May. 17, 2019

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The Weekly Roundup

 The latest news from the State Capitol

PA House Votes to Ban Down Syndrome Abortions

For the second consecutive session, I joined with 117 of my House colleagues in voting to advance legislation to the Senate this week to prohibit Down syndrome abortions.

Just as Pennsylvania does not allow a baby to be aborted because of his or her gender, House Bill 321 would not allow an abortion due to a prenatal diagnosis of Down syndrome.

Tragically in Iceland, abortion supporters callously brag about eliminating children with Down syndrome, and mothers from around the world are being directly pressured or advised to make this decision by genetic counselors and their culture.

Final passage of House Bill 321 would bring an end to this genocidal philosophy in Pennsylvania, which is unconscionably being advanced by Planned Parenthood, the world’s largest abortion provider.

There is simply no justifiable or convenient excuse for aborting any unborn child diagnosed with Down syndrome.
PA Needs Foster Families


May is Foster Care Awareness Month, and I especially want to thank the many outstanding foster families in the 124th Legislative District who are truly are making a positive difference in the direction of these children’s lives.

Right now, there are approximately 15,000 children in temporary foster care in Pennsylvania. Foster parents have the unique opportunity to impact the lives of children in a significant and lasting way. It takes a special type of person to provide stability to children in crisis when their own home has stopped being the right place for them to live, at least for the time being.

Anyone interested in becoming a foster or adoptive parent should contact the Pennsylvania Statewide Adoption and Permanency Network at 1-800-585-7926. More information is available online at

Thanks again to the loving foster and adoptive parents who have and continue to be heroes for children across Pennsylvania!
Supporting Our National Guard Members and Their Families

Recognizing the sacrifices made by the families of PA National Guard Members, the House approved legislation to provide them with education benefits.

House Bill 1324
would extend our current Pennsylvania National Guard Military Education Program by including a Guard member’s spouse or child in this benefit program.

The benefit would pay for 10 semesters/quarters, or five years equivalent, at the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education tuition rate.

The Guard member could earn these educational benefits for his or her spouse and/or children by committing to a second obligation of six years with the Pennsylvania National Guard. This would help retain current National Guard members and attract transitioning military service members to Pennsylvania while also supporting Guard families.

The bill now moves to the Senate for its consideration.
Fish for Free Next Weekend

If you’ve been thinking about trying fishing or wanting to introduce your child or a friend to the joys of fishing, you’ll have a great chance to do so next weekend!

The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission will host the first of its two annual Fish for Free Days next Sunday, May 26.

On Fish for Free Days, anyone -- resident or non-resident -- can legally fish on all Pennsylvania waterways without a license.

All other fishing regulations will still apply.

For your convenience, there are even opportunities to borrow equipment from certain sites at state parks and other locations. You can find those locations by clicking here.

The second Fish for Free day is scheduled for Thursday, July 4, 2019.
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