Apr. 12, 2019

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My Shredding and Electronics Recycling Event is April 27

Mark your calendars! I will host a free community shredding event Saturday, April 27, 9 a.m. to noon, to give you the opportunity to safely destroy personal paperwork.

The event, which will feature an on-site industrial paper shredder, will take place in the parking lot of the Horsham Athletic Club, 400 Horsham Road. You’ll be able to watch as documents are destroyed. No businesses, please.
Identity thieves have been uncompromising in their search for credit card numbers, bank account information and Social Security numbers. It is critical that you destroy documents containing this sensitive information. I encourage everyone to come out to my event to take the proper steps in fighting identity theft.

Televisions can be recycled for $30.

For more information, please call my office at 215-368-5165.

Hosting a Discussion on Safe Water with Casey, Carper

U.S. Sen. Robert Casey Jr. (D-Pa.) asked me to moderate a roundtable discussion with local officials and the Buxmont Coalition for Safer Water, along with hosting a press conference with Casey and U.S. Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.) at the Horsham Library.

We shared with the senators the health concerns, financial impact and overall frustration with the federal government’s response to the PFAS contamination in our community.

As a result of our discussion this morning the senators are developing a plan to insert legislation into an upcoming federal bill to designate PFAS as a hazardous substance among other initiatives. Thanks to Sen. Casey for coming to Horsham and allowing me to lead the discussion.

Strengthening Protections for Victims of Crime
With this week being National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, the House began working through a package of bills designed to help protect victims of crime.

A cornerstone of this package is Marsy’s Law, a bill that seeks to amend the state Constitution by adding a victim’s bill of rights.

Other bills in the package passed this week include measures to shield rape victims from being re-victimized by irrelevant cross examination; allow victims and witnesses with intellectual disabilities or autism to submit out-of-court statements rather than face their perpetrators in court; expand the types of crimes for which an out-of-court statement can be accepted; and allow crime victims to attend any proceeding relating to their cases, unless attending would materially alter the victims’ testimony.

The bills now head to the Senate for consideration.

Learn more about efforts to protect crime victims in Pennsylvania here.

Expanding the Statute of Limitations for Child Sexual Abuse
As the Commonwealth marks April as Child Abuse Prevention Month, the House passed a two-bill package known as the Pennsylvania Hidden Predator Act to help empower victims of child sexual abuse.

House Bill 962, sponsored by Rep. Mark Rozzi (D-Berks), would change the civil statute of limitations for child sexual abuse, allowing childhood victims until age 55 to file suit, and provide for waivers of sovereign and governmental immunity relating to claims of childhood sexual abuse. It would also abolish the criminal statute of limitations for child sexual abuse moving forward.

House Bill 963, sponsored by Rep. Jim Gregory (R-Blair), would amend the Pennsylvania Constitution to provide a two-year window in which civil lawsuits alleging childhood sexual abuse may be filed in court, notwithstanding any otherwise applicable statute of limitations defense.

The House also started the process of amending the Pennsylvania Constitution to provide a two-year window to anyone for whom a statutory limitations period has expired to commence action arising from childhood sexual abuse.

These bills are important in the effort to ensure justice for victims of past abuse.

Reporting suspected abuse is the best way to protect children. If you suspect a child is being abused or neglected, you can call the Department of Health’s toll-free ChildLine at 1-800-932-0313.

Protecting PACE and PACENET for Seniors
Good news! We passed legislation this week to prevent seniors from losing their PACE and PACENET benefits due to an increase in the Social Security cost-of-living adjustment (COLA).

House Bill 754 now moves to the Senate for consideration.

We all know how critical this prescription program is to the 300,000 Pennsylvania seniors who depend on it for their life-sustaining medications. Unfortunately, the annual Social Security cost-of-living adjustments often push seniors who need PACE and PACENET out of the program due to the increase in income.

This year the Social Security COLA will be 2.8 percent and cause about 9,200 PACE and PACENET cardholders to exceed their eligibility limits and lose their benefits.

House Bill 754 would allow these seniors to continue to receive their benefits through Dec. 31, 2021.
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