May. 31, 2018


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

Veterans Assistance Offered in Montrose, Honesdale
In order to help area veterans and their family members navigate the VA system and answer any questions they may have about benefits and services available to them, my district offices in Montrose and Honesdale are offering appointments with a veterans outreach specialist on select Fridays each month.

Some of the services available to veterans and their dependents include assistance with compensation, pension, death benefits, education and health care, as well as any issues pertaining to veterans benefits.

The Montrose office, located at 16501 Route 706, Suite 2, offers veterans assistance hours on the first Tuesday of each month. To schedule an appointment, call the office at (570) 278-3374.

The Honesdale office, located at 32 Commercial St., Suite 300, offers veterans assistance hours on the fourth Friday of each month. To schedule an appointment at that office, call (570) 253-5533.
 

Honoring Local Firefighters

I was happy to accept an invitation from Cabot Oil and Gas to attend its local volunteer firefighter recognition event. Pictured with me are Susquehanna County Commissioner Betsy Arnold, Cabot representatives and dedicated first responders!
 

Protecting Children from Horrors of Abuse
In response to two state appellate court cases, legislation will be before the governor in the coming days to ensure that certain sexual offenders continue to be required to register their whereabouts.

House Bill 1952 seeks to expand upon Act 10 of 2018, which re-implemented the Adam Walsh Act, commonly known as Megan’s Law. Both House Bill 1952 and Act 10 were needed to close any loopholes that may have allowed sexual offenders who were convicted before 2012 to skip the registration process.

Specifically, the legislation conforms the Adam Walsh Act (Megan’s Law) to a decision by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court and requires those sex offenders who have not yet finished their period of registration to continue to register with the Pennsylvania State Police.

The overall legislation seeks to put back in place the important safety net to protect Pennsylvania’s children from dangerous sex offenders.

More information about Megan’s Law is available here.
 

Concealed Carry Seminar a Success

The Concealed Carry/Castle Doctrine seminars continue to be in high demand. Rep. Mike Peifer and I were happy to host one together recently in Hamlin. I want to thank the Hamlin Fire and Rescue Department for hosting the event. Pictured here with us are some of the esteemed fire and rescue volunteers.
 

Celebrating State Park System’s 125th Anniversary
In keeping with Pennsylvania’s long history of conservation, House Resolution 901 was unanimously adopted by the state House last week to recognize the 125th anniversary of the state park system, which is operated by the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.

The first State Forest Reserve was established with the purchase by the Commonwealth of 7,000 acres in Clinton County at the end of the 19th century. Today, 2.2 million acres of forestland, in 49 of our 67 counties, are sustainably managed by DCNR. The parks offer a variety of activities, including hiking, camping, fishing, hunting, boating and picnicking.

Also in 1893, the Commonwealth set aside the hallowed land of Valley Forge, the site of the third winter encampment of Gen. George Washington’s Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War, thereby creating the first state park in Pennsylvania. The Commonwealth presented that park to the federal government as a gift for the nation’s bicentennial in 1976, but 121 other state parks have been created on nearly 300,000 acres of land in the intervening 125 years since its creation.

The resolution also commemorated the internationally recognized conservation efforts initiated in the Commonwealth by the General Assembly and Gov. Robert Pattison in 1893, and the contributions of Gifford Pinchot, Rachel Carson and many other individuals to promote and preserve the Commonwealth’s resources in the 125 years since.

More information about the state parks is available here.
 

Download PA’s Happy Traveler Guide for Summer Fun
Pennsylvania has thousands of places for summer fun, and the state’s official travel guide, the Happy Traveler Guide, is available for downloading online here.

Categorized by region, the guide includes nearly 100 pages of attractions, lodging options, dining and many other recreational activities, stretching from Lake Erie to the City of Brotherly Love. The attractions are specially marked for these traveler categories: adventure, arts and culture, family, foodie, history buff, party animal and shopper.

Tourism is one of Pennsylvania’s largest industries, generating more than $40 billion annually from visitor spending and supporting nearly half a million jobs. Each year, Pennsylvania hosts almost 200 million travelers from across the United States, nearly 2 million visitors from Canada and 1 million from overseas markets.
 
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16501 State Route 706, Suite 2, Montrose, PA 18801 | Phone: 570-278-3374 
32 Commercial Street, Suite 300, Honesdale, PA 18431 | 570-253-5533
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Email Address: JFritz@pahousegop.com
 
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