Protecting Our Digital Property
In today’s world, people invest a substantial amount of time and money in building their digital libraries. Whether purchasing digital music and books online or accumulating a lifetime of photos on cloud hosted services, these items are of great financial and personal value.
I recently introduced a bill that would allow music, books, videos, photos and documents stored by tech companies such as Apple and Google to be transferred to beneficiaries once an individual dies. This would be done the same way tangible property is transferred: by providing instructions in a will, trust or power of attorney.
My legislation, Senate Bill 320, is called the Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets Act. According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, 46 states have passed laws related to digital assets.
I worked with several stakeholder groups in drafting this legislation, including Amazon, Apple, Google, the Pennsylvania Bankers Association and the Pennsylvania Bar Association.
Under the bill, if individuals fail to plan for the management and disposition of their digital assets before they die, the same court-appointed fiduciary that would traditionally manage tangible property would also now manage digital assets.
The legislation would also allow a fiduciary to access digital property from cloud storage companies by sending a certified document proving their authority to manage these electronic assets.
I believe a law on digital assets is both needed and timely due to the enormous popularity of online transactions.
A Harris Interactive poll found that 72% of adults rated photos and videos as their most valued digital assets. According to Statista.com, over 535 million digital music singles were downloaded in the U.S. in 2017 alone. AuthorEarnings.com has reported that 487 million e-books are sold annually in this country.
The time has come for tangible property and digital property to be treated equally under the law. Loved ones should be able to enjoy our digital libraries long after we are gone.
More information about my Senate Bill 320 can be found HERE.
This Year’s Appropriations Hearings
As you may know, I am a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee. These past few weeks I had the opportunity to ask questions of state agencies and others regarding their budgets for the upcoming fiscal year. Following are some highlights from the hearings, they can be viewed in their entirety HERE.
I spoke with Department of Education Secretary Pedro Rivera regarding investments in libraries as well as my legislation Senate Bill 115, which would mandate grades 9-12 be taught hands on CPR.
I asked Department of Drug & Alcohol Programs Secretary Jennifer Smith about the impact her agency is making on the opioid epidemic across the state.
I brought my concerns regarding the legal issues faced by grandparents trying to help their children and grandchildren who have suffered from drug and alcohol abuse to Acting Secretary Robert Torres of the Department of Ageing.
Real ID and Your Social Security Card
Licensed Pennsylvania motorists planning to obtain a Real ID will need to submit to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation verification of identity, a Social Security card, and proof of Pennsylvania residency.
In addition to the other documents, your Social Security card must display the same name as your official proof of identity papers. A replacement requiring NO name change may be issued based on one document from the pre-approved list.
Documents must be current, unexpired, and in your legal name. The proof must be a U.S. driver’s license, U.S. state-issued non-driver identity card, or a U.S. passport. See Evidence of Identity for other documents that may be accepted.
For more information, please visit PennDot’s site HERE.
Don’t Miss These Important Fishing Days in Delco
Mentored Youth Fishing Day is March 23. Youth anglers must obtain a Mentored Youth Fishing Permit or Voluntary Youth Fishing License from the Commission and be accompanied by an adult-licensed angler to participate. Youth may harvest up to two trout.
Opening day of trout season is March 30.
Any residents of the county who would like to participate in trout stocking is welcome to meet at the Aston Little League Ball Field before traveling to the stocking location.
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, March 27th
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.
How I Can Help
My offices provide many services to families in our area. Here are some of the ways we can help.
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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