Apr. 15, 2019

 
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District of Character
The “District of Character” is an initiative I created to enhance character development and promote daily reminders for residents of the 189th District about how we can create a stronger community without policy changes. No one is perfect, but we can always work to improve our character daily.
April word of the month is “Values.”

“Considering someone or something to be important or beneficial; have a high opinion of, to cherish, to treasure.”

 
Meet Our New Staff Members!

 
Mackenzie Strunk is our newest hire as a Constituent Outreach Specialist. She graduated from East Stroudsburg University in May 2018 with a bachelor’s degree in political science and is scheduled to finish her master’s degree this summer. She has written multiple research articles, ranging from Supreme Court decisions to the effects of midterm elections on presidential outcomes. Currently, she is writing a thesis on the federal judiciary and how it balances cases of national security and civil liberties. As a life-long member of the 189th legislative district, she is enthusiastic to serve the community that she calls home.

 
Christian Ferro is also new to our team. He is a recent East Stroudsburg University graduate, with a bachelor’s degree in political science and criminal justice. He has lived in the Poconos for four years and is proud to call it home. He enjoys the outdoors and the beauty that the Poconos has to offer, when he isn’t working. He says if you see him out and about, feel free to introduce yourself!
 
 
Strengthening Protections for Victims of Crime

 
With last week being National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, the House began working through a package of bills designed to help protect victims of crime.

A cornerstone of this package is Marsy’s Law, a bill that seeks to amend the state Constitution by adding a victim’s bill of rights.

Other bills in the package passed this week include measures to shield rape victims from being re-victimized by irrelevant cross examination; allow victims and witnesses with intellectual disabilities or autism to submit out-of-court statements rather than face their perpetrators in court; expand the types of crimes for which an out-of-court statement can be accepted; and allow crime victims to attend any proceeding relating to their cases, unless attending would materially alter the victims’ testimony.
The bills now head to the Senate for consideration.

Learn more about efforts to protect crime victims in Pennsylvania here.
 

Expanding the Statute of Limitations for Child Sexual Abuse

 
As the Commonwealth marks April as Child Abuse Prevention Month, the House passed a two-bill package known as the Pennsylvania Hidden Predator Act to help empower victims of child sexual abuse.

House Bill 962, sponsored by Rep. Mark Rozzi (D-Berks), would change the civil statute of limitations for child sexual abuse, allowing childhood victims until age 55 to file suit, and provide for waivers of sovereign and governmental immunity relating to claims of childhood sexual abuse. It would also abolish the criminal statute of limitations for child sexual abuse moving forward.

House Bill 963, sponsored by Rep. Jim Gregory (R-Blair), would amend the Pennsylvania Constitution to provide a two-year window in which civil lawsuits alleging childhood sexual abuse may be filed in court, notwithstanding any otherwise applicable statute of limitations defense.

The House also started the process of amending the Pennsylvania Constitution to provide a two-year window to anyone for whom a statutory limitations period has expired to commence action arising from childhood sexual abuse.

These bills are important in the effort to ensure justice for victims of past abuse.
Reporting suspected abuse is the best way to protect children. If you suspect a child is being abused or neglected, you can call the Department of Health’s toll-free ChildLine at 1-800-932-0313.
 
 
Give PennDOT Feedback

 
PennDOT is looking for Pennsylvanians to give feedback on its winter services and communications.

You can provide your input by taking PennDOT’s 10-question survey that asks about how often you travel in poor weather, how you rate PennDOT’s winter service, and how you rank its snow-removal priorities.

The survey also asks how you receive PennDOT’s roadway information, and if you use Pennsylvania’s 511PA system for traffic and incident information, and winter roadway conditions.

You can take the survey by clicking here.
 
 
Trout Season Open Statewide

Last Saturday, April 13, marked the statewide opening day of trout season.

To participate, anglers ages 16 and older must have a valid Pennsylvania Fishing License and a Trout/Salmon Permit, both available at gonefishingpa.com or at more than 700 issuing agents. Multi-year licenses are also available in 3-year, 5-year and 10-year increments. Prices for licenses and permits remain the same as last year. Youth anglers ages 15 and under do not require licenses or permits.

To locate stocked trout fishing waters near you, select the 2019 Trout Stocking Schedule at fishandboat.com. Waterways on this list are searchable by county, organized in alphabetical order and provide the date, time and meeting place for each stocking event.

The FREE Fish Boat PA Mobile App is the most useful tool in an angler’s tackle box. Download the app from the Apple App or Google Play stores to locate stocked waterways or wild trout streams, use the fish identification tool, and view fishing and boating regulations.
 
 
Pocono Friends of Scouting Dinner

 
Last Thursday evening at the Pocono Friends of Scouting dinner we honored two wonderful men. Michael Frailey (left) received the Richard “Dick” Seip Distinguished Citizen Award and Elwood “Woody” Johnson received the Good Scout Award.
Thank you to Mike and Woody for giving back to the community so strongly, especially through our youth and the scouting program.

Thank you to Ken of VIP studios for sharing this picture.
 

Higher Education Advocacy Day in Harrisburg

 
President Marcia Welsh and East Stroudsburg University (ESU) students visited my office in Harrisburg to advocate for the education our state universities provide. Each student shared their ESU story and positive experiences.
 
Just a reminder: If you are encountering an issue with state government, please feel free to contact my district office. We are here to help you with the following services:      
 
 - Driver’s license and vehicle registration applications and renewals. 
 - Assistance with PennDOT paperwork (lost cards, changes, corrections, special registration plates, vanity plates, and temporary placards for disabled persons).                         
 - PACE and PACENET applications for seniors.                         
 - State Motor Vehicle and Driver Licensing Work.
 - Voter registration forms and absentee ballot applications.                         
 - State tax forms.                         
 - Student aid applications.                         
 - Free state maps, state park information, and PA Vacation Guides.                         
 - Copies of legislation and tours of the State Capitol.                         
 - Referrals to agencies to resolve state-related matters. 
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143 Seven Bridge Road, East Stroudsburg, PA 18301 | Phone: (570) 420-8301
210 Ryan Office Building, PO Box 202189, Harrisburg, PA 17120-2189 | Phone: (717) 260-6171
Email: rbrown@pahousegop.com
TTY: 855-282-0614
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