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Still Growing


Earlier this week, Pennsylvania Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding (front right), Sen. Dave Argall and I toured van Hoekelen Greenhouses in Schuylkill County.  

Although the van Hoekelen family has been the largest bulb grower on the East Coast since 1988, they are constantly innovating to expand their operations.

Most recently, they’ve joined the industrial hemp pilot program and are in the process of researching different varieties.

For more information, visit www.vhgreenhouses.com.
 
 
Were You Affected by the Equifax Data Breach? File Your Claims Now


If you were one of the 147 million Americans affected by the 2017 Equifax security breach, a settlement has been reached with the credit reporting agency and damage claims are now being accepted.

The settlement reached by a coalition of 48 states includes a Consumer Restitution Fund of up to $425 million to compensate those affected by the breach, with maximum payments capped at $20,000 per person. The deal also includes up to 10 years of free credit monitoring or up to $125 if you choose not to enroll because you already have credit monitoring services.

You can check to see if you were affected by the breach by using the tool provided by Equifax here.

For more information about the settlement and how to file a claim, visit the Federal Trade Commission’s website here. 
 
 
National Guard Compensation Equity Bill Now Law


Working to ensure equity for the dedicated members of the Pennsylvania National Guard, a new law requires them to be compensated at the same level as their U.S. military counterparts.

Specifically, the law requires pay for deputy adjutant generals and general officers in command positions permanently employed by the Commonwealth be equivalent to the federal military base pay. In addition to specifying the eligibility requirements and conditions for the pay increase, this new law also determines how the cost-of-living adjustment is to be calculated.

Under previous law, the Pennsylvania National Guard adjutant general and uniformed deputy adjutant generals earned significantly less than their active duty counterparts, though they maintain the same military standards and comparable senior executive responsibilities.
 
 
Clean Slate Law Offers Second Chances


The new, automatic sealing of criminal records 10 years or older is now in effect under the state’s Clean Slate Act. Officials expect to process 2.5 million records per month over the next year.

The Clean Slate Act created an automated computer process to seal arrests that did not result in convictions within 60 days, summary convictions after 10 years, and some second- and third-degree misdemeanor convictions if there are no subsequent convictions for a period of 10 years. Certain first-degree misdemeanors can be sealed by petition.

The law is designed to ensure people who have turned their lives around are not haunted by minor, nonviolent indiscretions that occurred a decade earlier. The law does not apply to violent offenses related to danger of a person; firearms or other dangerous articles; sexual offenses and registration; cruelty to animals; and corruption of minors.

The House is considering additional criminal justice reforms this session, including House Bill 1555 which would make a series of probation and parole reforms, and House Bill 1477, which would ensure past convictions are not prohibiting someone from obtaining occupational licensure, unless the conviction is related to the career field.
 
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