Apr. 26, 2019

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The Rothman Report


 The latest news from the State Capitol

In the Community
Safely Dispose of Unused Prescriptions This Saturday
Residents have an opportunity to remove opioids and other unused medicines from homes this Saturday, April 27, as part of the National Prescription Drug Take Back Day.

More than 18 tons of prescription drugs were disposed of across Pennsylvania in the Prescription Drug Take Back Day held last October. The initiative helps prevent unused medications ending up in the wrong hands.

All four municipalities in the 87th District have disposal boxes.

Other locations to safely dispose of unused drugs are listed here.

You can also find permanent disposal boxes in your community by clicking here.

Cumberland County Hazardous Waste Disposal Events
Thursday, July 18 (12 p.m. - 6 p.m.)
Saturday, August 17 (9 a.m. - 3 p.m.)
Thursday, September 19 (12 p.m. - 6 p.m.)

Cumberland County Recycling Center
1001 Claremont Road
Carlisle, PA

Pre-registration is required and space is limited. Visit the online sign up form or call 717-240-6489 to register. Disposal rate for accepted materials is $0.30 per pound.

Additional Details HERE.

Leadership Harrisburg Area Visits the Capitol
This month I had the opportunity to speak to the Community Leadership Series class from Leadership Harrisburg Area at the Capitol. This group of professionals came together to gain insight on being an effective servant through their companies in their communities. As always, it was a pleasure to share my insight as a legislator and as a business leader.

Ugadi Celebration in Cumberland County

The Harrisburg Telugu Association celebrated Ugadi on April 20, bringing in the Hindu new year. This is an event I look forward to every year. It is always a joy to celebrate the many cultures represented in the 87th District.

Silver Spring Elementary Visits the Capitol

Students from Silver Spring Elementary School visited Representative Barb Gleim and I at the state Capitol April 10.

Honoring Fallen Echo Company Marines
Sadly, on April 11, Pennsylvania learned the heartbreaking news that we lost two of our finest from Echo Company, 2nd Battalion, 25th Marines in Harrisburg. In total, our great nation lost three Marines of the 25th Marine Regiment. On the House floor, my good friend and fellow Marine PA State Representative Frank Ryan helped us honor our fallen brothers. The House also passed a condolence resolution in honor of the Marines.

Sgt. Ben Hines of York County, Pennsylvania. Echo Company.
Staff Sgt. Christopher K.A. Slutman of Newark, Delaware. Echo Company.
Cpl. Robert A. Hendriks of Locust Valley, New York.

May they rest in peace. Semper Fi.

April is the Month of the Military Child
Our nation recognizes April as the Month of the Military Child. This is a time to honor the sacrifices made by military families worldwide, with our hearts especially full for the children of military members.

If you know any military families, I encourage you to reach out to them regularly and ensure they have the support they need when their loved ones are away from home.

CVHS JROTC Team Wins League 3 Championship
Congratulations to the Cumberland Valley High School JROTC Raider Team, who recently captured the League 3 Raider Team Championship for the eighth consecutive year! Keep up the great work, cadets!
State Government News

Rothman Regulatory Reform Bills
This session, I have introduced two regulatory reform bills that are aimed at increasing government transparency and helping unleash our economy.

House Bill 509, which recently passed out of the House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee, would reform the administration of permits by requiring all agencies, which issue permits, to increase transparency throughout the process. It requires government agencies to create a tracking system website.

House Bill 507, which is currently being considered by the House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee, amends the Regulatory Review Act by requiring any economically significant regulation to be approved by the General Assembly. Under this legislation, any regulation which has a fiscal impact of $1 million on the economy must be approved my majority vote in both the Senate and the House. Should either the Senate or the House reject the regulation, the agency will be barred from implementing the regulation.

Last week, I participated in a press conference in York with my colleagues from the Republican Caucus. My remarks begin at 21:00.

Transportation Hearing on Legalizing E-Scooters
On April 18, I joined Representative Stephen Kinsey (D-Philadelphia) at a hearing in Pittsburgh to urge our colleagues to support our legislation, House Bill 631, that would legalize electric scooters in Pennsylvania. We believe that the government should not be regulating what form of transportation you choose to use. E-scooters will help ease congestion in our cities and help with tourism and local commerce.

Protecting Children and Animals in Hot Cars
House Bill 279, which was passed by the House earlier this month, would provide civil immunity for any damage that may be done to a vehicle when forceful entry is necessary to rescue a child.

Last year, the Legislature enacted Act 104 of 2018, which provides civil immunity to law enforcement, animal control and humane officers and emergency responders who enter a car to save an animal that was left behind.

The civil protections in Act 104 do not extend to civilians attempting to break into a car to rescue an animal.

For the safety of your pets, it is best to leave them at home in hot weather.

For the safety and well-being of your children, they should not be left unattended in a vehicle regardless of weather.

Help for Lyme Disease Treatment
Pennsylvania has consistently ranked among the highest in the country in confirmed cases of Lyme disease.

To help those affected by this disease and other related tick-borne illnesses, the House Health Committee approved legislation that would require health insurers to cover treatment plans for Lyme disease or related tick-borne illnesses as prescribed by a patient’s health care practitioner, regardless if the treatment plan includes short-term or long-term antibiotic treatment.

Lyme disease can be easily treated with antibiotics when caught and treated early. If untreated, the disease can cause joint swelling, cardiac or neurologic complications. The most severe cases can be debilitating.

House Bill 629 now moves to the full House for consideration.

For more information on the signs and symptoms of Lyme disease, and how to protect yourself from tick bites, click here.

Supporting First Responders in PA
With fire and emergency medical service organizations across the state struggling due to a lack of volunteers and financial resources, the House and Senate Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness committees held an informational meeting to discuss recommendations put forth late last year to address these challenges.

According to testimony offered at the meeting, the decline of volunteers in fire and EMS services across the state is having a significant impact on municipalities’ ability to reliably and safely provide public safety services to their citizens.

Much of the decline in volunteers can be attributed to societal and economic changes, such as longer working hours and longer commutes. However, lawmakers were encouraged to consider incentives such as tax credits or college loan forgiveness programs to help recruit new volunteers. Affordable and accessible training was also encouraged as a way to remove barriers to volunteering.

These were among more than two dozen broad recommendations offered by the Senate Resolution 6 Commission, which was charged with studying issues such as recruitment and retention, government support, innovation, training and operations, and more.

One of the report’s recommendations, which requires insurers to reimburse ambulance companies for services provided even if no transport takes place, was signed into law last year. Lawmakers plan to build on that success this year as they prepare to introduce legislation implementing some additional recommendations.

View the full report HERE.

Strengthening Protections for Victims of Crime

During National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, the House began working through a package of bills designed to help protect victims of crime.

A cornerstone of this package is Marsy’s Law, a bill that seeks to amend the state Constitution by adding a victim’s bill of rights.

Other bills in the package passed this week include measures to shield rape victims from being re-victimized by irrelevant cross examination; allow victims and witnesses with intellectual disabilities or autism to submit out-of-court statements rather than face their perpetrators in court; expand the types of crimes for which an out-of-court statement can be accepted; and allow crime victims to attend any proceeding relating to their cases, unless attending would materially alter the victims’ testimony.

The bills now head to the Senate for consideration.

Learn more about efforts to protect crime victims in Pennsylvania here

Expanding the Statute of Limitations for Child Sex Abuse
As the Commonwealth marks April as Child Abuse Prevention Month, the House passed a two-bill package known as the Pennsylvania Hidden Predator Act to help empower victims of child sexual abuse.

House Bill 962, sponsored by Representative Mark Rozzi (D-Berks), would change the civil statute of limitations for child sexual abuse, allowing childhood victims until age 55 to file suit, and provide for waivers of sovereign and governmental immunity relating to claims of childhood sexual abuse. It would also abolish the criminal statute of limitations for child sexual abuse moving forward.

House Bill 963, sponsored by Representative Jim Gregory (R-Blair), would amend the Pennsylvania Constitution to provide a two-year window in which civil lawsuits alleging childhood sexual abuse may be filed in court, notwithstanding any otherwise applicable statute of limitations defense.

These bills are important in the effort to ensure justice for victims of past abuse.

Reporting suspected abuse is the best way to protect children. If you suspect a child is being abused or neglected, you can call the Department of Health’s toll-free ChildLine at 1-800-932-0313.

Putting More Domestic Abusers Behind Bars
Continuing the commitment to protecting crime victims, the House approved a bill sponsored by Representative Torren Ecker (R-Adams/Cumberland) to ensure victims of strangulation get the justice they deserve.

Prior to a 2016 law, strangulation could only be charged as a misdemeanor assault in Pennsylvania. Act 111 made it a criminal offense, and according to law enforcement officials across the state, the law has helped put more domestic abusers behind bars.

House Bill 854 builds on that progress by fully incorporating strangulation into our laws, ensuring any prior strangulation conviction will be recognized and considered in subsequent cases.

Passing this bill continues the push by House Republicans to protect the victims of crime. You can learn more about House Republicans protecting victims here.

The bill now moves to the Senate for consideration.

Pension Forfeiture for Sex Offenses
Working to ensure public officials and employees are held fully accountable for their actions, the House approved legislation that would force them to forfeit their taxpayer-funded pensions if they are convicted of committing a sexual offense.

Under House Bill 991, public employees and officials – including elected officials – would lose their pension if convicted of offenses such as indecent assault, indecent exposure or unlawful dissemination of an intimate image (commonly referred to as revenge porn).

The bill now moves to the Senate for consideration.

House Bill Addresses Criminal Justice Reform
I joined my South Central Republican colleagues at a bipartisan news conference in Center City Philadelphia April 2 to promote legislation that would reform our criminal justice system.

The goal of probation should be to help those who have served time and are turning their life around to become productive members of society.

House Bill 1925 (which has yet to be formally introduced) will help deserving parolees out of the system, and allow those in law enforcement to focus on higher risk offenders and better protect and serve our citizens.
Programs, Services, Opportunities

Submit a Job Opportunity for a Veteran

If you are a Pennsylvania employer looking to hire a veteran, submit your job opportunity to the Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (DMVA) and it will feature the opportunity in an upcoming issue of the DMVA Digest, their weekly e-publication. Learn more HERE.

Good Money Habits Training Resource for Kids
To help high school and college students make smart money decisions, Pennsylvania is launching a new program called the “FinLit Forum.” The program addresses many “real life” financial issues of young people, including banking basics, introduction to budgeting, understanding credit reports and scores, scams and identity theft, insurance 101, and financial aid.

Learn more here.

Give PennDOT Feedback
PennDOT is looking for Pennsylvanians to give feedback on its winter services and communications.

You can provide your input by taking PennDOT’s 10-question survey by clicking here

Have an Issue or Concern?
If you are a resident of the 87th District and need assistance with a state agency, please feel free to contact my Camp Hill office at 717-975-2235. One of my staff members will be more than happy to assist you.

Stay in Touch with Me on Social Media
You can stay up to date on my latest news and activities by visiting my House website, reprothman.com, or my official Facebook page or my official Instagram account. You can watch my House floor speeches and press interviews at my YouTube channel HERE.
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