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District Office
1032 N. Easton Rd
Doylestown, PA 18902-1055
Plumstead Township
9 a.m. to 5 p.m. M-F *
Phone: (215) 489-2126
Fax: (215) 489-2129
*District office is handicapped accessible

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Hon. Marguerite Quinn 
141 East Wing
PO Box 202143
Harrisburg PA 17120-2143
Phone: (717) 772-1413
Fax: (717) 783-3793
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8/10/2017
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2017 Senior Expo
I will be holding my 10th annual Senior Expo on Friday, Sept. 29, from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Central Bucks Senior Center, located at 700 Shady Retreat Road in Doylestown. There is no cost to attend.

The Senior Expo will include exhibitors, lunch and musical entertainment. Attendees are encouraged to bring old, unused or expired medications for proper disposal. If you are interested in attending, please call my district office at 215-489-2126 to register.
Golden Anniversary Tea Scheduled
I will be hosting a Golden Anniversary Tea to honor couples living in the 143rd District who have been married for 50 years or longer on Thursday, Oct. 5, at the Michener Art Museum, 138 S. Pine St. in Doylestown.

If you, or a couple you know who reside in the 143rd Legislative District, are interested in participating in this special recognition, please call my district office at 215-489-2126 to register. You will be asked to provide the names of the anniversary couple, address, phone number and date of marriage. A personal invitation will be sent via mail.
July Revenue Collections Released

July marked the first month of the 2017-18 fiscal year and state revenues are slightly ahead of July 2016.

Pennsylvania collected $ 2.1 billion in General Fund revenue in July, an increase over the $2 billion collected during the same month last year.

Also for the month, sales tax receipts totaled $912.7 million, Personal Income Tax revenue was $827 million and corporation tax revenue was $61.8 million. General Fund revenue figures for July included $83 million in inheritance tax. Other General Fund revenue, including cigarette, malt beverage and liquor and table games taxes totaled $138.4 million.

The state Department of Revenue, which released the information, traditionally compares actual collections to anticipated collections. However, with no revenue plan in place, the department was unable to do the comparison for July collections. We continue to work toward a solution on the revenue plan, and I hope one will be place in the coming weeks.

2017 Middletown Grange Fair

If you have the opportunity, please come out to the 69th annual Middletown Grange Fair, which starts Wednesday, Aug. 16, and continues through Sunday, Aug. 20. You can set your GPS to 576 Penns Park Road, Wrightstown. This year, I will be taking turns with Sens. Chuck McIlhinney (R-10) and Tommy Tomlinson (R-6), as well as Reps. Frank Farry (R-Bucks) and Scott Petri (R-Bucks), staffing the legislative information table. I hope to see you there.

The will fair feature traditional carnival rides, games, foods and entertainment but the focus will be on the agricultural community. Attendees will be able to view farm animals and animal demonstrations and 4-H projects will be held. For more information and the complete schedule, click here.


Spotted Lanternfly Presence in Bucks County Grows

The Spotted Lanternfly, an invasive insect from China, has been found in four additional Bucks County municipalities. The insects have the potential to destroy crops, such as grapes, tree fruits and hardwood lumber. Spotted lanternflies have been found in wooded areas and residential landscapes, especially where there are tree-of-heaven trees.

The Spotted Lanternfly was previously found in the northwestern part of the county and other parts of the state. The newly affected Bucks County municipalities are Bedminster, Dublin, Silverdale and Hilltown Township. As such, a quarantine zone in Bucks County has been enlarged to include those municipalities, as well as Milford, Richland, Haycock, Springfield, East Rockhill and West Rockhill townships, and Trumbauersville, Quakertown, Richlandtown, Sellersville, Perkasie, and Telford boroughs.

Any item, which includes firewood, vehicles, outdoor household items and any items stored outside during the fall, as well as building materials and plants, that could hold any life stage of the insect may not be moved outside the quarantine area without inspection and compliance. The impacted communities support the quarantine.

Click here for more information about the Spotted Lanternfly and efforts to stop its spread to other parts of the state.
  
Financial Aid Workshop Slated

The Pennsylvania High Education Assistance Agency and the Pennsylvania Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators will hold a series of Financial Aid Workshops in our area this fall.

Workshops are offered for free and provide the latest information on financial aid for postsecondary education. Attendees will be given a workshop handbook, handouts and materials.

Check-in will be conducted from 8:30 – 9 a.m., with complimentary refreshments being served. Workshops will begin at 9 a.m. and will end about 12:15 p.m. Workshops are offered at 40 locations throughout the state. To view a list of dates and sites, and to register for the workshop of your choice, click here.

Locally, the workshops will be held:
  • Sept. 15 and 19: Community College of Philadelphia NW in Philadelphia.

  • Sept. 27: Bucks County Community College in Newtown.

  • Sept. 28: Delaware County IU in Morton.

  • Oct. 3: Colonial Intermediate Unit #20 in Easton.

  • Oct. 4: Chester County Intermediate Unit #24 in Doylestown.

  • Oct. 5: Gwynedd Mercy University in Gwynedd Valley.

  • Oct. 5: DeSales University in Center Valley.

             
Lyme Cases Increased in 2016

Pennsylvania saw a roughly 20 percent increase in the number of people infected by Lyme disease last year and leads the nation in confirmed cases of the tick-borne illness.

Locally, Bucks County reported 500 cases, an increase over the 470 reported in 2015. Each county in the Commonwealth is confirmed to have a high risk of Lyme. Across the Commonwealth, more than 11,443 cases were reported in 2016, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Health.

Earlier this year, the House passed legislation, House Bill 174, to require health insurers to cover treatment plans for Lyme disease or related tick-borne illnesses as prescribed by a patient’s practitioner, regardless if the treatment plan includes short-term or long-term antibiotic treatment. The bill is now with the Senate.

The best prevention against Lyme and other tick-borne illnesses is to avoid tick-infested areas, such as dense shrubbery or tall grass. Other measures, such as the use of repellents and protective clothing, and checking for and removing attached ticks are also important deterrents. To find out about additional preventative measures, click here

Protecting Against Scams

The Office of Attorney General created recently a unit dedicated to consumer financial protection to better protect consumers from scams.

Lenders who prey on seniors, families with students, and military service members, including for-profit colleges and mortgage and student loan servicers will be the focus of the unit’s work.

In 2016, the Office of Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Bureau handled 19,727 consumer complaints and returned a total of $8.5 million in restitution to consumers. If you think you’ve been scammed, call the attorney general’s office at 1-800-441-2555 or send an email to scam@attorneygeneral.gov.

Should you suspect an individual is attempting to scam you over the phone, please notify the Federal Trade Commission.

Additionally, this link includes information about other common scams and how to avoid falling victim to them.
              
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1032 N. Easton Rd, Doylestown, PA 18902-1055 | Phone: (215) 489-2126
141 East Wing, PO Box 202143, Harrisburg PA 17120-2143 | Phone: (717) 772-1413
Email: mquinn@pahousegop.com
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