HARRISBURG – Thanks to a legislative measure authored by Rep. Julie Harhart (R-Lehigh/Northampton), an in-depth study of child abuse and neglect prevention programs both in Pennsylvania and across the country has just been completed and released by the Joint State Government Commission. The goal of the study is to identify which state or federal programs are working and opportunities to integrate successful methods and approaches into Pennsylvania child abuse programs and policies.
The 2013-14 legislative session of the General Assembly came to a close on Nov. 30. The two-year session resulted in the passage of a number of bills that have been signed into law, including some to help curb prescription drug abuse, enhance educational opportunities and improve the state’s child protection laws.
HARRISBURG – Rep. Julie Harhart (R-Lehigh/Northampton) today announced Slatington Borough will be receiving $139,600 for traffic improvements under PennDOT’s Automated Red Light Enforcement (ARLE) program.
HARRISBURG – State Rep. Julie Harhart (R-Lehigh/Northampton) today announced a $217,375 grant from the Commonwealth Financing Authority under its Greenways, Trails and Recreation Program to the Delaware and Lehigh National Corridor for a connector project on the D&L Trail.
HARRISBURG – In an effort to protect family-sustaining jobs within the cement and concrete industry in Pennsylvania, Rep. Julie Harhart (R-Lehigh/Northampton) has authored a resolution approved by the House of Representatives urging U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman to review possible international trade rule violations in Canada that could position the country to monopolize the cement industry in the United States.
The education of our youth remains a top priority of the Pennsylvania Legislature, which is why in the 2014-15 state budget we appropriated more money for schools than ever before. In fact, $10.5 billion in state funds is dedicated to K-12 education, and special education funding sees an increase of $20 million over last year. Also included is $200 million in funding for the Ready to Learn Block Grant Program, which gives school districts more flexibility to invest the money where they see the greatest need.
WHAT: 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 health screenings also will be offered.
HARRISBURG – Area senior citizens residing in the 183rd Legislative District are invited to Rep. Julie Harhart’s 2014 Senior Expo on Thursday, Sept. 18, at the Allen Township Fire Hall in Northampton.
WHAT: Rep. Julie Harhart (R-Lehigh/Northampton) is hosting an Emergency ~ Be Prepared Seminar and Expo for families of the 183rd Legislative District. Experts from various state agencies and utility companies will give brief presentations on what to do and how to prepare in the event of an emergency. Emergency management groups will also have exhibits and information available for those who attend. New this year are activities and information for children on topics such as fire safety, bullying and when and how to call for help in case of an emergency.
HARRISBURG – To ensure all members of the family know what to do in the event of an emergency, state Rep. Julie Harhart (R-Lehigh/Northampton) is once again bringing together various emergency management groups to provide information and answer questions during her Emergency ~ Be Prepared Seminar and Expo on Thursday, August 14, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Springhouse Middle School in Allentown.
Each year, the state Legislature dedicates itself to passing a balanced, on-time budget that funds the state’s core government functions and allows additional dollars to support vital programs and services for the people of Pennsylvania. This year was no different. The final state budget meets our obligations, increases funding for K-12 education to historic levels, dedicates more dollars for public safety and human services, and still doesn’t raise taxes on hard-working Pennsylvanians.
HARRISBURG – Rep. Julie Harhart (R-Lehigh/Northampton) would like to let residents know the deadline to apply for the state’s 2013 Property Tax/Rent Rebate program is being extended from June 30 to December 31.
HARRISBURG – Although no drilling is taking place in Lehigh County, the county will still benefit from a significant amount of the more than $225 million being distributed statewide from impact fees placed on natural gas drilling companies operating within the state, said Rep. Julie Harhart (R-Lehigh/Northampton).
HARRISBURG – State Reps. Joe Emrick (R-Mt. Bethel), Marcia Hahn (R-Nazareth), Julie Harhart (R-Northampton) and Justin Simmons (R-Lower Saucon) today announced the county will receive more than $286,000 in revenue from the collection of an impact fee on natural gas drilling activities in the Marcellus Shale. Distribution of revenue will take place by Tuesday, July 1.
WHAT: Rep. Julie Harhart (R-Lehigh/Northampton) will host a Veterans Information Expo for veterans of all wars and women who worked in factories that produced munitions and wars supplies during World War II. The expo will have various vendors offering information, services and benefits for veterans. During the expo, certificates of appreciation will be presented to veterans and women who worked in the factories, a VA mobile veteran service van will provide services and worn U.S. flags will be collected for proper disposal.