New Law Benefits Young Crime Victims

Jul. 02, 2018 /

Legislation was recently signed into law that provides additional educational support from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to children who are victims of violent crime, or who lose their parents as the result of a violent crime. I am a co-sponsor of Act 42 of 2018, formerly House Bill 1929, which ensures these young people benefit from the First Chance Trust Fund. The prime sponsor of the new law is Rep. Ron Marsico of Dauphin County, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee.

Saving Pennsylvania’s Ambulance Services

Jun. 26, 2018 /

With ambulance companies in urban, suburban and rural communities across Pennsylvania struggling to keep their doors open, lawmakers and EMS personnel gathered at the state Capitol in Harrisburg recently and issued a call to action on legislation to help ensure fair reimbursement for services provided.

Bills Would Ban Vaping Products for Teens

Jun. 11, 2018 /

The evidence is mounting about the negative health effects of vaping, which unfortunately is a growing trend among teenagers. Legislation is advancing in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives that would help to keep electronic, or e-cigarettes, and other vaping products out of the hands of young people.

CHIP Provides Quality Health Care for Pennsylvania Kids

Jun. 04, 2018 /

State officials recently launched a public awareness campaign to bring more attention to the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), which provides a vital health service to thousands of families across Pennsylvania.

Property Tax Reform Update

May. 28, 2018 /

Q: I haven’t heard much talk lately about eliminating our school property taxes? Have any bills been introduced in Harrisburg lately related to this issue?

Watch for the Spotted Lanternfly

May. 25, 2018 /

Even though there has been no sign to date of the Spotted Lanternfly in Luzerne County, state officials are urging residents to be vigilant and watch for the highly-invasive insect.

Watch for the Spotted Lanternfly

May. 21, 2018 /

Even though there has been no sign to date of the Spotted Lanternfly in Luzerne County, state officials are urging residents to be vigilant and watch for the highly-invasive insect.

Helping First-Time Homebuyers

May. 14, 2018 /

Legislation is moving through the Pennsylvania House of Representatives that would help state residents realize the dream of home ownership. The toughest part for many prospective homebuyers is taking the first step, and House Bill 1981 would enable them to do just that.

Welfare Reform Bill Would Establish Work Requirements

May. 07, 2018 /

We all know someone who is dealing with a challenge in their lives, be it job loss, illness or injury. Any of these circumstances can happen to anyone at any time, and it is human nature to want to lift people up and get them back on their feet.

Creating a Victims’ Bill of Rights

Apr. 23, 2018 /

Legislation that would create a victims’ bill of rights in Pennsylvania is moving through the General Assembly. I am a co-sponsor of House Bill 1993, which is otherwise known as Marsy’s Law after a tragic case in California.

Public Safety Focus of Committee Hearings

Apr. 16, 2018 /

The House Judiciary Committee, of which I am a member, is currently holding a series of special public safety hearings in Harrisburg on public safety legislation, including proposals relating to Pennsylvania’s gun laws.

Learn How to Prevent Lyme Disease

Apr. 09, 2018 /

Now that warmer spring weather is on the way, the Pennsylvania Department of Health is reminding residents to take the necessary steps to guard against Lyme disease.

Improving Pennsylvania’s Child Custody Law

Mar. 26, 2018 /

Legislation that would make important changes to Pennsylvania’s child custody law was recently approved by the House Judiciary Committee, of which I am a member. Our vote on Senate Bill 844 was unanimous and sends the proposal to the full House of Representatives for consideration.

Trout Stocking Starts Soon in Area Waterways

Feb. 20, 2018 /

To find out when your favorite fishing spot will be stocked with trout by the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission, check the 2018 stocking schedules, which are now available online and on the commission’s FishBoatPA mobile app. Hard copies are available at my district office in Hazleton, located at 1 W. Broad St.

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.