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

Dear Friend,

Below, you can find my latest update from Harrisburg!

Reps. Garth Everett & Jeff Wheeland to Hold Gun Law Seminar
Rep. Jeff Wheeland (R-Lycoming) and I will be hosting a free gun law seminar for residents of the 84th and 83rd Districts on Wednesday, May 29, from 6-8 p.m. at the Loyalsock Volunteer Fire Company No. 1, 715 Northway Road, Williamsport.

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.

Judge Marc Lovecchio will speak on Castle Doctrine and Stand Your Ground. Sheriff Mark Lusk will speak on carrying firearms. State Trooper Angela Bieber will speak on interacting with the police, and an officer of the Game Commission will speak on laws relating to hunting.

RSVPs are required. Please call 570-326-2084 or email

Fish for Free Next Weekend
If you’ve been thinking about trying fishing or wanting to introduce your child or a friend to the joys of fishing, you’ll have a great chance to do so next weekend!

The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission will host the first of its two annual Fish for Free Days next Sunday, May 26.

On Fish for Free Days, anyone -- resident or non-resident -- can legally fish on all Pennsylvania waterways without a license.

All other fishing regulations will still apply.

For your convenience, there are even opportunities to borrow equipment from certain sites at state parks and other locations. You can find those locations by clicking here

The second Fish for Free day is scheduled for Thursday, July 4, 2019.

Local Boy Scout Earns Eagle Scout Rank
Congratulations to Benjamin Watts of Montoursville for achieving the rank of Eagle Scout this year! Benjamin constructed and painted shelving units for a pantry in the Family Promise House of Lycoming County for his community service project. It was an honor to participate in his official ceremony last weekend and present him with an official citation from the PA House of Representatives. We all look forward to seeing what this young man accomplishes next!




Supporting Our National Guard Members and Their Families
Recognizing the sacrifices made by the families of PA National Guard members, the House unanimously approved legislation to provide them with education benefits.

House Bill 1324 would extend our current Pennsylvania National Guard Military Education Program by including a Guard member’s spouse or child in this benefit program.

The benefit would pay for 10 semesters/quarters, or five years equivalent, at the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education tuition rate.

The Guard member could earn these educational benefits for his or her spouse and/or children by committing to a second obligation of six years with the Pennsylvania National Guard. This would help retain current National Guard members and attract transitioning military service members to Pennsylvania while also supporting Guard families.

The bill now moves to the Senate for its consideration.

House Republican Leaders Call for Rep. Sims to Face Consequences
House Republican leaders issued an official statement, calling on House Democratic leadership to reprimand Rep. Brian Sims (D-Philadelphia) for his recent public displays of harassment towards two women and three teenage girls who were peacefully praying outside of a Planned Parenthood clinic in Philadelphia.

“Our caucus has given Rep. Sims time to take responsibility for his behavior and show he is willing to treat people who have opinions different from his own with the respect befitting a member of the House of Representatives. We expect House Democratic Leadership to address this.”

You can read the full statement HERE.

You can view the incidents which have led to nationwide outrage HERE and HERE.

Rep. Everett Introduces Legislation to Help PGC Regulate Sunday Hunting
This week, I introduced a Sunday Hunting Bill, House Bill 1468, to ensure that the Pennsylvania Game Commission (PGC) has the ability to regulate Sunday hunting on a limited basis.

Specifically, my legislation would remove the current Sunday hunting restrictions and give PGC, at their option, the ability to institute Sunday hunting by regulation on no more than two Sundays during the rifle deer season and one Sunday during the rifle bear season. The legislation will include a three-year sunset provision on this authorization for limited Sunday hunting should the General Assembly not act to make Sunday hunting permanent.

You can read the entire bill HERE.

The legislation would not specifically set the seasons for deer and bear rifle seasons, rather it would allow PGC to authorize Sunday hunting in conjunction with those two seasons.

After hearing much input from my constituents on this topic, I believe this is a reasonable compromise that increases the opportunity for hunters to get out in the woods during our two most popular hunting seasons, while limiting the impact of Sunday hunting on other stakeholders. I also believe that implementing Sunday hunting on this limited basis will allow the public, PGC and the General Assembly to assess the popularity and impacts of Sunday hunting.

Everett Applauds Grants for School Breakfast at All Montoursville Schools
All of our schools in the Montoursville Area School District will be receiving grants of up to $5,000 each as part of the governor’s School Breakfast Initiative. I applaud the administration for awarding these grants to our local schools, which will help make school breakfast available to all students and expand food options for children.

Schools can use these grants to implement a breakfast program using an “alternative serving method,” like grab-and-go, or breakfast in the classroom. Schools can also expand an existing program to include an alternative serving method. Breakfast must be made available to all students in a school.

May is Mental Health Awareness Month
Working to support people struggling with depression or other mental health conditions, the House recently designated May as “Mental Health Awareness Month” in the Commonwealth.

Mental illness is not always visible, but it affects Pennsylvanians from all walks of life. This invisibility can make people feel isolated and unable to share their experiences.

Only about half of people impacted by mental illness seek treatment, and too many people struggle in silence. It is important that all Pennsylvanians understand mental illness is a biologically based disorder that requires medical attention.

You can learn more about mental health and services available in Pennsylvania by clicking here.

Everett Reminds Veterans Not to Pay for Benefit Applications
Veterans and their dependents should never pay for assistance to apply for veterans’ benefits. Federal and state laws make provisions for accredited veteran service officers to provide free advice and assistance for all to access their veterans’ benefits.

There are approximately 200 veteran service officers in Pennsylvania who work within organizations such as the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (DMVA), county veterans affairs offices and several veterans service organizations.

Accredited veteran service officers provide veterans and their dependents free assistance to identify, determine eligibility and apply for a wide range of benefits on the local, state and federal levels, including:

• Payment of burial allowances.
• Ensuring grave markers and headstones are properly requested and placed.
• The Disabled Veterans Real Estate Tax Exemption Program.
• Veterans emergency assistance.
• Blind and paralyzed veterans pensions.
• The Education Gratuity Program.
• Service connected disability and non-service connected disability pensions.
• Federal health care benefits.
• Survivor benefits.

To locate your county director of veterans affairs or for more information on other veterans service organizations and to find out more about veterans benefits, visit the DMVA online at and click on Veterans Affairs. 

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,, or my official Facebook page. You can watch my House floor speeches and press interviews at my YouTube channel HERE
Warm Regards,

Garth Everett

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