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Don’t Text and Drive
This week, I joined my colleagues in supporting House Resolution 221, which designated April 27, 2017, as Don’t Text and Drive Day in Pennsylvania.

Texting, as a means of communication, is nearly universal and has become completely intertwined with our daily lives. While a useful method of communicating, many people continue to text even while they are driving. This has resulted in far too many accidents, injuries and deaths due to motorists being distracted while driving. Tragically, the number of these tragic incidents only continues to grow.

Designating April 27, 2017, as Don’t Text and Drive Day in Pennsylvania is an appeal to individuals, government agencies, business leaders, hospitals, schools, and public and private institutions to promote awareness of the dangers of texting and driving and calls for continued programs and policies that reduce the incidence of texting while driving in this Commonwealth to reduce the number of accidents, injuries and fatalities on our roadways.
 

Out and About
Misericordia University students Cara Imbolzano, David Schnable and D’nanda Price visited the Capitol this week for an undergraduate student research event.

Pictured with me are Library Director Suh Qui and Board President Gerald Wren at the Dalton Public Library spring book sale held on Saturday, April 22.

Pictured with me is Chuck Kovalick, wildlife and landscape artist, at the Whitetails Unlimited event in Tunkhannock.

Pictured with me are Deputy Adjutant General Hilty and Adjutant General Corelli who visited the Capitol for National Guard Day on the Hill.
 

Strengthening Animal Cruelty Laws
 
Legislation to update existing animal abuse laws and increase penalties for abusing an animal passed the state House this week.
                                   
House Bill 1238 would apply criminal penalties based on the severity of the offense and divide the types of abuse into three categories: neglect, which would include failure to provide food, water or shelter; cruelty, which would include recklessly overloading, beating or abandonment; and aggravated cruelty, which would include intentionally torturing an animal to the point where it causes bodily injury or death.
                                   
Research studies have identified a direct tie between animal abuse and other forms of abuse.
                                   
The bill now moves to the Senate for review.

Celebrating Pennsylvania’s Small Businesses

 
More than 99 percent of businesses in Pennsylvania are small businesses, and April 30-May 6 has been designated Pennsylvania Small Business Week to celebrate these entrepreneurs and their impact on our economy.
                                   
In recognizing the valuable role these businesses play in our Commonwealth, the House continuously works to enact pro-small business policies, including tax fairness and regulatory reforms.
                                   
Pennsylvania’s more than 1 million small businesses employ 2.5 million workers, with small businesses, having created nearly 24,000 new jobs in the second half of 2015.
                                   
For more information, click here.
 

Satellite Hours Offered This 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, May 2, 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, May 3, 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, May 1, 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, May 3, the American Legion will hold office hours at the Tunkhannock district office, located at 133 West Tioga St., Suite 4, 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.
                                   
For more information and to register, visit RepBoback.com or call our Tunkhannock district office at 570-836-4777.
 

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