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In this update:

  • Happy Independence Day
  • Legislation to Improve State’s Dog Law Heads to Governor’s Desk
  • Senate Takes Step to Ensure Transparency with Taxpayer Dollars
  • State Budget Continues in Harrisburg
  • Fish For Free: Enjoy Fishing Without a License!
  • Stay Safe This Independence Day: Fireworks Regulations and Safety Tips
  • York County 4-H Visiting the Capitol
  • Upcoming PennDOT Maintenance Projects

Happy Independence Day 

This week marks 248 years since the 13 American colonies signed the Declaration of Independence in Philadelphia to break free from British rule. As we pause to celebrate the birth of our nation, let us take a moment to remember the men and women who sacrificed so much to create this great nation.

If you are traveling, check out, which is free and available 24 hours a day. The site provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information and access to traffic cameras.

Have a safe and happy July Fourth!

Legislation to Improve State’s Dog Law Heads to Governor’s Desk 

The General Assembly approved my legislation this week, which now heads to the governor’s desk for his signature. This bill represents a significant step forward in updating our state’s dog law to better support first responders and dog boarding kennels in southern York County.

By extending license fee exemptions to service dogs working for fire departments, sheriff’s offices, and rescue services, we are recognizing the crucial roles these animals play in public safety. These highly trained dogs assist in detecting threats, aiding in search and rescue missions, and providing critical support during medical emergencies.

Additionally, the bill addresses the challenges faced by dog kennel owners, particularly those operating along the state border who board dogs from out-of-state residents. By cutting down on some of the bureaucratic red tape, we can better support these businesses and ensure proper protections are in place for the dogs in their care.

I am grateful for the feedback I’ve received over the past several months, which has been instrumental in shaping this legislation. I am looking forward to the governor’s signature on this measure. You can find more information on this legislation here.

Senate Takes Step to Ensure Transparency with Taxpayer Dollars  

The Senate made a considerable step toward transparency by approving my legislation that would bring Pennsylvania School Boards Association (PSBA) under the state’s Right-to-Know Law. This move ensures public access to information on how taxpayer dollars are utilized by organizations participating in the Public School Employees’ Retirement System (PSERS). This legislation is a crucial step toward greater transparency and accountability in the use of public resources.

You can find more information on this measure here and watch my remarks on the floor here.

State Budget Continues in Harrisburg

The Pennsylvania state budget for 2024-25 is still under negotiation. My colleagues and I are committed to finalizing the budget to avoid negative impacts on Pennsylvanians.

Senate Republicans continue to push for a spending plan that respects taxpayers, ensures wise use of existing resources, and promotes economic and demographic growth in Pennsylvania. Since Gov. Shapiro presented a budget plan in February with a $3.2 billion spending increase, we have expressed concerns that this amount is higher than what we believe is fiscally responsible.

Learn more about the process of enacting the 2024-25 state budget and watch the Senate in session here.

Fish For Free: Enjoy Fishing Without a License! 

Today, July 4, is Fish for Free Day in Pennsylvania! It’s the perfect opportunity to enjoy fishing on our beautiful waterways without needing a license. This event is an excellent chance to introduce young anglers to the joys of fishing. Remember, while the license requirement is waived, all other Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission regulations still apply.

For more details, visit the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission’s website here.

Stay Safe This Independence Day: Fireworks Regulations and Safety Tips

Many of us are looking forward to celebrating Independence Day with fireworks, a beloved American tradition. To ensure a safe and enjoyable holiday, it’s important to be aware of Pennsylvania’s restrictions on consumer fireworks.

Key Firework Restrictions:

  • Fireworks cannot be discharged within 150 feet of a building or vehicle, regardless of ownership.
  • It is illegal to use fireworks while under the influence of alcohol, a controlled substance, or another drug.

These regulations are in place to help prevent injuries and property damage. Additionally, there is ongoing legislative effort to further regulate fireworks in Pennsylvania to enhance public safety.

Read more about state restrictions, and check with your local municipality for applicable local ordinances.

York County 4-H Visiting the Capitol  

In between committee meetings and ongoing deliberations on the state budget, Rep. Joe D’Orsie and I had the pleasure of meeting with York County 4-H members this week.  Thank you so much for visiting the state Capitol!

You can schedule a tour 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.


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