May. 12, 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.
May word of the month is “Prudence.”

“The ability to govern and discipline oneself by use of reason; skill and good judgment in utilizing resources."

Happy Mother’s Day

I want to wish all mothers a happy and healthy Mother’s Day! The word mother is more than just a title – it is a name that women bear with honor. Being a mom means being a nurse, a chef, a caretaker, a teacher, etc. all on top of other career and/or household tasks. A mother shows her family unconditional love and the bond she has with her children is unbreakable. As a mom myself, I can say the role is not always easy, but it is most fulfilling when you look at your children and see them living their best lives.

Cheers to all moms and may they know how much they are loved and appreciated for everything they do!
Government Done Right Requires Efficiency, Transparency, Fiscal Responsibility

As part of our “Government Done Right” initiative, House Republicans passed additional bills this week to increase transparency, save taxpayers money and improve the efficiency of government.

House Bill 880 would extend and accelerate the reduction of the debt ceiling for the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program by $500 million over five years. Lowering our debt reduces the financial burden of current and future taxpayers.

To ensure businesses get effective and efficient treatment when navigating the Commonwealth’s legal system, the House voted to create Commerce Courts. Under House Bill 332, these courts would have judges dedicated to hearing and deciding complex business-related cases, including acquisitions, mergers, dissolutions and liquidations, among other items.

The bills now go to the Senate for its consideration.

For more information on this initiative, visit
My House Resolution Declaring May Lyme Disease Awareness Month in Pennsylvania Unanimously Adopted by House

With the Commonwealth still leading the nation in documented cases of Lyme disease, I sponsored House Resolution 38, which designates May 2019 as Lyme Disease and Tick-Borne Illness Awareness Month in Pennsylvania. Lyme disease is a bacterial infection transmitted primarily by ticks and is caused by the spirochete Borrelia burgdorferi.

It is crucial for our residents to be informed on the serious impact Lyme disease and other tick-borne illnesses have on our Commonwealth, as well as what precautions they should take to protect themselves and their families from contracting this disease.

I will continue to advocate on behalf of Pennsylvanians who are affected by this disease and other tick-borne illnesses and fight for better policies that will aid our medical communities in early detection of this disease, support research for treatments, and educate our health practitioners.

I also suggest researching pet prevention and landscaping measures to reduce ticks around your home.

In addition to House Resolution 38, I have sponsored two additional pieces of legislation to help prevent the spread of Lyme disease in Pennsylvania.

House Bill 94 would require school nurses to remove a tick when it is found on a child during the school day, notify the parent or guardian with medical information and resources, and store the tick for seven days.

House Bill 96 would require physicians to complete two hours of continuing medical education focused on Lyme disease and related tick-borne illnesses to help physicians receive the most up-to-date information on pathogens, testing parameters, patient symptom profiles and current treatment options.

As a reminder, Pennsylvania residents can have ticks tested for FREE at East Stroudsburg University’s Tick Research Lab after removing them. Ticks can be mailed to or dropped off at the lab at 562 Independence Road, East Stroudsburg. Please complete and mail or bring in the online form with your tick. Forms can be found at

For more information about ESU’s Tick Research Lab and free tick testing, residents can visit their website
Expanding Education Opportunities

More students and their families would have access to additional educational options under legislation approved by the House this week to expand the successful Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) program, which has maxed out over the years and has a waiting list.

House Bill 800 would allow increased tax credits for the program from $100 million to $210 million, providing tens of thousands of additional Pennsylvania families the ability to choose a school that best fits their students’ needs.

In order to ensure that the scholarship program can continue to grow to meet the demands, the legislation would also establish an automatic escalator, increasing the EITC scholarship cap by 10% whenever 90% of the tax credits are claimed in the prior year.

The EITC program provides tax credits to businesses that make contributions to approved scholarship organizations offering scholarships to children in kindergarten through grade 12, educational improvement organizations providing funding for innovative educational programs in public schools, and pre-kindergarten scholarship organizations offering scholarships to children enrolled in pre-kindergarten programs (Head Start, etc.). Early childhood education and opportunity has shown to be extremely beneficial to a child and creates less educational struggles and saves money in later years.

The bill now moves to the Senate for its consideration.

Improving CPR Education to Save Lives

This week the House passed Senate Bill 115 aimed at teaching students cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) to help them save lives.

The bill would require the Pennsylvania Department of Education to work with the Department of Health and other stakeholders to develop curriculum that could be used by schools across the state. The aim is to help reduce the more than 350,000 cardiac arrests that occur outside of a hospital each year by preparing students to help save lives through CPR and the use of an automated external defibrillator (AED).

The bill now heads back to the Senate for its concurrence.

Celebrating Our Small Businesses

This week marks Small Business Week in Pennsylvania.
Small businesses are the backbone of the Commonwealth’s economy, employing over 2.5 million people. In fact, 99.6% of employers in the state are small businesses.

House Republicans have been working hard to help Pennsylvania’s small businesses thrive and grow by cutting the red tape that creates barriers to growth and cleaning up outdated PA laws.

Stroudsburg Area Students Chosen to Participate in Statewide Video Competition

Students from Stroudsburg Area School District came to Harrisburg as they participated in the What's So Cool About Manufacturing contest. They were one of two schools from our region to be selected to participate and attend the state competition in Harrisburg as a reward for best overall video.

For this contest, these students had to visit a local manufacturer, meet with its employees, learn about the facility and record the many hours they spent at the facility. Back at their school, they used their footage to create a two-minute video to showcase the facility they visited.

Pictured above are Matthew Trezza, Ethan Flanagan, Sofia Forgione, Yasmine Eljamri, Jasmine Espitia, Chris Hu and Jamison Scelza.

Congratulations to the group for qualifying for the state level!

“Reverse Job Fair” at Stroudsburg Area High School

Recently, I attended Stroudsburg High School's “Reverse Job Fair.” Students from several local schools set up tables with their resumes and letters of recommendation while employers visited each table. The students told us what kind of work they were looking for and talked about themselves.

What a unique way for students to network and gain confidence! They learned how to promote and market themselves in a fun and different way! Thank you, Stroudsburg High School, for hosting this event with the Carbon-Monroe County Employment Coalition.

PVEN Hosts Community Services Informational Fair

Last weekend, the Pleasant Valley Ecumenical Center hosted a Community Services Informational Fair for area residents to help inform them of what local programs and services are available.

Pleasant Valley Ecumenical Network’s mission is to provide low-income families and families in crisis the essentials to maintain a dignified standard of living while encouraging independence and self-sufficiency. PVEN provides free clothing, groceries and social service referrals to residents of Chestnuthill, Eldred, Hamilton, Jackson, Ross and Polk townships in Monroe County.

Linda Meglio from my district office was there to share information about how we can help them with state issues. Thank you, PVEN, for your continued hard work and dedication to our community.

Pictured above is PVEN Executive Director Hope Christman and Linda Meglio from my district office.

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
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