Mar. 22, 2019

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Weekly Roundup
#Listrak\DateStampLong# The latest news from the State Capitol

We Should Not Abort Children with Down Syndrome Merely Because They Have a Disability

 
On Wednesday at the Capitol, I stood in support of House Bill 321 with other lawmakers and advocates of the legislation, which would prohibit the abortion of a child due to a prenatal diagnosis of Down syndrome.

The selective abortion of children with Downs syndrome has cut the number of babies with Downs in the United States in half. We would never accept such patent discrimination against the handicapped with any disabled group if these children were 1 or 2 years old. We are witnessing the tragic wiping out of a whole class of people, just because they are differently abled.

Last year, this same legislation passed the House by an easy two-thirds margin. I expect that it will again, and trust that the Senate will approve the legislation and send it on to our governor.

 
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Holding Public Officials to a Higher Standard
The House this week gave overwhelming approval to a bill that would ensure public officials or employees who commit felony crimes related to their jobs will not collect a taxpayer-funded pension. The measure is now on its way to the governor for his signature.

Senate Bill 113 would expand the types of convictions that require officials or employees to forfeit their pensions to include any felony conviction, guilty plea or no contest plea related to an official’s job.

The legislation would also put a stop to the practice of a person pleading guilty to lesser crimes to avoid losing their pension and closes several other loopholes that have been exploited by officials to continue to collect pensions from the state after breaking the law and violating the public trust.
     

Setting Up Students for Career Success
Working to ensure Pennsylvania students have a diverse array of career paths from which to choose, the state House overwhelmingly approved a bipartisan package of bills designed to boost career and technical education (CTE) at schools across the Commonwealth. The bills now go to the Senate for consideration.

The initiatives are a cornerstone of the House Republican Caucus’ #GoodJobs4PA initiative aimed at ensuring all Pennsylvanians have access to good-paying jobs and careers.

To help students plot their path to success, there are bills that would allow technical schools to recruit students like colleges do; make it easier for students to see where credits transfer; create a database of workforce development programs at secondary and post-secondary institutions; create an online career resource center; and allow students who complete classes in STEM education to apply the credits to a course through a vocational-technical school, technical institution or vocational school. Learn more here.
                                   

How Did I Vote This Week?
Find out how I voted this week here. My goal is to be as open and transparent as possible about the votes I cast on legislation that is important to you.
                                               

                        

Talking Business

 
I joined State Sen. Judy Ward at Thursday’s Greencastle-Antrim Chamber of Commerce breakfast, where we provided members with a legislative update and also took questions. Thank you for inviting me!


Small Business Outreach Day on March 26
The Shippensburg University Small Business Development Center (SBDC) will hold a Small Business Outreach Day on Tuesday, March 26, 9-11 a.m. at my district office in Waynesboro, located at 1402 E. Main St. The SBDC provides no-cost, confidential professional business consulting assistance to small business owners and entrepreneurs planning to start a small business in Pennsylvania.

The SBDC is also partnering with the Greencastle-Antrim Chamber of Commerce to provide the consulting service from noon to 2 p.m. on the same day at its office, located at 217 E. Baltimore St. in Greencastle.

If you would like to reserve a time to engage with SBDC staff at either location, please call 717-477-1935 or email Katie Neiderer at vkneiderer@ship.edu. Walk-ins are also welcome.  
 

Read My Newsletter Online
The current edition of my newsletter, which was recently mailed to constituents, is now available online. It includes my thoughts on a number of legislative issues, why I voted the way I did on some important bills, and my 2019 town hall schedule. Thanks for reading!
                                
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