Feb. 13, 2020 / Weekly Roundup

 
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#Listrak\DateStampLong# The latest news from the State Capitol
 
Election Reforms in Effect for April 28 Primary Election

Comprehensive reforms designed to encourage greater participation in our elections will be in place for the upcoming April 28 Primary Election.

Anyone not already registered to vote now has more time to do so. You may register online or in person at your county courthouse up to 15 days prior to an election, which is April 13.

For the first time, voters may choose to cast their ballots by mail for no reason other than convenience. The ballots will work similarly to absentee ballots, but voters need not be out of town or otherwise unavailable to vote in person to qualify for a mail-in ballot.

You may apply for the mail-in or absentee ballots here.

The last day to apply for a mail-in or civilian absentee ballot is 5 p.m. the Tuesday before the election, which is April 21. The completed ballot must be received via mail, or dropped off in person at your county elections office, by 8 p.m. on Election Day, April 28.

The last day for county election boards to receive voted military and overseas absentee ballots (submitted for delivery no later than 11:59 p.m. April 27) is a week after the election, May 5.

Also under the new law, voters who have a permanent disability may ask to be placed on a permanent absentee voter list. Voters on this list will have an absentee ballot application mailed to them by the first Monday in February each year. If you complete and return the application, the county will send you ballots in the mail for all the elections that take place that year, as well as for any special election held through the third Monday in February of the next year.

For more information about the upcoming election, click here.
 
 
Community Resource to Help Those Fighting Poverty

In this edition of my Legislative Report, I spoke with Sue Ann Priemer, who is the Circles project manager for the Fayette County Community Action Agency. Circles helps both individuals and families meet goals of their choosing, such as getting a commercial driver’s license or owning a home. People like Sue Ann help by connecting them with networking and resources, working with them as long as necessary to reach their goals.

Anyone who is interested is asked to call the Fayette County Community Action Agency at 724-437-6050, extension 3216.
 
 
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Hearings to Review 2020-21 PA Budget Proposal Start Tuesday

Presented with a costly $36 billion budget proposal from Gov. Tom Wolf – one that would increase state spending more than $2 billion over the current year’s enacted budget – members of the House Appropriations Committee will get to work next week investigating the governor’s funding requests and the actual needs of state agencies.

The annual budget hearings kick off at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 18, with the Department of Revenue, which includes the state lottery, and continue that afternoon with the non-partisan Independent Fiscal Office and the Department of Aging.

On Wednesday, the committee will hear from leaders of the departments of State, Military and Veterans Affairs, and Labor and Industry. Thursday’s hearings will focus on criminal justice with the Pennsylvania State Police, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Corrections and the boards of Pardons, and Probation and Parole.

For more information about the 2020-21 state budget proposal, click here.  For a hearing schedule, or to watch live streams or archived video of the budget hearings, click here.
 
 
You’re Invited to a Morning Meeting

Thursday, Feb. 27
Ohiopyle office at the Ohiopyle Stewart Community Center
15 Sherman St., Ohiopyle

Tuesday, March 3
Meyersdale office at the Meyersdale Community Center
215 Main St., Meyersdale

Wednesday, March 4
Uniontown office at the Fayette Chamber of Commerce Building
65 West Main St., Suite 200, Uniontown

Thursday, March 5
Confluence office at the Confluence Community Center
711 Logan Place, Confluence

This series of events, all held from 9-10:30 a.m., is designed to provide residents of the 51st District with the opportunity to ask their state-related questions and share any concerns.
 
 
PHEAA Offers New Student Loan Refinance Option

The Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA) recently announced an expansion of its PA Forward Student Loan Program, offering borrowers a more streamlined way to manage their debt by combining all of their federal and private student loans into a single monthly payment.

The PA Forward Student Loan Refinance Program offers competitive fixed interest rates, currently as low as 3.72% APR, which is significantly lower than the average private student loan rate of 8.86% and the average Federal PLUS loan rate of 6.97%.

Eligible federal loans include Stafford, PLUS, Graduate PLUS, Consolidation and Perkins loans. Borrowers should be aware that refinancing federal student loans will result in the loss of current or future federal loan-specific benefits. Eligible private loans include any student loan used for qualified postsecondary education expenses.

For more information, visit www.PHEAA.org/refi. For specific questions, call 844-PAFORWD (844-723-6793).
 
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District Offices: Fayette Chamber of Commerce Building, 65 West Main Street, Suite 200, Uniontown, PA 15401
Telephone: 724-438-6100
Meyersdale Community Center, 215 Main Street, Meyersdale, PA 15552. Telephone: 814-634-4390
Confluence Community Center, 711 Logan Place, Confluence, PA 15424, Telephone: 814-634-4390
Ohiopyle Stewart Community Center, 15 Sherman Street, Ohiopyle, PA 15470, Telephone: 814-634-4390
Email Address: MDowling@pahousegop.com
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