Mar. 29, 2019

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Weekly Roundup
#Listrak\DateStampLong# The latest news from the State Capitol

Election Cyber Security with Lt. Col. Anthony Shaffer
 
On Tuesday, we were honored to have Lt. Col. Anthony Shaffer in Harrisburg to stress the critical interrelationship between election security and national security. We are grateful to have his unparalleled expertise on hardening Pennsylvania voting systems to make them less susceptible to potential threats. Reps. Chris Dush, Garth Everett, Daryl Metcalfe and Dawn Keefer were also present at the press conference with Lt. Col. Shaffer. See Rep. Everett’s comments and read more about the issue HERE.
                        

Grant Approved for Williamsport Pedestrian Safety
State Sen. Gene Yaw (R-23) and I were pleased to announce this week that we have secured a $621,416 grant through the Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA) to fund streetscape and pedestrian safety improvements along East 4th Street in the City of Williamsport, Lycoming County. Read more about the grant HERE.
 

Setting Up Students for Career Success
Working to ensure Pennsylvania students have a diverse array of career paths from which to choose, the state House overwhelmingly approved a bipartisan package of bills designed to boost career and technical education (CTE) at schools across the Commonwealth.

The initiatives are a cornerstone of the House Republican Caucus’ #GoodJobs4PA initiative aimed at ensuring all Pennsylvanians have access to good-paying jobs and careers. Learn more about #GoodJobs4PA here
 

PA Manufacturers Association Applauds #GoodJobs4PA
The Pennsylvania Manufacturers’ Association praised the PA House Republican Caucus this week in an editorial for its package of bi-partisan legislation aimed at addressing the workforce readiness crisis facing the Commonwealth.

“There are more manufacturing jobs available in Pennsylvania than the qualified individuals our state’s education system is currently able to produce,” said David N. Taylor, President & CEO of the Pennsylvania Manufacturers’ Association. “These are good paying, family sustaining, meaningful, collaborative, problem-solving, highly fulfilling jobs. Without a pool of qualified, trainable workers, manufacturers will not be able to meet the demands of their customers, severely restricting Pennsylvania’s economic growth.”

You can read the full article HERE.
 

Keeping Vaping Products Out of the Hands of Minors
 
To help keep harmful vaping products out of the hands of minors, the House this week passed legislation that would add “electronic nicotine delivery systems” (ENDS) to the law that currently makes it illegal to sell tobacco products to minors and, for students, to possess or use such products on school grounds.

ENDS include, but are not limited to, e-cigarettes, JUULs and vape pens.

While the products are touted as harmless by some, medical experts have warned that the high doses of nicotine available in many products negatively affect the developing adolescent brain, and the long-term effects of inhaling vaporized chemicals is unknown.

House Bill 97 now moves to the Senate for consideration.
 

Ensuring Seniors Stay Eligible for PACE and PACENET
This week, the House Aging and Older Adult Services Committee approved a package of bills designed to help seniors in need continue to receive PACE and PACENET prescription drug benefits.

House Bill 754 would ensure any individual enrolled in PACE and PACENET as of Dec. 31, 2018, remains eligible if their maximum income limit is exceeded due solely to a Social Security cost-of-living adjustment.

House Bill 375 would exclude the cashing of savings bonds for seniors age 65 and older from being counted towards income when applying for lottery funded programs, including PACE and PACENET.

The final part of the package, House Bill 684, would remove the value of federal veterans’ disability payments and the value of all state service-connected payments from income eligibility calculations for the PACE and PACENET programs.

The bills now go to the full House for consideration.
 

Department of Military and Veterans Affairs Honors Vietnam Vets
 
The Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (DMVA) is promoting National Vietnam War Veterans Day – observed annually on March 29 – as a time to thank all Vietnam-era veterans for their dedicated service and great sacrifice. The DMVA is an official partner in the Department of Defense’s Commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War.

In recent years, the DMVA has partnered with the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund (VVMF) in Washington, D.C., to find a photo of every Pennsylvanian whose name appears on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall – commonly referred to as The Wall. The VVMF is posting the photos on a virtual Wall of Faces in order to put a face and a story to every name, allowing these Vietnam veterans to be honored by family, friends and others from around the world.

Sadly, though, our community in Lycoming County is still on the hunt for a photo of the late William Corey from Williamsport. Corey was 19 at the time of his death (born 6/13/1944; died 9/1/1963). He was an Army PFC and was assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment, US Army Support Group, Vietnam, Military Assistance Command Vietnam. He died in Saigon and is buried in Montoursville Cemetery. Next of kin have yet to be identified.

If you have any information on the possible whereabouts of a photo of Corey, please get in touch with me at jwheeland@pahousegop.com or by calling my district office in Williamsport.

Every veteran deserves to be honored for their service to our nation, especially those who served in Vietnam. We are forever grateful for their sacrifice during times of war.
 

How Much Do My Prescriptions Cost?
The state Department of Aging maintains a database to help consumers compare the cost of frequently used medications. The online tool updates prices weekly, lists prices by ZIP code or distance from location, includes pharmacy store details, and lists pharmacies with low-cost generics and those that match lower prices. You can learn more about the tool by clicking here or calling 1-800-835-4080.
 

Have an Issue or Concern?
If you are a resident of the 83rd District and need assistance with a state agency, please feel free to contact my Williamsport office at 570-321-1270. One of my staff members will be more than happy to assist you.
 
 

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You can stay up to date on my latest news and activities by visiting my House website, repwheeland.com, or my official Facebook page.  You can watch my House floor speeches and press interviews at my YouTube channel HERE.

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349 Pine St. Suite 1, Williamsport, PA 17701 I Phone: (570) 321-1270  
Room 427, Irvis Office Building, PO Box 202083, Harrisburg PA 17120-2083 | Phone: (717) 787-2885 
Email: jwheeland@pahousegop.com
 
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