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In this Update:

  • Congrats to the Dual State Champion Aliquippa High School Boy’s Football/Basketball Teams!
  • Beware of E-ZPass Scam
  • Pre-Register for Our Senior and Kid’s Expos!
  • Highlights in the 47th
  • Senate Approves Bill Prioritizing Community Safety
  • Increasing Student Safety, Eliminating Vehicle Owner Fee
  • April is National Financial Literacy Month

Congrats to the Dual State Champion Aliquippa High School Boy’s Football/Basketball Teams!

Last Monday, I had the pleasure of hosting the Aliquippa High School Boys’ Football AND Basketball teams in Harrisburg where they were recognized in the Senate Chamber in honor of their recent PIAA Class 4A football and PIAA Class 2A basketball state championship wins! Congrats on this double achievement!

Beware of E-ZPass Scam

A new phishing scam is targeting E-ZPass account holders requesting information to settle outstanding toll amounts. The texts claim to be from “Pa Turnpike Toll Services” and center around urgent requests with your account that would result in a late fee if the balance does not get settled. Similar scams have been reported by toll agencies across the country in the past several days.

Customers who receive an unsolicited text, email or similar message suggesting it is from E-ZPass or another toll agency should not click the link. E-ZPass account holders can use approved safe methods to check their accounts such as the PA Turnpike E-ZPass website or the PA Toll Pay app available from the Apple App Store or Google Play store.

Those who receive a fraudulent text can file a complaint with the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center at The site is dedicated to sharing information on internet crimes across law enforcement agencies.

Pre-Register for Our Senior and Kid’s Expos!

Our expos are just around the corner! Come learn more about the local services that are available for families and seniors while also enjoying some refreshments and fun activities.

The Kid’s Expo will be Saturday, May 18, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Community College of Beaver County – Athletics and Events Center (1 Campus Drive in Monaca). Pre-register for this event here.

The Butler County Senior Expo will be on Friday, June 7, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Discovery Church (170 Scharberry Lane in Mars). Pre-register for this event here. If you are unable to make this expo, we will be holding a senior expo in Beaver County on Friday, Sept. 27, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Community College of Beaver County.

If you have any questions, you can reach out to our Cranberry Township office at 878-978-2575.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Highlights in the 47th

Congratulations to our local Darlington Township officials who received the Governor’s Award for Local Government Excellence for their coordinated efforts in their response to the East Palestine train derailment.

Their actions and continued communications with all levels of government during this incident led to many private well, soil, and livestock tests; the opening of a health clinic; and reimbursements to qualified residents from Norfolk Southern.

Thank you, Isaac May for stopping by my office last week! Isaac came to Harrisburg from Chippewa for the PA Pharmacist Association’s Lobby Day.

Senate Approves Bill Prioritizing Community Safety

The Senate passed legislation this week to strengthen the bail determination process for dangerous individuals: repeat violent offenders, drug dealers trafficking fentanyl and those who assault law enforcement officers or evade arrest on foot.

Senate Bill 1120 would only allow cash bail to be used and ban release on own recognizance or unsecured bail from being issued to those who pose a threat to public safety while they await trial. The bill is part of the Senate Republican effort to improve community safety across Pennsylvania as an average of 14 Pennsylvanians die every day from a drug overdose. It now heads to the House of Representatives for consideration.

According to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency, fentanyl is 100 times more potent than morphine and approximately 50 times more potent than heroin. Two milligrams of fentanyl – the amount that fits on the tip of a pencil – is enough to kill an average person.

Increasing Student Safety, Eliminating Vehicle Owner Fee

As a result of action taken by Senate Republicans, students will be safer on their journey to and from school. Because of legislation now in effect, school districts may install and operate automated camera systems on school buses to capture violations committed by motorists.

Violations identified by the camera system will be reviewed by police under agreement with the school district. After that review, the school district may issue a violation and a $300 fine to the vehicle owner. These violations are civil penalties only and no points will be assessed to driver’s licenses.

Vehicle owners may request a hearing before a PennDOT hearing office, at no cost to the vehicle owner, if they feel they are innocent. Before the passage of the legislation, the vehicle owner was responsible for paying applicable civil filing fees.

April is National Financial Literacy Month

In April, we recognize National Financial Literacy Month, a time to celebrate work being done to improve the knowledge that helps people achieve their money-focused goals.

Senate Republicans recognized that young adults face financial decisions that can come with long-term consequences and passed legislation to arm high school students with money management skills. The new law requires completion of a half-credit personal finance course to graduate high school.

The course will give high school students the understanding they need about topics like credit and credit scores; savings and investments; college, home and auto loans; and planning for postsecondary education and retirement.


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