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Libre’s Law on its Way to Governor’s Desk
On Tuesday, June 20, 2017 the Pennsylvania Senate unanimously approved HB 1238, which will update and clarify existing animal abuse statutes and provide for increased penalties. This legislation is important because it not only allows us to give animals a voice, but it allows us to address some concerning connections between animal abuse and other forms of abuse.
According to the National District Attorney’s Association 2014 publication, “Understanding the Link Between Violence to Animals and People”:
I am proud to support this legislation as it heads to the Governor’s desk, which he has indicted he will sign into law.
This Week in Harrisburg
Jury Appreciation Week in Pennsylvania
Delaware County Jury Administrator Nancy L Alkins, Delaware County Deputy Administrator Amber McAvery, and Kathy Scharr celebrating Jury Appreciation Week in Pennsylvania. I was happy to have sponsored this Resolution (SR 140), and be able to provide them with a copy to commemorate the week.
The right to a trial by jury – one of the most fundamental rights that we enjoy – it is guaranteed by the Sixth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution and by Article I, Section 6, of the Pennsylvania Constitution. The purpose of this resolution is to recognize the important role that jurors play in our justice system.
Special thanks to Pastor Calvin Williams and his wife from New Temple of Brotherly Love Church located in Chester, Delaware County.
Heatstroke Prevention Day
On Wednesday, the first official day of summer, I offered up a resolution (SR 152) designating July 31, 2017 as “Heatstroke Prevention Day” in Pennsylvania. Heatstroke deaths have been recorded in 11 months of the year in nearly all 50 states, including Pennsylvania. As of today’s date, 12 children in the U.S. have died from heatstroke inside vehicles.
Heatstroke is the leading cause of non-crash vehicle-related fatalities for children 14 and younger. Unfortunately, even great parents can forget a child in the back seat. Other risk factors include caregivers who aren’t used to driving kids or whose routine suddenly changes.
We can all help reduce the number of injuries and death caused by heatstroke by raising public awareness of the importance of preventing these senseless tragedies from occurring.
Satellite Offices Now Open to Better Serve You
Route 322 Update
U.S. 322 Daytime and Nighttime Restrictions Scheduled for Improvement Project in Concord Township
Daytime and nighttime lane closures are scheduled next week on U.S. 322 (Conchester Highway) from U.S. 1 (Baltimore Pike) to just east of Clayton Park Drive in Concord Township.
On Sunday, June 25, through Thursday, June 29, from 7:00 PM to 5:00 AM the following morning, and from Monday, June 26, through Friday, June 30, from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM, flaggers will direct an alternating single lane of traffic on U.S. 322 (Conchester Highway) through various work areas along the 2.6-mile construction zone.
For more information and to sign up for email alerts about the project, go to us322conchester.com.
For more information on projects occurring or being bid this year, those made possible by or accelerated by Act 89, or those on the department’s Four and Twelve Year Plans, visit www.projects.penndot.gov.
Motorists can check conditions on more than 40,000 roadway miles by visiting www.511PA.com. 511PA, which is free and available 24 hours a day, provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information and access to more than 825 traffic cameras.
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How to Contact Me
I have staffed offices in the district and Harrisburg to provide you with top-notch constituent service and provide answers to legislative inquiries.
The district offices are located at:
4110 Edgmont Ave, Brookhaven, PA 19015. The phone number is (610) 447-3163.
780 E. Market St, Ste140, West Chester, PA 19382. The phone number is (610) 436-3320.
Both offices are open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
My Harrisburg office can be reached by phone at (717) 787-4712 or by mail at Senate Box 203009, Harrisburg, PA 17120.
If you are having any problems with state agencies or need help with a problem relating to government, my staff and I will be happy to assist you.
Senate Box 203009
4110 Edgmont Ave
780 E. Market St