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Howdy! I hope everyone has had a great start to 2019. In the spirit of the new year we are bringing you a brand-new newsletter to provide readers information about issues and activities in Harrisburg and around the 17th Senatorial District.

January has already been an exciting month in Harrisburg with the swearing in of all new senators, and the start of a new legislative session. My focus areas will include voting reform, criminal justice reform, adult-use cannabis and addressing environmental issues. I look forward to working across the aisle in order to bring meaningful change to Pennsylvania.

Please let me know how my office can better serve you.

Sincerely,

Daylin

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Zero Weeks Documentary

Did you know there are only two countries in the world that have no form of mandated family leave? They are Papua New Guinea and USA. That's why I am reintroducing my bill requiring PA employers to provide up to 12 weeks to care for a newborn or a sick relative.

Join my staff and me for a FREE showing of Zero Weeks at the Bryn Mawr Film Institute on Feb. 9th at 10:30 AM to learn more about this initiative. The film will be followed by a panel discussion made up of experts in the field.

Looking for a Job?

Join the 2020 US Census Team. They are looking to fill Office and In-field positions. For more information or help applying, please call 1-855-JOB-2020.

You can also apply online at 2020census.gov/jobs.

Property Tax/Rent Rebate

Application forms for the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program are now available for eligible Pennsylvanians to begin claiming rebates on property taxes or rent paid in 2018. Applications can be found online here or at my district office. The deadline to apply for a rebate is June 30, 2019.

Police Town Hall

Join us on February 26 at 6:30 PM for our first ever Town Hall on Community Policing at the Centre Theater in Norristown. We will be discussing Community Policing with Chief Mark Talbot of the Norristown Police Department. More details coming soon. If you have any questions, call my office at  610-768-4200.

Legislative Update: Dignity for Incarcerated Women

In the upcoming legislative session, I plan on re-introducing a bill to improve the treatment of incarcerated women in Pennsylvania. Currently, incarcerated women do not have protections from cruel, and sometimes dangerous, prison conditions.

This bill aims to create a safe and humane environment for women who are incarcerated and builds on Act 45 of 2010, my bill prohibiting the shackling of incarcerated women while they are giving birth to a baby. This bill was formerly known as Senate Bill 1252. For updates, check back here.

COMMUNITY EVENTS

Winter Reading Challenge 2019

The Lower Merion Library System Winter Reading Challenge began January 7th and goes through February 18th. Read books, win prizes! Click here to register.

The Ardmore Library is currently seeking entries for their annual poetry contest from the local community. Visit www.lmls.org to submit an entry. For more information, email
ardmorelibrarypoety@yahoo.com.

14th Annual Charlotte Miller Simon Poetry Contest

COMMUNITY KUDOS

Finding Shelter Animal Rescue

ChihuahuaWe are thrilled to bring our readers a new section called Community Kudos, where each month we will highlight a local 501(c)3 organization doing important, charitable work in the district. This month, on the organization’s ninth anniversary, we are featuring Finding Shelter Animal Rescue in Southeastern, PA.

Finding Shelter has been in operation since 2010. Co-Founder Grace Kelly-Herbert has been an active leader in the animal rescue field since 2007, but at one point she considered leaving the nonprofit world behind in search of a different path. Little did she know that fate had other plans in mind. In 2009, Grace received a call about an adult Chihuahua in desperate need of foster home. His name was Sprout. He was found abandoned on the side of the road emaciated, weak, and blind in both eyes. His future looked grim. After several examinations, veterinarians predicted Sprout would only live another two weeks. Despite his heartbreaking prognosis, Grace knew that Sprout had a lot of fight in him and what he needed most was someone to give him a chance. In an act of pure selflessness, Grace decided to be that someone. She and her husband Steve immediately started hospice care for Sprout and soon witnessed a miracle unfold. Sprout began to gain weight, walk on a leash and even play. His distinctive personality took shape and unbeknownst to all he far surpassed the two weeks that he was expected to live. Grace and Steve adopted Sprout and officially made him a member of their family. Sprout’s unique journey inspired Grace and Steve to start their own organization based on love and respect for animals that would give them a quality life and the best chance for adoption.  Although Sprout sadly passed in 2012, he was and will continue to be the inspiration behind Finding Shelter Animal Rescue. The Herbert’s honor Sprout’s legacy each day with the lives they touch and the animals they save.

The animals that Finding Shelter rescues come from shelters that frequently euthanize for space. They also accept and place companion animals who are unwanted, neglected and released from puppy mills and need a second chance at a full and happy life. On January 16th,  I had the opportunity to meet one of these special dogs that was recently rescued from a Lancaster County, PA puppy mill. Her name is Victoria and she is a 10-year-old German Shephard that was born at the puppy mill and lived there her entire life in horrible conditions as a breeding dog.  During those ten years, Victoria gave birth to approximately 150-200 puppies. As if those circumstances weren’t horrendous enough, Victoria also has a terminal genetic disease called Degenerative Myelopathy. The disease slowly inhibits mobility and has unfortunately left Victoria unable to walk on her own. Because Degenerative Myelopathy is genetic, that means all the puppies Victoria gave birth to will most likely suffer from the same disease, and families who purchased those puppies will have to go through an identical heart-wrenching experience.

The sad reality is that Victoria was relinquished from a legal, licensed breeding operation. Her very minimal requirements for care were met. Moving forward, it is crucial that we bring more awareness to the ongoing puppy mill industry issues and atrocities. The best way to stop puppy mills is to discontinue the demand for their product, their puppies. With no demand for their puppies, the puppy mills would not have consumers to keep their supply going.  We can curb the demand with legislation and that is why I am proud to co-sponsor a new bill called Victoria’s Law. Victoria’s Law, also called Pet Retail Sales, would prohibit the sale of dogs, cats, and rabbits in pet stores throughout Pennsylvania, unless sourced from shelters and rescues.

VictoriaWith this law, more pet stores will partner with shelters and rescues to promote adoption and decrease the demand for the puppies raised in puppy mills. Responsible breeders, who care deeply for their dogs, will be able to continue to provide Pennsylvanians with healthy, socialized dogs. These breeders will not be impacted by this bill because they do not sell to pet stores.

This important legislation would be a critical step in ensuring tragic stories, such as Victoria’s, are a thing of the past. To find out more about Victoria’s Law and ways that you can help, visit  http://www.findingshelter.org/v-for-victoria/.

Thank you so much to Grace and the rest of the staff and volunteers at Finding Shelter for all of the meaningful hard work you do for our community!  As a non-profit, Finding Shelter relies on the generosity of people like you, so we encourage our readers to learn more about their organization and consider supporting them by volunteering or donate items off of their wish list. You can visit their website at findingshelter.org.

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Offices of State Senator Daylin Leach

www.senatorleach.com
  DISTRICT OFFICE
601 S. Henderson Road, Suite 208
King of Prussia, PA 19406
(610) 768-4200 | Fax: (610) 768-4204
Office Hours: 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
HARRISBURG OFFICE
543 Main Capitol | Box 203017
Harrisburg, PA 17120-3017
(717) 787-5544 | Fax: (717) 705-7741
Office Hours: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.