Boback Announces Safe Schools Grant for Lackawanna Trail School District

May. 20, 2019 /

HARRISBURG – The Lackawanna Trail School District today was awarded a Safe Schools Targeted grant to purchase safety and security-related equipment, according to Rep. Karen Boback (R-Lackawanna/Luzerne/Wyoming). The district received $25,000, the maximum allowed under the program, which is administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE).

Boback, Toohil Push for Passage of Foster Care Legislation

May. 14, 2019 /

HARRISBURG – The challenges faced by young people as they age out of foster care was the focus of an informational hearing conducted by the House Children and Youth Committee today. Rep. Karen Boback (R-Luzerne/Lackawanna/Wyoming), who chairs the committee, and Rep. Tarah Toohil (R-Luzerne), who serves as committee vice chair, also held a news conference with stakeholders to discuss legislation that would make improvements to Pennsylvania’s foster care system.

Boback, Toohil to Discuss Foster Care Legislation at Capitol News Conference

May. 13, 2019 /

WHAT: House Children and Youth Committee Chairman Karen Boback (R-Luzerne/Lackawanna/Wyoming) and Vice Chairman Tarah Toohil (R-Luzerne) will host a news conference to discuss legislation that would improve Pennsylvania’s foster care system. Boback’s measure, House Bill 856, would reinstate the extension of permanent legal custodian and adoption assistance subsidies. Toohil’s proposal, House Bill 1326, would create a program to help foster care youth with obtaining driver’s education, training and costs associated with maintaining an auto insurance policy. House Bill 1276, sponsored by Rep. Dave Hickernell (R-Lancaster/Dauphin), would create a program to assist foster care youth with the challenges of accessing higher educational opportunities.

Boback’s Child Protection Bill on the Verge of Becoming Law

May. 09, 2019 /

HARRISBURG - The state Senate has unanimously passed legislation authored by state Rep. Karen Boback (R-Luzerne/Lackawanna/Wyoming) that would provide civil immunity for damages resulting from forcibly entering a motor vehicle to rescue an individual. House Bill 279 awaits Gov. Tom Wolf’s signature into law.

Local Schools Receive Safety Grants, Says Boback

May. 06, 2019 /

TUNKHANNOCK – Three school districts represented by majority chairman of the House Children and Youth Committee, state Rep. Karen Boback (R-Lackawanna/Luzerne/Wyoming), are among 234 districts statewide to be receiving school safety grants.

Local Legislators Welcome Dallas Student Council

May. 03, 2019 /

HARRISBURG – On Tuesday, April 30, representatives from the Dallas High School Student Council and their chaperones were welcomed to the state Capitol in Harrisburg by members of the General Assembly in whose district all or part of the Dallas School District sits.

Boback Announces May Outreach Hours

Apr. 23, 2019 /

HARRISBURG – Rep. Karen Boback (R-Lackawanna/Luzerne/Wyoming) today announced her outreach events and satellite hours for the month of May. Representatives from several different organizations will offer assistance throughout the month at her district offices.

Boback, Toohil Chosen to Serve on Board of State Children’s Fund

Apr. 23, 2019 /

HARRISBURG - State Reps. Karen Boback (R-Luzerne/Lackawanna/Wyoming) and Tara Toohil (R-Luzerne) have been appointed to serve on the board of directors for the Children’s Trust Fund (CTF), a group dedicated to supporting innovative and creative community-based child abuse and neglect prevention programs.

Boback Child Safety Legislation Advances to State Senate

Apr. 17, 2019 /

HARRISBURG – State Rep. Karen Boback (R-Lackawanna/Luzerne/Wyoming) is hoping the “third time’s a charm” when it comes to her legislation that would provide civil immunity for damages that result from entry into a motor vehicle for the purpose of rescuing an individual.

Kauffman, Boback Call on Inspector General to Investigate DHS Handling of Grace Packer Case

Apr. 09, 2019 /

HARRISBURG – At the start of a Judiciary Committee meeting this week that focused on legislation to support child sexual assault victims, Chairman Rob Kauffman (R-Franklin) announced that he and Rep. Karen Boback (R-Wyoming/Luzerne/Lackawanna), chairman of the House Children and Youth Committee, had sent a letter to Pennsylvania Inspector General Bruce Beemer asking him to investigate the handling of the case of Grace Packer by the Department of Human Services.

House Committee to Consider Child Abuse Legislation

Apr. 09, 2019 /

WHAT: The House Children and Youth Committee, chaired by state Rep. Karen Boback (R-Luzerne/Lackawanna/Wyoming), will vote on two pieces of legislation dealing with different aspects of child abuse: