Yesterday marked 150 days in office for State Representative John Hershey serving PA’s 82nd Legislative District. Hershey has been appointed to serve on several committees, including Agriculture and Rural Affairs, Children and Youth, Health & Human Services, and Judiciary. He has also sponsored 143 bills and resolutions, such as House Bill 502, which would give victims the right to attend proceedings against their abusers. The bill passed the House and is now before the State Senate. Hershey also served as keynote speaker at Pennsylvania 4-H Capital Days, and voiced his support for expanding by $100 million the amount of tax credits available under the Educational Improvement Tax Credit program. The program allows families to send their children to private or religious schools through scholarships.
A Dauphin County woman has been sentenced to four months in prison for embezzlement. Maria Lyter of Hummelstown was sentenced on May 20th by Chief District Court Judge Christopher C. Conner. According to the U. S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, Lyter admitted to embezzling approximately $8,300 from the Hummelstown Bank in March 2016 while she was an employee.
Animals in Pennsylvania will have an extra level of protection from the extreme heat of cars this year. The “Motor Vehicle Extreme Heat Protection Act” was signed into law last October. The new law allows law enforcement officers to break into an unattended vehicle to rescue an animal if they believe it is in imminent danger, after a reasonable search for the car owner. Rising temperatures, humidity, and stagnant air flow cause a greenhouse effect quickly, and places the lives of animals in danger if not removed from the adverse conditions. The internal vehicle temperature can rise thirty-five degrees in as little as a half hour when outside temperatures approach one hundred degrees. Act 104 of 2018 provides legal authority with civil immunity to animal control and humane officers, emergency responders, and law enforcement officers who remove unattended animals from vehicles when they are in danger from heat or cold. In addition to making a reasonable effort to find the vehicle owner prior to entering the vehicle, the person who performed the rescue must leave a note with contact information and the location at which the animal can be retrieved. If you see an animal that may need help, call 911 and stay with the vehicle until help arrives, but do not attempt to free the animal yourself. The new law does not give immunity to you.