Aug. 09, 2019 / Weekly Roundup

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 The latest news from the State Capitol
National Night Out in Carbon County


I had a great time at National Night Out events in Jim Thorpe, Weatherly and Lehighton on Tuesday, and many of you also turned out to show your support for our hard-working, dedicated police officers and first responders. They do an outstanding job for our communities and we appreciate their service.
Focus on Glen Onoko Falls Trail


I spent most of Wednesday with our video crew recording a Legislative Report on the Glen Onoko Falls Trail, which was closed by the Pennsylvania Game Commission in May. We spoke with the commission and first responders about current conditions on the trails and what might be done to improve public safety and access in the future. Watch for the program soon!
FCC Takes Next Step in Battle Against Robocalls, Spoofing

Recognizing the frustration and potential danger posed by spam calls and spoofing, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced new rules this week that will ban malicious caller ID spoofing of text messages and foreign calls.

The rules are designed to close a loophole in existing law that prevented the agency from pursuing scammers sending spoofed text messages and international bad actors making spoofed calls to Americans.

Earlier this summer, the FCC approved rules that could make it easier for AT&T, Verizon and other telecom giants to block suspected spam calls on behalf of their subscribers. It allows the companies to enroll consumers in their call-blocking services by default, as opposed to waiting for customers to sign up for such tools on their own.

While these changes are important steps in the fight against robocalls and spoofing, no one expects they will result in their elimination. Protect yourself by using some of the following tips provided by the FCC: don’t answer calls from unknown numbers; due to spoofing, don’t assume when the caller ID shows a local number that the caller is actually local; if you answer and the caller asks you to press a button to stop receiving calls or asks you to say “yes” in response to a question, hang up to prevent your response from being used for unauthorized charges; and if a caller claims to be from a legitimate company or organization, hang up and call them back using a valid number found online or a recent bill if you do business with the organization.

If you have lost money because of a scam call, notify your local law enforcement agency.

If you receive a spam call, file a complaint with the FCC Consumer Complaint Center.
Economic Update

Pennsylvania’s General Fund Revenue collections totaled $2.3 billion for July, which was the start of the 2019-20 Fiscal Year. The figure is nearly $91 million, or 4%, higher than last July’s collections. Learn more here.


An Amazing Anniversary

I was honored to present a state House citation to Merritt and Arlene Berger of Palmerton in recognition of their 70th wedding anniversary. Also pictured is their son, Todd. Congratulations!

Opening Night at the Carbon County Fair!


It was my privilege to present a House citation to Carbon County Fair Association President Bob Silliman Monday night in recognition of the 20th anniversary of the Carbon County Lion/Lioness Fair Association Inc. taking over operations and re-establishing this great summertime event. The fair queens also stopped by our booth for a visit. The fair runs through Saturday.
Ag Progress Days Set for Next Week Near State College

One of the largest outdoor agricultural expositions in the east will draw thousands of people to Centre County Aug. 13-15 to learn more about the science and business of agriculture production.

Ag Progress Days attracts more than 450 exhibitors from across the United States and Canada, showcasing innovations in agricultural equipment and related industries.

A variety of exhibits are planned, including those highlighting the battle against spotted lanternfly, and livestock nutrition and reproductive health. Youth activities and research tours are also available.

While there, the House and Senate Agriculture and Rural Affairs committees will host an informational meeting Aug. 14 to discuss dangerous livestock disease threats and the importance of biosecurity efforts to keep our food supply secure.

No admission fee is charged, and parking is free. For more information, click here.
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