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103rd Farm Show Kicks off Jan. 5
Celebrating one of Pennsylvania’s top industries, the Pennsylvania Farm Show near Harrisburg will kick off Saturday, Jan. 5. The show will run through Saturday, Jan. 12.

The Farm Show, which features 6,000 animals, 10,000 competitive exhibits and 300 commercial exhibitors, emphasizes the importance of agriculture in daily life, highlights the latest in ag technology and advancements, and offers attractions for all ages.

Admission to the show is free, but parking is $15 per vehicle. Shuttle service is provided.

For all the latest news about the Farm Show, follow it on Facebook or visit farmshow.pa.gov.

If you’re participating in or attending the Farm Show, take your camera or phone along and snap some photos. You can share your memories and photos on my Facebook page at facebook.com/events/261432737845317/. And when you’re posting the photos, don’t forget to insert the hashtag #PAFS19

Having a good time with constituents at the 2017 PA Farm Show.

Ready to Get to Work in New House Session
On Tuesday, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives convened so that the oath of office could be administered to House members. The House is now comprised of 110 Republicans and 91 Democrats, including 43 first-term members. There are two vacancies.

On swearing-in day, the House also unanimously selected Rep. Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny) as speaker of the House for the third consecutive session. The day also included certification of election results and adoption of rules that will govern the chamber.

Keep up with the latest news from the Capitol and the district by following my website at lyndaculver.com/ and my Facebook page.


REAL ID Pre-Verification Event Jan. 15
I will be hosting a REAL ID Pre-Verification event along with a PennDOT REAL ID Mobile Verification Unit (also known as a REAL ID Pop-Up), which allows customers to pre-verify for REAL ID at select community events without visiting a PennDOT Driver License Center. The unit is a mobile driver licensing workstation staffed by PennDOT Driver Licensing employees.

The event will be held Tuesday, Jan. 15 from 5-8 p.m. at the Lackawanna College Sunbury Center, located at 1145 N. 4th St. in Sunbury.

Customers can bring the required REAL ID documentation to a REAL ID Pop-Up event and PennDOT staff will scan the documents to the customer’s driver record and mark it as “REAL ID Eligible.” Then, when REAL IDs are available in March 2019, these customers can apply for their REAL ID online, pay the applicable fees, and it will be mailed to them directly within 10 business days… no need to visit a PennDOT Driver License Center!

Don’t forget to bring original versions or certified copies of the following documents: Proof of identity (birth certificate or valid U.S. Passport), proof of Social Security Number, proof of all legal name changes, two proofs of current, physical PA address.

Additional information about acceptable documentation is available on PennDOT’s REAL ID Document Check webpage.


Increased Funding to Aid Ambulance Services
Ambulance companies across Pennsylvania will see a much-needed increase in Medicaid reimbursement rates this year.

Approved as part of the 2018-19 budget, reimbursement rates have increased from $200 to not less than $300 for Advanced Life Support (ALS) services and from $120 to $180 for Basic Life Support (BLS) services, effective Jan. 1.

The increases, to be funded by $4 million in state funds and approximately $8 million in federal matching funds, are necessary to help meet growing costs faced by the Commonwealth’s emergency medical service providers. It is the first increase since 2004.

To further support these life-saving services, another new law, Act 103 of 2018, requires both private insurers and Medicaid to reimburse for treatment provided regardless of whether transport takes place. This is a common occurrence with patients suffering with diabetes as well as for drug overdose calls.

Additional initiatives to shore up the state’s fire and emergency response organizations were outlined in a recent report released under Senate Resolution 6 of 2017. The report includes 92 concepts incorporated into 27 recommendations to address challenges in the fire and EMS communities, with most of them focused on staffing, funding and training needs.

You can read the commission’s report here.

PennDOT Work Zone Safety Statewide Contest for Students
The deadline for students to submit ideas for the department’s Innovations Challenge is extended to Jan. 25, 2019.

Students in grades 9 – 12 are invited to explore innovative technologies and methods – aside from laws and educational campaigns – to get drivers to slow down in work zones. The Innovations Challenge aims to educate students on challenges the department faces and encourage them to consider PennDOT as a future employer.

The department will choose regional winners who will then compete in Harrisburg at the statewide level in April 2019.

For complete Innovations Challenge details, visit penndot.gov/innovation.
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