Jun. 03, 2024

Capitol Report
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District Happenings

This week, I attended the P.E.E.R. (Pennsylvania Empowered Expert Residents) graduation at Milford Healthcare & Rehabilitation Center. It was a privilege to attend and recognize the accomplishments of these eight graduates. They are now prepared to be advocates for other residents living in the facility.

Pictured with me, back row: Melinda Rispoli (Ombudsman Specialist), Anthony Campbell (Ombudsman), me, Donna Lakin, Tony Herzog (Sen. Lisa Bakers office), Olive Goble, Matt Osterberg (Pike Co. Commissioner); front row: Edward Williams, Ann Mary Calderon, Alice Kessler, Janet Leader, Christina Faustini, Christa Beyer.

On National Burger Day, I stopped in to support our local business 3 D's Deli & Pizza at their shop in Hamlin! Pictured with me, L to R, are 3D's manager, Mikayla; cook extraordinaire, Jeff; me; and local business professionals, Kaitlin Warnock and Amanda Mulhern.
Your Summer Electric Bill

The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) is reminding consumers that most electric distribution companies across the state will be adjusting electric generation prices on Saturday, June 1, for non-shopping, or default service, customers.

With energy prices set to increase in some areas and decrease in others, the PUC encourages consumers to stay informed about these changes and evaluate their energy options, even if they already have a contract with a competitive electric generation supplier. For more information, including a list of “price to compare” adjustments, click here.  

You may also learn more about managing energy costs by visiting PAPowerSwitch.com, which includes access to competitive offers as well as energy-saving tips.

Additionally, PAGasSwitch.com, another site run by the PUC, helps consumers compare prices for natural gas providers.
Voter ID Update


The House Majority continues to stonewall efforts to give Pennsylvania voters the final say on whether they should be required to present identification each time they cast their ballots.

Earlier this spring, House Republicans launched a discharge petition in hopes of forcing action on House Bill 891, which proposes to amend the state Constitution to require presentation of an accepted form of identification by those who seek to vote.

If the bill is approved by the House and Senate this session, the measure could be placed on the ballot for consideration by voters this fall.

In my first official act as your Representative, I joined my colleagues as the 101st member to sign the petition to advocate for this vital election integrity proposal. However, with new partisan House operating rules requiring 25 members from each caucus sign the discharge petition, the proposal will remain bottled up in committee despite the bipartisan support of 101 members within the Pennsylvania House of Representatives and 73% of Pennsylvanians. You can watch my comments about the importance of Voter ID here. 
House Fellowship Program Taking Applications

The Pennsylvania House Legislative Fellowship Program is accepting applications for its fall 2024 semester. The 13-week program is based at Pennsylvania’s Capitol in Harrisburg where fellows are placed in committee chair and House leadership offices.

Qualified applicants must be:  
  •   College undergraduate juniors and seniors, graduate students or law school students.
  •   Enrolled in a Pennsylvania college/university or a Pennsylvania resident enrolled in an out-of-state institution.
  •   Students of any major with a GPA of 3.0 or higher.

For more information or to apply, visit www.pahousefellowship.us. Applications can be submitted via email to pahousefellowship@pabmc.net. The deadline to apply is July 1.
Attention Artists: PGC Seeks Paintings for Wildlife Design Contest

The Pennsylvania Game Commission (PGC) is seeking paintings for its 2025 Working Together for Wildlife Design Contest.

The 2025 featured species is the black bear. One or more black bears can be featured in a horizontal painting measuring exactly 22.5x15 inches, or a vertical painting measuring exactly 15x22.5 inches. Each painting must have a 3-inch-wide white border or mat and be left unsigned and unframed.

Participants must be Pennsylvania residents. For each entry, there is a $30 non-refundable entrance fee payable to the Pennsylvania Game Commission. Paintings must be delivered to PGC headquarters, 2001 Elmerton Ave., Harrisburg, by 4 p.m. on Monday, July 22. For official rules and prize information, click here.
Upcoming Events

My staff and I are putting the finishing touches on our upcoming event schedule. More details will be coming, but here is a sneak peek as to what we are planning:

Thursday, July 11 – District Office Open House
Saturday, July 20 – Hard to Read License Plate Event
Saturday, August 10 - Hard to Read License Plate Event
Friday, September 6 – Senior Expo
Thursday, September 12 – Concealed Carry Seminar