Sep. 22, 2017

2017 Shooting Expo Coming Sept. 30

My staff and I will have a legislative information table at the 2017 Shooting Expo Saturday, Sept. 30, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Consolidated Sportsmen of Lycoming County, State Route 87, outside Montoursville. The event is sponsored by National Sporting Goods.

In addition to our table, there will be informational displays from various groups, companies and manufacturers.

The event is designed for the entire family, as a safe youth shooting area will be provided. This is a free event.

For more information, click here.
Concealed Carry Seminar Coming Nov. 2

Rep. Garth Everett and I will host another of our popular Concealed Carry Seminars on Thursday, Nov. 2, at 6 p.m., at the Trout Run Fire Company, 241 State Route 14, Trout Run.

Presenters will include Lycoming County District Attorney Eric Linhardt, who will discuss Pennsylvania’s Castle Doctrine and Stand Your Ground laws; Lycoming County Sheriff Mark Lusk who will explain rules and regulations surrounding licenses to carry firearms; a police officer will discuss how to safely interact with the police when carrying a firearm; and an officer from the Pennsylvania Game Commission to discuss firearm carry laws as they relate to hunting seasons.

Seating is limited and advance registration is required. Those interested in attending should contact my district office by calling (570) 321-1270 or emailing Kristi Marshall at
Sponsoring an Anti-Fraud Seminar for Nonprofits Oct. 26

I am pleased to join Lycoming County District Attorney Eric Linhardt in hosting an anti-theft seminar for nonprofit organizations on Thursday, Oct. 26, from 6 to 8 p.m., at the Williamsport Trade and Transit Centre, 100 W. Third St., Williamsport.

Misericordia University and several county and state organizations, including the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development, will be a part of this event. Dr. Fred Croop, professor of business at Misericordia, will be the keynote speaker on the theme “Preventing Theft in Your Nonprofit Organization.” Dr. Croop is the author of several works on the subject and has cooperated with law enforcement officials, elected leaders and others to conduct seminars in northeast Pennsylvania.

For more information contact Misericordia University at 570-674-6372.
Hearing on Job Creation and Government Overregulation


I joined fellow members of the House Majority Policy Committee in Bethlehem, Northampton County, this week to hear testimony from various small business owners and operators and education officials. The subject was how government can best assist job creation and small business sustainability.

In addition, testifiers talked about how government should get out of the way of business and job development by reducing numerous regulations.

This is the first of a series of hearings that the committee will hold through the fall season in various parts of the Commonwealth. The next will be held Thursday, Sept. 28, at Penn State Wilkes-Barre, Luzerne County.
Congratulations, Eagle Scout Kolten Scott Flook!


Kolten Scott Flook of Williamsport received the Eagle Scout award at the Court of Honor held at First United Methodist Church in Williamsport recently. Flook is a member of the St. Ann’s Boy Scout Troop 38 in Williamsport. It was a privilege to send him a House citation for his achievement.
Stopping Welfare Checks to the Deceased

Recently introduced legislation in the state House aims to save taxpayer money by preventing welfare checks from going to individuals who have passed away.

About a year ago, an audit found the Department of Human Services (DHS) provided nearly $700,000 in welfare benefits to more than 2,300 individuals who had been dead for at least 60 days.

House Bill 1614 would require DHS to regularly cross-reference its list of welfare recipients with the death records maintained by the Pennsylvania Department of Health (DOH) and the Social Security Administration. Funds that would have gone to deceased individuals would then be redirected to help those truly in need or reverted back to the General Fund.

The bill has been referred to the House Health Committee.
Check That New Car for Signs of Hurricane Damage

With hundreds of thousands of vehicles damaged recently by hurricanes along the Gulf Coast, consumers should take caution when purchasing a new or used vehicle.

After major flood events, some flood-damaged vehicles are cleaned and taken out of state to be sold to unsuspecting customers as new or used, but not identified as flood damaged.

These damaged vehicles can legally be sold as long as they are titled as such, but owners of these vehicles will likely get lower payments on insurance claims than for non-flood damaged vehicles.

As always, if something sounds too good to be true, research the vehicle further. For tips on finding out if the car you’re interested in purchasing has been damaged, click here and click on “Auto” under “Insurance Coverage Resources.”
Decreasing Stigma Against Suicide

With September designated as Suicide Prevention Month in Pennsylvania, House Resolution 401 seeks to raise awareness that suicide is preventable, improve education about suicide, spread information about suicide awareness and decrease stigmatization regarding suicide.

According to the World Health Organization, more than 1,800 Pennsylvania lives are taken by suicide annually. For every person who dies of suicide, 20 or more may attempt to end their lives.

Suicide is a serious public health problem that affects people of all ages, and is the 10th leading cause of death for Americans.

For more information, visit or call the national suicide prevention hotline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).
Road Maintenance Info Available Online

To make your travels easier, the weekly road maintenance schedule is available at the PennDOT Regional Office website here. For statewide information, visit