May. 18, 2019


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 The latest news from the State Capitol

This email includes:
  • The Need for Foster Care Legislation
  • Supporting Our National Guard Members and Their Families
  • May Is Mental Health Awareness Month
  • Fish for Free Next Weekend
  • Happening This Wednesday
  • Bringing State Government to You
  • Look, Up in the (Lackawanna County) Sky!
  • A Call to Increase Safety on the Roads
  • There for Us In Our Time of Need
  • Turquoise Means ????
  • Recognizing Our Future Leaders
The Need for Foster Care Legislation

A number of events were held this week at the state Capitol in conjunction with the need to raise awareness about the plight of foster children in the Commonwealth.

On Tuesday, the House unanimously adopted House Resolution 335, which designates May as Foster Care Awareness Month in Pennsylvania. That morning, the House Children and Youth Committee, which I chair, conducted an informational hearing on the challenges faced by young people as they age out of foster care.

Please click on the video below to see why I feel this hearing was so important.

Click here to view video.

Committee Vice Chairman Rep. Tara Toohil (R-Luzerne) and I also offered legislative solutions to the problems in the system.

Please click here for those details.
Supporting Our National Guard Members and Their Families

Recognizing the sacrifices made by the families of PA National Guard Members, the House approved legislation to provide them with education benefits.

House Bill 1324 would extend our current Pennsylvania National Guard Military Education Program by including a Guard member’s spouse or child in this benefit program.

The benefit would pay for 10 semesters/quarters, or five years equivalent, at the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education tuition rate.

The Guard member could earn these educational benefits for his or her spouse and/or children by committing to a second obligation of six years with the Pennsylvania National Guard. This would help retain current National Guard members and attract transitioning military service members to Pennsylvania while also supporting Guard families.

The bill now moves to the Senate for its consideration.
May Is Mental Health Awareness Month

Working to support peoples struggling with depression or other mental health conditions, the House recently designated May as “Mental Health Awareness Month” in the Commonwealth.

Mental illness is not always visible, but it affects Pennsylvanians from all walks of life. This invisibility can make people feel isolated and unable to share their experiences.

Only about half of people impacted by mental illness seek treatment, and too many people struggle in silence. It is important that all Pennsylvanians understand mental illness is a biologically based disorder that requires medical attention.

You can learn more about mental health and services available in Pennsylvania by clicking here.
Fish for Free Next Weekend

If you’ve been thinking about trying fishing or wanting to introduce your child or a friend to the joys of fishing, you’ll have a great chance to do so next weekend!
The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission will host the first of its two annual Fish for Free Days next Sunday, May 26.

On Fish for Free Days, anyone -- resident or non-resident -- can legally fish on all Pennsylvania waterways without a license.

All other fishing regulations will still apply.

For your convenience, there are even opportunities to borrow equipment from certain sites at state parks and other locations. You can find those locations by clicking here.
Happening This Wednesday

Additional events I am hosting this Wednesday, May 22 include the following:
  • A representative from the Centers for Independent Living (CIL) will be available for appointments all day at the Tunkhannock district office. CIL are community-based, cross-disability, non-profit organizations that are designed and operated by people with disabilities. Please call 570-836-4777 to make an appointment.

  • A representative from Wilkes University Small Business Development Center will visit my Dallas district office from 9-11 a.m. Constituents interested in starting a small business or who need assistance with their business can receive free counseling and advice.

  • A representative from the University of Scranton Small Business Development Center will stop by my Tunkhannock district office from 10 a.m. to noon. The center provides educational programs and no-cost, confidential consulting services to entrepreneurs looking to start or grow a small business.
Bringing State Government to You

This Thursday, May 23, a member of my staff will be hosting satellite office hours from 10 a.m. to noon at the Falls Senior Center, 2813 Sullivan’s Trail in Falls.

Please feel free to stop by with any state government questions you may have.
Look, Up in the (Lackawanna County) Sky!


Aerial spraying to combat gypsy moth populations poised for spring outbreaks is about to get underway in some sections of Lackawanna County.

Please click here for more information
A Call to Increase Safety on the Roads

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On Wednesday, the PA state House passed House Resolution 325, which recognizes May, 2019 as “Global Youth Traffic Safety Month in Pennsylvania.”

In the video above, I explain the need for this legislation.
There for Us in Our Time of Need

I have the utmost respect for those who choose to serve in the medical field, especially nurses, who are often the point of contact between patients and physicians.

A number of my colleagues and I welcomed these nursing professionals to the House floor recently. Thank you all for what you do!
Turquoise Means ????

On Tuesday, a number of my House colleagues and I participated in the “Turquoise Takeover” in recognition of National Women’s Lung Health Week.
Recognizing Our Future Leaders

Congratulations and best wishes to these scholarship winners from the Rotary Club of Dallas (from left): Kendra Saxton and Tyler Stevens from Northwest Area High School, Stephanie Chaga and Christopher Cercone from Lake-Lehman High School, and Christina Hoidra and Dillon Major from Dallas High School.
Also pictured (back row from left) are Club President Kimberlie Reynolds, Vice President John Doerfler, and club members Dr. Heidi Manning and Dr. Janice Horn.

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