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Senator Elder Vogel

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Elder Vogel

My Beaver County 55+ Senior Expo is this Friday, October 6, from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the CCBC Dome. I look forward to seeing everyone there!

Statewide Student Video Contest

Prizes totaling $10,000 for best anti-drug videos statewide

Attention all high school and middle school students interested in video-production! The Senate of Pennsylvania is sponsoring a video contest open to all PA middle and high school students with creative and engaging ideas for an anti-drug video geared towards today’s youth.

Entries are to be no longer than five minutes and focused on discouraging the abuse of drugs and alcohol and highlighting ways to combat this massive problem in our society. Entries will be divided into two categories, Middle School (grades 6-8) and High School (grades 9-12), with the first, second, and third place submissions in each category winning prizes provided by the members of the Drug and Alcohol Service Providers Association of PA. $2,500 (1st), $1,500 (2nd), and $1,000 (3rd) will be deposited in a PA 529 College Savings Account in the respective name(s) of the winning entrants.

Students may work alone or in groups of no more than five students. If working as group, the group must identify one primary contact as the team leader on the registration form. No pre-registration is required, you will simply register your team at the time your video is complete and ready for submission. The deadline for entry is December 10, 2017.

For complete rules, judging criteria, and to submit your video entry, visit

If you have any questions about this video contest, or having technical difficulties registering and uploading your video submission, please contact my office at 724-654-1444.

Shell is hosting an event for military veterans interested in a career in petrochemicals on Oct 12th from 8 AM to 2 PM at CCBC. See flier for more information, RSVP required.

Homestead Exemption Constitutional Amendment Approved

In my last newsletter, I provided a cursory review of the proposed amendment to the State Constitution which will be voted on in the upcoming election on Tuesday, November 7. Since then, I’ve heard from constituents asking how this proposal will affect them.

Currently, the State Constitution allows up to “one-half of the median assessed value of all homestead property within the taxing district” to be exempt from taxation. This is what is known as the “homestead exclusion” and its impact is felt by nearly every homeowner in Pennsylvania whose effective property tax has been lowered by it.

If the aforementioned constitutional amendment is approved by the voting public in November, the General Assembly would be authorized to enact legislation exempting up to “100 percent of the assessed value of each homestead property within a local taxing jurisdiction.” As a result, the General Assembly would thus have the legal authority to increase the amount of the homestead property to be exempted from local property taxes up to a maximum of the full value of each individual homestead.

Therefore, the practical impact this measure would have on the typical homeowner could be significant—it could mean the eventual elimination of one’s local property taxes. Ultimately, the size and scope of the homestead exclusion would depend on the action of the General Assembly once authorized to make such changes.

I will continue to provide updates in the coming weeks on this issue as we approach the November 7 General Election.

Senior citizen drivers from Beaver & Lawrence Counties learned safe driving tips at CarFit & Safe Drivers Courses held throughout the district hosted by my office in conjunction w/ AARP.

Equifax Data Breach: What to Do

It’s estimated that 143 million Americans could be affected by the recent massive data breach at Equifax, one of the nation’s three major credit reporting agencies. Personal data such as social security numbers, birth dates, addresses, and even credit card information may have been exposed to malicious hackers and identity thieves.

Click here to visit the Federal Trade Commission’s Equifax Data Breach website and learn if you’ve been affected, and if so, what steps to take to minimize your risk of identity theft.

Fraud Alert

The Department of Banking and Securities is warning consumers about doing business with any company offering an advance on a retirement pension. These so-called lump sum “pension advances” are thinly disguised loans with no contractual or financial relationship with the consumer’s pension or pension plan. The total payments made on the “advance” often far exceed the initial loan amount. In almost all cases, the payments are more than a lender can legally charge in Pennsylvania. Click here to read five questions consumers should consider asking when presented with any business proposal involving their pensions.

Find Drug Take-Back Boxes

There are hundreds of prescription drug take-back boxes throughout Pennsylvania. These are monitored locations—some by the PA State Police—for the disposal of expired or unwanted prescription and over-the-counter medication. Medicines that languish in home medicine cabinets and other locations are at risk of misuse and abuse.

Click here to find the nearest prescription drug take-back box via a new interactive map.

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I have a Twitter account to better connect with my constituents and provide daily updates on my voting record, whereabouts, state government, and local news affecting the 47 S.D. To access my Twitter page, click here

Please contact me to provide input on any state-related matter, or to receive help in dealing with a state agency.

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Contact Me


Senate Box 203047
362 Main Capitol Building
Harrisburg, PA 17120-3047
Phone: (717) 787-3076
FAX: (717) 772-2756

8:30 - 4:30

488 Adams Street
Rochester, PA 15074-1940
Phone: (724) 774-0444
FAX: (724) 773-7384

New Castle
1905 W. State Street
New Castle, PA 16101
Phone: (724) 654-1444
FAX: (724) 656-3182



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