As a member of the Professional Licensure Committee Chairman, I joined with my Democrat colleagues this session to pass a bill sponsored by both our Republican and Democrat chairmen into law that removed the barriers for professionals entering Pennsylvania who require state licensing for their jobs.
The Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA) is encouraging citizens to take steps to prepare for emergencies by participating in September’s 30 Days/30 Ways preparedness event in which participants can win prizes of safety gear to help them get through an emergency.
Voters overwhelmingly approved a constitutional amendment to increase the allowable homestead and farmstead exclusion to 100% of the assessed value of all homesteads and farmsteads. If fully funded, this change would allow each school district to eliminate the collection of property taxes.
Because of legislation I cosponsored, there is now a KinConnector helpline for families in kinship care situations, including grandparents raising their grandchildren because of the opioid crisis.
The impact fee on the Marcellus Shale industry was created with the signing of Act 13 in 2012. Since 2012, the fee has generated approximately $850 million for communities across the Commonwealth. Its interesting to note, this fee has raised more money than a combined severance tax levied by four other states.
HARRISBURG – Today, the Lancaster County House Republican Delegation voted to pass a 2019-20 spending plan for the Commonwealth built upon a foundation of five principles to serve Pennsylvania taxpayers – saving for the future; fiscal management; thrift; investing in our future by boosting education; and instilling policies to foster economic growth. This plan also addresses Lancaster County priorities such as agriculture and Thaddeus Stevens College.
Pennsylvania has led the nation in confirmed cases of Lyme disease for three straight years. To address this growing concern for Commonwealth families, the Pennsylvania Legislature has been working on a multi-prong approach.
WHAT: Rep. Steve Mentzer (R-Lititz) will attend the Lititz Recreation Center’s 75th Anniversary celebration and open house to present leadership and staff with a House of Representatives Citation.
LANCASTER – As a free service to the community, Rep. Steve Mentzer (R-Lancaster) will host a shredder event this Saturday, June 8, and on Saturday, June 15, from 10 a.m. to noon at Lancaster Airport, 500 Airport Road, Lititz. These events will give residents a chance to guard themselves against identity theft by having their personal documents securely destroyed.
Rep. Steve Mentzer (R-Lititz) will hold his 2019 Salute to Veterans event.
Working to support people struggling with depression or other mental health conditions, the House recently designated May as “Mental Health Awareness Month” in the Commonwealth. Mental illness is not always visible, but it affects Pennsylvanians from all walks of life. This invisibility can make people feel isolated and unable to share their experiences.
Prior authorization is a requirement that physicians obtain approval from insurers before moving forward with a specific treatment, performing a test such as an MRI or prescribing medication. While this may not sound like a difficult issue, in fact it is. When you are sick or in pain, not having a well-defined prior authorization procedure can create additional healthcare problems.
More students and their families would have access to additional educational options under legislation approved by the House last week to expand the successful Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) program. I voted in favor of House Bill 800, which would increase funding for the program by $100 million to $210 million, providing tens of thousands of additional Pennsylvania families the ability to choose a school that best fits their students’ needs.
The number of pedestrian deaths in traffic accidents has been increasing according to a 2017 report from the Governor’s Highway Safety Administration. That report shows that pedestrian fatalities in the U.S. increased by 27 percent between 2007 and 2016.
In conjunction with the Lancaster Barnstormers, veterans groups and local sponsors, I am inviting residents to begin registering for the 2019 “Salute to Veterans.” An online registration form for free admission for one veteran and a guest can be found at Rep.Mentzer.com. This year’s event will be held on Saturday, June 1, at 5:15 p.m. at Clipper Magazine Stadium, located at 650 N. Prince St. Gates open at 4 p.m.
My colleagues and I are moving to strengthen the protections for victims of crime. Just as those accused of a crime have certain rights, we need to ensure crime victims are treated with dignity and respect throughout the entire criminal justice process.
Ensuring a better future for our Pennsylvania National Guard members and their families is the driving force behind a first-of-its-kind Military Family Education Program.
HARRISBURG – Rep. Steve Mentzer (R-Lititz) was recently appointed to the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA) by House Speaker Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny) for the 2019-20 Legislative Session.
Lancaster County has one of the premier technical schools in Pennsylvania in Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology.
HARRISBURG – Today, the Lancaster County House Republican Delegation was present for a joint session of the General Assembly as Gov. Tom Wolf delivered his budget address for 2019-20. The $34.15 billion spending plan is an increase of $927 million over the current enacted budget.