Contact Information 

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

Budget Hearings Continue
3/1/2019

Budget Hearings Continue

The second full week of budget hearings wrapped up on Thursday, with members of the House Appropriations Committee asking agency and department officials a variety of questions about executive functions, programs and efficiencies. These questions, along with submitted written testimony, will serve as the foundation for budget negotiations this spring.

This week’s hearings featured the Pennsylvania State Police, as well as the departments of Transportation (PennDOT), Corrections, General Services, Health, and Drug and Alcohol Programs, as well as the Liquor Control Board and the Gaming Control Board.

Next week concludes the House’s budget hearings with appearances by the departments of Education, Agriculture, and Military and Veterans Affairs, as well as the Public School Employees’ Retirement System and State Employees’ Retirement System.

The full schedule is available here. The site also includes links to video of the archived hearings once available.  Click the video box below to watch my comments.

 

I questioned John MacMillan of the Dept. of Administration and I.T. about the cost of contract services during the Feb. 25 House Appropriations hearings.
   

 
Game Commission Delivers Annual Report

On Wednesday, Feb. 27, Pennsylvania Game Commission (PGC) Executive Director Bryan Burhans presented the agency’s annual report to the General Assembly, and delivered testimony before the House Game and Fisheries Committee.

To view a copy of the agency’s annual report, please visit the Game Commission’s website, www.pgc.pa.gov, put your cursor on “Information & Resources” in the menu bar under the banner on the homepage, then select “Media & Reports & Surveys” in the drop-down menu, then click on the 2018 Annual Legislative Report.

Burhans’ testimony before the House Game and Fisheries Committee can be read here. Click upon the video box below to watch my comments.                                   

 

I questioned the PGC officials about shooting range fees and efforts to stop the spread of chronic wasting disease.
                                     
 
Fish & Boat Commission Delivers Annual Report

The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) also presented their agency’s annual report to the General Assembly on Wednesday, Feb. 27, along with testimony before the House Game and Fisheries Committee.

To view a copy of the agency’s annual report, please visit the PFBC’s website, www.fishandboat.com. Executive Director Timothy Schaeffer’s testimony can be read here.
 
 
Protecting the Rights of Crime Victims

 
Understanding the struggle many crime victims face when seeking justice, lawmakers have been working to advance a package of bills designed to protect the rights of crime victims.

Last week, the House Judiciary Committee approved five bills for consideration by the full House. The package includes:
  • House Bill 276, known as Marsy’s Law, this joint resolution would add a victim’s bill of rights to the Pennsylvania Constitution.

  • House Bill 502 would ensure victims can attend proceedings involving their abusers.

  • House Bill 503 would help victims and witnesses with intellectual disabilities or autism testify in court.

  • House Bill 504 would shield rape victims from irrelevant cross examination.

  • House Bill 505 would strengthen protections for young abuse victims.

Just as those accused of a crime have certain rights, the goal of our legislation is to ensure crime victims are treated with dignity and respect throughout the criminal justice process.
 
 
Read Across America Week at Jersey Shore Elementary School

   

I had such a fun day at Jersey Shore Elementary School reading to Ms. Erin Hamilton's class! I highly recommend Yertle the Turtle. Thank you to Jersey Shore Elementary for having me!
 
 
Free Admission at Several Local Museums

 
To help the Commonwealth celebrate its 338th birthday on Charter Day, the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission (PHMC) will offer free admission to the State Museum in Harrisburg and many historic sites and museums along the Pennsylvania Trails of History on Sunday, March 10.

Charter Day celebrates the founding of the Commonwealth and gives visitors to The State Museum of Pennsylvania a rare opportunity to see the original Charter of Pennsylvania written in 1681. The document will be on display until 1 p.m. Friday, March 15.

For a complete list of the participating museums and historic sites in this year’s celebration, click here.
 
 
PennDOT to Start Issuing REAL IDs

 
Effective this Friday, March 1, PennDOT will begin issuing REAL IDs.

A federally accepted form of identification must be used as identification to board a commercial flight or visit a secure federal building starting Oct. 1, 2020. A Pennsylvania REAL ID will fulfill this requirement, as will a U.S. Passport.

Under state law, REAL ID is optional for Pennsylvania residents. PennDOT will continue to offer standard-issue driver’s licenses and photo IDs.

Pennsylvanians who have pre-verified their required documentation for obtaining a REAL ID may apply online to receive it without visiting a driver license center. PennDOT has indicated those IDs will be mailed out to recipients in 10 business days.

Residents who have not pre-verified but wish to obtain a REAL ID will be required to bring original versions or certified copies of the following documents for verification to a local driver license center:                                     
  • Proof of identity, such as an original or certified copy of your birth certificate with a raised or embossed seal, or a valid U.S. passport or passport card. Birth certificates with a sticker rather than an embossed seal will not be accepted.

  • Proof of Social Security number by providing your Social Security card. The name on the card must match the name on your current driver license or photo identification card.

  • Proof of legal name changes, such as marriage certificates or court orders issued by a family court. You must have documentation to show all name changes from your original name on your birth certificate to your current name.

  • Proof of current, physical address, such as your current, unexpired driver license or state issued ID card, vehicle registration or utility bill. TWO forms of proof must be provided.

More information about REAL ID in Pennsylvania, including frequently asked questions and additional guidelines on documents required for REAL ID, can be found at penndot.gov/REALID.
                      
 
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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