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Plan Your Fair Days This Summer
It’s time to start planning your summer fun! Throughout Pennsylvania’s 67 counties, you can experience local fun and flavors at many fairs. With many offering free admission, it’s a great opportunity for families to enjoy time together. Click here for a list of fairs in the Commonwealth.
Youth Fishing Tournament
In an effort to encourage children ages 5-14 to learn how to fish, the Friends of Nockamixon State Park will hold a fishing tournament from 9-11 a.m. on Saturday, June 10, at the park.

Participants will receive fishing items, and bait and poles will be available for loan. Prizes and trophies will be awarded. To register, contact Volunteer Helen Maurella at maurella4@verizon.net. Registrations must be made by Wednesday, June 7.

The tournament may be rescheduled to 9-11 a.m. on Saturday, June 17, due to inclement weather.

For more information, please visit the Friends of Nockamixon website at friendsofnockamixonstatepark.org, or call (215) 529-7307.
Lane Restrictions on State Street in Doylestown
There will be lane restrictions on State Street between Church Street and Barnes Court in Doylestown on Thursday, June 8, and Friday, June 9, between 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for a PECO gas main installation project.
Motorists are advised to allow extra time when traveling through the area.

 
Tax Amnesty Program Wraps Up Soon


I want to remind you the tax amnesty program to collect delinquent taxes while reducing fines for those with outstanding debt will end on June 19.

I introduced last session a bill to create the program and the bill was included in the 2016-17 budget package that became law.

Tax amnesty is not a forgiveness of debt but a reduction in fines to encourage the payment of back taxes. Many of the tax dollars would go uncollected, but as it stands, the amnesty plan is forecasted to bring in more than $100 million of outstanding taxes to the state coffers where it belongs.

All taxes owed to the Commonwealth administered by the Department of Revenue are eligible. Taxes, interest and penalties collected under the International Fuel Tax Agreement owed to other states or provinces are not eligible.

The amnesty program applies where a known or unknown delinquency existed as of Dec. 31, 2015. Individuals who took advantage of a similar amnesty program offered in 2010 are not eligible to participate.

For more information and complete program guidelines, visit www.RepQuinn.net and click “Tax Amnesty Program Guidelines.”

This is an excellent opportunity to become financial whole with the Commonwealth and get out from under accrued fees and fines. 

Shredder/Recycling Event Tomorrow!


I will be hosting a FREE Shredder/Recycling Event to give residents of the 143rd Legislative District the opportunity to safely dispose of personal documents and other items.

The event will take place tomorrow, Saturday, June 3, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Groveland Elementary School, 1100 North Easton Road, Doylestown. Shredding will be available until noon. This event has been very popular and there have been long lines in the past. Please be patient!

Constituents are encouraged to bring the following items for proper disposal or reuse:
  • Faded, worn or torn flags (no flag poles).
  • Eyeglasses/sunglasses and hearing aids.
  • Unused or expired over-the-counter or prescription medications (no needles or Epi-pens).
  • Clothing, shoes, games, toys and books (all in good shape and usable condition).
  • Cellphones, chargers, small appliances and small household items.
  • Can tabs.
Please call my district office for additional information 215-489-2126.

                                                                       

 
House in Session Next Week

The House returns to session next week and is expected to take up various pieces of legislation. An extra session day has been added so to accommodate the consideration of a pension reform bill. When details become available, I will share them on my website, RepQuinn.net, and on my Facebook page.


 
Safeguarding Children from Online Sexual Predators


The House approved legislation to allow the state attorney general and county district attorneys to permanently hold the authority to use administrative subpoenas, which are issued without judicial oversight, to find information pertaining to child sex predators transmitting child pornography.

This bill was first enacted in 2014 but included a sunset date of Dec. 31, 2017. House Bill 561, which I voted for, would give this authority to prosecutors permanently. The bill is with the Senate for review.

This law is vital tool for law enforcement to make it easier to track child sex predators. It is my hope we can provide the officials with this valuable instrument.


 
New Immunization Requirements in Effect This Fall

Pennsylvania’s school immunization requirements for the upcoming 2017-18 school year have been revised by the Pennsylvania Department of Health. This is not something voted on by the General Assembly.

Parents must now get their children fully immunized prior to the fifth day of school or the students will not be permitted to attend classes. In the past, parents had eight months to meet immunization requirements.

If a student is in the middle of inoculations and it is too soon for the next dose, parents must provide to the school nurse a written plan, signed by their health care provider, within the first five days of school.

For more information, contact your health care provider, visit health.pa.gov or call 1-877-PA-HEALTH.


Farmers Market Program Encourages Healthy Eating

The Bucks County Area Agency on Aging, in conjunction with the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, is offering the Farmers Market Nutrition Program to older adults in Bucks County.

The program provides $20 in FREE vouchers to eligible individuals and $40 for eligible couples to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables at participating farmers markets. To qualify, a person must reside in Bucks County, be at least 60 years of age and meet income guidelines (For example, a single person may earn up to $22,311 and a two-person household may earn up to $30,044). The program is not available to senior citizens who are living in nursing home facilities and residential facilities where meals are provided.

Vouchers will ONLY be distributed at designated senior centers, including the following centers located in the 143rd Legislative District:
  • Central Bucks Senior Center

    700 Shady Retreat Road in Doylestown

    Phone: (215) 348-0565

    Fridays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., while supplies last 

  • Eastern Upper Bucks Senior Center

    8040 Easton Road in Ottsville

    Phone (610) 847-8178

    Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., while supplies last 

             
For more information, call the Bucks County Area Agency on Aging at (267) 880-5700. 

 

Woman of the Year

 
I was honored to be recognized as the recipient of the Village Improvement Association’s annual Women in Business Leadership Award. I’m joined in this photo by the family, Maggie, John and Carolyn Quinn and, my mother, Mary Lee Corr. My heartfelt thanks to the V.I.A. and the to Central Bucks Chamber of Commerce.
                                
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