Feb. 02, 2018

PENNVEST Grant Approved for Old Lycoming Township                                   

This week, a grant of $622,175 was approved to assist Old Lycoming Township in purchasing a water recycling jet vacuum truck to remove storm water sediment in the area. The grant comes from PENNVEST, a program created by the Legislature to help fund sewer, storm water and drinking water projects throughout Pennsylvania.

The grant is a tool to help environmental protection and protect the health of residents.

For more information on the program, click here.
Concealed Carry Seminars Coming Feb. 15 and 22

Rep. Garth Everett and I will host Concealed Carry Seminars on Thursday, Feb. 15, at 6 p.m., at the Community Baptist Church, 1853 State Route 87 in Montoursville and on Thursday, Feb. 22, at 6 p.m. at the Clinton Township Volunteer Fire Company, 2311 State Route 54 Highway in Montgomery.

Presenters will include Lycoming County Assistant District Attorney Martin Wade, 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; Pennsylvania State Trooper Angela Bieber who will discuss how to safely interact with the police when carrying a firearm; and an officer from the Pennsylvania Game Commission who will 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 kmarshall@pahousegop.com.
Local First Responders to Benefit from Annual Grant Program

State gaming proceeds aid in benefitting fire and ambulance companies throughout the 83rd Legislative District.

These grants, which are not funded by General Fund tax dollars, will allow local first response agencies to better afford training, equipment, facility improvements and other needs.

The program, which provides $30 million to fire and ambulance companies statewide, is administered by the Pennsylvania Office of Fire Commissioner within the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA).

Click here for the list of local recipients.
Opening Up More Access to Treatment

To help those battling addiction better access life-saving treatment, the House passed legislation last week that would help health care professionals track down available beds at treatment centers.

House Bill 825, which now goes to the Senate, would create a detoxification bed registry to facilitate treatment for drug addiction. The proposal would require the Department of Human Services to develop and administer an internet-based detoxification bed registry to collect, aggregate and display information about available beds in public and private inpatient psychiatric facilities and licensed detoxification and rehabilitation facilities.

The registry would contain information for facilities and licensed providers; the number of beds available at a facility; and a search function to identify available beds that are appropriated for the treatment of a substance abuse emergency.

This legislation is in addition to several other bills having passed the House in the last few years to help fight the opioid epidemic in Pennsylvania.
Who’s That Calling You?

To help consumers fight back against fraud, the House will take up legislation soon to increase penalties for those found guilty of caller identification spoofing.

Spoofing occurs when individuals use technology to make it appear that a call is coming from a number or business other than that of the actual caller. Spoofing can be used to defraud, harass or induce call recipients into divulging sensitive or confidential information, especially senior citizens.

House Bill 979, which was recently passed out of the House Judiciary Committee, would make it a misdemeanor for any person to cause false caller identification information to be displayed on a recipient’s telephone, with the intent to harass or defraud the call recipient.
PennDOT’s 2018 Summer Employment Program

PennDOT is sponsoring an extensive Summer Maintenance Program for college students. The program runs April through August to supplement the permanent workforce.

The students assist with completing summer maintenance work and sign upgrade services, provide maintenance and custodial services at roadside rest facilities, and perform laboring and flagging duties in maintenance organizations and highway worksites.

To be eligible for consideration, candidates must be at least 18 years of age, enrolled as a full-time college student for fall 2018 and have a valid Pennsylvania driver’s license. The hourly rate is $13.23.

If interested, please contact my office at no later than Thursday, Feb. 15. Candidates must also apply online at employment.pa.gov in the “Summer Maintenance Program” category under the Open Jobs section of the website. Technical support is available at 717-787-5703.
New Medicare Cards: Watch Out for Scams

Beginning April 2018, Medicare beneficiaries will receive a New Medicare Card that will have a unique Medicare Beneficiary Identifier (MBI), thereby removing the Social Security number from the Medicare card.

Medicare will automatically mail the new card at no cost to the address on file with Social Security. Medicare beneficiaries should ensure their official mailing address with the Social Security Administration is current but otherwise do not need to do anything to receive their card.

More information about the cards – including a fact sheet and video -- is available at Medicare.gov.

The distribution of new cards will take about a year.