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

Dear Friend,

This week, I spoke at an event with the Marcellus Shale Coalition on the importance of the impact fee on natural gas, and I was honored to attend a Memorial Day ceremony for Korean War veterans. I also want to thank the many residents who attended my gun law seminar Wednesday co-hosted with Rep. Jeff Wheeland.

You can find out more in my latest update below!

Honoring Lycoming and Union County Veterans

   

There were many special Memorial Day ceremonies held in the 84th District this past weekend for our veterans and those who died while serving our great nation and I was honored to be a part of the local Korean War medal ceremony at the Pennsylvania College of Technology. My colleagues Sen. Gene Yaw and Reps. Stephanie Borowicz and Jeff Wheeland were also in attendance.

   
                                  

Pennsylvania Can’t Afford Wolf’s Severance Tax
On Thursday, I was proud to stand with the Marcellus Shale Coalition, local government leaders, Sen. Gene Yaw and Rep. Jeff Wheeland to voice our strong opposition to Gov. Tom Wolf’s proposed severance tax on natural gas producers.

   
I am a proud supporter of the impact fee currently being paid by our natural gas producers in the Commonwealth. The revenue from this tax -- and it is a tax -- has allowed millions of dollars in funding to be put towards important local projects throughout Lycoming County.

This is the biggest example in Pennsylvania of how the private sector can solve problems better than government. It is also the reason why many municipalities have been able to keep their local taxes from being raised on residents.

If the Wolf Administration is allowed to enact another tax on the natural gas industry in the form of a severance tax, these job creators and impact fee funds will leave Pennsylvania. Please call the governor and tell him we don't need or want a severance tax to go towards a $4.5 BILLION dollar bond. Make sure Harrisburg listens to Lycoming County!
 

Residents Advised on Responsible Gun Ownership

                                   
   
On Wednesday, Rep. Jeff Wheeland and I hosted a free gun law seminar for residents of the 83rd and 84th districts.

This event gave residents a unique chance, whether they are potential or experienced firearm owners, to expand their knowledge of gun laws. I enjoy hosting these seminars each year to ensure gun owners have a better understanding of how to responsibly exercise their right to keep and bear arms.

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


Explore Summer Fun Opportunities in PA
Pennsylvania has thousands of places to visit for summer fun, and the Happy Traveler Guide, now available for download here, is a great tool to help you plan!

Categorized by region, the guide includes more than 100 pages of attractions, lodging options, dining and many other recreational activities, stretching from Lake Erie to the City of Brotherly Love. The attractions are specially marked for these traveler categories: adventure, arts and culture, family, foodie, history buff, party animal and shopper.
 

Long-Term Lane Restrictions Continue Next Week on I-180
 
Long-term lane restrictions implemented for a resurfacing project on Interstate 180 in Lycoming County will continue next week.

The right (driving) lane of I-180 is closed in both directions from approximately 0.5 miles west of the Lycoming Mall Interchange to the Pennsdale Interchange.

On Monday, milling will begin on the eastbound and westbound on- and off-ramps at the Lycoming Mall Interchange. Traffic will be shifted onto the shoulders. Motorists should be alert for changing traffic patterns.

Shoulder closures remain in place on the I-180 westbound off- and on-ramps at the Route 405 Interchange and on a short section of the interstate at the ramps.

Motorists should be alert and drive with caution through the work zone.

This work is part of an 8.6-mile resurfacing project on I-180 from Cemetery Road in Fairfield Township to the Muncy Creek bridge in Muncy Creek Township.

This project is expected to be completed in the fall of this year.
 

Pipe Replacements Scheduled on Multiple Routes in Lycoming County

Next week a PennDOT maintenance crew in Lycoming County will begin the replacement of pipes on multiple routes. Weather permitting, pipes will be replaced at the following dates and locations:

• Monday, June 3: Route 2042 (East Lime Bluff Road) between Route 2053 (Beacon Light Road) and Route 2055 (Chippewa Road) in Muncy Creek Township.

• Tuesday, June 4: Route 2051 (Middle Road) between East Lime Bluff Road and Route 220 in Muncy Creek and Muncy townships.

• Wednesday, June 5 through Friday, June 28: Multiple pipes on Route 864 between Route 2053 (Rabbittown Road) and T-556 (Heilman Road) in Mill Creek Township.

Roads will be closed to through traffic from approximately 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Detours will be in place using local roads.
 

Everett Meets with Local Job Creators and Future Business Leaders of America

 
I joined Sen. Gene Yaw at the monthly meeting of the Jersey Shore Area Chamber of Commerce on Thursday to discuss current legislation and the upcoming state budget with our local business leaders. I was also delighted to assist the Chamber in presenting Jersey Shore Area High School FLBA (Future Business Leaders of America) graduating seniors scholarship awards sponsored by the Jersey Shore Area Chamber. Congratulations again to Annalise Eiswerth, 3rd place, Gabrielle Harris, 1st place, and Sean Anderson, 2nd place.
                                   

Judiciary Committee Tackles Bills to Protect Homeowners, Minors and Victims of Sexual Extortion
The House Judiciary Committee recently approved three bills to help protect Pennsylvanians from a variety of crimes.

Recognizing that some children are coerced into a childhood marriage, House Bill 360 would prohibit the issuance of a marriage license to anyone under the age of 18. The change in law would also better ensure a person choosing to be married is prepared to make this life-altering commitment.

Responding to the growing problem of illegal residential trespassers or “squatters” essentially taking over properties that don’t belong to them, House Bill 365 would give law enforcement officers better tools to remove such individuals from the property.

Finally, the committee approved legislation to create the offense of sexual extortion, which occurs when a person uses coercion and misuses their power to demand sexual acts, images, or videos from victims. Establishing this specific offense better equips law enforcement officers to protect victims and prosecute offenders.

The bills now to the full House for consideration.
 

Education Committee Advances Charter School Reform Measures

Four bills aimed at updating and improving Pennsylvania’s charter school laws have been approved by the House Education Committee and sent to the full House for consideration.

Charter schools are an important component of our effort to ensure we can meet the unique educational needs of each child.

The bills included in the charter school reform package include:
o House Bill 355, which would create a new ethics requirement for charter school trustees and administrators.
o House Bill 356, which would give charter schools a first right of refusal for the purchase or lease of unused school district buildings and require school districts, community colleges and state-owned universities to give cyber charter schools reasonable access to their facilities to administer standardized tests.
o House Bill 357, which would require the Department of Education to create a uniform process for a charter school application and a uniform charter amendment process.
o House Bill 358, which would allow charter school students to be dually enrolled in college classes through a higher education institution.
 

CDC Update on E. coli and Food Safety
As the barbecue season is upon us, please share food safety messages with your friends and family -- especially as it relates to the prevention of E. coli. While most E. coli are harmless and are part of a healthy intestinal tract, the types of E. coli that can cause illness are spread through contaminated food or water and through contact with animals or people. Learn how to prevent E. coli (also available in (Spanish)).
 

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
 
Warm Regards,

Garth Everett

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