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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

Good News for Farmers!
12/14/2018
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Legislative Report
#Listrak\DateStampLong# The latest news from the State Capitol

Good News for Farmers!
U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue recently announced that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is moving forward with a significant rollback of an Obama-era “clean water” regulation.

The new rule would replace an Obama administration regulation, known as the "Waters of the United States" rule that piggybacked on the 1972 Clean Water Act to expand federal overreach to include low areas in a cornfield that stay wet year after year.

Farmers and property rights groups have long pointed out that the Obama rule unduly prevents property owners from being able to fully use their land because the rule's overly broad definition regulates ditches that temporarily flood as federally protected waterways.

Two Supreme Court decisions in 2001 and 2006 came down on the side of landowners, ruling that ponds at the bottom of a gravel pit and a marsh that are many miles from any lake or river were not navigable and thus not subject to the Clean Water Act.

EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler on Tuesday said the new rule was drafted to reflect the court rulings.
 

Reminder: Veterans Assistance Available Dec. 27
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 Thursday, Dec. 27, 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 December, service hours will be available on the fourth Tuesday of each month, with the exception of December.

The Muncy office is located in Penn Hills Plaza, 21 Kristi Road, Suite 1.
 

Stay Tuned For Future Meetings On PGE Project
My office hosted an informational public meeting featuring Pennsylvania General Energy (PGE) and Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) on Wednesday, Dec. 12, at the Plunketts Creek Fire Hall.

Along with PGE and DCNR, the Susquehanna River Basin Commission (SRBC) and the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PFBC) were present for the discussion to explain their roles in the process.

I am pleased that the meeting provided valuable information to area residents and I look forward to hosting more public meetings as the project moves along.

 


Live better with SNAP
It is estimated that only a small percentage of older Pennsylvania adults who are eligible to receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits are doing so. This means many may not be aware that they are eligible for the program and how it can help them.

To help remedy this, the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services created a simplified SNAP web page and began working on messaging and marketing materials specifically for older adults. Visit the new website here.

SNAP, funded by the federal government and administered by the Department of Human Services, helps eligible individuals and families in Pennsylvania. Benefits are provided monthly via an Electronic Benefit Transfer card, which recipients use to purchase foods at their local grocery stores and farmers markets. These benefits are not cash and can only be used on food purchases.
 

Don’t Forget to Pre-Verify For Your REAL ID
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.
 

New Tool to Fight Drug and Alcohol Addiction
Building on the work of lawmakers to develop policies to combat the opioid crisis, the Departments of Drug and Alcohol Programs and Human Services recently unveiled a Drug and Alcohol Referral Tool (DART) to help individuals identify drug and alcohol treatment options and support services for themselves or a loved one.

DART is not a diagnostic assessment and does not gauge eligibility for any programs. It is designed to assist people who are looking for services but are not sure where to begin. Users get the results based off their answers to survey questions. They can skip a question at any point.

After completing the questionnaire, people are able to email, download, and/or print their results. The tool does not ask any identifying information and does not save answers after the tool is closed.

The tool is a free, anonymous resource and can be found here
 
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Office Locations
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               
401 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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