Toepel says she won't run for re-election
State Rep. Marcy Toepel, R-Montgomery, said she will not seek another term in 2020, ending her tenure in the House of Representatives on Nov. 30, 2020.
Toepel is the majority chairman of the House Republican Caucus and is the first woman from Montgomery County to hold that position. She was first elected in 2010.
She was instrumental in getting several pieces of legislation passed during her tenure including enhanced sentences for child pornographers and the Brad Fox Law, which gives a five-year minimum sentence to anyone convicted of making repeated straw purchases of firearms.
Wolf re-authorizes ongoing state effort to fight opioid abuse
The Pennsylvania Opioid Disaster Declaration was signed by Gov. Tom Wolf for the eighth time.
Wolf first signed the disaster declaration in January 2018. The state’s Opioid Command Center works with other organizations in treating opioid addiction. Pennsylvania has received $141 million in federal funding since 2017. The efforts resulted in an 18 percent decline in opioid deaths from 2017 to 2018, according to a statement from Wolf’s office.
The state’s opioid prescription rate is below the national average, the statement said.
Collett aims to emulate other successful efforts with drinking water bill
A bill addressing PFAS in drinking water introduced by state Sen. Maria Collett, D-Montgomery, mirrors similar bills in other states, she said.
Senate Bill 581, called the Safe Water Drinking Act, would lower the acceptable level of the chemicals in the state’s drinking water to 10 parts per trillion. Twenty other states have considered similar bills.
"Dark Waters," a new movie in theaters, highlights PFAS in drinking water, according to a statement from Collett, whose district is said to have some of the highest PFAS in the water.
The bill is currently in the Senate’s Environmental Resources and Energy Committee.