The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation is requesting public comment for improving customer services through an online survey, reports State Rep. Jim Cox (R-129).
The survey is designed to collect public feedback on safety, education and mobility needs to help guide future mobile service development.
The brief survey asks participants to prioritize safety and mobility needs related to PennDOT areas, such as public transit and driver and vehicle services, says Cox. Participants will also share feedback on educational opportunities for interacting with the department.
Residents of Pennsylvania can take the survey here.
PennDOT Survey Seeks Feedback
House Resolution 991 designates October as National Breast Cancer Awareness month, reports State Rep. Jim Cox (R-129).
Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death among women, Cox said. Early detection is the best way to prevent death. As such, women are encouraged to undertake breast self-examinations and clinical breast examinations beginning in their 20s. At age 40, women should start yearly mammograms and continue for as long as they are in good health.
Women at increased risk for breast cancer should talk with their physician about the benefits and limitations of starting mammography screening earlier, having additional tests or having more frequent exams.
“If you cannot afford preventative screenings, the Pennsylvania Department of Health’s HealthyWoman Program (HWP) provides free breast and cervical cancer screenings as part of an early detection program for eligible women,” Cox said.
For information, including eligibility guidelines, click here.
October National Breast Cancer Awareness Month
The Capitol Welcome Center reopened this last week, offering new and improved interactive exhibits to help people of all ages learn more about state government, the Commonwealth’s history and the history of the Capitol building itself, reports State Rep. Jim Cox (R-129)
The Welcome Center is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and is a great way to begin or end your free public tour of the historic Capitol building.
To schedule a tour, or for additional information about visiting the Capitol, contact one’s state representative.
To see images of the new Welcome Center, click here.
For more information, click here.
Capitol Welcome Center Opens
Fall officially starts 10:29 tonight, which means that the Pennsylvania’s forests will be soon alight with colors. The Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development has several resources to maximize your outdoor activity during the fall season, says State Rep. Jim Cox (R-129).
A fall foliage report to track the changing leaves in Pennsylvania can be found here.
There is also this website with a full list of fall festivals throughout the state.
Residents are encouraged to take advantage of Pennsylvania’s abundant natural beauty. For still more information, visit visitpa.com.
Fall Starts Tonight, Enjoy The Season
The beginning of the school year looms notes State Rep. Jim Cox (R-129) and motorists are reminded to use additional caution on roadways with school buses and other school transportation vehicles soon taking to the road.
Pennsylvania law requires that motorists stop at least 10 feet away from school buses when their red lights are flashing and their stop arm is extended. Motorists following or traveling alongside a school bus must also stop until the red lights have stopped flashing, the stop arm is withdrawn, and all children have reached safety. Do not proceed until all the children have reached a place of safety.
Penalties for failure to obey school bus safety laws can result in a $250 fine, five points on a driving record and a 60-day license suspension.
Parents are reminded to ensure that their children are at the bus stop early to avoid rushing. Students should stay where the bus driver can see them while boarding or exiting the bus.
Click here for information and tips for school bus safety.
School Bus Law Reminder For Pennsylvanians
The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission is hosting a Mentored Youth Fishing Day on Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 1, on 17 Panfish Enhancement Lakes, the closest one to Delaware County being Chambers Lake in Chester County’s Hibernia Park which is on Route 82 north of Coatesville.
To encourage participation, the PFBC has reduced the price of a Labor Day one-day adult resident and Labor Day one-day adult non-resident license to just $1 on Labor Day, says State Rep. Jim Cox (R-129). With issuing agent and transaction fees, the total price for the one-day adult license is $2.70.
To participate in the Mentored Youth Fishing Day, anglers 16 years of age or older (adult anglers) must possess a valid Pennsylvania fishing license and be accompanied by a youth (less than 16 years of age) who has obtained a Mentored Youth Fishing Permit or Voluntary Youth Fishing License from the commission.
For full details on program requirements and the availability of these one-day licenses, visit the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission’s website here.
Mentored Youth Fishing Day
According to the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General, more than 10 million Americans have their personal information stolen annually, reports state Rep Jim Cox (R-129).
Among the measures recommended to protect your identity are shredding mail that contains identifying information; avoiding using your Social Security number; installing and keeping anti-virus software on your computer up to date; never disclosing personal information to unverified sources over the phone or in person; and changing your passwords regularly.
Additionally, it is important to frequently review your credit reports for discrepancies and instances of fraud. Under federal law, every American can receive one free copy of his/her credit report every 12 months from each of the three nationwide credit bureaus. The official website to do this is here.
Victims of identity theft, must act quickly to recover. Contact the fraud department of your creditors, contact your financial institution(s), report the theft to law enforcement, and file complaints with the state attorney general and the Federal Trade Commission. The Office of the Pennsylvania Attorney General provides a checklist that can be found here, which provides additional detail on responding to identity theft.
For more safety tips, visit the Office of the Attorney General’s website here.
Identity Theft Precautions And Responses
The Pennsylvania House way back on June 29 passed House Resolution 930, designating August as Produce Month in Pennsylvania, reports State Rep. Jim Cox (R-129)
Residents are encouraged to take advantage of local produce options throughout the Commonwealth by using the Department of Agriculture’s PA Preferred program, says Cox..
The state Department of Agriculture launched the PA Preferred program to identify and promote food and agricultural products grown, produced or processed in Pennsylvania, Cox said.
Cox said retailers carrying Pa Preferred Products can be found at this site.
Produce Month In Pa
The Pennsylvania House with House Resolution 938 declared August to be “National Immunizations Month” says State Rep. Jim Cox (R-129).
“The Pennsylvania Department of Health offers assistance to obtain vaccinations through the federally funded Vaccines for Children program, which provides access to immunizations for low-income and underinsured children up to age 18,” Cox said. “Additionally, uninsured children in Pennsylvania are eligible for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), regardless of income.”
For details on how to qualify, for Vaccines for Children visit here.
For details on CHIP, visit here.
The resolution also encourages adults to review their immunizations with their physicians. Adult vaccination recommendations can be found here.
August Immunization Month
While PennDOT’s drivers license centers are closed this July 4 holiday, its online service remains open, says State Rep. Jim Cox (R-129).
PennDOT Open Online