Feb. 22, 2019

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Concealed Carry Seminar in March
On Monday, March 4, at 6 p.m., I will be hosting a Concealed Carry Seminar where you can learn how to keep yourself and your family safe in accordance with state and local laws on concealed carry.

The event will be held at the Freeburg-Washington Community Center, located at 11 E. Church Street, Freeburg.

Snyder County District Attorney Mike Piecuch will be the main presenter and will be joined by a panel including Snyder County Sheriff John Zechman, Pennsylvania State Police Trooper Rick Blair, Snyder County Game Warden Harold Malehorn and Waterways Conservation Officer Jacob Bennett. Attendees can ask questions at the end of the speakers’ presentations.

RSVPs are required by calling our district office at 570-286-5885 or toll free at 1-800-924-9060. Residents can also register on Rep. Culver’s website. Seating is limited.

Local Girl Scout Maris Kilgus Honored for Receiving Gold Award

Maris Kilgus of Watsontown has earned the Girl Scout Gold Award this year, which is the highest honor a Girl Scout can earn. Maris received the award for taking the initiative to help her church, the Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church in Turbotville, expand their outdoor picnic pavilion area and add a brick fire pit and fire safety sign. The church has many different groups that will be using the new space, such as youth and worship groups, and other local groups, like the Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts, will also enjoy the pavilion. Way to go, Maris!

A Visit with the Penns Creek Senior Center
Thanks to the folks at Penns Creek Senior Center for welcoming Rep. Fred Keller and me for a discussion of state and local issues. We really appreciate the feedback as we represent you at the state Capitol.

Good Jobs for PA: Focusing on Careers and Workforce Development
A key to economic success for all Pennsylvanians and the Commonwealth as a whole is to ensure our students and workers are prepared to fill the good-paying jobs of today and tomorrow.

House Republicans launched our #GoodJobs4PA initiative this week, focusing on efforts to enhance our workforce development system to help students, under-employed and unemployed adults, as well as returning military veterans and others enter fulfilling, family-sustaining careers.

The bills aim to address the skills gap and worker shortages faced by industries across the state, as well as enhance educational programs and access to those opportunities for workers of all ages.

The launch coincided with the governor signing an executive order to create the Keystone Economic Development and Workforce Command Center. The center is charged with addressing barriers to employment and enhancing cooperation among education and workforce development entities.

Preparing PA Students for Careers
As a foundational part of the #GoodJobs4PA initiative, the House Education Committee unveiled a package of bills aimed at improving career and technical education (CTE) in Pennsylvania.

The package of bills includes:

o House Bill 265, which would expand the online database that allows students and potential students to plan where courses, programs, certificates and diplomas transfer among public schools and institutions of higher education.
o House Bill 297, which would direct the State Department of Education to develop materials outlining workforce needs, including training opportunities and future earning potential.
o House Bill 334, which would expedite the approval of important educational programs to respond better to industry and workforce demands.
o House Bill 393 (to be introduced soon), which would create an online career resource center.
o House Bill 394 (to be introduced soon), which would require the Pennsylvania Department of Education to inventory workforce development programs offered at secondary and postsecondary institutions.
o House Bill 395 (to be introduced soon), which would require CTE programs to establish occupational advisory committees.
o House Bill 396 (to be introduced soon), which would add at least one member from a Career and Technical Center to each Workforce Development Board.
o House Bill 522, which would create a CTE investment incentive program, including tax credits for contributions to support CTE programs and enrollment expansion programs.

These bills are designed to increase awareness of job-training opportunities and high-demand careers for students.

Supreme Court Responds to House Pressure, Delays Venue Rule Change
Seeking to prevent a health care crisis in Pennsylvania, physicians, administrators, attorneys and industry professionals told members of the House Majority Policy Committee last week that the Pennsylvania Supreme Court should not change a rule dealing with medical malpractice lawsuits. Shortly after the hearing concluded, the Supreme Court decided to postpone its consideration until a study on the impact of the rule change is conducted later this year.

The pending proposal would reverse a rule that requires malpractice cases be brought in the county where the malpractice occurred, thereby prohibiting “shopping” for venues, such as Philadelphia, where jury awards tend to be higher.

Reversing the rule would also reverse progress that has been made to ensure access for all Pennsylvanians, regardless of ZIP code, to quality health care. Prior to the rule’s implementation, skyrocketing malpractice insurance rates were forcing many doctors and specialists to retire early or move their practices out of state. Rural areas were hit especially hard, and a reversal of this rule could again put health care into a crisis situation.

Residents can continue to do their part to ensure their voices are heard by visiting PAGOPPolicy.com and sharing with the court how such a rule change could impact their health care.

Improving the Do-Not-Call List
Helping Pennsylvanians cut down on the number of telemarketing calls they receive is the goal of House Bill 318, which was passed this week.

HB 318, "Changes to Do Not Call List," amends the Telemarketer Registration Act to allow consumers to remain on the "Do Not Call List" without having to re-register every five years.

It also requires robocalls to provide an opt-out at the beginning of the call. This legislation covers business numbers in addition to residential and mobile subscribers.

HB318 now heads to the Senate.
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