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Shredding Event Scheduled
As a free service to the community, I am hosting a shredding event early next month to give 48th District residents a chance to safeguard themselves against identity theft by having their personal documents securely destroyed.

The event will be held on Saturday, May 4, from 9-11 a.m., at the Washington Wild Things Stadium parking lot, 1 Washington Federal Way, Washington.

Acceptable items include all paper and manila folders. No more than three bags or boxes per household are permitted, and no businesses, please. No large binder clips or hardbound covers will be accepted. Materials more than 1 inch thick will need to be broken down prior to being put through the machine. Staff will be available to assist. The event is sponsored by UPMC.

For more information, please call one of my district offices at 724-223-4541 or 724-745-2925.

O’Neal Bill to Assist Individuals, Businesses in Navigating State Regulations Advances
This week, the House passed my legislation that would make it easier for individuals and businesses to understand state regulations.

House Bill 762 would require each state agency to designate an employee as its regulatory compliance officer. The officer would be accessible to the regulated community and work with them to explain regulations and resolve noncompliance issues before imposing penalties. In addition, the bill would allow an individual or business to request an advisory opinion from the compliance officer regarding what their duties are under the regulation. If the person or business follows this opinion, they could not be held liable.

The bill now goes to the Senate for its consideration.

Sportsmen’s Expo a Success

Last Saturday, Rep. Jason Ortitay (R-Allegheny/Washington) and I hosted a free Sportsmen’s Expo. A number of vendors from throughout southwestern Pennsylvania showcased a variety of outside activities. State agencies and our offices also provided hunting regulations, laws and other important information. Thank you to all who attended!

Good News for PA Budget, Taxpayers
We have some great economic news to report related to the state budget!

State revenue collections are more than $828 million ahead of estimates with two months to go in the current fiscal year. But that does not mean we should be spending it all.

House and Senate Republicans came together earlier this week to stress our intention to devote much of the additional funding to building up the state’s reserves for the next “rainy day” to help ensure we can weather the next economic slowdown.

The Commonwealth’s revenue growth is the result of pro-growth policies and our commitment to standing up for taxpayers – and standing against excessive taxes and spending proposed by the governor over the last several years.

We will continue that commitment through this year’s budget negotiations. A final 2019-20 state budget is due by June 30.

Find further details on Pennsylvania’s revenues here.

Watch the press conference here.

Government Done Right – Pennsylvania Needs an Upgrade
House Republicans are devoting the month of May to giving our state government a long-overdue upgrade.

Having “government done right” means upgrading to a more effective and efficient government while providing core services. It means repealing out-of-date laws, reexamining the effectiveness of some state boards and commissions, and putting a stop to the red tape and overregulation that has tied the hands of job creators and hampered economic progress.

We kicked off the effort this week by passing House Bill 509, which would boost transparency in the permitting process by requiring agencies to post information online and create an accessible tracking system for applicants to check the status of their applications.

Also, we started a spring cleaning of sorts to get rid of some our most outdated, irrelevant laws. These include measures that regulate when things can or cannot happen on Sundays, such as movie times, baseball and football games and even playing music. Other laws we are working to repeal include antiquated sections of our Public School Code and the Scotland School for Veterans’ Children, which closed in 2009.

You can read more about what we are doing to improve Pennsylvania’s government here

Prevent Lyme: Check for Ticks
With May designated as Lyme Disease Awareness Month in Pennsylvania, individuals who spend time outdoors should check themselves for ticks and be aware of the symptoms of Lyme disease and other tick-related ailments.

The first line of defense against Lyme is to take precautions in the outdoors by using insect repellent with DEET, wearing long-sleeved shirts and long pants, checking for – and promptly and properly removing – any ticks, and showering shortly after exposure.

If bitten, an individual should monitor the area for the next month. Symptoms of Lyme disease include fever, fatigue, headache, muscle aches, joint pain, a bull’s eye rash may appear, and other symptoms that can be mistaken for viral infections, such as influenza or infectious mononucleosis.

Pennsylvania has led the nation in confirmed cases of Lyme disease for three straight years.

Last year, a $500,000 grant was provided to East Stroudsburg University (ESU) to allow all Pennsylvania residents to have ticks (found on them or a family member) tested for free by the university. The Tick Lab is located within the Dr. Jane Huffman Wildlife Genetics Institute at ESU. Click here to access the Tick Lab website with all the details.

For tips about how to protect yourself from Lyme disease, click here.
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