Headline Harrisburg - June 2, 2011
Strengthening Do-Not-Call

House Bill 382, which would eliminate the need for Pennsylvania residents to re-apply every five years to have their telephone numbers placed on the state’s do-not-call list, has been passed by the state House and sent to the state Senate.

The legislation, sponsored by Rep. Jim Cox (R-Berks), would amend the Telemarketer Registration Act to require a telephone number to remain on the state’s do-not-call list until the number is no longer valid for a specific individual or an individual requests a number to be removed from the registry.

The bill was amended to also prohibit telemarketing on federal legal holidays.

Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program deadline extended

The deadline to apply for the state’s Property Tax/Rent Rebate (PTRR) program is being extended from June 30 to Dec. 31.

Eligible participants can receive a rebate of up to $650 based on their rent or property taxes paid in 2010. The program benefits eligible Pennsylvanians who are 65 years or older, widows and widowers 50 years or older, and those 18 years or older with disabilities.

Eligibility income limits for homeowners are set at the following levels, excluding 50 percent of Social Security, Supplemental Security Income, and Railroad Retirement Tier 1 benefits:

  • $0 to $8,000, maximum $650 rebate (Homeowners and renters)
  • $8,001 to $15,000, maximum $500 rebate (Homeowners and renters)
  • $15,001 to $18,000, maximum $300 rebate (Homeowners only)
  • $18,001 to $35,000, maximum $250 rebate (Homeowners only)

Please contact my Corry district office at (814) 664-9126 or my Harborcreek district office at (814) 897-2080 for assistance with filling out the forms.

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