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Deana’s Law – In Memory of Deana Eckman

On February 16th, 2019 Deana Eckman and her husband Chris were driving home from a family event when they were struck by a drunk driver in a violent crash in Upper Chichester Township. Tragically, Deana was killed and Chris suffered severe injuries.

The drunk driver who killed Deana had been convicted of five previous DUIs. This individual recently entered a guilty plea for the DUI charge stemming from the February accident. This became his sixth DUI conviction.

This week at a press conference at the Delaware County Courthouse, I officially introduced Deana’s Law in memory of Deana Eckman. This legislation is Senate Bill 773, named after the month and year of Deana’s birth.

This legislative proposal is the product of months of work with Deana’s family and many others. The legislation also reflects ideas presented at a hearing I hosted this spring at Neumann University on ways to decrease the number of repeat DUI offenders on our roads.

I was honored to be joined at this press conference by Chris Eckman; Rich and Roseann DeRosa, Deana’s parents; District Attorney Kat Copeland; and Debbie D’Addona from Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD). Other members of Deana’s family and many of her friends also attended the press conference.

Deana’s Law would do several things to discourage repeat drunk driving in Pennsylvania, including:

  • Requiring Continuous Alcohol Monitoring Devices in the form of bracelet technology that automatically notifies officials when repeat DUI offenders consume alcohol in violation of court directives. This allows law enforcement to prevent these offenders from getting behind the wheel again while intoxicated;
  • Substantially increasing the levels of felony convictions for repeat DUI offenders, resulting in additional jail time and monetary fines;
  • Requiring the impoundment of vehicles used by repeat DUI offenders;
  • Doubling the time period repeat DUI offenders must use ignition interlock devices on their vehicles;
  • Directing the Pennsylvania State Police and Pennsylvania Department of Transportation to formulate recommendations on using DUI Courts around the state. Currently, these courts are only used in 16 counties. DUI Courts specialize in drunk driving cases to better focus on the appropriate sentencing and treatment of DUI offenders and they should be expanded in Pennsylvania;
  • Prohibiting concurrent sentencing for some repeat offenders so they are not able to take advantage of serving sentences for multiple DUI convictions at the same time, which results in penalizing these offenders over a longer period of time.

Deana’s death has brought unimaginable pain to her family and friends, and our local communities have been shocked to learn about the dangerous revolving door that allows repeat DUI offenders to so easily return to our streets.

Now that Deana’s Law has been officially introduced, I will work for its passage to reduce the devastation caused by repeat DUI offenders and the suffering they cause for far too many families in our state.

Below are photos from our Deana’s Law press conference.


Red Flag Laws Prevent Gun Suicides, Mass Shootings

Every day 100 hundred people die from gun violence in this country and hundreds more are shot and injured. Two thirds of these gun deaths are suicides.

Red Flag laws, such as my Senate Bill 90, create a transparent, non-criminal process where law enforcement and loved ones can petition our courts to have firearms temporarily removed from individuals who demonstrate the “red flags” of suicidal or extremely dangerous behavior. These lifesaving laws that help prevent gun suicides and mass shootings are in effect in 17 states and the District of Columbia.

I recently wrote a guest column on the need for a Red Flag law in Pennsylvania, which you are able to read HERE.


Touring Retailing Powerhouse QVC in West Goshen

August 2019: Killion Report - QVC

West Goshen is home to QVC, America’s top video commerce retailer. I recently had the pleasure of touring this incredible business, which employs 2,600 people in our area. My tour of QVC is the topic of the latest edition of the Killion Report.


Closing Puppy Mills with Victoria’s Law

Earlier this year I introduced Victoria’s Law, which is Senate Bill 44, to shut down Pennsylvania’s puppy mill pipeline.

Victoria was a German Shepherd who was brutally forced to give birth to over 150 puppies at a puppy mill. By requiring pet stores to only sell dogs, cats and rabbits sourced from animal shelters and rescues, my Victoria’s Law legislation will help end the demand for pets from barbaric puppy mills around the state.

Last weekend I joined the Humane Society, Finding Shelter Animal Rescue, fellow legislators and many animal safety advocates in King of Prussia to rally support for Victoria’s Law.

You can read more about my Victoria’s Law proposal HERE.

6/24/19 - PA Director Humane Society Kristen Tullo discusses Victoria's Law


 

Labor Day weekend, the unofficial end of summer, is upon us. Our working families are a critical part of the foundation of this great country, and they are responsible for our nation’s incredible economic vitality. We honor America’s workers this Labor Day. I hope you enjoy the holiday weekend with family and friends.


Assistance for Veterans

I partner with the Pennsylvania American Legion every month to assist local veterans at my Brookhaven office. A representative from this organization will be helping veterans with issues on:

Date: Wednesday, September 25th

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Location: Senator Killion’s Brookhaven Office, 4110 Edgmont Avenue, Brookhaven, PA

I encourage veterans and their families who have questions about benefits and programs to schedule an appointment during these assistance hours. Appointments can be made by contacting my office at (610) 447 – 3163. This service is offered the fourth Wednesday of each month.

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How I Can Help

My offices provide many services to families in our area. Here are some of the ways we can help.

  • Free notary service
  • Pennsylvania birth certificates
  • SEPTA Key Senior Photo IDs
  • PennDOT assistance with driver’s licenses and forms
  • Information on financial assistance for higher education
  • Assistance with preparation of Property Tax/Rent Rebate applications
  • Citations from the Pennsylvania Senate for notable local accomplishments and family milestones
  • Assistance with PA insurance programs: Medical Assistance and CHIP
  • Fishing and hunting information
  • Pennsylvania personal income tax forms
  • Pennsylvania road maps
  • Requests for copies of legislation, bills and regulations
  • Requests for literature for students and senior citizens
  • Tours of the State Capitol for individuals or groups
  • Unemployment compensation issues
  • Assistance with state agency related issues

How to Contact Me

Please visit my website at www.SenatorKillion.com.

I have staffed two offices in the district to provide you with top-notch constituent service and provide answers to legislative inquiries. Both offices are open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  Locations are noted below.

If you are having any problems with state agencies or need help with an issue relating to government, my staff and I will be happy to assist you.

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