Contact Information 

District Offices
Tiadaghton Valley Mall
Room 105
701 Allegheny Street, Box 4
Jersey Shore, PA 17740
(570) 398-4476

Closed for lunch: 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Tuesdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Thursdays 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Closed Monday, Wednesday and Friday

Penn Hills Plaza, Halls Station
21 Kristi Road
Suite 1
Muncy, PA 17756
(570) 546-2084

Closed for lunch: 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Monday through Friday: 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Capitol Office
Hon. Garth Everett
401 Irvis Office Building
PO Box 202084
Harrisburg PA 17120-2084
(717) 787-5270
Fax: (717) 772-9958

E-Mail:  
geverett@pahousegop.com

Join Me for a Town Hall Meeting
8/24/2018

Join Me for a Town Hall Meeting

You’ll have two opportunities next week to join me for a town hall meeting to discuss a variety of state and local issues:

Town hall meetings offer a great opportunity for you to learn more about what’s happening in state government, and to ask questions and share concerns about the challenges facing our Commonwealth. I hope you will come out and be involved in making our communities better places to live, work and raise our families. 

Can’t make next week’s meetings? More are scheduled next month:

For additional information, contact my offices in Muncy (570-546-2084) or Jersey Shore (570-398-4476). 
 

 
Mark Your Calendar!

 

Rep. Jeff Wheeland and I will be hosting a series of Gun Law Seminars in October. Presenters will include Lycoming County Judge Marc Lovecchio, who will discuss Pennsylvania’s Castle Doctrine and Stand Your Ground laws; Lycoming County Sheriff Mark Lusk, who will explain rules and regulations surrounding licenses to carry firearms; a police officer, who will discuss how to safely interact with the police when carrying a firearm; and an officer from the Pennsylvania Game Commission, who will discuss firearm carry laws as they relate to hunting seasons.

Seating is limited and advance registration is required. To RSVP, click here, or contact the district office by calling (570) 398-4476 or emailing Kathy Koch at kkoch@pahousegop.com.

Please note: You MUST be registered in order to attend.
 
 
A Great Discussion with Jersey Shore Teachers, Administrators
 

I had the opportunity this week to speak for an hour or so with the teachers, staff and administrators of the Jersey Shore Area School District (JSASD) as part of the district’s in-service training prior to the start of the school year.

Among other issues, we discussed the state budget, education spending, how education dollars are allocated to school districts, charter and cyber schools, school property taxes, pensions and pension funding, unfunded federal and state mandates, and their frustration with standardized testing.

I believe we had a good back-and-forth on issues important to those who are on the front lines educating our children and also think it gave them a “bigger picture” of the issues we face in Harrisburg when it comes to financing and overseeing the education of our children in a very diverse state.

I thank Superintendent Jill Wenrich and Teacher Association President Bradd Williamson for allowing me the time to speak with the good folks who make it all happen at JSASD and wish the Bulldogs a great year!
 
 
Route 405, Maynard Street Bridge Inspections Next Week
 

 
A contractor is scheduled to perform routine inspections on two bridges spanning the West Branch Susquehanna River in Lycoming County next week.

On Monday, Aug. 27, a crane inspection will be made on the Route 405 bridge spanning the river just outside Muncy borough. The southbound lane of Route 405 will be closed with flaggers providing traffic control.

On Tuesday, Aug. 28, a crane inspection will be made on the Maynard Street bridge spanning the river in Williamsport. The northbound lane of Maynard Street will be closed with flaggers providing traffic control.

This work is weather permitting. Motorists should be alert and drive with caution through the work zone.
 
 
Protecting Victims of Child Sexual Assault
 

 
In the aftermath of the Pennsylvania attorney general’s shocking and disturbing grand jury report on child sexual abuse within the Catholic Church, the General Assembly will continue to take important steps to help protect victims and ensure they have both a voice and justice.

After the Penn State tragedy, the General Assembly created the Task Force on Child Protection, which then recommended numerous changes and updates to state laws. The more than two dozen new laws enacted during the 2013-14 session were designed to put the child first and written in a way that prosecutors, advocates and others see the abuse from the eyes of a child. Among those new laws were those to make abusers pay the price; improve child abuse reporting and investigations; share information to increase protection; strengthen prevention efforts; and criminalize the practice of “grooming.”

The work to protect children continues. Earlier this session, the House passed Act 67 of 2017, which eliminates the sunset provision in the Crimes Code regarding issuance of administrative subpoenas in investigations involving child sexual exploitation or abuse; and Act 54 of 2018, which requires public and nonpublic schools, as well as hospitals, to display a poster with the statewide toll-free telephone number for reporting suspected child abuse or neglect (ChildLine). The House also passed House Bill 1527, which is currently in the Senate, to clarify that mandated reporters must report suspected child abuse whenever they personally witness an abusive act to an identifiable child.

This fall, the House is expected to consider Senate Bill 261, which would eliminate the criminal statute of limitations for prosecutions of sexual abuse of minors, extend the civil statute of limitations for lawsuits alleging sexual abuse of minors until the victim reaches 50 years of age, waive sovereign and governmental immunity for claims and remove caps on damages against governmental parties sued for sexual abuse of minors. Currently, the statute of limitations for civil claims alleging sexual abuse of a minor is until the victim reaches age 30; and the statute of limitations for criminal prosecutions alleging sexual offenses against a minor is until the victim reaches age 50. In its current form, the bill would apply to future crimes only.

Anyone who suspects a child may be abused or neglected is encouraged to call ChildLine at 1-800-932-0313. More information about child abuse is available at keepkidssafe.pa.gov. Those who have been affected by abuse stemming from the grand jury report are urged to visit attorneygeneral.gov/report for additional resources.
 
 
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Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over
 
 
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the upcoming Labor Day holiday on Monday, Sept. 3, is one of the most dangerous holidays on our roads. State and local law enforcement will be making a special effort now through Sept. 3 to ensure individuals “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.”

Share the startling statistics below with your loved ones to ensure they’re driving sober:
• On average, two in three people will be involved in a drunk driving crash in their lifetime.
  • On average, two in three people will be involved in a drunk driving crash in their lifetime.
  • Every day in America, 29 people die as a result of drunk driving crashes.
  • Every two minutes, a person is injured in a drunk driving crash.
  • An average drunk driver has driven drunk 80 times before first arrest.
Secure your ride home before you start drinking to ensure your safety and that of others on the road.
 
 
New School Year Brings Students, School Buses Back to Roads
 

 
As the new school year gets underway, motorists need to be vigilant to avoid potentially tragic crashes and strong penalties as school buses return to the roads and transport children.

Motorists approaching a school bus with its red lights flashing and stop arm extended are required to stop in all directions at least 10 feet from the bus. The only exception to the law is when a school bus is stopped on the opposite side of a highway clearly separated by a divider, such as concrete barriers or grass medians. Even in this situation, motorists should remain watchful of students trying to cross the road to catch the bus.

If convicted of violating Pennsylvania’s school bus stopping law, drivers face a $250 fine, five points on their driving record and a 60-day license suspension.

Students are also exposed to traffic while waiting for buses or walking to the bus stop or school. Motorists are reminded to be cautious and alert when approaching a school bus stop and to stop for pedestrians in crosswalks.

In addition to watching for school buses, motorists should be alert in school zones, which become hubs of vehicle and pedestrian traffic. Motorists are required to slow down to the posted speed limit of 15 mph in school zones. If convicted, violators face a fine and three points on their driving record.

For more information on Pennsylvania’s school bus stopping law, school bus safety tips and programs, click here.
 
 
Eyes in the Skies: Committee Explores State Use of Drones
 

 
At a meeting this week at the Bedford County Airport, members of the House Transportation Committee learned more about ways in which drones are being used to enhance safety, emergency preparedness and transportation within the Commonwealth.

Drones, which are pilotless, radio-controlled aircraft used for reconnaissance and routinely include cameras, are not only used by commercial enterprises and research entities but are growing in use by government agencies for emergency preparedness and response.
Testifying on their state government applications this week were officials from the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission, Civil Air Patrol, Norfolk Southern Railroad, and Szanca Solutions and Eye In the Sky Unmanned Aerial Systems.

Last session, the Joint State Government Commission conducted a study on drones, which included operations performed by state and local agencies. Additionally, the report enumerates the categories of use and current federal regulations. That report is available here.
   
 
Save for College with State 529 Plan
 

For families looking to plan for higher education, the Pennsylvania Treasury offers the PA 529 Guaranteed Savings Plan (GSP), in which growth is tied to the rate of college tuition inflation, and the PA 529 Investment Plan (IP), which offers 15 investment options by The Vanguard Group.

Contributions to PA 529 plans are deductible from Pennsylvania income taxes, grow tax free, and, when used for qualified educational expenses, are federal and state tax exempt. Both plans provide flexibility to pay for higher education expenses at most higher education institutions across the country. The PA 529 GSP is designed to enable your savings to help keep pace with the rising costs of higher education. The PA 529 GSP contributions grow at the rate of tuition inflation but are subject to fees and premiums.

The PA 529 Guaranteed Savings Plan (GSP) is offering free enrollment – a $50 savings – for all new accounts opened before Aug. 31, at PA529.com. Use code “SUMMERGSP” when prompted.

The PA 529 Investment Plan (IP) features low fees and more than a dozen conservative and aggressive investment options. No enrollment fee is charged for the PA 529 IP.
 
 
Schedule Now for Your Spring 2019 Capitol Tour
 

The Capitol tour office is now taking reservations for the 2019 spring season. The late spring and early summer seasons are the busiest time for Capitol tours. Dates fill up fast, so make your reservation as soon as possible.

You can call the Capitol tour office directly at 1-800-868-7672, or call my office and we’ll set it up for you. When you call, have your group name, total number of participants and best contact information ready.

You are also welcome to visit the Capitol in small groups, including as single participants or individual families. Reservations are still recommended.

Tours are available Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturday, Sunday and most holidays at 9 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. The Capitol is closed for tours New Year’s Day, Easter Sunday, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. Weekday tours begin at the top of the hour and every half hour. The tours last between 30 and 45 minutes depending on the size of the group.

For more information, you can visit the Pennsylvania Capitol’s website. I look forward to seeing you in Harrisburg.
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