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District Office
Carriage House Square
2785 Route 115, Suite 103
Effort, PA 18330
Phone: (570) 620-4341
Fax: (570) 620-4349

Tobyhanna Township Building
105 Government Center Way
Pocono Pines, PA 18350
Phone: (570) 643-7683

Capitol Office

Room 423, Irvis Office Building
PO Box 202176
Harrisburg PA 17120-2176
Phone: (717) 787-7732
Preventing Fraudulent Use of Welfare Benefits
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Preventing Fraudulent Use of Welfare Benefits
To help prevent the fraudulent use of public assistance benefits, the House passed legislation this week to further crack down on welfare fraud by requiring proper documentation of citizenship and residency when applying for local and state benefits.

Under House Bill 1095, individuals who apply for benefits directly must provide an acceptable form of identification, or an affidavit certifying their citizenship. The bill would not change any eligibility criteria for the receipt of public benefits. It merely would update Pennsylvania law to ensure compliance with federal law.

The bill would also prohibit individuals from possessing multiple ACCESS cards. Any person who violates this prohibition would be charged with a third-degree felony.

House Bill 1095 now goes to the state Senate.

House Finance Committee Discusses County Wide Reassessments


On Thursday, the House Finance Committee held a hearing to discuss county-wide reassessments at the Chestnuthill Township Building in Brodheadsville. The committee discussed reforming the reassessment process, how reassessments are done across the state, and my legislation, House Bill 1408, which would limit the amount property taxes could go up in a year because of a county-wide reassessment.

I would like to thank Reps. Marcia Hahn, Mike Peifer, Aaron Kaufer, Fred Keller, Rosemary Brown, Sid Michaels Kavulich, Chairman Bernie O’Neill, Stephen Bloom, Mary Jo Daley and John Lawrence for attending this hearing. I would also like to thank the Chestnuthill Township supervisors and staff for hosting the committee.

Celebrate PA Manufacturers
Pennsylvania Manufacturing Week will be observed Sept. 30 through Oct. 6, and will recognize the vital role manufacturers play in our state’s economy and the variety of job opportunities and career paths open to the next generation of Pennsylvania’s workforce.

In total, manufacturing has an economic impact of $84 billion in Pennsylvania, and we are home to the eighth largest manufacturing industry in the United States.

Throughout the week, Pennsylvania manufacturers and partners will hold events to give students and their families an inside look at today’s modern manufacturing. The weeklong celebration will conclude with National Manufacturing Day on Oct. 6. More information about the industry and events are available here.

Pennsylvania Manufacturing Week and Manufacturing Day are part of a movement to build positive perceptions about manufacturing, draw attention to the variety of career opportunities available, and highlight the industry’s important contributions to our economy.

In helping to promote manufacturing, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives has spearheaded a new law to allow career and technical students to demonstrate proficiency on exams developed by the National Occupational Competency Testing Institute in lieu of demonstrating proficiency on a Keystone Exam. Act 6 of 2017 gives them greater flexibility in meeting high school graduation requirements so they can be ready to enter the workforce.

September Named Childhood Cancer Awareness Month
A House resolution designating September 2017 as Childhood Cancer Awareness Month passed the House of Representatives this summer with unanimous, bipartisan support.

House Resolution 382 is intended to bring awareness to childhood cancer, to encourage young Pennsylvanians who are fighting cancer, and to honor young people who have lost their lives to childhood cancer.

The resolution also expresses gratitude to the doctors and nurses who provide special care to patients and families affected by childhood cancer and encourages all residents in this Commonwealth to join the fight against childhood cancer.

According to the American Cancer Society, childhood cancers make up less than 1 percent of all cancers diagnosed each year. An estimated 10,270 new cases are expected to be diagnosed in children under the age of 15 in the United States this year. Childhood cancer rates have been slightly increasing for the past few decades.
Because of major treatment advances in recent decades, more than 80 percent of children with cancer now survive five years or more.

Overall, this is a significant increase since the mid-1970s, when the five-year survival rate was less than 60 percent. Still, survival rates vary depending on the type of cancer and other factors.

Although pediatric cancer death rates have decreased by nearly 70 percent over the past four decades, it still remains the leading cause of death from disease among children. About 1,190 children are expected to die from cancer in 2017.

Protect Yourself from the Flu
The state Department of Health is encouraging all Pennsylvanians over 6 months of age to get a flu vaccine.

Infants and children, seniors, pregnant women and people with chronic medical conditions are especially susceptible to developing flu-related complications.

Other steps people can take to protect against the flu include: 
o Washing your hands often with soap and warm water or using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
o Covering your nose and mouth with a tissue when coughing or sneezing, and throwing any used tissues in the trash.
o Keeping your hands away from your face, and not touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
o Disinfecting frequently used surfaces like doorknobs, light switches, TV remotes or countertops.
o Avoiding contact with individuals who may have the flu. When sick, stay home until at least 24 hours after your fever goes away on its own without the use of fever-reducing medicine.

Talk to your doctor about obtaining a flu vaccine or click here for information about the flu.

AARP Seeking Volunteers
AARP is looking for volunteers to join their team this upcoming income tax season. They will provide the training and support to help you learn new skills, and you’ll get a great feeling from helping someone else!  AARP Foundation Tax-Aide provides free tax filing help to those who need it most. Call 1-888-227-7669 for more information.

Tobyhanna Township Fall Festival and Craft Show is Saturday, Oct. 7
The Tobyhanna Township Fall Festival and Craft Show is set for Saturday, Oct. 7, from noon to 4:30 p.m. at Blanche D. Price Park, 105 Government Center Way, in Pocono Pines. This is a free event with food, hay rides, live music, animals, a pumpkin patch and more.

Around Our Community 


Last week, the Northeast Pennsylvania (NEPA) Alliance held its 20th annual “Bringing the World to Northeastern Pennsylvania” event at Kalahari Resorts and Conventions in Pocono Manor.

Sen. Mario Scavello served as the keynote speaker. Businesses from NEPA met with Pennsylvania’s trade representatives from Australia, Canada, China, Czech Republic, Germany, India, Mexico, Netherlands, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom.
Businesses reported that the meetings were productive and very informative.

Hurricane Maria Relief
Many people have been asking how they can help those impacted by Hurricane Maria which has devastated Puerto Rico. Here is one option to consider.

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Capitol: Room 423, Irvis Office Building, P.O. Box 202176, Harrisburg, PA 17120-2176 | Phone: (717) 787-7732
Districts: 2785 Route 115, Suite 103, Carriage House Square, Effort, PA 18330 I Phone: (570) 620-4341
Tobyhanna Township Building, 105 Government Center Way, Pocono Pines, Pa 18350 I Phone: (570) 643-7683
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