Jan. 26, 2017

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You’re Invited to Stop By Our New District Office in Milton

Earlier this year, my staff and I opened an additional district office, which is open on a part-time basis, Monday-Friday, from 8:30-11:30 a.m. Next week, we are hosting an open house on Thursday, Feb. 2, from 4-6 p.m., for residents to meet with us and check out the new space. The official ribbon cutting will be at 5 p.m. If you live nearby or will be traveling through the area, I hope you will stop by.
Rescuing the Rescuers: Helping Save Our Volunteer Fire, EMS Companies

This week, a bipartisan group of lawmakers in the House and Senate unveiled a 16-bill package to support fire and ambulance services across the Commonwealth. The legislation is designed to address growing financial costs faced by companies, the shortage of volunteers and the lack of affordable and easily accessible training options.

On the funding side, measures within the package seek to raise Medicaid reimbursement rates, increase surcharges on moving violations to support the Emergency Medical Services Operating Fund, and provide new billing options for fire departments and EMS organizations.

To address the volunteer shortage, the package includes bills to promote recruitment and retention by offering online training to make the process more convenient, provide loan forgiveness to attract volunteers, develop a pilot program to offer firefighter training in secondary schools, and offer tax credits to businesses that excuse their employees when they need to respond to emergencies or undergo training.
Getting to Work with House Committee Assignments

This week, the House Committee on Committees met to finalize assignments for the 27 standing committees to cover the 2017-18 legislative session. For my fourth term representing the people of the 108th District, I will serve as a member of the following committees:

• Aging and Older Adult Services
• Insurance
• Transportation
• Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness

Additionally, I am serving a second term as a deputy policy chair for the Majority Policy Committee. Each of these assignments allows me to have a greater insight into the legislation and issues discussed and helps me better represent our district. All bills are assigned to a standing committee to undergo review. Committees may hold hearings on legislation, consider amendments to pending bills and report them to the full House for a vote. Click here to learn more about my committee assignments.
Farmers Breakfast on Jan. 20

Thank you to everyone who came to the Farmers Breakfast on Jan. 20 at Christ Community United Methodist Church. I am pictured (from left) with Josh Bradley from AgChoice Farm Credit, State Veterinarian Dr. David Wolfgang, Shawn Frantz, Bobby Jones and Brad Wentzel from AgChoice Farm Credit.

Wear Red Feb. 3 to Raise Awareness of Women’s Heart Disease

Women across the country are encouraged to wear red on Friday, Feb. 3, as part of the “Go Red for Women” campaign to raise awareness of women’s heart disease. Legislative efforts over the years have made the official designation in Pennsylvania as a way to remind women of the risks of heart disease.

Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women each year, causing one in three deaths each year, or about one per minute. According to the American Heart Association, 90 percent of women have one or more risk factors for developing heart disease.

The symptoms of heart disease can be different in women vs. men, and are often misunderstood. By increasing awareness, speaking up about heart disease and empowering women to reduce their risk for cardiovascular disease, we can save thousands of lives each year.
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