Senator Bob Mensch E-Newsletter

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In this Edition:

  • The Mensch Report: Campbell Fittings of Boyertown
  • Property Tax/Rent Rebate Deadline Extended to Dec. 31
  • Libre’s Law Restricts Tethering During Extreme Summertime Temperatures
  • Help Meeting Your Financial Goals
  • Backyard Grilling Safety Tips 

Senator Mensch congratulated Allied Wire and Cable on their 30th Anniversary.

The Mensch Report: Campbell Fittings of Boyertown

July 2018: Campbell Fittings

This edition of the Mensch Report features my walking tour and interview at Campbell Fittings in Boyertown. This tour and interview took place during Manufacturing Day in 2017.  Campbell Fittings is recognized throughout the industry as a manufacturer of the finest hose fittings, couplings, and clamps of their kind in the world, and currently our engineers are working closely with engineers of major hose manufacturers to develop and test even better, safer products for the future.

Senator Mensch held a press conference regarding his SB 1092 which would lead to tougher sentences for crimes of domestic violence committed in front of children.

Property Tax/Rent Rebate Deadline Extended to Dec. 31

The deadline for older adults and Pennsylvania residents with disabilities to apply for rebates on rent and property taxes paid in 2017 has been extended from June 30 to Dec. 31, 2018.

Each year the Department of Revenue evaluates the program as the statutory June 30 application deadline approaches to determine if funds are available to extend the deadline. To date, funding has been available to allow all who qualify to benefit from the program.

As of June 1, the department had received 472,564 rebate applications. As specified by law, rebate distributions cannot begin until July 1.

Because July 1 falls on a Sunday this year, rebates that have been processed and approved will be distributed to applicants via direct deposit on July 2. Other applicants who requested a paper check to be mailed to them — and whose applications have been processed and approved — should expect to receive their payment in the mail in early July. As a reminder, applicants are required to submit their bank account information on their application forms in order to receive their rebates through direct deposit.

After June 30, rebates will be distributed as claims are received and processed. Applications typically take 4-6 weeks to process.

Applicants may obtain Property Tax/Rent Rebate claim forms (PA-1000) and related information on the Department of Revenue’s website or by calling, toll-free, 1-888-222-9190.

It costs nothing to apply for a rebate, and the department reminds applicants that free assistance is available at hundreds of locations across the state, including Department of Revenue district offices, local Area Agencies on Aging, senior centers and state legislators’ offices.

Claimants who already applied for rebates may check the status of claims online at by clicking on the “Where’s My Property Tax/Rent Rebate?” link. Claimants may also call, toll-free, 1-888-PATAXES to check the status of their rebates.

About the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program:

The rebate program benefits eligible Pennsylvanians age 65 and older; widows and widowers age 50 and older; and people with disabilities age 18 and older. The income limit is $35,000 a year for homeowners and $15,000 annually for renters, and half of Social Security income is excluded.

The maximum standard rebate is $650, but supplemental rebates for certain qualifying homeowners can boost rebates to $975. The Department of Revenue automatically calculates supplemental rebates for qualifying homeowners.

Since the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program’s 1971 inception, older and disabled adults have received more than $6.7 billion in property tax and rent relief. The program is funded by the Pennsylvania Lottery and revenue from slots gaming.


Senator Mensch introduced Guest Chaplain of the PA Senate, Pastor Dave Kratz. Pastor Kratz was joined by students from Quakertown’s Middle and High School who are also part of the Free Fall Action Sports Team: Logan Brezner (Junior), Mark Krenzel (Junior), Braxton Johnson (Sophomore), and Connor Matusek (8th Grade).

Libre’s Law Restricts Tethering During Extreme Summertime Temperatures

Libre’s Law is intended to protect illegally tethered dogs from extreme temperatures in the summer, as well as winter, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture and Humane PA.  

Libre’s Law, passed by the Pennsylvania Legislature in 2017, restricts tethering to less than 30 minutes when the Fahrenheit temperature rises above 90 degrees and drops below 32 degrees. 

Report animal cruelty to your Local Humane Society Officer, local or PA State Police, or your County District Attorney.  Penalties for violating PA’s dog law range from a summary offense to a misdemeanor of the second or third degree to a felony of the third degree.  Fines, depending upon the violation, may range from $5,000 to $15,000.  Restitution of veterinary costs may also be imposed under certain conditions. 

Senator Mensch introduced Guest Chaplain Reverend Daniel Schaefer and his wife Holly Schafer.

Help Meeting Your Financial Goals

From avoiding scams and identity theft to preparing for big purchases while maintaining your retirement planning, the Pennsylvania Department of Banking and Securities distributes brochures and conducts free programs and presentations to help consumers achieve their financial goals. 

The department’s Investor Education and Consumer Protection brochure outlines programs, presentations, and information aimed at the average consumer, as well as students and senior citizens. 

You can review the department’s upcoming calendar of events to attend a conveniently scheduled presentation or program.  If you are unable to locate an event to meet your group’s needs, schedule a presentation for an upcoming meeting or conference through the Consumer Outreach Liaison at 717-214-5565 or by email at  

Senator Mensch welcomed Allison Ritting to the PA Senate. Allison is interning in his Red Hill District office. Allison was joined by her mother, Lori Ritting.

Backyard Grilling Safety Tips

Kicking off your summer by mixing fun with an open flame requires a dose of caution, according to the National Fire Protection Association.  Annually, grills, hibachis and barbeques are the source of 9,600 home fires, including 4,100 structure fires and 5,500 outside or unclassified fires. 

Emergency rooms across the country see some 16,600 patients for grilling injuries, including 1,600 children under the age of five suffering from burns.  Fifty-eight percent of grill fires occur from May through August. 

NFPA recommends grilling a minimum of ten feet from structures, including buildings, balconies, and combustible materials.  Fire pits should not be used within 25 feet of a structure or combustible material. 


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