“The best way to protect your dog is to have a license”: Ag Sect’y Redding says

By Pennsylvania Capital Star Cassie Miller

February 19, 2022

Good weekend to all.

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When you think February, you think “dog licenses”, right?

I can’t say it’s the first thing that comes to mind either, but according to a proclamation issued by Governor Tom Wolf, February is “Love your dog, allow your dog month.”

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“I, Tom Wolf, Governor of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, do hereby proclaim February 2022 LOVE YOUR DOG MONTH in recognition of the importance of responsible pet ownership and to increase public understanding of the laws regarding dog licensing in Pennsylvania. I urge all citizens to protect their pets by purchasing a dog license,” the proclamation read.

“The best way to protect your dog is to have a license,” Agriculture Secretary Redding said in a statement Friday. “If your pet gets lost or lost, a chip or tattoo is no guarantee that it will be recognized quickly and brought home. A license is. It’s simple – if you love your dog, license your dog.”

All dogs three months and older must be licensed according to state law. Currently the fee for an annual dog license is $6.50 or $8.50 if the animal is unspayed or neutered.

Licensing fees have not changed in over two decades, which has left the Bureau of Dog Law Enforcement operating in deficit.

More information on dog licenses can be found here.

As always, the top five stories from this week are below.

1. Sandy Hook Anniversary: ​​Conspiracy theories are worse and more common than ever | Opinion

Conspiracy theories are powerful forces in the United States. They damaged public health amid a global pandemic, shook faith in the democratic process and helped spark a violent attack on the US Capitol in January 2021.

These conspiracy theories are part of a dangerous disinformation crisis that has been building for years in the United States

American politics has long had a paranoid streak, and belief in conspiracy theories is nothing new. But as the news cycle reminds us daily, outlandish conspiracy theories born on social media are now routinely accepted by the general public and picked up by those in power.

As a journalism professor at the University of Connecticut, I studied the disinformation surrounding the mass shooting that took place at Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14, 2012. I consider it the first major theory of conspiracy of the modern social media era, and I believe we can trace our current situation to the aftermath of the tragedy.

2. Retirement of 2022 Pa. Capital-Star holder and main tracker

With 2022 on the horizon, it’s hard to keep up with the legislative turnover amid shifting lines, dual-layered incumbents and retirements. But the Capital-Star will attempt to monitor these potential changes over the coming months.

Barring a legal challenge, the House and Senate maps are in their final form as of Feb. 5. That said, here’s the latest tally of lawmakers who will be retiring next year or facing a colleague to return to Harrisburg.

3. U.S. House Committee subpoenas Senator Doug Mastriano in Jan. 6 investigation

The House committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol and efforts to nullify the 2020 election issued subpoenas for six more people on Tuesday, including State Senator Doug Mastriano, R- Franklin.

Mastriano, an ally of former President Donald Trump and a GOP gubernatorial candidate from Pennsylvania, attended the “Save America” ​​rally, the early morning precursor to the deadly riot. He denied committing any acts of violence, but the state senator appears to have been much closer to the Capitol than he initially claimed, according to video footage.

In a statement, the U.S. House committee said Mastriano – who did not respond to a call seeking comment – was “part of a plan to organize an alternative list of voters” and allegedly spoke with Trump about “post-election activities”. The panel cited a Nov. 28, 2020, tweet from Mastriano, who said he was advocating for the Republican-controlled Pennsylvania Legislature to nominate Electoral College delegates.

4. Dem Group Files Campaign Funding Lawsuit Against Barletta-Linked PAC

A Democratic group has filed a federal campaign finance lawsuit against Republican Pennsylvania Gov. Lou Barletta’s hopeful for political expenses for a rental property formerly owned by him and his wife.

The spending came from the Leaders Only Unite Political Action Committee, or LOU PAC, a so-called leadership PAC that elected officials often use to circumvent federal spending limits while supporting allies and electing new like-minded colleagues.

Barletta, who was elected to Congress in 2010 and served until 2018, created LOU PAC in 2014.

Although it did not operate during the 2020 cycle, the PAC spent $33,000 from February 2019 to October 2020 to lease an unspecified property owned by Bartletta’s wife, Mary Grace, according to the Huffington Post.

5. ‘No one is immune’: DDAP encourages Pa workers, healthcare workers, to invest five minutes to better understand addiction

State officials are encouraging Pennsylvania’s workforce — especially its healthcare workers who have borne the brunt of the COVID-19 pandemic — to take advantage of a free online educational tool designed to inform and counseling them about substance use disorders.

The online learning platform, known as Just Five, was launched in May 2021 as a way to improve Pennsylvanians’ understanding of addiction and substance use disorders, reduce stigma surrounding the disease and to provide individuals with helpful resources.

“By improving our own understanding of this disease, we can better understand others who may be at risk,” Jen Smith, secretary of the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs, said at a Tuesday press conference at the WellSpan Surgery & Rehabilitation Hospital in York, adding that a time investment of just five minutes can make a difference.

And this is the week. See you here next week.


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