Senator Rothman E-Newsletter

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In this Update:

  • Mark Your Calendar
  • Bill to Improve Safety, Combat Illegal Street Racing Passes Senate
  • Senate Approves Bill to Get Pennsylvanians Back to Work
  • Celebrating Historic Breast Cancer Screening Law
  • Beware of Ticks and Lyme Disease
  • Acknowledging Service

Mark Your Calendar


Pennsylvania license plates that have lost reflectivity, are peeling or blistering, are discolored, and/or are unreadable from 50 feet away are eligible for replacement at no cost. Law enforcement officers will be on-hand at each of the upcoming events to provide the verification needed for free replacement.  Stop by to have plates evaluated and the necessary paperwork completed. Our office will submit the application to PennDOT and replacement plates will be mailed directly to applicants.  Registration is encouraged but is not required.  Register HERE.

THIS Saturday, May 4, from 1-3 p.m.
Shippensburg Police Department, 60 W Burd St., Shippensburg

Saturday, May 11, from 1-3 p.m.
Silver Spring District Office, 4 Flowers Dr., Mechanicsburg

Saturday, June 1, from 1-3 p.m.
Family Life Center, 27 W Shortcut Rd., Newport


Take steps to protect your identity by safely shredding old documents containing sensitive information. Please note, there is a limit of five boxes per household.

NEXT Saturday, May 11, from 9 a.m. to Noon
Kohl’s Parking Lot, 6444 Carlisle Pike, Mechanicsburg
*Together with Rep. Sheryl Delozier, Rep. Thomas Kutz, Hampden Township and Silver Spring Township

Saturday, June 8, from 9-11 a.m.
Grace United Methodist Church, 982 Medical Rd, Millersburg
*Together with the Office of Rep. Joe Kerwin

Bill to Improve Safety, Combat Illegal Street Racing Passes Senate

To address how the erratic driving of illegal street racers endangers the safety of other motorists and pedestrians, the Senate passed legislation that would increase street racing fines for first offenses to $500 and all additional infractions to $2,000. Senate Bill 998 also calls for impoundment orders for vehicles used in the offense and would hold event organizers accountable using fines, suspension of driving privileges, classification as habitual offenders, impoundment of vehicles and imprisonment.

Additionally, the bill would impose penalties for drifting on highways or trafficways and for organizing street racing or drifting events. Drifting is a driving technique that involves steering a car to make a controlled skid sideways through a turn.

Senate Bill 998 is part of the Senate Republican effort to improve community safety across Pennsylvania. It now heads to the House of Representatives for consideration.

Senate Approves Bill to Get Pennsylvanians Back to Work

Unemployed Pennsylvanians who engage in job dodging by sabotaging their own efforts to get hired would jeopardize their Unemployment Compensation benefits under a bill approved by the Senate.

Job dodging is the process used by some Unemployment Compensation recipients to avoid obtaining a job and to continue to collect benefits. Job dodgers may skip a job interview or refuse employment or a referral for employment to continue receiving Unemployment Compensation benefits. Such occurrences are wasteful and frustrating to potential employers but are also harmful to sincere job seekers.

Senate Bill 1109 is intended to prevent Unemployment Compensation recipients who apply for a job from unreasonably discouraging their own hiring. It would require the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry to create or update forms enabling employers to report Unemployment Compensation claimants who discourage their own hiring through job dodging. The bill moves to the House of Representatives for consideration.

Celebrating Historic Breast Cancer Screening Law

One year ago, a first-of-its-kind in the nation comprehensive breast cancer screening bill was signed into law as Act 1 of 2023. Senate Republicans supported the bill that eliminated out-of-pocket costs associated with BRCA-related genetic testing and counseling as well as supplemental screening such as breast MRI and ultrasound for women at high risk.

High-risk conditions covered by the law include dense breast tissue, personal history of breast cancer, family history of breast cancer, genetic predisposition and prior radiation therapy.

Act 1 covers individuals whose insurance is state-regulated, including plans purchased through the Pennie marketplace or employer-provided insurance. The law takes effect for many plans between 2024 and 2025. All state-regulated plans must be in place before the end of 2025. Learn more.

Beware of Ticks and Lyme Disease

Pennsylvania leads the nation with the number of Lyme disease cases. While we are lucky to have access to the many outdoor recreational opportunities in the commonwealth, they come with the risks of tickborne diseases.

National Lyme Disease Awareness Month is an opportunity to learn how to protect your family and pets against Lyme. Use insect repellent when spending time outdoors, treat your clothing and gear with permethrin and conduct a tick check when you come inside.

There are three stages of Lyme disease with distinct signs and symptoms occurring in each stage, including a bullseye rash, headaches, nerve pain, heart palpitations and fever. If you discover a tick, safely remove it, put it in a plastic bag and mail it to the Pennsylvania Tick Research Lab for free testing. Within three business days, you will know if the tick carried Lyme disease and other diseases – valuable information for you and your health care provider.

Acknowledging Service

This week, I had the privilege of attending several events with constituents who have served our Nation and those who are serving our local communities.  I was honored to speak at the PA VFW Loyalty Day ceremony in the Capitol, to acknowledge the sacrifices made for our freedom and kick-off Military Appreciation Month.

I also had the pleasure of attending a Municipal Leaders’ Breakfast in Camp Hill to discuss issues of importance with our local elected officials.

Earlier this week, I was pleased to learn about our newest Eagle Scout’s service project, that involved teaching outdoor skills through the West Shore Christian Academy’s “Community Classroom.”  James from Troop 180 in New Kingstown provided valuable experiences to and shared his knowledge with 15 students through the after-school tutoring program.

While the nature of the service was quite different from event to event, I was inspired by–and am thankful for–the commitment and selflessness demonstrated by all. 


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