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Capitol Office 
41-B East Wing, Main Captitol 
P.O. Box 202117
Harrisburg PA 17120-2117
Phone: (717) 787-1117
Fax: (717) 705-1889
Open 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

District Offices
105 Lieutenant Michael Cleary Drive
Dallas, PA 18612
(570) 675-6000
Fax: (570) 255-0133
(800) 278-3930
Open 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

133 West Tioga St., Suite 4
Tunkhannock, PA 18657
(570) 836-4777
Fax: (570) 836-4772
Open 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.


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Giving the Gift of Life

Legislation that would help encourage organ and tissue donation in Pennsylvania is now on the governor’s desk.

Senate Bill 180, which unanimously passed the House last week, would expand the list of those persons authorized to decide on behalf of a decedent whether his or her organs are donated.

Among other provisions, it would also permit a minimally invasive blood or tissue test to be conducted to determine the suitability of a donor; call for education regarding organ and tissue donation and transplantation for high school students, as well as nursing and medical students; and increase the voluntary contribution made by citizens from $1 to $3 for driver’s license and vehicle registration renewals.

Currently, more than 800 Pennsylvanians are waiting for an organ transplant.

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Pennsylvania’s Opioid Crisis 

Thursday’s Opioid Update Event at Misericordia University was a very informative event. Thanks to everyone who attended, especially the members of the STOP and HOPE coalitions from Luzerne and Wyoming counties who were on hand to provide information.

Pictured with me (from left) are Dr. Leamor Kahanov, Dean of Misericordia’s College of Health Sciences and Education; Tunkhannock district office manager Carol Warholak Sweeney; Misericordia President Dr. Thomas Botzman; Department of Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine; and Dr. Heidi L.K. Manning, Misericordia’s Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.

Wyoming County Emergency Management Association Director Gene Dziak and Dylan, one of his interns.

Dr. Levine and I discussing House Resolution 1142, my legislation that designates Oct. 19, 2018, as “Lock 'Em Up Day in PA” as a reminder to keep prescription drugs locked away securely in your home. 
Protecting Grandparents’ Rights

I’m glad to see House Bill 1539, authored by my Luzerne County colleague, Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski, is on its way to Gov. Tom Wolf’s desk.

The legislation would allow a grandparent of a child, or other family member related to the child, to petition the courts for temporary guardianship of that child when his or her parent has entered a rehabilitation facility for treatment of a drug or alcohol addiction or has been subject to emergency medical intervention due to abuse of drugs or alcohol.

Our current opioid epidemic has exacerbated an existing condition that sees nearly three million children living with grandparents who are responsible for their care. This bill will help grandparents who may not eligible for many of the benefits and assistance given to traditional parents or foster parents. 
Way to go, girls!
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On Wednesday, the Tunkhannock All-Star Little League softball team was honored on the House floor.

Please click on the video to watch a recording of the event. 
Bringing State Government to You

If you have state government questions, a member of my staff will be available to answer them this Tuesday, Oct. 23, from 2:30-4:30 p.m. at the Laceyville Borough Building, 324 Church St., Laceyville.
Attention Small Business Owners

A representative from the University of Scranton Small Business Development Center will be at the Tunkhannock district office this Wednesday, Oct. 24, from 10 a.m. to noon.

The University of Scranton Small Business Development Center provides educational programs and no-cost, confidential consulting services to entrepreneurs looking to start or grow a small business. 
Promoting Recycling

Nearly 200 county and municipal governments are being awarded Recycling Development and Implementation grants for recycling collections and education through the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection.

Many of the grants are for community leaf collection programs, as leaf litter cannot be sent to landfills and many municipalities prohibit open burning.

The awardees include the Dallas Area Municipal Authority ($207,855) and Wyoming County ($28,572). 
Attention High School Students

If you’re good at finding creative ways to solve problems, I have a challenge for you.

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Taking Care of the Environment
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection is searching for individuals who have recently worked on successful environmental projects.

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I, along with many other ladies and gentlemen, had a great time last week at the Back Mountain Memorial Library Designer Purse Bingo. As former president of the board of directors, I realize how fundraisers such as this help benefit our library.

Speaking of public libraries, the state Capitol recently hosted librarians from around the state on behalf of House Resolution 1158, which designating Oct. 17, 2018, as “Libraries Move PA Forward Day” in Pennsylvania.

I had the opportunity to meet with Susan Frey Jeffrey, former Back Mountain Memorial Library librarian. The event was well attended and provided our librarians with a plethora of information as well as learning discussions. 
My Legislation on the Move

House Resolution 1177, my legislation recognizing Oct. 15-19, 2018 as National Business Women’s Week, has been passed by the House.

The week celebrates the contributions of working women and companies that have made strides toward improving working women's lives in their communities. There currently are more than seven million majority-owned, privately-held, women-owned businesses in the United States, employing more than seven million people and generating more than $1 trillion in sales. 
Veterans Breakfast Reservation Deadline Nears

The deadline to register for my 12th-annual Veterans Expo and Recognition Ceremony breakfast is Monday, Oct. 29. The event itself will be held on Saturday, Nov. 3, from 9-11:30 a.m. at Misericordia University’s Insalaco Hall.

The breakfast is open to any 117th District resident who served in our nation’s Armed Forces. Both non-combat veterans and those who served during wartime are encouraged to attend this event, which is being held in conjunction with Metz Culinary Management.

Veterans may be accompanied to the breakfast by their spouse (or one guest) at no charge. A special appreciation program to honor our veterans will follow.

To register, please call my office at (570) 675-6000, (570) 836-4777, or toll-free at (800) 278-3939. You can also register online at

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105 Lieutenant Michael Cleary Drive, Dallas, PA 18612 | (570) 675-6000, (800) 278-3930
133 West Tioga Street, Suite 4, Tunkhannock, PA 18657| Phone: (570) 836-4777
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