In case you missed it, the PA State Supreme Court handed down a landmark decision to strike down Pennsylvania’s 2011 Congressional maps, and they have implemented a non-partisan map. I have been fighting against gerrymandering since 2005, and this is the first big step in ending this unconstitutional practice. I’m excited to see what the future holds for fair elections in our Commonwealth, but in the meantime, please enjoy this month’s newsletter.
Know About Events!
Protect Yourself Against Elder Scams and Abuse
March 13, 2018
9:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Ludington Library Auditorium
5 S. Bryn Mawr Ave, Bryn Mawr, PA 19010
ElderNet of Lower Merion and Narberth invite you to hear from experts about how to protect yourself and your family from elder scams and abuse. Presentations will be from the PA Office of the Attorney General, Lower Merion Police Department and the Senior Law Center. Senator Leach’s staff will also be in attendance to provide resources.
Individuals over the age of 65 will have an opportunity to register for the Senior Septa Keycard during the event.
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Know Our Constituent Services!
- It’s tax season, make sure you stop by my office to pick up the 2017 Personal Income Tax Forms or visit the Department of Revenue’s website.
- The 2017 PA Property Tax and Rent Rebate forms are now available. The Property Tax/Rent Rebate program benefits eligible Pennsylvanians age 65 and older; widows and widowers age 50 and older; and people with disabilities age 18 and older. The deadline to apply for a rebate on property taxes or rent paid in 2017 is June 30, 2018. Contact my office to apply for your rebate.
The 2017-2018 Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) will accept applications from November 1st, 2017 through April 6th, 2018. LIHEAP helps low-income families pay their heating bills through a cash grant sent directly to the utility company. Drop by my office for help with your application.
- Did you know, that you could qualify to only pay $10 for your PA car registration renewal? If you’re retired and receiving Social Security or other pension payments, that do not exceed $19,200, please contact my office, or download a form.
Senator Leach poses with students at his eighth Annual Good Government Seminar
Know Your Community Resources!
Special Olympics Pennsylvania, Montgomery County
980 Harvest Drive
Blue Bell, PA 19422
The mission of Special Olympics is to provide year-round sports training and competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy, and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills, and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes, and the community.
Special Olympics Pennsylvania, Montgomery County conducts training and competition in 19 sports at 44 venues for over 1,200 athletes. All training and competition opportunities are provided free of charge to the athletes and their families, enabling everyone to experience the benefits of Special Olympics that extend well beyond the playing field. All activity is provided solely with funds and support from within the county. The programs are carried out with the 100% volunteer efforts of the management team, coaches and other assistant volunteers.
If you’re interested in participating as an athlete or volunteering, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.specialolympicsmontco.org.
Know Your Legislation
Public Protection Orders for Confiscation of Firearms
The United States is the only developed nation that suffers from an epidemic of mass shootings, and we need to do better. One common theme in the aftermath of these tragedies is that the shooter had a history of disturbing behavior.
With this information in mind, I have decided to create legislation that empowers Pennsylvanians who see something he or she considers threatening by granting them the legal standing to petition a judge to issue a public protection order. The order would separate the respondent from his or her firearms on a temporary basis.
The petitioner will have the burden of showing the evidence, and the decision will be made by a neutral judge. If the judge sides with the petitioner, the court will temporary confiscate the defendant’s arms. The accused will not receive any other criminal or civil penalties.
Currently, I have distributed a co-sponsorship memo and I’m gaining support from my Senate colleagues.
Upcoming Mobile District Office Schedule for March
Tuesday, March 6, 2018, 10:30 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
Outreach at the Wayne Senior Center
Thursday, March 8, 2018, 10:30 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
Outreach at the Montco Senior Adult Activities Center
Thursday, March 15, 2018, 10:00 a.m. -12:30 p.m.
Outreach at the Montco Norristown Public Library
Thursday, March 22, 2018, 9:30 a.m. -10:00 a.m.
Outreach at New Horizons Senior Center
Thursday, March 29, 2018, 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Outreach at Upper Merion Senior Center