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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.
January word of the month is “Character.”

“Qualities of honesty, courage, or the like; integrity.”

2018 Property Tax and Rent Rebate Forms Available Online

The 2018 Pennsylvania Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program is now open and accepting applications. The Pa-1000 booklet is available on the PA Department of Revenue’s Website. Please stop by my district office if you need the booklet printed or need assistance in filing a rebate form. No appointment is necessary, and you can walk into my district office at your convenience. Please make sure you bring all your documentation with you. If you have any questions about what paperwork you need to file, want to see if your eligible, or about the program in general call us at 570-421-8301.
My Committee Assignments for the 2019-20 Legislative Sessions

I’m honored to be newly appointed to the Appropriations Committee that plays such a critical role in establishing the framework and budget for Pennsylvania. This committee is a tremendous responsibility. I have also been appointed as a Deputy Whip which is another critical responsibility in bringing a team of legislators together, discussing details of legislation and leading the proper communication to all leadership.

I will be serving on four House standing committees for the 2019-20 legislative session. They are as followed:

The Appropriations Committee, which is the primary committee of the General Assembly tasked with overseeing state government spending, state fiscal policies and developing a state budget each fiscal year.
The Education Committee, which works on state issues involving public and private schools, encompassing pre K-12 basic education, as well as post-secondary education.

The Professional Licensure Committee, which deals with the 29 licensing boards located administratively in the Department of State. The department provides the boards and commissions with legal, technical and logistical support to administer their licensure programs.

The Transportation Committee, which handles legislation related to general Vehicle Code and regulations, including driver licensing and training, vehicle registration, rules of the road, and all other transportation issues, such as mass transit, rail, PennDOT and highway issues.

I have also been appointed as a Deputy Whip for the House Republican Caucus.
Celebrating the life of Mildred Labar

This past Thursday I celebrated Mildred Labar and her 102nd birthday. I am saddened to say that Mildred passed away on Monday, Jan. 21. I was blessed to have laughed with her a few days prior to her passing and had such a nice visit. Mildred was the first woman to work the overnight shift at Holland Thread Mill and was still there when they closed. She attributes some of her secrets to a long life is dancing- often she and her husband would square dance in their home. Rest in Peace Mildred- love and prayers.
Killed by Auto – Eyes on the Road, Hands on the Wheel

If you have a few moments, please view the video documentary below, which was posted by Killed By Auto. This documentary highlights the press conference I held on my distracted driving legislation last fall and illustrates the major impact that distracted driving has on both individuals and their families.
I have reintroduced my distracted driving legislation this session in the hopes of helping alleviate this issue in the Commonwealth. You can view more information concerning my legislation by clicking here.

Distracted Driving continues to be a problem across our nation. It is important that we put down our phones while we are driving, have both hands on the wheel and focus on the road ahead.


Honoring MLK Jr. - A Legacy of Leadership and Love

On Monday, Jan. 21, we celebrated Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his leadership at the 22nd annual East Stroudsburg University breakfast. Keynote Speaker Debra Fraser-Howze offered an amazing presentation reminding us “It’s never too late to do the right thing.” Her message was both educational and uplifting.
During the breakfast, multiple ESU students and staff were honored with scholarships and awards.

Congratulations to all those who received awards during yesterday's Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Breakfast.

Mary Gertrude Smith Boddie Scholarship recipients: Denasia Mosteller, a junior majoring in criminal justice and sociology, Naomi Ogbo, a sophomore majoring in nursing, and Angela Pender, a junior majoring in communication.

The Martin Luther King Jr. Award recipients:

Student Award - Naomie Pierre-Louis, a junior majoring in psychology from Philadelphia, Pa.
Faculty/Staff Award: Stephanie French, profess or theatre
Community Award: Tameko Patterson, president of the Greater Pocono Section (GPS) of the National Council of Negro Women Inc.
Julianna V. Bolt Art Contest Winners:

First Place - Brianna Soule, East Stroudsburg High School North
Second Place - Kerriann Cox, East Stroudsburg High School North
Third Place - Shanajah Cooper, East Stroudsburg High School North
Honorable Mention - Kayla Patney, Stroudsburg High
Honorable Mention - Hope Porter, Stroudsburg High School

Young Author Helps Children Understand They Are Not Alone

I recently met with local author Donel Wheeler, 14, of East Stroudsburg who’s book “Unwanted” was recently published. He writes under the pen name “Knox Tolbert.” His book encourages other children who have absentee parents or feel unwanted to have strength. Donel hopes that his book can help other children cope who might be in a similar situation and help children overall care for each other. The book is available on Amazon or Barnes and Noble.
Middle Smithfield Township Announces 2018 Person of the Year Awards

Last Friday night, I attended the Middle Smithfield Township Volunteer Appreciation Banquet. Each year at this event the township announces the winner of the Person of the Year award. This year’s winner is David Paskiet of Phoenix Martial Arts Society. David is pictured in the center with fellow fianlists Francis Oquendo and Thomas Watson. Congratulations to all of you for the amazing work you do in our communities. David received $1,500 for his nonprofit and Francis and Thomas received donations of $1,000 each towards their causes, the Boy Scouts of America Minsi Trails Council and Monroe County Meals on Wheels.
PAsmart Targeted Grants Awarded to One of Our Local Schools

Stroudsburg Middle School recently received a PAsmart Targeted Grant!

The $35,000 grants help schools that currently have limited to no computer science (CS) offerings. These grants are meant to fund teams of educators (four or more) who would like to be trained on ways to implement CS in their classrooms.

The program is aimed at expanding classroom instruction and professional development in the fast-growing fields of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), and computer science (CS), as well as training for in-demand careers, emerging industries, and underserved populations.
Safe2Say Tip Line Now Live

The statewide Safe2Say tip line designed to give students, teachers, parents and community members the ability to anonymously report potential threats and other problems is now live in Pennsylvania.

To report a possible dangerous or violent situation, individuals can call the state tip line at 844-723-2729. Tips can also be reported to safe2saypa.org or through the Safe2Say app on iPhone and Android devices.

The Safe2Say tip line gives students a way to share information without fear of repercussions or blame from their peers.

Individuals are encouraged to report physical or verbal assault and bullying, discussion about an upcoming planned attack on aschool or a person, depression, excessive guilt or hopelessness, suicidal threats or self-harm, substance abuse, or social isolation or withdrawal.

The tip line was modeled after the Safe2Tell program in Colorado, which has received more than 30,000 reports since its inception in 2004, including reports of a planned school attack, suicidal threats and child abuse.

Wear Red Feb. 1 to Raise Awareness of Women’s Heart Disease

Women across the country are encouraged to wear red on Friday, Feb. 1, as part of the “Go Red for Women” campaign to raise awareness of women’s heart disease. Legislative efforts over the years, including a resolution currently being prepared for this year, have made the official designation in Pennsylvania as a way to remind women of the risks of heart disease.

Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women, causing one in three deaths each year, or about one per minute. According to the American Heart Association, 90 percent of women have one or more risk factors for developing heart disease.

The symptoms of heart disease can be different in women vs. men and are often misunderstood. By increasing awareness, speaking up about heart disease and empowering women to reduce their risk for cardiovascular disease, we can save thousands of lives each year.

You can learn more about the symptoms of a heart attack and what to do by clicking here
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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Office Locations
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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