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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

Farm Show this Weekend!
1/4/2019
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#Listrak\DateStampLong# The latest news from the State Capitol

103rd Farm Show Kicks off Jan. 5
Celebrating one of Pennsylvania’s top industries, the Pennsylvania Farm Show near Harrisburg will kick off Saturday, Jan. 5. The show will run through Saturday, Jan. 12.

The Farm Show, which features 6,000 animals, 10,000 competitive exhibits and 300 commercial exhibitors, emphasizes the importance of agriculture in daily life, highlights the latest in ag technology and advancements, and offers attractions for all ages.

Admission to the show is free, but parking is $15 per vehicle. Shuttle service is provided.

For all the latest news about the Farm Show, follow it on Facebook facebook.com/events/261432737845317/ or visit farmshow.pa.gov.

 
Here I am at a past Farm Show with former Agriculture Secretary George Grieg, exhibitor Amy Brickner and former PA Dairy Princess Gabrielle Murphy.
                                   

Federal Flood Relief Available for Lycoming Residents and Businesses
I joined state Sen. Gene Yaw (R-Loyalsock Township) and other local, municipal and state officials in December to take a tour of flood-risk areas along Wallis Run Road and Route 87.

Sen. Yaw and I will be working toward solutions to make it easier and less expensive for private landowners to clean out streams on their property. In the meantime, due to recent flooding, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) announced that Lycoming County homeowners, renters and businesses impacted by storms may be eligible for low-interest disaster loans through the SBA Disaster Loan Program.

Low-interest loans of up to $200,000 are available to homeowners and businesses to repair or replace damaged or destroyed real estate. I encourage anyone who thinks they may be eligible to visit the SBA website here.

   
                               

Ready to Get to Work in New House Session
On Tuesday, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives convened so that the oath of office could be administered to House members. The House is now comprised of 110 Republicans and 91 Democrats, including 43 first-term members. There are two vacancies.

On swearing-in day, the House also unanimously selected Rep. Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny) as speaker of the House for the third consecutive session. The day also included certification of election results and adoption of rules that will govern the chamber.

Keep up with the latest news from the Capitol and the district by following my website at repeverett.com/ and my Facebook page here.


   

Taking the oath of office for the 2019-20 session.
 

Appointed Majority Chairman of House State Government Committee
I am honored to announce that I have been appointed to serve as the majority chairman of the House State Government Committee by Speaker of the House Mike Turzai (R-Alleghany) for the 2019-20 legislative session.

I believe that citizens deserve a government that is transparent and makes use of taxpayer dollars with frugality. I’m excited and thankful to be given this opportunity to head an important House committee that is largely responsible for holding government agencies accountable and keeping them transparent for the public.

Of course, the committee is also charged with reviewing legislation dealing with other aspects of state government, such as election code, lobbyist disclosure, legislative term limits and campaign financing. I look forward to working with my colleagues to improve all aspects of state government to ensure it looks out for the best interests of citizens and responds efficiently to their needs.
 

Increased Funding to Aid Ambulance Services
Ambulance companies across Pennsylvania will see a much-needed increase in Medicaid reimbursement rates this year.

Approved as part of the 2018-19 budget, reimbursement rates have increased from $200 to not less than $300 for Advanced Life Support (ALS) services and from $120 to $180 for Basic Life Support (BLS) services, effective Jan. 1.

The increases, to be funded by $4 million in state funds and approximately $8 million in federal matching funds, are necessary to help meet growing costs faced by the Commonwealth’s emergency medical service providers. It is the first increase since 2004.

To further support these life-saving services, another new law, Act 103 of 2018, requires both private insurers and Medicaid to reimburse for treatment provided regardless of whether transport takes place. This is a common occurrence with patients suffering with diabetes as well as for drug overdose calls.

Additional initiatives to shore up the state’s fire and emergency response organizations were outlined in a recent report released under Senate Resolution 6 of 2017. The report includes 92 concepts incorporated into 27 recommendations to address challenges in the fire and EMS communities, with most of them focused on staffing, funding and training needs.

You can read the commission’s report here.
 

Speed Matters!
Did you know that driving the posted speed limit is not always safe? Speed limits indicate what the maximum safe driving speed is under ideal road, traffic and weather conditions. A driver must consider visibility, weather, flow of traffic and other factors to determine what is a safe speed.

Driving too fast for conditions is a common cause of crashes, especially for young drivers. In fact, speed was a factor in 172 crash fatalities in Pennsylvania during 2017 alone.

The consequences of speeding are far-ranging:

• Greater potential for loss of vehicle control
• Reduced effectiveness of occupant protection equipment
• Increased stopping distance after the driver perceives a danger
• Increased degree of crash severity leading to more severe injuries
• Economic implications of a speed-related crash.
• Increased fuel consumption/cost.

Keep yourself safe and others on the roadways safe by knowing and obeying the speed limit. In adverse conditions, heavy traffic or in road construction, slow down to a safe and prudent speed.
 
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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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