Oct. 09, 2023

Capitol Report
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My Ghost Pole Legislation Advances

My first piece of legislation to address the removal of duplicative utility poles - commonly known as "Ghost Poles" - was unanimously voted out of the House Consumer Protection, Technology and Utilities Committee, and is going to the full House for consideration.

Telephone or electric poles are a common sight in our communities and exist to bring services to our doorsteps, such as electricity, phone and internet services. These poles do have a lifespan, however, and need to be replaced due to age or due to an accident rendering the old pole unusable.

My interest in this issue dates to when I served as a councilman working to revitalize Main Street in Plymouth Borough. Duplicate utility poles are not only an eyesore but can also pose a safety hazard.

My legislation directs the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission to hold utility companies accountable by creating a timetable to remove the duplicate poles, and further outlines that the cost to remove them will not be passed to consumers by way of higher utility costs. The legislation is pro-taxpayer, pro-jobs and is vital for fostering safe and beautiful communities.
License Plates are IN!

The first batch of non-personalized license plates have arrived in our Nanticoke District Office. Call us at 570.902.4082 to see if your newly requested license plate is ready to be swapped!

Replacing your plate can cost anywhere from $13 to $224 depending on style and personalization, but at our event, it was all on the house! Special thanks to the Nanticoke City Police Department and Nanticoke City Fire Police #158 for their assistance during this event. And if you missed this opportunity to replace your plate, we are already planning another event for next year. Stay tuned for more information.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

To honor those who have fought breast cancer or who are fighting it now, the fountain at the Pennsylvania State Capitol’s East Wing has been dyed pink again this year in recognition of October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

According to the American Cancer Society, breast cancer is the most common cancer in women in the United States, except for skin cancers. It represents about 30% of all new female cancers each year. Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in women, second only to lung cancer.

The pink fountain is also a reminder to all women of the importance of mammograms and early detection. People with low to moderate income who are uninsured or underinsured and meet certain age requirements may qualify for testing through the Pennsylvania Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program. To learn about the program and eligibility, click here.
Upcoming District Event

Be sure to mark your calendars for my other upcoming district event:

Thursday, Oct. 12 | 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Jewish Community Center in Kingston
613 S. J Strauss Lane, Kingston, PA 18704