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

Feds Extend REAL ID Grace Period
10/5/2018

Feds Extend REAL ID Grace Period

 

Pennsylvania has been granted an extended grace period to comply with REAL ID requirements set by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. The grace period was set to expire Oct. 10, 2018, but has now been extended until Aug. 1, 2019. A final federal deadline for all states to comply is Oct. 1, 2020.

This grace period extension means that Pennsylvania residents will not face access issues when entering federal facilities or boarding commercial aircraft through at least Aug. 1, 2019.

REAL ID is voluntary for Pennsylvania residents, but encouraged for those who may need to access certain federal facilities, such as military bases, or fly commercial flights within the United States. Residents also have the option to use other, non-REAL ID forms of enhanced identification. Click here for that list

Residents wishing to obtain REAL ID-compliant driver’s licenses and photo ID cards can obtain them, beginning in March 2019. In the meantime, customers are encouraged to pre-verify for REAL ID the required documentation as soon as possible, giving them ample time to prepare.

One of the required documents is a certified copy of a birth certificate, which can take up to several months to process, depending on one’s circumstances. My office can help residents with birth certificate applications. Call or stop by for more information.

More information about REAL ID, including frequently asked questions, can be found at dmv.pa.gov.
 

 
Take the Center for Rural Pennsylvania’s Broadband Speed Test!!

The General Assembly is looking to address the problem of spotty internet speed in rural Pennsylvania counties. To help lawmakers get a detailed report of the extent of the issue, the Center for Rural Pennsylvania (CRP), in partnership with Penn State University, created an online test for residents. CRP is supporting the internet speed study with a $50,000 grant.

Broadband access impacts the economy, educational opportunities, health care access, and other critical needs of a district. According to Penn State faculty member Steve Sampsell, 800,000 Pennsylvanians lack access to high-speed internet, and two-thirds are people living in rural areas.

Please take a minute to take the test here. Participation is crucial to helping lawmakers resolve the issue.
 
 
What I Learned at a Hearing on Opioid Addiction
 

 

On Oct. 3, I joined Sen. Gene Yaw, The Center for Rural Pennsylvania (CRP), and other legislators at a hearing convened at the State Capitol, which pushed for treating opioid addiction as a disease. As members of the CRP Board of Directors, Sen. Yaw and I heard from health professionals from UPMC Susquehanna, Pennsylvania Society of Addiction Medicine (PSAM) and Pennsylvania’s Secretary of Health and Physician General Dr. Rachel Levine.
There is notable consensus among medical professionals that addiction treatment has been flawed in years past. Increasingly, the stigma facing addicts is disappearing as doctors seek to fight the spread of the disease with a focus on recovery and education.

The National Institute on Drug Abuse noted that molecular and imaging studies expose the “strong genetic component” and brain disorder conditions present in addicts. Dr. Bradley Miller, a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians at UPMC Susquehanna in Williamsport, concurred, saying addiction “is a physiologic, chronic disease of the brain, not something that you can wish away.” Miller presented evidence of changes to the brain after opioid intake, such as a physical inability to “reason.” Dr. Frederic Baurer and Dr. William Santoro of PSAM urged for making “pharmacological approaches” readily available, such as methadone, suboxone and extended release naltrexone (vivitrol).

An agenda, testimony and video from the hearing, along with additional information can be found on the CRP’s website here.
 
 
Amazon’s Self-Enacted $15 Minimum Wage Proof of Healthy Economy
 
The U.S. Labor Department reported August as the 95th straight month the economy added jobs, with 201,000 job openings. Wages also rose for U.S. workers by 2.9 percent as the unemployment rate stayed at a record-breaking 3.9 percent. With every new jobs report this year has come the stated fact that there are more job openings than unemployed Americans.

Amazon announced Oct. 2 that it would be increasing its minimum wage to $15 for all U.S. employees, including full-time, part-time, temporary and seasonal workers. I think it is important to note that the multi-million-dollar company did not need a state minimum wage increase required by law to make this change.

Amazon likes to bully competitor retail companies that can’t afford such a high wage hike by calling for “livable wage” laws. But this self-righteous campaign is harmful to smaller companies with less-skilled workers, and as evidenced by Amazon, the marketplace is working. We do not need state-mandated wages.

As the economy continues to improve, competition increases and wages rise. In fact, the Department of Labor and Industry has reported that there has been an increase in workers earning over $15 per hour, and the total share of workers earning less than that in Pennsylvania dropped between 2016 and 2017. More workers are receiving improved benefits packages as well, which is why the market has not seen wages rise as quickly.

Something that Amazon has not mentioned in a press release, however, is that its existing warehouse workers will no longer be able to collect bonuses or receive stock in the company due to the wage hike.
 
 
Work Zone Safety Speed Camera Legislation Passes
 

Legislation that permits automated speed enforcement cameras in Pennsylvania work zones is headed to the governor’s desk. Under the bill, state police will also be allowed to use LIDAR and can issue tickets in active work zones to drivers exceeding the posted speed limit by 11 miles per hour or more.

These are five-year pilot programs that will be enacted on an experimental basis. The affected areas include the Turnpike, interstates and other “federal aid” highways such as Routes 22/322 or 11/15 in the midstate.

Work zone cameras could begin being put to use 120 days after the legislation is signed by the governor.

Generated revenue from the fines will go toward the state police, the state’s Motor License Fund, and the state Department of Transportation and the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission. Lawmakers are looking to designate the funds toward transportation and transit projects, as well as other work zone safety initiatives.

Supporters of the legislation believe it will keep both drivers and highway workers safe, as a similar law has done in Maryland.
 
 
Ensuring Upkeep of Veterans’ Graves
 

 
This week, the House unanimously approved legislation to help ensure proper upkeep of the graves of Pennsylvania veterans. Under current law, counties are required to place a marker and a U.S. flag on the graves of all honorably discharged veterans. These U.S. flags are to remain up from Memorial Day through the Fourth of July.

However, House Bill 1471 would enhance current law to ensure cemeteries remove torn and weathered flags after the Fourth of July annually, and allow a veteran’s family member to keep them if they choose.

The legislation would also clarify current law to ensure greater communication between cemeteries, local veterans organizations and county commissioners, who are currently required to provide the flags.

The bill now moves to the state Senate for review.
 
 
Helping Parents with Day Care Decisions
 

Bipartisan legislation designed to help parents with day care decisions was passed by the House this week and sent to the Senate. House Bill 1742 would require all state licensed child care centers to post their Keystone STARS rating in a prominent location and on their websites.

The Keystone STARS program, operated by the state Office of Child Development and Early Learning, sets quality requirements for early childhood educators based on a four-star rating system. All licensed child care centers that meet the state’s health and safety requirements are required to be part of the Keystone STARS system.

The Keystone STARS performance standards are grouped into four levels. The standards address staff qualifications and professional development, early learning programs, partnerships with family and the community, and leadership and management.

The goal of the proposal is to help educate parents about day care choices and to encourage low-rated child care centers to improve their programs.
 
 
PennDOT Closures for Columbus Day Weekend
 
All PennDOT driver license and photo centers, including its full-service center in Harrisburg, will be closed Saturday, Oct. 6, through Monday, Oct. 8, in observance of Columbus Day. Customers may still obtain a variety of driver and vehicle products and services, including all forms, publications and driver-training manuals, online through PennDOT’s Driver and Vehicle Services website, dmv.pa.gov.
 
 
Spill Cleanup on Route 15 SB in Lycoming County Next Week
 

PennDOT has announced an advisory for motorists in Lycoming County to be aware of an upcoming spill cleanup Tuesday, Oct. 9 on Route 15 southbound near the Interstate 180/Route 220 interchange in Williamsport.

Be on the lookout for daylight lane restrictions and traffic flaggers. PennDOT is warning motorists to drive with caution through the work zone.

PennDOT is also reminding motorists to check road conditions by vising this site, 511PA.com also available through smartphone application or by calling 5-1-1. You can also follow regional Twitter alerts on the 511PA page.
 
 
Lane Restrictions Continue Next Week on I-180 in Lycoming County
 

PennDOT is advising motorists to be aware of alternating lane restrictions on I-180 in both directions from the Muncry Creek bridge at Mile 14 (between Hughesville and Pennsdale) to the Carpenter’s Run bridge at Mile 16 (between Pennsdale and the Lycoming Mall Interchange).

Work continues next week as part of an 8.6-mile resurfacing project from Cemetery Road in Fairfield Township to the Muncy Creek bridge.

PennDOT expects the project to be completed on Friday, Oct. 19 at 5 p.m.
 
 
Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board Alcohol Awareness Poster Contest
 

The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board, Bureau of Alcohol Education has announced the opening of its annual Alcohol Awareness Poster Contest. The bureau is calling on Pennsylvania students in kindergarten through 12th grade, including home-schooled, parochial and private schools, to submit their artwork.

Students wishing to enter can read the guidelines and find the application form here.

All submissions should be postmarked no later than Friday, Nov. 16, 2018.
Posters must be submitted to: Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board, 113 Northwest Office Building, Harrisburg, PA 17124-0001.

Winners will be contacted in early 2019 and will be recognized at a ceremony in Harrisburg in the Spring.
 
 
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.
 
 
Reminder: 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.
 
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