News for Constituents

Hot or Cold – Pets Must Be Protected From Extremes

Dogs and cats in imminent danger from temperature extremes while left in an unattended motor vehicle may now be rescued, according to Pennsylvania’s Motor Vehicle Extreme Heat Protection Act signed into law on October 24, 2018.  The measure passed in the Senate of Pennsylvania unanimously on October 17, 2018. 

After a reasonable search by law enforcement and safety professionals for the vehicle’s owner, Act 104 of 2018 permits rescue of an endangered pet, without fear of liability for damages to the vehicle or its contents as a result of the effort.  Following the rescue, a note is required to inform the vehicle owner where to pick up their pet. 

Contact your local police or call the County Humane Society Police Officer to provide the animal’s location, date and time, description of the vehicle and animal, and the animal’s condition.  Pennsylvania becomes one of 28 states passing “Good Samaritan” laws that protect animals from being left in hot cars. 

PA Farm Show Celebrates 103rd Anniversary

While we were busy decorating for the holidays, the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex was being prepared for the 103rd Anniversary of the PA Farm Show, the country’s largest indoor agricultural event. 

The PA Preferred Reception, serving as a showcase for Pennsylvania’s finest foods and beverages, will kick-off the Show on January 4 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. which will continue through January 12, 2019 with a number of new competitions and products

See the complete schedule for your favorite events.  Turn the 2019 Visitors Guide to page 34 for information on booth number 687 and the collaborative effort between the Farm Show, the PA Historical and Museum Commission, and Pennsylvania to learn more about our agricultural heritage. 

Where’s My Plow

When you are watching the snow fall and wondering, “Where’s My Plow”, the answer is a click away at

The Automated Vehicle Location equipment reveals the plow’s location and whether or how much product is being spread.  Brine, salt, and anti-skid are used singly or in some combination depending on the temperature, precipitation type, and traffic volume. 

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation winter operations use more than 2,248 trucks, plows, and salt spreaders across nearly 95,000 snow-lane miles.  Another 380 trucks are added to the crews as necessary to assist PennDOT in executing winter storm tactics.  The Winter Services Guide offers specifics on your county’s snow removal operations. 

2019 Calendars Are Ready to Help You Kick Off the New Year

Pennsylvania’s 2019 calendars are filled with award-winning photographs ready for you to note all those appointments and exciting events planned for the New Year. 

Preview the 10 x 13-inch, deluxe 12-month wall calendar produced by the PA Department Conservation and Natural Resources showcasing the beauty of our state parks, with the proceeds directly supporting state park maintenance.  The PA Game Commission Outdoor Shop has compiled a striking selection of photographs in two calendars – Wildlife and Birds

Don’t forget to add the dates for the 103rd Pennsylvania Farm Show and a host of fun-filled events slated for 2019.  Begin January with a trip to the Farm Show.  Note your plans for Valentine’s Day and President’s Day in February.  Schedule a March visit to the State Museum of Pennsylvania as thoughts of springtime begin popping up. 

PA State Parks Ready for Winter Recreation Reports

Monitoring snow and ice conditions for outdoor recreation in your favorite state park is a click away, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources

Find ice thickness and related activities or search for snow depths conducive to your favorite snow day activities.  Options permit selecting by individual park or activity or opt for ALL in each category. 

Pennsylvania offers great venues for ice skating, sledding, snowmobiling, and both downhill and cross-country skiing. 

Easily Prepare for Real ID

Pennsylvania will initiate issuance of REAL IDs beginning in March 2019; more than a year ahead of the October 1, 2020 deadline to board a domestic commercial flight, enter a federal building, or access an ID-required military installation, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). 

Bring the necessary documents to any of the DMV’s 71 Driver’s License Centers prior to March 2019 for pre-verification and simple facilitation of REAL ID licensure.  Contact the Department of Vital Records for the PA Department of Health to obtain a PA birth certificate.  Out-of-state birth certificates are available through the National Center for Health Statistics for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 

Consult the list of Frequently Asked Questions for specific details on REAL ID as it passed Congress in 2005 and its implementation in Pennsylvania.