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District Offices
21 N. Main Street, Unit 9
Coopersburg, PA 18036

Phone: (610) 282-0160
Fax: (610) 282-3955

191 Main St., Suite 104
Emmaus, PA 18049
Phone: (610) 965-5830
Fax: (610) 282-3955

56 W. Fourth St., 2nd Floor
Red Hill Borough Building
Red Hill, PA 18076
Phone: (215) 679-3152
Fax: (215) 679-3155
 
Capitol Office
5 East Wing
PO Box 202131
Harrisburg, PA 17120-2131
Phone: (717) 783-1673
Fax: (717) 705-7012
Protecting Young Victims of Sexual Assault
8/24/2018
The Weekly Roundup
 The latest news from the State Capitol
 
Protecting Young Victims of Sexual Assault

In the aftermath of the Pennsylvania attorney general’s shocking and disturbing grand jury report on child sexual abuse within the Catholic Church, the General Assembly will continue to take important steps to help protect victims and ensure they have both a voice and justice.

In the coming weeks, the House is expected to consider Senate Bill 261, which would eliminate the criminal statute of limitations for prosecutions of sexual abuse of minors, extend the civil statute of limitations for lawsuits alleging sexual abuse of minors until the victim reaches age 50, waive sovereign and governmental immunity for claims and remove caps on damages against governmental parties sued for sexual abuse of minors. In its current form, the bill would apply to future crimes only.

Earlier this session, the House passed Act 67 of 2017, which allows for the continued issuance of subpoenas in investigations involving child sexual exploitation or abuse; and Act 54 of 2018, which requires schools and hospitals to display a poster with the statewide toll-free telephone number for reporting suspected child abuse or neglect (ChildLine). The House also passed House Bill 1527, which is currently in the Senate, to clarify that mandated reporters must report suspected child abuse whenever they personally witness such an act.

Anyone who suspects a child may be abused or neglected is encouraged to call ChildLine at 1-800-932-0313.
 
 
Taking Action on Dangerous Intersection

Due to the immediate concern for the safety of my constituents, I have written a letter to PennDOT regarding the intersection of Route 309 and Center Valley Parkway in Upper Saucon Township. While the intersection is being rebuilt in the years to come, we must implement some safety improvements now to protect the lives of motorists. I hope to hear back from PennDOT soon. You can read the letter here.
 
 
Bridge Closed for Repairs

PennDOT tells us that the Mill Road/Blue Church Bridge over a tributary to Saucon Creek in Upper Saucon Township, Lehigh County, is closed due to damage that likely occurred during Tuesday night’s flooding. The 84-year-old bridge has significant undermining of one of its abutments and will remain closed until further notice. Motorists are advised to seek alternate routes.
 
 
My Summer Newsletter is Out


The electronic version of my Summer Newsletter is available here for your review. It includes details on the 2018-19 state budget and how much funding our local school districts received, and information on some upcoming events in the district you may be interested in attending.
 
 
State Grants Available for First Responders

Fire companies and ambulance services in the 131st District are encouraged to apply for state funding from the Office of State Fire Commissioner. The application period will open the first week of September and remain open for 45 days. Learn more here.

Grants may be used for construction or renovation of a unit’s station, the purchase or repair of equipment, training or debt reduction. The maximum grant amount is $15,000 for fire companies and $10,000 for volunteer ambulance services. A total of $30 million will be awarded through the program, which is funded by state gaming proceeds.
 
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