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The Weekly Roundup
Friday, March 15, 2019  The latest news from the State Capitol
My “Caylee’s Law” Bill Heading to House Floor

I am pleased to report that legislation I am sponsoring, that would increase the penalties for the crime of concealing the death of a child, passed out of the House Judiciary Committee this week. House Bill 288 will next be considered by the full House. You can watch my comments during the meeting in the video below.My proposal would upgrade the offense from a first-degree misdemeanor to a third-degree felony and increase the maximum penalties to seven years in prison and a $15,000 fine. It also clearly defines those who can be charged with the crime.

House Bill 288 is also known as “Caylee’s Law” because its impetus is the highly publicized Caylee Anthony case in Florida a decade ago in which the young victim wasn’t reported missing by her mother until nearly a month later. We need to strengthen Pennsylvania law to discourage that kind of tragic behavior involving a child from taking place here.

Click here to view video.

Matching Good-Paying Jobs with the Right Training

House Republicans are focusing on good jobs and careers for all Pennsylvanians, working to improve our workforce development and career and technical education (CTE) opportunities, and advancing policies to help transition people from minimum wage jobs to family-sustaining careers.

This week, a package of bills that will help us achieve these goals earned committee approval and will now advance to the full House for a vote.

Included are bills that would boost awareness of workforce needs and increase the flexibility for secondary CTE programs. Bills would also create a comprehensive online CTE resource center and coordinate a state-level career exploration and workforce development opportunities. Learn more about #GoodJobs4PA here.

Hearing Focuses on Health Care Employment Issues

This week, the House Health Committee heard testimony about the difficulty in attracting doctors and other health care employees to Pennsylvania.

Experts from across the state who testified said burdensome government regulations have contributed to “burnout” and pushed younger doctors and nurses to move out of state. They also discussed issues with finding qualified candidates to fill important roles, including nurses and technicians.

As the session continues, the House will look at ways we can remove these barriers and help improve training for these important health care positions.

SEPTA Senior ID Card Applications Available

Area seniors are reminded they can apply for the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority’s (SEPTA) Key Senior Photo ID at my district offices in Coopersburg, Emmaus and Red Hill.

The ID card allows Pennsylvania residents aged 65 and older to travel at no cost on all SEPTA Transit Routes, including Regional Rail.

The ID card is available free of charge. Seniors are required to provide proof of age when applying for one.

Seniors are welcome to call one of my district offices with any questions about the SEPTA ID application process.

Report Potholes to PennDOT

With the thaw out of spring comes the growth of potholes. Extreme fluctuations in temperatures, coupled with an active snow season, can contribute to more potholes on our roads. You can report potholes by calling 1-800-FIX-ROAD or by clicking here to file a report online.

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