Sep. 29, 2017

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#Listrak\DateStampLong# The latest news from the State Capitol

Susquehanna County Concealed Carry Seminar Set for Oct. 26
I am offering a Concealed Carry Seminar on Thursday, Oct. 26, at Hallstead/Great Bend Rod and Gun Club, 3340 Dubois St., Hallstead.

The seminar will feature Susquehanna County District Attorney Robert Klein and Susquehanna County Sheriff Lance Benedict. They will include information about how recent U.S. Supreme Court decisions affect the Second Amendment rights of citizens.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m., and the seminar will run from 6-9 p.m.

Due to space limitations, those planning to attend are required to RSVP in advance. There is no fee to attend. To register, visit, or call my Montrose district office at (570) 278-3374.

Preventing Fraudulent Use of Welfare Benefits
To help prevent the fraudulent use of public assistance benefits, the House passed legislation this week to further crack down on welfare fraud by requiring proper documentation of citizenship and residency when applying for local and state benefits.

Under House Bill 1095, individuals who apply for benefits directly must provide an acceptable form of identification, or an affidavit certifying their citizenship. The bill would not change any eligibility criteria for the receipt of public benefits. It merely would update Pennsylvania law to ensure compliance with federal law.

The bill would also prohibit individuals from possessing multiple ACCESS cards. Any person who violates this prohibition would be charged with a third-degree felony.

House Bill 1095 now goes to the state Senate.

Thanks For Attending Our Concealed Carry Seminar!


Rep. Mike Peifer and I co-hosted a Concealed Carry Seminar at Ladore Pavilion in Waymart on Thursday evening. Wayne County District Attorney Janine Edwards and Sheriff Mark Steelman provided information about Pennsylvania’s concealed carry laws and how safely to interact while carrying a concealed firearm. We had a wonderful turnout. Thank you to all who attended.

Celebrate PA Manufacturers
Pennsylvania Manufacturing Week will be observed Sept. 30 through Oct. 6, and will recognize the vital role manufacturers play in our state’s economy and the variety of job opportunities and career paths open to the next generation of Pennsylvania’s workforce.

In total, manufacturing has an economic impact of $84 billion in Pennsylvania, and we are home to the eighth largest manufacturing industry in the United States.

Throughout the week, Pennsylvania manufacturers and partners will hold events to give students and their families an inside look at today’s modern manufacturing. The weeklong celebration will conclude with National Manufacturing Day on Oct. 6. More information about the industry and events are available here.

Pennsylvania Manufacturing Week and Manufacturing Day are part of a movement to build positive perceptions about manufacturing, draw attention to the variety of career opportunities available, and highlight the industry’s important contributions to our economy.

In helping to promote manufacturing, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives has spearheaded a new law to allow career and technical students to demonstrate proficiency on exams developed by the National Occupational Competency Testing Institute in lieu of demonstrating proficiency on a Keystone Exam. Act 6 of 2017 gives them greater flexibility in meeting high school graduation requirements so they can be ready to enter the workforce.

September Named Childhood Cancer Awareness Month
A House resolution designating September 2017 as Childhood Cancer Awareness Month passed the House of Representatives this summer with unanimous, bipartisan support.

House Resolution 382 is intended to bring awareness to childhood cancer, to encourage young Pennsylvanians who are fighting cancer, and to honor young people who have lost their lives to childhood cancer.

The resolution also expresses gratitude to the doctors and nurses who provide special care to patients and families affected by childhood cancer and encourages all residents in this Commonwealth to join the fight against childhood cancer.

According to the American Cancer Society, childhood cancers make up less than 1 percent of all cancers diagnosed each year. An estimated 10,270 new cases are expected to be diagnosed in children under the age of 15 in the United States this year.

Childhood cancer rates have been slightly increasing for the past few decades.
Because of major treatment advances in recent decades, more than 80 percent of children with cancer now survive five years or more. Overall, this is a significant increase since the mid-1970s, when the five-year survival rate was less than 60 percent. Still, survival rates vary depending on the type of cancer and other factors.

Although pediatric cancer death rates have decreased by nearly 70 percent over the past four decades, it still remains the leading cause of death from disease among children. About 1,190 children are expected to die from cancer in 2017.

Around Our Community 


I had the distinct opportunity to attend the dedication for a park to honor Susquehanna County native SPC Billy Evans, a fallen hero who served in Operation Iraqi Freedom. He was assigned to the Army National Guard’s 1st Battalion, 109th Infantry Regiment.

The park and walking trail, located in Great Bend Township, was dedicated in his memory on Saturday, Sept. 23.
It was my pleasure to attend Clifford Township Volunteer Fire Company dedication. The company purchased a new heavy rescue truck and new ambulance. Its members also dedicated a memorial on the grounds that recognizes fallen firefighters.


Pictured with me are Company Chief Trent Turner, Company President Alan Fortuner, Phil Price and Dan O’Rourke. 


Pictured with me is Harry Phillips.

Protect Yourself from the Flu
The state Department of Health is encouraging all Pennsylvanians over 6 months of age to get a flu vaccine.

Infants and children, seniors, pregnant women and people with chronic medical conditions are especially susceptible to developing flu-related complications.

Other steps people can take to protect against the flu include: 
o Washing your hands often with soap and warm water or using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
o Covering your nose and mouth with a tissue when coughing or sneezing, and throwing any used tissues in the trash.
o Keeping your hands away from your face, and not touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
o Disinfecting frequently used surfaces like doorknobs, light switches, TV remotes or countertops.
o Avoiding contact with individuals who may have the flu. When sick, stay home until at least 24 hours after your fever goes away on its own without the use of fever-reducing medicine.

Talk to your doctor about obtaining a flu vaccine or click here for information about the flu. 

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