Oct. 08, 2017

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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. Click here to learn more.
October’s word of the month is “Self-Control.”
“Free of deceit and untruthfulness; sincere, genuine, real.”
Breast Cancer Awareness Month
I attended a press conference on Monday, marking October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The Capitol fountain was turned pink to honor those who have lost their lives to breast cancer, those who have survived and those who are still fighting this awful disease.

Every day, 37 women are diagnosed with breast cancer in Pennsylvania, and more than 2,000 Pennsylvania women die each year from the disease. However, more than 2.8 million breast cancer survivors are alive today in the United States. We honor you and we honor your fight!
Our Hearts Go Out to Las Vegas Shooting Victims, Families 
Earlier this week, the governor ordered all Commonwealth flags to be flown at half-staff until sunset on Friday, Oct. 6, to honor the victims of the horrific domestic terror attack in Las Vegas. The state Capitol building was also lit up in blue, gold and green to honor the victims and to stand in solidarity with the State of Nevada.
Save the Date: Recognizing Our Veterans 
A tribute to those who served.
Saturday, Nov. 18, from noon to 3 p.m.
Middle Smithfield Elementary School, 5180 Milford Road, East Stroudsburg
Veterans in the189th District and their families are invited to attend. Light food will be provided by area businesses, various veteran-related services will be available, and medical screenings will be available by Lehigh Valley Health Network and St. Luke's. Advanced reservations are required for this event. Please confirm your attendance before Oct. 20, by calling 570-420-8301. Please provide your name, rank, branch of service and time served. 
"Welcome Home"
As we approach Veterans Day, if you have a loved one, friend or neighbor, who recently returned home from deployment, please let my district office know by calling 570-420-8301. Our servicemen and servicewomen are local heroes, and I feel it is very important to personally welcome them home and thank them. This is part of the ongoing “Welcome Home” I started several years ago.

Cpl. Bryon Dickson Memorial 5K
I attended the Cpl. Bryon Dickson Memorial 5K at East Stroudsburg University last weekend to honor fallen Trooper Dickson, who was tragically shot and killed three years ago at the Blooming Grove Barracks. Thank you to all the runners and to our state troopers who participated in and attended this meaningful event in our community.

Alzheimer’s Association Walk 

There was a tremendous turnout for the Alzheimer's Association Walk in East Stroudsburg last weekend. I spoke briefly about the 400,000 Pennsylvanians, and more than 5.5 million Americans, suffering from Alzheimer's and related disorders as well as the continuous need for advancement in prevention, treatment and caregiving. I was proud to see Stroudsburg and Pleasant Valley High School FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America) members present to support the cause and show their leadership and community involvement.

Hunger Action Month 
My staff and I wore orange last Friday in support of Hunger Action Month, which was recognized throughout the month of September. The Hunger Coalition of Monroe County encouraged people to wear orange to show support for this action month.

Better Protecting Consumers from Data Breaches

Legislation is expected to advance in the state House in the coming weeks to respond to recent breaches of personal and financial data. Two new House bills are designed to further protect consumers who are victims of data breaches that open them to possible identity theft.

The first proposal would require notification of a breach from the entity where the breach occurred to the affected consumer within 30 days and to the state attorney general. The notification would include the date the breach occurred, the type of information subject to the breach, a toll-free number and the address of credit reporting agencies. The entities must also develop policies to safeguard and discard personal consumer information.

The second bill would waive the current credit freeze fee, which charges up to $10 per account. In the instance of a data breach, consumers would be provided with three months of free credit monitoring and up to three free credit reports for one calendar year after the date the breach is reported. None of these would apply to a credit reporting agency that has not experienced a breach.

These two bills were introduced following the Equifax data breach, which was the largest data breach in history – exposing the personal information of at least 143 million Americans, including 5.4 million Pennsylvanians.

It’s Flu Shot Season

The Department of Health is reminding Pennsylvanians that the best way to prevent the flu is to get vaccinated each year. There are many places you can get a flu shot, if you’re interested. Click here to find a location nearby.

Nominate PA’s Trail of the Year

Pennsylvania has more than 11,000 miles of beautiful trails that stretch over every corner for our Commonwealth, from gentle pathways through preserved greenways to rugged trails scaling mountains. Each year, the Pennsylvania Trails Advisory Committee designates a Trail of the Year to help build enthusiasm and support for both large and small trails, and raise public awareness about the value of our state’s trail network. You can nominate your favorite trail for the 2018 Pennsylvania Trail of the Year 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
164A East Wing, PO Box 202189, Harrisburg, PA 17120-2189 | Phone: (717) 260-6171
Email: rbrown@pahousegop.com
TTY: 855-282-0614