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Don’t Miss My Paper Shredding and Drug Take-Back Event
Saturday, April 13, from 9 a.m. to noon
My district office, One Beaver Valley Road, Chadds Ford
(at the intersection of the Route 202 and Naamans Creek Road)

The event, which will feature an onsite industrial paper shredder, will provide the opportunity to households of the 160th District to shred up to three packing boxes of materials. The boxes will be returned to residents.

Only paper – not cardboard – will be accepted. Staples and paper clips need not be removed. All shredding takes place onsite.

As we continue the fight against the Commonwealth’s opioid epidemic, I encourage everyone to drop off medicines, as well as prescriptions and over-the-counter drugs. By law, needles and epi-pens will not be accepted.

Refreshments will be offered. The free event will be held rain or shine.
                                   

House Supports My Bill to Protect Pennsylvanians Facing Emergencies
To ensure that Commonwealth residents continue to receive emergency assistance and that services are continually enhanced, the House unanimously supported legislation I drafted that would provide for a sunset reauthorization of the Commonwealth’s 911 system under Title 35.

The reauthorization would enhance public safety by enabling 911 centers to provide critical emergency services to communities all across the state as quickly as possible. House Bill 859 would also counteract the increasing expenses of communications equipment and rising personnel costs. Without the bill’s passage, the program would expire on June 30.

Four years ago, under legislation which I sponsored, our state 911 law underwent an extensive rewrite to modernize our emergency response system with the many advancements available in communications and technology. We also created a 911 oversight board that is working very well, which is another reason that the Commonwealth’s 911 program is in the best place it’s ever been. House Bill 859 would ensure that the progress we’ve made isn’t lost.

After receiving strong bipartisan support from the House, the bill now moves to the Senate for consideration.     
          

Advocating for the Commonwealth’s Crime Victims
 
I am deeply honored to receive a Guardian of Victims’ Rights Award, which is given to advocates for crime victims, from the Marsy’s Law for Pennsylvania organization. Working to ensure that victims are treated with dignity and respect has been and will continue to be a priority for me.

As a legislator, it is important to protect the vulnerable members of society, including crime victims. In fact, just yesterday, I joined a majority of my colleagues in supporting Marsy’s Law, which would require the Commonwealth to protect the rights of victims as much as it does the rights of the accused.

Specifically, the bill would require notice of hearings and other proceedings, physical and emotional protection from the accused, notice to the victim in cases of release or escape, proceedings free from unnecessary delay, the ability to talk with the prosecutor in the case and full and timely restitution from the offender.
                                               

My Spring Newsletter is Available Now

 
There’s some important information about how to get a REAL ID and legislation I drafted to expand family medical leave, as well as upcoming event details in my spring newsletter. It will be arriving in your mailbox soon, but just click here if you’d like to take a look now.
                                   

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.
 

Notice of Public SEPTA Meetings About 2020 Budget
The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) has scheduled public hearings on its proposed operating budget for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2020, the five-year financial plan.

Locally, the first public hearing will be held on Monday, April 15, from 2-6 p.m. at the West Chester Municipal Building, 401 E. Gay St., West Chester.

The second hearing will be held on Tuesday, April 16, from 2-6 p.m., at the Delaware County Court House/Government Center Building, County Council Room on the first floor, 201 W. Front St., Media.

Persons wishing to file written comments may forward them to the Director of Operating Budgets, Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority, 1234 Market St., 9th Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19107 by April 29 so that they may be forwarded to the Hearing Examiner. Comments can also be sent electronically by clicking here.

Persons desiring to present extensive comments and testimony are encouraged to do so in writing as the time for individual testimony may be limited in order to accommodate all who wish to speak.

Members of the public may obtain a copy of the proposed Operating Budget and Financial Plan at SEPTA's website or by requesting, in writing, a copy from the director of operating budgets at the address listed above.   
                    

Give PennDOT Feedback

PennDOT is looking for Pennsylvanians to give feedback on its winter services and communications.

You can provide your input by taking PennDOT’s 10-question survey that asks about how often you travel in poor weather, how you rate PennDOT’s winter service, and how you rank its snow-removal priorities.

The survey also asks how you receive PennDOT’s roadway information, and if you use Pennsylvania’s 511PA system for traffic and incident information, and winter roadway conditions.

You can take the survey by clicking here.
 

Free Tax Prep Services for Eligible Residents

 
AARP Foundation Tax-Aide offers free tax preparation help to low- and moderate-income taxpayers, available at three locations in our area:

West Chester Area Senior Center
530 E. Union St., West Chester
Phone: (610) 431-4242
The site is open until April 16 from Monday through Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. It is also open Fridays from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Kennett Area Senior Center
427 S. Walnut St., Kennett Square
Phone: (610) 444-4819
The site is open until April 16 on Tuesdays and Fridays, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Middletown Municipal at Aston Community Center
3270 Concord Road, Aston
Phone: (610) 497-1255
The site is open until April 15 on Mondays and Fridays, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. It is closed on Monday, Feb. 18 and Friday, April 5. The site will also be closed if the Penn Delco School District is closed due to inclement weather.

Other locations may be found by clicking here.

Click here for a list of important documents to bring to the appointment. All Tax-Aide volunteers are trained and certified by the IRS annually. This tax preparation service is available through mid-April.

The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) also provides free tax preparation for low- and moderate-income households. A site will be offered from Jan. 31 to April 11 at West Side Community Center, 430 Hannum Ave., West Chester, on Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Appointments are not required, but questions can be answered by calling (610) 314-4327. Click here for a list of items to bring.

Lastly, the Community Action Agency of Delaware County Inc. (CAADC) is operating free VITA sites for a 13th year. This year, CAADC will be hosting four sites serving low- and moderate-income families in Delaware County. All the sites will be staffed by IRS-trained and certified community volunteers and will aim to serve families who qualify for the Earned Income Tax Credit and the Child Tax Credit. The free sites will be located at:

Wesley House
701 Madison St., Chester

Sharon Hill Commons
401 Sharon Ave., Sharon Hill

CAADC Boothwyn Office
1414 Meetinghouse Road, Boothwyn

St. Alice Church
150 Hamden Road, Upper Darby.

The sites will continue through April 15. All sites are by appointment only with hours occurring Monday through Saturday (days vary at each site). To schedule an appointment, please call (610) 833-4455.
 
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