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We have a number of events that you are welcome to attend. I hope to see you there! For a full list of scheduled events so far this year, visit the calendar on my website.

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Friday, May 9, 2014                                        The Latest News From the State Capitol
New Law Ends Double-Taxation on PA Job Creators

A new law prohibits municipal governments from arbitrarily or excessively applying local business taxes to any company or employer that performs work there for 15 or fewer days per year. Act 42 of 2014 also protects businesses from being charged the gross receipts tax twice by separate municipalities for the same earnings.
New Restrictions on Indoor Tanning Facilities Now Law

 

A bill that I co-sponsored was signed into law this week, which will require every indoor tanning facility to be licensed and inspected by the Pennsylvania Department of Health. Act 41 of 2014 also bars minors age 16 and younger from using a tanning facility and requires 17 year-olds to first obtain parental consent.  Tanning facilities are now required to post health and safety warnings concerning exposure to ultraviolet light.  Noncompliance can result in license revocation.

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Legislative Update

Friday, ;June 13, 2014          What’s happening in Harrisburg and the 145th District

 
Property Tax and Rent Rebate
Application Deadline Extended
to Year’s End

Pennsylvania’s Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program application deadline has
been extended from June 30 to Dec. 31. The rebate program provides
property tax relief for eligible Pennsylvanians age 65 and older; widows
and widowers age 50 and older; and people with permanent disabilities
age 18 and older. The income limit is $35,000 a year for homeowners
and $15,000 annually for renters. Fifty percent of Social Security income
is excluded when determining eligibility. The maximum standard rebate
is $650, but supplemental rebates for qualifying homeowners can boost
rebates to $975. Applicants may obtain Property Tax/Rent Rebate claim
forms (PA-1000) and related information by visiting my district offices
or the Department of Revenue’s website or by calling, toll-free,
1-888-222-9190. After July 1, claimants who already applied for
rebates may check the status of claims online at www.revenue.state.pa.us
or by calling, toll-free 1-888-PATAXES.

I recently lent my support to a rally in support of legislation to level the
playing field for all organizations that try to collect funds to be spent on
political advocacy. House Bill 1507 would end the practice of direct payroll
deductions by public employee unions. Although critics of the bill have claimed
the legislation is a “war on workers,” that is simply not the case. This is a push
for fairness for all organizations that have a voice in the political discussion.

Protecting Your Privacy

With the rise of digital photography through the use of social media, protecting
one’s privacy continues to be an important issue, especially when unscrupulous
individuals use social media to post intimate images of others. This week, the
House unanimously passed House Bill 2107, which would make it a third-degree
misdemeanor to share an intimate image of another person unless consent has
been given. The bill also would allow victims to bring both criminal and civil
charges against someone who engages in this activity. House Bill 2107 now
goes to the Senate for further consideration.

Streamlining CHIP to Give
More Children Health Care Access

In an effort to allow more families to have access to health care coverage for their
children, the House Insurance Committee passed House Bill 2299, which I
co-sponsored, to streamline the eligibility and renewal requirements for the
Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). Many of the provisions in the
legislation are already being done but need to be written into law to ensure
they continue in the future. House Bill 2299 would create a simple form that
is sent directly to the parent or guardian to confirm the information remains
accurate or to allow for changes, if necessary. This would allow for easier
renewal of the child’s annual enrollment in the program. The bill would also
allow for “express lane eligibility” which would provide parents with information
on CHIP, using information obtained through other state agencies including the
departments of Public Welfare and Health. Since 1992, CHIP has provided health
insurance to Pennsylvania’s children and teens who are not eligible for or enrolled
in Medical Assistance. For more information about the CHIP program click here.
To apply, click here.

Closing Legal Loopholes to
Protect Victims of Sexual Assault

In the House’s efforts to further protect children from the horrors of abuse, the
House of Representatives passed House Bill 112, which would make it a crime
for a sports official to sexually assault a child and would grade the crime as a
third-degree felony. This would apply to any sports official, volunteer or employee
of a nonprofit or for-profit sports program who engages in sexual intercourse,
deviate sexual intercourse or indecent contact with a child under 18 years of
age who is participating in a sports program. If the child is under the age of
16, sentencing requires a mandatory minimum of two, five or 10 years in
prison depending on the specific conviction. The legislation was necessary
as oftentimes older athletes are above the age of consent in Pennsylvania,
but still placed in a position where a significantly older adult, such as a
coach, may abuse his or her power and authority. The legislation will
be presented to the governor for his signature in the near future.

 
 

 

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LIHEAP Program Set to Open Nov. 4
 

Eligible Pennsylvania residents are encouraged to apply for the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) beginning Monday, Nov. 4. The program helps individuals pay their heating bills through home heating energy assistance grants and crisis grants and is a federally funded program. The income limit for LIHEAP will remain at 150 percent of the federal poverty level income guidelines. For instance, a one-person household with an income of no more than $17,235 can quality; a two-person household with a maximum income of $23,265 can apply; and a four-person household of $35,325 is eligible. The Department of Public Welfare is sending all LIHEAP clients who applied online last year a postcard notice encouraging them to reapply online. Previous recipients of LIHEAP will have the opportunity to apply prior to the LIHEAP program opening date of Monday, Nov. 4. Prior applicants who did not apply online last year will still be mailed paper applications. By way of the new postcard, clients will be provided with a pre-registration number giving them access to an online application that has already been filled out using last year’s data. Clients will simply have to ensure online information is correct and update anything that may have changed, such as an address. All online applications are sent straight to the county office to determine eligibility, thereby eliminating mail and hand processing time. For more information or to apply online, visit www.KathyWatson144.com.

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Pothole Updates
For information from PennDOT regarding current road projects, and pothole repairs in the 143rd District. You can find an updated list of pothole projects on my website.If you have a pothole problem that needs attention you can contact PennDOT at 1-800-FIX-ROAD, or by calling my district office 215-489-2126.
Pipeline Safety Seminar Tonight
The Bucks County League of Women Voters is hosting a Pipeline Education Forum tonight (March 20) at 7 p.m. at Palisades Middle School, located at 4710 Durham Road (Rt. 412), in Kintnersville. Experts will be discussing the extent of pipelines in our community, potential danger from underground pipelines, and how to recognize and report safety concerns. All concerned residents are encouraged to attend this free event.

Make Sure You Keep Getting My Updates House rules prevent the distribution of district-wide emails, or mailings 60 days prior to certain elections. If you find these emails to be informative, make sure you consistently receive them by hitting this link and adding your email address. Your email address is never shared or sold – it’s used solely for legislative communication with you. My Test Results Bill Passes House Yesterday the House of Representatives unanimously passed House Bill 1642, the Patients Test Results Information Act. I authored the bill to provide a safety net to ensure that a patient or his/her designee receives direct communication regarding significantly abnormal results when certain diagnostic tests are run. Provisions are in the bill to provide ample time for the ordering physician to communicate with the patient prior to the direct notification from the lab. The communication of test results can be as important as the diagnosis itself, and though test results are the property of the patient, too often the attitude of “no news is good news” provides a false comfort level. The bill will now go before the Senate for further consideration.


 Ethics Committee To Investigate House Members This week, a widely publicized media report alleged unethical behavior by some members of the state House of Representatives. The attorney general Kane acknowledged an investigation into this by her office, but stated that the evidence obtained would not hold up in court. In light of her decision to drop the case, bipartisan House leadership has asked the House Ethics Committee to investigate the allegations. When elected officials lose the trust of the public, we have failed at our key responsibility. I support the decision by the committee to further investigate, and if necessary take further steps.


Under the watchful eye of veteran pancake chef Jay Stough, I helped member of the Doylestown Fire Company serve over 1800 pancake breakfasts at their annual fundraiser this past Saturday.

Right to Know Annual Report In the interest of transparency, all state spending is public information and can be accessed through the Office of Open Records under the Right to Know Law. Follow this link to view their annual report, just released today. If you would like more information regarding the right to know law visit the open records office website.


Looking Into Rising Electric Rates

This week, the House Consumer Affairs Committee held a public hearing to further discuss the recent issues experienced by consumers with variable electric rate contracts. In the hearing, the Committee discussed possible actions that should be taken to mitigate such drastic future rate spikes and manners in which consumers can learn about the best plan and rates available to them. Caution was offered to Committee members against eliminating month-to-month plans as such variable rate plans may be the best choice to some, but better transparency should be provided so consumers understand it may not be an option to suit their fiscal needs. The Committee will carefully discuss the issues encompassed in what lead to these rate increases, and consumer complaints so they can diligently put forward legislation to meet the needs of consumers while promoting electric choice options. The majority of rising electric costs can be traced back to variable rate plans. Today, the PUC debuted a video that helps consumers understand how variable rate plans work. You can view the video here.


Free Tax Filing We are less than a month away from tax deadline day, so I am encouraging constituents to take advantage of free tax preparation services available through the Free File program. Every taxpayer with a 2013 Adjusted Gross Income of $58,000 or less may visit www.IRS.gov/freefile to prepare, complete and e-file their federal tax returns at no cost.

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