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Helping Municipalities Finance MS4 Costs

Mandates passed down to state and local government from the federal government relating to the Chesapeake Bay are beginning to pinch local municipalities. These requirements, known as MS4 and the Chesapeake Bay Compact, require that sediment and nitrates be reduced by a further 10% over a five-year period. This is a steep reduction that will cost local municipalities millions of dollars.

House Bill 781 is one way to provide some relief. This legislation sponsored by Rep. Karen Boback (R-Luzerne/Lackawanna/Wyoming) would allow counties to use Act 13 impact fees for stormwater management.

The impact fees involved in House Bill 781 are those from natural gas wells.

I spoke at a recent House Environmental and Resources Committee meeting about how Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) costs are affecting communities. For instance, the Borough of Greencastle has a budget of just over a million dollars a year. The borough could end up spending another $700,000 a year to comply with MS4.

These costs are ultimately borne by taxpayers.

Watch my comments in a June 5 committee meeting here:

Click here to view video.
Preventing Sexual Harassment from being Hidden

Recognizing the rampant problem of sexual harassment in the workplace, the House approved legislation this week to help prevent these offenses – and the offenders – from being hidden and dealt with.

House Bill 849 would prohibit employers from requiring employees and prospective employees to sign a nondisclosure agreement related to sexual harassment as a condition of employment.

This would ensure workers who face sexual harassment in the workplace can exercise their voice to report such egregious offenses they may suffer at the hands of a co-worker or superior.

Employees and employers would still be able to voluntarily enter into such agreements.

The bill now goes to the Senate for consideration.
Reducing Some Health Insurance Costs

Pennsylvanians who buy their health insurance on the federal exchange could see lower prices under legislation adopted by the House this week.

House Bill 3 would establish a state-based health insurance exchange and reinsurance program, an option offered by the Trump administration and supported by the Wolf administration as a means for helping make health care more affordable for Commonwealth citizens.

The proposal is also expected to save taxpayer money, as the cost of the state running its own exchange is expected to be about half the cost of fees currently being paid to the federal government to run it for us.

The bill now goes to the Senate for its consideration.
Attention Hunters! Licenses Go on Sale Monday, June 17

Hunting licenses for the 2019-20 hunting season go on sale this Monday, June 17, across the state.

All license buyers will receive a complimentary copy of the 2019-20 Pennsylvania Hunting and Trapping Digest.  A pocket guide for the upcoming season, including key details about general hunting regulations, hunting hours, fluorescent orange requirements, a map of the Wildlife Management Units and season dates and bag limits, is also available to be printed.

Click here to find a licensing agent near you

Click here to purchase your new license online (on or after June 17).

For more information about hunting seasons, safety and more, visit www.pgc.pa.gov.
PennDOT’s Schedule for June 17 to June 21
  • Crack sealing on U.S. 11 (Molly Pitcher Highway) in Greene Township.
  • Shoulder cutting on Social Island Road and Jack Road in Guilford, Hamilton and St. Thomas townships.
  • Shoulder cutting on Manheim Road in Quincy Township.
  • Shoulder cutting on Leitersburg Road, Hollowell Church Road and Midvale Road in Washington Township.
  • Bridge repair on Stoney Batter Road in Peters Township.
Property Tax/Rent Rebate Deadline Extended to Dec. 31

The deadline for older adults and Pennsylvania residents with disabilities to apply for rebates on rent and property taxes paid in 2018 has been extended from June 30 to Dec. 31 this year.

The rebate program’s income limit is $35,000 a year for homeowners and $15,000 a year for renters, and half of Social Security income is excluded. Spouses, personal representatives or estates may file rebate claims on behalf of claimants who lived at least one day in 2018.

The maximum standard rebate is $650, but supplemental rebates for qualifying homeowners can boost rebates to $975.

For more information about the rebates, call my district office at 717-749-7384.
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