Jan. 18, 2019

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#Listrak\DateStampLong#   The latest news from the State Capitol

             Local Residents Win Big at PA Farm Show

 
The 103rd Farm Show wrapped up last weekend after hundreds of thousands of visitors walked through the doors at the Farm Show Complex near Harrisburg.

I visited the event and had the chance to meet up with several residents who either entered their animals or products in competitive exhibits, participated in the many interactive contests, took in the entertaining and educational displays, or tasted the hundreds of different food items made right here in Pennsylvania.

Locally, the 57th District is boasting a lot of winners at this year’s Farm Show. Be sure to check out the list on the Farm Show website. The site also includes hundreds of photos from the week, categorized by competition.


Getting to Work with House Committee Assignments

This week, the House Committee on Committees met to finalize assignments for the 27 standing committees to cover the 2019-20 legislative session. This term, I will be serving once again on the Aging and Older Adult Services, Consumer Affairs, Human Services, and Labor and Industry. I will also be serving again as deputy chair of the Policy Committee. In a new role, I will be chairman of the Pennsylvania Legislative Gas and Oil Caucus.

These assignments allow me to have a greater insight into the legislation and issues discussed and help me better represent our district. All bills are assigned to a standing committee to undergo review. Committees may hold hearings on legislation, consider amendments to pending bills and report them to the full House for a vote.
 

PennDOT Seeking Summer Help
 
PennDOT is sponsoring an extensive Summer Maintenance Program for college students. The program runs May through August 2019 to supplement the permanent workforce.

These students assist in completing summer maintenance work and sign upgrade services, provide maintenance and custodial services at roadside rest facilities, and perform laboring and flagging duties in maintenance organizations and highway worksites.

To be eligible for consideration, candidates must be at least 18 years of age, enrolled as a full-time college student for the fall 2019 semester and have a valid Pennsylvania driver’s license. The hourly rate is $13.56.

If interested, please contact my office at 724-834-6400 no later than Friday, Feb. 15. Candidates must also apply online at employment.pa.gov in the “Summer Maintenance Program” category under the Open Jobs section of the website.
 

Increasing Access to Life-Saving Medication
As the spring semester gets underway at colleges and universities across the state, students with known or unknown food allergies could have an extra layer of protection in the event of an allergic reaction.

Act 93 of 2018 authorizes colleges and universities to have non-patient specific epinephrine auto-injectors on hand in case of an emergency. The law also applies to law enforcement agencies, summer camps, restaurants, amusement parks, sports facilities and other facilities to carry non-patient specific epinephrine auto-injectors.

With food allergies becoming more prevalent in our society, increasing access to life-saving medication is more important than ever.

Experts estimate 1 in 13 children in the United States have food allergies and allergic reactions result in 90,000 emergency room visits and approximately 1,500 deaths annually.
 

PennDOT Driver License, Photo Centers Closed for Martin Luther King Jr. Day Holiday
All PennDOT driver license and photo centers, including the full-service center in Harrisburg, will be closed Saturday, Jan. 19, through Monday, Jan. 21, in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Customers may still obtain a variety of driver and vehicle products and services, including all forms, publications and driver training manuals, online through PennDOT’s Driver and Vehicle Services website, dmv.pa.gov.
 
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