News for Constituents

Pennsylvania “Do Not Call” List Now Permanent 

Legislation providing for a permanent “Do Not Call” List has been signed into law as Act 73 of 2019.  Additional provisions require a telemarketer using robocalls to provide an opt-out process for the called party within the first few seconds of each call and to include a toll-free call back number that directly connects a person to the opt-out process if a message is left.  Telemarketing calls are also now prohibited on legal holidays.  The “Do Not Call” List is administered and maintained by the Office of the Attorney General’s Bureau of Consumer Protection.

According to the Office of the Attorney General, all consumers previously registered are permanently enrolled and not required to re-register.  Click here to enroll on the “Do Not Call” List and here to verify your number is registered and/or submit a complaint.

Enjoy Farm Show Food and Drink Year Round

Everyone can enjoy the 2020 Farm Show award winning recipes year round, from the first place PA Preferred Junior Baking chocolate chip cookies to the Blue Ribbon Apple Pie.

2020 Exhibit Results include the best of Pennsylvania made wine, cider and beer as well.

PA Preferred products are grown and processed locally and positively impact Pennsylvania’s economy and farmers.

Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) Season Now Open

The state Department of Human Services is reminding Pennsylvanians that the 2019 2020 Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) season is still open.  LIHEAP helps low-income families pay heating bills via a cash grant.  The cash grant is a one-time payment sent directly to the utility company/fuel provider to be credited on the bill.  Grants range from $200 to $1,000 based on household size, income and fuel type.  Households in immediate danger of being without heat can also qualify for crisis grants. 

Visit the program’s website to learn more about the assistance, including the income requirements.  Applications are accepted online using COMPASS, by paper or in-person at your local county assistance office.

National Eating Disorders Awareness Week

On January 29, 2020, the Senate of Pennsylvania adopted Senate Resolution 290 (Browne) recognizing the week of February 24 through March 1, 2020 as “Eating Disorders Awareness Week” in Pennsylvania in conjunction with the observance of “National Eating Disorders Awareness Week.” 

The National Eating Disorders Association’s (NEDA) National Eating Disorders Awareness Week (#NEDAwareness) is the largest and best-known eating disorders outreach effort in the country.  NEDA encourages everyone to embrace this year’s theme, Come as You Are: Hindsight is 20/20, by reflecting on the positive steps taken towards accepting ourselves and others.

Through NEDAwareness Week 2020, the group aims to improve public understanding of eating disorders, including their causes, dangers, and treatments, and to empower everyone to reduce risk factors and join prevention efforts.

PA Personal Income Tax Return Filing Options

Once again, the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue is offering several options for filing your PA Personal Income Tax Return, including by traditional paper forms, padirectfile, or PA e-file.

Padirectfile is a free and secure way to file your return directly with the PA Department of Revenue.  PA e-file is a free option to file your federal and state taxes simultaneously.  Click here for a PA Personal Income Tax Guide and to download paper forms.

Rules for Road-Killed Deer

According to the Pennsylvania Game Commission, residents can pick up road killed-deer and turkey only for consumption purposes, but must obtain a permit within 24 hours.  Consumption permits are issued from the region offices.  Call the office that serves the county where the animal is located, directly. 

With a one in 52 chance, Pennsylvanians are third likeliest in the nation to be involved in a collision with a deer.  Hunters should note that consumption permits for road-killed deer are separate from seasonal bag limits.

To report a dead deer for removal from state-maintained roads, motorists can call the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation at 1-800-FIX-ROAD.