Rep. Barb Gleim (R-199) launched the next Home GOP information in her publication, The Barb Wire, final week:
Cumberland is within the yellow part of opening at this time. Welcome again to all the companies who’ve COVID plans and have made the choice to open safely. My workplaces are open to walk-in guests, however request appointments when attainable. We proceed to be staffed and answering quite a few emails, cellphone calls and processing what constituent work the governor’s shutdown order permits us to finish. Our quantity has elevated four-fold on this disaster. Right here is only a sampling of what my employees and I do on a regular basis from the time we start work:
— Unemployment claims, starting from individuals who nonetheless haven’t gotten a PIN since they utilized again in March, or individuals who began to obtain funds however then it was instantly stopped.
— Tons of people that can’t again date their claims, their authentic declare date was not right and people whose claims are instantly going inactive, now not permitting them to file for the present week and subsequently not capable of obtain any compensation.
— Individuals are calling in confused about PennDOT extensions and when service facilities is likely to be reopened
— Stimulus Checks. Whereas these are federal compensation, we’ve been receiving fairly just a few calls from individuals who haven’t gotten their stimulus verify but. My employees has completed a variety of work making an attempt the web lookup for IRS and informing folks of most up-to-date updates on the standing of stimulus checks
— Calls from companies who are usually not certain what they’ll do beneath the brand new yellow order.
— Sending and faxing paperwork for individuals who would usually go to the general public library.
As well as, I’ve been bodily attending each Home voting session in individual and committee conferences. This week, I participated within the Home Human Service and Home Labor and Trade committee conferences. I additionally participated in a webinar on the upcoming state finances, the Carlisle Neighborhood Replace, a Downtown Carlisle Enterprise assembly, an Financial Progress Caucus Assembly, Pennsylvania Chamber of Commerce, U.S. Military Struggle School and state Division of Well being “Zoom” conferences.
For a complete and up-to-date checklist and hyperlinks of COVID-19 data and sources, go to: RepGleim.com/coronavirus.
PennDOT reopens some space service facilities
PennDOT reopened the next customer support facilities in our space Saturday:
— Carlisle Driver and Photograph License Heart, 950 Walnut Backside Street, Carlisle
— Summerdale Driver and Photograph License Heart, 429 N. Enola Street, Enola
Hours of operation on the above areas might be eight:30 a.m. to four:15 p.m. Tuesdays by way of Saturdays. Particular senior-only hours will happen from eight:30 to 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays.
All drivers license facilities might be providing restricted providers, together with:
— Business Driver License (CDL) transactions, together with renewals, replacements, Medical Examiner’s Certificates (MECs), date of proof transactions, Hazardous Materials
— Recertifications, and associated transactions. Preliminary issuance transactions, together with out-of-state transfers, allow testing, ID card issuance, and associated transactions.
— Photograph license providers.
— Driver license restoration providers that can’t be accomplished on-line or through mail Medical-related testing.
Home continues to advance insurance policies to reopen PA
Recognizing the rising pressure on our households, communities and the financial system, the Home returned to session this week to proceed our battle for the way forward for our state. Whereas the governor has once more chosen to veto a few of our efforts somewhat than work with us, as your elected consultant, it will be important I proceed to assist advance insurance policies that mirror your voices. I hear from so lots of you in regards to the struggles and frustrations you might be going through because of this pandemic and extended mitigation efforts. We acknowledge the hurt being completed, and we’re combating for you.
Following is a fast rundown of this week’s session:
— To assist our struggling eating places, bars and golf equipment, we handed payments that may authorize these enterprise homeowners to permit outside seating (Home Invoice 2506) and indoor seating (Home Invoice 2513) to renew in areas of the state within the yellow or inexperienced phases of mitigation. Sure security pointers must be met. These payments go to the Senate for consideration. In associated information, Home Invoice 327, which might permit the sale of cocktails to go, has been signed by the governor and is now legislation.
— We handed Home Decision 867 to arrange a particular committee of the Home to look at numerous points of the state’s response to the COVID-19 public well being emergency and make suggestions relating to problems with significance and long-term restoration. A ultimate report of the committee’s actions, findings and suggestions could be due by Nov. 19.
— To additional assist in evaluation of the COVID-19 catastrophe response, Home Invoice 2505 would require the administration to retain related data for 10 years after the tip of the emergency order. The invoice goes to the Senate for consideration.
— Moreover, Home Invoice 2517 would require a waiver to permit residential cleansing providers to renew operations through the COVID-19 emergency, offered the comply with social distancing and different well being and security pointers. This invoice additionally goes to the Senate.
Home makes an attempt to override governor’s veto
A day after Gov. Tom Wolf opted to veto three measures we championed to assist present extra choices to reopen the state, the Home tried an override vote on one of many payments. Home Invoice 2388 would have allowed the next forms of companies to reopen: car dealerships, garden and backyard facilities, cosmetology salons and barber retailers, messenger providers, animal grooming providers and manufacturing operations.
Sadly, the vote that might have allowed folks to get again to work and help themselves and their households didn’t garner the two-thirds majority required. The vote was 115-87, 21 votes shy of the 136 votes required beneath the Structure to override a veto.
Paradoxically, one other invoice the governor vetoed (Home Invoice 2412) would have helped reopen actual property providers within the commonwealth. Shortly after he introduced the vetoes, the governor launched new steerage to permit actual property to renew statewide anyway.
This isn’t the primary time the governor has acted in response to actions of the Home. The identical occurred with the development trade, on-line car gross sales, reopening plans and extra. We’re serving to to drive the agenda towards reopening and can proceed to take action.
The third veto was to Senate Invoice 327, which might have (amongst different issues) given county governments the choice to develop and implement particular person plans to mitigate the unfold of COVID-19 and permit residents to securely return to work. Any plan would have needed to adjust to Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention and state Division of Well being security pointers to guard employees and prospects. It will even have created a COVID-19 Value and Restoration Activity Power.
Information launch illustrates want for Senior Safety Act
This week, we despatched a invoice to the Senate to assist cease the tragic COVID-19 demise fee occurring on the state’s nursing dwelling amenities, private care houses and assisted residing residences.
The Senior Safety Act (Home Invoice 2510) is a bipartisan initiative that goals to make use of regional well being system collaboratives to higher handle personnel, protocols, testing and expenditures to guard our weak senior residents who reside in these amenities. The laws was developed with the assistance of medical consultants at UPMC with the aim of saving lives and giving households whose family members reside in these amenities peace of thoughts.
The pressing want for this laws is properly illustrated by the administration’s long-awaited launch of knowledge particular to every of the state’s long-term care amenities, out there right here. Greater than three,000 of the state’s COVID-19 deaths – practically 70 p.c of the state’s fatalities – have occurred amongst these residents. That is unacceptable.
The invoice now goes to the Senate.
Property tax/hire rebate funds
Laws superior by the Home Republican Caucus that can permit certified recipients of Property Tax/Hire Rebate help to begin receiving their funds sooner has been signed into legislation by the governor.
Distribution of the rebates is now underway for individuals who have already filed for the rebate by way of the Division of Income; sometimes, distribution doesn’t start till July 1. Individuals who qualify however haven’t but utilized for his or her rebates have till Dec. 31 to take action.
This system, which is funded by the Pennsylvania Lottery, offers property tax or hire help to seniors age 65 and over, widows or widowers age 55, and over and folks with disabilities age 18 and over who meet program earnings pointers.
For extra data or to use for the 2019 program yr, go to: https://www.revenue.pa.gov/GeneralTaxInformation/PropertyTaxRentRebateProgram/Pages/default.aspx. My workplace is accessible to help together with your software at no cost.
Unemployment claims exceed 2 million
Nicely over 2.1 million Pennsylvanians – roughly one-third of the state’s whole workforce – have now filed for unemployment advantages, both by way of conventional unemployment or the particular unemployment program for self-employed, impartial contractors and gig employees.
Whereas lawmakers work to assist get our residents again to work safely, the Pennsylvania Division of Labor and Trade this week launched the state’s Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) program to offer a further 13 weeks of advantages to individuals who have exhausted their common unemployment compensation. The prolonged advantages have been approved within the federal CARES Act.
The division experiences it has paid out practically $7.four billion in whole unemployment advantages since mid-March.
An individual is eligible for the prolonged advantages if they’re unemployed between March 29 by way of Dec. 26, 2020; have exhausted common state or federal advantages with the week ending July 6, 2019, or later; are at the moment not eligible for state or federal unemployment advantages; and are in a position and out there to work and actively searching for work, apart from COVID-19-related causes together with sickness, quarantine or “stay-at-home” orders.
Essential details about the prolonged advantages program has been emailed or mailed through america Postal Service to all people who doubtlessly qualify for PEUC.
For full data and the most recent updates about unemployment, go to: https://www.dli.pa.gov/Pages/default.aspx.
— The Division of Conservation and Pure Assets (DCNR) introduced the statewide reopening of all All-Terrain Automobile (ATV) trails in state forests. The opening date additionally applies to designated motorbike trails in Bald Eagle State Forest, together with a twin sport path operating by way of the Seven Mountains area and a path for off-highway bikes on Shade Mountain. ATV driving is barely permitted on designated trails in Pennsylvania state forests. State forest roads, state parks and state recreation lands are usually not open to ATV driving. The DCNR web site has the areas of the 11 ATV path techniques on state forest lands. All ATVs in Pennsylvania (besides ATVs used solely for enterprise or agricultural functions) have to be registered and titled. As a result of COVID-19, all ATV registrations scheduled to run out by way of Sunday, Might 31, have been prolonged till Tuesday, June 30. For pointers about driving safely through the pandemic, go to: https://www.dcnr.pa.gov/Pages/default.aspx. DCNR additionally introduced further openings of state park and forest amenities, primarily in counties advancing to the governor’s “yellow part” of reopening. For particulars in regards to the standing of park and forest amenities, go to: https://www.dcnr.pa.gov/FacilitiesMap/Pages/default.aspx.
— The Division of Human Companies (DHS) is reminding residents of help applications that could be out there to them as they cope with COVID-19 and its impacts. Among the many initiatives are the Low-Earnings House Vitality Help (LIHEAP) Restoration Disaster Program to assist with residents vulnerable to dropping entry to electrical energy, pure fuel or deliverable fuels; the Emergency Help Program to offer a one-time money profit to households who’ve skilled a major earnings discount or full job loss; and the Pandemic Digital Profit Switch Program to assist feed kids whereas faculties are closed. To be taught extra, go to: https://www.dhs.pa.gov/Pages/default.aspx.
— DHS additionally issued steerage this week for folks needing Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) felony historical past background checks as a situation of employment whereas counties are working beneath stay-at-home orders and differing factors of the reopening plan. Below Act 18 of 2020, people who’re required to acquire an FBI background verify are given further time to fulfill this requirement if they’re unable to finish their fingerprinting scan because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Nonetheless, individuals are nonetheless strongly inspired to get fingerprinted and acquire their FBI Legal Historical past Clearance as quickly as they’re in a position.