Apr. 21, 2019

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The latest news from PA State Representative Rosemary Brown

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.”

Happy Passover and Happy Easter

I want to wish everyone observing the Passover Seder at sundown this Friday the blessings of health and peace. Chag Samaech!

I want to also wish everyone celebrating Easter this weekend peace, love and to have a blessed and holy Easter.

Incentive-Based Savings Program Legislation Voted Out of House Commerce Committee
Last Tuesday, my Incentive-Based Savings Program legislation, House Bill 858, was voted out of the House Commerce Committee and is now before the House on first consideration!

This legislation authorizes certain financial institutions to offer incentives (such as the opportunity to win prizes, additional money, etc.) for saving money. By creating an incentive-based savings program, this legislation will help foster monetary savings among our constituents by giving them a chance to benefit additionally while they help build their savings.

National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is Saturday, April 27

Saturday, April 27, is National Prescription Drug Take Back Day! Currently, we are seeing the massive and deadly impacts the opioid epidemic is causing across the United States.

To help combat this epidemic and curb this life-threatening behavior, prescription drug drop-off locations were created to provide a safe, convenient and responsible way to dispose of unwanted prescription drugs and keep them out of the hands of our youth and other addicts.

You can visit the following drop-off locations in Monroe and Pike counties to not only participate in this important initiative on April 27, but at any time that is convenient to you:

Monroe County
Health Spectrum Pharmacy Services Pocono
206 E. Brown St., 1st Floor
East Stroudsburg, PA 18301

Stroudsburg Area Regional Police
100 Day St.
East Stroudsburg, PA 18301

CareSite Pharmacy Mount Pocono
126 Market Way
Mt. Pocono, PA 18344
Monday - Thursday: 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. / Friday: 9 a.m. 5 p.m. / Saturday: 9 a.m. - noon

Monroe County Sheriff-Monroe County Court House Lobby
610 Monroe St.
Stroudsburg, PA 18360

State Police-Troop N Stroudsburg
2370 Rimrock Drive
Stroudsburg, PA 18360

Pocono Township Police Department
110 Township Drive
Tannersville, PA 18372
570-895-2400 (Only Twice a Year)

Pike County

State Police-Troop R Blooming Grove
434 Route 402
Hawley, PA 18428

Lord's Valley Village Pharmacy
Route 739, Lord’s Valley Traders Market
Lords Valley, PA 18428

Eastern Pike Regional Police Department
10 Avenue I
Matamoras, PA 18336
Monday-Friday 8 a.m.- 4 p.m.

Pike County Administration Building
506 Broad St.
Milford, PA 18337
Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Helping to Put More Domestic Abusers Behind Bars

Continuing the commitment to protecting crime victims, the House this week approved a bill to ensure victims of strangulation get the justice they deserve.
Prior to a 2016 law, strangulation could only be charged as a misdemeanor assault in Pennsylvania. Act 111 made it a criminal offense, and according to law enforcement officials across the state, the law has helped put more domestic abusers behind bars.

House Bill 854 builds on that progress by fully incorporating strangulation into our laws, ensuring any prior strangulation conviction will be recognized and considered in subsequent cases.

Passing this bill continues the push by House Republicans to protect the victims of crime. You can learn more about House Republicans protecting victims here.

The bill now moves to the Senate for consideration.

Pension Forfeiture for Sex Offenses

Working to ensure public officials and employees are held fully accountable for their actions, the House approved legislation this week that would force them to forfeit their taxpayer-funded pensions if they are convicted of committing a sexual offense.
The bill builds on Act 1 of 2019, which requires any public official who is convicted of a felony to forfeit his or her pension.

Under House Bill 991, public employees and officials – including elected officials – would lose their pension if convicted of offenses such as indecent assault, indecent exposure or unlawful dissemination of an intimate image (commonly referred to as revenge porn).

The bill now moves to the Senate for consideration.

April is ‘Donate Life Month’

April 2019 is “Donate Life Month” in Pennsylvania.

In Pennsylvania, about 8,000 people are on the organ donation waiting list and, on average, every 18 hours one of them will die waiting for the call that never comes.

The encouraging news is that more people are making the decision to “donate life.” About 4.7 million Pennsylvanians have said yes to organ and tissue donation by adding the donor designation on their driver’s license. More than 138 million Americans are registered donors.

In addition, Pennsylvania driver’s license and ID card holders can support organ donation programs with a voluntary donation of $3 at the time of application or renewal. To date, nearly $14 million has been generously donated to the fund.

More information is available at donatelifepa.org.

Barret Township Firefighter Banquet

Last Sunday, I attended the Barrett Township Firefighter Banquet at Buck Hill and I want to say thank you to all our Barrett Township volunteer firefighters and their families – even during their own banquet they jumped out of their seats and left for a fire call. These are true community volunteers! Again, thank you for all you have done and continue to do for our community.

You can see the room was almost empty in one picture as everyone waits for them to return.

I want to offer a special congratulations to dedicated service award recipients Roland Imbt, for 57 years of service, and Wayne Meese, for his dedication to the firehouse and kitchen; attendance award recipients Lt. Rudy Haab, responded to 71 calls, and JP Manhart and Don Slater, both responded to 62 calls; the Rookie of the Year Joe Macri; chief award recipients Lt. Rudy Haab, Captain Kyle Planer, and JP Manhart; and Firefighter of the Year Lucas Donlan.

Thank you again from our Barrett Community for helping to keep residents safe!
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
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