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Reforming State Government
Long awaited liquor reform has been signed into law this week by the governor. I have long been a champion of privatizing the state’s antiquated wine and spirits system. House Bill 1690 is the first step in reforming Pennsylvania’s outdated system. The legislation signed by the governor makes changes that have had the support of Pennsylvania residents for many years. Some of the changes include:
Keeping Our Families Safe
Senate Bill 290, ignition interlock legislation, which I voted in favor of last week, was signed into law by the Governor on May 25 as Act 33 of 2016. The new law will require convicted drunk drivers with illegal Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) of .10 or greater to use ignition interlocks for at least 12 months. It takes effect in 15 months. The law will help to save lives and reduce repeat DUI’s while allowing first time offenders to drive in a safe and controlled setting.
Statistics in states that have similar laws clearly show the implementation of ignition interlock devices for first-time offenders significantly reduce drunk-driving fatalities. According to statistics compiled by Mothers Against Drunk Driving, nearly 2 million drunk-driving attempts have been stopped with ignition interlock devices, including more than 78,000 instances in Pennsylvania between 2003 and 2015.
Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program Deadline Extended
The Property Tax/Rent Rebate program deadline for older adults and residents with disabilities to apply for rebates of rent and property taxes paid in 2015 has been extended to December 31, 2016.
The rebate program benefits eligible Pennsylvanians age 65 and older; widows and widowers age 50 and older; and people with disabilities age 18 and older. The income limit is $35,000 a year for homeowners and $15,000 annually for renters, and half of Social Security income is excluded.
Forms and other information are available online at www.revenue.pa.gov or by calling, toll-free, (888) 222-9190. Claimants may check the status of their claims online at www.revenue.pa.gov or by calling, toll-free, 1-888-PATAXES.
There are no fees to apply for a rebate and free application assistance is available through Department of Revenue district offices, local Area Agencies on Aging, senior centers and by contacting my district office.
Since the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program’s 1971 inception, older and disabled adults have received more than $5.9 billion in property tax and rent relief. The program is funded by the Pennsylvania Lottery and revenue from slots gaming.
How to Contact Me
I have a staffed offices in the district and Harrisburg to provide you with top-notch constituent service and provide answers to legislative inquiries.
The district office is located at 100 Evergreen Drive, Suite 113 in Glen Mills PA, 19342. The phone number is (610) 358-5183. It is open Monday through Friday from 9 am to 4:30 pm.
My Harrisburg office can be reached by phone at (717) 787-4712 or by mail at Senate Box 203009, Harrisburg, PA 17120.
If you are having any problems with state agencies or need help with a problem relating to government, my staff and I will be happy to assist you.
Senate Box 203009
100 Evergreen Drive