Sep. 29, 2017

Paving on Northway Road in Loyalsock and Eldred Townships, Lycoming County, Begins Next Week

On Monday, Oct. 2, a PennDOT maintenance crew in Lycoming County will begin a paving project on State Route 2029 (Northway Road) in Loyalsock and Eldred Townships. The project is between State Route 2024 (Northway Road Extension) and State Route 2022 (Pleasant Valley Road).

Intermittent closures will occur. A detour will be in effect using Northway Road Extension and Pleasant Valley Road during any closures.

This project is expected to be completed on Friday, Oct. 13.

Motorists should be alert and drive with caution through the work zone.
Happy 100th Birthday, Charles Libby!

At a celebration honoring the 100th birthday of Charles Libby of Williamsport, I had the honor of presenting this outstanding veteran with a House citation in honor of his centennial year. Also included are Lycoming County commissioners Rick Mirabito and Jack McKearnan, Williamsport Mayor Gabe Campana, U.S. Rep. Tom Marino and Steve Hunter.
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.

The theme of the seminar is “Preventing Theft in Your Nonprofit Organization,” and will feature Dr. Fred Croop, Professor of Business and Accounting at Misericordia University. Dr. Croop developed the Internal Controls and Federal Tax Exemption Basics for All Volunteer Organizations Resource Manual, as well as the Financial Management and Internal Controls Guide for Volunteer Emergency Services Organizations. Soon, all volunteer organizations will be required to follow the guide in order to be eligible for grant funding from the Department of Community and Economic Development.

For more information contact Misericordia University at 570-674-6372.
Preventing Illegals from Using Welfare Benefits

To help prevent the fraudulent use of public assistance benefits, the House passed legislation this week to further crack down on welfare fraud by requiring proper documentation of citizenship and residency when applying for local and state benefits.

Under House Bill 1095, individuals who apply for benefits directly must provide an acceptable form of identification, or an affidavit certifying their citizenship. The bill would not change any eligibility criteria for the receipt of public benefits. It merely would update Pennsylvania law to ensure compliance with federal law.

The bill would also prohibit individuals from possessing multiple ACCESS cards. Any person who violates this prohibition would be charged with a third-degree felony.

House Bill 1095 now goes to the state Senate.
Celebrate PA Manufacturers

Pennsylvania Manufacturing Week will be observed Sept. 30 through Oct. 6, and will recognize the vital role manufacturers play in our state’s economy and the variety of job opportunities and career paths open to the next generation of Pennsylvania’s workforce.

In total, manufacturing has an economic impact of $84 billion, and is the eighth largest manufacturing industry in the United States.
Throughout the week, Pennsylvania manufacturers and partners will hold events to give students and their families an inside look at today’s modern manufacturing. The weeklong celebration will conclude with National Manufacturing Day on Oct. 6. More information about the industry and events are available here.

Pennsylvania Manufacturing Week and Manufacturing Day are part of a movement to build positive perceptions about manufacturing, draw attention to the variety of career opportunities available, and highlight the industry’s important contributions to our economy.

In helping to promote manufacturing, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives has spearheaded a new law to allow career and technical students to demonstrate proficiency on exams developed by the National Occupational Competency Testing Institute in lieu of demonstrating proficiency on a Keystone Exam. Act 6 of 2017 gives them greater flexibility in meeting high school graduation requirements so they can be ready to enter the workforce.