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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

Weekly Legislative Report
2/1/2019
 
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Legislative Report
#Listrak\DateStampLong# The latest news from the State Capitol
PGC Gives Preliminary Approval for 2019-20 Hunting/Trapping Seasons which includes moving Opening Day for Deer Season from the first Monday after Thanksgiving to the first Saturday after Thanksgiving and a proposal for the use of Semi-Automatic Rifles during the Big Game Season.
The Pennsylvania Board of Game Commissioners gave preliminary approval to hunting and trapping seasons and bag limits for the 2019-20 license year. The proposal includes moving Opening Day for deer season from the first Monday after Thanksgiving to the first Saturday after Thanksgiving. The board is also entertaining a proposal to allow semiautomatic rifles for big game in the 2019-20 license year.
 
The public may offer comments on all proposed 2019-20 seasons and bag limits, as well as other board actions, between now and the board’s next quarterly meeting, when 2019-20 seasons and bag limits will be finalized, and antlerless license allocations will be determined.

If you wish to submit a comment, send an email to pgccomments@pa.gov. Local outdoor sports enthusiasts can also contact our local commissioner, Charlie Fox, by emailing him at pgcarea5@gmail.com or by calling him at 570-578-0656. Fox is the commissioner for Region 5 which includes Bradford, Columbia, Lycoming, Montour, Northumberland, Sullivan, Tioga and Union counties.
 

Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission to Recruit New Class of Waterways Conservation Officer Trainees
The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) is recruiting the 22nd class of Waterways Conservation Officer (WCO) Trainees at its H.R. Stackhouse School of Fishery Conservation and Watercraft Safety.

The State Civil Service Commission (SCSC) began accepting applications Jan. 30 and they will be open until Feb. 19.

For more information on the position, visit the recruitment page on  fishandboat.com. Applications will only be accepted online. To view the announcement and apply, visit the SCSC website.
 

Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program Applications Available
Applications for the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program are now available on the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue website and at my district offices.

Residents do not need to pay a private entity for assistance in filing the forms. Copies of the forms, as well as assistance with filing them, are available at my office at no cost.

Applicants should be prepared to provide all the necessary income, property tax or rental information required to process claims quickly and accurately. Applications are due by June 30.
 

Veterans Outreach Hours at My Office
I want to remind the veterans in the 84th District that American Legion Service Officer Dan Falls will be available at my office starting Feb. 26 to meet with them. After this date, he will be available at the office every fourth Tuesday of the month, or by appointment.

Call (570) 546-2084 to schedule an appointment in advance.

Veterans in the 84th Legislative District can also contact MSGT George W. Heiges, Jr. (Ret.), Director of Veterans Affairs, Lycoming County Office of Veterans Affairs at (570) 320-2101 or (570) 327-2365. In Union County, contact Director J.D. Kerstetter, Union County Office of Veterans Affairs at (570) 524-8677.

Services to veterans and their dependents include assistance with:
• Compensation, pension, and death benefits.
• Education and health care.
• Veterans benefits.

Veterans do not need to be a member of the American Legion to receive services.
 

State Courts Could Cause Health Care Crisis
Pennsylvania residents may soon face a crisis in health care, if the state courts repeal a rule that helped stave off a similar situation more than a decade ago, when many physicians left their practices, moved to other states or retired early due to skyrocketing insurance premiums.

The rule currently requires medical malpractice cases to be brought in the county where the alleged malpractice occurred.

Repealing that rule could lead to patients having to say goodbye to their physicians or patients having to drive farther for care. Additionally, recruiting physicians and specialists would be difficult, and medical innovations may be halted. Overall, patient care would suffer and everyone would face higher health care costs.

This week, the House Majority Policy Committee held a press conference and hosted a forum to examine the issue and hear from numerous stakeholders about the negative impact this rule repeal could cause.

The House Majority Policy committee also will hold a public hearing on Feb. 12 at St. Luke’s Hospital in Bethlehem.

The General Assembly is expected to submit its comments to the courts, but you can also let the courts know how this would impact you. Click here to submit your comments by Feb. 22.

 
 

Chesapeake Bay Commission – PA Delegation Meeting
On Monday, I attended a meeting with the Pennsylvania Delegation of the Chesapeake Bay Commission (CBC), along with Sen. Gene Yaw. The CBC informed us of their legislative priorities for 2019, which includes among other issues, my bill that would allow certain municipalities to enact stormwater fees without going through a municipal authority.

   
Sen. Yaw was elected as 2019 delegation chair, effective March 1, due to the retirement of Sen. Rich Alloway.
                                   

Ensuring Victims’ Rights
 
Legislation to amend the Pennsylvania Constitution to add a victims’ bill of rights was reintroduced this week in a step toward putting the question before voters.

Last session, Marsy’s Law passed in the House and Senate unanimously. An identical bill must be passed this session before the question is placed on the ballot.

The amendment would require notice of hearings and other proceedings, physical and emotional protection from the accused, notice in cases of release or escape, proceedings free from unnecessary delay, the ability to confer with the prosecutor in the case, full and timely restitution from the offender, and notification of all of these rights.
 
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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
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