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April is Child Abuse Prevention Month
Can you spot the signs of child abuse? Do you know who are mandated reporters of child abuse?
Signs of child abuse include unexplained injuries and fear of going home. Mandated reporters include educators, health care workers and others who have regular contact with children. You can find out more about spotting child abuse, the responsibilities of mandated reporters and more at KeepKidsSafe.
State Police Risk and Vulnerability Assessments Available
The Pennsylvania State Police has resources to help increase safety wherever large numbers of people gather.
PSP offers Risk and Vulnerability Assessments to schools, office buildings, warehouses, commercial buildings, utility/power plants, shopping centers, arenas, amusement parks, fairgrounds, hotels, places of worship, and more. You can find additional information or schedule a Risk and Vulnerability Assessment here.
Pennsylvania Needs Organ Donors
The national observance of Donate Life Month in April is a good time to consider that driver’s license and identification (ID) card holders can easily help another person live a fuller, longer life by registering as an organ donor.
You can add an organ donor designation to your existing driver’s license/ID card online. You can also donate $1 to organ donation awareness when you renew your license. More than 48 percent of current driver’s license and ID card holders are registered organ donors – that’s more than 4.77 million Pennsylvanians. More than 7,500 Pennsylvanians currently await organ transplants.
Lyme Diseases Risk Increases in Spring
The warmer weather means more time outdoors and the need to take steps to avoid tick bites and Lyme disease.
Pennsylvania has some of the highest numbers of cases of Lyme disease in the country. In 2016, there were 11,443 cases of Lyme disease in the state, which was almost double the number of cases from three years earlier. Ticks that carry Lyme disease typically live in tall grasses, areas with brush and wooded areas.
Find out more, including how to reduce your risk, here.
School Property Tax Update
I am officially introducing my bill to eliminate school property taxes on owner-occupied homes and will host a press conference on Monday, April 16 at 1:30 PM in the Capitol Rotunda in Harrisburg.
As discussed before, this bill is the culmination of much discussion between other legislators, Senate Appropriations staff and the Independent Fiscal Office (IFO) regarding the best approach to generate the $8 billion in revenue needed to shift away from school property taxes on owner-occupied properties.
Around the 40th District
I had the pleasure of meeting with PA Secretary of Education Pedro Rivera this week as he visited Wind Gap Middle School and Plainfield Elementary. During his tour, we viewed a video made by Bethany Kuster who founded “Color for Kids” which provides coloring and art supplies to underprivileged children. We also toured Plainfield Elementary School to learn about the outstanding success of their Dyslexia Pilot Reading Program which has helped children overcome the challenges of dyslexia at an early age. Thank you Secretary Rivera for visiting Pen Argyl School District and for your support of this important program.
Congratulations to Phil Hosbach as he retires from 30 years of employment with Sanofi Pasteur. Phil has served Sanofi as a member of their senior leadership team, serving in a variety of research, communications, government relations and advocacy roles. It has been a pleasure working with you Phil throughout the years and I wish you all the best as you transition into retirement. Thank you for all you have done both for Sanofi and for the greater Pocono community.
I had the honor of attending the annual Vietnam Veterans Day ceremony in Courthouse Square in Stroudsburg. To the military veterans and families in attendance, we cannot say thank you enough – thank you for your service to our country. You served our nation during a very difficult time when you did not get the full credit and honor you were due. This ceremony served as an opportunity for us to recognize and show our sincere appreciation for your great sacrifice. God bless you all.
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