Mar. 24, 2017

Is PA Ready for Self-Driving Cars?

With highly automated vehicle technology currently being tested in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania could be at the forefront of this type of transportation, even though state law never anticipated this advancement.

That is why members of the House and Senate Transportation committees learned more about highly automated vehicles, known as driverless or self-driving cars, during a joint hearing on Tuesday. The goal involves striking the right balance between encouraging innovation and ensuring public safety.

Experts in the field have said that driverless cars can lead to greater safety, mobility, innovation and economic development. Several of the cars were also on display after the hearing.
Discount Vehicle Registration to Expand to More Retirees

More retirees on fixed incomes would be able to apply for discount vehicle registrations under legislation that passed the House on Tuesday.

Currently, PennDOT offers a vehicle registration at a discounted rate of $10 to retirees who receive Social Security or other pension income that does not exceed $19,200 annually. Only one vehicle per person may be registered at the discounted rate.

House Bill 188 would increase the income limit to $23,500, the same threshold set for the state’s PACENET prescription drug assistance program. The income limit for the program was last increased in 1998. The bill now moves to the Senate for consideration.

Additional information about the existing program is available at
Trout Stocking Schedules Available

Trout season is just around the corner. Local anglers are now able to find out when their favorite fishing hole will be stocked with trout. The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission has provided guides available in print, online and on the commission’s FishBoatPA mobile app.

The statewide opening day for trout season is Saturday, April 15. Click here to get information on when trout will be stocked in our area.

Additionally, the commission will host Mentored Youth Trout Days on Saturday, April 8. Youth under the age of 16 can join a mentor (adult) angler who has a current fishing license and trout permit to fish for trout the Saturday before the regular opening days. Youth anglers must obtain a mentored youth permit or voluntary youth fishing license as well. Click here for more information about the program.

The commission stocks approximately 3.15 million adult trout in more than 720 streams and 120 lakes open to public angling each year.
Let’s Go Rams!


The Pine-Richland Boys Basketball team will be playing for the PIAA Class 6A state championship Saturday (tomorrow), March 25, against Reading.

On Tuesday, the Rams beat Carlisle 65-60 in their semi-final matchup. This group of young men -- under Coach Jeff Ackermann’s outstanding leadership -- has a 32-2 record this season.

The state championship game will be played at the Giant Center in Hershey at 8 p.m.

I’m proud of the dedication, desire and hard work that this team has shown each game. It’s a pleasure to watch them perform.
Township of Pine Honored


I am honored to represent outstanding communities that make up the 28th Legislative District. The Township of Pine has been named a Banner Community by the Allegheny League of Municipalities (ALOM).

What does it mean to be designated a Banner Community?
  • Willing to work together to deliver effective and efficient services.
  • Foster good will by educating our youth about municipal government.
  • Implement sustainable practices in the community.
  • Commitment to professional development of local elected officials.
  • Dedication to communication, citizen involvement and transparency.
The Banner Community program began in 2013. The ALOM mission is to work to strengthen communities as a standard for excellence.