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This email includes:
  • Know what a spotted lanternfly looks like?
  • Will you be purchasing a REAL ID?
  • Concern Over Child Abuse Cases
  • Advancing the Budget Process
  • Recognizing Our Future Leaders
  • Thank you for your service
  • Protecting the Rights of Crime Victims
  • Free 2B Mom
  • Cori’s Place
  • Bill to Save on State Pensions
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.
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.
Concern Over Child Abuse Cases

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On Thursday, I was invited to join the House Appropriations Committee for testimony by the Department of Human Services in my role as majority chairman of the House Children and Youth Committee.

Please click on the video to hear questions I posed regarding the number of child abuse cases in Pennsylvania and issues related to that.
Advancing the Budget Process

Next week, the House Appropriations Committee concludes its series of hearings designed to highlight individual government agencies and evaluate the role they play in crafting the 2019-20 budget.

All the hearings will be streamed through my website,

Here is the schedule of testifiers:

Monday, March 4
10 a.m. – Department of Education

Tuesday, March 5
10 a.m. – Department of Environmental Protection
10:30 am. – Department of Agriculture
1 p.m. – PSERS/SERS

Wednesday, March 6
10 a.m. – Office of the Budget
1 p.m. – Department of Military and Veterans Affairs
Reaching Out to You

I am resuming my previous schedule of satellite office hours in the month of March. Here is what I have planned for this Wednesday, March 6:

• A member of my staff will be available to answer state government questions from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., at the Dalton Borough Building, 105 W. Main St., and then from noon to 2 p.m. at the Factoryville Borough Building, 161 College Ave.

• Veterans are encouraged to stop by my Tunkhannock district office, 133 W. Tioga St., Suite 4 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. A representative from the Pennsylvania American Legion will be on hand to answer individual questions. Please call (570) 836-4777 to make an appointment.
Recognizing Our Future Leaders

Congratulations to Joshua Kocher, whose Eagle Scot Court of Honor was held last Saturday at Sweet Valley Church of Christ.
Thank you for your service

The Back Mountain Police Association gathered last weekend for a 60-year anniversary celebration. I was honored to present them with a citation from the PA House of Representatives.
Protecting the Rights of Crime Victims

Understanding the struggle many crime victims face when seeking justice, lawmakers have been working to advance a package of bills designed to protect the rights of crime victims.

Last week, the House Judiciary Committee approved five bills for consideration by the full House. The package includes:
  • House Bill 276, a joint resolution known as Marsy’s Law, would add a victims’ bill of rights to the Pennsylvania Constitution.
  • House Bill 502 would ensure victims can attend proceedings against their abusers.
  • House Bill 503 would help victims and witnesses with intellectual disabilities or autism testify in court.
  • House Bill 504 would shield rape victims from irrelevant cross examination.
  • House Bill 505 would strengthen protections for young abuse victims.
Just as those accused of a crime have certain rights, House Republicans are ensuring crime victims are treated with dignity and respect throughout the entire criminal justice process.
Free 2B Mom

I recently attended the kickoff meeting for the “Free 2B Mom” program in Luzerne County. Their aim is to create a coalition of equal partners to bring every available service to mothers-in-recovery and their infants.
Cori’s Place

George Gwilliam and Cori’s Place hosted our annual legislative breakfast recently. His story started with his daughter, Cori, who was born with a rare congenital malformation.

George and his wife, Therese, went on to create Cori’s Place, to provide a loving environment for young adults with disabilities.
Bill to Save on State Pensions

Last week, House Republicans passed House Bill 60 to prohibit future hires of the Susquehanna River Basin Commission (SRBC), which serves three states, from participating in the State Employees’ Retirement System (SERS).

The SRBC was created by federal law in 1970 that also was adopted by the legislatures of Maryland, New York and Pennsylvania.

According to the Independent Fiscal Office – a non-partisan entity created to provide unbiased information to the state Legislature – there were 65 employees of the SRBC who were active, contributing members of SERS in 2017.

The bill now moves to the Senate for consideration.
Helping Our Community

Harveys Lake Lions Club hosted another successful fundraising event on Saturday night. All proceeds benefit community projects.

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133 West Tioga Street, Suite 4, Tunkhannock, PA 18657| Phone: (570) 836-4777
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