Apr. 12, 2019


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 The latest news from the State Capitol

This email includes:
  • Concealed Carry Seminar Update
  • Strengthening Protections for Victims of Crime
  • This Cannot Happen Again!
  • Expanding the Statute of Limitations for Child Sexual Abuse
  • Calling All Hunters
  • Reaching Out to You
  • 'Tis the Season
  • Are You Ready?
  • Thank You for Your Service!
Concealed Carry Seminar Update

Thank you to everyone who came out for Thursday’s Concealed Carry Seminar in Tunkhannock. The turnout and exchange of information was great, thanks to a wonderful job done by our speakers, Wyoming County District Attorney Jeffrey Mitchell and Sheriff Edward H. Sherman.

****Registration for the April 25 Concealed Carry Seminar in Lehman Township is now closed.****

Strengthening Protections for Victims of Crime

With this week being National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, the House began working through a package of bills designed to help protect victims of crime.

A cornerstone of this package is Marsy’s Law, a bill that seeks to amend the state Constitution by adding a victim’s bill of rights.

Other bills in the package passed this week include measures to shield rape victims from being re-victimized by irrelevant cross examination; allow victims and witnesses with intellectual disabilities or autism to submit out-of-court statements rather than face their perpetrators in court; expand the types of crimes for which an out-of-court statement can be accepted; and allow crime victims to attend any proceeding relating to their cases, unless attending would materially alter the victims’ testimony.

The bills now head to the Senate for consideration.

Learn more about efforts to protect crime victims in Pennsylvania here.  
This Cannot Happen Again!

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Rob Kauffman (R-Franklin) and I are demanding an investigation into the case of a 14-year-old girl who was raped and murdered by her adoptive mother and her mother’s boyfriend.

Please click here for the details.
Expanding the Statute of Limitations for Child Sexual Abuse

As the Commonwealth marks April as Child Abuse Prevention Month, the House passed a two-bill package known as the Pennsylvania Hidden Predator Act to help empower victims of child sexual abuse.

House Bill 962, sponsored by Rep. Mark Rozzi (D-Berks), would change the civil statute of limitations for child sexual abuse, allowing childhood victims until age 55 to file suit, and provide for waivers of sovereign and governmental immunity relating to claims of childhood sexual abuse. It would also abolish the criminal statute of limitations for child sexual abuse moving forward.

House Bill 963, sponsored by Rep. Jim Gregory (R-Blair), would amend the Pennsylvania Constitution to provide a two-year window in which civil lawsuits alleging childhood sexual abuse may be filed in court, notwithstanding any otherwise applicable statute of limitations defense.

The House also started the process of amending the Pennsylvania Constitution to provide a two-year window to anyone for whom a statutory limitations period has expired to commence action arising from childhood sexual abuse.

These bills are important in the effort to ensure justice for victims of past abuse.

Reporting suspected abuse is the best way to protect children. If you suspect a child is being abused or neglected, you can call the Department of Health’s toll-free ChildLine at 1-800-932-0313.
Calling All Hunters


The Pennsylvania Game Commission is hosting a hunter training course on Sunday, April 28, at Rock Mountain Sporting Clays, 674 Mitchell Road, Meshoppen.

This course is required by law for all first-time hunters and trappers before they can purchase a license.

If you are interested in registering for the class, please click here.
Reaching Out to You

  • This Tuesday, April 16 – a member of my staff will be at the Benton Township Community Center, 16043 Route 407, Fleetville from 9-11 a.m. to answer your state government-related questions.

  • This Tuesday, April 16 - a claims consultant from the Wilkes-Barre VFW will visit my Dallas district office, 105 Lieutenant Michael Cleary Drive, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to address questions and concerns of local veterans and their families.

  • This Wednesday, April 17 - a representative from the Center for Independent Living (CIL) will stop by at my Tunkhannock district office, 133 W. Tioga St. CIL provides information and referral, training, individual advocacy and peer counseling for individuals with disabilities. Please call my office at 570-836-4777 to make an appointment.

'Tis the Season

This Wednesday, April 17, the Pennsylvania Game Commission (PGC) will host “Dare 2B Tick Aware,” a program on preventing tick-borne diseases, reducing tick bites and improving early diagnosis.

PGC Lyme Resource Network Regional Leader Michele Cassetori will lead the discussion, beginning at 7 p.m. in the commission’s Northeast Region Office, 3917 Memorial Highway in Dallas.

No reservations are required. For more information, please contact William Williams at 570- 675-1143.
Are You Ready?

This Saturday, April 13, is the opening day of trout season in Lackawanna, Luzerne and Wyoming counties.

Please click here for more information, and good luck on the water!
Thank You For Your Service!

During their annual recognition event on Thursday, the Meadows Nursing Center in Dallas recognized Norman Johnstone and Pete Klein for their volunteer service.

Also pictured (from left) are Carol Sweeney, a member of my district staff; Meadows Volunteer Director Camille Fioti; and Administrator Christina Tarbox.

I also recently presented Ambassador for Peace Medals from the Consul of the Republic of South Korea to David Antoine (left) and Donald Antoine.

Thank you for your service, gentlemen!

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