Measure to Downsize the State House Passes Committee
1/25/2018
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Measure to Downsize the State House Passes Committee
The House State Government Committee passed House Bill 153 on Tuesday, a measure to reduce the size of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives from its current membership of 203 to 151.

Those who support the bill believe a reduction could save tax dollars and lead to greater efficiencies, as technology allows legislators to better serve their districts. Those who oppose the bill are concerned about the loss of representation in more rural areas of the state.

Since the proposal seeks to amend the state Constitution, identical versions must pass both chambers in two consecutive sessions before going before the voters. The measure already passed both the House and Senate last term, and it now goes before the full House in the coming weeks. If the legislation is approved again in both chambers, it will go before voters as a referendum.


Sign Up Today for the Concealed Carry Seminar
In an effort to provide education to interested residents about Pennsylvania’s firearms and self-defense laws, I am hosting another Concealed Carry Seminar. Residents of the 125th District must register in advance for this event by calling 570-385-8235 or completing an online form at RepTobash.com. The presentation and discussion will be led by Matt Menges, Esq., from Trinity Law in York. CLICK HERE to sign up online.
 

Winter Weather Causing Early Pothole Outbreak
PennDOT reminds motorists they can report potholes and other roadway concerns on state roads by calling 1-800-FIX-ROAD or visiting penndot.gov and clicking on “Submit Roadway Feedback.” The agency reported that extreme fluctuations in temperatures, coupled with an active snow season, is causing an early outbreak of potholes.

A pothole develops when water seeps below the road through small cracks in the pavement surface. As the water repeatedly freezes and thaws due to temperature fluctuations, a cavity forms below the surface and larger cracks develop, which destroys the strength of the pavement.

When reporting a pothole, be as specific as possible as to pothole locations or other maintenance concerns such as deer removal or signing issues. For state routes, report the county, municipality, street name and route number, or the state route (SR) number that can be found on small black and white signs posted along state roadways. Also provide a description of any familiar landmarks that will help PennDOT locate the problem area.
 

Protecting Your Personal Information from Tax Identity Thieves
House Resolution 646 recognizes Jan. 29 through Feb. 2 as Tax Identity Theft Awareness Week in Pennsylvania. Tax fraud is the largest and fastest-growing identity theft category, according to the Federal Trade Commission. Tax identity theft occurs when someone steals a person’s personal information, often obtained through old tax returns, and uses it to file current fraudulent tax returns in someone else’s name to receive a tax refund. The best way to safeguard a person’s identity is to properly dispose of any documents that contain personal and identifying information by shredding bank and credit card statements, as well as old tax returns.

Individuals should also use firewall and anti-virus software on devices, create strong passwords on websites, and refrain from opening emails from unknown senders. In addition to using stolen information to get a tax refund, thieves may also use stolen Social Security numbers to get a job. If you receive a letter from the IRS saying more than one tax return was filed in your name, or IRS records show you have wages from an employer you don’t know, then you may be the victim of tax identity theft. Also, if you suspect a letter, email or telephone call about your tax records is a scam, call the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue at 717-787-8201 or the IRS at 800-829-1040.
 
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