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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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 The latest news from the State Capitol

This email includes:
  • Will You Be Purchasing a REAL ID?
  • Spring Forward!
  • Know What a Spotted Lanternfly Looks Like?
  • Budget Hearings Conclude
  • Concealed Carry Events Planned
  • Supporting PA National Guard Families
  • Thank You for Your Service!
  • Reaching Out to You
  • Waterfowl Briefing in Dallas
  • Preparing Our Students for the Future
  • Resources to Help with Problem Gambling
  • The Mighty Mountaineers!
Will You Be Purchasing a REAL ID?

On Monday, April 1, I will be hosting a pre-verification event for anyone planning to purchase the optional REAL ID.

Please click here for more information
Spring Forward!

Daylight saving time will begin this Sunday, March 10, at 2 a.m., and residents are reminded to turn their clocks ahead one hour Saturday night.

This is also a good time to check and/or change batteries in both smoke detectors and carbon monoxide alarms. The alarms should also be replaced every 10 years.

Daylight saving time will end on Nov. 3.
Know What a Spotted Lanternfly Looks Like?

The spotted lanternfly poses a serious threat to Pennsylvania’s economy, as it feeds on - and can destroy - more than 70 varieties of plants, including hardwood trees, grapes, apples, peaches and hops. While the insect has not yet been seen in Lackawanna, Luzerne and Wyoming counties, local officials are bracing for impact, should that status change.

On Thursday, March 21, I will be hosting a spotted lanternfly seminar at 6 p.m., at the Triton Hose Company, 116 W. Tioga St., Tunkhannock.

This event is contingent on sufficient pre-registration. Please reserve your seat by contacting my Tunkhannock district office at (570) 836-4777.
Budget Hearings Conclude

Making sure every dollar of state tax money is used to its maximum benefit, the House Appropriations Committee wrapped up its three-week series of budget hearings this week, with the committee looking into all aspects of the governor’s budget proposal.

As part of the proceedings, I was invited as majority chairman of the House Children and Youth Committee to join the committee for budget hearing testimony by the Department of Human Services.

Click here to view video.

Please click on the video to watch questions I posed regarding the number of child abuse cases in Pennsylvania and issues related to that.
Concealed Carry Events Planned

Due to popular demand, I am hosting two Concealed Carry Seminars next month. I hope you will consider attending one of the following:
  • Thursday, April 11/6-8 p.m. (doors open at 5:30 p.m.), Wyoming County EMA Building 3880 State Route 6 East, Tunkhannock. Scheduled speakers are Wyoming County District Attorney Jeffrey Mitchell and Sheriff Edward H. Sherman.

  • Thursday, April 25/6-8 p.m. (doors open at 5:30 p.m.), Back Mountain Regional E.M.A. Building, 3593 State Route 118, Lehman Township. Scheduled speakers are Luzerne County District Attorney Stefanie Salavantis and Sheriff Brian Szumski.

This event offers a unique opportunity for both potential and experienced firearm owners to better understand Pennsylvania’s firearms laws.

Both events are dependent on sufficient turnout and seating is limited. To reserve your space, please call my district office at (570) 675-6000 or (570) 836-4777.
Supporting PA National Guard Families

Ensuring a better future for our Pennsylvania National Guard members and their families is the driving force behind the first-of-its-kind Pennsylvania GI Bill, also known as the Military Family Education Program.

The proposal builds on the state’s existing National Guard Military Education Program by extending benefits to a guard member’s spouse or children in exchange for the guard member committing to a second obligation of six years in the Guard.

The initiative not only recognizes the sacrifices made by Guard families but also helps retain current National Guard members and attract transitioning military service members to Pennsylvania.

The program would provide for 10 semesters of tuition-free education for family

The benefit must be used at a Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency approved educational institution, and at the tuition rate set by the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education.
Thank You For Your Service!

Congratulations to Master Sgt. John Karpovich, Pennsylvania National Guard G1 Operations Section noncommissioned officer in charge, recipient of the first Pennsylvania Veterans Service Award.

Please click here for more information on MSG Karpovich, who lives in Hunlock Creek.  
Reaching Out to You

I’ve scheduled the following outreach events for this coming week:
  • This Monday, March 11 - The Mobile Vet Center be set up in the Ace Hardware-Brady and Cavany Store parking lot, 809 Hunter Highway, Eaton Township from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 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 Tuesday, March 12 - Hunlock Township Building, 33 Village Drive, Hunlock Creek from 9-11 a.m. A member of my staff will be available to answer your state government questions.
Waterfowl Briefing in Dallas

On Friday, March 15, the Pennsylvania Game Commission (PGC) will host a public briefing in Dallas on the status of Atlantic Flyway waterfowl populations and proposed federal frameworks for the 2019-20 waterfowl hunting seasons.

Please click here for the details
Preparing Our Students for the Future

Dallas High School is one of 41 Pennsylvania school districts to be awarded a Career Readiness Mini-Grant to help students learn about career opportunities in their region.

Last week, I joined Department of Labor and Industry Deputy Secretary for Workforce Development Eileen Cipriani for a tour of the school’s woodshop and welding prototyping lab, and saw students using wood, plastics and metal fabrication machinery.
Resources to Help with Problem Gambling

With March being observed as National Problem Gambling Awareness Month, officials from the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs, the Pennsylvania
Gaming Control Board and the Pennsylvania Lottery highlighted the warning signs of problem gambling and available resources to help.

Gambling can become a problem when a person develops strained relationships with loved ones; borrows money to gamble; gambles to get a “high”; or misses work, school or other activities and obligations in order to gamble.

In the Commonwealth, the Council on Compulsive Gambling of Pennsylvania works to educate Pennsylvanians on compulsive and problem gambling to prevent development of dangerous gambling habits. It operates the Pennsylvania Problem Gambling helpline, 1-800-GAMBLER (1-800-426-2537). More resources, including a 24-hour chat service, are also available at

Click here for more information about treatment options.
The Mighty Mountaineers!

The Dallas School District girls soccer team won the 2018 AAA District 2 Championship. I recently presented a House citation to Athletic Director Nancy Roberts and Coach Nikki Pekaski.

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Office Locations
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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