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Week of February 9, 2015

Federal Tax Forms
Staff of Congressman Ryan Costello will be providing basic federal tax forms at my Lebanon District Office (Room 101 Municipal Building, 400 South 8th Street) from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Tuesday, February 17.

Small Games of Chance Report Filing Deadline Extended
I received the following notification from the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue regarding the Small Games of Chance report filing deadline for clubs with proceeds in excess of $20,000 being extended to July 1, 2015:

"Due to technical difficulties, the Small Games of Chance Club Licensee Annual Reporting System administered by the PA Department of Revenue will be suspended while the issues are resolved. The February 1, 2015 filing deadline for clubs with proceeds of $20,000 or more in 2014 is being extended to July 1, 2015.

The electronic reporting system will be unavailable until technical issues including time-out errors, duplicate reports and the inability to save report progress are corrected. The department anticipates the system will be available again by June 1, 2015, at which time clubs will be encouraged to review a publicly available database of completed reports to determine if their reports were successfully received. Clubs that do not have a completed report on file at that time will be required to complete a report by July 1, 2015.

The department is notifying County Treasurers and the Pennsylvania State Police Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement of the filing deadline extension so that clubs are not penalized for not having filed reports between now and July 1.

The enhanced save functionality and further improvements are being pursued in response to requests from clubs for a reporting system that can be accessed periodically throughout a year to reduce the burden of annual reporting. Additional detail will be provided when access to the system is restored by June 1.

The department apologizes for the inconvenience caused by these system complications and thanks clubs for their patience and cooperation as the issues are resolved."

Senate State Government Committee’s First Meeting of 2015-16 Session
I chaired my first Senate State Government Committee meeting on February 4. The Committee reported out three bills:

  • Senate Bill 9 , sponsored by Senator Patrick J. Stefano (R – Fayette, Somerset and Westmoreland) to enact the Proof of Citizenship for Receipt of Public Benefits Act (approved 9-2);
  • Senate Bill 82 , sponsored by Senator Stewart J. Greenleaf (R – Bucks and Montgomery) to amend the Pennsylvania Election Code to further provide for powers and duties of county boards of election (11-0); and
  • Senate Bill 316 , my bill to amend the Procurement Code to require accountability for no bid/sole source and emergency procurements (11-0).

I am looking forward to a lot of action in the State Government Committee this session on a broad range of topics. Openness and transparency are key on vetting issues related to operations of the General Assembly, state government procurement, elections, and people’s access to information through Right to Know and other laws.

The Committee will also soon be holding a public hearing on Senate Bill 3 to allow for medical cannabis in the Commonwealth. Further details are forthcoming.

Bills Pass Senate, Go to House
Both bills passed unanimously:
Senate Bill 210 – exempts individuals 75 and older and judges who wish to be excused from jury duty; and
Senate Bill 301 – recodification of the Administrative Procedure Code.

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