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This email includes:
  • Ensuring School Drinking Water is Lead-Free
  • Hearing on Substance-Exposed Infants
  • Do You Know Your Rights?
  • REAL ID Update
  • Veterans Assistance Available
  • Reaching Out to You
  • Attention Anglers!
  • Ensuring Seniors Stay Eligible for PACE and PACENET
  • Keeping Vaping Products Out of the Hands of Minors
  • How Much Do My Prescriptions Cost?
  • Safety Tips for Kids on the Internet
Ensuring School Drinking Water is Lead-Free

Click here to view video.

I have introduced House Bill 930, legislation that would address the failing grade Pennsylvania has received for the quality of water in our public and non-public schools.

The legislation has bipartisan support, with nearly 40 members from both sides of the aisle already signed on as co-sponsors.

Please click on the video for my explanation on how bad the problem is.
Hearing on Substance-Exposed Infants

As chairman of the House Children and Youth Committee, I led a public hearing on Wednesday that examined the growing issue of substance-exposed infants. These are children born to mothers who are addicted to drugs – the truly innocent victims of Pennsylvania’s opioid epidemic.

We heard from medical professionals, advocacy groups and the Department of Human Services on the scope of the problem and what’s being done to resolve it. Their testimony will be a big help to the committee as we work on legislation related to this important issue.
Do You Know Your Rights?

We still have room for you at the Concealed Carry seminar I am hosting on Thursday, April 25, from 6-8 p.m. (doors open at 5:30 p.m.), at the Back Mountain Regional E.M.A. Building, 3593 State Route 118, Lehman Township.
Scheduled speakers are Luzerne County First Assistant District Attorney Sam Sanguadolce and Sheriff Brian Szumski. These events offer a unique opportunity for both potential and experienced firearm owners to better understand Pennsylvania’s firearms laws.

To reserve your space, please call my district office at (570) 675-6000 or (570) 836-4777.
REAL ID Update

Registration is filled for the pre-verification event I am hosting this Monday, April 1, for anyone planning to purchase the optional REAL ID.
Veterans Assistance Available

Veterans are encouraged to stop by my Tunkhannock district office, 133 W. Tioga St., Suite 4, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, April 3. A representative from the Pennsylvania American Legion will be on hand to answer individual questions. Please call (570) 836-4777 to make an appointment.
Visiting the Capitol

On Monday, I had the honor and pleasure of meeting with these Misericordia University students who were visiting the state Capitol!

These University of Pittsburgh students were at the Capitol on Tuesday for the school’s annual advocacy day.

It was a pleasure to meet with Drs. Gail and Dave Evans. They were here on Monday to take part in Pennsylvania Optometric Association Advocacy Day.

Reaching Out to You

If you have state government questions, I will be hosting satellite office hours this Wednesday, April 3, from 9-11 a.m. at the Dalton Borough Building, 105 West Main St.; and then from noon to 2 p.m. at the Factoryville Borough Building, 161 College Ave. from noon to 2 p.m.
Attention Anglers!

The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission’s Mentored Youth Trout Program, which takes place next Saturday, April 6, in Lackawanna, Luzerne and Wyoming counties, is a great way for children and youth to get a taste of fishing.

Please click here for more details on the program.
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.
School Visit

I had a great time reading to students in grades K-2 at the Primary Center in the Tunkhannock Area School District as we wrapped up Dr. Seuss month. By reading to kids, we help to instill in them the love of learning. Joining me are PTO President Richelle Stapleton (left) and Principal Summer Frisco (right).
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. House Bill 97 also makes it illegal for students to use tobacco 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.

The bill now moves to the Senate for consideration.
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 cost of prescriptions for cash-paying customers can vary widely between pharmacies, as each pharmacy sets its own prices for cash payers. Patients with prescription insurance coverage will also find price shopping useful if their coinsurance is based on a percent of the total cash price.

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.
Safety Tips for Kids on the Internet

The internet comes with benefits, as well as risks, especially for children. Parents are encouraged to help kids follow safe and responsible computer practices.

The best way to keep kids safe online is to start conversations about being online early and continue to monitor their internet use and discuss how to use it responsibly. It is important children know that some people online have bad intentions, including bullies, predators, hackers, scammers and people sharing inappropriate content.

Ensuring children use cell phones responsibly and safely means establishing what responsible use looks like, including if calls or texting are allowed during dinner or while doing homework, ensuring they treat others the same way they want to be treated, and deciding on the privacy settings, web filters and child safety controls you want on your child’s phone.

Teens and tweens communicate online using social media, chat rooms, and virtual worlds, and it is important they know how to safely navigate these spaces. They should understand that after they post something, it cannot be taken back. Even if they delete it, they should limit what they share.

You can learn more about keeping your kids safe on the internet by clicking here.               

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