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Senator Killion Took Oath for First Full Senate Term
On Tuesday, January 3, 2017, I was joined by my wife, two daughters, two sons-in-law and my new grandson Jack Thomas, as I was sworn-in for my first full four-year term in the Pennsylvania State Senate. After initially joining the Senate in May of 2016 after a Special Election for the unexpired term of my predecessor, I was re-elected in the November 2016 General Election to serve the residents of the 9th Senatorial District for a full term.
It is a true honor to serve my constituents and make sure their voice is heard in Harrisburg. It is such a privilege to work with neighbors and community leaders to make our area and the state of Pennsylvania a place we are all proud to call home.
On Tuesday, I stood among 25 fellow Senators while taking the oath of office in the Senate Chamber, following the ceremonies opening the new 2017-18 Legislative Session. The Pennsylvania Senate is now composed of 34 Republican members and 16 Democrat members. The current composition of members establishes a veto-proof majority for the GOP in the state Senate.
The residents of Pennsylvania have bestowed the General Assembly with a great amount of responsibility to serve as a balance in state government, and ensure we deliver efficient and responsible services to the people of Pennsylvania.
This swearing-in ceremony had a special significance since my new grandson was able to join me. It is a reminder of the significant impact the General Assembly can have on future generations. I am excited to do my small part in making sure the world is a little better for Jack and all future generations.
Senator Killion to Co-Sponsor Legislation to Repeal the REAL ID Nonparticipation Act
I recently received many calls from concerned constituents throughout the 9th Senatorial District about Pennsylvania’s non-compliance with federal Real ID requirements. I am pleased to report that efforts are underway to address this problem. I have joined on as a co-sponsor of legislation that will repeal the REAL ID Nonparticipation Act of 2012. I would like to thank my colleague Senator Kim Ward for being the prime sponsor of this important legislation.
As many of you may have heard in the news, Pennsylvania is facing two deadlines for changes that will cause significant inconvenience and impediments for those who do not have a federally-approved form of identification such as a United States passport, in most cases.
First, starting at the end of January this year, federal agencies and military bases will no longer be able to accept driver’s licenses or Pennsylvania ID cards as a primary form of identification. This does not apply to Pennsylvanians who need to access assistance in most cases from federal agencies such as Social Security, Veterans Affairs, etc. And second by the end of January 2018, Pennsylvanians over the age of 18 would not be able to board a commercial airplane with just a license, instead a passport would be needed. I would encourage you to contact the appropriate oversight federal agency to confirm what form of identification is needed to accompany your driver’s license or photo identification. More information is available on PennDOT’s website at: http://www.dmv.pa.gov/Information-Centers/Identity-Security/Pages/Real-ID-Act.aspx.
This is a huge inconvenience for the citizens of Pennsylvania and it is our job as elected officials to help to solve these problems, and I am proud to be a co-sponsor of legislation that will achieve REAL ID compliance in Pennsylvania.
2017 PA Farm Show Begins and Will Highlight Veterans’ Connections to Agriculture
The 101st Pennsylvania Farm Show runs January 7-13 from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. and January 14 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. This is the nation’s largest indoor agricultural event, featuring 6,000 animals, 10,000 competitive exhibits, and 300 commercial exhibitors. According to the most recent report issued by the Hershey Harrisburg Regional Visitors Bureau, the annual show has an estimated economic impact of $95 million to the south-central Pennsylvania region, supporting more than 18,000 jobs over the course of the week-long event.
This year, the Department of Agriculture is partnering with the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs to plan activities for Veterans, Military and their Families Day on Thursday, January 12, as a part of the 101st Pennsylvania Farm Show.
“Our servicemen and women sacrifice so much for our country, and when returning home, we need to ensure that they have opportunities in the workforce. Veterans possess a variety of skills that are needed in the agriculture industry,” noted Secretary Redding. “By showcasing their talents at the largest indoor agricultural exhibition in the country, we are creating a conversation and a pathway to help veterans discover new occupational opportunities. It is our honor not only to recognize them, but also to thank them for their service.”
The state Department of Military and Veterans Affairs’ Mobile Veterans Outreach Van will make its debut as an exhibitor at the 2017 PA Farm Show. The mobile “office” will be set up and staffed with Accredited Veteran Service Officers to provide information and assistance to veterans and family members who may be eligible for programs, benefits and services.
“In keeping with DMVA’s goal of making benefits more accessible to Pennsylvania’s nearly 900,000 veterans and their eligible family members, we are excited to partner with the Department of Agriculture to bring one of our Mobile Veterans Outreach Vans to the PA Farm Show this year,” said Brig. Gen. Tony Carrelli, Pennsylvania’s adjutant general. “We encourage attendees to stop by and talk to any of our Accredited Veteran Service Officers to learn more about the benefits they have earned through their service to our country.”
For more information about the 2017 show, visit www.farmshow.state.pa.us.
Financial Resolutions to Kick Off 2017
Make 2017 the year you resolve to improve your financial security and independence with the Pennsylvania Department of Banking and Securities’ top ten resolutions to achieve your goal.
Five of the Top 10 Resolutions include:
• Keep your money safe in an insured bank or credit union.
• Know the difference between credit and debit cards.
• Investigate before investing.
• Change account passwords to prevent hacking.
• Avoid scams requesting a payment through a money transmitter like Western Union, Money Gram or a prepaid debit card.
You may contact the PA Department of Banking and Securities at 1-800-PA-Banks or 1-800-600-0007 to ask questions or file complaints. PA Investor Education is available through the Department’s Facebook and Twitter accounts.
PA Vehicle Registration Stickers Now Obsolete
As of December 31, 2016, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation will no longer require annual registration stickers.
Why did PennDOT stop issuing registration stickers?
Do I still have to register my vehicle?
Law enforcement agencies have electronic access to PennDOT’s database from their patrol vehicles, which allows them to verify if a vehicle registration is valid. In addition, many use license plate reader technology to efficiently validate registrations.
For more specific information, you may visit PennDOT’s website at www.dmv.pa.gov/VEHICLE-SERVICES/Title-Registration/Pages/Registration-Stickers.aspx.
How We Can Help You
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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