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District Offices
2090 Linglestown Rd.
Suite 100
Harrisburg, PA 17110
Phone:  (717) 651-0100
Fax:  (717) 651-0801

260 Market St.
Millersburg, PA 17061
Phone: (717) 692-0833
Fax: (717) 692-7071

Mobile Office hours at East Hanover Township Building, Dauphin County, available by appointment.

Capitol Office
Room 41B East Wing
Capitol Complex
PO Box 202104
Harrisburg, PA 17120
Ph: 717-787-1230
Fax: 717-787-7375

E-Mail: 
shelm@pahousegop.com

Helm Begins Third Term in Office
1/4/2011

Susquehanna Township lawmaker prepares for challenging legislative session 

During swearing-in ceremonies at the state Capitol today, Rep. Sue Helm (R-Susquehanna Township) took the oath of office, beginning her third, two-year term in the state House serving the residents of the 104th Legislative District in Dauphin County. 

“I want to thank the citizens of the 104th District for placing their trust in me to continue sharing their views and concerns with my colleagues in Harrisburg,” Helm said.  “It is an honor and a privilege to work on their behalf fighting for fiscal restraint and putting state government back on the side of taxpayers.” 

Among Helm’s priorities is addressing the more than $4 billion structural deficit that is likely to mount by the end of the current fiscal year, June 30.  Contributing to this growing problem is the loss of nearly $3 billion in federal stimulus funding and the ever-growing debt to the federal government for unemployment compensation insurance.  Tied into this is the need to grow Pennsylvania’s economy and create jobs for the thousands of citizens who continue to be out of work. 

“Taxing, borrowing and spending are not the cures for state government’s problems,” Helm said.  “As stewards of the taxpayers’ dollars, the Legislature has an obligation to ensure that the state remains financially solvent without placing additional burdens on the citizens.  Although our budget situation is dire, I believe we can solve the impending fiscal troubles by reducing spending, ending the nearly decade-long policy of borrowing, and eliminating waste and fraud in many entitlement programs.” 

Helm also plans to reintroduce legislation that would revise the state’s Megan’s Law website and impose tougher penalties on those who prey upon children.  In response to Pennsylvania Auditor General Jack Wagner’s performance audit last year, Helm drafted House Bill 1581, which would have required the Megan’s Law website to be more user-friendly, contain up-to-date photographs and address information, permit searches within a specific geographical area and contain an e-mail subscription feature for the public to receive updates when sexual offenders move into a specified area. 

Another goal of Helm’s is to prohibit private transfer fees, or resale fees, from being included, often unknown to the buyer, in a real estate sales agreement.  These fees permit a property developer or builder to collect a percentage of the sales price from the seller each time the property is sold during a 99-year period.  Private transfer fees are a new tool companies use to gain access to cash in the depressed housing market, at the expense of the homeowner. 

“I believe this is an important consumer protection issue and one that should help to stabilize the housing market,” Helm said.  “Private transfer fees could be a surprise during settlement.  Depending on the rate, private transfer fees could make a difference between a house selling or not.” 

Helm also remains committed to establishing an emergency medical facility in northern Dauphin County.  Since the House Republican Policy Committee held a hearing on this issue in 2008, support from local residents has continued to grow. 

“Traveling a long distance is one of the main reasons that the average age-adjusted death rate in rural areas is much higher than in suburban or urban areas,” Helm said, noting that the average travel time to the closest major hospital is 45 minutes. 

With an agenda full of big-ticket items, the General Assembly has its work cut out for it in the coming months; however, with a new governor set to take office in a couple of weeks, Helm is confident that many issues facing Pennsylvania will be addressed. 

To keep residents informed about legislative news and state government information, Helm maintains a legislative website at SueHelm.net.  Residents may also sign up to receive periodic news e-mails from Helm’s office by entering their e-mail address and ZIP code in the top, right corner of her website.  Those with Facebook can follow Helm’s legislative news by logging onto Facebook.com/RepHelm

In addition, Helm operates two offices in the 104th District:  the Susquehanna Township office is located at 2090 Linglestown Road, Suite 100, Harrisburg, phone 717-651-0100; and the Elizabethville office is located at 16 E. Main Street, phone 717-362-1119. 

The 104th District includes the following municipalities in Dauphin County:  The boroughs of Berrysburg, Dauphin, Elizabethville, Gratz, Halifax, Lykens, Millersburg, Paxtang, Penbrook, Pillow and Williamstown; and the townships of Halifax, Jackson, Jefferson, Lykens, Middle Paxton, Mifflin, Reed, Rush, Susquehanna, parts of Swatara, Upper Paxton, Washington, Wayne, Wiconisco and Williams. 

Rep. Susan C. Helm
104th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

(717) 651-0100
(717) 787-1230
Contact:  Tim Eller
teller@pahousegop.com
(717) 260-6242
Member Site: 
SueHelm.net
Facebook.com/RepHelm
Caucus site:  PAHouseGOP.com

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