In this Update:
Wreaths Across America Day
Saturday was Wreaths Across America Day. I was invited to join the Shikelimo Daughters of the American Revolution to lay wreaths at the Warrior Run Church Cemetery where some of our oldest soldiers are buried, some dating back to the Revolutionary War. It is an honor to place these markers on the graves of all the brave Americans who fought to ensure our freedoms.
Visit to Warrior Run High School
This week I spoke with students studying government in Mr. Hoffman’s senior class at the Warrior Run High School. During my visit, I was able to meet and congratulate two students, Aurora and Lillian, who each earned PHEAA Certificates of Merit this year for receiving one of the highest 5000 SAT scores in Pennsylvania. Congratulations and I know you each have a bright future ahead of you!
Coffee and Conversation
Thank you to everyone who joined me for Coffee and Conversations last week in Shamokin. Also, thank you WhatNot Shoppe Cafe for being an excellent host! I had a great time spending the morning learning about the concerns they had and getting to know them better.
Stay tuned for information on Coffee and Conversation events I’ll be hosting in 2024.
Bill to Combat Package Thefts Signed into Law
Legislation was recently passed to combat porch pirating – the theft of packages delivered to people’s homes – and it was recently signed into law.
Senate Bill 527, now Act 41 of 2023, implements specific penalties for theft of mail, which includes a package, bag or letter. In Pennsylvania, theft of mail is currently charged based solely on the value of the item taken.
According to Forbes, Americans spent $1.7 trillion shopping online since 2020 and nearly eight in 10 Americans have had a package stolen in 2022. Pennsylvania now joins eight other states that have already made porch pirating a felony.
New Law Gives Young Adults Strong Financial Literacy Foundation
Legislation to provide students with basic money management skills was recently signed into law. Specifically, it requires completion of a half-credit personal finance course to graduate high school.
Recent estimates calculate there are more than 350 million American-owned credit card accounts, and, on average, credit card owners have about four cards apiece. Families in the United States are approaching approximately $1 trillion dollars in credit card debt and more than $15 trillion dollars in debt overall.
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.
Sharing the Holiday Spirit with PA Veterans
If you would like to support our veterans and military families this holiday season, making a monetary donation goes a long way toward helping the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs provide members, veterans and their families with essential programs and services that would not be available otherwise.
Donations can be made by mail or online. They are tax-deductible, and gifts of any amount are appreciated. Learn more about making a donation.
Driving Safely During Inclement Weather
Pennsylvania has nearly 40,000 miles of roads – which translates to 96,000 snow-lane miles – that must be maintained during inclement weather so people can travel safely.
The approximately 2,200 PennDOT-owned and rented plow trucks have in-truck technology that logs and shares data in real time so the public can monitor the routes of their interstate and expressway travels on www.511PA.com.
Of course, drivers should avoid the roads until they have been cleared, if possible. Anyone who must travel is urged to use extra caution by slowing down, increasing their following distance and avoiding distractions. Read more winter driving tips here.
Merry Christmas to You and Yours
This holiday season, I would like to wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas. May you enjoy the real gifts of love, peace and happiness.
My district office hours may be limited due to the holidays. Please call ahead to be sure my offices are open.
Also, PennDOT Driver License Centers will be closed on Dec. 23 and 25 for Christmas, and on Dec. 30 and Jan. 1 for New Year’s. Customers may still obtain a variety of driver and vehicle products and services online through PennDOT’s Driver and Vehicle Services website.
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