Sep. 22, 2019

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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.
September word of the month is “Polite.”

“Having or showing behavior that is respectful and considerate of other people.”

General Assembly Returns to Harrisburg for Session

The Pennsylvania State Legislature was back in session last week! I arrived to the Capitol on Tuesday morning and have been working since. My schedule was packed with committee meetings, press conferences, phone calls and reviewing legislation. Looking forward to pushing my initiatives through our legislative process and representing the 189th!
Bill Package Aims to Energize Job Creation in PA

Continuing the House Republican commitment to #GoodJobs4PA, lawmakers and advocates gathered in the state Capitol Rotunda Wednesday to renew the call to action on a package of bills known as Energize PA.

The bills aim to build on the state’s rich history in energy production, innovation and manufacturing by enacting policies that would open the doors to creating quality, family-sustaining jobs. It does so without increasing taxes or fees on Pennsylvania residents or employers.

One measure already signed into law, Act 20 of 2019, expands the Pipeline Investment Program by making grants available to construct the last few miles of natural gas distribution lines to business parks and existing manufacturing and industrial enterprises while also providing access to natural gas for residents.

Other measures address developing more competitive tax policies, identifying abandoned manufacturing sites available for redevelopment and improving the state’s permitting processes.

For additional information about Energize PA, click here.

The bill package aims to build on efforts earlier this session to enact other pro-growth policies, including an overhaul of the state’s career and technical education and training programs to better prepare workers for the well-paying jobs of today and tomorrow. Many of those measures are pending action in the Senate.

PA Small Water Program and PA H2O Now Accepting Applications

The Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA) has announced the re-opening of two programs in addition to the Dairy Investment Program: the Pennsylvania Small Water Program and PA H2O.

PA Small Water provides funding for activities to assist with the construction, improvement, expansion, or rehabilitation or repair of a water supply system, sanitary sewer system, storm sewer system, or flood control projects. Eligible projects are those which have a total project cost of not less than $30,000 and not more than $500,000.

Applications for this program can be found here and will be accepted through Dec. 13.

PA H2O provides funding for single-year and multi-year grants for the construction of drinking water, sanitary sewer and storm sewer projects; the construction or renovation of flood control projects; and the repair or rehabilitation of high-hazard unsafe dams.

Applications for this program can be found here and will also be accepted through Dec. 13.
Applications Open for School Safety Grants

The School Safety and Security Grant Program is now accepting applications for funding from school districts and school entities across the Commonwealth.
The program, created by the Legislature and administered by the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency, offers both meritorious and competitive grants to help ensure the safety of all students in our schools.

Meritorious grants are open only to school districts, while competitive grants are available to school districts as well as other school entities, including intermediate units, area career and technical schools, charter schools and more.

The funding may be used for any of the nearly two dozen school safety initiatives listed in the law, including such things as hiring school security officers, purchasing security-related technology, completing safety and security assessments, implementing violence prevention curricula, offering counseling services for students, and other programs and services to protect students.

For more information about the program and how school districts and school entities may apply, click here. The deadline to apply for the grants is Monday, Nov. 4.
Game Commission Seeks Input on CWD Response Plan

The Pennsylvania Game Commission has released a draft of its new Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) Response Plan and is seeking public comment on the proposal through early next year.

The proposed plan outlines the commission’s goals and objectives in managing CWD, as well as actions that could be implemented to achieve those goals. Those actions could include hunting-related changes, such as expanded deer seasons or removal of antler restrictions, and potential small-scale, targeted removal of deer in certain areas.

Public comments on the plan are being accepted through Feb. 29, 2020, and will be considered in the adoption of a final plan, which will be implemented for the 2020-21 hunting seasons.

CWD is always fatal to the deer and elk it infects. It was first detected in Pennsylvania in 2012, and as of 2018, 250 free-ranging CWD-positive deer have been detected within the state. All but four of the CWD-positive free-ranging deer have been found within Disease Management Area 2 in southcentral Pennsylvania, which covers more than a dozen counties and more than 6,700 square miles. Additional disease management areas, established as a result of positive tests within captive deer herds, are located in Armstrong, Clarion, Clearfield, Jefferson and Indiana counties, and in Lancaster County.

To read a copy of the report and offer comment, click here.
Volunteers Needed for Middle Smithfield Township Annual Litter Pickup

Middle Smithfield Township is hosting its annual Litter Pickup on Saturday, Sept. 28, starting at 8 a.m. All township staff and volunteers will meet at the Township Building,147 Municipal Drive, at 7:30 a.m. for sign-in and a light breakfast, and then break into groups to help pick up litter along our roads.

If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Christopher Rain at or call 570-223-8920, extension 119.

PennDOT Announces 2019-20 Innovation Challenge

PennDOT is calling for high school students to participate in this year’s innovation challenge. These students are asked to come up with what they believe to be a cost-effective, innovative solution that can be developed in the next five to 10 years to help PennDOT more efficiently, effectively and safely control litter along roadways.

For complete PennDot Innovations Challenge information, including the online submission form, visit


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
210 Ryan Office Building, PO Box 202189, Harrisburg, PA 17120-2189 | Phone: (717) 260-6171
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