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10/19/2018
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Legislative Update
What’s happening in Harrisburg and the 102nd Legislative District.

Sign Up Now for Concealed Carry Seminar
I am hosting a Concealed Carry Seminar next week, on Thursday, Oct. 25, for area residents to learn more about Pennsylvania’s firearm laws.

The event will be held from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Fredericksburg Community Center, 125 South Tan St., Fredericksburg. Lebanon County District Attorney David Arnold will give a presentation about Pennsylvania’s firearms laws regarding concealed carry and self-defense, as well as Second Amendment rights.

This is a great opportunity for those who own a firearm, or those who are considering purchasing one, to learn more about their rights. Attendees will also have an opportunity to ask questions following the presentation.

Those planning to attend are asked to RSVP by Oct. 23 by calling my office at (717) 277-2101 or going online at RepDiamond.com.
 

Prescription Drug Coverage Expansion to Cover 17,000 More Seniors
Legislation to expand eligibility for the state’s PACENET prescription drug coverage program has passed the House and Senate and is now before the governor. Up to 17,000 Pennsylvania seniors are expected to benefit from this expansion.

House Bill 270 would increase the annual maximum income limits in the PACENET program to $27,500 for a single person and to $35,500 for a married couple. Current maximum income requirements for the PACENET program, which covers those individuals with incomes exceeding PACE maximums, are $23,500 for a single individual and $31,500 for a married couple annually.

Additionally, the bill would allow two new pharmacy-based programs to be developed under the PACE program to assist seniors in monitoring their prescription drug usage.

This eligibility expansion would be the first since 2004, and it is funded by proceeds from the Pennsylvania Lottery. 
 

Giving the Gift of Life
Legislation that would help encourage organ and tissue donation in Pennsylvania is now on the governor’s desk.

Senate Bill 180, which unanimously passed the House last week, would expand the list of those persons authorized to decide on behalf of a decedent whether his or her organs are donated.

Among other provisions, it would also permit a minimally invasive blood or tissue test to be conducted to determine the suitability of a donor; call for education regarding organ and tissue donation and transplantation for high school students, as well as nursing and medical students; and increase the voluntary contribution made by citizens from $1 to $3 for driver’s license and vehicle registration renewals.

Currently, more than 800 Pennsylvanians are waiting for an organ transplant.

More information about organ donation in Pennsylvania is available here.
 

Designation to Raise Awareness of Domestic Violence
To raise awareness of domestic violence and encourage victims to seek help, House Resolution 1046 passed the House to designate October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month in Pennsylvania.

Domestic violence – a pattern of abusive behavior used to establish power and control over an intimate partner – affects men and women in all racial, ethnic, religious, educational, social and economic backgrounds. It takes many forms, whereby victims are often subjected to abuse, harassment, threats, vandalism, trespassing, burglary, theft and stalking.

Last year, 117 people were killed in Pennsylvania by someone who was supposed to love them. More information about domestic violence is available here.
 

PennDOT Improves Customer Care Website
To make it easier to report concerns on state roads, PennDOT has modernized its online customer care center.

The new website will include new mapping capabilities, optional photo uploads and a mobile-friendly interface.

Concerns are sorted into several categories: road or bridge conditions; removing debris from a roadway; traffic, signs or signals; ongoing roadwork or projects; or general questions and concerns.

Motorists are asked to be as specific as possible when providing locations of concerns. Motorists should report the county, municipality, street name and state route number, which can be found on small black and white signs posted along state highways. In addition, a description of any familiar landmarks are helpful for PennDOT to locate the problem area.

As of Sept. 30, the previous Customer Care Center had nearly 45,000 concerns submitted this year, according to PennDOT, with more than 96 percent of those concerns being resolved.
 
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Office Locations                                                                                                                                                                      
District: 2232 Lebanon Valley Mall, Lebanon, PA 17042 | Phone: (717) 277-2101
Capitol: Room 53B, East Wing, PO Box 202102, Harrisburg PA 17120-2102 | Phone: (717) 787-2686
Email: rdiamond@pahousegop.com
TTY: 855-282-0614