YORK/MANHEIM – Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump and his running mate, Mike Pence, will be making campaign stops in our region. Pence will visit Penn Waste in York this afternoon at 2:30. Trump will make a stop in Lancaster County on Saturday at 7 p.m. at Spooky Nook Sports, 75 Champ Blvd., Manheim.
LANCASTER – PA Pastors Network is preparing for the “Vote Your Values Bus Tour” across the Commonwealth from October 3-5 with some of the nation’s top leaders on American and biblical values. Heading up the travel team are Network President Sam Rohrer; Bishop E. W. Jackson, founder of the S.T.A.N.D. (Staying True to America’s National Destiny) ministry, and Vision America Action President, Dr. Rick Scarborough. Pennsylvania is a key state in the upcoming election, and the tour will make six stops to meet with pastors and assistant pastors, along with their wives, as voters prepare to head to the polls on Nov. 8th. The tour stops include Greensburg, Altoona, Williamsport, Scranton, Lancaster, and Wayne. The Lancaster tour stop will be an October 5th breakfast at the Eden Resort & Suites from 8-10 a.m. The events, with meals included, are free for pastors and their wives to attend, but registration is required in advance. Registration can be made at www.papastors.net.
HARRISBURG (AP) – Legislation tightening rules on borrowing by Pennsylvania’s municipalities was approved by the state Senate in an effort to avoid a repeat of its capital city’s near-bankruptcy. Three bills passed unanimously and were sent to the House. The bills stemmed from 2012 hearings following the state government’s takeover of the city of Harrisburg. The takeover lasted over two years and was combined with hundreds of millions of dollars in deals designed to rescue Harrisburg’s finances from a sea of debt. The bills’ provisions include limiting a municipality’s guarantee of borrowing by one of its authorities, broadening state oversight over municipal borrowing, and requiring bonds to be secured.
HARRISBURG (AP) – The PA Supreme Court struck down the tax that casinos pay their host communities, potentially devastating local budgets around the state. The high court ruled that the effect of a “local share assessment” is unconstitutional because it treats the state’s 12 casinos unequally. A state Senate spokeswoman says the move could have “far-reaching” effects. The court is staying its decision for four months to give lawmakers time to come up with a solution. The PA Gaming Control Board says some $140 million was paid in the last fiscal year to counties and municipalities, including the $10 million host fee paid by some casinos.
HARRISBURG (AP) – Gov. Tom Wolf will address a joint session of the state House and Senate as he presses for action on a package of legislation designed to combat opioid and heroin addiction. Wolf’s address today comes as lawmakers’ fall voting session winds down. He says lawmakers can’t afford to stall with 10 people a day dying from drug overdoses in Pennsylvania. Wolf is seeking passage of bills to require prescribers to check a prescription drug monitoring database every time they prescribe opioids and limit the opioid quantities that emergency room doctors can prescribe to seven days.
LANCASTER – Thousands of students locally and around the nation gathered around their school flagpole this morning to pray for themselves, their families, their schools, and the nation as part of the annual “See You At The Pole.” This year’s theme was “We Cry Out” based on Psalm 24: 3-6. Students are encouraged to report about their gathering. Use #syatp on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
HARRISBURG – Legislation to protect child victims of human trafficking from criminal prosecution has passed the state Senate Appropriations Committee. Montgomery County Sen. Stewart Greenleaf sponsored Senate Bill 851, saying these are children in dire need of protection and are not criminals. Over 100,000 children are exploited by adults through prostitution in the United States each year. As a consequence, children have been charged with prostitution, drug possession, loitering, and other offenses. Greenleaf said he wants to help law enforcement target the traffickers, who are the real criminals. The bill now goes to the full Senate for consideration.
HARRISBURG – The PA Senate Judiciary Committee approved a proposal making it a third degree felony to use an unmanned drone to deliver contraband to prison inmates. The measure comes on the heels of incidents in Maryland, Oklahoma, South Carolina, and Ohio where prisoners plotted to use drones to plan escapes or receive illegal drugs. The legislation was amended into Senate Bill 1323, which lists places where drones would be banned from filming or surveillance without consent. This includes corrections facilities, power generation facilities, military installations, hospitals, government-owned property, airports and heliports, refineries, and chemical plants. The bill now goes to the full Senate for consideration.
HARRISBURG – Debate one between the presidential candidates is history. Republican Donald Trump sounded confident about his performance Monday night saying the debate went “great.” Democrat Hillary Clinton said she feels “good” after an “amazing” debate. The founder and president of American Values, Gary Bauer doesn’t expect any strategy changes by either campaign as a result of Monday night’s debate. Bauer will be coming to our area on Friday, October 21 as the featured speaker at the PA Family Institute’s Friends of the Family Banquet at the Hershey Lodge. Reservations can be made at www.dinnerwiththefamily.org or calling 1-800-FAMILY-1. Joining Bauer will be Barronelle Stutzman, the Washington state florist who’s facing the loss of everything she owns because the state Attorney General is suing her, both in her business and personal capacity, for choosing not to participate in a same-sex wedding ceremony that violates her Christian faith and conscience.
HARRISBURG – The PA House Finance Committee voted to repeal the 40% retroactive tax that would drive hundreds of vape shops out of business. The tax will go into effect on vape shop inventories this Saturday, with crippling tax payments due 90 days after. House Bill 2342 replaces the 40% tax with a 5-cents-per-milliliter tax. The change would raise revenue without driving vape businesses under. The bill now goes to the full House.