As a veteran law enforcement officer, Joe's background as both a police officer and detective have earned him the respect of his colleagues in the legislature, who often seek him out for advice and his expertise on legislation involving crime and keeping our citizens safe. During his first term in office, Joe has worked with his colleagues to pass legislation that strengthens Megan's Law and enhances protections for our children from sexual predators. Joe also supported efforts to improve driving safety, including a texting ban and instituting changes to improve teen driver safety. Joe also backed efforts to address the growing problem of synthetic versions of marijuana, cocaine, heroin, and psychedelic drugs that were being legally sold in our communities.
Joe has also authored legislation that will protect the anonymity of 911 callers from the state's right to know requirements. Joe believes that no citizen reporting a crime should have to fear that their identity could be revealed to criminals -- and have their own personal safety compromised.
Joe also supports stiff penalties and aggressive prosecution of individuals committing crimes with guns. He will continue to draw on his experience to ensure that the gun laws on the books are being enforced and that the illegal sale and purchase of firearms not be tolerated. At the same time, Joe appreciates gun owners' rights under the Second Amendment and supports law abiding citizens owning firearms for personal protection and sporting purposes.
Joe is tough on crime because he cares about the victims. He understands that our children and seniors are at risk every day from predators pushing drugs in our schools, fraudulent economic schemes targeting our senior citizens and the unfortunate new age of internet crimes. Joe will continue to be the voice of the victims -- and law enforcement -- in Harrisburg.