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

Dear Friend,

This week, I attended a meeting with our local Montoursville Chamber of Commerce, and I am looking forward to our local Memorial Day celebrations this weekend. There are many events coming up in Lycoming County including a gun law seminar I’m hosting with Rep. Jeff Wheeland.

You can find out more in my latest update below!

Honoring Our Heroes
Monday, May 27, is Memorial Day – a day set aside to honor the more than 1.1 million Americans who have died in wars which the United States entered.

Please take a moment this weekend to remember these men and women who sacrificed their lives for us and for our country by joining me at the Lycoming Korean War Medal Ceremony at Penn College of Tech in Williamsport, or consider participating in other Memorial Day events in your community.

Everett Meets with Montoursville Chamber of Commerce
This week, I joined Sen. Gene Yaw (R-Lycoming) at the monthly meeting of the Montoursville Chamber of Commerce where we discussed the current legislative session and the 2019-20 state budget. It’s important to me that I take the opportunity to listen to the perspectives of the job creators in our community and look forward to ensure their voices are heard in Harrisburg as we begin budget negotiations in June.

House Republicans held the line on state spending over multiple budget cycles, and now those smart fiscal policies are paying off. The House Appropriations Committee says revenue collections for the month of April were more than $4.4 billion, which is $465 million more than the Department of Revenue’s official estimate. For the 2018-19 fiscal year, general fund collections total $29.16 billion year-to-date, which is $828.5 million above the official revenue estimate. We will continue to focus on controlling spending to continue these positive revenue trends.

Other House Republican legislative priorities pertaining to improving the state economy include a focus on workforce training and career and technical education, and slashing job-killing regulations.

Everett Visits Renn Elementary School

One of my favorite things to do as a state representative when I am home in the 84th District is visit with our local elementary schools. I recently was able to pay a visit to the 4th graders from Renn Elementary School in Lairdsville before summer vacation begins. The kids had fun asking me about my job and I enjoyed telling them about how state government works. I’m looking forward to my next visit with Renn Elementary!

Everett & 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 570-327-2084 or email

Montoursville Rotary Club Wellness Program
The Montoursville Rotary Club is hosting its Annual Blood Screening Event June 8 and 15 from 6 – 10 a.m. at C.E. McCall Middle School in the cafeteria, located at 600 Willow St. in Montoursville.

You can call to schedule an appointment at 1-800-234-8888 Monday – Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, visit HERE.

Reminder: Fish for Free on Sunday
The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission is hosting the first of its two annual Fish for Free Days this Sunday, May 26.

Don’t miss out on the opportunity to enjoy fishing in any of Pennsylvania’s waterways, even if you don’t have a license.

Both residents and non-residents are eligible. Just make sure you follow all other fishing regulations.

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.

Legislation to Regulate Pain Management Clinics
As we continue to combat the opioid abuse epidemic plaguing the Commonwealth, the House Health Committee has approved legislation to better regulate pain management clinics and help identify patients who previously overdosed.

House Bill 1005 would help health care professionals identify and better treat patients who previously overdosed by requiring first responders and hospital personnel to document the use of Narcan, Naloxone or any other opioid overdose agent in the patient’s record in a state database.

The database was created in 2014 to help track opioid prescriptions to prevent people with an addiction from obtaining multiple scripts from different doctors.

House Bill 1214 would require pain management clinics to be licensed and regulated by the Department of Health to ensure they are not prescribing or dispensing controlled substances inappropriately. While it is important to ensure people who are struggling with chronic pain can access the medications they need, it is equally important to prevent the diversion, misuse and abuse of controlled substances.

Both bills now go to the full House for consideration.

Traveling Over Memorial Day? Check Traffic Conditions on
Travelers can log onto to check current traffic impacts from construction, traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information and access to more than 770 traffic cameras. The service is free and available 24 hours a day.

511PA is also available through a smartphone application for iPhone and Android devices, by calling 5-1-1, or by following regional Twitter alerts accessible on the 511PA website.

In other PennDOT news, driver license and photo centers will be closed Saturday, May 25, through Monday, May 27, for the holiday. Customers may still obtain a variety of driver and vehicle products and services online through PennDOT’s Driver and Vehicle Services website,

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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