Apr. 19, 2019

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Roads Getting Resurfaced in Montgomery County
PennDOT has awarded a $7.5 million contract to Highway Materials Inc. to repair and resurface 39 miles of state highway in Montgomery County, including Route 463 (Horsham Road) between Upper State Road and Tournament Drive/High School Road in Montgomery and Horsham townships.

Under this improvement project, PennDOT will mill and pave the existing roadway surface with new asphalt. The new pavement will seal the roadways and provide motorists with a smoother riding surface. Work on the project is expected to be completed in December.

Increasing the Penalties for Failing to Report Suspected Child Abuse
My legislation to increase the penalties for failing to report ongoing child sex abuse has passed the House.

In 2014, following the revelations of the child abuse investigation, the Legislature rewrote the Child Protective Services Law as it relates to those who are required to report suspected child abuse by virtue of their profession or position.

My bill-- Act 32 of 2014-- dramatically increased the penalties for failing to report suspected child abuse. The recent Pennsylvania Diocese Victims Grand Jury Report detailing widespread child sexual abuse recognized my efforts, but recommended clarifying when those tougher penalties apply. House Bill 1051 does that.

House Bill 1051 makes it a third-degree felony for an “ongoing” failure to report continuing sexual abuse “while the person knows or has reasonable cause to believe the abuser is likely to commit additional acts of child abuse.”

This bill ensures that mandated reporters who leave children in harm’s way exposing them to further abuse receive a higher penalty.

The bill now moves to the Senate.

Helping to Put More Domestic Abusers Behind Bars
Continuing the commitment to protecting crime victims, the House this week approved a bill to ensure victims of strangulation get the justice they deserve.

Prior to a 2016 law, strangulation could only be charged as a misdemeanor assault in Pennsylvania. Act 111 made it a criminal offense, and according to law enforcement officials across the state, the law has helped put more domestic abusers behind bars.

House Bill 854 builds on that progress by fully incorporating strangulation into our laws, ensuring any prior strangulation conviction will be recognized and considered in subsequent cases.

Passing this bill continues the push by House Republicans to protect the victims of crime. You can learn more about House Republicans protecting victims here.

The bill now moves to the Senate for consideration.

Pension Forfeiture for Sex Offenses
Working to ensure public officials and employees are held fully accountable for their actions, the House approved legislation this week that would force them to forfeit their taxpayer-funded pensions if they are convicted of committing a sexual offense.

The bill builds on Act 1 of 2019, which requires any public official who is convicted of a felony to forfeit his or her pension.

Under House Bill 991, public employees and officials – including elected officials – would lose their pension if convicted of offenses such as indecent assault, indecent exposure or unlawful dissemination of an intimate image (commonly referred to as revenge porn).

The bill now moves to the Senate for consideration.

April is ‘Donate Life Month’
April 2019 is “Donate Life Month” in Pennsylvania.

In Pennsylvania, about 8,000 people are on the organ donation waiting list and, on average, every 18 hours one of them will die waiting for the call that never comes.

The encouraging news is that more people are making the decision to “donate life.” About 4.7 million Pennsylvanians have said yes to organ and tissue donation by adding the donor designation on their driver’s license. More than 138 million Americans are registered donors.

In addition, Pennsylvania driver’s license and ID card holders can support organ donation programs with a voluntary donation of $3 at the time of application or renewal. To date, nearly $14 million has been generously donated to the fund.

More information is available at donatelifepa.org.

Happy Passover and Happy Easter
I want to wish everyone observing the Passover Seder at sundown this Friday the blessings of health and peace.

I want to also wish everyone celebrating Easter this weekend peace, love and a blessed Easter.
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