May. 03, 2019

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Safety Grants Awarded to Schools in 108th District
School districts in the 108th District have been awarded $494,117 in grants via the School Safety and Security Grant Program. These funds will be used to create a safer learning environment for our students, allowing them to learn to their full potential.

The school districts and their respective awards are as follows:

• Selinsgrove Area School District - $440,000.
• Warrior Run School District - $54,117.

The School Safety and Security Grant Program was created by lawmakers last year to provide grants to school districts, intermediate units, area vocational-technical schools, charter schools and private residential rehabilitative institutions for a wide variety of projects to improve school safety.

Eligible uses for the grants include hiring school security officers, purchasing security-related technology, completing safety and security assessments, implementing violence prevention curricula, offering counseling services for students, and creating other programs to protect students.

Milton Rotary Club Celebrates 100th Anniversary
The Milton Rotary Club celebrated its 100th anniversary on Wednesday, May 1 with a flag dedication ceremony in Rotary Park. Since its establishment, the Milton Rotary Club and its members have had a huge impact on the surrounding community. Some of their endeavors include donating the land for Milton State Park, founding the first Milton troop of the Boy Scouts of America, organizing the Milton Harvest Festival bicycle race and volunteering with the Panther Packs program.

The Milton Rotary Club has been an integral part of Milton and the surrounding area. They have positively impacted and enhanced the quality of life for the last century while adhering to their motto, “Service Above Self”. Thank you for your contributions to the community, and I offer my best wishes for continued growth and success for the years to come.

Dedicating a new flag pole in the Rotary Park in honor of the Milton Rotary Club’s 100th anniversary.

BUG Awards for Priestley and Beck Elementary Students
Students at two local elementary schools, Beck Elementary and Priestley Elementary, recently held ceremonies to award third grade students with awards via the Bring Up Grades (BUG) Program.

Sponsored by the Sunbury Kiwanis Club, BUG is a program designed to provide recognition to students who raise their grades and maintain or continue to raise them from one grading period to the next. Recognition includes being placed on the school’s BUG Honor Roll; and presentation of certificates, pencils and buttons.

Through this program, students are empowered to participate in their own academic success, which builds self-confidence, perseverance and character.

Student recipients of BUG awards at Beck Elementary School.

Student recipients of BUG awards at Priestley Elementary School.

PennDOT Updates Customers on Photo Licensing Services
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) has provided an update on the status of its photo licensing services.

While all photo licensing services are once again available statewide, in some cases customers processed yesterday may have received a driver’s license or identification card displaying the word “interim.” The interim product is valid for 15 days and can be used like all other driver’s license or identification card products within the valid period.

To protect against identity theft, PennDOT uses the 15-day period to ensure that a customer’s photograph does not match another photograph in its database under a different name. Customers should expect to receive their permanent product in the mail within 15 business days. If, for any reason, you do not receive your permanent product in the mail within 15 business days, please contact our Customer Call Center at 717-412-5300.

PennDOT apologizes for the inconvenience this outage has caused customers. The department will continue to provide updates as needed on social media.

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To find a PennDOT Driver’s License or Photo License Center visit and click on “Find a Location.”

Good News for PA Budget, Taxpayers
We have some great economic news to report related to the state budget!
State revenue collections are more than $828 million ahead of estimates with two months to go in the current fiscal year. But that does not mean we should be spending it all.

House and Senate Republicans came together earlier this week to stress our intention to devote much of the additional funding to building up the state’s reserves for the next “rainy day” to help ensure we can weather the next economic slowdown.

The Commonwealth’s revenue growth is the result of pro-growth policies and our commitment to standing up for taxpayers – and standing against excessive taxes and spending.

We will continue that commitment through this year’s budget negotiations. A final 2019-20 state budget is due by June 30.

Find further details on Pennsylvania’s revenues here.

Watch the press conference here.

Government Done Right – Pennsylvania Needs an Upgrade
House Republicans are devoting the month of May to giving our state government a long-overdue upgrade.

Having “government done right” means upgrading to a more effective and efficient government while providing core services. It means repealing out-of-date laws, reexamining the effectiveness of some state boards and commissions, and putting a stop to the red tape and overregulation that has tied the hands of job creators and hampered economic progress.

We kicked off the effort this week by passing House Bill 762 to require state agencies to designate a regulatory compliance officer to facilitate better understanding of new and existing regulations and boost compliance rates among affected businesses.

We also passed House Bill 509, which would boost transparency in the permitting process by requiring agencies to post information online and create an accessible tracking system for applicants to check the status of their applications.

Finally, we started a spring cleaning of sorts to get rid of some our most outdated, irrelevant laws. These include measures that regulate when things can or cannot happen on Sundays, such as movie times, baseball and football games and even playing music. Other laws we are working to repeal include antiquated sections of our Public School Code and the Scotland School for Veterans’ Children, which closed in 2009.

You can read more about what we are doing to improve Pennsylvania’s government here.

Prevent Lyme: Check for Ticks
With May designated as Lyme Disease Awareness Month in Pennsylvania, individuals who spend time outdoors should check themselves for ticks and be aware of the symptoms of Lyme disease and other tick-related ailments.

The first line of defense against Lyme is to take precautions in the outdoors by using insect repellent with DEET, wearing long-sleeved shirts and long pants, checking for – and promptly and properly removing – any ticks, and showering shortly after exposure.

If bitten, an individual should monitor the area for the next month. Symptoms of Lyme disease include fever, fatigue, headache, muscle aches, joint pain, a bull’s eye rash may appear, and other symptoms that can be mistaken for viral infections, such as influenza or infectious mononucleosis.

Pennsylvania has led the nation in confirmed cases of Lyme disease for three straight years.

Last year, a $500,000 grant was provided to East Stroudsburg University (ESU) to allow all Pennsylvania residents to have ticks (found on them or a family member) tested for free by the university. The Tick Lab is located within the Dr. Jane Huffman Wildlife Genetics Institute at ESU. Click here to access the Tick Lab website with all the details.

For tips about how to protect yourself from Lyme disease, click here.

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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