Senator Tom Killion E-Newsletter

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To everyone celebrating, on behalf of my family and staff I would like to extend our best wishes for a Happy Easter, Passover and Spring! Take time to enjoy the weekend with loved ones and friends.


Preventing Shootings and Gun Suicides

 

4/8/19 - Rally: Moms Demand Action

This is a video of a rally held at the state Capitol last week for my legislation to help prevent shootings and gun suicides.  The rally was organized by the Pennsylvania chapter of Moms Demand Action.

My Senate Bill 90 will create Extreme Risk Protection Orders (ERPOs) in our state.  An ERPO law will allow police officers, family members and household members to petition a court to temporarily remove guns from disturbed and dangerous individuals.  At least 13 states have ERPO laws in effect, and many other states are considering similar legislation.

Nearly 100 people die every day from gun violence in this country, and two thirds of these deaths are suicides.  In Pennsylvania, there are 1,500 gun deaths yearly, 62% by suicide.  ERPO laws can help save lives. 

More information about my legislation can be found HERE.


I was proud to host the Delaware County and Tri-County Area Chamber of Commerce Leadership Academy in Harrisburg for the day. These chambers have done tremendous work in Southeastern Pennsylvania.


I hope Ms. Ashley Foy and her 4th grade class from the Holy Family Regional Catholic School had a great day in Harrisburg! They sure look like they enjoyed themselves in this picture.


Last week I met with Ionie Evans, who was in Harrisburg this week as part of Pennsylvania Women Work to share her experiences and support for the New Choices/New Options line item in the state budget. I have always supported this program, which over the past 19 years has helped over 65,000 Pennsylvanians find lasting employment.


Last week I met with students from Cheyney University to discuss the wonderful things happening on campus. This is a great university!


Lyme Disease Predictions and Preparation for 2019

The PA Department of Environmental Protection is surveying all counties to track tick habitats, life stages, peak activity levels, and disease detection.  Between July 2018 and mid-March 2019, DEP collected 3,663 adult black-legged ticks. 

At the same time, the PA Department of Health is conducting a public awareness campaign to decrease the transmission of tick-borne diseases.  Take steps to avoid contact with ticks in your backyard, hiking, or on a camping trip.  Recommendations include: 

  • Beware of grassy, brushy, and wooded areas.
  • Handle with care any potentially exposed animals.
  • Use an Environmental Protection Agency-registered insect repellant.
  • Upon return home or to your campsite, check clothing, gear, and pets.
  • Shower within 2 hours of being outdoors.
  • Conduct a body check.

Individuals are encouraged to see a doctor within 3 to 30 days of a tick bite if symptoms appear, including fever, fatigue, headache, muscle aches, joint pain, with or without a skin rash or bull’s eye.  Current Lyme Disease treatment includes oral or intravenous antibiotics.


Preventing Elder Financial Abuse

The Pennsylvania Department of Banking and Securities (PA DOBS) witnessed a 17 percent increase in elder financial abuse, constituting 40,000 allegations of elder abuse during the previous fiscal year.

Whether it’s older family members or elderly clients with whom you engage socially or in business, the PA DOBS encourages you to look for red flags or signs of elder abuse, including:

  • Difficulties with decision making, such as trouble paying bills.
  • A noticeable decline in appearance, or fear and anxiety.
  • Suspicious account activity, abrupt changes to financial and legal documents, or large cash withdrawals may signal a problem

Consider appropriate questions and guidance if decision making appears impaired, there are signs of suspicious behaviors, or evidence of unexplained account activity.  Anyone witnessing similar problems is encouraged to call the Elder Abuse Hotline 1-800-490-8505 to report any type of elder abuse.


Upcoming Events


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, April 24th

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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