May. 19, 2017

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 The latest news from the State Capitol

No More Robo Calls on Holidays?


Legislation that responds to widespread consumer complaints about unwanted telemarketing and robo-calls passed the House recently.

House Bill 105 would improve the state’s telemarketing law by making registrations on the do-not-call list permanent, rather than re-registering after five years; prohibiting the calls on legal holidays; requiring telemarketers using a robo-call system to provide an opt-out process within the first few seconds of each call; and requiring robo-calls left on a voicemail to include a toll-free call back number that would directly connect a person to an opt-out process.

These commonsense reforms would make life easier for Pennsylvanians who do not want to receive so many telemarketing solicitations or robo-calls. Registration on the list will not prevent all calls; individuals with an existing relationship with a company, along with charitable and political calls, are exempt.

The bill now goes to the Senate for review.

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.

Around Our Community

I attended the PA Missing Persons Day event held on Saturday, May 13, in Bloomsburg. Thanks to all involved for organizing this great event. Pictured with me are Dawn Michaels, advocate for Lead Me Home Today, and Amy Dobbs, Regional Systems Administrator, for the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System.


Thank you to all those who attended our Senior Caregiver Support Forum on Thursday, May 11.

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.

Upcoming Events
• An ALS Walk will be held on Saturday, May 20, at Bloomsburg Town Park beginning at 9 a.m.
• The Ber-Vaughn Carnival will be held from Tuesday, May 23, through Saturday, May 27.
• Monthly Radio Address: Thursday, May 25, at 8:30 a.m. on WHLM 94.7 FM.
• The Mifflinville Carnival will be held from Friday, May 26, through Sunday, May 28, at Mifflinville Park.
• PA Fish For Free Day will be held Sunday, May 28.
• A Memorial Day Military Ceremony will be held at Pine Grove Cemetery in Berwick on Sunday, May 28, at 2 p.m.
• Our offices will be closed on Monday, May 29, for Memorial Day.
• Celebrate Historic Berwick will be held on Saturday, June 3, beginning at 11 a.m. on the 500 block of Market Street.

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