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District Office
1402 E. Main St.
Waynesboro, PA 17268
Telephone: (717) 749-7384
9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. M-F

Satellite Offices
Hamilton Township Building
1270 Crottlestown Road
Chambersburg, PA 17202
Telephone: (717) 263-1053
9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Monday and Wednesday
 
Antrim Township Building
10655 Antrim Church Road
Greencastle, PA 17225
Telephone: (717) 895-3902
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Tuesday and Thursday

Capitol Office
Room 150-B, East Wing
PO Box 202090
Harrisburg PA 17120-2090   
Telephone:  (717) 783-5218
Fax:  (717) 782-2903
Truth and Restoration
9/21/2018
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Truth and Restoration

In an effort to bridge the gap between conflicting House and Senate proposals addressing past cases of child sexual abuse, I am sponsoring legislation that would be a comprehensive solution which avoids costly and time-consuming litigation.


On Monday, I discussed my proposal at a Capitol news conference. It would create a “Truth and Restoration Commission” to hear testimony from victims as well as the institutions responsible for past abuse. Victims with credible claims would also receive compensation from a special fund created by contributions from the institutions which concealed abusers.

The state commission would have seven members, appointed by the governor, House and Senate, and include an attorney, an accountant and a psychologist. Compensation payments would be based on a formula that would take into account the nature and extent of the abuse, in addition to any prior settlements and total number of victims. The commission would have a defined tenure of 10 years.

A video of the entire news conference is available for viewing at www.RepSchemel.com

Click here to view video.
 
 
New Website Offers Latest on Spotted Lanternfly

The spotted lanternfly, a pest native to China and Vietnam, was first discovered in Berks County in 2014 and presents a significant threat to Pennsylvania’s agriculture industry. Products specifically at risk include grapes, tree-fruit, hardwoods and nursery items.

The insect has since spread to 13 counties – Berks, Bucks, Carbon, Chester, Delaware, Lancaster, Lebanon, Lehigh, Monroe, Montgomery, Northampton, Philadelphia and Schuylkill – which are now considered to be part of a quarantine area.

Penn State Extension has compiled a comprehensive website with a lot of resources, including a checklist for homeowners in the quarantine area, tips for handling yard waste, ways to report and dispose of the insect, notices of public meetings, along with signs and symptoms, what’s at risk, where it’s found, and how the state is managing response to the insect. You can also sign up to receive the latest news, updates and alerts.

To access the website, click here
 
 
State Grants Available to Dairy Farmers

A $5 million grant program approved as part of the 2018-19 state budget is now accepting applications through the state Department of Community and Economic Development.

The Pennsylvania Dairy Investment Program was established under Act 42 of 2018 to help dairy farmers overcome falling milk prices and other market challenges. The grants may be used for researching new technologies, products and best practices; marketing to new domestic and international markets; exploring new business opportunities to diversify their operation and revenue streams; transitioning to organic production methods; and incorporating or expanding value-added dairy production, such as cheese and yogurt products.

For more information about how to apply, click here
 
 
Farm Conservation Tax Credits Available

To help farmers implement best management practices (BMPs) to prevent water pollution or purchase conservation equipment, $10 million in tax credits is available through the 2018-19 Resource Enhancement and Protection (REAP) program.

Farmers may receive tax credits of up to $150,000 per agricultural operation for 50 percent to 75 percent of a project’s cost. The most common projects approved are for no-till planting and precision ag equipment, waste storage facilities, conservation plans, Nutrient Management Plans, and protecting animal heavy-use areas like barnyards.

REAP applications are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, click here
 
 
Road Work Ahead

Here is the list of road projects PennDOT has scheduled for Franklin County next week. Please exercise caution when driving through a work zone.
  • American Legion Highway in Guilford Township – bridge repair.
  • Olde Scotland Road in Greene and Southampton townships – base repair. 
 
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Office Locations                                                                                                                                                                      
1402 E. Main Street, Waynesboro, PA 17268 | Phone: (717) 749-7384
1270 Crottlestown Road, Chambersburg, PA 17202 I Phone: (717) 263-1053
10655 Antrim Church Road, Greencastle, PA 17225 I Phone: (717) 895-3902 
Room 121B, East Wing, PO Box 202090, Harrisburg PA 17120-2090 | Phone: (717) 783-5218
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