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Friday, July 17, 2015

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Headline Harrisburg
Friday, July 17, 2015
The latest news from the State Capitol 

Disabled and Senior Citizens Expo –
On Thursday, July 23, I will join representatives from Life and Independence for Today (LIFT) to host a Disability and Aging Resource Expo from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Johnsonburg Fire Hall, 99 Clarion Road, Johnsonburg.

A wide variety of service providers from across the state will be on hand for this event, which is a great opportunity for senior citizens and their families, as well as members of our community living with disabilities, to check out all that is available to them. My staff and I, along with members of LIFT, are looking forward to the opportunity to spend time with the people in our area.

LIFT was established in 1987 by people with disabilities for people with disabilities and is dedicated to the empowerment and independence of all disabled people. The group offers assistance in all aspects of their lives through programs such as the Assistive Technology Initiative, Nursing Home Transition Program, Re-Used Equipment Program, Temporary Ramp Loan Program and Independent living Skills.

LIFT is located in St. Marys and serves Cameron, Clearfield, Elk, Jefferson, McKean and Potter counties, with all of their services being provided free of charge.

Various types of health screenings will also be performed during the expo. Admission is free and lunch will be served.

Background Check Clarifications Now Law -
Clarifications to the state’s new law regarding background clearances for employees and volunteers who have direct and routine contact with children are now law. These clarifications are intended to make our law more practical and user-friendly.

House Bill 1276 was signed into law earlier this month to update Act 153 of 2014, the law that created additional background check requirements for both employees and volunteers who are directly involved with children. The changes take effect immediately.

Under the new law, volunteers will only be required to obtain the clearances if they have “direct volunteer contact,” meaning that they have care, supervision, guidance or control and routine interaction with children. Also, all employees and adult volunteers subject to the background check clearances will be required to recertify their clearances every five years, instead of every three years.

The measure also makes a number of clarifications with respect to the cost, portability and recertification of the two main clearances – the Department of Human Services child abuse clearance and the state police criminal background check. The two $10 fees are waived for volunteers and are reduced to $8 each for employees.

Additionally, the deadline for new volunteers to obtain their clearances has been moved from July 1 to Aug. 25. All other deadlines remain the same: Dec. 31, 2015, for existing employees; and July 1, 2016, for existing volunteers. New prospective employees must obtain them before starting employment.

More information about Act 153 and the other new laws resulting from the child protection package are available by clicking here.

Attention hunters-
Applications for antlerless deer licenses may now be filed by Pennsylvania residents. Out-of-state residents may apply for licenses beginning Monday, July 27.

Please click here to see how many licenses remain in the allotment for each individual wildlife management unit.

I hope to see you….
at this Saturday’s Ridgway Fire Department Annual Firemen's Parade, which begins at 2 p.m. from the Motion Control parking lot on Gillis Avenue.

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