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Verifying Citizenship, Residency for Welfare
… To help prevent the fraudulent use of public assistance benefits, the House passed legislation this week to further crack down on welfare fraud by requiring proper documentation of citizenship and residency when applying for local and state benefits.

Under House Bill 1095, individuals who apply for benefits directly must provide an acceptable form of identification, or an affidavit certifying their citizenship. The bill would not change any eligibility criteria for the receipt of public benefits. It merely would update Pennsylvania law to ensure compliance with federal law.

The bill would also prohibit individuals from possessing multiple ACCESS cards. Any person who violates this prohibition would be charged with a third-degree felony.

House Bill 1095 now goes to the state Senate.

Celebrate PA Manufacturers … Pennsylvania Manufacturing Week will be observed Sept. 30 through Oct. 6, and will recognize the vital role manufacturers play in our state’s economy and the variety of job opportunities and career paths open to the next generation of Pennsylvania’s workforce.

In total, manufacturing has an economic impact of $84 billion, and Pennsylvania has the eighth largest manufacturing industry in the United States.

Throughout the week, Pennsylvania manufacturers and partners will hold events to give students and their families an inside look at today’s modern manufacturing. The weeklong celebration will conclude with National Manufacturing Day on Oct. 6. More information about the industry and events are available here.

Pennsylvania Manufacturing Week and Manufacturing Day are part of a movement to build positive perceptions about manufacturing, draw attention to the variety of career opportunities available, and highlight the industry’s important contributions to our economy.

In helping to promote manufacturing, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives has spearheaded a new law to allow career and technical students to demonstrate proficiency on exams developed by the National Occupational Competency Testing Institute in lieu of demonstrating proficiency on a Keystone Exam. Act 6 of 2017 gives them greater flexibility in meeting high school graduation requirements so they can be ready to enter the workforce.

September Named Childhood Cancer
Awareness Month
… A House resolution designating September 2017 as Childhood Cancer Awareness Month passed the House of Representatives this summer with unanimous, bipartisan support.

House Resolution 382 is intended to bring awareness to childhood cancer, to encourage young Pennsylvanians who are fighting cancer, and to honor young people who have lost their lives to childhood cancer. The resolution also expresses gratitude to the doctors and nurses who provide special care to patients and families affected by childhood cancer and encourages all residents in this Commonwealth to join the fight against childhood cancer.

According to the American Cancer Society, childhood cancers make up less than 1 percent of all cancers diagnosed each year. An estimated 10,270 new cases are expected to be diagnosed in children under the age of 15 in the United States this year. Childhood cancer rates have been slightly increasing for the past few decades.

Because of major treatment advances in recent decades, more than 80 percent of children with cancer now survive five years or more. Overall, this is a significant increase since the mid-1970s, when the five-year survival rate was less than 60 percent. Still, survival rates vary depending on the type of cancer and other factors.

Although pediatric cancer death rates have decreased by nearly 70 percent over the past four decades, it still remains the leading cause of death from disease among children. About 1,190 children are expected to die from cancer in 2017.

Protect Yourself from the Flu … The state Department of Health is encouraging all Pennsylvanians over 6 months of age to get a flu vaccine.

Infants and children, seniors, pregnant women and people with chronic medical conditions are especially susceptible to developing flu-related complications.

Other steps people can take to protect against the flu include:
• Washing your hands often with soap and warm water or using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
• Covering your nose and mouth with a tissue when coughing or sneezing, and throwing any used tissues in the trash.
• Keeping your hands away from your face, and not touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
• Disinfecting frequently used surfaces like doorknobs, light switches, TV remotes or countertops.
• Avoiding contact with individuals who may have the flu. When sick, stay home until at least 24 hours after your fever goes away on its own without the use of fever-reducing medicine.

Talk to your doctor about obtaining a flu vaccine or click here for information about the flu.
Committee Updates
Tuesday, Sept. 26

HB 401 (Grove) – Title 42/forming a statewide commerce court.

HB 1037 (Kampf) – Medical Care Availability and Reduction of Error (Mcare) Act/punitive damages.

HB 1124 (Cox) – Title 18/offense of neglect/abuse of care-dependent persons.

HB 1806 (Delozier) – Crime Victims Act/restitution bill amending definition of “victim.”

Wednesday, Sept. 27
Labor and Industry:

Informational meeting on Supreme Court ruling on Protz v. WCAB and its impact on the Workers’ Compensation system.

Thursday, Sept. 28
Tourism and Recreational Development
Informational meeting on the impact of the Bloomsburg Fair on tourism in Pennsylvania
Rep. Delozier in the Community

• Last week I hosted, along with MidPenn Legal Services and the Cumberland County Bar Association, my second of several free “Older and Wiser” informational seminars. The events, of which two more are scheduled, feature topics geared toward older adults, their families and caregivers. Seating is limited. Please RSVP in advance by contacting my office at 717-761-4665, or register online at The remaining seminars from 9-10:30 a.m. are:

• Protection Through Powers of Attorney and Living Wills                             
> Oct. 5, at Bethany Village, 325 Wesley Drive, Mechanicsburg.

• Learning about Last Wills and Living Trusts
> Oct. 12, at the Essex House, 20 N. 12th St., Lemoyne

• Last night, I held the second of my annual town hall meetings to discuss issues of importance to those living in the 88th Legislative District. We had a good crowd at the Lower Allen Township Building. If you were unable to attend and have a question or concern, please feel free to contact my district office at 717-761-4665.

• The U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs David Shulkin recently visited Mechanicsburg VFW Post 6704 and held a roundtable discussion with state and federal officials. In addition to providing our input on veterans administration issues, we signed a resolution to fight veterans suicide.

• Last Saturday, Girl Scout Troop 713 from Cedar Cliff High School dedicated its Silver Award Project. Troop members created a little library in Green Lane Farms Park. Be sure to check it out. Feel free to donate a book or borrow a book to read and then return it.
• West Shore Bureau of Fire held its annual Smoke in the Park Pennsylvania State Championship Barbecue at Memorial Park in Lemoyne. There was great food, games, crafts and old cars.
• New Cumberland Fire Department held its Fall Social. Thank you to the members for their service to the community and for keeping us safe.
• Earlier this week Sen. Mike Regan held a Senior Expo at the West Shore YMCA in Camp Hill. Reps. Steve Bloom, Dawn Keefer, Greg Rothman and I shared a booth and provided information about state services. It was great to see such a large crowd.
• Cedar Cliff High School juniors participated in the State Farm and Junior Achievement of South Central PA’s Real Life, a daylong financial literacy forum. It was interesting to see the students try to create a family budget.

• The Salvation Army Harrisburg held its annual Shoe Strut to benefit children in need. A pair of new shoes was donated to a child on behalf of each guest. Money also was raised through a silent auction. Since its inception, the event has allowed about 1,700 disadvantaged children to receive new shoes.

• The Cumberland County Farm Bureau held its annual fall meeting at the Penn Township Fire Hall. The Dairy Princess Promotion team offered some sweet treats to begin the evening.
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