Senator Phillips-Hill E-Newsletter

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In this update:

  • Join Us at Unclaimed Property Event!
  • Shrewsbury Hospital: Coming Soon!
  • 60 Years of Family-Owned Business
  • Training PA’s Workforce for Available Positions
  • Celebrating York County Ag at Banquet
  • Increasing the Number of Firefighters in Pennsylvania
  • Reminder: Mobile Office Hours in Springettsbury
  • April is National Donate Life Month
  • Spring Gobbler Season Begins April 27
  • Upcoming PennDOT Maintenance Projects
  • On Deck

Join Us at Unclaimed Property Event!

Do you know if you have money or assets out there with your name on them, waiting to be claimed? You might be surprised to learn that unclaimed property—financial assets left dormant with banks, insurance companies, or other entities—is more common than you think.

What exactly is unclaimed property? It is any financial asset that has been inactive or unclaimed for at least one year. By law, these assets are transferred to the Pennsylvania Treasury Department after a period of dormancy.

But here’s the good news: reclaiming your lost property is easier than you might imagine. The Pennsylvania Treasury Department provides a free and user-friendly Unclaimed Property database accessible through its website, Simply enter your name and search for any unclaimed assets that may belong to you.

To provide additional support on your unclaimed property, I am hosting an Unclaimed Property Event on Thursday, May 2, from 5 – 7 p.m. at our district office, located at 6872 Susquehanna Trail S. in York. Can’t make it? No worries! My team will also be available at our Mobile Office on the same day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the York Area United Fire & Rescue in Springettsbury Township.

Don’t miss out on the opportunity to recover what’s rightfully yours. Join us and let’s unlock the hidden treasures together! If you are unable to attend, please know that my team can assist throughout the month of MAY!

The District Office is open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Our Mobile Office will also be available in the western side of York County: 

May 16
9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 
Penn Township Municipal Building 
20 Wayne Ave., Hanover, PA 17331

If you want to learn more about unclaimed property, you can watch my treasury vault tour and discussion with Treasurer Stacy Garrity here.

Shrewsbury Hospital: Coming Soon! 

It was a pleasure to join in the groundbreaking ceremony for the WellSpan Shrewsbury Hospital!

Scheduled to open in late 2025, the hospital will feature an emergency department, 10 inpatient beds, and advanced diagnostic services including ultrasound, CT scans, X-rays, and labs. It’s a significant step toward enhancing health care access in our community.

Learn more here.

60 Years of Family-Owned Business

On Earth Day this past Monday, I joined Rep. Seth Grove in celebrating not only the beauty of our planet but also the remarkable resilience of multi-generational, family-owned businesses like Rockelman’s Nursery, Heritage Tree Farm & Landscaping.

In recognition of its 60 years of dedication, passion, and unwavering commitment to our community, I had the privilege of presenting a Senate citation to Rockelman’s Nursery. The new location in Spring Grove promises to be your one-stop-shop for all things green – from nurseries to greenhouses and garden centers.

Here’s to many more years of growth and prosperity for Rockelman’s and other family-owned businesses like it! You can find more photos from this event on my Instagram.

Training PA’s Workforce for Available Positions 

Complementing Senate Republicans’ efforts to protect Pennsylvania jobs, support is available for community colleges, trade or tech schools, school districts and nonprofits through the Manufacturing PA Training-to-Career Grant Program.

The program is designed to help companies identify and train a skilled workforce for existing positions or ones that will be open soon. It is also designed to advance capacity for local and regional manufacturers and increase awareness of manufacturing career opportunities for youth or those with barriers.

Grants may be used for professional services/consultants, internships, equipment purchases, shop modifications, program development, marketing, domestic travel and salaries. Learn more and apply online.

Celebrating York County Ag at Banquet 

I appreciated joining the fellowship and camaraderie shared at the 37th annual York County Ag Recognition Banquet, celebrating the vibrant spirit of agriculture and the invaluable contributions of our local farmers.

Congratulations are in order for all the farmers recognized for their unwavering dedication and tireless efforts in nourishing our community. Your hard work and commitment do not go unnoticed, and we are grateful for all that you do.

Thank you to Kathryn Thomas Photography who volunteers her time to capture all the memorable moments shared at the banquet every year!

You can find more photos from the banquet here.

Increasing the Number of Firefighters in Pennsylvania  

The Senate approved a bill aimed at increasing the number of volunteer firefighters in Pennsylvania by reforming the certification process without sacrificing quality or safety.

Current firefighter applicants must complete four training modules totaling 188 hours. They then must pass a cumulative test covering all four modules. Senate Bill 1101 would enable applicants to be tested following each of the four modules.

In the 1970s, the commonwealth had as many as 300,000 volunteer firefighters. There currently are fewer than 38,000 volunteer firefighters in Pennsylvania.

Reminder: Mobile Office Hours in Springettsbury 

As previously mentioned, my team will be stationed at the York Area United Fire Station next Thursday, May 2, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. We are here to assist you not only with unclaimed property inquiries but also a wide range of state services.

Whether you need help with driver’s license renewals, state benefit applications, or any other state-related matters, my team will be on hand to provide guidance and support.

Don’t miss out on this opportunity to access state services conveniently and efficiently. Join us at the York Area United Fire Station on May 2!

Spring Gobbler Season Begins April 27 

On Saturday, April 27, spring gobbler season opens with a half-day hunt for junior hunters and mentored hunters 16 and under. All participants must be accompanied by adults, and hunting hours run from 30 minutes before sunrise until noon.

The regular season runs from May 4-31. Hunting hours are 30 minutes before sunrise until noon from May 4-18 and 30 minutes before sunrise until 30 minutes after sunset from May 20-31.

Approximately 172,000 people hunt spring turkeys in Pennsylvania every year. Last season, hunters harvested about 39,500 gobblers – an increase from 35,700 in 2022 and 28,100 in 2021. Information about spring turkey hunting rules and regulations, for youth and regular hunts, is available here.

April is National Donate Life Month 

Making a difference in the lives of others might be easier than you think. With nearly 7,000 Pennsylvanians awaiting organ transplants, donors can save up to eight lives. People donating tissue can enhance the lives of 75 others by helping them recover from trauma, spinal injuries, burns and vision loss.

If you aren’t an organ or tissue donor yet but would like to be, there’s no need to wait until you get or renew your driver’s license, learner’s permit or photo ID. It’s easy to register online to donate.

Misconceptions about organ and tissue donation can discourage people from taking the important step to save lives. Find myths and facts here.

Upcoming PennDOT Maintenance Projects   

Most weeks, PennDOT shares with me its maintenance schedule for the week ahead. When it becomes available, you can view the full list here to see if it will impact you and your family.

On Deck 

The Senate of Pennsylvania reconvenes on Monday, April 29, at 1 p.m. You can watch all of the Senate votes and view our agenda here.


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