May. 31, 2019

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The Weekly Roundup
 The latest news from the State Capitol
Honoring Those Who Made the Ultimate Sacrifice

I enjoyed speaking at Southern Lehigh V.F.W. Post # 3405 in Coopersburg on Memorial Day. May God bless all our veterans. Memorial Day is our nation’s way of saying “thank you” to the veterans who gather at events like this around the country and to those who gave their lives on the battlefield.
Attention, Area Veterans

Free assistance is available to area veterans and their families at my district office in Coopersburg on Friday, June 7. A veterans outreach specialist from the American Legion will be available from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to answer questions about veteran benefits and help file claims.

Please call (610) 282-0160 to schedule an appointment. The office is located at 21 N. Main Street, Unit 9, in the borough.
State Budget Update

The House returns to session next week as work continues on the state budget for the 2019-20 fiscal year. We will be in session for most of next month to finalize a spending plan, along with other critical legislative priorities, before the June 30 deadline.

Our goal is to develop a responsible budget which funds the Commonwealth’s needs but spends within its means.
Bills to Protect Homeowners, Minors and Victims of Sexual Extortion Advance

The House Judiciary Committee recently approved three bills to help protect Pennsylvanians from a variety of crimes.

Recognizing that some young people are coerced into a childhood marriage, House Bill 360 would prohibit the issuance of a marriage license to anyone under the age of 18. The change in law would also better ensure a person choosing to be married is prepared to make this life-altering commitment.

Responding to the growing problem of illegal residential trespassers or “squatters” essentially taking over properties that don’t belong to them, House Bill 365 would give law enforcement officers better tools to remove such individuals from the property.

Finally, the committee approved legislation to create the offense of sexual extortion, which occurs when a person uses coercion and misuses their power to demand sexual acts, images, or videos from victims. Establishing this specific offense better equips law enforcement officers to protect victims and prosecute offenders.

The bills now go to the full House for consideration.
Reforming Charter School Laws

Four bills aimed at updating and improving Pennsylvania’s charter school laws have been approved by the House Education Committee and sent to the full House for consideration.

Those bills include:
  • House Bill 355, which would create a new ethics requirement for charter school trustees and administrators.
  • House Bill 356, which would give charter schools a first right of refusal for the purchase or lease of unused school district buildings and require school districts, community colleges and state-owned universities to give cyber charter schools reasonable access to their facilities to administer standardized tests.
  • House Bill 357, which would require the Department of Education to create a uniform process for a charter school application and a uniform charter amendment process.
  • House Bill 358, which would allow charter school students to be dually enrolled in college classes through a higher education institution.
Charter schools are an important component of our effort to ensure we can meet the unique educational needs of each child.
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21 N. Main Street, Unit 9, Coopersburg, PA 18036 | Phone: (610) 282-0160
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