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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
2/22/2019
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#Listrak\DateStampLong# The latest news from the State Capitol

Happy Love Your Dog Month!
February is Love Your Dog Month in Pennsylvania! Make sure your best buddy has a license. It’s the best way to bring them home should they get lost. Learn more about how to get one for your dog at licenseyourdogpa.com.

 
                                   Sue and I with our dog Blu and our grandchildren.


Keep PA Beautiful Invites Communities, Groups To Adopt Local Roads, Waterways, Other Areas To Keep Them Litter Free
Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful is inviting communities and groups to adopt local roads, waterways, parks and other areas to help keep them litter free as part of the KPB Adoption Program.

PennDOT’s Adopt-a-Highway Program is also available to adopt state maintained roads.
 

Sunday Hunting Debate Continues
This Wednesday, Feb. 27, the Pennsylvania Game Commission and Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission will each discuss their annual report with the House Game & Fisheries Committee. The meetings will be streamed live at http://www.pahousegop.com/livestreams. The PGC will join at 10 a.m. and the PFBC will join at 1:30 p.m.

Legislation allowing the PGC and PFBC to set their own license fees may be brought up in discussion, as well as legalizing Sunday hunting.
 

Adding Motorcycles to the Automobile Lemon Law
This week the House passed House Bill 26 which will add motorcycles to the definition of a new motor vehicle under the Lemon Law. The bill now moves to the Senate for consideration.

Under current law, when a Pennsylvania consumer purchases a new motorcycle, the law offers no protection to the consumer from possible defects or faults. This bill ensures that this investment is safe for motorcycle riders and for the motoring public.
 

Standing Up for Victims
I am pleased to report that a bill I authored, House Bill 503, which would help victims and witnesses with intellectual disabilities or autism testify in court, was passed by the Judiciary Committee this week. The bill will now receive a floor vote in the House.

HB 503 provides the same protections afforded to vulnerable children under the tender years exception to the rule against admission of hearsay evidence to those victims who are intellectually disabled or severely autistic. My goal is to protect victims with disabilities from traumatic court experiences and to help them receive justice under the law.
 

Good Jobs for PA: Focusing on Careers, Not Minimum Wage
 
A key to economic success for all Pennsylvanians and the Commonwealth as a whole is to ensure our students and workers are prepared to fill the good-paying jobs of today and tomorrow.

House Republicans launched our #GoodJobs4PA initiative this week, focusing on efforts to enhance our workforce development system to help students, under-employed and unemployed adults, as well as returning military veterans and others enter fulfilling, family-sustaining careers.

The bills aim to address the skills gap and worker shortages faced by industries across the state, as well as enhance educational programs and access to those opportunities for workers of all ages.

The launch coincided with the governor signing an executive order to create the Keystone Economic Development and Workforce Command Center. The center is charged with addressing barriers to employment and enhancing cooperation among education and workforce development entities.
 

Preparing PA Students for Careers
 
As a foundational part of the #GoodJobs4PA initiative, the House Education Committee unveiled a package of bills aimed at improving career and technical education (CTE) in Pennsylvania.

The package of bills includes:

o House Bill 265, which would expand the online database that allows students and potential students to plan where courses, programs, certificates and diplomas transfer among public schools and institutions of higher education.
o House Bill 297, which would direct the State Department of Education to develop materials outlining workforce needs, including training opportunities and future earning potential.
o House Bill 334, which would expedite the approval of important educational programs to respond better to industry and workforce demands.
o House Bill 393 (to be introduced soon), which would create an online career resource center.
o House Bill 394 (to be introduced soon), which would require the Pennsylvania Department of Education to inventory workforce development programs offered at secondary and postsecondary institutions.
o House Bill 395 (to be introduced soon), which would require CTE programs to establish occupational advisory committees.
o House Bill 396 (to be introduced soon), which would add at least one member from a Career and Technical Center to each Workforce Development Board.
o House Bill 522, which would create a CTE investment incentive program, including tax credits for contributions to support CTE programs and enrollment expansion programs.

These bills are designed to increase awareness of job-training opportunities and high-demand careers for students.
 

Supreme Court Responds to House Pressure, Delays Venue Rule Change
Seeking to prevent a health care crisis in Pennsylvania, physicians, administrators, attorneys and industry professionals told members of the House Majority Policy Committee last week that the Pennsylvania Supreme Court should not change a rule dealing with medical malpractice lawsuits. Shortly after the hearing concluded, the Supreme Court decided to postpone its consideration until a study on the impact of the rule change is conducted later this year.

The pending proposal would reverse a rule that requires malpractice cases be brought in the county where the malpractice occurred, thereby prohibiting “shopping” for venues, such as Philadelphia, where jury awards tend to be higher.

Reversing the rule would also reverse progress that has been made to ensure access for all Pennsylvanians, regardless of ZIP code, to quality health care. Prior to the rule’s implementation, skyrocketing malpractice insurance rates were forcing many doctors and specialists to retire early or move their practices out of state. Rural areas were hit especially hard, and a reversal of this rule could again put health care into a crisis situation.

Residents can continue to do their part to ensure their voices are heard by visiting PAGOPPolicy.com and sharing with the court how such a rule change could impact their health care.
 

Improving the Do-Not-Call List

 
Helping Pennsylvanians cut down on the number of telemarketing calls they receive is the goal of House Bill 318, which was passed this week.

The bill gives Pennsylvanians the ability to sign up for the state’s telemarketing "do-not-call" list without requiring them to re-register every five years.

The bill also aims to cut down on the annoyance of telemarketing calls during holidays by banning telemarketing calls on legal holidays. It would also ban the use of calls from computerized auto-dialers (robocalls).

The bill now moves to the Senate for consideration.
 

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.
 
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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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