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Senator Scott Martin
In This Edition
New Law Helps Streamline Parking Adjudication and Enforcement
Far too often, police departments and court systems of large municipalities are overburdened with an extreme number of relatively minor parking infractions. I introduced a bill that was signed into law last month that will help reduce this burden by allowing more than 50 Pennsylvania cities to utilize parking authorities to enforce parking laws, collect fines and settle disputes. The reduced strain on the courts will also allow some municipalities to eliminate magisterial district justice positions to save taxpayer dollars.
Although the law is designed to keep most parking violations out of the courts, the law still allows motorists to appeal a violation to the courts if they are dissatisfied with the parking authority’s ruling. More information about the new law is available here.
I appreciated the chance to speak with the staff at the Lancaster Cancer Center to learn about the advanced treatments they offer to local patients.
New Year Brings Fresh Opportunities for General Assembly
In 2017, the General Assembly took a number of steps to improve government operations and reduce long-term costs to taxpayers, including passage of long-sought reforms to public employee pension systems. As the calendar rolls over to 2018, lawmakers will have new opportunities to make state government truly work for the people it represents.
The biggest challenge facing lawmakers this year will be passing a fiscally responsible budget that does not ask Pennsylvania families or businesses to pay higher taxes. State government needs to be more efficient in how tax dollars are allocated, and that starts with eliminating waste, fraud and abuse. I strongly believe that we can do a better job of managing the state’s resources, and exploring new ways to reduce the cost of government will be a priority for me again this year.
Fixing Pennsylvania’s budget woes will also require lawmakers to play a positive role in supporting a robust economy. Government does not create jobs – businesses do. I will continue to support free-market principles that encourage business growth and development to create new opportunities for job-seekers.
It was my honor to second the nomination of Senator Joe Scarnati to serve as President Pro Tempore of the Senate again in 2018.
Farm Show Open Through Saturday
Thousands of visitors from throughout the world have converged in Harrisburg this week to celebrate Pennsylvania’s rich agricultural heritage at the 2018 Farm Show. The event allows exhibitors and competitors – including many from Lancaster County – to showcase the very best of Pennsylvania agriculture.
The 102nd Farm Show will be open through January 13 at the Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg. More information, including a complete listing of events, is available online at www.farmshow.pa.gov.
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