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Honoring a Hero Who Gave All

It was truly an honor to take part in a ceremony to unveil a monument for U.S. Army Spc. John Wesley Dahr. John paid the ultimate sacrifice saving four fellow soldiers in combat in Vietnam in 1967. He was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross, the second highest military award that can be given to a member of the Army, for extreme gallantry and risk of life in combat with an armed enemy force.
We remember John, and all soldiers, and give thanks for what they did.
Hunters, Anglers Beware

The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) and Pennsylvania Game Commission are warning anglers and hunters to avoid online scams when purchasing their licenses. The warning follows several recent reports of customers paying for licenses through third-party websites not affiliated with either agency and then never receiving a license.

Both agencies sell licenses and permits through The Outdoor Shop, a secure online portal. Using a third-party website may result in hunters and anglers losing money and potentially putting their personal information at risk.

When you purchase your fishing license from the PFBC through The Outdoor Shop, a printable electronic version of the license is issued immediately. Hunting licenses purchased through The Outdoor Shop are confirmed at the time of sale through an official email from the Game Commission and licenses are mailed to the buyer within two weeks of purchase.

Anyone who encounters a website offering the sale of a Pennsylvania fishing or hunting license that does not link to The Outdoor Shop to complete the transaction should call the PFBC Fishing License Help Line at 877-707-4085 or the Game Commission’s license division at 717-787-2084. Victims of a fishing or hunting license scam should notify the Pennsylvania attorney general by completing a Scams Complaint Form here.
Thanks for Attending my Property Tax Forum

I want to thank everyone who attended the Property Tax Town Hall Meeting I hosted with Rep. Barb Gleim (R-Cumberland) we held in Monroe Township on Thursday. We had a great turnout and I’m sure all the attendees left with a better understanding of the issue.

School property tax reform has been discussed in the General Assembly for decades. This session, I am part of a bi-partisan, bi-cameral property tax work group, charged with the task of creating a property tax reform plan than can garner the votes required to get signed into law. I am hopeful we will come up with a viable plan to address this issue that impacts all property owners in Pennsylvania.

If you missed the forum, I urge you to read this column on the property tax issue by clicking here. This column addresses the problems of getting property tax reform passed in the General Assembly and discusses the plans currently on the table. Should you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to call my office at 717-432-0792.
Learn About Scams and How Not to Fall Victim to Them

There are numerous scams, which are ever evolving, that target people of all walks of life. To help make people aware of the various scams, I am teaming up with law enforcement and the state Department of Banking and Security to host Scam Jam at the Fairview Township Office, located at 599 Lewisberry Road, New Cumberland, on Thursday, Oct. 24, from 2-4 p.m.

I urge you to attend this informative event to learn more so you don’t become a victim. To register, call my office at 717-432-0792, or go to my website, www.RepKeefer.com.
Scout Achieves Pinnacle Rank

Zachary Hoover from Troop 203 earned the rank of Eagle Scout. It was my honor to present him with a citation from the House. Way to go, Zachary!!
New Law Will Require Use of E-Verify System

A new state law will require employers in the construction industry to use the federal E-Verify system to ensure their employees are authorized to work in the United States.

The law is aimed at going after dishonest employers whose unfair business practices hurt workers by driving down wages, create an unlevel playing field for other employers and deprive government of revenue that could be used to fund programs like unemployment compensation.

Under the law, failure to use E-Verify when hiring new employees will result in action against a company’s licenses required to do business (i.e. corporate charters, as well as any other business license). The law is modeled after Arizona’s statute, which has been upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court. It will take effect in one year.
House in Session This Week

The House is back in session this week. You can stay up on all the latest news on my website, www.RepKeefer.com and the House GOP site, www.PAHouseGOP.com, where you can also find this week’s schedule.
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