Subscribe to E-Newsletter May 13, 2016

Dear Friend –

I want to keep you updated on upcoming events and the work I’m doing in Chester County and Harrisburg.

PhoneTelephone Town Hall this Tuesday

I am holding a live Telephone Town Hall Meeting this Tuesday, May 17 at 7 p.m. These telephone town halls are a great way to stay up to date on the latest news from Harrisburg and all the projects we’re getting done in Chester County. Sign up and submit questions ahead of time here. And in addition to calling in, you can listen to the meeting live on Smartphones, tablets and computers here.

SEPTA Key Enrollment Event Wednesday

SEPTAThe next enrollment event for the new SEPTA Key fare program is scheduled for Wednesday, May 18 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Coatesville Area Senior Center. At the event, all Pennsylvania residents, aged 65 years and older with valid, state-issued identification can register for the new, free SEPTA Key Senior ID Card. If you participate in SEPTA’s Seniors Ride Free Program, the card will guarantee that you continue to ride free of charge when SEPTA transitions to its new, technologically modern fare payment and collection program. Read more here.

Guidelines Needed for Digital Billboards

In response to residents’ concerns, I am drafting legislation to establish stronger guidelines for the placement of the large electronic and digital billboards that are appearing alongside roadways and near neighborhoods throughout Chester County, most recently in Downingtown. In recent years, these signs have been proposed for everywhere from Phoenixville to Lower Oxford. Each time, residents have expressed serious concerns regarding the light pollution, traffic safety and related quality-of-life issues, as well as a potential decline in property values. Read press coverage here and my guest column here.

Governor Wolf, state Rep. Harry Lewis Jr. & Senator DinnimanGov. Wolf Holds Roundtable Discussion on Opioid Addiction

I was recently joined by Governor Wolf, state Rep. Harry Lewis Jr. and other officials and community leaders for a roundtable discussion in Coatesville on the epidemic of heroin and opioid addiction in our region. This is a health crisis that is robbing our Commonwealth and our nation of its most valuable resource – our young people. While Chester County has been a leader in getting Naloxone into the hands of those who need it, we need to continue to expand the tools, resources, and support services necessary to save lives and help those suffering from drug abuse turn their lives around. Read press coverage here.

ABLE Accounts

The new ABLE (Achieving a Better Life Experience) Act establishes tax-exempt savings accounts for Pennsylvanians with disabilities and their families. Currently, those with certain intellectual and developmental disabilities are unable to save more than $2,000 in their bank accounts because they then face losing their medical assistance. The new law (Act 17 of 2016) will remove that artificial ceiling and allow them to take more responsibility for providing for themselves and their future care. Read more information here and press coverage here.

Conestoga Students Visit HarrisburgConestoga Students Visit Harrisburg

I recently had the opportunity to provide art students from Conestoga High School with a behind-the-scenes tour of the historic and architectural treasures of the Pennsylvania State Capitol. Arts education is crucial to our schools and I cannot think of a better way to help educate our young people the importance of art, art history, and historic preservation than to use the Capitol building – the people’s building – as an example of various styles of classic artwork, design, and architecture. Read more here.

Farm Conservation Tax Credit Program

Farmers who want to implement best management practices or purchase on-farm conservation equipment should apply now for the remaining 2015-16 Resource Enhancement and Protection (REAP) program tax credits. Tax credits of up to $150,000 per agricultural operation for 50 to 75 percent of the project’s cost are available under the program. The most common projects are for no-till planting and precision agricultural equipment, waste storage facilities, Conservation Plans, Nutrient Management Plans, and protecting heavy animal use areas like barnyards. Read more here.

Land Agents Legislation

Senator DinnimanWith the increasing number of pipelines proposed for our region, I’ve heard from multiple constituents and homeowners who feel that they have been intimidated, harassed, bullied, and outright misled by land agents. Currently, land agents in Pennsylvania operate with no oversight whatsoever. That is why I have introduced Senate Bill 991, which calls for land agents to be regulated by the Pennsylvania Real Estate Commission and establishes background checks and other ethical standards. Read press coverage here.

Breaking Ground on Two Theater Projects

On Wednesday evening, I will join officials and community members in breaking ground on the new theater set for the site of the historic Pennsylvania National Guard Armory on High Street. I must commend all the hard work of the volunteers and staff at the Uptown! Entertainment Alliance in bringing this project to life and I was proud to help in moving the official acquisition of the property through the legislature. I must commend the volunteers and staff of the Uptown! Entertainment Alliance for all their hard work in bringing this project to life. I was proud to help in moving the official acquisition of the property through the legislature. More information on the project here.

In Phoenixville, officials recently broke ground on the extensive renovation and expansion of the Colonial Theatre. That project will expand the historic theater into the adjacent building (formerly the National Bank of Phoenixville) to include two additional movie screens, a garden rooftop deck, and a more spacious lobby, joining the two buildings. Again, I was happy to help by working to successfully secure $250,000 in state funding for this worthwhile project back in 2011. Read press coverage here.

Thank you for reading and as always, don’t hesitate to give me a ring at my West Chester office or e-mail me directly at



Andy Dinniman
State Senator - 19th District


Offices of State Senator Andy Dinniman


District Office
One North Church Street
West Chester, PA 19380
Phone: 610.692.2112
Fax: 610.436.1721
Monday-Friday: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Harrisburg Office
Senate Box 203019
182 Capitol Building
Harrisburg, PA 17120-3019
Phone: 717.787.5709
Fax: 717.787.4384

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