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The Weekly Roundup
Friday, August 19, 2016  The latest news from the State Capitol
Sign Up for Our Concealed Carry Seminar on Sept. 22

 

In an effort to better inform area gun owners regarding Pennsylvania’s firearm laws, I’m hosting a Concealed Carry Seminar on Thursday, Sept. 22, in East Greenville. The free event will take place from 6-8 p.m. at the East Greenville Fire Company Fire Station, 401 Washington St.

Attorney and firearm law expert Joshua Prince will conduct the seminar and answer questions.

Seating is limited. Attendees are asked to contact our district office in Red Hill at (215) 679-3152 to reserve a seat at the seminar or they can register online here.

Are You Getting More Telemarketing Calls?

If you signed up for the state’s Do-Not-Call list but are still receiving telemarketing calls, you may need to renew your registration. Under state law, registrations are only active for five years.

The Do-Not-Call list, established in 2002, has been successful in reducing solicitations to both residential and mobile numbers. However, exceptions to the law allow political candidates, charitable organizations, and entities with whom there is a business relationship to place calls to your phone number.

The House has passed legislation to make the registrations permanent, but that bill is stalled in the Senate. Many Pennsylvanians are also on the national Do-Not-Call list, and registrations on that list are permanent.

To renew your state registration or for more information, click here.

Opioid Hearings Focus on Treatment, Prevention

The second set of House Policy Committee hearings examining the opioid and heroin epidemic in Pennsylvania included discussions in Philadelphia and Bucks County this week. The emphasis was on drug treatment courts, prescribing by physicians, treatment centers, insurance coverage and the impact on children.

More than two dozen members attended the hearings in the southeast corner of the state, and asked questions of law enforcement, physicians, parents and child advocates regarding education, prevention and treatment, as a way to gauge the scope of the crisis.

The next set of hearings will be held in northeastern and southcentral Pennsylvania the week of Aug. 30. The Policy Committee will then work within the standing committees in the House to develop legislation to be considered as part of the upcoming special session this fall.

More information, including copies of testimony and links to archived video, are available here.

DEP Changes Environmental Education Grant Program 

 

To help improve the support that Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) provides for environmental education grants, DEP is increasing the range of grants available to eligible applicants. The 2017 round will include grants of up to $50,000 to applicants for larger-scale regional or statewide proposals.

These and other changes to the grant program will be outlined in a series of workshops and a webinar in September to help applicants develop successful proposals. One of those workshops will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 20, 1-3 p.m. at Pool Wildlife Sanctuary, 3701 Orchid Place, Emmaus. Learn more here.

Congratulations, Champs!

 

On Monday, it was my pleasure to present the Emmaus High School Boys Fitness Team and Head Coach George Gibbs with a House citation in recognition of their 12th national championship, which they won earlier this year. Also taking part was Rep. Ryan Mackenzie (far left)

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