Reforming PA’s Welfare System
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Welfare Reform Efforts Unveiled

To help contain costs and bring about real reform to Pennsylvania’s welfare system, a package of bills was unveiled this week to give more families an opportunity to improve their quality of life, while tackling waste, fraud and abuse from within the current system.

The legislation addresses a variety of issues ranging from employment incentives and child support protection to residency and work requirements.

Welfare is intended to be a bridge to independence, not a foundation for dependence. These bills promote self-sustainability for welfare recipients and fiscal responsibility for our citizens by ensuring the tax dollars spent on human services reach only those Pennsylvanians who truly needed them.
Nonprofits Win with Bingo Law Updates

As a way to help nonprofit organizations better raise funds for community needs, Act 66 of 2017 updates the state’s antiquated Bingo Law, which was enacted in 1981.

The new law increases prize limits from $250 to $500 for any one game of bingo; from $2,000 to $4,000 for jackpot games; and from $4,000 to $8,000 for the total amount of prizes awarded in a calendar day. It also gives community organizations the freedom to advertise the dollar value of cash prizes. Organizations will be permitted to advertise bingo games on the internet and through social media.

Additionally, the law removes restrictions on the number of days a licensed association may conduct bingo games, permits pre-draw bingo and allows for guest callers and for new members of an organization to assist with bingo.
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Attention Seniors Who Use SEPTA

Area seniors are reminded that they can apply for the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority’s (SEPTA) Key Senior Photo ID at my Red Hill district office.

SEPTA has announced that Medicare and Railroad Retirement cards will no longer be accepted as proof of age for free and reduced-fare rides beginning Tuesday, Jan. 16. The SEPTA Key Senior Photo ID allows Pennsylvania residents aged 65 and older to continue to travel at no cost to them on all SEPTA Transit Routes and for $1 on Regional Rail.

The SEPTA Key Senior Photo ID Card is available free of charge. Applicants are required to provide proof of age.

The office is located at 56 West 4th St., 2nd Floor, and can be reached with any questions about the application process at (215) 679-3152.
Farm Show Starts Saturday

In case you missed it, the 102nd Pennsylvania Farm Show will kick off Saturday, Jan. 6, and run through Saturday, Jan. 13. This year’s theme is “Strength in Our Diversity.”

In addition to all the delicious food offerings, the Farm Show features 6,000 animals, 10,000 competitive exhibits and 300 commercial exhibitors. Admission to the show is free, but parking is $15 per vehicle. Shuttle service is provided. Learn more here.

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