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Pipeline Safety Hearing Requested by Killion and Quinn Yields Great Public Safety Recommendations
On Wednesday, November 16, a joint Senate and House Veterans Affairs & Emergency Preparedness public hearing was held regarding pipeline safety. On September 9th, 2016, myself and State Representative Chris Quinn sent the Chairmen of both the Senate and House Veterans Affairs & Emergency Preparedness a joint letter requesting a public hearing in an effort to identify possible additional pipeline safety precautions for current and future projects here in Pennsylvania. We are so grateful that Senator Randy Vulakovich and Representative Steven Barrar agreed to, and were so willing to host this critical joint hearing.
The joint hearing on Wednesday focused on examining the current regulations set by the state, while identifying needs for additional precautions during the installation and long term management of pipelines. We were able to hear from many stakeholders regarding this issue including Commonwealth residents, installers, regulators, the Public Utility Commission, and the Department of Environmental Protection. It was our hope that by having this public hearing we would be able to bring all these stakeholders together in order to share ideas and make all pipeline projects the safest they can be for our families and children. This hearing proved to be productive and Chairman Barrar even noted that some of these ideas would be incorporated into the state emergency management code, which they are currently in the process of rewriting.
The full joint Senate and House Veterans Affairs & Emergency Preparedness pipeline hearing is available on my website. Please follow the link to watch.
Unclaimed Property Awaits Rightful Owners
More than $136 million in unclaimed tangible property and money was returned to its rightful owners during 2015, according to the Pennsylvania Treasury.
The Treasury reports it began 2016 seeking the legal owners of $2.5 billion in unclaimed property. Claimants are encouraged to file a claim form, free of charge, with the Bureau of Unclaimed Property rather than pay the 15% maximum finder’s fee.
One in 10 residents have unclaimed property. The increased popularity of gift certificates and gift cards can also bring an increase in unclaimed property, as Pennsylvania requires those with an expiration date and/or any fees to be reported as unclaimed property. Search the Treasury’s Unclaimed Property data base or call the toll-free number, 1-800-222-2046, for information and assistance.
Property Tax and Rent Rebate Deadline Approaching
December 31, 2016 is the deadline for the Property Tax and Rent Rebate Program for eligible Pennsylvanians. Free application assistance is available through local Area Agencies on Aging, Senior Centers and PA Department of Revenue district offices.
Age, income and disability are critical eligibility factors. First time filers will need photocopies of documents providing proof of age, a spouse’s death certificate if widowed, and proof of permanent disability, if applicable.
Obtain the Property Tax and Rent Rebate Program application online or by mail or call 1-888-PATAXES. Questions may be answered by the Online Customer Service Center. If you have already applied and 8 to 10 weeks have lapsed since filing, contact the PA Department of Revenue for a status report on your rebate.
PennDOT Driver License Photo Centers Closed for Thanksgiving
Please be advised that all PennDOT driver license and photo centers will be closed next Thursday, November 24, through Friday November 25 for the Thanksgiving holiday. For A complete listing of PennDOT driver and photo license center closings in 2016 is available on the PennDOT website.
How We Can Help You
Here are some of the ways that my office can assist you:
Satellite offices have been set up to provide close-to-home services to area residents. The locations and hours are listed here:
Nether Providence Township Building
Edgmont Township Building
Borough of Marcus Hook
Kennett Township Building
The Chester Township Municipal Building
How to Contact Me
I have 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