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Capitol Office
432 Irvis Office Building
PO Box 202057
Harrisburg PA 17120-2088
Tel: 717-260-6146
Fax: 717-782-2882

District Offices:
101 Ehalt Street, Suite 105
Greensburg, PA 15601-2300
Phone: 724-834-6400
Fax: 724-834-6799
Hours: Monday through Friday
9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.


Youngwood Borough Building
17 South 6th Street
Youngwood, PA 15697
Tel: 724-925-5490
Hours: Tuesday and Thursday
9 a.m. to noon
 
Gas and Oil Caucus
12/14/2018
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#Listrak\DateStampLong#   The latest news from the State Capitol

Gas and Oil Caucus


 
Earlier this week, the Gas and Oil Caucus hosted a bipartisan forum at Dominion Energy – Delmont to discuss job creation through ethane storage and plastics in the coming legislative session. Energy employers and building trades officers from western and central Pennsylvania were in attendance. In addition, I was named chair of the caucus for the 2019-20 legislative session, succeeding Rep. Donna Oberlander.


Nelson Selected to Serve Second Term as Deputy Chairman of the House Majority Policy Committee
It is an honor to again be selected to serve my caucus as a deputy policy chairman for the upcoming 2019-20 legislative session. Through my participation in the committee last session, I gained valuable information on a variety of topics, which enabled me to draft legislation to tackle issues important to all Pennsylvanians.

The House Majority Policy Committee conducts hearings, roundtable discussions and policy tours; and gathers testimony and information from key stakeholders on topics such as the opioid epidemic, economic development, pipeline safety and strengthening the middle class. The committee works in tandem with the speaker and majority leader to examine and refine critical pieces of legislation in advance of floor consideration.

I look forward to working with my colleagues again to help set our agenda to for the new session and work to move Pennsylvania forward.

More information about the Policy Committee is available online at PAGOPPolicy.com.
 

Clean Slate Law Taking Effect – PA Has First in the Nation
Pennsylvanians with low-level offenses on their records who have gone 10 years without a subsequent arrest, prosecution or conviction will have their records automatically sealed under a new law taking effect this month.

Act 56 of 2018 allows records of second and third-degree misdemeanor criminal convictions to be automatically sealed after a 10-year period without subsequent offenses. The law does not apply to violent offenses or those committed with a firearm or other dangerous item; sexual offenses; cruelty to animals; or corruption of minors.

This legislation balances the opportunity for low-level, nonviolent offenders to move forward, while at the same time not shielding the records of violent criminals.

Pennsylvania was the first state in the nation to enact this “clean slate” legislation.
 

Renew Dog Licenses Now

Pet owners are reminded to renew their dog’s license for 2019. All dogs three months of age or older must be licensed in Pennsylvania, either on an annual basis or with a lifetime license.

Annual licenses are $8.50, while lifetime licenses are $51.50. Dogs who are spayed or neutered can be licensed for $6.50 for the year, or $31.50 for a lifetime license. Discounts are available for senior citizens and those owners with disabilities. Applications for license renewals can be found hereCompleted applications must be returned to the owner’s county treasurer’s office.       

Under Pennsylvania state law, owners who fail to license and/or immunize their dogs could face fines up to $300 per violation for each dog three months of age or older. In addition, owners of non-vaccinated pets may be fined up to $300 plus court costs.
 

Applications for 2019 Pennsylvania House Scholarships Now Available
High school seniors interested in receiving financial assistance to help pay for college can now apply for a Pennsylvania House of Representatives Scholarship.

Each year the program awards four-year scholarships to two students preparing for post-secondary education. The scholarship is privately funded by individual and corporate donors; no tax or other public funds are used. It is administered through the Foundation for Enhancing Communities.

The program is open to graduating high school seniors who are Pennsylvania residents with plans to attend a Pennsylvania college, university or career school as a full-time student.

Students must have attained a minimum 3.0 cumulative grade point average in high school in order to be eligible for a scholarship. Other factors taken into consideration for the awards are a student’s commitment to community, leadership qualities, extracurricular activities and financial need.

The application is available through the foundation’s website at www.tfec.org. Once on the site, click on the “Scholarship” tab at the top of the page. Then click on any of the counties listed underneath or the link entitled “any other county in the state of Pennsylvania” to access the scholarship information. The application deadline is March 1, 2019.
 

New Tool to Fight Drug and Alcohol Addiction
Building on the work of lawmakers to develop policies to combat the opioid crisis, the Departments of Drug and Alcohol Programs and Human Services recently unveiled a Drug and Alcohol Referral Tool (DART) to help individuals identify drug and alcohol treatment options and support services for themselves or a loved one.

DART is not a diagnostic assessment and does not gauge eligibility for any programs. It is designed to assist people who are looking for services but are not sure where to begin. Users get the results based off their answers to survey questions. They can skip a question at any point.

After completing the questionnaire, people are able to email, download, and/or print their results. The tool does not ask any identifying information and does not save answers after the tool is closed.

The tool is a free, anonymous resource and can be found here
 
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101 Ehalt Street, Suite 105, The Train Station, Greensburg, PA 15601-2300 | Phone: (724) 834-6400
Youngwood Borough Bldg, 17 South 6th Street, Youngwood, PA 15697 | Phone: (724) 925-5490                                  
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