HARRISBURG – Cumberland County Rep. Stephen Bloom is making a run for U.S. Congress. Bloom made his announcement today at a campaign website at www.actnowcongress.org. In launching his campaign, the Republican conservative is demanding that leaders in Washington fulfill the mandate of last November’s election. From repealing Obamacare, securing national borders, and restoring constitutional safeguards against government intrusion. He also called for an end to taxpayer funding of abortion, ending unfair trade agreements, and defending the Second Amendment.
HARRISBURG – Now is National Child Passenger Safety Week through Saturday, September 23, which has been designated as “National Seat Check Saturday.” PA State Police checked over 1,780 seats last year and found more than 870 misuses by drivers. The checkups teach proper installation and use of child safety seats. Pennsylvania’s seat-belt law requires drivers and passengers to buckle up, and children under the age of 4 must be properly restrained in an approved child safety seat. Children ages 4 to 8 must be restrained in an appropriate booster seat. Children under 2 years of age be securely fastened in a rear-facing child passenger restraint system, which is to be used until the child outgrows the maximum weight and limits designated by the manufacturer. For more information on car seat safety and to get a list of State Police car seat safety inspection locations and dates, click on the “Public Safety” link at www.psp.pa.gov.
HARRISBURG – The PA Senate is back in session this afternoon in Harrisburg. The Senate’s chief piece of business is sorting through the House’s no-new-taxes plan, House Bill 453, which was approved last week amid a three-month stalemate over plugging a projected $2.2 billion budget hole. That plan that not does not rely on additional state borrowing and calls for the utilization of existing funds in dormant state accounts to help balance the nearly $32 billion state budget. The Senate approved a revenue plan in July that raises taxes on electric, natural gas, and phone bills and relies on borrowing.
TOWSON, MD (AP) – Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz is joining Maryland’s crowded race for governor. He officially made the announcement this morning through a tweet. The 59-year-old Democrat has been county executive since December 2010 saying that he’s created jobs, improved schools, and protected the environment during his tenure. And he said he’s done so without raising taxes. The Democrat primary for governor is a crowded one for next year’s election. The field already includes six other Democrats. The primary is June 26.
TERRE HILL – Police have charged a Lancaster County man with endangering the welfare of children. East Earl Township Police arrested 35-year-old Jeremy Zimmerman of Terre Hill on Sunday after a 2-year-old child in his care was found unsupervised and standing along the road in the rain in the 100 block of West Main Street in Terre Hill. Zimmerman was transported to the Lancaster County Prison where he was arraigned on the charge. He was released on $25,000 bail.
HAMBURG (AP) – State Police are investigating after three vehicles were hit with rocks thrown from two overpasses above Interstate 78 in Berks County. The first incident happened about 3 a.m. Saturday in Upper Bern Township. That’s where troopers from the Hamburg barracks say a tractor-trailer’s windshield was struck by a rock thrown from the Mountain Road overpass. About 2:30 a.m. Sunday, two vehicles were hit by rocks tossed form the Power Drive overpass in Upper Tulpehocken Township. Police did not report any injuries.
HARRISBURG (AP) – The PA Board of Pardons recommended commuting the life sentence of a Dauphin County woman who left her newborn to drown in a portable toilet. The board ruled after hearing arguments from supporters of Tina Brosius, who was sentenced to life without the possibility of parole in 1995. They say her sentence was harsher than penalties imposed on women who committed similar crimes. The district attorney who prosecuted the case says her sentence should be commuted – but only after serving 30 years. At trial, Brosius said she let the child die in a park near Harrisburg because she feared her parents would kick her out. She was 18 and already had two children. The board’s recommendation is non-binding on Gov. Tom Wolf, who will make the final decision.
JACKSON TOWNSHIP – One person died from a York County tractor accident. Authorities say a man became pinned under the tractor after it struck a tree about 2:30 p.m. Sunday in the 200 block of Ranch Road in Jackson Township. The York County Coroner’s office says the victim died of chest trauma and the death ruled as accidental. No autopsy was planned. The man’s name was not yet released.
HARRISBURG – The embattled Hillcrest Women’s Medical Center in Harrisburg has shut its doors. Government sources have confirmed that Hillcrest has voluntarily relinquished its license to operate as an abortion facility. The abortion center had until August 31st to fix the myriad of health and safety problems discovered during an inspection earlier this year. That inspection yielded an astounding 44 pages worth of violations. A group of state Senators demanded to know why the state Health Department allowed the facility to remain open, given its abysmal safety record. A follow-up inspection resulted in Hillcrest being shuttered until it could meet basic health standards. But the deadline for compliance came and went with little indication the abortion center would reopen. A notice posted by the local natural gas company indicated that the gas had been shut off. A subsequent notice by the electric company said the electricity would be cut off if $1,600 in bills was not paid within the week. The PA Department of Health website now lists Hillcrest as “closed.” For the health and safety of central Pennsylvania women, the closure is long overdue.
LANCASTER – The PA House revenue plan approved last week is now in the hands of the state Senate which returns to Harrisburg today. House Republicans passed a no-new-taxes plan that not does not rely on additional state borrowing and calls for the utilization of existing funds in dormant state accounts to help balance the nearly $32 billion state budget. House Majority Whip, Rep. Bryan Cutler of Lancaster County, says his constituents did not want to see higher taxes which was part of a Senate approved revenue plan. Gov. Tom Wolf supports the state Senate’s plan and opposes the House’s plan, but has not said he would veto the House version if it comes before his desk.