Contact Information 
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.


Do You Know Your Rights?
This email includes:
  • Do You Know Your Rights?
  • Will You BE Purchasing a REAL ID?
  • Spotted Lanternfly Seminar Was a Success  
  • Setting Up Students for Career Success
  • Support for Victims’ Rights
  • Recognizing the Contributions of PA’s Female Veterans
  • New License Plate Options for Veterans
  • Welcome to the House!
  • Holding Public Officials and Employees to a Higher Standard
  • What’s Important to You?
  • The Road Ahead
  • Spending Time with Our Future Leaders
Do You Know Your Rights?

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 25/5:30 - 7:30 p.m., Back Mountain Regional E.M.A. Building
3593 State Route 118, Lehman Township. Scheduled speakers are Luzerne County First Assistant District Attorney Sam Sanguadolce and Sheriff Brian Szumski.

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

To reserve your space, please call my district office at (570) 675-6000 or (570) 836-4777.
Spotted Lanternfly Seminar Was a Success


Thank you to everyone who attended Thursday’s seminar at the Triton Hose Company in Tunkhannock. Turnout was great, as was the exchange of information on this very destructive insect.

Because of the amount of interest expressed, I’m considering hosting similar events in other parts of the 117th District. I’ll be putting details of those seminars in my weekly email when they are available.

If you’d like more information about the spotted lanternfly, please click here.
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.
Setting Up Students for Career Success

Working to ensure Pennsylvania students have a diverse array of career paths from which to choose, the state House overwhelmingly approved a bipartisan package of bills designed to boost career and technical education (CTE) at schools across the Commonwealth.

The initiatives are a cornerstone of the House Republican Caucus’ #GoodJobs4PA initiative aimed at ensuring all Pennsylvanians have access to good-paying jobs and careers.

To help students plot their path to success, there are bills that would allow technical schools to recruit students like colleges do; make it easier for students to see where credits transfer; create a database of workforce development programs at secondary and post-secondary institutions; create an online career resource center; and allow students who complete classes in STEM education to apply the credits to a course through a vocational-technical school, technical institution or vocational school.

The package is also aimed at improving business and education partnerships by creating a CTE investment incentive program, requiring CTE programs to establish advisory committees and having at least once administrator from a CTE center on each of the state’s Workforce Development Boards.

The bills now go to the Senate for consideration.

Learn more about #GoodJobs4PA here.
Support for Victims’ Rights

I was recently named a recipient of the Guardian of Victims’ Rights Award from the Marsy’s Law for Pennsylvania organization for my support of equal rights for crime victims through assurance of ensuring constitutional protections.

Receiving this award is a tremendous honor. I was surprised to learn Pennsylvania is only one of 15 states that does not provide constitutional protections for crime victims. No crime victim should have less rights than that of the accused. “Marcy’s Law” will rectify this.

The Guardian of Victims’ Rights Awards are presented to individuals who have served as advocates and ambassadors for crime victims across the state, working to ensure they are treated with dignity and respect.

Marsy’s Law legislation (House Bill 276), which I have co-sponsored, was recently passed by the House Judiciary Committee and sent to the full House of Representatives for consideration. For the state constitution to be amended, legislation must pass in two consecutive legislative sessions before being added to the ballot for voter approval.
Recognizing the Contributions of PA’s Female Veterans

Click here to view video.

Please click on the video to view a recording of my floor remarks in support of House Resolution 155, which designates March 27, 2019, as “Pennsylvania Female Veterans Day.”
Welcome to the House!

Calvin Polachek served a guest page on the House floor Tuesday. Calvin is a junior who attends Dallas High School, where he is a member of my Leadership Academy Program.
Holding Public Officials and Employees to a Higher Standard

The House this week gave overwhelming approval to a bill that would ensure public officials or employees who commit felony crimes related to their jobs will not collect a taxpayer-funded pension.

Senate Bill 113 would expand the types of convictions that require officials or employees to forfeit their pensions to include any felony conviction, guilty plea or no contest plea related to an official’s job.

The measure would also put a stop to the practice of a person pleading guilty to lesser crimes to avoid losing their pension and closes several other loopholes that have been exploited by officials to continue to collect pensions from the state after breaking the law and violating the public trust.

The bill is now on its way to the governor for his signature.
What’s Important to You?

PennDOT invites you to view ratings of the state's efforts in transportation safety, mobility, system preservation, and accountability, as well as weigh in on which transportation issues are important to you.

Please click here to take the survey.
The Road Ahead

Please click here to view a list the coming week’s road projects for the 117th District and surrounding area.
Spending Time with Our Future Leaders


I read a book this morning to Mrs. Kneal’s (Carly Talarico, class aide) kindergarten class at Roslund Elementary in the Tunkhannock School District.

This was a teaching lesson on the importance of agriculture. (Did you know agriculture is the No. 1 industry in the state?). As a member of the Lackawanna/Wyoming Farm Bureau, I was thrilled to have been a part of this wonderful incentive.
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