State Capitol ROUNDUP

House Passes Bill Allowing School Districts to Ease Property Tax Burden for Seniors

The House recently voted in support of legislation allowing school districts to offer property tax relief to senior citizens in exchange for volunteer service for their local school district.  House Bill 658 would allow school districts to set specific guidelines for the program, including the rate of a real property tax credit, as long as it does not exceed the total amount of taxes owed by an individual.  Participants must be at least 60 years old, residents of Pennsylvania for at least 90 days and undergo appropriate criminal background checks.  In addition, the bill would require that the types of services participants provide through a program must enhance the academic program of the school district.  A program would not replace or displace existing job positions in a school district.

April is National Donate Life Month

To raise awareness of the more than 100,000 men, women and children in the United States waiting for an organ transplant to save their lives, April is Donate Life Month.  One organ donor can potentially save the lives of patients awaiting heart, liver, lung, kidney or pancreas transplants.  The organ transplant waiting list in Pennsylvania currently includes more than 8,300 people.  Pennsylvania residents can elect to be an organ donor on their driver’s licenses or identification cards by registering online; there is no need to wait for a renewal.  Individuals can also elect to become a living organ donor to help someone currently in need of a transplant.  For more information on becoming an organ donor, visit Rep. Kerry Benninghoff’s (R-Centre/Mifflin) website at
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