May. 31, 2019

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Legislative Update


 The latest news from the State Capitol

Come to My Military Family Information Event
I’d like to invite you to attend my special Military Family Information Day tomorrow to help veterans and their loved ones learn more about the services available to them.

Because they do so much for us, I wanted to create an event where the families of those currently serving and those who have served could connect with the state and local services that are available for them.

The event will take place Saturday, June 1, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Home Depot parking lot, 2250 Easton Road in Willow Grove.

Among those scheduled to be on hand are the North Penn Chapter American Gold Star Mothers, Montgomery County Veterans Affairs, the American Red Cross, Wounded Warrior Project and PA Wounded Warriors, Freedom Steps, Wings of Freedom C45, PA Mobil Veterans Outreach Van, VFW Post # 3612, Recorder of Deed’s producing veterans ID cards, Health Link Dental Clinic, VFW National Home for Children, PSU Veterans Outreach, BSA Cub Pack 554, Home Depot Kids Clinic, Wreaths Across America, Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing, Liberty USO, Operation Homefront, and Medical Humvee from Unit 338 Medical Brigade.

Call 215-674-3755 for more information.

Judiciary Committee Tackles Bills to Protect Homeowners, Minors and Victims of Sexual Extortion
The House Judiciary Committee recently approved three bills to help protect Pennsylvanians from a variety of crimes.

Recognizing that some children are coerced into a childhood marriage, House Bill 360 would prohibit the issuance of a marriage license to anyone under the age of 18. The change in law would also better ensure a person choosing to be married is prepared to make this life-altering commitment.

Responding to the growing problem of illegal residential trespassers or “squatters” essentially taking over properties that don’t belong to them, House Bill 365 would give law enforcement officers better tools to remove such individuals from the property.

Finally, the committee approved legislation to create the offense of sexual extortion, which occurs when a person uses coercion and misuses their power to demand sexual acts, images, or videos from victims. Establishing this specific offense better equips law enforcement officers to protect victims and prosecute offenders.

The bills now head to the full House for consideration.

Education Committee Advances Charter School Reform Measures
Four bills aimed at updating and improving Pennsylvania’s charter school laws have been approved by the House Education Committee and sent to the full House for consideration.

Charter schools are an important component of our effort to ensure we can meet the unique educational needs of each child.

The bills included in the charter school reform package include:

House Bill 355, which would create a new ethics requirement for charter school trustees and administrators.

House Bill 356, which would give charter schools a first right of refusal for the purchase or lease of unused school district buildings and require school districts, community colleges and state-owned universities to give cyber charter schools reasonable access to their facilities to administer standardized tests.

House Bill 357, which would require the Department of Education to create a uniform process for a charter school application and a uniform charter amendment process.

House Bill 358, which would allow charter school students to be dually enrolled in college classes through a higher education institution.

KenCrest’s Staff Awards

I attended KenCrest’s Staff Awards at Everybody’s Playground in Lukens Park where I was privileged to meet some of the KenCrest staff and families. KenCrest is one of Pennsylvania’s largest providers of adult supports for individual’s with intellectual disabilities for community living, employment, community participation, lifesharing and more.

National Alliance on Mental Health

I attended a conference hosted by the National Alliance on Mental Illness, held in Grantville, PA. My friend and colleague, Rep. Michael Schlossburg, was the keynote speaker. Rep. Schlossburg represents part of the Lehigh Valley and gave an inspirational talk about various issues relating to mental illness and behavioral health. Rep. Schlossburg and I chair the Mental Illness Caucus in Harrisburg.
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