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How Can Tech Save Tax Dollars?

 
The House Majority Policy Committee recently learned more about ways in which technology can be better managed to save taxpayers money while still providing quality services.

Already, state agencies have spent millions of taxpayer dollars to upgrade and build technology systems and databases to make government run more efficiently and effectively. Yet, despite the money being spent, the data collected may not be used to its fullest potential, personnel costs are climbing, fraud and system abuse continues, and Pennsylvania is still years behind in its technology capabilities.

The committee heard from several technology companies about ways in which technology can do a better job of detecting welfare fraud, saving money within Medicaid or allowing agency databases to instantly share information.

To watch the hearing, click here and select the March 22 date
 
 
Applications Available for Rural Fire Assistance Grants

 
Applications for federal grants to help Pennsylvania’s rural communities better guard against the threat of fires in forested, undeveloped and underprotected areas will be accepted until May 18.

The grants are designed to organize, train and equip local forces in preventing, controlling and suppressing fires that have the potential to threaten human life, livestock, crops, pastures, woodlands, orchards and farmsteads.

Grants can be used for the purchase of wildfire suppression equipment, wildfire protective gear, wildfire prevention and mitigation, wildfire training, mobile or portable radios, and installation of dry hydrants. The funds may also be used for conversion and maintenance of federal surplus property vehicles. The vehicles are presented to local departments exhibiting the greatest needs and those that commit to outfitting them for fire suppression.

For more information, click here
   
 
Lackawanna County Concealed Carry Seminar Set for April 11

 
Registration is now available for my first concealed carry seminar of 2017, which will be held on Tuesday, April 11, from 6-8 p.m. at the Dalton Fire Hall. The seminar is free and open to residents of the 117th Legislative District who are interested in learning more about our state’s concealed carry laws.

For more information and to register, visit Rep.Boback.com or call my Tunkhannock district office at 570-836-4777. 
 
 
Protecting Children Against Abuse

 
Thousands of Pennsylvanians in schools, social service agencies, churches and neighborhood groups throughout Pennsylvania are working hard to nurture and support the victims of child abuse and prevent future mistreatment.

In 2015, more than 4,200 cases of child abuse or maltreatment were investigated in Pennsylvania, with an estimate that one of every 1,000 children is a victim of abuse.

While the General Assembly passed more than two dozen laws a few years ago to help prevent, investigate and prosecute abuse cases, the House is currently working to help victims of child sexual abuse hold their abusers accountable.

With April designated as Child Abuse Awareness Month by House Resolution 173, several activities are planned statewide throughout the month to equip residents with the information they need to recognize and report suspected child abuse in their communities. Those events include free training programs for community members, mandated reporters (those who, by reason of their occupation or profession, must report suspected child abuse) and trainers. Click here for that list of events
 
 
Junior Leadership Wyoming

This week, Junior Leadership Wyoming visited the chamber of the Honorable Russell D. Shurtleff, President Judge. 
  
 
State Veterans Agency Seeks Vietnam Veterans

 
As a way to pay tribute to all of the men and women from Pennsylvania who died as a result of the Vietnam War, the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (DMVA) is asking the public for help in finding the remaining 105 Vietnam veterans from Pennsylvania who are not yet included in the agency’s Wall of Faces project.

For the past two years the DMVA has partnered with the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund (VVMF) in Washington, D.C., to find a photo of every Pennsylvanian whose name appears on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall. The VVMF is posting the photos on a virtual Wall of Faces to put a face and a story to every name, allowing these Vietnam veterans to be honored by family, friends and others from around the world.

A complete list of Pennsylvania Vietnam Veterans whose photos are still needed can be found by going to www.veterans.pa.gov, and clicking on Wall of Faces. Instructions on how to submit a photo can be found here.

To view the virtual Wall of Faces, go to vvmf.org/Wall-of-Faces.

In conjunction with my annual Veterans Appreciation Event, set for Saturday, Nov. 4, I will be holding a Vietnam Veterans Pinning Ceremony. Mark your calendars and stay tuned for more information.
 
 
Congratulations, Jeffrey Buscher

It was my pleasure to present a House citation to Eagle Scout Jeffrey Buscher.
  
 
Satellite and Veterans Assistance Hours Set for Next Week

A member of my staff will be available at the following locations next week to provide assistance with Property Tax/Rent Rebate forms, PennDOT paperwork, state-related issues and more.

• Tuesday, April 4, at the Mehoopany Township Municipal Building, located at 237 Schoolhouse Road, Mehoopany, from 10 a.m. to noon, and then at the Meshoppen Borough Building, located at the intersection of Canal Street and Route 267 in Meshoppen from 1-3 p.m.

• Wednesday, April 5, at the Dalton Borough Building, located at 105 West Main St., Dalton, from 10 a.m. to noon.

 
The Mobile Vet Center will be in the Ace Hardware-Brady and Cavany Store parking lot in Eaton Township on Monday, April 3, 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 Wednesday, April 5, the American Legion will hold office hours at the Tunkhannock district office, located at 133 West Tioga St., Suite 4, in Tunkhannock from 10 a.m. to noon.

A claims consultant from the American Legion will provide the assistance. Area veterans may seek assistance and information pertaining to specific benefits and programs. Additional meetings will be held on the first Wednesday of every month.
 
 
PPL Electric Utilities Warns Against Using Energy-Efficiency Kit Nightlights

PPL Electric Utilities is asking customers not to use LED nightlights contained in energy-efficiency kits after three people reported the units started smoking and one reported it caught fire.

The nightlights were part of kits mailed to customers who completed online home energy assessments and in kits given to students as part of PPL’s THINK! ENERGY school programs.

Three customers reported the nightlights started smoking several hours after they were plugged in. Another customer reported the light caught fire, leaving a mark on their ceramic tile. PPL and Ecova, the energy-efficiency contractor that distributed the lights for PPL, are investigating.

Ecova has been mailing the kits to customers who filled out an online home energy assessment. The bulk of the 5,000 kits sent out have been mailed since February 2017. In addition, about 24,500 kits were distributed in schools around the PPL service territory in the current school year.

Anyone who received a nightlight from PPL can call Ecova (1-877-486-9204) with any questions.
 
 
LIHEAP Deadline Extended to April 7

 
Gov. Tom Wolf announced this week that Pennsylvanians struggling to pay home heating bills will now have until April 7 to apply for financial help through the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP).

The federally funded program was slated to end March 31, 2017, but the Wolf Administration decided that given the unpredictable weather this winter, Pennsylvania would extend the program, giving people extra time to apply for funding.

LIHEAP offers assistance in the form of a cash grant sent directly to the utility company or a crisis grant for households in immediate danger of being without heat. Some households are eligible for both types of assistance. Cash grants are based on household income, family size, type of heating fuel and region. In addition to proof of income and household size, applicants must provide a recent bill or a statement from their fuel dealer verifying their customer status and the type of fuel used.

Individuals can apply for a LIHEAP grant online at compass.state.pa.us or in person at their local county assistance office. They may also call the statewide toll-free hotline at 1-866-857-7095 with questions about the program.

For more information about LIHEAP, visit dhs.pa.gov.
 
Back Mountain Ecumenical Men’s Prayer Breakfast

It was my pleasure to speak at the Back Mountain Ecumenical Men’s Prayer Breakfast.
 

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