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Howdy!

On New Year’s Day, I drove up to Harrisburg for swearing-in day. It was exciting meeting my new colleagues on both sides of the aisle, and even more exciting to get to work on our legislative priorities for the upcoming session. 

I am sure it’s not news to you that there are many pressing problems we really should be addressing. There are the pressing fiscal and budgetary issues that we seem to have trouble finding a lasting solution to. And then there are the perennial problems of climate change, poverty, income inequality, access to health care and quality education that we can make a real dent in, if we can only somehow find the political will to do so. 

I am proud of what we have been able to accomplish over the past couple of years. When I first introduced the Medical Marijuana bill, I couldn't get a co-sponsor. Now, we've helped almost 100,000 people feel better and created a whole new industry in Pennsylvania that is employing thousands of people. In passing 3 human trafficking bills we changed our state from one of the least progressive states in the nation on this issue into one of the most progressive. On issues such as criminal-justice reform, women's rights and the environment, I'm proud of having made a real difference. 

As we begin our new session, my top legislative priority is working to end the cruel policy of prohibition on cannabis once and for all. Why force people to buy untested, unsafe products on the street when we can employ tens of thousands creating a safe, regulated and taxed industry? I will also be introducing major, bi-partisan, comprehensive legislation to reduce the 40 percent of our food which is wasted. 

I will be introducing progressive election reforms including electoral college reform, and a bill allowing people to vote by mail for a full 30 days prior to each election. And I will continue the fight for criminal justice reform to end mass over-incarceration which is destroying so many lives and costing us so many millions while not keeping us safe. Finally, I will continue working to address climate change while building our green-technology economy. 

This will be an exciting year. And with hard work, your help, and a bit of luck, hopefully we will make significant progress on making the lives of our citizens better in these and other areas. Let me know what you think we should be focusing on. Together, we can make Pennsylvania the best it can be.

Sincerely,

Daylin

Real ID Information Session

Beginning October 1, 2020, Pennsylvanians will need a REAL ID-compliant driver's license, photo ID card, or another form of federally-acceptable identification (such as a valid passport or military ID) to board a domestic commercial flight or enter a federal building or military installation that requires ID.

REAL IDs will be available in March 2019 to Pennsylvanians who want them.  If you are unsure whether you should get a REAL ID, my office is holding a REAL ID Information Session on March 19, 2019 at Narberth Borough Hall from 6-7 PM. A representative from PennDOT will give a presentation on the IDs and answer all related questions. More details to follow soon. If you have any questions, please call my district office at 610-768-4200.

If you decide that REAL ID is right for you, there are proactive steps you can take now to ensure you are ready. PennDOT will need to verify your identity, your social security number, and your Pennsylvania residency, even if you already have a Pennsylvania driver's license or photo ID card.

If you need a replacement birth certificate or Social Security card, please visit https://www.health.pa.gov or socialsecurity.gov.

Tax Forms

Stop by my district office in King of Prussia if you are in need of 2018 PA Tax forms, Instruction Booklets or Rent Rebate forms. We are open Monday through Friday from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM. Please call 610-768-4200 if you have any questions.

Tax Forms

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.

Census 2020

Summer Camp2019 Camp Fair

Join my office for our first annual Camp Fair! Our goal is to provide a much-needed service to the families of the 17th District by connecting parents to available summer opportunities for their children in the nearby community. The fair will be on Tuesday, March 5th from 5-7pm at the Ludington Library in Bryn Mawr. If you have any questions, please call my office at 610-768-4200.

Legislative Update: State Fire Commission

FirefighterEarlier this week I proposed legislation to create a State Fire Commission and expand the Office of the State Fire Commissioner (OSCF). Pennsylvania has always been the leader in the United States for fire prevention. However, due to a decentralized governing body for fire services, Pennsylvania fire prevention suffers from a lack of consistency. To ensure that every municipality in the commonwealth is provided with excellent fire services, I’m introducing a bill that expands the authority of the Office of the State Fire Commissioner.

My bill is based off the recommendations from the SR 6 Commission’s report on the issues impacting fire and emergency services in Pennsylvania. Under my bill, the Office of the State Fire Commissioner would become a stand-alone office that reports directly to the governor and will not fall under the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency.

COMMUNITY EVENTS

Elmwood Park Zoo

Elmwood Park Zoo extends their gratitude to loyal Norristown residents by offering FREE admission to Norristown residents on the first Sunday of each month beginning on March 3, 2019. Residents of Norristown that present valid photo I.D. may enter the zoo free of charge after 2 PM. For more information call 1-800-652-4143 or visit http://www.elmwoodparkzoo.org

The Upper Merion Winter Farmers Market, like in past years, runs every other Saturday, from now until May 4. The market is held inside the township building in the upper level atrium. The address is 175 W Valley Forge Rd, King of Prussia, PA 19406. They are also open for an extra hour, from 10 AM until 1PM!

The Upper Merion Winter Farmers Market

COMMUNITY KUDOS

Peter’s Place, Radnor, PA

Peter's PlaceWe 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, we are featuring Peter’s Place, A Center for Grieving Children and Families in Radnor, Pennsylvania.

Peter’s Place was founded in 2001 in memory of Peter Morsbach. After Peter’s sudden death at the age of 10, his family and friends became aware that there were few support options for grieving families, especially for those who could not afford it. Friends of the Morsbach family created Peter’s Place, the first family grief support agency of its kind to serve our area.  Since their opening in 2001, Peter’s Place has provided support to nearly 10,000 grieving children and adult caregivers in the five-county area. Peter’s Place remains the only center of its kind in Delaware County and neighboring Chester County.

The mission of Peter’s Place is to provide safe and supportive environments for grieving children and families and to act as a community resource to foster understanding of the effects of death and grief. Peter’s Place achieves this mission by providing onsite peer support groups to children and caregivers, school-based peer support groups, and postvention services when a school community suffers the loss of a student or teacher. All of their services are provided free of charge.

In addition to their peer support groups, Peter’s Place hosts community educational events and fundraisers. On Sunday, March 24, 2019, Peter’s Place will host a screening of Voices of Grief: Honoring the Sacred Journey followed by a panel discussion. The event will be from 2:00pm-4:00pm at St. David’s Episcopal Church in Wayne, PA. To register, click here. This event is open to all community members. On Saturday, April 27, 2019, Peter’s Place will host its annual benefit, Constellations: A Night of Shining Stars at Merion Golf Club in Ardmore, PA. For additional information regarding this event, including sponsorship opportunities and tickets, please visit their website.

To learn more about Peter’s Place, sign-up for their e-newsletter, or donate to the organization, visit www.PetersPlaceOnline.org or call at 610-687-5150.

 

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.