REAL ID Update-
This week, I joined 115 of my House colleagues in signing on to a
letter to President Donald Trump asking for his administration to
re-examine the application of the REAL ID Act and encourage Congress to
make changes to the law in order to resolve the constitutional and cost
issues associated with it. Click here to read the letter.
As you may know, Pennsylvania was
recently granted an extension by the federal government to comply with
REAL ID. The Commonwealth now has until June 5 to fix state law to meet the requirements of the act.
The delay will allow Pennsylvania
residents to continue using their driver’s licenses as identification to
enter federal buildings. Without the extension, residents would have
needed an additional photo ID, such as a passport, to gain access to
military buildings, nuclear power plants and federal facilities starting
on Jan. 30.
My Committee Assignments
- For the 2017-18 session, I have been appointed to serve on the
following three committees: Environmental Resources and Energy, Finance,
and State Government. I look forward to serving on these committees,
which are charged with taking up proposed legislation and considering it
for possible passage to the full House.
Do You Have Federal Government Questions? - A representative from U.S. Senator Pat Toomey's office will visit my DuBois district office on Thursday, Feb. 2, from 12:30-2:30 p.m. The office is located in Suite 10 of the DuBois Area Plaza, 1221 East DuBois Ave.
If you have questions about issues
like Social Security or Medicare, this is a great opportunity to have
Possible Property Tax Rebate For Decedents
- Thanks to a recent Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania decision,
estates of property owners who died between 2004-09 can now claim
rebates on real estate property taxes paid in the year of death,
provided a property tax rebate was received in the year before the
The money was made available through
a settlement which removed $20 million from the Pennsylvania Lottery
Fund to create a class fund. Claims could range up to $975 per decedent,
with an average of approximately $400. It is likely all valid claims
will be paid.
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