The Rothman Report 6-30-17
6/30/2017
                                      
In the Community

 

On Tuesday, June 20, I welcomed Jimmy Kemp to the Capitol for a day of events honoring his late father, Jack Kemp. Jack Kemp was a former quarterback from the Buffalo Bills, a congressman for Western New York’s 31st congressional district from 1971-1989, as well as Republican presidential candidate Bob Dole’s vice presidential running-mate for the 1996 presidential election.

Jimmy Kemp is the president and chief executive officer of the Jack Kemp Foundation. The Jack Kemp Foundation is a charitable organization committed to advancing the universal values of the American idea of growth, freedom, democracy and hope.

While a congressman, Jack Kemp introduced and championed the Economic Recovery Tax Act, also known as Kemp-Roth tax cuts of 1981. This act encouraged economic growth through reductions in individual income tax rates, thereby increasing revenue.

With Jimmy Kemp and other supporters, I held a press conference to introduce HB 1584, which is modelled after the Kemp-Roth tax cuts. HB 1584 would lower the Corporate Net Income tax rate from 9.9 percent to 5.99 percent, allowing Pennsylvania to be competitive with neighboring states. The bill would also lower tax rates on small businesses to stimulate economic growth and generate additional revenue for Pennsylvania. Click here to watch or upon the video box below.

 

House Resolution 408, honoring the life of Jack Kemp, was introduced in the House and passed unanimously. Following the bill’s announcement and resolution, the House Policy Committee hosted a roundtable luncheon at the Pennsylvania Manufacturers’ Association. Those in attendance included the chairman of the Policy Committee, Rep. Kerry Benninghoff, members of the House and former Kemp staffers – notably CNN Commentator Jeffrey Lord.

 



Jubilee Day


 

I participated in the 89th Annual Jubilee Day in Mechanicsburg, sharing a tent with Representative Sheryl Delozier. It was a pleasure to be a part of the celebration known as the longest-running and largest one-day street fair along the East Coast!

My office provided information on a range of issues from gun safety to identity theft. We were available to hear and answer questions from constituents regarding state government and the 87th District.



Student Success in the 87th District

This month, I honored some of the accomplished and ambitious students of the 87th District in the House chamber.

The Camp Hill High School Quiz Bowl team was recognized for winning nationals in the Very Small School Category. The team consisted of Alex Deda, Sydney Preston, Colton Sanden, Joseph Zullo and Ben Haas.

Elaina Kilker participated in the House of Representative’s Guest Page program, which gives high school students an opportunity to help run the House floor on session days. Elaina is a homeschool student from Enola and was presented with a citation for her hard work. Any students who are interested in the Guest Page program should contact my district office. The program will be open to students in September when the House is back in session. 

 
                                              



Blood Drive

 

Thank you to everyone who donated blood during our district office blood drive hosted by the American Red Cross. The event had a strong turnout, and I am proud of the commitment of those who chose to help others by donating blood.

By donating blood, volunteers provide life-saving support to those in need and assist with studies in the field of medicine. I encourage those who are interested in donating blood or volunteering to visit the American Red Cross website.



Huntsdale State Fish Hatchery

 

Cervantes, author of Don Quixote, commented, “There’s no taking trout with dry breeches.” That was certainly true on Friday, June 23, as my staff visited the Huntsdale State Fish Hatcheries despite the rain.

Originally constructed in 1932, the Huntsdale State Fish Hatchery is situated on approximately 80 developed acres of land owned by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and managed by the Fish and Boat Commission. The hatchery features approximately 1.3 million trout and other fish species, in various life stages, from egg to fully grown adult fish. The majority of the brown, brook, palomino and rainbow trout that are raised at the hatchery are stocked in Pennsylvania waterways for licensed anglers to catch during the fishing season.

I was impressed with the work of those at the hatchery who play a vital role in conserving the majesty of our state’s wildlife and ensuring that everyone may enjoy what makes Pennsylvania beautiful. The Huntsdale Fish Hatchery is open for free tours, every day from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
 
State News

REAL ID Extension to Allow Access Through October 2017


 
Pennsylvania residents will be able to use their current driver license to access federal facilities through October 10, 2017, under an extension granted by the federal government last week.

The extension was granted after Pennsylvania adopted a plan to comply with REAL ID requirements, known as Act 3 of 2017.

According to PennDOT, REAL ID-compliant driver licenses and identification cards will be available to consumers who wish to obtain them in 2019. This will allow ample time for customers who want a REAL ID license to obtain one before the final federal effective date of October 1, 2020.



Protecting Excellent Teachers


 
Legislation designed to keep excellent teachers in the classroom was endorsed by the House Education Committee this month.

HB1495 would end the mandate that forces local school boards to furlough teachers based on seniority and instead allow schools to consider performance evaluations in such decisions. Reinstatement would also cite performance, instead of seniority.

Under current law, school boards must eliminate entire education programs – and the educators who are part of them – during times of economic challenges. This may force good teachers with excellent performance out of the classroom.

The measure now moves to the full House for consideration.



Libre’s Law

                                               
 

Governor Tom Wolf signed into law HB 1238, also known as Libre’s Law. Libre’s Law is an animal protection and abuse overhaul that updates and clarifies animal abuse statutes and increases penalties for abusing animals.

Governor Wolf was joined by supporters of the legislation, including Representative Todd Stephens; Senator Richard Alloway; Representative Ryan Bizzarro; Kristen Tullo, Pennsylvania state director for the Humane Society of the United States; and Janine Guido with Libre, from Speranza Animal Rescue.



E-Prescribing Bill for Opioids Heads to Senate

Legislation to address the ongoing opioid abuse crisis by preventing paper prescriptions from falling into the wrong hands has been approved by the state House. Under current state law, opioids must be prescribed by hand.

HB 353 would require opioids to be prescribed electronically, allowing doctors to send their orders directly to the patient’s pharmacy and preventing handwritten prescriptions from being used fraudulently or stolen. Opioids would be prescribed and transmitted like all other prescriptions.

This change would not have any adverse impact upon prescriptions for legitimate purposes and may even provide greater convenience for patients.

The measure now moves to the state Senate for its review.
 
Programs, Services, Opportunities

Lyme Disease Prevention


Lyme Disease is a worldwide infectious disease caused by microscopic bacteria carried by ticks. Ticks are very small, often no bigger than a pinhead. Ticks spread bacteria by biting animals or humans, attaching itself to the body, and feeding on blood. Pennsylvania has one of the highest infection rates from Lyme Disease in the nation.

Take these preventative steps to protect yourself from Lyme Disease:
  • Perform frequent, thorough tick checks.

  • Wear light colored clothing.

  • Tuck pants into socks.

  • Wear a long-sleeved shirt.

  • Put clothes in the dryer for 30 minutes to kill ticks.

  • Check hunting gear prior to bringing it into automobiles or homes.

  • Remove leaves, leaf litter, and brush around lawns and houses.

  • Walk in the center of trails to avoid contact with grass and brush.

Please stop by our office for further information and reading material.



District Office Summer Internship Program

Meet my district office summer interns, Andrew Davis and Kevin Hills!

 

Andrew is a 2014 graduate of Cumberland Valley and a senior at Susquehanna University. Andrew is studying international studies and music.

Kevin is a 2015 graduate of Trinity High School and a junior at Furman University in South Carolina. He is double majoring in politics and international affairs and history.

Andrew and Kevin are available to assist with constituent issues at the district office this summer.
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