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Attorney General Urges Ban on PFAS Chemicals

Attorney General Josh Shapiro today urged Congress to support federal legislation to regulate PFAS chemicals that are harming Pennsylvanians’ health and environment.

Kauffman Calls for Investigation of DOC, Board of Probation and Parole

Rep. Rob Kauffman (R-Franklin), is calling for an investigation of the state’s prison and parole systems.

County Announces Online Bidding and Auction Partnership

The Franklin County Procurement Department is announcing a new partnership with Public Purchase, an e-procurement system to help streamline the county’s purchasing process.

County Commissioners Approve Human Services Block Grant Plan

The Franklin County Commissioners recently approved the 2019-2020 Human Services Block Grant plan.

DEP Secretary McDonnell Visits Franklin County Project

Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Secretary Patrick McDonnell recently joined community leaders at Lurgan Lions Club Park.

Franklin County Commissioners Intend to Sell Vacant Land

The Franklin County Commissioners recently signed a letter of intent for the sale of a county-owned .84-acre lot.

South Mountain Partnership Sets Fall Partnership Meeting

The South Mountain Partnership chose in winter 2018 to focus on supporting work already happening throughout the region to improve Water Resources.

$1.7 Million Secured for CPD Renovation Project

The funding was awarded through the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Project (RACP) program, which is dedicated to the acquisition and construction of regional economic, cultural, civic, recreational, and historical improvement projects.

Katrina Wright is County’s July Employee of Month

Katrina Wright, an Intake caseworker with Franklin County's Children and Youth Services, was recognized by County Commissioners as the July 2019 Employee of the Month.

Tourism Grants Available for Organizations, Municipalities

Nonprofit organizations and municipalities located within Franklin County whose mission and operations are related to tourism or the improvement of quality of life experiences for county residents are eligible to apply.

Courthouse Campus Project Bids Come in Within Budget

Commissioners got 18 bids from area contractors for various work including plumbing, electrical, HVAC, elevator, and general construction.

Mercersburg Vibrancy Steering Committee Announced

The stage has been set to streamline community planning in Mercersburg and its surrounding communities.

AG Shapiro: Equifax Security Breach Settlement ‘Historic’

Attorney General Josh Shapiro has announced that a coalition of 50 Attorneys General, comprising 48 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico has reached a settlement with Equifax.

Victim Protection Bills Championed by Kauffman Signed into Law

Rep. Rob Kauffman (R-89), chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, joined the governor when a package of bills was signed into law focused on providing better protections to crime victims.

Stonehill Appointed to Important National Committee

Jeffrey Stonehill has been appointed to serve on the International City/County Management Association's Governmental Affairs and Policy Committee.

Telephone Town Hall to Focus on Budget

State Rep. Paul Schemel (R-Franklin) will host a telephone town hall from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, July 18, to provide an update from the Capitol on the state’s 2019-20 budget.

County Proceeds With Future Administration Building Plans

Franklin County Commissioners reviewed floor plans this week for a new 35,772 square-foot administration complex at North Second and Grant Streets.

Topper’s Office Open Additional Hours

Rep. Jesse Topper’s McConnellsburg office will now be open an additional day each week.

New Law to Close Alcohol Sales Loophole

A bill by Rep. Jesse Topper (R-78) to close an alcohol sales loophole in the updated liquor laws and give voters more say in their community has been signed into law by Gov. Tom Wolf.

New legislation will Expand Protections for Child Testifiers

The governor recently signed into law Senate Bill 479, legislation that mirrors a bill authored by Rep. Rob Kauffman (R-89), to protect more children from the trauma of testifying in court.

Governor Signs Hershey’s Crime Victims Bill

Gov. Tom Wolf today signed legislation that guarantees crime victims access to court proceedings in their cases.

New Legislation Restores Police Ability to Conduct Joint Operations

Rep. Rob Kauffman, R-89, says legislation that is awaiting Gov. Tom Wolf’s signature makes it possible for the area’s police agencies to continue to work together on joint enforcement projects.

County Hires New Planning Director

Mercersburg resident Steve Thomas has joined Franklin County’s staff as the county’s new planning director.

Balanced PA Budget Passes House, Goes to Senate

Franklin County legislators weren't entirely in agreement about the 2019-20 state budget package approved by the House of Representatives this week.

Kati McGrath Is County’s Top Employee for June

Franklin County's Chief Juvenile Probation Officer Kathleen (Kati) McGrath was selected as the county's top employee for June.

Auditor General to Revisit Dog Law Enforcement Audit

The Auditor General Eugene DePasquale said today that he will be revisiting his 2013 special performance audit of the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture’s Dog Law Enforcement Office.

Legislative Report With Rep. Rob Kauffman

Rep.Rob Kaufman reports on happenings in the PA legislature.

Warning: Scam Calls Targeting Recipients of Property Tax & Rent Rebates

The Department of Revenue today issued a warning to Pennsylvanians to be cautious of a scam targeting seniors and people with disabilities who receive rebates through the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program.

Property Tax, Rent Rebate Deadline Extended

The deadline to apply for the state’s Property Tax/Rent Rebate has been extended to Dec. 31.

Multi-County Insurance Program Pays Dividends, Offsets Costs

Being part of the County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania’s PA Counties Risk Pool Unemployment Trust is paying off for Franklin County. Franklin County has received an average of $49,665 per year since 2015 from the unemployment compensation trust fund.

Hershey Highlights Availability of Unclaimed Property

An estimated 1 in 10 Pennsylvania residents has unclaimed property waiting for them. That totals more than $3 billion sitting in the Pennsylvania Treasury.

Kauffman Gets Guardian of Victims’ Rights Award

Rep. Rob Kauffman, R-89, was presented the Guardian of Victims' Rights Award last week at his Chambersburg office.

Bill Supporting AG Education Passes House

House Bill 1514 will revise and reestablish the Healthy Farms Healthy Schools program has unanimously passed the House of Representatives today.

New Co-Pilot System in Use at Senior Centers

Franklin County Commissioners approved hardware and software for a touchscreen system in senior centers through December 2021.

House Passes Charter School Reform Package

Today, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives passed four pieces of legislation designed to update and improve the Commonwealth’s charter school law.

Road Work Scheduled in Chambersburg

Major road construction is scheduled this summer on seven streets in Chambersburg, according to Assistant Borough Manager Phil Wolgemuth.

Franklin County Seniors Can Get Free Fruits, Veggies

The USDA Pennsylvania Farmers Market Nutrition Program provides low-income seniors with a way to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables from participating local farmers.

Farm-to-School Act for Pre-K to 5th Grade

The House Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee on Wednesday approved a package of bills that included one sponsored by Rep. John Hershey (R-Juniata/Mifflin/Franklin) in pursuit of supporting agriculture education.

House Bill 360 – Combating Human Trafficking and Child Marriage

The House today approved legislation by Rep. Jesse Topper (R-Bedford/Franklin/Fulton) to increase the legal age a person can get married to 18 as part of efforts to address the heinous crime of human trafficking.

Bicycle, Skateboard Rules in Chambersburg

Local police are warning cyclists and skateboarders they need to walk their “vehicles” in downtown Chambersburg.
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