Sep. 15, 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.
September word of the month is “Polite.”

“Having or showing behavior that is respectful and considerate of other people.”
Committee Highlights Tick-Borne Diseases, Tick Testing

Working to address the ongoing threat of Lyme and other tick-borne diseases in the Commonwealth, I hosted the House Health Committee for a public hearing in East Stroudsburg Monday.

The committee heard from health and wildlife professionals, local officials, advocates for tick-borne disease treatment and awareness, and officials with East Stroudsburg University’s (ESU) Tick Research Lab.

Testimony focused heavily on the importance of early diagnosis and treatment in helping people successfully recover from Lyme and other tick-borne diseases. Three bills designed to help combat the disease were also highlighted, including my House Bill 94, which would require nurses to remove a tick when it is found on a child during the school day and to notify parents, and House Bill 96, which would require continuing education for physicians, as well as Rep. Kathy Rapp’s House Bill 629, which would require health insurers to cover recommended treatments that may include short-term or long-term courses of antibiotics.

Members participating in the hearing also learned more about ESU’s tick lab, which provides a FREE base test on ticks submitted for Lyme disease as well as three additional tests based on the species of tick. Pennsylvanians can send a tick sample to the lab and receive the test results. These samples can be mailed to 562 Independence Road, East Stroudsburg, PA 18301.

For more information about tick-borne diseases or how to submit a tick for testing, visit

Join Us For Our Next REAL ID Pre-Verification Event

We will be holding another REAL ID Pre-qualifying Event on Monday, Oct. 7, beginning at 10 a.m. at the Monroe County Safety Center, 100 Gypsum Road, Stroudsburg, PA 18360. Registration is required. If you wish to attend this event, please give my office a call at 570-420-8301.
May We Never Forget

My heart is heavy as we remember the tragedy of 9/11/01 which occurred 18 years ago. I spend a lot of time thinking about the families who were personally affected as well as the volunteers still struggling with illnesses stemming from this horrific event. Even as our nation encountered one of the worst days in our history, we as a people grew closer together and stood in unity. Let us always be grateful for our freedom and pray for peace.

We will Never Forget. Click Here for a picture slideshow- strong but important images to never forget.

I also spoke briefly at the Delaware Township Volunteer Fire Department’s beautiful memorial 9/11 service. We are thankful to have such a wonderful volunteer force that serves us every day in so many ways!
Online Absentee Ballot Applications Launch Monday

Starting with this year’s General Election, voters who need to vote by absentee ballot may apply for the ballot online.

The mobile-friendly, online application site, available at, will go live on Monday, Sept. 16, the first day that registered voters may apply for absentee ballots for the Nov. 5 election.

When an applicant completes the online form, the information is forwarded directly to the appropriate county elections office for processing. The applicant will then be provided with a ballot that must be completed and either mailed or hand-delivered to the appropriate county election office by the deadline, which is 5 p.m. on the Friday before the election, or Nov. 1 this year.

The online application system will be accessible for all domestic Pennsylvania voters this year and to military and overseas voters by 2020.
Absentee ballots may be cast by individuals with illnesses or disabilities, individuals who will be away from their municipality on business on Election Day, and Pennsylvania students attending out-of-state colleges or universities, among others. For more information, click here.  
PA Elk Cam LIVE!

The Pennsylvania Game Commission’s 2019 Elk Cam is now streaming live from Elk County. The best time to view elk is at dusk and dawn. Viewers may also see white-tailed deer, turkeys and other wildlife.

The Game Commission reminds viewers they could hear gunfire from nearby target shooting and lawful hunting. Contact the agency’s Northcentral Region at 570-398-4744 if you suspect any wrongdoing in conjunction with the livestream. This project is the product of coordinated efforts by the Game Commission, HDOnTAP and the North Central PA Regional Planning and Development Commission.

If you’re planning to visit Elk County in the coming weeks, please consider attending one of the Game Commission’s free weekend events to learn more about the elk and other Pennsylvania wildlife. Free guided hikes are also being offered on weekends through Columbus Day. Click here for a list of all event details.

Pine Ridge Community Sunshine Club Senior Dinner

On Tuesday night, I stopped by Pine Ridge Community to help kickoff the first monthly Sunshine Club Senior Dinner. The dinner is for Senior Citizen Pine Ridge residents and is held on the 2nd Tuesday of every month from 5-7 pm at their clubhouse. What a great way for a community to come together, care for and meet their senior residents and meet new people. Wonderful job Sunshine Club! The raviolis and homemade sauce were delicious!
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
TTY: 855-282-0614