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

Town Hall Meeting, Senior Expo Coming Up Next Week
9/6/2018

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Join Me for a Town Hall Meeting 


 

My series of town hall meetings continues next week on Monday. Join me from 6:30-8 p.m. at Jersey Shore Independent Hose Company, 130 Pennsylvania Ave. in Jersey Shore, for a discussion about the state and local issues that matter most to you.

Can’t make it next week? Our final town hall meeting will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 18, from 6:30-8 p.m. at the Eldred Township Volunteer Fire Company, 5556 Warrensville Road, Montoursville.

I hope to see you there!
 
 
Come Out to the Senior Expo on Sept. 13!
 

Area senior citizens, their family members and caregivers are reminded of my annual Senior Expo on Thursday, Sept. 13, from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Lycoming Valley Baptist Church, 4980 Lycoming Mall Drive, Montoursville.

Stop by to check out a variety of exhibitors sharing information about health care, insurance, nutrition and exercise, financial planning, government services and more. Health screenings will also be offered.

New this year is a Senior Crime Prevention Seminar hosted by the state attorney general’s office to help seniors protect themselves against scams. The seminar will be held at 10:30 a.m. If you plan to attend the seminar, please register by calling my office at 570-327-2084.

Document shredding, which helps protect against identity theft, will be provided by North Central Sight Services from 9:30 a.m. to noon. A MedReturn drop box, which helps keep unused or expired medications out of the wrong hands, will again be provided by the Lycoming County Sheriff. Finally, Safe Kids Pennsylvania will be collecting used or unwanted child safety seats from 9:30-11:30 a.m. A gift certificate will be given for each safety seat that is collected.

The expo is free to attend. I hope to see you there!
 
 
Reminder: Join Me for a Free Gun Law Seminar
 

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.

The events are scheduled as follows:
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.
 
 
Special Veterans Assistance Hours Sept. 24
 
If you are a veteran or a family member of one, I encourage you to take advantage of free assistance at Penn Hills Plaza, Suite 1, Muncy.

Dan Falls, department service officer with the Pennsylvania American Legion, will be available by appointment on Monday, Sept. 24, from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., to help with issues such as compensation, pension, death benefits, education, health care and general veterans’ benefits. Veterans do not need to be a member of the legion to participate.

To schedule an appointment, call my district office at (570) 546-2084.
 
 
Help for PA Business Owners and Startups
 
Entrepreneurs looking to plan, operate or grow a business in the Commonwealth have a great new online resource.

The Pennsylvania Business One-Stop Shop connects and guides business owners through all stages of development, from planning and startup to operating and expanding.

The easy-to-navigate website is backed by a team of business consultants and subject matter experts providing entrepreneurs and small businesses access to the resources, tools and experience they need to succeed.

Questions about the Pennsylvania Business One-Stop Shop can be submitted electronically by clicking here or by calling 833-722-6778 and pressing Option 0 to speak with a team member.
 
 
Funding Available to Support Our Farmers
 

Farmers and ranchers looking to implement best management practices (BMPs) to reduce and prevent pollution on working lands are now eligible for help from the Commonwealth’s Small Business Advantage Grant program.

Natural resource protection projects include the opportunity to plant riparian buffers, install streambank fencing to keep livestock out of streams, and implement agricultural storm water management projects, with the goal of reducing sediment and nutrient loads in our waterways.

The program will provide $1 million in grants to farm operations or other small businesses working to reduce pollution and improve energy efficiency. Applications will be considered on a first come, first served basis, and will be accepted until fiscal year 2018-19 funds are exhausted, or April 12, 2019, whichever occurs first.

For details about eligibility and how to apply, click here.

Area farmers may also want to look into tax credits available to support implementation of BMPs to prevent water pollution or purchase conservation equipment through the 2018-19 Resource Enhancement and Protection (REAP) program tax credits.

Since the program began in 2007, REAP has awarded tax credits to more than 5,200 projects totaling more than $76 million. The improvements have kept nearly five million pounds of nitrogen, nearly 200,000 pounds of phosphorus, and more than 200,000 tons of sediment. Private investments in REAP have also contributed to the conservation projects, which in total are worth more than $196 million.

To learn more about REAP, click here.
 
 
State Rebates Available for Alternative Fuel Cars
 
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is offering rebates of up to $2,000 for Pennsylvania residents who purchase alternative fuel vehicles. Rebates are available depending on the type of vehicle purchased. Eligible vehicles are plug-in hybrid, plug-in electric, natural gas, propane, and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles.

To be eligible for a rebate, a new alternative fuel vehicle (AFV) must have a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $60,000 or less and must have an odometer reading of less than 500 miles. One-time preowned AFVs with 75,000 miles or less and a true market value of $50,000 or less are also eligible for a $750 rebate. Leased vehicles are also now eligible for rebates, a change that allows additional flexibility for residents. An additional rebate of $500 for pre-owned vehicles is available to residents with a household income below 200 percent of the federal income poverty level.

Rebates will be awarded in the order that the request forms and required documentation are received and approved, not the date a vehicle was purchased. Consumers may submit applications up to six months after the date of purchase. Consumers should be aware that funds may be depleted before their rebate application can be processed.

Flexible fuel, non-plug-in hybrid and biodiesel vehicles are not eligible. Rebates issued as a part of this program are taxable income and will result in the issuance of a 1099 form for the taxable year in which the rebate was received.

For program guidelines, application instructions, and an up-to-date listing of rebate availability, click here.
 
 
Labor and Industry Committee Examines Key Employment, Workplace Issues
 
The House Labor and Industry Committee conducted three public hearings this week on issues of interest to both employees and employers across the state.

On Wednesday morning, the committee heard testimony regarding the potential impacts of the Wolf administration’s proposed changes to the executive, administrative and professional exemptions from state minimum wage and overtime requirements under the Pennsylvania Minimum Wage Act. The proposal would make Pennsylvania’s rules significantly different than federal law.

In the afternoon, the committee turned its attention to legislation, House Bill 2571, which seeks to ensure nonmembers of public sector unions are made aware of their right not to contribute money to the representative union. The bill was introduced after the United States Supreme Court ruled forced union dues from nonmembers is a violation of those workers’ First Amendment rights. As such, public employees cannot be forced to pay a fair share fee – or any other money they did not consent to pay – to a public labor union.

Legislation to address workplace harassment, sexual misconduct and discrimination were the focus of the committee’s hearing on Thursday morning. The proposals include an expansion of the application of the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act, requiring more detailed Employment Fair Practices notices, and making it easier for workers to report problematic behaviors to their employers.
 
 
Aging Committee Discusses Updates to Law Protecting Senior Citizens
 
Working to ensure the health and safety of Pennsylvania’s senior citizens, the House Aging and Older Adult Services Committee held a two-day hearing this week to examine proposed changes to the Older Adult Protective Services Act.

House Bill 2549 seeks to make a number of changes to the act, including changing background check requirements to refine employment bans for people convicted of certain crimes. The legislation also would require financial institutions in the Commonwealth to provide employees with specific training in recognizing signs of potential financial abuse of an older adult and the process to make an abuse report.

Testifiers included Aging Secretary Teresa Osborne, senior citizen care provider organizations, AARP and the Pennsylvania Association of Area Agencies on Aging.
 
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