Apr. 13, 2017

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#Listrak\DateStampLong# The latest news from the State Capitol

Protecting Tax Dollars

To give taxpayers greater peace of mind that their tax money is being deposited in the appropriate accounts, the House passed legislation recently to prohibit checks from being made payable to an individual.

House Bill 16 would require checks to be made payable to the name of the tax collector along with the office, title, or position and be deposited into a separate bank account only used for tax money.
Current law does not specify how taxes are to be paid, so it is left to individual tax collectors to determine how they want checks made out for the payment of taxes and in which account the tax money is to be deposited.

The legislation is now with the Senate for review.

Secretary of Labor and Industry Kathy Manderino Visits Wayne County’s Sutphen East

On Monday, I joined state and local officials in welcoming Secretary of Labor and Industry Kathy Manderino to Sutphen East, which received more than $117,000 through the Governor’s Action Team to establish the new manufacturing facility in Sterling Township and create 60 new jobs.

Seats Still Available at April 20 Concealed Carry Seminar

To familiarize area residents about their responsibilities as gun owners, Rep. Tina Pickett and I will host a concealed carry seminar at the Hop Bottom Fire Hall on Thursday, April 20. The seminar will be held from 6-8 p.m., with doors opening at 5:30 p.m. Susquehanna County District Attorney Robert Klein and Sheriff Lance Benedict will share their expertise and answer questions from area residents about state firearms laws.

These seminars have been quite popular in our area, as they have not only familiarized our local gun owners with state firearms laws, but they have included information about the Castle Doctrine and how that law is applied in cases of self-defense. Since our area is so close to the New York border, many questions have been answered regarding residents’ ability to cross state lines with their firearms.
In addition to an overview of the state’s firearms laws, the seminar will include information on how to safely interact with police when carrying a firearm, as well as the legal aspects of Pennsylvania’s Castle Doctrine, which allows a homeowner to use deadly force if necessary when threatened by an armed intruder.

Registration is required for this event and can be made by clicking here or call my Montrose office at 570-278-3374. Seating is limited. Light refreshments will be served.

Giving Life a Second Chance

To raise awareness of the life-saving benefits of organ donation, House Resolution 209 passed the House recently to designate April 2017 as National Donate Life Month in Pennsylvania.

According to Donate Life America, more than 33,000 transplants brought life to patients during the last year. However, more than 118,000 men, women and children still need organ transplants. In Pennsylvania, almost 8,000 people are on the organ transplant list and, on average, every 18 hours one of them will die waiting for the call that never comes.

About 4.6 million Pennsylvanians have said “yes” to organ and tissue donation by adding the donor designation on their driver’s license. In addition, more than 134 million people, or about 54 percent of the adult population in the United States, are registered donors.

Tax-Free Savings Accounts for People with Disabilities

Tax-free savings accounts aimed at helping people with disabilities save money for future care and services are now available through the Pennsylvania Treasury. The PA ABLE (Achieving a Better Life Experience) accounts are structured similar to tuition savings accounts and allow people with disabilities, their family members and friends to contribute up to $14,000 per year to a maximum account limit of $511,758. Once the limit is reached, accounts can continue to earn interest.

Withdrawals from the account will be exempt from both state and federal income taxes as long as the funds are used for “qualified disability expenses.” These include, but are not limited to, education, housing, transportation, employment training/support and assistive technology.

To receive the benefits of PA ABLE, the qualifying disability must have started prior to age 26.

For more information, click here.  
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