Mar. 29, 2019

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Time to Dig Out the Rod and Reel!
Spring has arrived and fishing season is not far behind! The statewide opening day of trout season is coming up on Saturday, April 13, but if you want to head south or east of us, the regional opening day of trout season is THIS SATURDAY, March 30. Click here for more information about counties included in the regional trout opening day.

Of course, before you can fish anywhere, be sure to purchase your fishing license. They are available at more than 700 issuing agents across the state and at county treasurers’ offices. The price of a resident fishing license this year is $22.90. The most popular add-ons, a trout-salmon stamp and a Lake Erie permit, cost $9.90 each, or $15.90 for a combination permit.

New this year are several voluntary permits anglers can purchase to provide financial support to specific programs or projects. The voluntary permits include: bass ($11.90); musky ($11.90); habitat/waterways conservation permit ($11.90); and wild trout and enhanced waters permit ($26.90). The prices listed are for annual permits; however, the voluntary permits may also be purchased for a period of three years, five years or 10 years. Click here for details about how funds generated by the sale of the permits will be used.

For more information about fishing in PA, visit

Take Your Little Ones Fishing! April 6 is Youth Fishing Day
Youth anglers and their adult mentors can get an early start fishing on the statewide Mentored Youth Trout Day on ALL Commission-stocked waters managed under Commonwealth inland regulations on Saturday, April 6, 2019.

To participate:
• Adult anglers (16 years of age or older) must possess a valid PA fishing license and a current trout/salmon permit and be accompanied by a youth angler (less than 16 years of age) who has a Mentored Youth Fishing Permit or Voluntary Youth Fishing License.
• Youth anglers must possess a FREE Mentored Youth Fishing Permit or a Voluntary Youth Fishing License ($2.90 cost).
• A youth angler must be accompanied by an adult angler when participating.

When fishing:
• The minimum size for trout is 7 inches long.
• The creel limit will be 2 trout (combined species) per licensed youth.
• Adults are NOT permitted to harvest fish.
• All other Commonwealth inland regulations apply. For more information, please visit the PFBC webpage on regulations HERE.
• Be sure to visit the PFBC trout stocking webpage HERE to see which waters are stocked by the Commission.
• These days DO NOT INCLUDE special regulation waters.

For more information on Mentored Youth Trout Days and to obtain a license or permit, visit the PFBC webpage on the youth program HERE.

New Appointment to Subcommittee Chair on Highways
Last week, I was appointed by House Speaker Mike Turzai to serve as the Subcommittee Chair on Highways under the Transportation Committee for the 2019-20 Legislative Session.

Northumberland and Snyder counties have numerous transportation projects ongoing in the area, and I look forward to advocating for these projects and more for my constituents while in this role.

Setting Up Students for Career Success
Working to ensure Pennsylvania students have a diverse array of career paths from which to choose, the state House overwhelmingly approved a bipartisan package of bills designed to boost career and technical education (CTE) at schools across the Commonwealth.

The initiatives are a cornerstone of the House Republican Caucus’ #GoodJobs4PA initiative aimed at ensuring all Pennsylvanians have access to good-paying jobs and careers. Learn more about #GoodJobs4PA here

PA Manufacturers Association Applauds #GoodJobs4PA
The Pennsylvania Manufacturers’ Association praised the PA House Republican Caucus this week in an editorial for its package of bi-partisan legislation aimed at addressing the workforce readiness crisis facing the Commonwealth.

“There are more manufacturing jobs available in Pennsylvania than the qualified individuals our state’s education system is currently able to produce,” said David N. Taylor, President & CEO of the Pennsylvania Manufacturers’ Association. “These are good paying, family sustaining, meaningful, collaborative, problem-solving, highly fulfilling jobs. Without a pool of qualified, trainable workers, manufacturers will not be able to meet the demands of their customers, severely restricting Pennsylvania’s economic growth.”

You can read the full article HERE.

Keeping Vaping Products Out of the Hands of Minors
To help keep harmful vaping products out of the hands of minors, the House this week passed legislation that would add “electronic nicotine delivery systems” (ENDS) to the law that currently makes it illegal to sell tobacco products to minors and, for students, to possess or use such products on school grounds.

ENDS include, but are not limited to, e-cigarettes, JUULs and vape pens.

While the products are touted as harmless by some, medical experts have warned that the high doses of nicotine available in many products negatively affect the developing adolescent brain, and the long-term effects of inhaling vaporized chemicals is unknown.

House Bill 97 now moves to the Senate for consideration.

Ensuring Seniors Stay Eligible for PACE and PACENET
This week, the House Aging and Older Adult Services Committee approved a package of bills designed to help seniors in need continue to receive PACE and PACENET prescription drug benefits.

House Bill 754 would ensure any individual enrolled in PACE and PACENET as of Dec. 31, 2018, remains eligible if their maximum income limit is exceeded due solely to a Social Security cost-of-living adjustment.

House Bill 375 would exclude the cashing of savings bonds for seniors age 65 and older from being counted towards income when applying for lottery funded programs, including PACE and PACENET.

The final part of the package, House Bill 684, would remove the value of federal veterans’ disability payments and the value of all state service-connected payments from income eligibility calculations for the PACE and PACENET programs.

The bills now go to the full House for consideration.

How Much Do My Prescriptions Cost?
The state Department of Aging maintains a database to help consumers compare the cost of frequently used medications. The online tool updates prices weekly, lists prices by ZIP code or distance from location, includes pharmacy store details, and lists pharmacies with low-cost generics and those that match lower prices. You can learn more about the tool by clicking here or calling 1-800-835-4080.

Special Olympics PA Offering Free Sport Medical Screening
Special Olympics Pennsylvania is offering a FREE sport medical screening, called #MedFest. The event will be held Saturday, April 6, 2019 in between 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM at Penn State Sports Medicine. It will be located at 1850 E. Park Avenue, Suite 112, in State College.

To be eligible to participate, individuals must have an intellectual disability, a cognitive delay, or a development disability, that is, functional limitations in both general learning and adaptive skills.

Free transportation is available! You must register and select your time block (morning or afternoon) preference. The screening will take approximately one hour (which does not include travel time to/from the event). Once you’ve registered by FOLLOWING THIS LINK you will receive an email with the participation packet. Before arriving, the participation packet must be completed.

Should you have any questions regarding the 2019 MedFest & Special Smiles Screenings, please contact Chelsea Drob directly at or 610-630-9450 ext. 233.

Earn Extra Income While Helping Your Community
The U.S. Census Bureau is recruiting thousands of people across the country to assist with the 2020 Census count. It is hiring for a variety of temporary jobs, including census takers, recruiting assistants, office staff, and supervisory staff. To be eligible, you must be at least 18 years old, have a valid Social Security number, and be a U.S. citizen. CLICK HERE to learn more.

Have an Issue or Concern?
If you are a resident of the 108th district and need assistance with a state agency, please feel free to contact my Sunbury office at 570-286-5885 or toll free at 1-800-924-9060. One of my staff members will be more than happy to assist you.

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