May. 24, 2019


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 The latest news from the State Capitol

Lackawanna Trail Receives School Safety Grant

I was pleased to announce this week that the Lackawanna Trail School District has been awarded a Safe Schools Targeted grant to purchase safety and security-related equipment. The district received $25,000, the maximum allowed under the program, which is administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Education.

No parent should have to worry about their children’s safety when they send them off to school. This funding will enable the district to enhance its security efforts in order to provide a safer learning environment for students, faculty and staff.

Lackawanna Trail was one of 39 school districts awarded an additional $919,000 in competitive Safe Schools Targeted grants. These are schools which applied for but did not receive competitive grants during last fall’s funding cycle.
Bringing State Government to You

This Tuesday, May 28, a member of my staff will be holding satellite office hours at the Meshoppen Borough Building, intersection of Canal Street and Route 267, from 10 a.m. to noon; then at the Laceyville Borough Building, 324 Church St. from 1-3 p.m.

Please feel free to stop by with any state government-related issues or questions you may have.

Also please note that our district offices will be closed on Monday, May 27, in observance of the Memorial Day holiday.
Mark Your Calendar for Our Spotted Lanternfly Seminar

On Wednesday, July 17, I will be hosting an awareness seminar focusing on the spotted lanternfly at 6 p.m. at Back Mountain Regional EMA, 3593 State Route 118 in Lehman Township.

Lackawanna, Luzerne and Wyoming counties have yet to report an official sighting of this destructive insect. Nearby Carbon and Monroe counties, however, are on the quarantine list, and we’re trying to be proactive due to the potential damage that can be inflicted by the spotted lanternfly on more than 70 varieties of plants, including hardwood trees, grapes, apples, peaches and hops.

This event is contingent on sufficient pre-registration. If you plan to attend, please reserve your seat by contacting our Dallas district office at (570) 675-6000.
More Tools to Fight Opioid Abuse

As we continue to combat the opioid abuse epidemic plaguing the Commonwealth, the House Health Committee has approved legislation to better regulate pain management clinics and help identify patients who previously overdosed. Both bills will next be considered by the full House.

House Bill 1005 would help health care professionals identify and better treat patients who previously overdosed by requiring first responders and hospital personnel to document the use of Narcan, Naloxone or any other opioid overdose agent in the patient’s record in a state database.
The database was created in 2014 to help track opioid prescriptions to prevent people with an addiction from obtaining multiple scripts from different doctors.

House Bill 1214 would require pain management clinic to be licensed and regulated by the Department of Health to ensure they are not prescribing or dispensing controlled substances inappropriately. While it is important to ensure persons who are struggling with chronic pain can access the medications they need, it is equally important to prevent the diversion, misuse and abuse of controlled substances.
Honoring Our Heroes

Monday, May 27, is Memorial Day – a day set aside to honor the more than 1.1 million Americans who have died in wars which the United States entered.

I will be participating in many events in our area over the weekend in honor of our veterans. Please check local media for a Memorial Day happening in your area and make plans to attend as we pay tribute to those who gave their all. Learn more about the holiday here.
Traveling Over Memorial Day Weekend?

Travelers can log onto to check current traffic impacts from construction, traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information and access to more than 770 traffic cameras. The service is free and available 24 hours a day.

511PA is also available through a smartphone application for iPhone and Android devices, by calling 5-1-1, or by following regional Twitter alerts accessible on the 511PA website.

Travelers are always reminded to buckle up, put their phones away and stay sober when behind the wheel.

In other PennDOT news, driver license and photo centers will be closed Saturday, May 25, through Monday, May 27. Customers may still obtain a variety of driver and vehicle products and services online here.

Also please note that my offices will be closed Monday in observance of the holiday.

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133 West Tioga Street, Suite 4, Tunkhannock, PA 18657| Phone: (570) 836-4777
41-B East Wing, Main Capitol, PO Box 202117, Harrisburg PA 17120-2117 | Phone: (717) 787-1117