Pro-Gun Hunting Legislation
- Legislation I authored that would allow the Pennsylvania Game
Commission (PGC) to examine expanding firearm options for Pennsylvania
hunters has been signed into law. House Bill 263, which passed both chambers of the General Assembly with bipartisan support, becomes Act 168 of 2016.
One of my constituents from Elk
County was the inspiration for this legislation. He brought to my
attention how technology associated with air- and gas-powered rifles has
improved to where they are viable, humane options for sportsmen.
I appreciate the efforts of my
Senate colleagues, who amended the original bill to add semi-automatic
rifles for consideration. The PGC will now take a look at each of these
types of firearms as a viable option for certain hunting applications,
which would bring Pennsylvania in line with many other states.
My legislation would give the PGC
the authority to regulate and allow the use of these additional weapons
during specific seasons or for specific species. These types of firearms
are popular among young hunters and new participants in the sport.
It’s important to note Act 168 will
give the commission the option of allowing these firearms to be used for
hunting. Governing bodies that regulate sportsmen’s activities in other
states, including some of those that border Pennsylvania, already allow
their hunters to use these types of rifles in the field. We are moving a
step closer to doing likewise.
Tax Credits for PA’s First Responders
- Legislation that will authorize local municipalities to enact earned
income and property tax liability tax credits for active volunteers of a
fire company or emergency medical service company has been signed into
House Bill 1683,
now known as Act 172 of 2016, will grant municipalities the authority
to offer active volunteers a tax credit of up to 20 percent of their tax
liability based on the number of calls a volunteer responded to or
their training or participation in the functions of the organization
This act will hopefully help retain
first responders and encourage more individuals to volunteer.
On the Road Again
- The Empire Road bridge over Hawk Run in Morris Township and the Route
255/Bennetts Valley Highway bridge over Bennett Branch near Penfield
are both open to traffic again. These structures had been under
construction as part of the PennDOT's Rapid Bridge Replacement Project.
Motorists may notice a slight bump
as they drive across the bridges until a polyester polymer concrete
(PPC) overlay is applied to the bridge deck. This is often the final
step in completing these bridge projects. The PPC overlay is designed to
protect the deck from the wear and tear brought about by Pennsylvania’s
harsh winters and reduce the long-term maintenance costs.
The polyester material can only be
applied when temperatures are consistently above 40 degrees, dry weather
is forecasted and after the bridge concrete has cured for at least 30
days. The PPC overlay will be applied in November if weather permits.
Flaggers will assist with an alternating traffic pattern when the
overlay work takes place.
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