Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program Deadline Dec. 31
Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program Deadline Dec. 31

A reminder that the Monday, Dec. 31, deadline is quickly approaching for eligible older adults and residents with disabilities to apply for state rebates on rent and property taxes paid in 2017.

The income limit is $35,000 a year for homeowners and $15,000 annually for renters, and half of Social Security income is excluded. The maximum standard rebate is $650.

Eligibility information and forms are available at or by contacting my district office at 412-369-2236.

Claimants who already applied for their rebates may check the status of claims online at or by calling, toll-free, 1-888-PATAXES.

The Property Tax/Rent Rebate program is one of many initiatives supported by the Pennsylvania Lottery, which dedicates its proceeds to support programs for older Pennsylvanians. Since the program began in 1971, approximately $6 billion has been paid to qualified applicants.
Economic Growth and Family-Sustaining Jobs


This week, I had the pleasure of speaking to members of Steamfitters Local 449 in Pittsburgh. I talked about family-sustaining jobs and how important their work is to our community.

We are creating an attractive environment in which to bring new industry and help existing ones better position themselves. Cutting taxes, balancing budgets and making necessary reforms shows employers that Pennsylvania is open for business and has put out the welcome mat for new jobs for our citizens.

Steamfitters Local 449 was established in 1913. The members are trained craftsmen who fabricate, install and service piping systems. They may be found on job sites involving single-family homes, garden and high-rise apartment buildings, large and small office buildings, supermarkets, food warehousing and processing facilities, power plants, chemical installations, factories, public buildings and health care facilities.
New Legislative Session Begins Tuesday, Jan. 1

The Pennsylvania House of Representatives will begin the 2019-20 Legislative Session on Tuesday, Jan. 1, with members taking the oath of office.

The oath will begin at noon and the ceremony will also include the adoption of House rules, election of the Speaker of the House (for a third term, I was elected unanimously by the House Republican Caucus to serve as Speaker), and a joint session with the state Senate to certify election results. Live streaming of the entire ceremony will be available at

After searing-in, stay up-to-date on the latest news out of Harrisburg by subscribing to my legislative updates at and by following me on Facebook at
Update and Reminder on Handicapped Parking Spaces

As each of us travel to various medical, professional or business facilities and seek parking, we readily see spaces that are reserved for those with disabilities. Sadly, we also note that some people who are not properly authorized to use these spaces do use them. Such misuse shows neither proper respect for those who do have disabilities, nor for the law.

According to the Commonwealth’s parking lot construction standards, approximately 4 percent of a parking lot is allocated for parking spaces for people with disabilities and even less space is available for an access aisle.

This year the General Assembly passed Act 144 of 2018 to modernize Pennsylvania’s disabled parking laws. Specifically, the law prohibits a person from obstructing a vehicle or part of a curb ramp or the access aisle (typically marked with diagonal lines) adjacent to a parking space reserved for a person with disabilities. Violators would face a fine of $100 to $300. The law also permits municipalities and local authorities to designate a particular space on a public street for a particular person or vehicle.

For additional information, click here. For assistance in obtaining or submitting an application for a placard or registration plate, please feel free to contact my district office at
103rd Farm Show Kicks off Jan. 5

Celebrating one of Pennsylvania’s top industries, the Pennsylvania Farm Show near Harrisburg will kick off Saturday, Jan. 5. The show will run through Saturday, Jan. 12.

The Farm Show, which features 6,000 animals, 10,000 competitive exhibits and 300 commercial exhibitors, emphasizes the importance of agriculture in daily life, highlights the latest in ag technology and advancements, and offers attractions for all ages.

Admission to the show is free, but parking is $15 per vehicle. Shuttle service is provided. For all the latest news about the Farm Show, follow it on Facebook.
Warmest Holiday Wishes to You and Yours

This holiday season I would like to extend the warmest holiday wishes and happiest new year to you and your family. May you have a wonderful and safe season that is full of peace and cheer.

PennDOT Driver License Centers will be closed on Tuesday, Dec. 25, for Christmas, and on Tuesday, Jan1, for New Year’s. Customers may still obtain a variety of driver and vehicle products and services online through PennDOT’s Driver and Vehicle Services website,, or through my at

If you’re traveling, you can check condition on more than 40,000 roadway miles by visiting
Holiday Office Hours

My district office, located at 125 Hillvue Lane, in McCandless, will be closed so my staff can enjoy the holidays with family and friends.

Monday, Dec. 24 (Christmas Eve)
Tuesday, Dec. 25 (Christmas Day)
Monday, Dec. 31 (New Year’s Eve)
Tuesday, Jan. 1 (New Year’s Day)
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