Apr. 05, 2019


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 The latest news from the State Capitol

This email includes:
  • Protecting Infants and Children from Opioid Abuse
  • Do You Know Your Rights?
  • Reaching Out to You
  • 'Tis the Season
  • Help for Lyme Disease Treatment
  • Are You Ready?
  • Fighting Our Opioid Crisis
  • Supporting PA First Responders
  • Good Money Habits Training Resource for Kids
  • The Tax Man Cometh
Protecting Children and Infants from Opioid Abuse

This Tuesday, April 9, the House Children and Youth Committee, which I chair, will consider legislation that would create a task force to examine the impact of the opioid abuse epidemic’s impact on infants and children.

You can watch the meeting on my website, www.RepBoback.com, beginning at 10 a.m.

Click here for more information on House Bill 316.
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.
Reaching Out to You

  • This Monday, April 8 - the Mobile Vet Center will be parked at the Ace Hardware-Brady and Cavany Store, 809 Hunter Highway, Eaton Township, from 10 a.m. to noon. Services available for veterans and their dependents include individual, group, family and bereavement counseling; medical referrals; assistance in applying for Veterans Affairs benefits; employment counseling; guidance and referrals; and alcohol and drug assessments.

  • This Tuesday, April 9 - a member of my staff will greet you at the Hunlock Township Building, 33 Village Drive, Hunlock Creek from 9-11 a.m. This is your chance to have answered any state government questions or concerns you may have.
'Tis the Season

On 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.
Help for Lyme Disease Treatment

Pennsylvania has consistently ranked among the highest in the country in confirmed cases of Lyme disease.

To help those affected by this disease and other related tick-borne illnesses, the House Health Committee approved legislation that would require health insurers to cover treatment plans for Lyme disease or related tick-borne illnesses as prescribed by a patient’s health care practitioner, regardless if the treatment plan includes short-term or long-term antibiotic treatment.

Lyme disease can be easily treated with antibiotics when caught and treated early. If untreated, the disease can cause joint swelling, cardiac or neurologic complications. The most severe cases can be debilitating.

House Bill 629 now moves to the full House for consideration.

For more information on the signs and symptoms of Lyme disease, and how to protect yourself from tick bites, click here
Are You Ready?


Next Saturday, April 13, is the opening day of trout season in Lackawanna, Luzerne and Wyoming counties. Please click here for more information, and god luck on the water!
Fighting Our Opioid Crisis

The Commission on Economic Opportunity and Wright Center for Community Health have both received federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) grants to assist individuals who are battling opioid abuse.

The money will fund a new program that hopes to increase access to support services for individuals with opioid abuse disorder, keep people engaged in treatment and recovery, and help prevent overdose-related deaths.

Based in Wilkes-Barre, the Commission on Economic Opportunity has an office in Tunkhannock, while the Wright Center for Community Health has locations in Lackawanna and Luzerne counties.
Supporting PA First Responders

With fire and emergency medical service organizations across the state struggling due to a lack of volunteers and financial resources, the House and Senate Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness committees held an informational meeting to discuss recommendations put forth late last year to address these challenges.

According to testimony offered at the meeting, the decline of volunteers in fire and EMS services across the state is having a significant impact on municipalities’ ability to reliably and safely provide public safety services to their citizens.

Much of the decline in volunteers can be attributed to societal and economic changes, such as longer working hours and longer commutes. However, lawmakers were encouraged to consider incentives such as tax credits or college loan forgiveness programs to help recruit new volunteers. Affordable and accessible training was also encouraged as a way to remove barriers to volunteering.

These were among more than two dozen broad recommendations offered by the Senate Resolution 6 Commission, which was charged with studying issues such as recruitment and retention, government support, innovation, training and operations, and more.

One of the report’s recommendations, which requires insurers to reimburse ambulance companies for services provided even if no transport takes place, was signed into law last year. Lawmakers plan to build on that success this year as they prepare to introduce legislation implementing some additional recommendations.

View the full report here.
Good Money Habits Training Resource for Kids

To help high school and college students make smart money decisions, Pennsylvania is launching a new program called the “FinLit Forum.”

The conference-style program involves multiple state and nonprofit agencies that provide high school and college students with critical financial knowledge to be successful in the next stages of their lives.

The program addresses many “real life” financial issues of young people, including banking basics, introduction to budgeting, understanding credit reports and scores, scams and identity theft, insurance 101, and financial aid.

Learn more here.
Tax Day Approaching

The Monday, April 15, deadline to file your federal, state and local taxes is fast approaching.

If you received more than $33 in total gross taxable income in calendar year 2018, you must file a Pennsylvania Personal Income Tax return by midnight on April 15.

You can file online for free through PAdirectfile, a secure, state-only electronic income tax filing system by clicking here

If you want to use an online tax preparing service, Pennsylvania has deals with certain providers for free e-filing. You can learn more about these services by clicking here

Income tax assistance is available through the department’s Online Customer Service Center, or by calling 717-787-8201 between 7:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Pennsylvanians can also visit a Department of Revenue district office for basic state personal income tax filing assistance. Assistance at these offices is available from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Service Above Self

The Dallas Rotary Club’s recent Charter Night celebrated three Paul Harris Fellows – (from left) Assistant District Gov. John John; President Kim Reynolds; Paul Harris Fellows Lisa Pretko, Joseph Steger III and Brenda Pugh; and Past District Governor Art Peoples.

….to the Luzerne County Child Advocacy Center and the Luzerne County Fair Association for a great bingo event. Proceeds will support these two great organizations which, in turn, support our community!

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