In this Update:
Senate Acts to Help Local Police Departments Find and Keep Officers
The Senate approved legislation expanding pension benefits for law enforcement officers who want to buy back service. The legislation now advances to the House of Representatives.
Senate Bill 669 gives municipal and regional police officers the option to buy back up to five years of previous part-time or full-time service at another department.
The change could serve as a recruitment tool for police departments. Senate hearings on rising crime in Pennsylvania uncovered a crisis facing local police departments in recruiting and retaining officers.
Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program Application Deadline Extended to Dec. 31
The deadline for older and disabled Pennsylvanians to apply for rebates on rent and property taxes paid in 2021 has been extended from June 30 to Dec. 31, 2022.
The Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program benefits eligible Pennsylvanians age 65 and older, widows and widowers age 50 and older, and people with disabilities age 18 and older. The income limit is $35,000 a year for homeowners and $15,000 annually for renters, and half of Social Security income is excluded. You can apply online at mypath.pa.gov.
Under state law, the annual deadline for the program is set as June 30. However, the law requires the Department of Revenue to evaluate the program to determine if funds are available to extend the deadline. To date, funding has been available to allow all who qualify, meaning the deadline can be extended to Dec. 31 for the current year.
College Aid Webinars in June and July
The Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA) is holding free webinars covering the two most requested topics during this time of year as families look to achieve an affordable postsecondary education.
Deep Dive into Covering the Gap
This one-hour webinar answers questions that might arise after students receive their first semester bill, such as additional costs to plan for and available loan programs.
Borrowing for Education: Which Loan is Right for Me?
This one-hour webinar covers available loan programs and advantages and disadvantages of each.
You can find more information on these sessions and register here.
Look Out for Texting Scams about Unclaimed Property
The Pennsylvania Treasury Department is warning Pennsylvanians that scammers are using text messages to target potential unclaimed property claimants.
About one in 10 Pennsylvanians is owed some of the more than $4 billion in unclaimed property held by the department, making the subject ripe for exploiting by scammers.
The Treasury Department never reaches out to people about any program, including unclaimed property, via unsolicited text messages. You can search the online database at patreasury.gov/unclaimed-property to see if you have property waiting and start the claim process.
Celebrating Fathers and Fatherhood
To all dads, I hope you enjoy your special day on Sunday, as we celebrate all the unique joys and talents you bring to a family.
Around the 40th District
On Saturday, we celebrated Charles “Charlie” Malloy for achieving the rank of Eagle Scout with PA State Rep. Rosemary Brown. Charlie is a member of Troop 89. Congratulations Charlie, and best wishes in all your future endeavors.
Last evening, after driving back from session in Harrisburg, I attended the Kiwanis Club of the Stroudsburgs 100th Anniversary Dinner at The Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort. The Kiwanis Club of the Stroudsburgs was chartered in 1922. Over the club’s first 100 years, they worked to install the pool at Stroudsburg Park, purchased the first Bookmobile, and installed playground equipment at many local parks. For the second 100 years, the club is taking on the major project of enhancing six local public parks with accessible playground equipment. Thank you for your dedication to the community for the last 100 years and for the next hundred!
On Saturday afternoon, a Celebration of Life was held to remember the impactful legacy of Dr. Matt Connell. Matt was a truly wonderful man who I had the pleasure to work with for many years at Northampton Community College – Monroe Campus, where he spent over 25 years as Dean. Matt’s kindness, smile, and genuine nature will always be remembered. During his time at NCC he impacted thousands of students, staff, and faculty lives in addition to making the whole community and NCC a better place. Rest In Peace Matt- your work in our community and for our students will never be forgotten.
On Monday in Harrisburg, I welcomed several residents of the Willow Green 55+ Community to the state Capitol. The community is located in Northampton County. The residents enjoyed a personalized tour of the building, came onto the Senate floor and watched Session from the Senate Balcony. Always great to have constituents in Harrisburg on a Session day! Thank you to everyone who visited.
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