Driver’s License Veterans Designation Proving to be Popular

Feb. 06, 2018 /

More than a half million Pennsylvania veterans have added a veterans designation to their driver’s license or ID card since it was first offered in 2014. The designation – an American flag with the word VETERAN beneath it – is a patriotic way for veterans to show their pride and convey to others that they served in the United States military.

Improving Pennsylvania’s Adoption Laws

Jan. 29, 2018 /

Q: As someone who has adopted several children in recent years, I’m interested in the status of your adoption bill. I haven’t seen anything in the news since it was passed by the House last year.

Drug Epidemic Declared Statewide Disaster Emergency

Jan. 22, 2018 /

Last week, Gov. Tom Wolf signed a declaration that designated the heroin and opioid epidemic as a statewide disaster emergency. The move is the first-of-its-kind for a public health emergency in Pennsylvania.

Medical Marijuana and Gun Ownership

Jan. 16, 2018 /

Thank you for contacting me with your concerns regarding ownership of firearms by Pennsylvania residents who are approved for medicinal marijuana. This is certainly an important issue that we have been following closely in the House of Representatives.

Plan Unveiled to Reform Pennsylvania’s Welfare System

Jan. 08, 2018 /

To help contain costs and bring about real reform to Pennsylvania’s welfare system, a package of bills was unveiled this week to give more families an opportunity to improve their quality of life, while tackling waste, fraud and abuse from within the current system.

Beyond the Budget: A Look Back at 2017

Dec. 27, 2017 /

This year, the months-long budget saga dominated headlines out of Harrisburg. While I wasn’t entirely pleased with the overall spending and funding package, I do believe the final budget reflected one of our most fundamental responsibilities – standing up for taxpayers.

Cracking Down on Card Skimmers

Dec. 19, 2017 /

Legislation is moving quickly through the Pennsylvania General Assembly that would crack down on those who use credit card skimming devices for fraudulent purposes. House Bill 1918 was passed by the House last week, less than a month after it was introduced.

Trust Fund will Help Young Crime Victims

Dec. 11, 2017 /

We want to make sure the children of victims of violent crime and murder are cared for by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Sometimes these children may even be victims themselves.

Deer Hunters Can Share the Harvest with Pennsylvanians in Need

Nov. 24, 2017 /

Since 1991, the Hunter’s Sharing the Harvest (HSH) program has provided venison donated by hunters to families and individuals in need throughout Pennsylvania. HSH works with food banks, food pantries and charitable organizations in playing a critical role in filling the gaps for families and individuals at risk of hunger.

Helping Pennsylvania’s Veterans

Nov. 20, 2017 /

Last Saturday was Veterans Day, a time to pause and recognize the service and sacrifice of America’s veterans. For more than 240 years, men and women in uniform have been called to serve our country by protecting our freedom and defending our democracy.

Stopping the Flu Starts with YOU

Oct. 31, 2017 /

The Department of Health recently launched its annual “Stopping the Flu Starts with YOU” campaign, encouraging all Pennsylvanians to get vaccinated to prevent the spread of influenza.

Current Illegal Drug Trends in Pennsylvania

Oct. 23, 2017 /

This week in Harrisburg, I joined other members of the House Judiciary Committee at an informational meeting about current illegal drug trends in Pennsylvania. What we learned was startling.

Bills Would Prevent Welfare Fraud

Oct. 13, 2017 /

Legislation to ensure public benefits are reserved for American citizens was recently passed by the Pennsylvania House of Representatives.

Protect Yourself against West Nile Virus

Aug. 18, 2017 /

Pennsylvania’s first probable case of West Nile virus this year in a human was recently detected in Montgomery County. As a result, state officials are strongly recommending that all residents take steps to minimize their exposure to mosquitoes, which carry the disease.

Lyme Disease: What You Need to Know

Aug. 11, 2017 /

Pennsylvania continues to lead the nation in the number of Lyme disease cases, and it isn’t even close. More than 12,000 cases were reported in 2016, which is about 2,000 cases more than the previous year. New York comes in a distant second, with 4,000 cases reported.

Bills Would Protect Children and Pets Trapped in Hot Cars

Jul. 17, 2017 /

We’ve all read the horrible headlines, about children or pets that have died after being left alone in a hot vehicle. Legislation is now moving through the Pennsylvania House of Representatives that would help to prevent these tragedies from occurring.