Open Seat 48th E-Newsletter

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Week of October 29, 2018

Bills Signed into Law by the Governor

Act 80 – Senate Bill 1090 – Timothy J. Piazza Antihazing Law;

Act 81 – House Bill 783 – clarifies out-of-state manufactured home titles;

Act 82 – House Bill 1386 – changes to teacher certifications;

Act 83 – House Bill 1414 – allows towing lights for certain emergencies;

Act 84 – House Bill 1499 – clarifies laws related to planned communities, condominiums and cooperatives;

Act 86 – Senate Bill 172 – establishes a five-year PennDOT and Turnpike pilot program for speed cameras in certain active work zones;

Act 87 – House Bill 270 – increases the maximum income limit for PACENET;

Act 88 – House Bill 1539 – helps grandparents assume guardianship of grandchildren;

Act 89 – House Bill 2133 – establishes a Kinship Caregiver Navigator Program within the PA Department of Human Services as a source for grandparents raising grandchildren;

Act 90 – Senate Bill 180 – updates organ and tissue donation law (Donate Life PA Act).

Kristin Varner, of Harrisburg, to Serve on PA Advisory Council on Drug and Alcohol Abuse

Congratulations to Kristin Varner, of Harrisburg and the 48th Senatorial District, who has been appointed by the Governor to serve a three year term on the PA Advisory Council on Drug and Alcohol Abuse.  The Council is composed of the Secretary of the PA Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs and eight other members appointed by the Governor, including:  four members with substantial training or experience in the fields of drug or alcohol prevention, intervention, rehabilitation, treatment or enforcement; one member with a prior history of drug and alcohol dependency; one member with no connection with or experience in drug or alcohol prevention, intervention, rehabilitation, treatment or enforcement, and; two members from the public at large.

Jordan Sanderson, of Mount Wolf, Studying in Belgium

Susquehanna University student, Jordan Sanderson, of Mount Wolf, York County and the 48th Senatorial District, is studying at CIEE Business and International Relations Program in Brussels, Belgium.  Jordan is a sociology and public policy major, set to graduate in 2020.  He is a 2016 graduate of Northeastern Senior High SchoolBest wishes, Jordan!

Watershed Restoration and Stormwater Management Projects Funded by Landmark Penalty Against Sunoco

The PA Department of Environmental Protection has selected projects to receive grants from the $12.6 million penalty assessed against Sunoco for violations related to the Mariner East 2 pipeline project.  Grants were awarded to County Conservation Districts, municipalities, school districts and non-profit organizations for stormwater management, invasive species removal, forest restoration, farm runoff reduction, streambank restoration and other projects that ultimately improve water quality.  The following grants were awarded in the 48th Senatorial District:

  • Highspire Borough, Dauphin County – $205,000 for restoring Burd Run through streambank stabilization, tree and shrub planning and stormwater management
  • Lower Swatara Township, Dauphin County – $180,000 for multiple stream and streambank restoration projects near Greenfield Park and the Middletown Area Middle School
  • Londonderry Township, Dauphin County – $193,200 for restoration of Conewago Creek through riparian forest buffers, streambank stabilization, floodplain restoration and stormwater management
  • Lebanon Valley Conservancy, Lebanon County – $150,774 for restoration of 2,000 linear feet of Beck Creek in West Cornwall Township, and $159,094 for restoration of 2,310 linear feet of Snitz Creek in Cornwall Borough
  • South Annville Township, Lebanon County – $90,000 for restoration of Bachman Run by stabilizing streambanks, planting forest buffer and building fish habitat structures
  • Cornwall Borough, Lebanon County – $166,400 for stormwater runoff pollution reduction in the Goosetown neighborhood
  • West Cornwall Township, Lebanon County – $241,225 for improvements to the Quentin Water System, and $69,760 for improvements to the Mount Gretna Campmeeting Water System
  • South Lebanon Township, Lebanon County – $66,900 and $81,600 for stormwater management to reduce runoff pollution
  • South Londonderry Township, Lebanon County – $90,000 for installation of riparian buffers at Campbelltown Park

York County Area Agency on Aging Free Medicare Enrollment Counseling Services

The York County Area Agency on Aging’s APPRISE Program is offering free personalized counseling during Medicare’s annual enrollment period, which began October 15th and ends December 7th.  The annual enrollment period is when Medicare beneficiaries can review their coverage and determine if health and prescription plans continue to meet their needs.  Pre-scheduled appointments are necessary and can be made by calling (717) 771-9042.

  • Tuesday, October 30th, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. – Red Land High School, 560 Fishing Creek Road, Lewisberry
  • Thursday, November 1st, 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. – Dallastown Area Senior High School, 700 New School Lane, Dallastown
  • Monday, November 5th, 9:30 a.m.- 12:00 p.m. – Spiritrust Lutheran (Zimmerman Place), 800 Bollinger Drive, Shrewsberry
  • Wednesday, November 7th, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. – Spring Grove Area High School, 1490 Roth’s Church Road, Spring Grove
  • Thursday, November 8th, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. – Northeastern High School, 300 High Street, Manchester
  • Wednesday, November 14th, 4:00 – 6:30 p.m. – South Western High School, 200 Bowman Road, Hanover
  • Monday, November 19th, 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. – West York Area High School, 1800 Bannister Street, York
  • Tuesday, November 20th, 9:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. – Red Lion High School, 200 Horace Mann Avenue, Red Lion
  • Monday, November 26th, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. – South Central Senior Center, 150 East Main Street, New Freedom
  • Tuesday, November 27th, 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. – York Suburban High School, 1800 Hollywood Drive, York
  • Monday, December 3rd, Tuesday, December 4th and Wednesday, December 5th, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. – York County Area Agency on Aging, 100 West Market Street, York

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