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Senate’s 2015-16 Session Begins
The Pennsylvania State Senate will open its 2015-16 Legislative Session on Tuesday, January 6, with a day filled with ceremonies and administrative duties. Shortly after Noon, all of the Senators-elect (those from even-numbered Senatorial Districts) will receive their oath of office.
Notaries No Longer Need Senatorial Endorsement
As of January 5, senatorial endorsements will no longer be required for notary public applications. Act 119 of 2014 removed the requirement that applicants obtain the endorsement of their Senator prior to submitting their applications to the Department of State.
More information about notary applications is available by clicking here.
99th Pennsylvania Farm Show Set For January 10 -17
The 99th Pennsylvania Farm Show is set to run in Harrisburg from January 10 through 17. The eight-day show at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex and Expo Center will feature 6,000 animals, 10,000 competitive exhibits and 300 commercial exhibitors. Billed as the largest indoor agricultural event in the country, an estimated 400,000 people are expected to attend this year’s edition.
Many new attractions will be added to the 2015 Farm Show, including:
The Pennsylvania Farm Show runs from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. on January 10 through 16 and from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on January 17. Admission is free and parking is $10. The Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex and Expo Center is easily accessed from nearby Interstate 81. For a complete schedule of Farm Show events visit www.farmshow.state.pa.us.
Website Helps Consumers As Highmark-UPMC Contract Ends
Recognizing that many western Pennsylvania consumers have serious concerns with the December 31, 2014, termination of the contract between Highmark and UPMC, the Commonwealth is offering help through a special website: www.StayInformed.pa.gov.
On January 1, those with Highmark health insurance can be denied access to UPMC facilities or be forced to pay higher out-of-network expenses.
The new website is intended to help consumers cut through confusion and better understand the changes that could occur to health care coverage as a result of the Highmark and UPMC contract termination. It also outlines the key protections put into place through consent decrees signed by both parties earlier this year.
Dog Licenses Now Available at County Treasurers’ Offices
Pennsylvanians can now purchase 2015 dog licenses from their county treasurers. State law requires all dogs three months and older to be licensed by January 1 of each year.
An annual dog license is $8.50, or $6.50 if the animal is spayed or neutered. Lifetime licenses are available for dogs that have permanent identification like a microchip or tattoo. Older adults and people with disabilities may be eligible for discounts.
The dog license application is simple and only requests owner contact information and details about the dog being licensed, like name, age, breed and color.
For more information, including a list of county treasurers, visit www.licenseyourdogPA.com or call the Bureau of Dog Law Enforcement Office at (717) 787-3062.
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