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Time to Dig Out the Rod and Reel!
Spring has arrived and fishing season is not far behind! The statewide opening day of trout season is coming up on Saturday, April 13, but if you want to head south or east of us, the regional opening day of trout season is THIS SATURDAY, March 30. Click here for more information about counties included in the regional trout opening day.

Of course, before you can fish anywhere, be sure to purchase your fishing license. They are available at more than 700 issuing agents across the state and at county treasurers’ offices. The price of a resident fishing license this year is $22.90. The most popular add-ons, a trout-salmon stamp and a Lake Erie permit, cost $9.90 each, or $15.90 for a combination permit.

New this year are several voluntary permits anglers can purchase to provide financial support to specific programs or projects. The voluntary permits include: bass ($11.90); musky ($11.90); habitat/waterways conservation permit ($11.90); and wild trout and enhanced waters permit ($26.90). The prices listed are for annual permits; however, the voluntary permits may also be purchased for a period of three years, five years or 10 years. Click here for details about how funds generated by the sale of the permits will be used.

For more information about fishing in PA, visit fishandboat.com.

Department of Military and Veterans Affairs Honors Vietnam Vets
The Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (DMVA) is promoting National Vietnam War Veterans Day – observed annually on March 29 – as a time to thank all Vietnam-era veterans for their dedicated service and great sacrifice. The DMVA is an official partner in the Department of Defense’s Commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War.

In recent years, the DMVA has partnered with the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund (VVMF) in Washington, D.C., to find a photo of every Pennsylvanian whose name appears on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall – commonly referred to as The Wall. The VVMF is posting the photos on a virtual Wall of Faces in order to put a face and a story to every name, allowing these Vietnam veterans to be honored by family, friends and others from around the world.

Sadly, though, our community in Lycoming County is still on the hunt for a photo of the late William Corey from Williamsport. Corey was 19 at the time of his death (born 6/13/1944; died 9/1/1963). He was an Army PFC and was assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment, US Army Support Group, Vietnam, Military Assistance Command Vietnam. He died in Saigon and is buried in Montoursville Cemetery. Next of kin have yet to be identified.

If you have any information on the possible whereabouts of a photo of Corey, please get in touch with me at geverett@pahousegop.com or by calling my district office in Muncy.

Every veteran deserves to be honored for their service to our nation, especially those who served in Vietnam. We are forever grateful for their sacrifice during times of war.

Focusing on Election Cyber Security with Lt. Col. Anthony Shaffer
On Tuesday, we were honored to have Lt. Col. Anthony Shaffer in Harrisburg to stress the critical interrelationship between election security and national security. We are grateful to have his unparalleled expertise on hardening Pennsylvania voting systems to make them less susceptible to potential threats. Reps. Chris Dush, Jeff Wheeland, Daryl Metcalfe and Dawn Keefer were also present at the press conference with Lt. Col. Shaffer. See my comments below.


Setting Up Students for Career Success
Working to ensure Pennsylvania students have a diverse array of career paths from which to choose, the state House overwhelmingly approved a bipartisan package of bills designed to boost career and technical education (CTE) at schools across the Commonwealth.

The initiatives are a cornerstone of the House Republican Caucus’ #GoodJobs4PA initiative aimed at ensuring all Pennsylvanians have access to good-paying jobs and careers. Learn more about #GoodJobs4PA here.  

PA Manufacturers Association Applauds #GoodJobs4PA
The Pennsylvania Manufacturers’ Association praised the PA House Republican Caucus this week in an editorial for its package of bi-partisan legislation aimed at addressing the workforce readiness crisis facing the Commonwealth.

“There are more manufacturing jobs available in Pennsylvania than the qualified individuals our state’s education system is currently able to produce,” said David N. Taylor, President & CEO of the Pennsylvania Manufacturers’ Association. “These are good paying, family sustaining, meaningful, collaborative, problem-solving, highly fulfilling jobs. Without a pool of qualified, trainable workers, manufacturers will not be able to meet the demands of their customers, severely restricting Pennsylvania’s economic growth.”

You can read the full article HERE.

Keeping Vaping Products Out of the Hands of Minors
To help keep harmful vaping products out of the hands of minors, the House this week passed legislation that would add “electronic nicotine delivery systems” (ENDS) to the law that currently makes it illegal to sell tobacco products to minors and, for students, to possess or use such products on school grounds.

ENDS include, but are not limited to, e-cigarettes, JUULs and vape pens.

While the products are touted as harmless by some, medical experts have warned that the high doses of nicotine available in many products negatively affect the developing adolescent brain, and the long-term effects of inhaling vaporized chemicals is unknown.

House Bill 97 now moves to the Senate for consideration.

Ensuring Seniors Stay Eligible for PACE and PACENET
This week, the House Aging and Older Adult Services Committee approved a package of bills designed to help seniors in need continue to receive PACE and PACENET prescription drug benefits.

House Bill 754 would ensure any individual enrolled in PACE and PACENET as of Dec. 31, 2018, remains eligible if their maximum income limit is exceeded due solely to a Social Security cost-of-living adjustment.

House Bill 375 would exclude the cashing of savings bonds for seniors age 65 and older from being counted towards income when applying for lottery funded programs, including PACE and PACENET.

The final part of the package, House Bill 684, would remove the value of federal veterans’ disability payments and the value of all state service-connected payments from income eligibility calculations for the PACE and PACENET programs.

The bills now go to the full House for consideration.

Lycoming County Conservation District and Penn State Extension Annual Awards Banquet
On Tuesday night, I was honored to attend the Lycoming County Conservation District (LCCD) and Penn State Extension Annual Awards Banquet. The Leidy Family was recognized for their commitment to woodland and wildlife management with the 2018 Forest Stewardship Award. The LCCD also recognized the Fry Bros Farm for their commitment to improving water quality in Lycoming County with the 2018 Cooperator of the Year Award.

I wish to again offer my congratulations to both of these outstanding members of our woodland management community in Lycoming County.
                                                 Myself and the Leidy Family.

                                       Myself with Jeff and Robbin Fry from Fry Bros Farm.
Myself with Katelyn Taylor, who is a student at Montgomery Area High School, a Pennsylvania Dairy Maid, and also serves as the Pennsylvania Angus Princess.

Farm Disaster Relief Available for Crops Lost to Heavy Rains
Farmers in 61 Pennsylvania counties, including Lycoming, are eligible for disaster relief funds related to crops lost to drenching rains last year. The funds are being provided by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Eligible farmers could receive loans for up to eight months. They should contact the local FSA office in Montoursville at 570-433-3902 or by emailing County Executive Director Michael Sherman at Michael.Sherman@pa.usda.gov.

How Much Do My Prescriptions Cost?
The state Department of Aging maintains a database to help consumers compare the cost of frequently used medications. The online tool updates prices weekly, lists prices by ZIP code or distance from location, includes pharmacy store details, and lists pharmacies with low-cost generics and those that match lower prices. You can learn more about the tool by clicking here or calling 1-800-835-4080.

Veterans Outreach Hours at My Office
I want to remind the veterans in the 84th District that American Legion Service Officer Dan Falls is available at my Muncy office to meet with them. Dan stops by every fourth Tuesday of the month, or by appointment.

Call (570) 546-2084 to schedule an appointment in advance.

Veterans in the 84th Legislative District can also contact retired MSGT George W. Heiges, Jr., director of Lycoming County Office of Veterans Affairs at (570) 320-2101 or (570) 327-2365. In Union County, contact Director J.D. Kerstetter, Union County Office of Veterans Affairs at, (570) 524-8677.

Services to veterans and their dependents include assistance with:
• Compensation, pension, and death benefits.
• Education and health care.
• Veterans benefits.

Veterans do not need to be a member of the American Legion to receive services.

Have an Issue or Concern?
If you are a resident of the 84th District and need assistance with a state agency, please feel free to contact my Muncy office at 570-546-2084. One of my staff members will be more than happy to assist you.

Stay in Touch with Me on Social Media
You can stay up to date on my latest news and activities by visiting my House website, repeverett.com,  or my official Facebook page.  You can watch my House floor speeches and press interviews at my YouTube channel HERE.

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