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Visiting an Organization Supporting People with Disabilities
Last Thursday, I toured Via of the Lehigh Valley. This nonprofit organization helps people reach their full potential through a rewarding career, meaningful relationships and an enriching community life. It creates pathways to success through vocation, inclusion and advocacy. I am pictured folding door corners with David. Thank you for the invitation!
Explore Summer Fun Opportunities in PA
Pennsylvania has thousands of places to visit for summer fun, and the Happy Traveler Guide, now available for download or in my district offices, is a great tool to help you plan!
Categorized by region, the guide includes nearly 100 pages of attractions, lodging options, dining and many other recreational activities, stretching from Lake Erie to the City of Brotherly Love. The attractions are specially marked for these traveler categories: adventure, arts and culture, family, foodie, history buff, party animal and shopper.
This year’s guide celebrates our awesome amusement parks, eight of which are more than 100 years old! Pennsylvania is also home to more roller coasters rated in the top 100 by Amusement Today than any other state.
Tourism is one of Pennsylvania’s largest industries, injecting $41 billion annually in the state’s economy and supporting nearly half a million jobs. Each year, Pennsylvania hosts nearly 200 million travelers from across the United States. An estimated $2.8 billion is spent each year by international visitors.
Judiciary Committee Tackles Bills to Protect Homeowners, Minors and Victims of Sexual Extortion
The House Judiciary Committee recently approved three bills to help protect Pennsylvanians from a variety of crimes.
Recognizing that some children are coerced into a childhood marriage, House Bill 360 would prohibit the issuance of a marriage license to anyone under the age of 18. The change in law would also better ensure a person choosing to be married is prepared to make this life-altering commitment.
Responding to the growing problem of illegal residential trespassers or “squatters” essentially taking over properties that don’t belong to them, House Bill 365 would give law enforcement officers better tools to remove such individuals from the property.
Finally, the committee approved legislation to create the offense of sexual extortion, which occurs when a person uses coercion and misuses their power to demand sexual acts, images, or videos from victims. Establishing this specific offense better equips law enforcement officers to protect victims and prosecute offenders.
The bills now go to the full House for consideration.
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