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2018 Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program Applications Now Available
Application forms for the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program are now available for eligible Pennsylvanians to begin claiming rebates on property taxes or rent paid in 2018. The deadline to apply for a rebate is June 30.

Applicants may obtain Property Tax/Rent Rebate claim forms (PA-1000) and related information at the Department of Revenues website, revenue.pa.gov, or by calling 1-888-222-9190.

Applying for the rebate is free, and my office offers free assistance to fill out and file the applications. Even if you applied for a rebate last year, you must file again this year since the rebates are based on annual income and property taxes or rent paid in each year. Also, spouses, personal representatives or estates may file rebate claims on behalf of claimants who lived at least one day in 2018 and meet all other eligibility criteria.

Rebates will be distributed beginning July 1, as required by law. More than $252.6 million in property tax and rent rebates have been sent to more than 527,000 homeowners and renters across the state for property taxes and rent paid in 2017.

The easiest way to check the status of a rebate claim is to visit the dedicated website that the Department of Revenue maintains at doreservices.state.pa.us/Individual/RebateDefault.htm.

Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program claim forms (PA-1000s) are loaded into the Department of Revenue’s processing system in late April. There will be no information available on a claim until that time.

                           Thank you Chief Stanley!

It was an absolute pleasure to present a house of representative citation to Chief Stanley Jasinski Jr. on his retirement from the Palmyra Police Department Tuesday evening.

We owe a tremendous debt of gratitude to all of our police officers and first responders.

Semper Fi, Chief!

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                   Fiscal Sanity Before it is Too Late

I was pleased to serve as the guest speaker Tuesday at the Capital Region Council of Governments at their annual dinner.

It was great to see so many dear friends there and to spend an evening with fellow lawmakers Reps. Tom Mehaffie (R-Dauphin) and Sheryl Delozier (R-Columbia).

My topic was the presentation of our financial rescue plan, property tax elimination, and facing our problems head on acting as statesman for the long-term future and survival of our Commonwealth.

Lebanon Valley Family YMCA
I attended the Lebanon Valley Family YMCA annual luncheon on Monday and want to ask you to join me in throwing some big congratulations toward this year’s award recipients:

Youth Development – Maine Keith
Healthy Living – Melanie Wells
Social Responsibility – Mike Barnhart
The Isaiah leadership award – Shelby Lister

It was also tremendous to see last year‘s Youth Development Recipient receive her award this year for Youth Development – Rebecca Daubert.

Well done to the entire YMCA staff and to Phil Tipton, CEO!

See pictures and comments on my Facebook here.
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Safe2Say Tip Line Now Live
The statewide Safe2Say tip line designed to give students, teachers, parents and community members the ability to anonymously report potential threats and other problems is now live in Pennsylvania.

To report a possible dangerous or violent situation, individuals can call the state tip line at 844-723-2729. Tips can also be reported to safe2saypa.org/ or through the Safe2Say app on iPhone and Android devices.

The Safe2Say tip line gives students a way to share information without fear of repercussions or blame from their peers.

Individuals are encouraged to report physical or verbal assault and bullying, discussion about an upcoming planned attack on the school or a person, depression, excessive guilt or hopelessness, suicidal threats or self-harm, substance abuse, or social isolation or withdrawal.

The tip line was modeled after the Safe2Tell program in Colorado, which has received more than 30,000 reports since its inception in 2004, including reports of a planned school attack, suicidal threats and child abuse.

Wear Red Feb. 1 to Raise Awareness of Women’s Heart Disease
Women across the country are encouraged to wear red on Friday, Feb. 1, as part of the “Go Red for Women” campaign to raise awareness of women’s heart disease. Legislative efforts over the years, including a resolution currently being prepared for this year, have made the official designation in Pennsylvania as a way to remind women of the risks of heart disease.

Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women, causing one in three deaths each year, or about one per minute. According to the American Heart Association, 90 percent of women have one or more risk factors for developing heart disease.

The symptoms of heart disease can be different in women vs. men and are often misunderstood. By increasing awareness, speaking up about heart disease and empowering women to reduce their risk for cardiovascular disease, we can save thousands of lives each year.

You can learn more about the symptoms of a heart attack and what to do by clicking here.

REAL ID Update/Refresher
Following the events of Sept. 11, 2001, the federal government developed a more secure form of identification, known as REAL ID, for Americans seeking to fly domestically and/or enter certain federal buildings. Full implementation of REAL ID is scheduled to go into effect Oct. 1, 2020. PennDOT is preparing to offer the new identification to Pennsylvania residents starting in March 2019. However, it important to note that obtaining a REAL ID is optional, and that PennDOT will continue to offer standard-issue driver licenses and photo IDs to those who want them.

Pennsylvania residents who decide to get a REAL ID may begin the pre-verification process now. Those who received their first license before September 2003 and want to obtain a real ID will need to bring the required documents to a Driver License Center so they can be verified in person. (Residents who received their first license after September 2003 have been able to pre-verify since March.) A checklist of required documents is available here. PennDOT staff will scan the documents to the customer’s record, and when REAL IDs are available in March 2019, the customer can opt into the REAL ID program online, and their REAL ID product will be sent through the mail. When REAL IDs are available, customers will have three options for obtaining a REAL ID product: pre-verified customers may order their REAL ID online; they can visit a PennDOT Driver License Center, have their documents verified and scanned, pay the one-time fee, and their REAL ID product will be mailed to them within seven to 10 days; or they can visit one of up to 13 REAL ID Centers and receive their REAL ID product over-the-counter at the time of service.

One of the required documents is a certified copy of a birth certificate, which can take up to several months to process, depending on one’s circumstances. My office can help residents with birth certificate applications. Call or stop by for more information. More information about REAL ID, including frequently asked questions, can be found at dmv.pa.gov.

Grants for Government and Corporate Vehicle Fleets to Reduce Emissions Now Available
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) will begin accepting grant applications to replace, repower, or retrofit fleet diesel-powered trucks, buses, and other vehicles and equipment through the Driving PA Forward program. More than $2.6 million will be available.

Mobile source emissions in Pennsylvania from sources like diesel engines account for nearly half of nitrogen oxide pollution, which can lead to ground-level ozone formation and poor air quality. Children and elderly residents are especially susceptible to health impacts such as asthma from poor air quality.

Grants are available for both public and private entities, including school districts, local governments, and non-profit organizations. Applications will be accepted beginning January 18, 2019.

The application package, including guidance and application instructions, is available electronically on DEP's Driving PA Forward webpage at dep.pa.gov/drivingpaforward or by contacting the Bureau of Air Quality by e-mail at ra-epvwmitigation@pa.gov or by telephone at (717) 787-9495.

DEP will accept online applications until 4:00 PM on February 28, 2019. A webinar on the Pennsylvania State Clean Diesel Grant Program will be held on February 4, 2019.

For more details on the Driving PA Forward program, please visit:  dep.pa.gov/drivingpaforward

New Tool to Fight Drug Abuse
To help continue efforts to fight prescription drug abuse, there is a new tool available for health care providers and the general public to report suspicious activity involving prescription medication.

The Suspicious Activity Report form, administered by the Office of Attorney General, gives an easy way for people to report fraudulent, stolen or altered prescriptions, or a suspicious doctor/pharmacy.

Tips cam be submitted anonymously or with your contact information included for follow up from the Office of Attorney General’s Bureau of Narcotics Investigations.

The form and answers to frequently asked questions can be found here.  

Flu Season is in Full Swing - It’s Not too Late for a Flu Shot
The winter brings the dreaded flu season, but there are many things you can do to keep yourself from getting sick.

The most effective way to prevent the flu is to get a flu shot. While it is January, there is still time to get one to protect yourself.

Along with getting the flu shot, people should make sure to wash their hands often, cover their mouth and nose when sneezing, avoid touching their face, and stay home if they are sick to avoid spreading the disease.

You can learn more about the flu and the vaccine here.

Environmental Stewardship Partnership Signed

During the 2019 Pennsylvania Farm Show, a memo of understanding was signed launching the High Performance Farms Initiative. President Trump’s EPA was a fantastic partner in bringing this to fruition.

Partners in the High-Performance Farms Initiative will develop a program demonstrating that:

• Healthy waters rely heavily on the agriculture sector. Reducing pollution from stormwater runoff requires a holistic, regional and watershed approach encompassing rural, urban, and suburban sectors.
• Practices that improve soil health also improve nutrient management and long-term sustainability of farms.
• Organic feed and food is a growth market with long-term environmental, health, and economic benefits. This requires the development of market drivers and financial incentives to increase farmers’ transition from traditional practices.

Learn more here.

PennDOT Seeking Summer Help

PennDOT is sponsoring an extensive Summer Maintenance Program for college students. The program runs May through August 2019 to supplement the permanent workforce.

These students assist in completing summer maintenance work and sign upgrade services, provide maintenance and custodial services at roadside rest facilities, and perform laboring and flagging duties in maintenance organizations and highway worksites.

To be eligible for consideration, candidates must be at least 18 years of age, enrolled as a full-time college student for the fall 2019 semester and have a valid Pennsylvania driver’s license. The hourly rate is $13.56.

If interested, please calling my office (717) 556-0031 no later than Friday, Feb. 15. Candidates must also apply online at employment.pa.gov in the “Summer Maintenance Program” category under the Open Jobs section of the website.

Increasing Access to Life-Saving Medication
As the spring semester gets underway at colleges and universities across the state, students with known or unknown food allergies could have an extra layer of protection in the event of an allergic reaction.

Act 93 of 2018 authorizes colleges and universities to have non-patient specific epinephrine auto-injectors on hand in case of an emergency. The law also applies to law enforcement agencies, summer camps, restaurants, amusement parks, sports facilities and other facilities to carry non-patient specific epinephrine auto-injectors.

With food allergies becoming more prevalent in our society, increasing access to life-saving medication is more important than ever.

Experts estimate 1 in 13 children in the United States have food allergies and allergic reactions result in 90,000 emergency room visits and approximately 1,500 deaths annually.
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