Feb. 08, 2019

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Intermittent Lane Closures Next Week on Route 11/15 in Snyder County
There will be intermittent lane closures next week on Route 11/15 in Shamokin Dam Borough and Monroe Township, Snyder County, while PennDOT inspects drain pipes located along the roadway.

Weather permitting, work will be during daylight hours Tuesday, Feb. 12, through Thursday, Feb. 14.

Most work will be performed along the shoulders with minimal impacts to traffic. However, intermittent lane closures will be required during the inspections. Lane closures will only be implemented between the hours of 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Motorists should be alert and drive with caution through the work zone.

Annual Farmer’s Breakfast Feb. 22
Are you interested in how hemp is transforming Pennsylvania agriculture? Learn more about this innovative industry from Senior Lab Technician Tara Caton from the Rodale Institute, and enjoy breakfast served by members of the Christ Community United Methodist Church.

This year’s breakfast will be held Friday, Feb. 22, at 9 a.m. at the church located at 3939 Park Road in Selinsgrove. Those involved in the agriculture industry throughout the 108th District are invited to attend, and we look forward to seeing you!

This event is being sponsored by Susquehanna Community Bank.

Please call my office at (570) 286-5885 or 1-(800) 924-9060 to RSVP before Feb. 15.

Concealed Carry Law Seminar in March
On Monday, March 4 at 6 p.m., I will be hosting a Concealed Carry Law 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, Freesburg.

Snyder County District Attorney Mike Piecuch will be the main presenter and will be joined by a panel including Snyder County Sheriff John Zechman, PA 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 570-286-5885 or toll free 1-800-924-9060 as there is a limited number of seating.

State Budget Address Starts the Process

The governor delivered his budget proposal for the 2019-20 fiscal year before a joint session of the General Assembly on Tuesday.

Education funding continues to be a priority in the Commonwealth and funding for PreK-12 education has increased by $3.4 billion since 2011.

The Legislature is committed to building the economy through a better tax and regulatory climate, as well as ensuring our students are trained for the jobs of today and tomorrow. We are equally committed to removing the barriers to employment and self-sufficiency.

The budget process continues next week with the first in a series of House Appropriations Committee hearings to delve into the details of the governor’s plan. For a schedule and live streaming of the hearings, visit pahousegop.com.

Record-Setting Year for PA 529 College and Career Savings Program
As the House begins its budgeting process for next year, including higher education funding, Pennsylvania families are saving more than ever to ensure their children can afford college or other post-secondary options.

In 2018, Pennsylvania families set a record by saving over $585 million to use toward future education expenses in the PA 529 College and Career Savings Program.

Through PA 529, families can choose from two plans. The PA 529 Guaranteed Savings Plan (GSP) allows families to save for post-secondary education at today’s rate, and the PA 529 Investment Plan (IP) allows families to choose how their contributions are invested from a list of 16 options.

You can learn more about the 529 program at pa529.com or call 1-800-440-4000.

Streamlining Medication Process for Patients and Seniors

The House is continuing their commitment to ensuring the health and welfare of seniors and patients with chronic conditions by making it easier to adhere to their medication schedules.

This week lawmakers passed House Bill 195, which ensures patients can synchronize their medications in order to receive refills on the same day each month, instead of having to make multiple visits to the pharmacy.

This commonsense legislation would put Pennsylvania in line with Medicaid Part D, the PACE Program, and 35 other states that allow medication synchronization.

The bill now goes to the Senate for consideration.

Trout Stocking Schedule Now Available
Start planning for this year’s fishing season with the PA Fish and Boat Commission’s 2019 Trout Stocking Schedule.

More than 700 streams and 120 lakes will be stocked with nearly 3.2 million adult trout in Pennsylvania rivers and streams that are open to the public for fishing.

About 53 percent of the trout are stocked prior to opening day, 43 percent are stocked between opening day and the end of May, and the remaining 4 percent are stocked from October through February of the following year. Opening Day of trout season will be Saturday, March 30, for Pennsylvania’s southeastern counties. The rest of the state will open on Saturday, April 13.

Copies of the trout stocking schedules, including a searchable database, can be found online at PFBC website or the PFBC’s “FishBoatPA” mobile app.
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