We Have Applications for Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program
2/1/2019
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We Have Applications for Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program
 
Application forms for the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program are now available for eligible Pennsylvanians to begin claiming rebates on property taxes or rent paid in 2018.

The deadline to apply for a rebate is June 30.

The applications are available at my office at 10752 Bustleton Ave., Suite C. Call my office at 215-330-3711 with any questions.

Keep in mind that you must reapply for rebates every year because the rebates are based on annual income and property taxes or rent paid in each year. Spouses, personal representatives or estates may file rebate claims on behalf of claimants who lived at least one day in 2018 and meet all other eligibility criteria.

Rebates will be distributed beginning July 1, as required by law.

The rebate program benefits eligible Pennsylvanians age 65 and older; widows and widowers age 50 and older; and people with disabilities age 18 and older. The income limit is $35,000 a year for homeowners and $15,000 annually for renters, and half of Social Security income is excluded.


Ensuring Victims’ Rights
 
Legislation to amend the Pennsylvania Constitution to add a victims’ bill of rights was reintroduced this week in a step toward putting the question before voters.

Last session, Marsy’s Law passed in the House and Senate unanimously. An identical bill must be passed this session before the question is placed on the ballot.

While Pennsylvania has protection for victims written into its laws, a constitutional amendment is the only way to ensure that victims have equal footing with offenders and the only way to ensure that victims have some kind of redress when their rights are violated.

The amendment would require notice of hearings and other proceedings, physical and emotional protection from the accused, notice in cases of release or escape, proceedings free from unnecessary delay, the ability to confer with the prosecutor in the case, full and timely restitution from the offender, and notification of all of these rights.
 

Keep Your Pets Safe from the Cold
Please remember to bring in your animals during this period of bitter cold temperatures.

Act 10 of 2017, which I strongly backed, limits how long you can keep dogs tethered outside.

Dogs cannot be tethered outside longer than 30 minutes in temperatures below 32 degrees. A dog can still be kept outside, untethered, if their shelter adequately maintains body temperature and keeps them dry.

This link will take you to an informational “Anti-Tethering/Chaining Resource Sheet,” which contains updated details about this section of the new law.
 
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Harrisburg Office: B-13 Main Capitol Building, PO Box 202170, Harrisburg, PA 17120-2170  | (717) 787-6740
District Office:10752 Bustleton Ave., Suite C, Philadelphia, PA 19116  | (215) 330-3711
Email: Mwhite@pahousegop.com
     
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