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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.

email: kboback@pahousegop.com

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11/29/2018

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REAL ID Update

Beginning in March of next year, REAL IDs will be available – but not mandatory – for Pennsylvania residents who want them.

Pennsylvanians will only need a REAL ID-compliant driver's license, photo ID card, or another form of federally-acceptable identification (such as a valid passport or military ID) to board a domestic commercial flight or enter a federal building or military installation beginning October 1, 2020.

On Thursday, Dec. 13, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport will host a REAL ID Mobile Verification Unit event from 5-8 p.m., on the main level of the Terminal Building.

You will be able to pre-verify for REAL ID without visiting a PennDOT Driver License Center.

Please click here for information on what you need to bring in order to pre-verify.
 
 
December means…



….colder temperatures and a reminder that Pennsylvania’s Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) application period for 2018-19 is still open.

Please click here for more information, including income guidelines and an application.
 
 
Prepare Now for Winter Weather

Winter weather has already hit much of Pennsylvania, but more is to come. PennDOT reminds motorists of the various travel tools they can use to help with navigating inclement weather this winter.

The website at www.penndot.gov/winter has a complete winter guide with detailed information about winter services in each of PennDOT’s 11 engineering districts. The site also includes tips for motorists to prepare their vehicles for winter travel.

The public can also access travel information on nearly 40,000 roadway miles year-round at www.511PA.com, and during the winter they can find plow-truck locations and details of when state-maintained roadways were last plowed. The information is made possible by PennDOT’s Automated Vehicle Location (AVL) technology, which uses units in each of the more than 2,200 department-owned and rented plow trucks to send a cell signal showing where a truck is located.

The 40,000 miles for which PennDOT is responsible translates into 96,000 snow-lane miles -- enough miles to circle the globe nearly four times. The department maintains roughly the same number of miles maintained by the state in New York, New Jersey and all the New England states combined.
 
 
Revitalizing Distressed Neighborhoods

A new law passed by the House this fall will expand a program that encourages revitalization of distressed neighborhoods. Created in 1967, the Neighborhood Assistance Program (NAP) is a tax credit program which incentivizes businesses to invest in affordable housing programs, community services, crime prevention, education, job training or neighborhood assistance.

Act 100 of 2018 increases the NAP’s funding from $18 million to $36 million and marks the first time allocated funding for the program has been increased since its inception more than 50 years ago. A recent report from the state’s Independent Fiscal Office indicated that in Fiscal Year 2015-16, the NAP’s $17.9 million in tax credits resulted in a total economic impact of $138.1 million.

This proven program has helped bring new businesses, needed services and additional revenue to struggling towns and cities. The end result is more jobs, safer streets and a better quality of life for some of Pennsylvania’s most vulnerable families.

Included under the NAP umbrella are several other neighborhood assistance programs: the Special Priorities Program, Neighborhood Partnership Program, Charitable Food Program and the Enterprise Zone Program.
 
 
Unemployment Comp Call Center Update

Last month, the Department of Labor and Industry’s Unemployment Compensation (UC) Service Centers transitioned to a new phone system.
As a result, claimants may no longer hear a busy signal when phone lines are full. Instead, claimants may hear a default message from the individual’s phone carrier (Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, etc.).

Please be aware that the UC Service Centers are able to take calls and the system is functioning. If you receive one of these messages, please try again.
UC call center hours are Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Fridays from 8 a.m. to noon.

Claimants are also encouraged to visit www.uc.pa.gov to create a new claim or check on the status of an existing claim.
 
 
Attention Veterans


Wednesday, Dec. 5 – A representative from the Pennsylvania American Legion will visit my Tunkhannock district office from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Area veterans may seek assistance and information pertaining to specific benefits and programs.

To make an appointment, please call (570) 836-4777 to reach the office, which is located at 133 W. Tioga St., Suite 4. You do not need to be an American Legion member to take advantage of this service. appointment.

As was announced at my November veterans’ event, admission to the Misericordia University Community Choir’s Thursday, Dec. 6, performance entitled “Carols From Around the World” is FREE to all veterans.

The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Lemmond Theater.

Tuesday, Dec. 18 - Veterans outreach hours will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Dallas district office, 105 Lieutenant Michael Cleary Drive.

A claims consultant from the Wilkes-Barre VFW will be on hand to address questions and concerns of local veterans and their families.

Friday, Dec. 21 - The Mobile Vet Center will be available from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Brady and Cavany Ace Hardware Store parking lot, 809 Hunter Highway, Eaton Township.


Some of the 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.
 
 
A Successful Hunt!


Congratulations to Timothy J. Weaver of Dallas, who took a 708-pound male bear during Pennsylvania’s recently-completed bear season.

Tim was successful using a rifle in Harvey’s Lake Borough to take the season’s second-largest bear.
 
 
If you own a small business….

…a representative from the University of Scranton Small Business Development Center will visit the Tunkhannock district office Wednesday, Dec. 19, 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.
 
 
The Medicare Open Enrollment period….



….continues through next Friday, Dec. 7. During this time, you may make changes to various aspects of your coverage.

If you have questions about your Medicare coverage, APPRISE, the State Health Insurance Assistance Program in Pennsylvania, has counselors who are specifically trained to answer your Medicare questions.

Please click here to schedule an appointment close to where you live.
 

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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
41-B East Wing, Main Capitol, PO Box 202117, Harrisburg PA 17120-2117 | Phone: (717) 787-1117
Email: kboback@pahousegop.com
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