New 2017-18 Session Now Underway with Swearing-In Day
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“Not being proud or arrogant; realizing you are not above anyone else.”
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New 2017-18 Session Now Underway with Swearing-In Day

On Tuesday, Jan. 3, my family joined me at the Capitol as I took the oath of office to serve my fourth term as state representative of the 189th Legislative District. I thank all of you – the people of the 189th District – for the privilege to represent you in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. The constituencies I proudly serve include family members, friends, neighbors and members of the community in Monroe and Pike counties, a place which I am proud to call home. It is an honor to work as a public servant at the state level and be a voice of the people when taking action on our state’s most pressing issues, including addressing the high cost of property taxes.

Looking ahead at the legislative calendar, the annual state budget crafting process will also begin soon. At a time when our Commonwealth continues to face difficult fiscal realities, it is imperative that we take steps to ensure that every cent of taxpayer money is used in a responsible manner. I believe we need to strengthen the foundation in which our state budgets are built. Instead of assuming more money will be spent year after year, we should take a more in-depth look into each and every department. I sponsored a bill last session that called for departments to provide efficiency reports to push this initiative. I plan to reintroduce a similar piece of legislation this year.

Lastly, as Pennsylvania’s opioid addiction crisis unfortunately continues, I plan to work on more solutions to address this problem plaguing communities across the state. I was grateful that Act 122 of 2016, which I sponsored last session, was signed into law in November. This mandates that hospital emergency departments and urgent care centers may not prescribe opioids in quantities that last more than seven days and they may not write refills for opioid prescriptions.

The House is now comprised of 121 Republicans and 81 Democrats, including 23 first-term members. Also on swearing-in day, the House unanimously selected Rep. Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny) as speaker of the House for the second consecutive session. The day also included certification of election results, election of the House parliamentarian and adoption of rules that will govern the chamber. I thank you for your support and feedback as I continue to work for you.

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Visit with Cub Scout Pack No. 86

On Wednesday, Jan. 4, I had the opportunity to spend some time with members of Cub Scout Pack No. 86, at their meeting at Stroudsburg United Methodist Church. As part of the Arrow of Light Requirement, the boys need to meet with a government leader and learn about that person’s role in the community, as well as important issues facing the community. These boys will soon finish their Cub Scout requirements and cross over into Boy Scout Troop 86 in March. This was a very interactive group, and I look forward to hopefully presenting them with their Eagle Scout citations in the future!

Applications for 2017 PA House Scholarships Now Available

High school seniors can now apply for a Pennsylvania House of Representatives Scholarship to help cover the costs of higher education. Each year, two students preparing for post-secondary education are awarded four-year scholarships through the program. It 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 the scholarship. A student’s commitment to community, leadership qualities, extracurricular activities and financial need are also taken into consideration. To apply, interested students should visit and click on House Scholarship Information. The application deadline is March 1, 2017. The program is privately funded by individual and corporate donors. No tax money or other public funds are used.
511PAConnect Seeks to Keep Stranded Motorists Safe, Informed

A new service called 511PAConnect has been launched to provide updates to motorists in the event of a long-term road closure due to accidents on the Pennsylvania Turnpike or other major state roadways. The service will be activated when personnel from the PA Turnpike and PennDOT identify a potential long-term closure, with the system being used only for emergencies that will last for a sustained period. The system will only work in areas with cell phone service.

Motorists who receive the alert will have the option of registering for automatic text messages or phone call updates, along with follow-up notifications from turnpike and PennDOT staff monitoring the closure. Once the incident is resolved, motorists who registered for the alerts will automatically be unsubscribed and all personal data will be scrubbed from the system.

PennDOT and the Turnpike Commission offer a variety of tools to keep travelers informed during all levels of incidents -- including the 511PA smartphone app, a phone number, online sources and social media platforms -- but 511PAConnect is the first initiative of its kind to link directly to a targeted group of travelers who are being impacted by, or who are approaching, a large-scale emergency.
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
164A East Wing, PO Box 202189, Harrisburg, PA 17120-2189 | Phone: (717) 260-6171
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