Protecting Consumers from Data Breaches
3/15/2018
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Protecting Consumers from Data Breaches

To help protect consumers from having their personal information stolen or used fraudulently, the House passed two bipartisan bills this week to address data breaches.

House Bill 1846 would require notice within 45 days to residents of the Commonwealth when there is a breach of security of a system. The notice must be in plain language, and include the date of the breach, the type of information subject to the breach, and toll-free numbers to credit reporting agencies.

Similarly, House Bill 1847 would waive the current fee to freeze a credit report, which is $10 for each request, should a data breach occur. In the instance of a data breach, consumers would be provided with three months of free credit monitoring and up to three free credit reports for one calendar year after the date the breach is reported.

Consumers are urged to be proactive in monitoring their credit reports and financial account statements, such as credit cards and utilities, by clicking here. To report any suspicious activity, call the attorney general’s office hotline at 1-800-441-2555 or email atscams@attorneygeneral.gov.
                  
         
Reminder: Vietnam Veterans Invited to Pinning Ceremony on March 28

If you are a veteran of the Vietnam era, I hope you will join Rep. Lynda Schlegel Culver and me, along with the office of Sen. Pat Toomey, at a pinning ceremony to commemorate National Vietnam Veterans Day.

This ceremony will take place on Wednesday, March 28, at 2 p.m. at the Selinsgrove VFW Post 6631, located at 940 Route 522, in Selinsgrove.

Veterans who served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces at any time between Nov. 1, 1955, and May 15, 1975, regardless of station location, will be eligible to receive a lapel pin at this ceremony. Family members are invited to attend the ceremony with veterans.

Advanced RSVP is required before Friday, March 23, by calling 570-966-0052.
                  
         
Need Help with Veterans Benefits?

In appreciation for their service, both the state and federal governments offer a number of benefits and services to our veterans and their family members. If you have questions about or need assistance with obtaining these benefits, there are several options to help you.

Dan Falls, a veterans field service officer with the American Legion, is available at the Mifflinburg office on Wednesday, March 28, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and on the fourth Wednesday of each subsequent month. You need not be a member of the American Legion to obtain this assistance with issues such as compensation, education, pension, health care and death benefits. Appointments are required and may be made by calling the office at 570-966-0052 or 570-837-0052.

Both Union and Snyder counties also have offices of Veterans Affairs to assist you.
  • Union County Office of Veterans Affairs – Union County Government Center, 155 N. 15th St., Lewisburg. The telephone number is 570-524-8677, and the office is available online here.
  • Snyder County Office of Veterans Affairs – Snyder County East Building, 713 Bridge St. Suite 10, Selinsgrove. The telephone number is 570-374-0181, and the office is available online here.
                                                      
         
Bill to Reduce Size of Legislature Passes House

In an effort to streamline and improve efficiency of the Pennsylvania General Assembly, the House endorsed House Bill 153, which would allow the voters to decide if both the House and Senate should be reduced in size.

Specifically, the bill would reduce the House from 203 to 151 members and the Senate from 50 members to 38.

The original bill – which only included a House reduction – was amended last month in the House, which means it still must be considered by two consecutive sessions of the General Assembly before going to the voters. However, if the Senate amends the bill back to its original form and the House agrees, the referendum could conceivably be on the ballot this fall.
                  
         
Be Safe This Weekend

Everyone is Irish on St. Patrick’s Day! St. Paddy’s Day festivities are filled with friends, family and sometimes, consumption of large amounts of alcohol. Drinking and driving accounts for nearly one-third of vehicle-related fatalities in the United States, and over the past four years, the number of alcohol related crashes has been rising in Pennsylvania.

This St. Patrick’s Day, local law enforcement will be patrolling our communities to ensure citizens follow the law and refrain from drinking and driving. Doing so not only keeps you safe, but it also keeps other vehicle passengers and pedestrians safe. Don’t test your luck this St. Patrick’s Day: Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.

Tips to have a fun and safe St. Patrick’s Day:
  • Always remember to plan ahead. You know whether you’ll attend a party. If you plan to drink, plan for a sober driver to take you home.
  • If you see a drunk driver on the road, contact Local Law Enforcement.
  • Have a friend who is about to drink and drive? Take the keys away and make arrangements to get them home safely. Don’t worry about offending someone—they’ll thank you later.
  • Is it your turn to be the designated driver? Take that role seriously—your friends could be relying on you.
                  
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