Welcome to another edition of First District Connection. In this issue, learn more about:
- Legislation I co-sponsored that would allow direct shipment of wine to Pennsylvania residents;
- My 100 percent score on a recent environmental scorecard;
- An upcoming Veterans’ Employment Outreach Day in Philadelphia;
- Unclaimed property and how to find out if you have any in your name; and
- Volunteering with TreePhilly.
Many thanks for your support and please don’t hesitate to contact me or my staff if we can be of any assistance.
Sen. Larry Farnese
Direct Shipment of Wine is a Victory for Consumer Choice
Last week, I was proud to vote for a bill that would permit direct shipment of wine to Pennsylvania residents. Under Senate Bill 790, which is now in the House, Pennsylvania residents would be able to receive up to 18 liters of wine (equivalent to 24 750 milliliter bottles) through direct shipments each month.
I have been fighting for direct shipment of wine since last March when I introduced a similar bill. By expanding consumer choice through direct shipment, we will give wine lovers from all corners of the state unlimited choice and convenience when selecting a bottle of wine.
Farnese Graded 100 Percent on Environmental Scorecard
I was honored to receive a perfect score on a recently released environmental scorecard that focused on the legislature's votes pertaining to Marcellus Shale drilling and specifically, the Republican-passed impact fee bill, House Bill 1950. I have always fought for legislation that protects our environment and I am extremely proud to be recognized by these fine environmental organizations as one of the legislature’s environmental champions.
The Scorecard was a collaborative effort of Clean Water Action, the Conservation Voters of Pennsylvania, PennEnvironment and the Sierra Club. Click here to view the Marcellus Scorecard.
Veterans' Employment Outreach Day
I encourage all veterans looking for employment to mark their calendars and plan to attend the Pennsylvania State Civil Service Commission’s Veterans’ Employment Outreach Day on May 8. The day will also feature presentations on the civil service application and testing process and mini-counseling sessions to help job-seekers.
The event will be held on Tuesday, May 8 from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Holy Family University. Holy Family University is located at 9801 Frankford Ave. in Philadelphia.
Make sure to bring your resume and a copy of your DD214 to the event. For more information on civil service employment or on the Veterans’ Employment Outreach Day, visit www.scsc.state.pa.us or call 215-560-6054.
Do You Have Unclaimed Property in Your Name?
I encourage everyone to take a few seconds to see if there is any unclaimed property in your name. There is more than $1.5 billion in unclaimed properties in Pennsylvania and it is easy to find out if there is any in your name through the Pennsylvania Treasury Department's searchable Unclaimed Property Database. If you discover that you have unclaimed property in your name, the Department will help you recover your property free of charge.
I encourage you to visit www.patreasury.gov to research some of the other available programs and services provided by the Department of Treasury, which include:
- Keystone HELP, a low-interest energy efficiency loan program to slash your energy bills;
- RetirePA.com, where you’ll find tips and tools to help you plan, save and retire with financial security; and
- The Pennsylvania 529 College Savings Program, a tax-smart and flexible way to save for higher education.
Plant a Tree with TreePhilly
The City of Philadelphia recently launched TreePhilly to encourage property owners, businesses and neighbors to plant and maintain trees. This is a great program and you can get involved by planting and caring for trees, volunteering for a tree planting event or by sponsoring community service days to plant and care for our trees. For more information visit www.TreePhilly.org or call 215-683-0217.