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  • Marshalls Creek incident begs question of how to help pets left in hot cars

    Thursday, July 21, 2016 | Pocono Record

    Police themselves risk being sued for property damage, but this could change if Pennsylvania House Bill 1615 (the Motor Vehicle Extreme Heat Protection Act), introduced by Democratic state Sen. Rob Teplitz serving Dauphin and Perry counties, becomes law.

    This would "prohibit the confinement of a dog or cat in an unattended motor vehicle in a manner that would endanger the health and well-being of the animal," Teplitz said in a July 2015 letter to fellow Pennsylvania senators. "Animals do no sweat like humans do, so they have no way to cool themselves down in hot conditions (even with the windows open just a crack), causing irreversible organ damage, heat stroke, brain damage and, in extreme cases, death...


  • Budget win: Harrisburg wins eligibility for state redevelopment program

    Wednesday, July 13, 2016 | Harrisburg Patriot-News/PennLive

    When the program was launched in 2013, Harrisburg was specifically excluded because it was in receivership.

    Sen. Rob Teplitz, D-Dauphin County, and Rep. Patty Kim, D-Harrisburg, have been trying to change that ever since, and on Wednesday they won their fight...


  • It's not too late for lawmakers to help childhood victims of abuse

    Thursday, July 7, 2016 | Harrisburg Patriot-News/PennLive

    As a legislator who has fought to protect children from sexual abuse and provide justice to survivors, I want to extend my deepest and most sincere condolences to Brian Gergely's loved ones.

    Notwithstanding the details of his specific circumstances, a recent PennLive story clearly demonstrates that Pennsylvania must join other states in strengthening our archaic statutes of limitations for civil and criminal cases of child sexual abuse.  

    Fortunately, there is a bipartisan consensus in the Capitol that reform is needed...