Jun. 21, 2019

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Legislative Update


 The latest news from the State Capitol

My Bill to Criminalize FGM Passes Senate, Heads to Governor

Great news!! The Senate has unanimously passed my legislation to criminalize the act of female genital mutilation (FGM).

The bill now goes to Gov. Tom Wolf for his signature.

This is a major victory for the women of Pennsylvania. I want to thank my colleagues in both the House and Senate for taking this strong and unified stand for the right to be safe from this kind of abuse. FGM is a crime of violence against women. With Gov. Tom Wolf’s signature the law will explicitly state that.

House Bill 315 makes it a crime to cut or allow someone to circumcise or excise the genitals of a female minor. Under the bill, FGM would be a felony of the first degree.

My bill has been endorsed by the AHA Foundation, established by human rights activist Ayaan Hirsi Ali in 2007 to promote freedom from FGM, honor violence and forced marriages. According to the group, more than 500,000 women in the United States are at risk of this procedure—166,000 women under age 18. The organization ranks Pennsylvania 11th in the nation for this risk, with more than 19,000 women at risk for the procedure, 6,000 of them under the age of 18.

FGM involves the partial or total removal of the external female genitalia for non-medical reasons. It is recognized internationally as a violation of the human rights of girls and women, and it reflects deep-rooted inequality between the sexes, and constitutes an extreme form of discrimination against women.

I want to thank everyone who fought alongside me to make this the law in Pennsylvania. Your tenacity has paid off and women are safer for it.

Welcoming ‘There Ought to Be a Law’ Contest Winners

We had a great day in Harrisburg! I welcomed three fourth-grade students from the Upper Moreland Intermediate School who won my annual “There Ought to Be a Law” contest.

Students Sophia Riehle, Margaret Main and Keiley Hawk argued that a law should be passed to require school buses have seatbelts and padding. The other co-winners were Jacob Spaetti, Keira Hess and Gracie Costello.

We held this contest to encourage students to become engaged in their government by thinking about how legislation is born and how proposals become laws.

The contest winners and their families were treated to a day in Harrisburg where they received a tour of the Capitol and signed a copy of their bill.

Overall, I received 58 entries from third-, fourth- and fifth-graders from five schools in the 152nd District, including the Crooked Billet Hallowell Learning Community in Horsham, St. Albert the Great School in Huntingdon Valley, the Upper Moreland Intermediate School in Upper Moreland, Queen of Angels in Willow Grove and Our Lady of Mercy in Maple Glen.

See more photos here.

                           Honoring Our Scouts

It was an honor to host Scout Troop 818 in the Capitol. Troop 818 is based out of St. Katherine of Siena Parish in Horsham.

Scout Leader Barbara Dieterly of Hatboro and Asst. Scout Leader Krissy Dieterly brought Scouts Rona McMackin, Charlotte Rohland, Katherine Moran, Audrey Moore and Hannah Parks for a tour of our Capitol, introductions to the House of Representatives, and a personal meeting with Gov. Tom Wolf.

The Scouts have a very active schedule and just returned from Olympic Scope in Canada, which was an international exchange with Canadian Scouts. The trip to the Capitol was a partial fulfillment of the Citizenship in the Nation Merit Badge. Best wishes to Troop 818 for continued success.

Honoring an Eagle Scout

Congratulations to Karl Cranch of Bryn Athyn. He achieved Eagle Scout and was honored on Friday evening in a ceremony. Karl is a senior at the Academy of the New Church. Best wishes to Karl for continued success!

Taxpayers Deserve Better Budgeting Practices
Respecting the taxpayers who foot the bill for the annual state budget, we took the lead this week in adopting several measures to bring more transparency to the budget process.

To help limit “supplemental” spending beyond what is approved in each year’s budget, House Bill 855 would require the secretary of the budget to project revenue shortfalls for the fiscal year starting in December and put that amount of money in budgetary reserve to ensure the budget is balanced at the end of the fiscal year. Additionally, House Bill 923 would require the governor to explain the reasons for any supplemental spending requests and offer recommendations for cost-savings or other reforms to address the cause.

Other reform measures would require the administration to provide additional details as part of the governor’s proposed budget (House Bill 922); require quarterly reports on funding committed and awarded through special funds that provide grants and subsidies (House Bill 921); and update budget procedures related to unspent appropriations and how those amounts are dealt with at the close of a fiscal year (House Bill 920).

The bills are part of the House Republican Caucus’ #GovtDoneRight initiative and now go to the Senate for consideration. To learn more, click here.

Fun for All Ages Awaits at PA Fairs

Summer has officially arrived, and that means it’s also Pennsylvania fair season.

From June through September, communities across the Commonwealth will host more than 100 fairs featuring food, fun and entertainment as well as competitive exhibits highlighting animals, produce, crops, crafts, baking and more.

To make your fair planning easier, the Department of Agriculture is offering an interactive Fair Guide this year that will allow you to search for your favorite events through the “Find Fairs Near Me” tool or filters that narrow down fairs by county, month or date.

Click here to use the interactive tool.
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