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SB 527 Signed Into Law Creating an Independent Office of Inspector General and Protecting Taxpayers
The Governor signed into law SB 527 which would create an independent Office of Inspector General (OIG). Previously the Inspector General was a cabinet-level official who was appointed by and reported to the Governor.
I am happy to have supported and voted in favor of new legislation on the Senate floor to create an independent OIG. SB 527 will require for the Inspector General to be nominated by the Governor and confirmed by two-thirds of the Senate. The Inspector General would serve a term of 6 years and could serve no more than 2 terms.
Currently, the OIG is a cabinet level position that reports to the Governor. The OIG is responsible for insuring integrity, accountability, and public confidence in Pennsylvania government. The OIG accomplishes this through educational programs as well as investigating fraud, waste, abuse, and misconduct in executive agencies and for state contractors. Since 1994, the OIG is also responsible for investigating and prosecuting welfare fraud and for conducting collection activities for public assistance programs administered by the Department of Human Services (DHS).
The creation of this independent office is important for the citizens and taxpayers of Pennsylvania because it allows for the Inspector General to work independently from any administration officials. An independent OIG has the necessary authority to properly investigate and prevent waste, fraud, and abuse.
Donít Wait. Vaccinate.
Back to school time is right around the corner. Make sure that your child is up-to-date on vaccinations. Make vaccines part of your child's regular school physical before they enter kindergarten and seventh grade.
Make vaccines part of your child's regular school physical before they enter kindergarten and seventh grade. Contact your health care provider today to make sure you and your family stay on track for immunizations. For eligible residents, vaccinations are available year-round at state health centers and county/ municipal health departments. To find a location near you, visit our state health centers page.
To see school vaccination requirements for attendance in Pennsylvania Schools please visit the Pennsylvania Department of Health website that is dedicated to 2017-2018 School Immunization Requirements
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, Delaware County.
On Sunday, July 16, through Friday, July 21, from 7:00 PM to 5:00 AM, and Thursday, July 20, and Friday, July 21, 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.
Motorists should expect delays on U.S. 322 (Conchester Highway) and on northbound U.S. 1 (Baltimore Pike) approaching U.S. 322 (Conchester Highway), allow extra time for travel through the work areas, or use an alternate route. All scheduled activities are weather dependent.
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 departmentís 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.
Pennsylvania Unemployment Compensation Amnesty
The PA Unemployment Compensation amnesty program runs through September 30, 2017. Claimants who have received UC benefits that they were not entitled to and employers who have not made mandatory tax contributions to the UC Trust Fund are being offered amnesty to repay what they owe at a discount.
The total amount owed to the UC Trust Fund from both claimants and employers eligible for the amnesty program is $651 million. http://www.uc.pa.gov/Pages/UC-Amnesty.aspx
PennDOT Going Paperless
PennDOT is now offering paperless publications available online only, discontinuing their printing paper copies in an effort to ďGo GreenĒ. In addition, by making this change it is anticipated that the department will save $632,000 annually, allowing for additional funds to be used to maintain our bridges and highways.
The paperless publications include:
Motorcycle Operatorís Manual - PUB 147
School Bus Driverís Manual - PUB 117
PA CDL Hazardous Materials - PUB 288
Endorsement Renewal Manual
These publications can be found on the PennDOT website
Satellite Offices Now Open to Better Serve You
How We Can Help You
Here are some of the ways that my office can assist you:
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