May. 19, 2017

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The Weekly Roundup


 The latest news from the State Capitol

Make Sure Your Contractor is Registered
To help ensure that consumers are better protected against fraudulent contractors, the Pennsylvania General Assembly passed a law in 2008 to require all who perform at least $5,000 worth of home improvements per year register with the attorney general’s office.

The law helps consumers by establishing minimum insurance requirements for contractors; requiring contractors to provide their registration number in their ads and contracts; establishing required contract terms for home improvement contracts; prohibiting unfair business practices; and creating a criminal penalty for home improvement fraud.

Consumers in Pennsylvania are able to verify registration with the attorney general’s office by visiting the Registered Contractors page at or by calling 1-888-520-6680.

For more information, click here.

Buckle Up, Ensure Kids’ Safety
With the start of the summer travel season, PennDOT and the Pennsylvania State Police, along with local law enforcement, want to ensure that drivers and their motorists are safe and will conduct their “Click it or Ticket” seat belt enforcement May 22 through June 4. The targeted effort will be especially prevalent at the state’s borders.

Additionally, to help ensure the safety of infants and children in cars, troopers certified as child passenger safety technicians will offer no-cost car seat fittings and inspections at various locations throughout the state. Click here for that list.

According to PennDOT data, unrestrained fatalities decreased from 413 to 408 in 2016. The statewide number of crashes in which people were not wearing seat belts increased to 14,992, compared to 13,534 in 2015.

Pennsylvania’s primary seatbelt law requires drivers and passengers under age 18 to buckle up when riding anywhere in a vehicle. After the age of 18, drivers and passengers must wear a seat belt when behind the wheel or in the front passenger seat. As of August, 2016, Pennsylvania law mandates that children under age 2 be secured in a rear-facing car seat. Children under age 4 must be restrained in an approved child safety seat. A booster seat is required for children until age 8.

Fish for Free on Sunday


On Sunday, May 28, the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) will host a Fish for Free day to allow anyone (resident or non-resident) to legally fish on all Pennsylvania waterways. No license is required, but all other fishing regulations will still apply.

This is the first of two dates set by the PFBC to enhance fishing opportunities. The next day is Independence Day, Tuesday, July 4.

This is a great way to expose the next generation of anglers to the outdoors. Find more information here.

Congratulations, Eagle Scouts!
Several Boy Scouts from the 122nd District were recently honored for attaining the rank of Eagle Scout.


Pictured with me are Kyle Rich and Chris Williams from Troop 555.

Pictured with Eagle Scout Logan Farnell are Frederick Tweed, Timm Berger, and Mayor Tom Gerhard.

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