Capitol Roundup from Rep. Mike Peifer
5/9/2014
Protecting Electricity Consumers
Responding to the skyrocketing electric bills some consumers received this winter, the House Consumer Affairs Committee recently approved legislation to improve the transparency of contracts between customers and electric generation suppliers. Since many of the problems impacted consumers with variable rate contracts, House Bill 2104 would limit rate increases for customers with variable rate plans to no more than 30 percent per billing cycle. To assist all consumers, the bill also would require requests to switch suppliers to be completed within five business days; outline language all electric supplier contracts must contain to clearly explain terms; and give the Public Utility Commission (PUC) specific authority to investigate customer complaints related to the rates charged by electric generation suppliers. The legislation now awaits additional consideration by the full House. For more information on choosing an electric supplier, visit www.PAPowerSwitch.com.

Measure Barring Double-Taxation on PA Job Creators Now Law
Continuing its efforts to boost the state’s jobs climate, the General Assembly has passed and the governor signed into law legislation to prohibit municipalities, cities and other local governments from arbitrarily or excessively applying local business taxes to any company or employer that performs work within their boundaries for 15 days or less within the calendar year. Act 42 of 2014 also protects businesses from being charged the gross receipts tax twice by separate municipalities for the same earnings.

Arts Grants Available
The Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts (PPA) program, administered locally by the Pocono Arts Council, is accepting applications for project stream grants for art projects in Lackawanna, Luzerne, Monroe, Pike and Wayne counties. Arts-related and community-based nonprofit organizations or individual artists conducting arts programming open to the community are eligible for the grants and encouraged to apply. Awards, not to exceed $2,500, will be made through a local decision-making process. To learn more about the grant writing and application process, several workshops are planned, including one on Thursday, May 29, at the Cooperage Project, 1030 Main St., Honesdale, from 6-8 p.m. To RSVP or learn more about the grant program, contact Tassy Gilbert at tassy@poconoarts.org or call 570-476-4460. To access the online grant application, visit www.RepPeifer.com and click on “Arts Grants” from the left navigation bar.

Honoring an Outstanding Student

Delaware Valley High School senior Maisha Shamim was presented with a House citation congratulating her on being named a National Merit Scholarship Finalist by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. Maisha resides in Milford and is to be commended for her hard work and determination.

Representative Mike Peifer
139th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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