Jun. 04, 2018

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Weekly Roundup
The latest news from the State Capitol
Promoting Self-Sufficiency with Welfare Work Requirements

To ensure that public assistance programs can benefit those in legitimate need, the House is advancing three measures designed to encourage self-reliance through work experiences. In other states with work requirements, families have seen their incomes double and have been able to follow their dreams of self-sustainability.

Passing the House last month was House Bill 2138, which would require the Department of Human Services (DHS) to institute work or community engagement requirements for able-bodied Medical Assistance recipients. The work requirements include being employed or attending a job training program for 20 or more hours a week or completing 12 job training program-related activities in a month. Exceptions do apply for those unable to work.

To see the video of my remarks on the House floor explaining the bill, click here.

Also before the House is House Bill 1659, which would require healthy (able-bodied) adults without children to work, perform community service, participate in a work program or be enrolled as a full-time student in order to receive SNAP (food stamp) benefits.

Another bill advancing to help ensure maximum efficiency of welfare programs is House Bill 1618, which would require the forfeiture of any assistance allotments that are unused after a six-month period.
PUC Announces Rate Reductions

The Pennsylvania Utility Commission (PUC) has issued an actual rate reduction (by company) following the commission’s executive order to 17 major electric, natural gas, and water and wastewater utilities to return $320 million per year to consumers. The actual rate reduction can be found here.

This comes after I, along with 13 House GOP members, issued a letter to the PUC commissioners, which can be found by clicking here, urging them to decrease energy costs for consumers because of the federal tax cuts under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) of 2017.

My colleagues and I who authored this letter are absolutely thrilled to be helping the hard-working Pennsylvanians. The function of government should always be to help our hard-working taxpayers and this achieves just that.

In our state, consumers are already seeing utility rates lowered. Pennsylvanians have not seen their energy bills drop in years, and that is changing thanks to the savings produced by the federal Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.
FBI Urges Public to Reboot Routers

To help thwart a Russian malware attack that has attacked 500,000 consumer internet routers, the FBI is warning all citizens to reset their routers. The notice was sent out last Friday cautioning all individuals with a small office or home office router to reboot them immediately.

To successfully restart your router, all you need to do is unplug the device and then turn it back on. The FBI states this is one measure of protection from the malware, as it erases parts of it; however, it still can be re-infected.

To make sure you are best protected, it is recommended to double-check that your router is running the most up-to-date software and a strong password has been assigned.
Out and About!
Last month, I hosted my Concealed Carry and Firearm Safety Seminar to educate Pennsylvanians on our firearm laws and how the Castle Doctrine affects their rights as gun owners. I’d like to thank everyone who came out, including James Custer, Fayette County Sheriff; Ed Bilik, attorney; and Kim Stolfer, Firearm Owners Against Gun Crime.

I had an awesome time hanging out with the Connellsville High School Trap Team which honored its senior class. Good luck to the Class of 2018 as they begin the next chapter of their lives!

Last month, I had the pleasure of attending the Gibson House ribbon-cutting to welcome in the new renovations to the building, which houses the Connellsville Historical Society. I’d encourage everyone to check it out, as it features some awesome local history.

What a beautiful morning to be out on the Yough in Connellsville! Special thanks to General Braddock’s Fish Club for hosting their annual kids’ day a few weeks ago.

I was thrilled and proud to see so many volunteers turn out for the annual Clean-up Connellsville event last month! I want to personally extend a thank you to everyone who participated, including my daughter and Mayor Greg Lincoln. Can’t wait to do it again next year!
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