|Pine Community Day Saturday
Support your community by attending the 27th annual Township of Pine Community Day at Pine Community Park. It promises to be a great time for you and your family.
Vendors will be on hand with a vast variety of food. Admission to the Township of Pine Community Day is free.
The fun begins Saturday, July 15, at 4 p.m. and culminates with a fantastic fireworks display. Pine Community Park is located at 100 Pine Park Drive in Wexford.
Relax, enjoy and have fun! I hope to see you Saturday.
Budget Update: The Fight Against Higher Taxes Continues
The $32 billion budget passed by the General Assembly in late June became law earlier this week, again without the signature of Gov. Tom Wolf. This is the third consecutive fiscal year budget to become law without the governor’s signature.
With the governor largely absent from negotiations, House and Senate Republicans have been working in good faith with his staff to reach an agreement on revenues to support the spending plan.
Presented with a variety of options, including proposed reforms to our state’s liquor sales system and gaming expansion, the administration has rejected each proposal, instead calling for new and increased taxes on hard-working Pennsylvania families or small employers.
Talks will continue until an agreement is reached.
Protecting Children, Pets from Dangers of Hot Cars
Legislation that seeks to protect children and pets left inside dangerously hot vehicles recently passed the State House.
House Bill 1152 would provide civil immunity for any damage that may be done to a vehicle when forceful entry is necessary to rescue a child. The immunity only would apply when the person acts reasonably under the circumstances, has a good-faith belief that the child is in imminent danger and makes an effort to notify law enforcement.
House Bill 1216 is similar in that it would provide civil immunity to police officers, humane society police officers and firefighters for property damage resulting from forcibly entering a vehicle to rescue an animal in imminent danger of suffering harm.
Both bills have been sent to the Senate for consideration.
Bill to Boost Fight Against Waste, Fraud, Abuse
Recognizing the importance of its work to root out waste, fraud and abuse within the state’s welfare system and government as a whole, Senate Bill 527 would make the State office of Inspector General a permanent part of state government. Currently, it exists only by executive order of the governor.
Under the bill, the Office of Inspector General would be granted subpoena power for its internal investigations and file criminal charges for certain welfare fraud crimes.
The bill also aims to promote the office’s independence. It outlines qualifications for the top post and provides a separate budgetary line item for the office. Finally, it ensures regular communications with the General Assembly.
The governor has indicated that he will sign the legislation.
Holding Caretakers Accountable
Individuals who endanger children in their care will face stronger criminal penalties under legislation that was recently signed into law.
Under Act 12 of 2017, parents, guardians or those tasked with the care of a child will face harsher penalties in cases of child endangerment if the child is under the age of 6, if the endangerment results in serious injury or death, or if the endangerment is part of a continuing course of conduct.
The new law will take effect in late August.