Headline Harrisburg - April 28, 2011

Tackling Transportation Safety IssuesThe House Transportation Committee will meet at 9:15 a.m. on Tuesday, May 3, to discuss the following pieces of transportation legislation:

• House Bill 8 – Prohibits the operation of motor vehicles while using interactive wireless communication devices, which includes various types of cell phones, while operating a motor vehicle.

• House Bill 9 – Prohibits a junior driver from driving with more than one passenger under age 18 (except siblings); and requires 65 hours of practical driving on a learners’ permit, including ten hours of night driving and five hours of inclement weather driving.

• House Bill 170 – My bill requiring any pedacycle being operated in traffic to travel in the right-hand lane or as close to the right curb as possible unless passing another vehicle or when preparing for a left-hand turn. It also requires any vehicle passing a pedacycle to pass to the left no less than four feet away at a careful and prudent speed.

• House Bill 896 - Increases fines for careless driving if it is determined that the driver at the time of the violation was distracted by any electronic device, electrical device, personal grooming device, food, drink, book or other printed material.

You will be able to watch the meeting through my website,

Disposing of Unused or Expired Medication - The second National Prescription Drug Take Back Day will take place this Saturday, April 30, 2011, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Click here to find a collection site near you.

Passport Changes in Effect - Effective April 1, 2011, the U.S. Department of State made it mandatory for the full names of the applicant’s parent(s) to be listed on all certified copies of birth certificates for passport applicants regardless of age. My district office can assist you with obtaining a long form version. Please stop by one of my district offices and let us help you with this aspect of your passport application.

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