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

Safely Dispose of Unused Prescriptions This Saturday
Residents have an opportunity to remove opioids and other unused medicines from homes this Saturday, April 27, as part of the National Prescription Drug Take Back Day.

More than 18 tons of prescription drugs were disposed of across Pennsylvania in the Prescription Drug Take Back Day held last October. The initiative helps prevent unused medications ending up in the wrong hands.

Locations to safely dispose of unused drugs are listed here.

You can also find permanent disposal boxes in your community by clicking here.

Protecting Children and Animals in Hot Cars
As temperatures begin to rise outside, the heat in your vehicle can quickly reach levels that can be deadly for children and pets locked inside.

House Bill 279, which was passed by the House earlier this month, would provide civil immunity for any damage that may be done to a vehicle when forceful entry is necessary to rescue a child.

Last year, the Legislature enacted Act 104 of 2018, which provides civil immunity to law enforcement, animal control and humane officers and emergency responders who enter a car to save an animal that was left behind.

The civil protections in Act 104 do not extend to civilians attempting to break into a car to rescue an animal.

For the safety of your pets, it is best to leave them at home in hot weather.

For the safety and well-being of your children, they should not be left unattended in a vehicle regardless of weather.

Everett and Granddaughter Help with Trout Stocking
Last Friday, my granddaughter and I enjoyed helping the Fish and Boat Commission with trout stocking at the Loyalsock Creek! Our community greatly appreciates the work that the FBC does to keep our waterways and trout supplies clean, safe and plentiful. It was a pleasure to get to do hands on work with them as we kick of trout stocking season in Lycoming County!

Lieutenant Governor in Lycoming County Wednesday
Lieutenant Governor John Fetterman is taking his Marijuana Listening Tour to Lycoming County next week. The event will be Wednesday, May 1 from 6 to 7:30 p.m., at the Pennsylvania College of Technology Klump Academic Center located at 1034 W. Third Street, in Williamsport.

I encourage residents of the 84th District to attend and make their views on legalizing recreational marijuana known to the administration. If you cannot attend the event, you can fill out the online questionnaire on the governor’s website HERE.

Concealed Carry Seminar in May
Rep. Jeff Wheeland and I will be hosting a free concealed carry seminar for residents of the 83rd and 84th District on Wednesday, May 29 at 6 p.m.

This event offers a unique chance for potential and experienced firearm owners to expand their knowledge of gun laws so they have a better understanding of how to responsibly exercise their right to keep and bear arms.

A law presentation on concealed carry permits will be given by Atty. Marc Lovecchio, Sheriff Mark Lusk, state police and game commission representatives.

RSVPs are required. Please call 570-326-2084 or email kkoch@pahousegop.com.

Project Stream Grant Workshops Coming to Lycoming County
Northern Tier Partners for the Arts is in partnership with the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts to host PPA Project Stream Grant workshops in each county in Pennsylvania for organizations and individuals seeking to do arts programming.

A workshop will be held in Lycoming County May 16 from 12 to 1 p.m. at the James V Brown Library. For more information, call Renae at 570-268-2787 or email ntpaie@bcrac.org.

Submit Ticks for Disease Testing
East Stroudsburg University (ESU) is now allowing all Pennsylvania residents to have ticks found on them or a family member tested for free. Testing the tick is critical for us as a state to understand the pathogens ticks are carrying to aid in further research and medical decisions and to also help residents understand their possible risk/exposure to these diseases.

Of the 517 ticks submitted thus far to ESU, 42% of them tested positive for a tick-borne disease, confirming the high health risks in Pennsylvania.

The Tick Lab is located within the Dr. Jane Huffman Wildlife Genetics Institute at ESU. Visit their website with further details HERE.

College Grant Application Submission Deadline May 1
The 2019-20 PA State Grant application submission deadline is May 1. This deadline applies to all renewal applicants and first-time applicants who plan to enroll in a college, university, or college transfer program at 2-year public or private colleges (except community colleges and designated Pennsylvania Open Admission institutions).

To apply for a PA State Grant, applicants must first complete the 2019-20 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®), which can be accessed online at PHEAA.org/FAFSA or fafsa.gov. While paper applications are also available for download and manual completion, completing the FAFSA online saves time and reduces application and processing errors.

In addition to completing the FAFSA, first-time applicants must also submit a PA State Grant Form (SGF). First-time applicants who submit the FAFSA® online will be automatically redirected to the SGF by following the onscreen prompts on the confirmation page. First-time applicants who have already submitted their FAFSA but have not completed the SGF will receive an email directing them to PHEAA’s secure Account Access site for completion. Both applications are free to submit.

Information provided by applicants when submitting an online FAFSA is automatically applied to portions of the SGF to increase accuracy and convenience.

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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Penn Hills Plaza, Halls Station, 21 Kristi Road, Suite 1, Muncy, PA 17756 | Phone: (570) 546-2084
Tiadaghton Valley Mall, Room 105, 701 Allegheny Street, Box 4. Jersey Shore, PA 17740 | Phone: (570) 398-4476               
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Email: geverett@pahousegop.com
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