Jun. 07, 2019


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Seeking Relief for Stormwater Ratepayers

This week, a bill I am sponsoring that would provide Pennsylvania counties with funding for stormwater management and bring relief to ratepayers was the focus of an informational meeting conducted by the House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee.

House Bill 781 would give county governments the option of using impact fee funds derived from the Marcellus Shale industry under Act 13 for stormwater management as mandated by the federal Environmental Protection Agency.

For months now, I have been working to find solutions to the federal stormwater mandate. My bill would amend the Marcellus Legacy Fund to provide counties with the option to utilize these funds for stormwater management. Currently, these funds can be used for projects such as greenways, recreational trails and open spaces. Hopefully, the feds will come through with the funding for this mandate. But in the meantime, this is another option we can give our counties.

A committee vote on the bill is anticipated in the near future.
World War II Veteran Receives His Medals

Thursday the nation paused to remember those who fought and died in the D-Day invasion. One of those brave young soldiers who landed on Omaha Beach was my uncle, Eugene Passarella, 93, of Scranton. Seventy-five years after D-Day, he received medals for his World War II service, including the Purple Heart and Bronze Star, during a ceremony at the Lackawanna County Government Center.

A first-generation American, Passarella served with his three brothers (including my father, Michael) during the war and always said he was honored and proud to defend his country. We want to sincerely thank Rep. Marty Flynn and the Lackawanna County Veterans Affairs Office for working with us to locate my uncle’s medals.
Remembering D-Day and Honoring Our Veterans

The Pennsylvania House of Representatives paid tribute to World War II veterans this week and commemorated the 75th anniversary of D-Day with a resolution. One of those veterans took part in the invasion. Joseph “Zeb” Zebertavage served as an anti-aircraft gunner on the USS O’Brien.

The 10 veterans are pictured here with House members who have served in the United States Armed Forces. We thank them all for their service to our great nation!   
Continuing Support for PA Military, Veterans

In recognition of the service and sacrifice of active duty military and veterans in the Commonwealth, the House is always working to enact policies that help and support these men and women and their families.

This week, we approved House Bill 630 to extend Pennsylvania’s current employment protections to Pennsylvania citizens who are members of another state’s National Guard and are called up to serve outside of the Commonwealth.

We also approved House Bill 1050 to ensure an in-state tuition rate for military families as soon as a student enrolls in a public college or university, regardless of whether his or her military parent is reassigned out of the state. Both bills are now pending consideration in the Senate.

Finally, lawmakers joined with representatives of the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) to send off seven new vans that will help DAV volunteers transport veterans to their VA medical appointments.

For more information about state services and support for our military and veterans, visit the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs website at www.dmva.pa.gov.
At the Capitol

On Monday, we adopted House Resolution 357 to mark June as Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month in the Commonwealth. I joined other House members in wearing the color purple in support of the more than 280,000 older Pennsylvania residents who are living with the disease.

As I do every year, I attended Monday’s Motorcycle Rights Rally at the Capitol, sponsored by ABATE of Pennsylvania. One of the speakers was Charlie Umbenhauer, ABATE’s longtime state lobbyist.
Bringing State Government to You

On Tuesday, June 11, a representative from the Pennsylvania Office of the Attorney General will be at our district office in Tunkhannock, 133 W. Tioga St., Suite 4, from 10 a.m. to noon. Please call us to schedule an appointment.

Also on Tuesday, a member of my staff will be holding satellite office hours at the Hunlock Township Municipal Building, 33 Village Drive, Hunlock Creek, from 9-10:30 a.m.

On Wednesday, June 12, a member of my staff will be holding satellite office hours at the Windham Township Municipal Office, Palen Street, Mehoopany, from 10 a.m. to noon.

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

On Friday, June 14, a representative from the American Legion will be available to assist veterans at our district office in Tunkhannock, from 10 a.m. to noon.
In the District

I was excited to attend the ribbon-cutting ceremony for T&C Grille, a new business in Tunkhannock.

Congratulations to Christina Kaspar, daughter of Dr. John and Maria Kaspar of Dallas, on receiving the prestigious 10-year Paderewski Piano Award.
State Program Provides Free Produce to Seniors

Area seniors are encouraged to take advantage of a state program that provides vouchers worth $20 that can be used to purchase produce at participating farmers markets and roadside stands.

Vouchers are provided on a first-come, first-served basis by the Area Agency on Aging for Luzerne and Wyoming Counties. Four $5 vouchers will be handed out per person. Learn more here about eligibility requirements.

Vouchers will be distributed at the following dates, times and locations during the months of June and July:
  • Thursday, June 27, Dallas Active Adult Center, 1158 Twin Stacks Drive, Dallas, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Monday, July 8, Wyoming County Active Adult Center, 101 Dymond Terrace, Tunkhannock, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Tuesday, July 9, Church of Christ (Sweet Valley Area), 5439 Main Road, Sweet Valley, from 10 a.m. to noon.
  • Wednesday, July 10, Falls Active Adult Center, 2813 Sullivan’s Trail, Falls, from 10 a.m. to noon.
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.

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