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Friday, January 26, 2018

Headline Harrisburg By Rep. Matt Gabler

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Headline Harrisburg
Friday, January 26, 2018
The latest news from the State Capitol 

         
Twin Lakes – This Thursday, Feb. 1, the first of two open house events dealing with Twin Lakes Recreation Area will be held at the Jones Township Community Building in Wilcox. This will be an opportunity to get more information on changes to the operation for the coming season.

Please click here for more details.
                  
         
Legislative Reduction – This week, the House State Government Committee passed a pair of bills that would reduce the size of the state Legislature.

House Bill 153 would amend the Pennsylvania Constitution to reduce the size of the state House from 203 members to 151. House Bill 253 would do the same AND reduce the Senate from 50 members to 38.

Since the proposals seeks to amend the state Constitution, identical versions must pass both chambers in two consecutive sessions before going before the voters. House Bill 153 already passed both the House and Senate last term. It now goes before the full House in the coming weeks. If the legislation is approved again in both chambers, it will go before voters as a referendum.

This is the first time House Bill 253 has been considered.
                  

         
Snow Shoe Rest Stop - The rest area on I-80 westbound near Snow Shoe in Centre County is now open; however, the rest area on the eastbound lanes will remain closed.

The closures were necessary after the Mountaintop Regional Water Authority required customers to conserve water due to a supply shortage. The authority will monitor the levels of the local water reservoir for the next several days.

PennDOT could reopen the eastbound rest area next week. The next rest area available for motorists traveling eastbound is in Clinton County near mile-marker 194.
                  
         
Attention ATV/OHM Enthusiasts - The Allegheny National Forest’s Timberline and Rocky Gap ATV/OHM trails are closed due to current, above-freezing temperatures, passing rain showers, and unseasonably warm forecasts.

They will remain closed until temperatures and/or trail conditions can support winter use. This includes sustained freezing temperatures, no evidence of damage to the trail surface, and/or no unsafe icing conditions.

Allegheny National Forest snowmobile trails remain open, although current conditions are “poor to not usable” given the recent warm temperatures and rain that have depleted the trails’ snow base. For current snowmobile conditions, please view the snowmobile trail condition report by clicking here.
                  
         
Getting Medical Test Results Faster - Patients who have medical imaging tests done would get their results faster, especially if follow-up care is needed, under legislation which passed the House this week.

House Bill 1884 would require that results which are provided to a health care practitioner after certain diagnostic imaging services are performed on a patient be sent directly to the patient or designee within 20 days if the results include a significant abnormality. The clock starts when the results are sent to the patient’s ordering physician.

The test results may be sent electronically by email or fax or added to the patient’s electronic medical record. Test results belong to the patient, and by law, are provided upon request.

Providing patients with the summary of test results when an abnormality presents will enable patients to be proactive in their health care, and provide a safety net in the event of communication breakdown.

The bill now moves to the state Senate for approval.
                  
         
Protecting Your Personal Information from Tax Identity Thieves - To bring greater awareness to the crime of tax identity theft, House Resolution 646 recognizes Jan. 29 through Feb. 2 as Tax Identity Theft Awareness Week in Pennsylvania. According to the Federal Trade Commission, tax refund fraud is the largest and fastest-growing identity theft category.

Tax identity theft occurs when someone steals a person’s personal information, often obtained through old tax returns, and uses it to file current fraudulent tax returns in someone else’s name to receive a tax refund.

Taxpayers in their 20s are at the highest risk for tax identity theft victimization; however, anyone at any age can be targeted. The best way to safeguard a person’s identity is to properly dispose of any documents that contain personal and identifying information by shredding bank and credit card statements, as well as old tax returns. In addition, individuals should use firewall and anti-virus software on devices, create strong passwords on websites, and refrain from opening emails from unknown senders.

In addition to using stolen information to get a tax refund, thieves may also use stolen Social Security numbers to get a job. If you receive a letter from the IRS saying more than one tax return was filed in your name, or IRS records show you have wages from an employer you don’t know, then you may be the victim of tax identity theft. Also, if you suspect a letter, email or telephone call about your tax records is a scam, call the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue at 717-787-8201 or the IRS at 800-829-1040.
                  

         
Parker Dam State Park….will be home to the Clearfield YMCA Winter Festival this Sunday, Jan. 29.

For more details, please click here.

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