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Prepare Yourself for Emergencies

As the nation comes together to help those impacted by Hurricane Harvey, Pennsylvania officials are reminding residents that National Preparedness Month begins Sept. 1. Throughout the month, households, businesses and communities are encouraged to prepare and plan for emergencies.

Well before emergencies strike, simple steps can be taken to prepare a family, school, workplace or community for any type of incident that would disrupt the day-to-day routine. Citizens are encouraged to visit to find sample checklists, contact lists and other preparedness tools to take advantage of before an emergency occurs. In particular, people should think about loved ones who may have special needs that could inhibit their ability to help themselves.

Follow @ReadyPA on Twitter and like for additional helpful tips and information.

New Law Gets Tough on Animal Abusers
Animals now have greater protection thanks to a tough, new law targeting those who abuse animals which took effect Monday, Aug. 28.

Act 10 of 2017, also known as Libre’s Law, strengthens existing animal cruelty laws and makes it easier to prosecute a person who knowingly mistreats, abuses or neglects an animal.

Specifically, the new law outlines three tiers of cruelty and neglect, with charges ranging from a summary offense for denying an animal food or shelter to a third-degree felony for intentionally torturing an animal or causing serious bodily injury or death.

The new law also requires convicted animal abusers to forfeit their animals, sets limits on how long an animal can be tethered outdoors, and clarifies penalties for abusing a horse.

Hunter-Trapper Education Boosts Safety
Interested in hunting or trapping in Penn’s Woods? By law, all first-time hunters and trappers, regardless of age, must successfully complete Hunter-Trapper Education (HTE) training before they can buy a Pennsylvania hunting or trapping license.

A training certificate, which is recognized throughout North America, is awarded when the individual passes the test at the end of the course. Individuals must be at least 11 years old to enroll in a class. The training is designed to produce safe, responsible, knowledgeable and involved participants. Due to hunter education, hunting is safe and getting safer.

Two options are available to complete the course -- in a classroom or entirely online (for those who are 16 years of age or older). Click here to learn more about HTE and view other training programs available.

PHEAA Encourages Caution with Solicitations … The Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA) reminds students and families to be extremely cautious if solicited by any company offering financial aid application assistance, scholarship searches or student loan debt relief, such as through loan consolidation, loan cancellation, loan forgiveness or defaulted loan assistance. These companies typically charge significant upfront fees for services – sometimes through non-existent programs – that are readily available for free from the federal government.

To find financial aid opportunities, parents and students should research FREE sites such as,, and In addition, NerdWallet’s Watch List names companies that charge for fraudulent or questionable debt relief services.

Students and families who believe they have been targeted or victimized by a scam should complain to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) or the Federal Trade Commission (FTC).

Traveling Over Labor Day? Check Traffic Conditions on ... Travelers can log
onto to check current traffic impacts from construction, traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information and access to more than 770 traffic cameras. The service is free and available 24 hours a day.

511PA is also available through a smartphone application for iPhone and Android devices, by calling 5-1-1, or by following regional Twitter alerts accessible on the 511PA website.
Travelers are always reminded to buckle up, put their phones away and stay sober when behind the wheel.

In other PennDOT news, driver license and photo centers will be closed Saturday, Sept. 2, through Monday, Sept. 4, for Labor Day. Customers may still obtain a variety of driver and vehicle products and services online through PennDOT’s Driver and Vehicle Services website,

Upcoming Events in the 88th District:
“Older and Wiser” Seminars
In September and October, I will be hosting, along with MidPenn Legal Services and the Cumberland County Bar Association, a series of free “Older and Wiser” informational seminars featuring topics geared toward older adults, their families and caregivers. The free seminars are presented as a public service by MidPenn Legal Services. Seating is limited.

The seminars are scheduled for Thursdays from 9-10:30 a.m. The topics and schedule are:

Protection Through Powers of Attorney and Living Wills
• Sept. 7, at The Woods at Cedar Run, 824 Lisburn Road, Camp Hill.
• Oct. 5, at Bethany Village, 325 Wesley Drive, Mechanicsburg.

Learning about Last Wills and Living Trusts
• Sept. 21, at the Mechanicsburg Senior Center, 97 W. Portland St., Mechanicsburg.
• Oct. 12, at the Essex House, 20 N. 12th St., Lemoyne.

Please RSVP in advance by contacting my office at 717-761-4665, or register online at

Legislative Update Meetings                                                           
Each year, I host a series of Legislative Update town hall meetings to discuss issues of importance to those in the 88th District. Residents are invited and encouraged to attend these open forum meetings to ask questions and offer input. If you plan to attend either meeting, please RSVP by contacting my office at 717-761-4665, or register online at If you cannot attend the meeting of your municipality, feel free to attend the other meeting.

For residents of Upper Allen Township and the Boroughs of Mechanicsburg and Shiremanstown
Thursday, Sept. 14, 8-9:30 a.m.
Upper Allen Municipal Building
100 Gettysburg Pike, Mechanicsburg

For residents of Lower Allen Township and the Boroughs of Lemoyne, New Cumberland and Wormleysburg
Thursday, Sept. 28, 6-7:30 p.m.
Lower Allen Township Building
2233 Gettysburg Road, Camp Hill
Committee Updates
Tuesday, Aug. 29
Labor and Industry:
Public hearing on the long-term outlook for the Unemployment Compensation Program and the replacement of the current benefits payment computer system.
Rep. Delozier in the Community

• Harrisburg Regional Chamber and CREDC hosted their annual transportation briefing recently. This year’s theme was planes, trains and automobiles, as transportation experts from across the region provided updates on their respective modes of travel. With southcentral Pennsylvania’s centralized location, the area has become an important spoke in the nation’s transportation system.
• This week, the West Shore Chamber of Commerce held its annual Luminary Awards Luncheon, which honored female professionals in two categories. A number of residents of the 88th Legislative District were finalists. They included Veronica Lugo, Hand and Stone Massage and Facial Spa; Kelli Gift, PaySmart Payroll Services; Cami Ressler, Ressler Career and Business Solutions; Sue Stuart, United Methodist Home for Children; and Judith A. Walter, Zimmerman’s Automotive Service.
• The Fifth Wednesday Networking Luncheon was held earlier this week. Many local women business leaders gathered to talk about women’s health and preventative screenings. These luncheons are always a great opportunity to network and talk about important matters affecting women business owners.

• U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey spoke to business leaders this week at an event hosted by the Harrisburg Regional Chamber and CREDC. Toomey discussed policy issues and provided an updated on happenings in the nation’s capital.

• Messiah Village hosted a free mobile telephone and technology seminar presented by AT&T to help seniors become more proficient with technology and learn about online safety. I provided information to the attendees about state resources available to report scams and identity theft.

• The two Mechanicsburg Rotary Clubs met and toured the redeveloped Allenberry in Boiling Springs. The new owners have done a fabulous job making this local treasure new again.
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2929 Gettysburg Road, Suite 6, Camp Hill PA 17011 | Phone: (717) 761-4665
141 East Wing, PO Box 202088, Harrisburg PA 17120-2088 | Phone: 717-783-5282
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