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|Ensuring Sexual Harassment is not Hidden
Recognizing the rampant problem of sexual harassment in the workplace, the House approved legislation this week to help prevent these offenses – and the offenders – from being hidden and dealt with.
House Bill 849 would prohibit employers from requiring employees and prospective employees to sign a nondisclosure agreement related to sexual harassment as a condition of employment.
This would ensure workers who face sexual harassment in the workplace can exercise their voice to report such egregious offenses they may suffer at the hands of a co-worker or superior.
Employees and employers would still be able to voluntarily enter into such agreements.
The bill now goes to the Senate for consideration.
Lowering Health Insurance Costs
Pennsylvanians who buy their health insurance on the federal exchange could see lower prices under legislation adopted by the House this week.
House Bill 3 would establish a state-based health insurance exchange and reinsurance program, an option offered by the Trump administration and supported by the Wolf administration as a means for helping make health care more affordable for Commonwealth citizens.
The proposal is also expected to save taxpayer money, as the cost of the state running its own exchange is expected to be about half the cost of fees currently being paid to the federal government to run it for us.
The bill now goes to the Senate for its consideration.
Attention Hunters! Licenses Go on Sale Monday
Hunting licenses for the 2019-20 hunting season go on sale this Monday, June 17, across the state.
All license buyers will receive a complimentary copy of the 2019-20 Pennsylvania Hunting and Trapping Digest. A pocket guide for the upcoming season, including key details about general hunting regulations, hunting hours, fluorescent orange requirements, a map of the Wildlife Management Units and season dates and bag limits, is also available to be printed.
Click here to find a licensing agent near you. Click here to purchase your new license online (on or after June 17).
For more information about hunting seasons, safety and more, visit pgc.pa.gov.
Property Tax and Rent Rebates Deadline Extended
The deadline for older adults and Pennsylvania residents with disabilities to apply for rebates on rent and property taxes paid in 2018 has been extended from June 30 to Dec. 31 this year.
The rebate program’s income limit is $35,000 a year for homeowners and $15,000 a year for renters, and half of Social Security income is excluded. Spouses, personal representatives or estates may file rebate claims on behalf of claimants who lived at least one day in 2018.
The maximum standard rebate is $650, but supplemental rebates for qualifying homeowners can boost rebates to $975.
For more information about the rebates, call my district office at 717-761-4665.
|Tuesday, June 11
The Judiciary Committee held a voting meeting on
Senate Bill 399 (Langerholc) – sexual assault survivors’ bill of rights
Senate Bill 469 (Laughlin) – protecting intellectually disabled and autistic victims
Senate Bill 479 (Baker) – strengthening protections for young abuse victims
House Bill 1538 (White) – amending the parole code
Wednesday, May June 12
Majority Policy Committee
The Majority Policy Committee heard from U.S. Department of Agriculture State Director Curt Coccodrilli on the state of Pennsylvania’s agriculture industry.
Consumer Affairs Committee
The Consumer Affairs Committee’s subcommittee on telecommunications held a hearing on wireless, small-cell siting legislation.
|Rep. Delozier in the Community
|• PP&L recently held an open house to demonstrate how it is rebuilding an old, wooden transmission line that runs from the West Shore substation in Lower Allen Township to the Harrisburg substation in the city. Existing poles will be replaced with taller and thicker steel poles.
• The Cumberland County Court of Common Pleas held its treatment court graduation Thursday for three proud graduates. Treatment court is the alternative to a prison sentence and a pathway to sobriety.
• The Criminal Justice Reform Caucus held a press conference Monday to draw attention to the barriers to re-entry as Sen. Camera Bartolotta (R-Beaver/Greene/Washington) introduced a resolution to designate June as Re-Entry Month in Pennsylvania.
We were joined by Matthew Charles, who was the first person to be released (for his second time) under the federal First Step Act. He is now a champion for criminal justice reform.
Issues of housing and employment were addressed at the press conference.
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