Mar. 15, 2019

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

Matching Good-Paying Jobs with the Right Training

House Republicans are focusing on good jobs and careers for all Pennsylvanians, working to improve our workforce development and career and technical education opportunities, and advancing policies to help transition people from minimum wage jobs to family-sustaining careers.

This week, a package of bills that will help us achieve these goals earned committee approval and will now advance to the full House for a vote.

This package includes bills that would boost awareness of workforce needs and increase the flexibility for secondary CTE programs. Bills would also create a comprehensive online CTE resource center and coordinate a state-level career exploration and workforce development opportunities.

Improving the way CTE works in Pennsylvania also would include putting at least one K-12 career and technical center administrator on each Workforce Development Board and creating a database with information on where courses, programs, certificates, and diplomas transfer among public schools and institutions of higher education.

Learn more about #GoodJobs4PA.

Health Committee Hearing Focuses on Employment Issues in Health Care

This week, the House Health Committee heard testimony about difficulty in attracting doctors and other health care employees to Pennsylvania.

Experts from across the state who testified said burdensome government regulations have contributed to “burnout” and pushed younger doctors and nurses to move out of Pennsylvania. They also discussed issues with finding qualified candidates to fill important roles, including nurses and technicians.

As the session continues, the House will look at ways we can remove these barriers and help improve training for these important positions.

Touring Penn College and Lycoming Engines for #GoodJobs4PA
I joined Rep. Clint Owlett for a tour of Pennsylvania College of Technology last week. They are doing their part to ensure the next generation receives the classroom instruction and hands-on training needed for a GREAT paying job. The future is looking bright with the excellent training Penn College students are receiving.


I also joined members of the PA House GOP Policy Committee on their tour of Lycoming Engines to discuss workforce development and the House Republican Caucus #GoodJobs4PA initiatives. The company partners with Penn College of Technology to place students with high-paying jobs.



Introducing My Victims Rights Bill

This week, I took to the House floor to discuss why it is important for my colleagues to support my legislation, House Bill 503, which would protect victims with intellectual disabilities, such as autism. The bill provides the same protections afforded to vulnerable children under the tender years exception to the rule against admission of hearsay evidence to those victims who are intellectually disabled or severely autistic. I also urged them to vote “no” on an amendment to my bill which would have weakened these protections. You can read more about my bill which stands up for victims HERE.

Funding Available to Help Volunteer Fire Companies Combat Wildfires

Funding is now available to help our rural communities better guard against the threat of fires in forested, undeveloped and unprotected areas.

The grants, funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service, are available to local firefighting forces in rural areas or communities with fewer than 10,000 residents. Priority will be placed on projects that include the purchase of wildfire suppression equipment and protective clothing.

Grants also may be used for purchasing mobile or portable radios, installing dry hydrants, wildfire prevention and mitigation work, training wildfire fighters, or converting and maintaining federal excess vehicles. These vehicles are presented to the local departments exhibiting the greatest needs and those that commit to outfitting them for fire suppression.

The grant program is administered by the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) and applications are due to the agency no later than 4 p.m. Thursday, May 2. Applicants must apply online and may do so by clicking here

DEP’s North-Central Regional Office Hosts “DEP Connects” Event
On Monday, March 18, from 6-8 p.m., Department of Environmental Protection will be joined by several other state, local, and non-profit agencies on the campus of Lycoming College to discuss the permitting requirements, technical assistance, and financial resources available to landowners, municipalities and others seeking to work in streams impacted by flooding and erosion. The event is co-sponsored by the Clean Water Institute of Lycoming College. RSVPs are suggested but not required by contacting Megan Lehman at or (570) 327-3659.

Black Bear Den Livestream Launches
The Game Commission has launched its second livestream of the season – video and audio captured at a Monroe County black-bear den and streamed in real time to viewers at

The black bear den livestream can be accessed through “Quick Clicks” on the homepage of the game commission’s website.

Veterans Outreach Hours at My Office
I want to remind the veterans in the 84th District that American Legion Service Officer Dan Falls will be available at my 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 MSGT George W. Heiges, Jr. (Ret.), 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.
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Penn Hills Plaza, Halls Station, 21 Kristi Road, Suite 1, Muncy, PA 17756 | Phone: (570) 546-2084
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