2023 Year in Review
When I had the honor to be sworn in as your Senator last year, I promised to continue to work hard for you. Here are some of the highlights of my first year serving you in the 6th Senatorial district.
Signed into Law – Cracking Down on Porch Pirating
My legislation to crack down on “porch pirating” was signed into law on December 14, 2023. Senate Bill 527 – now Act 41 of 2023 – implements specific penalties for theft of mail, which includes a package, bag or letter. In Pennsylvania, theft of mail is currently charged under other theft offenses based solely on the value of the item taken.
The new law focuses on repeat offenders and uses a grading system to increase penalties if the thief had prior mail theft convictions. Those who break the law three or more times can be charged with a felony, as well as anyone who steals mail valued at more than $2,000. The law will go into effect in mid-February.
Passed Senate – Addressing Philadelphia’s City Wage Tax
My first bill to pass the Senate was Senate Bill 671 – to address Philadelphia’s City Wage Tax and make it more equitable for non-residents and keep tax dollars local to help our community.
Philadelphia imposes a tax of 3.44% to those employed in Philadelphia. Non-residents are required to pay this wage tax whether they commute to Philadelphia or work at home, with none being remitted back to the employees’ home municipality as would be the case if they work in any other municipality in the state.
Bucks County municipalities and school districts are losing millions of dollars because of this.
My bill is to return that EIT % to the local governments and place Philadelphia in line with more than 2,500 other local governments.
Passed Senate – Keeping our Public Transportation Workers Safe
After a significant increase of threats and assaults on transit operators in Pennsylvania, Sen. Christine Tartaglione (D-2) and I sponsored legislation to safeguard transit operators. It passed the Senate with overwhelmingly bipartisan support of 47-1 and is now in the House of Representatives for consideration.
Senate Bill 977 would make it a serious crime to interfere with an operator of any public transit vehicle. The offense would be classified as a felony of the third degree if the interference causes bodily injury. The offense would be steepened to a felony of the first degree if the intrusion causes serious bodily injury or death.
This bill would not only provide the necessary protections for our hardworking transit employees who are vital to Pennsylvania, but protect passengers and other commuters on the roadway. The bill is named after U.S. Army veteran Bernard Gribbin – a SEPTA bus operator who was tragically killed while working on Oct. 26.
A Few Photos in the District in 2023
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