original Birth Certificates

Pennsylvania adult adoptees can now apply for and receive a copy of their original birth certificate from the Pennsylvania Department of Health. Act 127 of 2016 reinstated this access for the first time since 1984 to allow these adults to have the same access to the record as everyone else. Under previous Pennsylvania law, adoptees could petition the courts for a copy of their original birth records; however, that request could have been denied by a judge.

For more information on the new law and the application process, click here.

Cumberland County Electronics Recycling Center Open

America Recycles Day is a Keep America Beautiful initiative, which takes place annually in November. During this time we recognize the benefits of recycling while providing an educational platform that helps raise awareness about the value of reducing, reusing and recycling every day throughout the year.

In recognition of America Recycles Day, I would like to call attention to the recycling efforts within Cumberland County that residents can utilize, including the Electronics Recycling Center in Carlisle.

Located at 1001 Claremont Road in Carlisle, the recycling center accepts televisions, computers and accessories, mobile devices, entertain¬ment equipment, data center equipment and cable equipment. A small fee of 50 cents per pound of electronics recycled is charged to help offset the county's costs for collecting, packaging, loading, shipping and recycling the electronics. The recycling center is open every Tuesday and Wednesday from 2-6 p.m., as well as the second and fourth Saturdays each month from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.