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Protecting Victims of Crime
4/12/2019
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Harrisburg Update

A quick look at what’s happening in Harrisburg
and the 125th Legislative District...


Protecting Victims of Crime

 
With this week designated as 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 Sexual 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 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 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.


Reporting suspected abuse is the best way to protect children. For more information, call the Department of Health’s toll-free ChildLine at 1-800-932-0313.
 

Ag Committee Discusses Impact of Travel Bans on Struggling Dairy Industry
Dairy farmers, milk haulers and public safety officials appeared before the House Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee at the state Capitol on Wednesday to discuss legislation that would exempt milk trucks from weather-related commercial vehicle travel bans.

House Bill 915 was introduced in response to the Wolf administration issuing disaster emergency declarations this winter in which commercial vehicles were banned three times from some or all of the state’s interstate highways in anticipation of snow or ice accumulations.

The ban created major challenges for milk haulers and the state’s already-struggling dairy farmers who have limited capacity for storing their milk, not to mention cows that continue to produce milk regardless of the weather. When milk trucks can’t get to the farms, farmers are left with no other option than to dump the milk.

The meeting gave the dairy farmers and milk haulers the opportunity to share their experiences and concerns not only with the members of the committee but also with state officials who are involved in making the decisions about issuing travel bans.

The meeting generated a good discussion of the issue. My hope is we can all work together to find a solution that protects public safety without overburdening our dairy farmers or milk haulers.
 

Supporting ABC

This week, I was honored by the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC).

I was given an A+ rating for my continued support to ABC and its merit shop as well as contracting for free enterprise.

 
Pictured with me, from left, are: Nevin Weaver, NR Weaver Masonry; Dennis Campbell, Heim Construction Company; Edward Nescot, Fairfield Company; and David Neslund, Triangle Refrigeration Company.
 

Legislation Approved by the House This Week

This week at the state Capitol in Harrisburg, the House was busy considering additional legislation that is beneficial for all Pennsylvanians. Please click here for more information on the bills that were approved by the House.
 

Honoring A Special Wrestler

Bronson Garber celebrated another fantastic season on the mats. The Upper Dauphin High School senior became the first four-time state wrestling medalist in school history after placing third in the 126-pound weight class at this year’s PIAA State Wrestling Tournament.

Dedication, determination and hardworking may best describe Bronson. He is the first person to arrive at practice and the last person to leave. This season, he finished with a 42-5 record and overall had an incredible 171-20 mark.

I was honored to present him with a House of Representatives citation for his outstanding accomplishments in his wrestling career at Upper Dauphin.

Congratulations Bronson. Best of luck in your future endeavors.

 
Bronson is flanked by his wrestling coach Todd Rupp (left) and Upper Dauphin High School Principal Jared Shade.
 

Changes to The Start of Deer Hunting Season

This week, the Pennsylvania Game Commission voted to move the opening day of deer rifle hunting to the first Saturday after Thanksgiving.

Since 1963, deer rifle hunting in Pennsylvania has started the Monday after Thanksgiving. When the commission first proposed the change in January, it said the move was an attempt to stay current with changing hunting demographics and would create more opportunities for hunters.

Supporters of the change believe a Saturday opener could bring back lapsed hunters that struggle to find time to hunt as well as helping high school and college hunters that do not get the day off from school for opening day.
 

Applications for Summer Turnpike Positions End Monday

 
The deadline to apply for Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission summer positions is Monday, April 15. Positions are available for toll collection, maintenance, clerical and engineering employees.

All applications MUST be submitted online at paturnpike.com/employment under the “Summer Work” selection. Copies of online applications should be sent to my Harrisburg office

Toll collectors must be available to work any of the three shifts over a 24-hour period, including weekends and holidays. Employees will work a 40-hour week and will not receive benefits.

All eligible candidates must be at least 18 years of age and have completed a secondary education program such as high school or GED at the time of hiring. The program is limited to 16 weeks per employee and runs between May 1 and Sept. 30.
 

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 that asks about how often you travel in poor weather, how you rate PennDOT’s winter service, and how you rank its snow-removal priorities.
The survey also asks how you receive PennDOT’s roadway information, and if you use Pennsylvania’s 511 PA system for traffic and incident information, and winter roadway conditions.

You can take the survey by clicking here.
 
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