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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 Taken the Broadband Speed Test?
11/16/2018
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#Listrak\DateStampLong# The latest news from the State Capitol

Have You Taken the Broadband Speed Test?
The Center for Rural Pennsylvania, of which I am a board member, and its research partners at Penn State University are continuing to invite 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 lawmakers work to resolve this issue.

The center hopes that more than 1 million consumers will take the test. Researchers will continue to compile results through 2018, and the test will still be available in 2019 to further offer data to the federal government.

If you have previously taken the speed test, thank you! Your results will help researchers better pinpoint what areas of the state are still in need of accessible broadband service.

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

Veteran’s Day Ceremony at the Montoursville Cemetery
   
I was honored and humbled to attend the Veterans Service at the Montoursville Cemetery on Nov. 12 with local families and my fellow veterans.

It was the experience of a lifetime to serve in our nation’s Air Force and I am blessed to continue to serve my community as your state representative.

Thank you again to those who came to the service to honor our local veterans. Thank you to all those who have served our country.
                                   

Pennsylvania’s Veterans Homes Offer Memory Care Services
November is National Alzheimer’s Awareness and Caregivers Month, which serves as an optimal time to let people know that the Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (DMVA) offers care for residents with memory loss at each of its six veterans homes.

According to the Alzheimer's Association, dementia is a general term for a decline in mental ability severe enough to interfere with daily life. Alzheimer's disease, a type of dementia that causes problems with memory, thinking and behavior, accounts for 60 to 80 percent of dementia cases.

Pennsylvania offers eligible veterans and their spouses six extended care facilities throughout the state that all provide memory care. Care at each home is administered by a clinical staff that includes physicians, registered nurses, licensed practical nurses, certified nursing assistants, pharmacists and registered dieticians.

The six Pennsylvania veterans homes and their locations are: Delaware Valley Veterans’ Home (Philadelphia), Gino J. Merli Veterans’ Center (Scranton), Hollidaysburg Veterans’ Home (Hollidaysburg), Pennsylvania Soldiers’ & Sailors’ Home (Erie), Southeastern Veterans’ Center (Spring City), and Southwestern Veterans’ Center (Pittsburgh).

More information about Pennsylvania’s veterans homes can be found at  VeteransHomes.pa.gov.
 

Supporting Small Businesses
With small businesses as the economic engines of our communities, Pennsylvania consumers are encouraged to shop small on Small Business Saturday, Nov. 24.

According to the Pennsylvania Small Business Development Center, there are nearly 1 million small businesses in Pennsylvania, which employ nearly half of the state’s workforce. Small firms make up 98.2 percent of the state’s employers.

Over the last legislative session, the House Republican Caucus has worked to enhance opportunities for small businesses and job creators in Pennsylvania by modernizing business laws, seeking to reduce burdensome and duplicative regulations, and fighting off harmful and unnecessary tax increases.

One of those measures, which is designed to help budding entrepreneurs, is the Pennsylvania Business One-Stop Shop. This website, which was based upon legislation initiated in the House, seeks to assist entrepreneurs and businesses at all stages of development. It was launched earlier in 2018.
 

House Majority Elects Leaders for New Term
With a strong majority going into the 2019-20 legislative session, the 110 members of the House Republican Caucus – including 91 returning legislators and 19 freshmen – elected their leadership team to begin Jan. 1. This is just the second time since 1924 that Republicans have maintained control of the House for more than four terms in a row.

Rep. Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny) has again been nominated to serve as speaker of the House. He will face an official election to the position on swearing-in day on Jan. 1, 2019. Once official, this will be his third term in the oldest position in the Pennsylvania General Assembly.

New to their respective leadership positions are House Majority Leader Bryan Cutler (R-Lancaster), Majority Whip Kerry Benninghoff (R-Centre/Mifflin), Majority Policy Committee Chairman Donna Oberlander (R-Clarion/Armstrong/Forest) and Majority Caucus Secretary Mike Reese (R-Westmoreland).

Retaining their respective leadership positions are Appropriations Chairman Stan Saylor (R-York), Caucus Chairman Marcy Toepel (R-Montgomery) and Caucus Administrator Kurt Masser (R-Columbia/Montour/Northumberland).

Republicans hold a 110-93 majority in the state House, but two vacancies will exist on swearing-in day.
 

Happy Thanksgiving!
 
For nearly four centuries, Americans have come together in the spirit of thanksgiving. From the earliest traditions that began in Plymouth, Mass., to the first official national observance in 1863, families have gathered in November to celebrate bountiful harvests and all that has been given to them.

In honor of the Thanksgiving holiday on Nov. 22, state offices will be closed on Thursday, and my office(s) will also be closed on Friday, Nov. 23. PennDOT Driver License Centers will also be closed Nov. 22-23. If you are traveling, be sure to check 511pa.com for the latest traffic and weather information.

From my family to yours, may you all have a safe, healthy and happy Thanksgiving.
 

Drive Safe During the Holiday!
Drunk driving-related crashes spike during the Thanksgiving holiday season. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), from 2013 to 2017, more than 800 people died in alcohol-impaired driving crashes during the Thanksgiving holiday period (6 p.m. Wednesday to 5:59 a.m. Monday), making it the deadliest holiday on our roadways.

It’s a deadly holiday for crashes in Pennsylvania also. In 2017, there were 396 impaired driving crashes that resulted in 10 fatalities during the Thanksgiving holiday.

This time of year, there is also potential for inclement weather. Check the forecasts before heading out, do not drive aggressively, always wear your seat belt, avoid distractions and never drive impaired. Have a safe Thanksgiving!
 
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Penn Hills Plaza, Halls Station, 21 Kristi Road, Suite 1, Muncy, PA 17756 | Phone: (570) 546-2084
Tiadaghton Valley Mall, Room 105, 701 Allegheny Street, Box 4. Jersey Shore, PA 17740 | Phone: (570) 398-4476               
430 Irvis Office Building, PO Box 202084, Harrisburg PA 17120-2084 | Phone: (717) 787-5270
Email: geverett@pahousegop.com
TTY: 855-282-0614 
     
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