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Capitol Office 
41-B East Wing
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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  • My Lifesaving Legislation on the Move
  • What will the governor say? 
  • Testing Students’ Knowledge of Civics
  • Ensuring Victims’ Rights
  • Sportsmen's Issues
  • Attention Veterans
  • This Friday, Feb. 1….
  • Congratulations!
My Lifesaving Legislation on the Move

I have reintroduced my legislation that would provide civil immunity for anyone whose actions result in damage done to a vehicle during forcible entry in order to rescue a child.

Please click here for more information on House Bill 279.
What will the governor say?

This Tuesday Feb. 5, Gov. Tom Wolf will unveil his budget proposal for fiscal year 2019-20. You can watch the address on my website,, beginning at 11:30 a.m.

We are looking forward to hearing the governor’s proposal and reviewing the details in the coming weeks as the Appropriations Committee will begin its series of hearing on the proposal on Monday, Feb. 11.
Testing Students’ Knowledge of Civics

On Wednesday, I met with Pennsylvania Secretary of Education Pedro Rivera. We discussed implementation of Act 35 of 2018, my legislation will require public school students to take a locally developed assessment in civics between grades seven and twelve.

Starting in the 2020-2021 school year, every public school district shall administer at least once a locally developed assessment of U.S. History, Government and Civics to students during grades 7-12.
Early Learning Matters!

Steve Doster, state director of Mission: Readiness, and I attended Tuesday’s state Capitol news conference in support of the Start Strong PA Campaign for quality child care and early learning.

As chairman of the House Children and Youth Committee, and a member of the Early Childhood Education Caucus, I am proud to be affiliated with groups and organizations that prioritize children in the Commonwealth.
Ensuring Victims’ Rights

Legislation to amend the Pennsylvania Constitution to add a victims’ bill of rights was reintroduced this week in a step toward putting the question before voters.

Last session, Marsy’s Law passed in the House and Senate unanimously. An identical bill must be passed this session before the question is placed on the ballot.

While Pennsylvania has protection for victims written into its laws, a constitutional amendment is the only way to ensure that victims have equal footing with offenders and the only way to ensure that victims have some kind of redress when their rights are violated.

The amendment would require notice of hearings and other proceedings, physical and emotional protection from the accused, notice in cases of release or escape, proceedings free from unnecessary delay, the ability to confer with the prosecutor in the case, full and timely restitution from the offender, and notification of all of these rights.
Sportsmen’s Issues

Fishing and boating are both big business in the 117th District.

To that end, I met Tuesday with (from left) Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission representatives Julie Carraghan, Mike Nerozzi and Executive Director Tim Schaefer to discuss issues such as trout stocking and increased activity on our local waterways.
Attention Veterans

This Wednesday, Feb. 6, the American Legion will hold office hours from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Tunkhannock district office, 133 W. Tioga St., Suite 4. Area veterans may seek assistance and information pertaining to specific benefits and programs. Please call (570) 836-4777 to make an appointment.

Then on Friday, Feb. 8, the Mobile Vet Center will be set up from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Ace Hardware-Brady and Cavany Store, 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.
This Friday, Feb. 1….

Women across the country are encouraged to wear red, as part of the “Go Red for Women” campaign to raise awareness of women’s heart disease. On Wednesday, we took this photo on the House floor in recognition of House Resolution 57, which designates Friday, Feb. 1 as National Wear Red Day in Pennsylvania.

….to Wyoming County Community Fair Queen Madison Sickler, who was selected as Alternate 2019 Pennsylvania Fair Queen. Madison, a senior at Elk Lake High School, is studying business at her local career and technology center, with plans to continue her education in banking and finance at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

Mikara Anderson of Huntingdon County was crowned the 2019 Pennsylvania Fair Queen at last Saturday’s annual joint convention of the Pennsylvania State Association of County Fairs and Pennsylvania State Showmen’s Association.

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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
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