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CONGRATULATIONS TO LISA MOSSIE!
(Our corresponding secretary of MCRWL)
ON HER ELECTION AS CHAIRMAN OF THE UPPER PROVIDENCE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS
Follow Lisa's efforts on fiscal conservativism as she battles for transparancy on the County's sale of Parkhouse. The county is selling the geriatric nursing facility and the nearly 288 acres it sits on for $39 million to Mid-Atlantic Health Care LLC.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
December 16, 2013
Toepel’s Tougher Penalties for Child Porn Bill to be
Signed Into Law
HARRISBURG – Standing up for victims who feel like they have no voice of their own is the motivation for House Bill 321, authored by Rep. Marcy Toepel (R-Montgomery). The legislation calls for enhanced sentencing for those convicted on child pornography charges and successfully passed both the House and Senate chambers with unanimous votes.
“The state Task Force on Child Protection found in a 2012 report that those who committed the offense of child pornography received a wide variety of sentences, including probation, despite the egregious nature of the offense,” Toepel said. “It is never appropriate to think that the people committing these kinds of heinous acts on a child can walk away with only probation. I look forward to the Governor signing my bill into law, ensuring pedophiles are held accountable for their actions.”
Following Task Force recommendations, sentencing guidelines will be enhanced across the spectrum of child pornography charges and will be based upon the age of the child victimized, the number of images possessed, and the nature and character of the abuse. The legislation also enhances the penalty if the image in question involves any indecent contact with the child.
These crimes continue to plague our communities. According to the Attorney General’s office, approximately 2,800 individuals download or transmit child pornography every month in Pennsylvania. Also, the Attorney General’s Child Predator Section (CPS) has arrested 107 individuals this year, up from just 19 arrests in 2012.
House Bill 321 now goes to the governor’s desk where it is expected to be signed into law later this week.
For more information, including Toepel’s legislative priorities, visit Toepel’s website at RepToepel.com or follow her legislative Facebook page at Facebook.com/RepToepel.
December 10, 2013
Senate Passes Toepel’s Open Space Bill
HARRISBURG – The Pennsylvania Senate unanimously passed Rep. Marcy Toepel’s legislation to provide clarity to Pennsylvania municipalities regarding the type of projects that can be funded by the local option tax levy.
“This bill gives those municipalities that choose to enact an open space tax, the flexibility to use a portion of the tax to maintain and improve the land acquired through the tax,” said Toepel (R-Montgomery). “Presently the law lacked clarity regarding the usage of the tax. Also, under current law, this tax may only be imposed through voter referendum; however, there is no mechanism to rescind the tax. This bill corrects that oversight by providing language that would provide an avenue for voters to rescind the tax through a referendum vote if the tax is no longer needed or desired.”
House Bill 1523 would amend the Open Space Law to authorize the local taxing option levy to be used for expenses necessary to prepare the resource, recreation or land use plan or for costs associated with the design, engineering, improvement and development of the real property consistent with the approved plan.
Currently, the funds raised from the local option tax can only be used for the purchase of open space land, retiring of debt incurred in purchasing such land and transaction fees related to the purchase, including, but not limited to, the cost of appraisals, legal services, title searches and insurance, document preparation, closing fees and survey expenses.
This legislation has garnered the support of the Pennsylvania State Association of Boroughs, Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors, Pennsylvania State Association of Township Commissioners, Pennsylvania League of Cities and Municipalities, and the Pennsylvania Land Trust.
House Bill 1523 now heads to the governor’s desk to be signed into law.
For more legislative information, visit Toepel’s website at RepToepel.com or follow her legislative Facebook page at Facebook.com/RepToepel.
We salute these women for their achievement and dedication. They are, indeed, an asset to our community. While our two judicial candidates fell short of their goal, we commend Maureen Coggins and Sharon Giamporcaro for their hard fought campaigns which were done with dignity and decorum. They both are stellar attorneys with a great amount of experience. We are fortunate to have them in our county. We will be hearing of them again.
Also, congratulations to Susan Peikes Gantman on her retention
for an additional term as Judge of the
Superior Court of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
Women's Leadership is pleased to highlight passage in the Senate of HB 79 sponsored by Representative Kate Harper. See link below for full report.