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#Listrak\DateStampLong# The latest news from the State Capitol
Residents Win Big at PA Farm Show

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Earlier this week, I visited the Farm Show and had the chance to meet up with several residents who either entered their animals or products in competitive exhibits, participated in the many interactive contests, took in the entertaining and educational displays, or tasted the hundreds of different food items made right here in Pennsylvania.

Locally, the 92nd Legislative District is boasting a lot of blue-ribbon entries in this year’s Farm Show. Be sure to check out the list of winners on the Farm Show website!

I had a great time at the celebrity draft competition at the Pennsylvania Farm Show. I’m pictured with Reps. Kate Klunk, Mindy Fee and Sheryl Delozier and Sen. Kristin Phillips-Hill.
Farm Vitality Planning Grant Now Open for Applicants

The Department of Agriculture has opened the Farm Vitality Planning Grant Program for applications. The program is part of the House Republican’s package of bills to help Pennsylvania agriculture grow.

The Agricultural Business Development Center provides resources for farmers, prospective farmers and others to enhance the long-term vitality of Pennsylvania’s farms through sound business planning, efficient transitions of farm ownership, strategic farm expansion, diversification of agricultural production, and building a team of financial and technical expertise as a resource for Pennsylvania’s farmers.

These grants will help recipients to create or obtain plans for business and management strategies, transition of ownership and operation, diversification, farm expansion, and maintaining the long-term economic viability of farms. The deadline to apply is April 3. Click here for more information.
Extra, Extra! Column Published

My latest column is now out! In it, I discuss the many things the General Assembly did last year and my legislative hopes for 2020. You can read an excerpt of it below and click here to read it in full.

“Going into the new year, my mantra is to take Pennsylvania from a good state to a great state. To that end, we in the General Assembly must build upon the achievements of 2019 and take advantage of the abundance of opportunity within Pennsylvania.

“The General Assembly tackled some hard issues in 2019 and found solutions to problems facing many Pennsylvanians. We passed bills to facilitate growth in our agriculture industry, enhance access to medical care, remove barriers to treatment, and improve access to behavioral health. Additionally, we passed bills to improve state operations by repealing out-of-date laws, reexamined the effectiveness of a variety of state boards and commissions, identified opportunities to reduce costs, and cut red tape.”

Wonderful Open House at my Office

I want to thank everyone who attended the open house at my office Thursday evening. We had a great turn out and I appreciated the opportunity to speak with residents. If you missed the open house but want to set up an appointment to discuss state-related issues, call my office at 717-432-0792.

Applications for 2020 Pennsylvania House Scholarship Available

High school seniors interested in receiving financial assistance to help pay for college can now apply for the Pennsylvania House of Representatives’ Scholarship.

Each year the program awards a four-year scholarship to two students preparing for post-secondary education. It is open to graduating high school seniors who are Pennsylvania residents with plans to attend a Pennsylvania college, university or career school as a full-time student.

To qualify, students must have attained a minimum 3.0 cumulative grade point average in high school. Other factors taken into consideration for the awards are a student’s commitment to community, leadership qualities, extracurricular activities and financial need.

The scholarship program is administered through the Foundation for Enhancing Communities. The application is available through the foundation’s web site here.  The application deadline is March 1.

The scholarship is privately funded by individual and corporate donors; no tax or other public funds are used. Scholarships are awarded through an independent panel of judges chosen by the foundation.
Automated Work Zone Speed Enforcement Pre-Enforcement Period Underway

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) and the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission (PTC) announced that the required 60-day pre-enforcement period for the statewide Automated Work Zone Speed Enforcement (AWZSE) program has begun and will last until March 4.

Pennsylvania’s AWZSE program uses vehicle-mounted systems to detect and record motorists exceeding posted work zone speed limits using electronic speed timing devices. The goal is to protect the lives of motorists, passengers and highway workers.

During the pre-enforcement period, automated speed enforcement units will be deployed in active work zones, but violations will not be issued. Work zones are selected to maximize the effectiveness of the systems and will be marked with signage in advance of the enforcement area. Additionally, locations are posted on the project website. 

AWZSE systems are only operational in active work zones where workers are present. Once enforcement begins on March 4, registered owners will receive a warning letter for a first offense, a violation notice and $75 fine for a second offense, and a violation notice and $150 fine for third and subsequent offenses. These violations are civil penalties only; no points will be assessed to driver’s licenses.

In 2018, there were 1,804 work zone crashes in Pennsylvania, resulting in 23 fatalities. Since 1970, PennDOT has lost 89 workers in the line of duty. The PA Turnpike has lost 45 workers since 1945.
Properly Dispose of Prescription Drugs

The York County Solid Waste Authority disposed of a total of 2.62 tons of unused and expired medication collected via the Secure Medication Take-back Box Program, community drug take-back events and illegal drugs delivered by law enforcement for destruction.

To help keep prescription medications out of the hands of those who shouldn’t have them, 17 York County police departments partnered with the York County Solid Waste Authority to host medication take-back programs. Responsibly disposing of drugs is a matter of public safety and is a simple way to combat the opioid epidemic. Unused drugs can be stolen from homes or taken by people not prescribed to use the medication. Drugs tossed into the trash can contaminate our water supply.

Please dispose of your unused drugs in the take-back boxes at one of the following police departments in the 92nd District:

  •   Carroll Township Police Department, 555 Chestnut Grove Road, Dillsburg. Open Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  •   Fairview Township Police Department, 599 Lewisberry Road, New Cumberland. Open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  •   Newberry Township Police Department, 1905 Old Trail Road, Etters. Open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  •   Northern York County Regional Police Department, 1445 East Canal Road, Dover. Open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
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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