Jan. 04, 2019

Honored to Continue Serving as Your Representative


I am excited to begin my second term as the state representative for the 111th Legislative District. I have learned a great deal since first taking the oath for the 2017-18 Legislative Session, and I intend to use that knowledge and experience to further serve you. I am eager to continue to work to safeguard our rural quality of life, protect small businesses and place our Commonwealth on a more responsible fiscal path.

As a reminder I have two district offices that are located in Montrose at 16501 State Route 706, Suite 2, Montrose, and Honesdale, 32 Commercial Street, Suite 300, at the Wayne County Visitor's Center. The offices are open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. If you should have any state-related issues or concerns, you can contact these offices at 570-278-3374 or 570-253-5533, respectively.

Keep up with the latest news at repfritz.com and facebook.com/repfritz where you can follow stories regarding session at the Capitol or district related information.


I also want to congratulate Sen. Lisa Baker and my good friend and esteemed colleague, Rep. Aaron Kaufer (pictured above) on their continued public service, as well as both Rep. Mike Peifer and Rep. Karen Boback on their committee chairman assignments. Rep. Peifer will be the majority chairman of the House Finance Committee and Rep. Boback will be the majority chairwoman of the House Children and Youth Committee.
PA Farm Show Starts on Saturday

Just a reminder, the 103rd Pennsylvania Farm Show will kick off Saturday, Jan. 5, and run through Saturday, Jan. 12. This year’s theme is “Inspiring Pennsylvania’s Story.”

In addition to all the delicious food offerings, the Farm Show features 6,000 animals, 10,000 competitive exhibits and 300 commercial exhibitors.

Admission to the show is free, but parking is $15 per vehicle. Shuttle service is provided.

If you’re participating in or attending the Farm Show, take your camera or phone along and snap some photos. You can share your memories and photos on my Facebook page at facebook.com/repfritz. And when you’re posting the photos, don’t forget to insert the hashtag #PAFS19.

More information is available at farmshow.pa.gov.
New Law Cracks Down on Repeat DUI Offenders

A new law cracking down on habitual DUI offenders is now in effect. Statistics show repeat offenders cause 40 percent of all DUI-related crashes.

Pennsylvania was previously one of four states that did not punish repeat DUIs as felonies.

Act 153 of 2018 fixes that by increasing penalties for repeated DUI crimes.

Under the new law, any individual convicted of his or her third DUI with a BAC of 0.16 or higher could be found guilty of a felony offense.

The same penalty would apply to all individuals convicted of four or more DUI offenses.

Repeat offenders who are convicted of homicide while DUI now face a minimum prison sentence of five or seven years, up from the previous three-year minimum.
Increased Funding to Aid Ambulance Services

Ambulance companies across Pennsylvania will see a much-needed increase in Medicaid reimbursement rates this year.

Approved as part of the 2018-19 budget, reimbursement rates have increased from $200 to not less than $300 for Advanced Life Support (ALS) services and from $120 to $180 for Basic Life Support (BLS) services, effective Jan. 1.

The increases, to be funded by $4 million in state funds and approximately $8 million in federal matching funds, are necessary to help meet growing costs faced by the Commonwealth’s emergency medical service providers. It is the first increase since 2004.

To further support these life-saving services, another new law, Act 103 of 2018, requires both private insurers and Medicaid to reimburse for treatment provided regardless of whether transport takes place. This is a common occurrence with patients suffering with diabetes as well as for drug overdose calls.

Additional initiatives to shore up the state’s fire and emergency response organizations were outlined in a recent report released under Senate Resolution 6 of 2017. The report includes 92 concepts incorporated into 27 recommendations to address challenges in the fire and EMS communities, with most of them focused on staffing, funding and training needs.