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4/18/2019
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Sharing Information About the Legislature

 
Last Friday, I spoke to students in Suzanne Ashmore's AP U.S. History and Economics classes at Chartiers-Houston High School. The students were very attentive and asked some great questions.


Visiting Businesses in the 48th

 
Last week, I toured AMETEK Specialty Metal Products’ powers operation facility in Eighty Four. It is a leader in the design, development and production of water atomized powders and roll-bonded clad metal products. Thank you to the plant leaders for the fascinating visit.
 

O’Neal Legislation to Update Six-Pack Law for Private Clubs Passes House
This week, the House approved my legislation that would level the playing field for private clubs that sell six-packs.

Current law does not allow clubs to sell malt or brewed beverages to customers for consumption off the licensed premises. Establishments with a retail liquor license can offer this choice. House Bill 763 would allow a member of the club to purchase a six-pack of malt or brewed beverages to consume off-site.

The bill now goes to the Senate for its consideration.
 

Helping to Put More Domestic Abusers Behind Bars
 
Continuing the commitment to protecting crime victims, the House this week approved a bill to ensure victims of strangulation get the justice they deserve.

Prior to a 2016 law, strangulation could only be charged as a misdemeanor assault in Pennsylvania. Act 111 made it a criminal offense, and according to law enforcement officials across the state, the law has helped put more domestic abusers behind bars.

House Bill 854 builds on that progress by fully incorporating strangulation into our laws, ensuring any prior strangulation conviction will be recognized and considered in subsequent cases.

Passing this bill continues the push by House Republicans to protect the victims of crime. You can learn more about House Republicans protecting victims here.

The bill now moves to the Senate for consideration.
 

Pension Forfeiture for Sex Offenses

 
Working to ensure public officials and employees are held fully accountable for their actions, the House approved legislation this week that would force them to forfeit their taxpayer-funded pensions if they are convicted of committing a sexual offense.

The bill builds on Act 1 of 2019, which requires any public official who is convicted of a felony to forfeit his or her pension.

Under House Bill 991, public employees and officials – including elected officials – would lose their pension if convicted of offenses such as indecent assault, indecent exposure or unlawful dissemination of an intimate image (commonly referred to as revenge porn).

The bill now moves to the Senate for consideration.
 

April is ‘Donate Life Month’
 
April 2019 is “Donate Life Month” in Pennsylvania.

In Pennsylvania, about 8,000 people are on the organ donation waiting list and, on average, every 18 hours one of them will die waiting for the call that never comes.

The encouraging news is that more people are making the decision to “donate life.” About 4.7 million Pennsylvanians have said yes to organ and tissue donation by adding the donor designation on their driver’s license. More than 138 million Americans are registered donors.

In addition, Pennsylvania driver’s license and ID card holders can support organ donation programs with a voluntary donation of $3 at the time of application or renewal. To date, nearly $14 million has been generously donated to the fund.

More information is available at donatelifepa.org.
 

Happy Passover and Happy Easter
I want to wish everyone observing the Passover Seder at sundown this Friday the blessings of health and peace Passover you and yours this season.

I want to also wish everyone celebrating Easter this weekend peace, love and to have a blessed and holy Easter.
 
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