Senator Kristin Phillips-Hill E-Newsletter

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In this update:

  • Come visit our office in York City on Thursday!
  • Small Business Saturday update – visiting Black Powder CrossFit in Dallastown
  • Election challenges in York County need to be corrected before next year’s elections
  • Fox 43’s “Capitol Beat” with Matt Maisel
  • Applications now available for Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program
  • Outlining election security with the U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security
  • Congratulations, Connor Smith – York County’s latest Eagle Scout
  • Have you taken the latest survey on school property tax elimination solutions? I want to hear from you!
  • York City Fire unveils mobile learning facility
  • Applying for a state license? Check out this new tool
  • Honoring those who served this Veterans Day
  • Office closed on Monday in observance of Veterans Day
  • Weekly Review of the Senate of Pennsylvania

Come visit our office in York City on Thursday! 

This past week, we kicked off our mobile office initiative to connect with you and our neighbors at convenient locations throughout the 28th Senatorial District.

I really enjoyed our mobile office hours in Fawn Grove this past Thursday at Citizen’s Volunteer Fire Company.  Fawn Grove office hours will be held the first Thursday of every month.

On Thursday, we will be at the York County Economic Alliance for our mobile office hours for residents of York City and surrounding municipalities. The second Tuesday of every month, we will be at the York County Economic Alliance for our mobile office hours between 9 a.m. and 12 p.m.

Finally, we will be at the Manchester Township Building on the third Thursday of every month from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Details, including locations, days and times can be found below.

If you have any problems or questions on any state-related matter, these offices are designed to help you get answers and make your state government more accessible to you and our neighbors.

I have updated our office information on my website, so if you have any questions, please visit my online office – www. SenatorKristin.com – for all of the information you may need. 

Small Business Saturday update – visiting Black Powder CrossFit in Dallastown 

Continuing our series for November in collaboration with the York County Economic Alliance, we stopped by Black Powder CrossFit in Dallastown.

What better way to enjoy the holidays without guilt than joining a gym and working out? A gym membership is also a great gift for that special someone on your list this holiday season. Give the gift of good health and fitness!

Check out how Black Powder CrossFit is helping York Countians get in shape this holiday season.

11/8/19 Spotlight on the 28th - Small Business Saturday: Black Powder CrossFit

I hope you are enjoying this series of “Spotlight on the 28th.” Every week I will include another small business leading up to November 30.

If you missed our stop at Kaletta’s in downtown York, you can watch that here.

You can view photos from Kaletta’s here.

And please remember: Shop small on November 30!

Election challenges in York County need to be corrected before next year’s elections 

Based on the feedback I received both on Election Day traveling around the county as well as inquiries to our office about what transpired – your  frustrations with delays, lack of privacy and other errors on Tuesday – I felt it was important to share the following video with you: 

11/06/19 Response to Election Day Issues

As the acting chair of the Senate State Government Committee, I will hold a hearing in the near future to address the challenges we experienced this past Tuesday and work to ensure it will not happen again. 

Fox 43’s “Capitol Beat” with Matt Maisel 

On Wednesday, I sat down with Fox 43’s Matt Maisel as part of his “Capitol Beat” program. We discussed several state-related issues, including the top item on my legislative wish list. Any guess what it is?

Watch and find out here.

 

Applications now available for Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program 

Starting this month, the state is accepting applications for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, also known as LIHEAP.

LIHEAP provides grants from the federal government to individuals who meet a certain income limits to help with the cost of home heating during the winter months. The application process is open now through April 10, 2020. If you are interested in this program, to view the income limits, and to find out how to apply, click here. 

Outlining election security with the U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security 

On Election Day, I participated in a special briefing hosted by the Department of State, the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency and other stakeholders to receive an update from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

The briefing talked about how we need to ensure the integrity of our elections by hardening our systems here in Pennsylvania. The key takeaway is how Pennsylvania elections need to be determined by Pennsylvanians, and American elections need to be determined by Americans. He noted the many efforts to attack and hack our elections using the blueprint Russia used in 2016.

Representative Seth Grove (R-York), Representative Dawn Keefer (R-York) and I participated in this briefing that featured Christopher Krebs, Director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency at DHS.

 

Congratulations, Connor Smith – York County’s latest Eagle Scout 

Congratulations to Connor Smith of Troop 155 in Red Lion on achieving the rank of Eagle Scout! It was an honor for Representative Mike Jones (R-York) and me to join his family, friends, and fellow scouts to celebrate his significant achievement and present citations.

Connor, the grandson of Susan Smith and son of Franklin Smith and Amanda Dent constructed a picnic bench complete with weather protection along a walking path to benefit the Izaak Walton League.

Well done, Connor! 

Have you taken the latest survey on school property tax elimination solutions? I want to hear from you! 

Several hundred residents have taken my survey on school property tax elimination solutions. I plan to keep it open for another week before tabulating the results. I need to hear from you! I plan to take the information you provide me and share it with my colleagues to highlight the need to address this critical issue.

If you, your family or neighbors are interested in this topic, please forward them this email and ask them to weigh in – every voice matters and the more input I have, the better!

Take my latest survey where I ask which plan or plans of school property tax elimination and reform you prefer here.

 

York City Fire unveils mobile learning facility 

Last week, I was honored to join community leaders and members of the York City Fire Department for a ribbon cutting ceremony for the Fire Safety House. This mobile learning facility will teach our students fire safety in a real-life setting. Thank you to Greg and Lisa Altland for their vision and commitment to making this happen!

Congratulations to everyone who made this great new tool a reality!

Applying for a state license? Check out this new tool 

The Department of State has created a user-friendly website to help guide Pennsylvanians through the process of obtaining a professional license to practice in the Commonwealth.

The website contains helpful tips, tools for applying, deadlines and timelines, and more information to help you navigate the application process. 

Check out this new tool here. As always, you can contact our office if you have any problems with any state licensure issue.

 

Honoring those who served this Veterans Day 

On Monday, November 11, we pause and say thank you to all of the brave men and women who serve or have served in our armed forces. We are extremely grateful for your service, your selflessness and dedication to this nation we all love.

May your patriotism and service be celebrated not just on Veterans Day, but every day. Thank you to all of our veterans!

 

Office closed on Monday in observance of Veterans Day

Please be advised that our offices will be closed on Monday, November 11, in observance of Veterans Day. We will reopen at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, November 12.

Weekly Review of the Senate of Pennsylvania 

In an effort to make your state government and your state Senate more transparent, I am pleased to bring you a new feature I will publish following the week the Senate was in session.

You can see all of the activity for last week’s Senate session here.

As always, if there is any way I can make your state government more accessible to you, please let me know!

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