Serving Third Term as Deputy Chair of the House Majority Policy Committee
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District of Character Word of the Month:

“Not being proud or arrogant; realizing you are not above anyone else.”
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Serving Third Term as Deputy Chair of the House Majority Policy Committee

I was recently selected to serve a third term as a deputy chair for the House Majority Policy Committee for the 2017-18 legislative session. As a deputy chair, I am looking forward to working on important statewide legislative issues. Some of these specifically include meaningful property tax relief, continuing to fight against the heroin and opioid epidemic, fostering a better business climate that improves statewide job growth, strengthening the foundations in which our state budgets are built, as well as ensuring that taxpayer money is used in a responsible manner.

Members of this committee travel across the state, conducting hearings and roundtable discussions about important issues to gather testimony and information from key stakeholders. After such meetings, I will work with my colleagues to develop policies to address the issues that matter most to Pennsylvania citizens. This is a great table at which to have a seat when it comes to making a real difference with statewide policy issues that affect millions of Pennsylvanians, and I am proud to be a voice in those discussions. Click here to read more
Recognizing PA School Directors

I am proudly co-sponsoring a House resolution to recognize January 2017 as “School Directors Recognition Month” in Pennsylvania. Our public schools educate nearly 2 million students, and school directors play a special part in our educational system, as they set the foundation for a strong education system. In PA’s 500 public school districts, 4,500 school directors serve our students; all boards have nine members. These elected, unpaid officials spend countless hours reviewing budgets, approving curriculum and textbook choices, reviewing hiring decisions, adopting policy, and evaluating the academic and operational results of the district. They are neighbors, friends and community leaders who are engaged and doing a necessary job to benefit our kids. Because of their critical roles in our community and the importance of their positions, I urge constituents to get to know their school board members and attend meetings when possible. Click here if you are interested in learning more about the role of our school directors
Prescription Drug Take-Back Box at Lords Valley Pharmacy

A new prescription drug take-back box is available at Lords Valley Pharmacy on Route 739 in Pike County. This is the first drop box in a private pharmacy in Pennsylvania, thanks to collaboration between the county, state and federal governments, and cooperation from the district attorney for prescription pick- up and disposal. It is so important that we have accessible, secure ways to dispose of unneeded prescription drugs in our communities to ensure they do not end up in the wrong hands fostering abuse and addiction. Thank you to the Pike County commissioners, especially Matt Osterberg for his leadership on this. Thank you to the Lords Valley Pharmacy for doing this for the betterment of our entire community. Pictured here with me are Sen. Lisa Baker and Rep. Mike Peifer.
Wishing Patricia Fretz a Happy Retirement

On Sunday, Jan. 8, I was happy to attend a retirement party for Monroe County Area Agency on Aging Director Patricia Fretz, who has served seniors in our area for 41 years. Brian LaVacca will be taking over as director. I am pictured here (from left) with Rep. Jack Rader, Kristine Bush from Sen. Mario Scavello’s office, and Patricia, as we presented her with legislative citations for her many years of wonderful service. Many wishes to Patty for health and happiness in her retirement!
Helpful Registry is Well Received by Thousands of Veterans

The Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs’ (DMVA) online Veterans Registry has been a huge success through its first year. The registry, available for veterans, family members and people who work with veterans, is available at It has successfully connected thousands of veterans to valuable information related to state benefits, programs and services.

Registrants can choose to have their information shared with their county director for veterans affairs and other relevant Commonwealth of Pennsylvania agencies in order to facilitate local connections that aid in providing service to them. Registrants can also opt in to receive timely, informative email communication such as the weekly DMVA Digest which includes a wealth of local, state and national news; program updates; community events; and employment opportunities available specifically for veterans.
January is Radon Action Month

Pennsylvania has high levels of radon in our soils, and you can't tell when the gas comes inside. Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer after cigarette smoking. If you smoke and live in a home with high radon levels, you increase your risk of developing lung cancer. Having your home tested is the only effective way to determine whether you and your family are at risk of high radon exposure. Click here to learn more
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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