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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 my website. Seating is limited.

Student Art Open House in Sunbury
Please come out and join me at an art showcase featuring the creative works of local schools and art centers in Northumberland and Snyder counties! I will be hosting a Student Art Open House on Thursday, March 14 from 4 – 6 p.m. at 106 Arch St., in Sunbury.

The event is being sponsored by Service 1st Federal Credit Union. Refreshments will be prepared and served by SUN Area Technical Institute Food Service students.

For more information, call my district office at 570-286-5885, or toll free at 1-800-924-9060.

Triangle Tech Graduation




On Feb. 14, I had the pleasure of speaking at the graduation ceremony for Triangle Tech in Sunbury. This institution has helped provide so many in our area with a family-sustaining job, and we are proud to see it grow and expand elsewhere in Pennsylvania. Congratulations again to those students who earned degrees and certifications for trade professions!

Duke Street Reconstruction Project Restart
Work on the Duke Street Reconstruction Project in Northumberland Borough, Northumberland County, is set to restart on Friday, March 1.

The contractor, New Enterprise Stone and Lime Co., Inc., will begin excavation on the northbound lane of Route 11 (Water Street) from the railroad underpass toward King Street.

A detour will be in effect for Duke Street beginning Friday, March 1. Route 147 northbound traffic will use Water Street to Orange Street to 3rd Street. Route 147 southbound traffic will use Duke Street to 2nd Street to King Street. Parking will be restricted on the detour route in the direction of the detoured traffic. The detour will remain in place until the end of June.

A truck detour remains in place for all trucks over 36 feet in length.

Work will continue on Route 11 under the railroad bridge. The contractor is Kriger Construction, Inc.

The contractor will be working on the right side of Front Street. Prince Street will be closed at the intersection with Front Street. A parking restriction will be in place.

For more information on the Duke Street project, go to

PennDOT Announces Motorcycle Training Available Soon
From now through October, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation offers an exciting line of Pennsylvania Motorcycle Safety Program (PAMSP) clinics focusing on developing operator proficiency free-of-charge to prospective, experienced, and new Pennsylvania riders who have a motorcycle learner’s permit or motorcycle license. Registration for the 2019 training season is now open.

For more information or to enroll in a clinic, visit or call 1-800-845-9533. Potential riders who want a convenient way to study for their knowledge test can download the PA Motorcycle Practice Test app by visiting and searching the mobile apps for the Pennsylvania Motorcycle License Practice Test by clicking on the Apps link at the bottom of the page.

Protecting the Rights of Crime Victims
Understanding the struggle many crime victims face when seeking justice, lawmakers have been working to advance a package of bills designed to protect the rights of crime victims.

Last week, the House Judiciary Committee approved five bills for consideration by the full House. The package includes:

o House Bill 276, a joint resolution known as Marsy’s Law, would add a victims bill of rights to the Pennsylvania Constitution.
o House Bill 502 would ensure victims can attend proceedings against their abusers.
o House Bill 503 would help victims and witnesses with intellectual disabilities or autism testify in court.
o House Bill 504 would shield rape victims from irrelevant cross examination.
o House Bill 505 would strengthen protections for young abuse victims.

Just as those accused of a crime have certain rights, House Republicans are ensuring crime victims are treated with dignity and respect throughout the entire criminal justice process.

Free Admission at Several Local Museums
To help the Commonwealth celebrate its 338th birthday on Charter Day, the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission (PHMC) will offer free admission to the State Museum in Harrisburg and many historic sites and museums along the Pennsylvania Trails of History on Sunday, March 10. One of the sites participating is the local Joseph Priestley House in Northumberland.

Charter Day celebrates the founding of the Commonwealth and gives visitors to The State Museum of Pennsylvania a rare opportunity to see the original Charter of Pennsylvania written in 1681. The document will be on display until 1 p.m. Friday, March 15.

For a complete list of the participating museums and historic sites in this year’s celebration, click here

Budget Hearings Continue
The second full week of budget hearings wrapped up on Thursday, with members of the House Appropriations Committee asking agency and department officials a variety of questions about executive functions, programs and efficiencies. These questions, along with submitted written testimony, will serve as the foundation for budget negotiations this spring.

This week’s hearings featured the Pennsylvania State Police, as well as the departments of Transportation (PennDOT), Corrections, General Services, Health, and Drug and Alcohol Programs, as well as the Liquor Control Board and the Gaming Control Board.

Next week concludes the House’s budget hearings with appearances by the departments of Education, Agriculture, and Military and Veterans Affairs, as well as the Public School Employees’ Retirement System and State Employees’ Retirement System.

The full schedule is available here. The site also includes links to video of the archived hearings once available. 


This week I questioned Department of Human Services officials during Appropriations hearings about the possible increase in child care costs if the administration’s minimum wage hike proposal were to be implemented.


At a recent House Appropriations Labor and Industry hearing, I questioned Secretary Gerard Oleksiak of the department about empowering disabled youth toward self-sufficiency.
Bill to Save on State Pensions

Last week, the House passed House Bill 60 to prohibit future hires of the Susquehanna River Basin Commission (SRBC), which serves three states, from participating in the State Employees’ Retirement System (SERS).

The SRBC was created by federal law in 1970 that also was adopted by the legislatures of Maryland, New York and Pennsylvania.

According to the Independent Fiscal Office – a non-partisan entity created to provide unbiased information to the state Legislature – there were 65 employees of the SRBC who were active, contributing members of SERS in 2017.

The bill now moves to the Senate for consideration.
PennDOT to Start Issuing REAL IDs

Effective today, PennDOT will begin issuing REAL IDs.
A federally accepted form of identification must be used as identification to board a commercial flight or visit a secure federal building starting Oct. 1, 2020. A Pennsylvania REAL ID will fulfill this requirement, as will a U.S. Passport.

Under state law, REAL ID is optional for Pennsylvania residents. PennDOT will continue to offer standard-issue driver’s licenses and photo IDs.

Pennsylvanians who have pre-verified their required documentation for obtaining a REAL ID may apply online to receive it without visiting a driver license center. PennDOT has indicated those IDs will be mailed out to recipients in 10 business days.

Residents who have not pre-verified but wish to obtain a REAL ID will be required to bring original versions or certified copies of the following documents for verification to a local driver license center:

o Proof of identity, such as an original or certified copy of your birth certificate with a raised or embossed seal, or a valid U.S. passport or passport card. Birth certificates with a sticker rather than an embossed seal will not be accepted.
o Proof of Social Security number by providing your Social Security card. The name on the card must match the name on your current driver license or photo identification card.
o Proof of legal name changes, such as marriage certificates or court orders issued by a family court. You must have documentation to show all name changes from your original name on your birth certificate to your current name. Valid U.S. passports or passport cards are also acceptable.
o Proof of current, physical address, such as your current, unexpired driver license or state issued ID card, vehicle registration or utility bill. TWO forms of proof must be provided.

More information about REAL ID in Pennsylvania, including frequently asked questions and additional guidelines on documents required for REAL ID, can be found at For additional information, please call my office at 570-286-5885, or toll free at 1-800-924-9060.
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