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Lackawanna County Concealed Carry Seminar Set for April 11

 
Seats are still available for my upcoming Concealed Carry Seminar, 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 RepBoback.com or call my Tunkhannock district office at 570-836-4777. 
 
 
If You Owe Back Taxes, Amnesty Program Can Help

 
Pennsylvanians who owe state tax will soon have the option to pay those back taxes through a new tax amnesty program.

The program, which offers incentives to Pennsylvanians to settle their delinquent tax accounts, is expected to generate as much as $150 million in revenue for the Commonwealth. The program does not “forgive” taxes owed but instead waives penalties, collection and lien fees, and half of the interest owed.

All taxes owed to the Commonwealth administered by the Department of Revenue are eligible for the program. The delinquent taxes must have been owed as of Dec. 31, 2015. Any unpaid taxes, penalties and interest resulting from periods after Dec. 31, 2015, are not eligible for the program.

The amnesty period runs from April 21 to June 19, 2017. More information is available at revenue.pa.gov
 
Department of Health to Offer Blood Pressure Clinic

 
The Pennsylvania Department of Health will be conducting a blood pressure screening and education clinic on Tuesday, April 18, at the Laceyville Library, West Main St., Laceyville. The clinic will take place from 1-2 p.m.

For more information, contact the Wyoming County State Health Center at 570-836-2981. 
 
 
House OKs Bill to Get Tougher on Criminals

 
To ensure criminals are appropriately sentenced, the House passed House Bill 741 to address constitutional issues with Pennsylvania’s mandatory minimum sentencing laws cited by the state Supreme Court in 2015.

House Bill 741 would allow for mandatory minimum sentences for drug traffickers, trafficking drugs to minors and for selling drugs in drug-free school zones. Other crimes affected include offenses committed with firearms, on public transportation, against the elderly or infants, or while impersonating a law enforcement officer.

Mandatory sentences have proven to be a necessary tool to ensure that people committing serious drug and gun crimes are held accountable for their actions.

The bill now goes to the state Senate.
 
 
No-Tax-Increase Budget Moves Ahead in House

 
This week, the House approved a $31.52 billion budget proposal that does not increase taxes or borrowing but does invest in education, public safety, human services and infrastructure.

House Bill 218 reflects a collective need to reinvent the way Pennsylvania budgets and governs, by moving ahead to streamline programs and services; eliminate duplicative state functions; reduce bureaucracy; and create an endowment fund that will generate money to pay future costs.

This beginning proposal would balance the budget using revenue options which have previously passed the House.

Additional details about the proposal are available here.
   
 
Satellite Hours Offered 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 11, at the Hunlock Township Building, located at 33 Village Drive, Hunlock Creek, from 10 a.m. to noon.

• Thursday, April 13, at the Factoryville Borough Building, located at 161 College Ave. in Factoryville, from 10 a.m. to noon.
 
 
Around the Capitol

I met with members of the Luzerne, Wyoming and Lackawanna County Farm Bureaus this week at the Capitol.

Representatives from Misericordia University met with me in honor of Student Lobby Day. Pictured with me are Misericordia President, Dr. Thomas Botzman and representatives from the University.

I met with President Tom Leary from Luzerne County Community College along with Reps. James Roebuck and Jim Marshall.
 
 
Remember to License Your Dog

 
The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture reminds pet owners they must license their dogs ages 3 months and older. Failure can result in a maximum fine of $300 per violation, plus court costs.

An annual license is $8.50, and a lifetime license is $51.50. If the animal is spayed or neutered, the annual fee is $6.50, and lifetime fee is $31.50. Discounts are available to older adults and people with disabilities. Dog licenses are available from your county treasurer’s office.

If your dog gets lost, a current license is the fastest way to get it back.
The small license fee helps the millions of dogs in the state by funding the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture Bureau of Dog Law Enforcement.

For more information, click here to watch a short video or visit this website.
 
 
Fish and Boating Resources Available in My District Offices

Spring is here, and my district offices have numerous fishing and boating resources to help you have a safe and fun recreational experience. Resources available include the Fishing Pocket Guid, Trout Stocking Schedules, PA Boating Handbook, and PA Fishing Regulations and Laws.

This is just a sampling of the many resources we offer in my offices. Please stop by to see what useful information we can provide for you.
 
Birthday Celebrations at Greenbriar Village

It was my pleasure to attend birthday celebrations for residents at Greenbriar Village.

Happy birthday to my friend Bob Dolbear, who will turn 102 years old this fall.
 
 
Lake Lehman Leadership Academy Class Visits GWFC-Harveys Lake

Several members of the Lake-Lehman Leadership Academy class, along with adviser Susan Ferrentino, visited the April meeting of Greater Federation of Women’s Clubs (GWFC)-Harveys Lake. Pictured with me are members of the Leadership Academy class, program adviser Susan Ferrentino and GFWC-Harveys Lake president, Lex Bubb.
 

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