Oct. 20, 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 www.RepFritz.com, or call my Montrose district office at (570) 278-3374.

House Passes Revenue Plan to Help Close Out Budget
In seeking to close out the 2017-18 state budget process, the House this week voted on part of a revenue package to finish funding the 2016-17 fiscal year and maintain operations for the current fiscal year.

House Bill 542 would raise the bulk of revenue needed to close the budget gap by securitizing the Tobacco Settlement Fund, ensuring third-party online sellers remit the sales tax and applying the sales tax to fireworks. The bill now goes to the Senate.

Additional measures still need to be passed on gaming reforms and reinvesting excessive balances from dormant state funds, and the fiscal code bill to finalize the budget package.

House Republicans have been focused on standing up for taxpayers, first by successfully passing a spending plan that spent much less than the governor proposed, and now by approving a revenue plan without any broad-based taxes to further burden individuals, families and employers.

Visitors at the Capitol 

 

It was my pleasure to welcome Hannah Burlein, a senior at Honesdale High School, to the Capitol this week. Hannah was shadowing Sen. Lisa Baker.

Improving Education at All Levels
As part of the Public School Code portion of the 2017-18 budget package, the House passed several important initiatives designed to enhance curriculum and improve the educational process.

Changes to overall kindergarten through 12th-grade education include delaying the implementation of the Keystone Exam as a graduation requirement until the 2019-20 school year; prohibiting “lunch shaming” to ensure all students have access to school lunches; adding opioid abuse and prevention education to drug and alcohol abuse curriculum and enhancing agriculture education offerings; and increasing the Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) by $10 million to $135 million.

To help with public school administration, changes are also being sought to require training for new members of a school’s governing body and to allow a school to furlough teachers for economic reasons and basing those decisions on performance, rather than seniority.

The legislation now heads back to the Senate for concurrence.

Got Expired Drugs? Dispose of Them Safely on Oct. 28
To help keep prescription medications out of the hands of those who shouldn’t have them, the U.S. Department of Justice, working with local law enforcement, will hold a prescription take-back event in our area on Saturday, Oct. 28. This event allows residents to drop off unwanted or expired prescription medications free of charge for safe and convenient disposal.

From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., residents can drop their medications off at Schneider’s Market in Susquehanna, Great Bend Police Station in Great Bend, Forest City Area Emergency Services in Forest City and the Susquehanna County Courthouse. More sites are being added daily, check here for the latest updates. 

Several communities in our area also have permanent collection sites. Click here for those.

Around Our Community

 

Last Friday, I attended the ribbon cutting for 2 Dogz & a Guy Brewing Company in Montrose. Congratulations and best of luck to owner Jim Shuster.

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16501 State Route 706, Suite 2, Montrose, PA 18801 | Phone: 570-278-3374 
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Email Address: JFritz@pahousegop.com
 
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