In this update:
Strengthening privacy, avoiding ballot jams at the polls next election due to new law
The governor recently signed House Bill 227 into law. The new law includes two amendments I authored to address the serious problems and concerns that community residents shared with me on Election Day last month.
Act 94 of 2019, which takes effect immediately, changes our state’s election law to remove all ballot stubs. These stubs caused perforated edges on paper ballots that caused the scanners to jam, leading to long lines, frustration and confusion.
The new law also requires that the Pennsylvania Department of State work with the county elections offices to ensure privacy when casting your vote. Several residents informed me that there was zero privacy when submitting their ballot into the scanner, which is in violation of our state’s Constitution. The amendment I added to the law will require privacy when submitting your ballot.
I recently wrote about the need to work together – Republicans and Democrats – as well as state, local and county officials to resolve our elections challenges. I hope you take a minute to read a further explanation of how getting elections right is something I am taking very seriously as your state Senator.
You can read it here.
Purple paint on a tree? No trespassing
If you see purple paint on a tree in the coming months, that will soon mean that the property is marked as “No Trespassing.”
Traditional signs can become unreadable and are often removed by trespassers.
Paint marks must be at least 8 inches long and 1 inch wide, between 3 and 5 feet above the ground on trees or posts and placed no more than 100 feet apart.
You can learn more about this new law, sponsored by Rep. Dawn Keefer (R-York), here.
Touring Family Tree Farm in Red Lion to discuss local Christmas tree business
During the Thanksgiving holiday and all the way up until the week before Christmas, many local farms are bustling with customers seeking the perfect tree for their home. I recently met with Rick Doyle, who showed me around his family’s farm – the Family Tree Farm in Red Lion.
Over the course of this holiday season, Rick and his team at the farm expect to harvest over 3,000 Christmas trees for local families. We discussed how the economy is impacting his business, as well as some of the other services and offers they provide throughout the year.
You can watch our visit below.
Photos of all 3,150 Vietnam veterans from PA have been found
The Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs announced that they have officially located photos for all of the 3,150 Pennsylvania veterans who lost their lives during the Vietnam War.
Speaking at WO Martin Bixler’s, a Glen Rock native, bridge dedication ceremony earlier this year. The bridge was named in his honor after Rep. Kate Klunk’s (R-York) legislation was signed into law.
We can never fully repay the debt of gratitude we owe each and every member of our Armed Forces, or their family and friends, but this is an incredible way we can forever remember those who paid the ultimate sacrifice.
The photos are accessible on the Virtual Wall of Faces, which contains the name of every individual enshrined on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington DC.
You can view the website here.
What happens to your digital assets after you pass away? A bill I’m supporting addresses it
Senator Tom Killion (R-Delaware) is sponsoring legislation that would address what happens to the digital assets of an individual after he or she passes away.
Senate Bill 320, which I am cosponsoring, assures that your heirs can inherit your digital assets just like they can inherit your tangible assets.
I sat down with ABC 27 to discuss my support of this legislation. You can watch their story on this issue here.
Inaugural Small Business Development Program
Congratulations to the York County Economic Alliance, Susquehanna SCORE, Crispus Attucks York, HACC – York Campus and the Pennsylvania Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) for making things happen for small business owners in York County!
Wednesday, six business owners received grants to support their business. These individuals participated in the inaugural Small Business Development Program and had the opportunity to apply for the grant after successfully achieving perfect attendance throughout the program series.
An outstanding 80 people participated over the 5 and 7 week programs, I look forward to seeing all of these businesses grow in the years ahead.
Print-O-Stat celebrates 65th anniversary
On Wednesday, we commemorated the momentous occasion of Print-O-Stat’s 65th anniversary. I was honored to present a citation from the Senate of Pennsylvania congratulating Print-O-Stat for being in business for 65 years and thanking their employees for their tireless dedication to growing a local business.
Throughout the decades, they have expanded into other Mid-Atlantic states, but we are blessed to have them call York County home. Congratulations and best wishes on continued success!
Regulatory reform would help boost local manufacturing industry
I joined several local legislators to participate in a tour of LKQ Corporation in York. LKQ provides car dealerships and repair shops with various aftermarket and specialty automotive parts. LKQ is a global manufacturing company with 70 employees between two facilities in York County.
It was encouraging to learn about how the strong national economy is helping them grow their business. I also received feedback on regulations that are hampering their efforts to grow even more here in York County. I remain committed to rolling back excessive and burdensome regulations at the state level to grow our local economy.
Mobile Office in York City this upcoming Thursday (Dec. 12)
On Thursday, December 12 from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m., our office will be in York City as part of our ongoing commitment to make your state Senate more accessible to you. More details can be found here.