News for Constituents

Angling for a New Fishing Hole This Spring?

Angling to catch some fish but tired of the same old spot?  The PA Fish and Boat Commission recommends dropping a line into some of Pennsylvania’s Best Fishing Waters

Bluegills to walleyes, find your favorite and head out for a fun-filled day of fishing.  Be sure to pick up a fishing license through your County Treasurer’s Office, the Fish and Boat Commission, a License Issuing Agent or online with a credit card. 

Seasoned, new, and non-resident licensed anglers can spend more time devoted to actual fishing than looking for productive waters.  Inclusion on the list assures public access, water quality, and sustainable quality fish.  The Commission reminds anglers to obtain permission before fishing on private property.

Report Chronic Wasting Disease – Signs and Symptoms

Spring sportsmen and outdoor enthusiasts are encouraged by the Pennsylvania Game Commission (PGC) to know the signs of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD).

The signs of CWD become apparent 12 to 18 months following infection.  An infected deer or elk exhibits the following:

  • Extreme loss of body condition;
  • Excessive drinking, urination, salivation, and drooling;
  • Repetitive walking patterns;
  • Droopy ears;
  • Wide-based stance;
  • Listlessness; and
  • Lack of fear of humans and predators.

Contact the nearest PA Game Commission regional office to report a sighting.  The sick animal should not be disturbed, removed, or killed.  The PGC will need an accurate location of the sighting to document and track the infected animal.

Don’t Let Spring Snow Shoveling Fool You

When spring snowfalls arrive, don’t be fooled.  According to the American Heart Association, individuals with heart conditions, including heart failure, high blood pressure, and elevated cholesterol are at higher risk for heart attack when shoveling snow.

The AHA recommends taking frequent breaks, avoid a big meal before or after shoveling, do not consume alcohol, and use a small shovel to lift lighter amounts.  Signs of a heart attack include:

  • Chest discomfort;
  • Upper body discomfort, may include one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw, or stomach;
  • Shortness of breath;
  • Breaking out in a cold sweat, and
  • Nausea or lightheadedness.

Women more frequently experience shortness of breath, nausea/vomiting and back or jaw pain absent chest pressure.  Heart disease is the number one killer of U.S. women.

Immediate action is necessary if you or someone you are with is experiencing symptoms.  Call 911 and initiate CPR, pushing hard and fast (100 beats per minute) in the center of the chest.  Continue CPR to the beat of the disco song, “Stayin’ Alive”, until help arrives.

Springtime Kicks Off Moving Season – Beware of Scam Movers

If you are planning to move this spring, the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission offers tips to locate a legitimate moving company for your belongings.

Scam movers may use names similar to those of legitimate companies.  Confirm a company’s PUC-licensure and obtain an Information for Shippers form prior to signing any agreements.

Review any previous complaints filed utilizing the company name, utility code or carrier ID.  New complaints against interstate carriers can be filed online or by calling 1-800-692-7380.  Consumer complaints against an intrastate mover can be filed online with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration or by calling 1-888-DOT-SAFT (1-888-368-7238).

Act 77 of 2017, sponsored by Senator David Argall, applied criminal penalties to rogue household goods movers who fail to adhere to state rules.

Visit the Pennsylvania State Capitol This Spring

Plan a visit to the Pennsylvania State Capitol this spring while the trees are blossoming and warmer weather warrants a road trip.

Schedule a guided tour of the Capitol for groups of ten or as many as 80 individuals.  Be sure to view the proceedings of the Pennsylvania Senate on scheduled Session days; visit the Interactive Welcome Center, and stop by the Capitol Gift Shop for an inexpensive and fun memento of your tour.

Security reminds visitors, if you don’t need it, don’t bring it.  Contact the office of General Assembly Tour Guides at 1-800-868-7672.  When calling, share with the scheduler your interest in visiting other Harrisburg venues with which they may be able to assist.

Real ID and Your Social Security Card

Licensed Pennsylvania motorists planning to obtain a Real ID will need to submit to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation verification of identity, a Social Security card, and proof of Pennsylvania residency.

In addition to the other documents, your Social Security card must display the same name as your official proof of identity papers.  A replacement requiring NO name change may be issued based on one document from the pre-approved list.

Documents must be current, unexpired, and in your legal name.  The proof must be a U.S. driver’s license, U.S. state-issued non-driver identity card, or a U.S. passport.  See Evidence of Identity for other documents that may be accepted.