Dec. 02, 2019 / Weekly Roundup

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#Listrak\DateStampLong# The latest news from the State Capitol
Property Owners Have More Options for Posting No Trespassing Markings on Land

Pennsylvania property owners now have another option to post notices prohibiting trespassing on their land after Rep. Dawn Keefer’s (R-Dillsburg) House Bill 1772 was signed into law. The law allows property owners to use purple paint in lieu of traditional signs.

This new law simply gives landowners a second option to post notices that trespassing on their property is not allowed. This purple paint makes it easier to define property lines and provides a more visible notice that private property is not to be trespassed on.

The law allows landowners to use special purple paint to mark their property boundaries and alert others not to trespass on the land. The paint, which is in use in other parts of the country, is specially labeled as “No Hunting” purple paint and is available in stores. To learn more, click here.
Honoring Nearly Four Decades of Service

I had the privilege of presenting Michael Brandt with a citation from the House to mark his 36 years of service as a school board member with the Northern York County School District. School board members tackle tough issues, guide our students and more, all without being paid for their service. Thank you, Michael, for your commitment to our students and for making our district a better place to learn.
Protecting Our Energy Producers and Consumers

Legislation introduced in the House and Senate would require legislative authorization before Pennsylvania could impose a carbon tax on employers engaged in energy generation, manufacturing or other industries operating in the Commonwealth, or enter into any multi-state program, such as the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) that would impose such a tax.

On Oct. 3, the governor issued an executive order directing the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to commence RGGI regulations. RGGI would establish a regional cap on the amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) pollution that power plants can emit by establishing a trading system. Each unit of trade, known as an allowance, would represent authorization for a power plant to emit one short ton (2,000 pounds) of CO2. Power plants in RGGI-member states can trade allowances, preventing the total amount of CO2 emissions in the region from increasing. RGGI would also establish a carbon tax on fossil fuel users for the resulting CO2 emissions.

House Bill 2025 contends that the authority to make such a decision lies with the General Assembly, not with the governor’s office.

Legislators and industry union members in attendance stated that Pennsylvania’s entrance into RGGI would force energy producers to close and/or move out of state as well as cut hundreds of jobs, drastically increase the price of energy and severely damage Pennsylvania’s economy.

More information on the press conference as well as the two bills can be found here.
Town Hall Meeting on Newberry Township Water Quality Issues

I am hosting a follow-up meeting to the one I held in June on water quality issues in Newberry Township. This latest meeting will be held at the Newberry Elementary School, 2055 Old Trail Road, Etters, on Thursday, Dec. 12, from 6-8 p.m. If you live in an area of Newberry Township that is impacted, please attend this meeting.

During this informational meeting, geared toward Newberry Township residents who have water quality concerns, representatives from the state Department of Environmental Protection, Department of Health and SUEZ Water will be on hand to discuss the issue and provide an update to residents.
State Ag Department Warns of Fraudulent Site

Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture’s Bureau of Dog Law Enforcement warns dog owners looking to purchase new or renewal licenses of a fraudulent website selling dog licenses online.

Most recently, the department has identified as selling fake PA dog licenses and even paying search engines to appear at the top of search results pages for common terms, like “Pennsylvania dog license” or “renew PA dog license”.

Rather than using a search engine to reach a website to purchase a dog license, type directly into your browser’s address bar.

If you have a concern about a third-party website, contact the PA Attorney General Bureau of Consumer Protection at 1-800-441-2555. For more information of Pennsylvania’s dog laws, visit or
Visit to McCurdy’s Tree Farm

With the holiday season upon us, I paid a visit to McCurdy’s Tree Farm in the district to support PA Preferred, which touts Pennsylvania farmers and their impact our economy.

Pictured with me are Department of Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding, Sen. Mike Regan, farm owner Mark McCurdy and Gov. Tom Wolf.
Is a REAL ID for You?

Federal enforcement of the REAL ID Act will begin at airports and secure federal facilities nationwide starting on Oct. 1, 2020. That means an optional REAL ID, or other acceptable form of identification isn’t needed just yet

But do you need an optional REAL ID?

Other acceptable forms of identification include a U.S. passport/passport card or military ID. These forms of identification or a REAL ID will be needed to board all commercial flights (including domestic flights) or visit secure federal buildings that requires ID at the door, per federal regulations.

Federal regulations require that to be issued a REAL ID-compliant product, PennDOT must verify a variety of documents to prove a person’s identity, including documentation of name changes, as well as their Social Security number and place of residence.

For information about required documents, how to get them verified and other frequently asked questions about REAL ID, click here.
Hunters Can Share Their Harvest

To help families, individuals and seniors who are in need, the Hunters Sharing the Harvest (HSH) program is encouraging hunters from across the Commonwealth to share their deer harvest and provide thousands of pounds of venison.

The program partners with the Pennsylvania Game Commission, Department of Agriculture and many other sportsmen and charitable organizations. Since 1991, HSH has distributed more than 1.2 million pounds of donated venison.

Hunters can donate all or part of a harvested deer by taking it to a participating processor, which will then distribute the ground venison to food banks and pantries. For more information, including a list of participating processors in the area, visit
Meeting on Community Center Improvements

I met with Red Land Senior Center/Community Center board members and government and economic leaders to discuss the center’s plans for expansion, building and fundraising. The plans call for an addition to the current facility that will allow for programming to be increased. This will be a major project that will have a positive impact in northern York County and beyond. I look forward to it moving forward.
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