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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

Boback to Chair House Committee
1/5/2019

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This email includes:
  • Boback to Chair House Committee
  • It’s time to get to work!
  • Attention Veterans!
  • Continued Restoration of Wyoming County Waterway
  • New Law Cracks Down on Repeat DUI Offenders
  • Increased Funding to Aid Ambulance Services
 
 
Boback to Chair House Committee

My responsibilities for the 2019-20 session will include assuming a chairmanship for the first time.

Please click here for the details.
 
 
Ready to Get to Work in New House Session


On Tuesday, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives convened so that the oath of office could be administered to House members. The House is now comprised of 110 Republicans and 91 Democrats, including 43 first-term members. There are two vacancies.

On swearing-in day, the House also unanimously selected Rep. Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny) as speaker of the House for the third consecutive session. The day also included certification of election results and adoption of rules that will govern the chamber.
 
 
Attention Veterans!

The Mobile Vet Center will be in the Ace Hardware-Brady and Cavany Store parking lot in Eaton Township on Monday, Jan. 14, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 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.

On Tuesday, Jan. 15, veterans outreach hours will be offered at the Dallas district office from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. A claims consultant from the Wilkes-Barre Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) will be on hand to address questions and concerns of local veterans and their families.
 
 
Continued Restoration of Wyoming County Waterway

The latest chapter in the Mehoopany Creek Roger Hollow Stream Restoration Project includes a more than $471,000 grant that will address water damage and water quality in Wyoming County.

The money will be used to alleviate flooding and remove sediment runoff into the Roger Hollow Stream by stabilizing its banks using stacked boulders on both sides of the waterway.

This summer’s flooding of Route 87 and the surrounding area was an unfortunate reminder of the power of water. This funding will address infrastructure problems that threaten homes in the area, as well as the integrity of roads and water quality.

The Growing Greener program, which became law in 1999 and is the source of the grant, addresses environmental concerns such as the backlog of farmland-preservation projects statewide; restoring watersheds; and providing new and upgraded water and sewer systems. It is supported by the Environmental Stewardship Fund, which receives its funding from landfill tipping fees.

The Mehoopany Creek Roger Hollow Stream Restoration is part of the 2007 Mehoopany Creek Watershed Plan. This project will meet the PA Nonpoint Source Management Plan which focuses on reducing water quality degradation from “polluted runoff.” Roger Hollow Stream is part of the Chesapeake Bay watershed.
 
 
Congratulations on your success!

I recently presented a House citation to both co-owner Glenda Shoemaker of J.R.’s Hallmark in Tunkhannock, which is celebrating 30 years in business, and Mehoopany Area Library employee Judy Chanbers on the library’s 35th anniversary.


                                    
 
Happy birthday to you!

Congratulations to Charlotte Montross, who resides at The Gardens in Tunkhannock and recently celebrated her 100th birthday! Charlotte was Wyoming County’s first female commissioner.
 
 
New Law Cracks Down on Repeat DUI Offenders

A new law cracking down on habitual DUI offenders is now in effect. Statistics show repeat offenders cause 40 percent of all DUI-related crashes.

Pennsylvania was previously one of four states that did not punish repeat DUIs as felonies.

Act 153 fixes that by increasing penalties for repeated DUI crimes.

Under the new law, any individual convicted of his or her third DUI with a BAC of 0.16 or higher could be found guilty of a felony offense.

The same penalty would apply to all individuals convicted of four or more DUI offenses.

Repeat offenders who are convicted of homicide while DUI now face a minimum prison sentence of five or seven years, up from the previous three-year minimum.
 
 
Increased Funding to Aid Ambulance Services

Ambulance companies across Pennsylvania will see a much-needed increase in Medicaid reimbursement rates this year.

Approved as part of the 2018-19 budget, reimbursement rates have increased from $200 to not less than $300 for Advanced Life Support (ALS) services and from $120 to $180 for Basic Life Support (BLS) services, effective Jan. 1.

The increases, to be funded by $4 million in state funds and approximately $8 million in federal matching funds, are necessary to help meet growing costs faced by the Commonwealth’s emergency medical service providers. It is the first increase since 2004.

To further support these life-saving services, another new law, Act 103 of 2018, requires both private insurers and Medicaid to reimburse for treatment provided regardless of whether transport takes place. This is a common occurrence with patients suffering with diabetes as well as for drug overdose calls.

Additional initiatives to shore up the state’s fire and emergency response organizations were outlined in a recent report released under Senate Resolution 6 of 2017. The report includes 92 concepts incorporated into 27 recommendations to address challenges in the fire and EMS communities, with most of them focused on staffing, funding and training needs.
 

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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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