The Rothman Report 6-1-17
6/1/2017
                                      
In the Community
 
Town Hall

 

Constituents of the 87th District were invited to the Good Hope Fire Station in Mechanicsburg for my first solo town hall. It was a wonderful opportunity to hear from constituents who have questions about the current political climate and my legislative priorities. I would like to extend my thanks to everyone who was able to attend the town hall and make their voices heard. If you were unable to attend but would like to speak with me or my staff about issues concerning you or our community, please visit us at 1200 Camp Hill Bypass, Suite 202 in Camp Hill or call (717) 975-2235.

Thank you to all who attended and made this event such a success. I hope to see you at future town halls.


Cumberland Perry Area Vocational Technical School Graduation

 
On May 23, I had the honor of being the keynote speaker at the Cumberland Perry Area Vocational Technical School (AVTS) for their graduation and award ceremony. Students Jayden Dudley and Makayla Statt gave moving speeches about their experiences at Cumberland Perry AVTS and spoke of the bright future ahead of them due to their education at the trade school. Principal Dr. Leslie Shuman then spoke of her big three keys to success and offered encouragement to her students. She was followed by the presentation of awards and scholarships, as well as the presentation of certificates to the graduating seniors who will go on to college or join the workforce this upcoming year.

I would like to extend my sincere congratulations to all students graduating in the 87th District in 2017.


87th District Township Manager’s Meeting

 

Leaders within the 87th District joined together at my district office to collaborate on the best ways to serve local constituents. Those in attendance included Silver Spring Township Manager Theresa Eberly, Hampden Township Manager Keith Metts, Camp Hill Borough Manager Pat Dennis, representatives from East Pennsboro Township, Senator Mike Regan’s District Manager Bruce McLanahan and Bruce Beardsley from COSTARS.


Memorial Day

 

"The United States and the freedom for which it stands, the freedom for which they died, must endure and prosper. Their lives remind us that freedom is not bought cheaply. It has a cost; it imposes a burden. And just as they whom we commemorate were willing to sacrifice, so too must we - in a less final, less heroic way - be willing to give of ourselves." - Ronald Reagan


 

Representative Rothman walking in the Camp Hill Memorial Day Parade with other local elected officials.


 






Representative Rothman with Captain Robert Williams, Director, Logistics & Engagement Integration and Fleet Services Support at the Naval Supply Systems Command in Mechanicsburg at the Hampden Township Memorial Day ceremony at the Hampden Township Veterans Memorial.


                                               





 

Representative Rothman with Cumberland County Recorder of Deeds Tammy Shearer, Commissioner Gary Eichelberger, and Cumberland County Coroner Charlie Hall.


Greek Fest

 

From May 19-21, the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church held its annual Greek Fest, bringing the sights and sounds of Greece to Central Pennsylvania. This three-day Greek Festival is a family event that draws thousands of visitors each year. Guests at Greek Fest had the opportunity to enjoy homemade Greek cuisine and pastries, tours of the Cathedral, traditional Greek dancing, arts, crafts, a marketplace and performances by the Olympic Flames Dance Troupe.


Emergency Preparedness Luncheon

 

On Tuesday, May 30, Richard Flinn Jr., Director of the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency, and Marcus Brown, Director of the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security, joined me for an Emergency Medical Service Roundtable Luncheon. It was attended by local firefighters, emergency medical personnel and law enforcement from the 87th District. The event focused on issues important to first responders in the area such as the opioid epidemic, cross-county communication and police radar.


Save a Life, Donate Blood

 
I will be hosting a Blood Drive on Friday, June 16, from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.at my District Office, 1200 Camp Hill Bypass, Suite 202 in Camp Hill. Limited time slots are available every 15 minutes and reservations are preferred.

There are three ways to register:

1. Visit RedCrossBlood.org and use sponsor code PA87.
2. Call my district office at 717-975-2235.
3. Email Kaytee Moyer in my office at KMoyer@PaHouseGOP.com
 
 
State News
 
REAL ID Act


Pennsylvanians who do not fly or enter federal buildings will not have to purchase identification that complies with the federal REAL ID Act under legislation signed by Governor Tom Wolf on May 26.

Under Act No. 3, residents can choose between a REAL ID or a standard driver’s license or photo ID. Residents who choose the standard form of identification will have to have a passport or other REAL ID-compliant identification to board an airplane or enter a federal building once the new system is in place.

It is not yet clear how long it will take to fully implement REAL ID in Pennsylvania, so the Commonwealth will be requesting an extension from the federal government. Assuming the extension is granted, Pennsylvanians will be able to continue using their current form of state-issued identification to board airplanes or enter federal buildings.

Offering residents a choice allows Pennsylvania to comply with the requirements of federal law while also avoiding unnecessary burdens on taxpayers who would face higher costs for the new form of identification.


Strengthening Public Corruption Laws

 
Public officials and employees who are convicted of public corruption crimes would be forced to forfeit their government pension under legislation recently approved by the House.

House Bill 939 would hold state, county or municipal government officials and public employees, including judges, teachers and other school district employees, accountable for crimes related to their official duties by requiring them to forfeit their government pension.

They would also need to pay appropriate restitution when they plead guilty or no contest to any crime related to their official government position or any felony offense related to their office or employment. This would prevent public officials from cutting deals under which they agree to plead guilty to a lesser crime to keep their pensions.

The bill, which now goes to the Senate, would also impact federal crimes that are classified as felonies or are punishable by a term of at least five years in prison.


House Bill 911

 

Stay tuned for a PMA Perspectives episode on Pennsylvania Cable News Network (PCN) that highlights House Bill 911, also known as Economically Significant Regulations legislation, which I introduced earlier this session. PMA Perspectives is a half hour cable program, produced by the Pennsylvania Manufacturers Association, which brings together Pennsylvania business, government, and policy news. Their show focuses on the impact that Harrisburg and Washington have on manufacturers and businesses.
 
 
Programs, Service and Opportunities
 
Tax Amnesty Program

 
Pennsylvanians now have the option to pay back taxes through a new tax amnesty program. The program, which offers incentives to Pennsylvanians to settle their delinquent tax accounts, is expected to generate as much as $150 million in revenue for the Commonwealth. The program does not “forgive” taxes owed but instead waives penalties, collection and lien fees, and half of the interest owed.

All taxes owed to the Commonwealth administered by the Department of Revenue are eligible for the program. The delinquent taxes must have been owed as of Dec. 31, 2015. The amnesty period runs from April 21 to June 19. More information is available at revenue.pa.gov.
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