Mentzer to Host Shredder Events on June 8 and 15

Jun. 07, 2019 /

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.

Mental Health Awareness Month

May. 24, 2019 /

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.

Making healthcare work for everyone

May. 22, 2019 /

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.

Expanding Education Opportunities - By Rep. Steve Mentzer (R-Lititz)

May. 20, 2019 /

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.

Share the Road

May. 10, 2019 /

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.

Come Out and Salute Our Veterans on June 1

May. 10, 2019 /

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 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.

Crime Victims Should Have Rights Too

Apr. 18, 2019 /

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.

Supporting PA National Guard Families

Mar. 22, 2019 /

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.

Veterans Should Review Benefits

Jan. 24, 2019 /

As the New Year starts, the Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (DMVA) suggests veterans review the benefits they have earned through their service.

Free Tax Preparation Assistance

Jan. 23, 2019 /

Tax season is upon us. For many people, this means having to choose between paying high fees to have their taxes prepared by a third party or attempting the filing process on their own.

Looming Crisis in Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service

Jan. 03, 2019 /

With fire and ambulance services continuing to struggle across the Commonwealth, a 39-member commission created by lawmakers to study the situation issued dozens of recommendations in their report released last week.

Thoughts on the Upcoming Budget Debate

Jan. 03, 2019 /

As we head into the new legislative session, the focus of the House Republican Caucus will be on creating a budget that does not rely on new taxes or fees and that supports job creation. So, far, revenue collections are strong, and the state Treasury has collected $333 million more than expected through the end of November.

Thanking Our Veterans

Nov. 16, 2018 /

This past Sunday marked the 100th anniversary of the armistice which ended World War I, on the 11th hour, of the 11th day of the 11th month. President Woodrow Wilson declared a national day to commemorate the armistice a year later in 1919. That has since become Veterans Day.