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

Have You Registered Yet? Gun Law Seminars Next Month
9/28/2018

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.
 

 
Emergency Bridge Beam Replacement on Route 44 Next Week
 

 
An emergency bridge beam replacement project on Route 44, over Route 220, will begin in Piatt and Porter townships in Lycoming County starting next week. The project includes the replacement of a bridge beam damaged by a vehicle strike and other miscellaneous construction.

A weekend closure to remove and replace the damaged beam will take place from 9 a.m. Friday Oct. 5, through 6 a.m. Monday, Oct. 8. The road closure will be in effect for both the northbound and southbound lanes of Route 44 and the northbound lanes of Route 220. During this time, the detour for Route 220 northbound will be the on and off ramps at Route 44 (Main Street).

Route 44 south will re-open Monday, Oct. 8, while Route 44 north will remain closed until early November. Route 220 north will also have daily single lane closures. Work is expected to be completed in early November 2018.
 
 
Veterans Assistance Available Oct. 23


If you are a veteran or a family member of one, I encourage you to take advantage of free assistance at my local office in Muncy.

Dan Falls, department service officer with the Pennsylvania American Legion, will be available by appointment on Tuesday, Oct. 23, 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. If you can’t make it in October, service hours will be available on the fourth Tuesday of each month, with the exception of December when the hours will be held on Thursday, Dec. 27.

The Muncy office is located in Penn Hills Plaza, 21 Kristi Road, Suite 1.
 
 
House Votes to Change Statute of Limitations
 

 
In a historic, bipartisan vote, the House passed legislation this week that would eliminate the criminal statute of limitations for prosecutions of sexual abuse of minors and extend the civil statute of limitations for lawsuits alleging sexual abuse of minors until the victim reaches 50 years of age.

The bill would also waive sovereign and governmental immunity for claims, and remove caps on damages against governmental parties sued for sexual abuse of minors. Additionally, it would open a two-year statute of limitations window for those victims claiming abuse who are beyond the age of 50.

According to statistics, one-third of victims of child sex abuse disclose the incidents when they are still children, while another one-third never disclose. For the remaining one-third, studies show that the average age to disclose is 52.

This legislation, Senate Bill 261, includes several of the recommendations outlined by the state attorney general after the August release of a report alleging widespread coverup of sexual abuse within the Catholic Church across the state and dating back generations. The bill now goes back to the Senate for concurrence.
 
 
Broadband Caucus Looks for Ways to Expand Access, Availability
 

 
Earlier this week, I took part in the inaugural meeting of the General Assembly’s Broadband Caucus. The goal of the bipartisan group is to bring access to high-speed internet to unserved and underserved areas of the Commonwealth.

Speakers included representatives from AT&T, the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC), Department of Community and Economic Development, Pennsylvania Farm Bureau and Pennsylvania State Grange.

The Broadband Caucus considers addressing the lack of access to sufficient broadband internet service to be critical if Pennsylvania wishes to remain economically, medically and personally competitive.
 
 
Take the Rural Broadband Speed Test
 

 
The lack of broadband access is a major problem in rural communities, impacting our economy, educational opportunities, health care access and more.

While the General Assembly has been working on legislation to address the problem, one of the challenges we face is the lack of clear information about actual internet speeds in various areas of the Commonwealth.

The Center for Rural Pennsylvania, of which I serve as co-chairman, and our research partners at Penn State University are inviting Pennsylvania residents to help provide that much-needed information by taking the broadband speed test available here. Your participation will help map broadband access in Pennsylvania, providing a valuable tool as we work to resolve this issue.
 
 
Organizations Given Option of Carrying EpiPens
 

 
To help save lives in emergency situations, the House unanimously approved legislation this week that would allow law enforcement and a variety of organizations and businesses to carry epinephrine auto-injectors, known as EpiPens.

House Bill 126 would permit a number of entities – law enforcement, recreation camps, colleges, universities, day cares, youth sports leagues, amusement parks, restaurants, places of employment and sports arenas – to stock a supply of EpiPens in the event a patron comes in contact with an allergen and has an anaphylactic reaction, which could be fatal.

Under the bill, a designated employee must receive training in how to recognize signs and symptoms of severe allergic reactions, including anaphylaxis; standards and procedures for the storage and administration of an epinephrine auto-injector; and emergency follow-up procedures. Immunity would be granted for those who reasonably administer the EpiPen in good faith.

Food Allergy Research and Education (FARE) reports that as many as 15 million individuals have food allergies, and 6 million of those individuals are children. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports the prevalence of food allergies in children increased by 50 percent between 1997 and 2011.

The bill has been sent back to the Senate for agreement.
 
 
Emergency Alert to Sound Test Next Week
 

 
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), in coordination with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), will conduct a nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) and Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) on Oct. 3.

The wireless portion of the test commences at 2:18 p.m. EDT, and the EAS portion follows at 2:20 p.m. EDT. The test will assess the operational readiness of the infrastructure for distribution of a national message and determine whether improvements are needed.

The WEA test message will be sent to cell phones that are connected to wireless providers participating in WEA. During this time, WEA compatible cell phones that are switched on, within range of an active cell tower and whose wireless provider participates in WEA should be capable of receiving the test message. Some cell phones will not receive the test message, and cell phones should only receive the message once.

The EAS test is made available to EAS participants (i.e., radio and television broadcasters, cable systems, satellite radio and television providers, and wireline video providers) and is scheduled to last approximately one minute. The test message will be similar to regular monthly EAS test messages with which the public is familiar.

The WEA system is used to warn the public about dangerous weather, missing children and other critical situations through alerts on cell phones. The national test will use the same special tone and vibration as with all WEA messages (i.e. tornado warning, AMBER Alert). Users cannot opt out of receiving the WEA test.
 
 
PA Treasury Holding Military Decorations
 
 
The Pennsylvania Treasury announced the launch of a new state website dedicated to reuniting military decorations that have been reported as unclaimed property with their rightful owners.

The new search function allows users to search their names, or the name of a loved one, to see if Treasury is holding a military decoration as unclaimed property. In addition, users can look through a photo gallery featuring some of the decorations that are in the unclaimed property vault, as well as medals that have been returned to their rightful owners. Military decorations are often reported to Treasury as contents held in a safe deposit box that has gone unclaimed or abandoned.

Since 2017, Treasury has returned 58 service decorations, some of which have been in Treasury’s custody for decades, including Purple Hearts, to their rightful owners. Treasury continues to search for the owners of over 500 unclaimed military awards.

To search for unclaimed military decorations, click here.
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