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Gun Bills Out of Committee, Ready for House Consideration

Rep. Rob Kauffman led the committee in voting on a package of bills to keep firearms out of the hands of criminals and those with mental health issues.

Gov. Wolf Gives Endorsement for Marijuana Reform as Part of Criminal...

The Pennysliviana Auditor General Eugene DePasquale applauded Gov. Tom Wolf for calling on the General Assembly to reform Pennsylvania’s marijuana laws as part of criminal justice reform.

Susan Boyle Named Head of House Republican Research

Susan Boyle, who has devoted 28 years to the House Republican Caucus, was named director of Research for the House Republican Caucus.

Mummert Takes Over as County Ombudsman, Volunteer Coordinator for Aging Services

Payton Mummert is Franklin County’s new Ombudsman / Volunteer Coordinator for Aging Services. Her appointment to the position is effective September 19.

County Administration Building Project Comes in Within Budget

Three area companies have submitted the lowest bids for a new county administration building.

Voting Registration Deadline Nears

The voting registration deadline is quickly approaching. County residents not registered to vote have less than two weeks to accomplish that task to be able to vote on Nov, 5.

AG Launches Safe2Say Something Week

The Office of Attorney General today launched Safe2Say Something Week. The Pennsylvania House and Senate are expected to designate the week of September.

Rep. Hershey: New Dairy Commission Important to District

Rep. John Hershey (R-82) is excited about his appointment to the new Pennsylvania Dairy Future Commission.

Online Absentee Ballot Applications Launch Monday

The mobile-friendly, online application site, available at votesPA.com/ApplyAbsentee, goes live on Monday, Sept. 16, the first day that registered voters may apply for absentee ballots for the Nov. 5 election.

‘Be Prepared, Not Scared’ PA Emergency Management Urges

Be Prepared, Not Scared. That’s the message this month from the state’s Emergency Management Agency.

Terminix Court Settlement Could Help Some Consumers

Attorney General Josh Shapiro today announced his office has reached a settlement with The Terminix International Company, L.P. Terminix is a Delaware limited partnership with regional offices across Pennsylvania.

Franklin County 911 Dispatcher Receives Clinical Save Award

Makenzie Cleary, a 911 Dispatcher, received a prestigious award for her actions this summer in helping save a man’s life.

Property Owners Invited to Storm Sewer Discussion

A pubic meeting this month gives property owners a chance to review and discuss the draft Storm Sewer Utility Rate Structure and Credit Program.

Senate Committee to Hold Public Hearing on MS4

The state Senate Environmental Resources & Energy Committee will discuss Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) requirements Committee members will hear from local municipalities trying to comply with federal stormwater regulations

Franklin County Commissioner Bob Thomas announces Write-in Campaign

County Commissioner Bob Thomas will run a write-in campaign for re-election on November 5.

Chambersburg to Bring Restaurant Enforcement In-House

Restaurant owners and managers will see changes in the way their restaurants are inspected next year.

Jordan Herman Is County’s Employee of the Month

Jordan Herman is Franklin County’s August Employee of the Month. Herman is a Forensic Case Manager for the Re-entry Service Center who has worked for Franklin County since 2018.

AG Shapiro Files Lawsuit Opposing Trump Administration’s Rule Allowing Prolonged Detention...

Attorney General Josh Shapiro announced today that he is filing a lawsuit with 19 other attorneys general opposing the Trump Administration’s new rule circumventing the Flores Settlement Agreement.

Waynesboro to Host an eCycling Event

The Borough of Waynesboro and Waste Management (WM), are hosting an eCycling event Sept. 28.

New Voting Machines will be Ready for November Elections

Franklin County Commissioners approved a recommendation from the County's Election Board to purchase new election equipment from Election Systems and Software LLC (ES&S).

Letterkenny ARMY Depot Welcomes New Post Commander

Col. Gregory Gibbons succeeded Col. Stephen Ledbetter as commander of Letterkenny Army Depot on Thursday.

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.

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.

$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.
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