My offices have been fielding numerous phone calls from customers of competitive electric generation suppliers who have variable rate plans and have recently seen record spikes in their electric bills. Such large spikes in a customer’s electric rates can be shocking; however, it is one of the possibilities when entering into a variable rate contract. Competitive electric generation suppliers are not public utilities and, although they are required to be licensed by the Public Utility Commission (PUC), their rates are not subject to PUC regulation. These suppliers operate in a competitive, free market environment.
HARRISBURG – State Rep. Julie Harhart (R-Lehigh/Northampton) is proud to announce that after facilitating meetings among area local municipalities, the Northern Lehigh Community Center and the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR), a $10,000 Peer-to-Peer Study Grant has been awarded.
HARRISBURG – Rep. Julie Harhart (R-Lehigh/Northampton) is hosting her monthly veterans outreach hours at her Northampton district office on Thursday, March 6, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The office is located at 2030 Center St. in Northampton.
HARRISBURG – State Rep. Julie Harhart (R-Lehigh/Northampton) once again has authored a resolution encouraging individuals to wear red on Friday, February 7, in recognition of National Wear Red Day in Pennsylvania.
Bitter weather and frequent snowstorms continue to plague the region this winter. The below normal temperatures coupled with the snow have especially made winter travel more treacherous than usual. With that in mind, I would like to take this opportunity to share some safety tips for motorists.
HARRISBURG – State Rep. Julie Harhart (R-Lehigh/Northampton) wants to inform those organizations that conduct small games of chance that the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue has extended the Feb. 1 reporting deadline until next year.
HARRISBURG – In an effort to help area students and their parents learn about available financial aid options for higher education, state Rep. Julie Harhart (R-Lehigh/Northampton) is once again hosting a financial aid seminar on Tuesday, January 21, at Catasauqua High School in Northampton.
We accomplished a good deal in the Legislature this year. In particular, I am proud of the child protection measures we were able to pass and have signed into law. Following the Jerry Sandusky scandal, we formed a Task Force on Child Protection and took a hard look at how best to improve Pennsylvania’s laws regarding the protection of our children. Before we completed the 2013 session, we had nine bills signed into law. They include proposals to update the definition of a perpetrator, clarify mandates for reporting child abuse and accountability, and establish due process protections in the case of false reports. For more information on these and other child protection measures currently before the House, visit my website at www.JulieHarhart.com. Several other child protection measures are expected to be voted upon in the Senate and sent on to the governor in 2014, including my legislation to establish a funding source for the state’s child advocacy centers.
WHAT: The House Labor and Industry Committee, chaired by Rep. Mario Scavello (R-Monroe), will hold a public hearing on legislation authored by Rep. Julie Harhart (R-Lehigh/Northampton), known as the Gratuities Credit Card Fee Protection Act, which would prohibit credit card companies from assessing a transaction fee on the gratuity portion of any bill; thereby, protecting waiters and waitresses from being assessed a fee against their tips.
Pennsylvania has the fifth largest state-maintained road system in the nation, which includes 32,000 bridges and 120,000 miles of road. Unfortunately, over the years our transportation infrastructure has slowly fallen into disrepair and projects are not proceeding as quickly as we would like.
Rep. Julie Harhart (R-Lehigh/Northampton) is once again hosting her annual Senior Expo, where senior citizens will have the opportunity to visit with more than 70 local, state and federal agencies offering information on programs and services available to seniors. Free vision and blood pressure screenings also will be offered, along with balance assessments.
HARRISBURG - The Federal Surplus Property Program now has a new Web page dedicated to special items that are made available through direct allocation, said Rep. Julie Harhart (R-Lehigh/Northampton).
HARRISBURG – In an effort to improve patient care and ensure better consumer protection, the House Professional Licensure Committee, led by Rep. Julie Harhart (R-Lehigh/Northampton), held two public hearings on updates to the state’s Speech-Language and Hearing Act regarding both audiologists and speech pathologists.
Rep. Julie Harhart (R-Northampton/Lehigh), chair of the House Professional Licensure Committee, will host a public hearing on legislation to update the licensing requirements for speech pathologists under the state’s Speech-Language and Hearing Act. The legislation, House Bill 1561, is sponsored by Rep. Donna Oberlander (R-Clarion/Armstrong).
HARRISBURG – Rep. Julie Harhart (R-Lehigh/Northampton) is inviting senior citizens residing in the 183rd Legislative District to her annual Senior Expo on Thursday, Sept. 12, at the Allen Township Fire Hall in Northampton.