Jun. 29, 2017

‘Libre’s Law’ Gets Tough on Animal Abusers

This spring, I voted with a majority of my House colleagues in support of comprehensive legislation that would strengthen existing animal cruelty laws and make it easier to prosecute a person who knowingly mistreats, abuses or neglects an animal. This week, the governor signed the legislation into law.

House Bill 1238, now Act 10 of 2017, outlines three tiers of cruelty and neglect, with charges ranging from a summary offense for denying an animal food or shelter to a third-degree felony for intentionally torturing an animal or causing serious bodily injury or death.

This legislation features the most significant changes to Pennsylvania’s animal abuse laws in more than three decades, and it was made possible by the thousands of advocates who contacted their elected officials expressing their support for the bill.

The measure is known as “Libre’s Law,” named after a Boston terrier who was rescued from a Lancaster County farm last summer after suffering from severe neglect.

The new law takes effect in 60 days from signing.
Protecting Veteran Integrity

Thanking our veterans who did so much to fight for democracy and freedom is paramount. However, individuals who seek to benefit financially by falsely identifying themselves as veterans must face criminal penalties.

This week, legislation, which was signed into law, seeks to protect the honor and valor of America’s veterans by making any misrepresentation of military service or honors for financial benefit a third-degree misdemeanor, which is punishable by up to one year in prison and up to $2,500 in fines.

Examples of such criminal behavior range from lying to receive veteran or health care benefits to fraudulently obtaining preference in a government contract or a job reserved for a veteran.

Act 9 of 2017 is designed to help preserve the reputation of legitimate veterans. It will take effect in 60 days.
Vietnam Memorial

A traveling Vietnam memorial wall will be on display at Hampton Community Park in Hampton Township.

The wall will open today, June 29, at 6 p.m. and remain open, 24 hours a day, until noon on Tuesday, July 4.

Veterans, their families and the general public are welcome to visit the display as Hampton Township pays tribute to veterans in all communities.

Hampton Community Park is located at 3101 McCully Road, Allison Park. Hampton Township can be easily accessed off the Pennsylvania Turnpike, Butler Valley Exit 39.

Learn more about this special event at hampton-pa.org.
Welcome to the Capitol


This week, my summer interns visited the state Capitol in Harrisburg. Our internship program is a great opportunity for a student to learn about the legislative process firsthand and gain valuable real-world job experience. Pictured with me are (from left) Pavle Djokic, North Allegheny High School; Drew Lund, Pine-Richland High School; and Gabby Hart, Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic High School.
Pine Community Day, Family Fun

Check your calendar! What do you have scheduled Saturday, July 15? Come out to Pine Community Park for the 27th annual Township of Pine Community Day. It promises to be a great time for you and your family.

The fun begins at 4 p.m. and culminates with a fantastic fireworks display.

Activities include:
  • Train rides

  • Petting zoo

  • Rock wall

  • Children’s games and crafts

  • Ice creations

  • Pony rides

Vendors will be on hand with a vast variety of food. Admission to the Township of Pine Community Day is free.

Relax, enjoy and have fun! I hope to see you July 15. Pine Community Park is located at 100 Pine Park Drive in Wexford.
Fish for Free Day

The second Fish for Free Day in Pennsylvania will be held Tuesday, July 4. Fish-for-Free Days allow anyone – residents and non-residents – to legally fish in Pennsylvania without a fishing license. On Tuesday, no fishing license is needed to fish in Pennsylvania’s waterways. All other fishing regulations apply.

To make the fishing experience more convenient, people can borrow equipment from dozens of fishing tackle loaner sites across the state.

More information is available on the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission website, FishandBoat.com which includes interactive maps, regional fishing reports, and tips on fishing fundamentals. Fishing licenses can be purchased online at GoneFishingPa.com.
Celebrating Our Nation’s Birthday


Tuesday, July 4, is our nation’s 241st birthday, and celebration will take place around the nation to commemorate the signing of the Declaration of Independence, which occurred right here in Pennsylvania. Please be sure to celebrate safely. Information about fireworks safety is available here.

If you are traveling, check out 511pa.com, which is free and available 24 hours a day. PennDOT will also close its driver license service centers on Tuesday, July 4. Click here for more information dmv.pa.gov.

Have a safe and happy July 4!