Jan. 13, 2017

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#Listrak\DateStampLong# The latest news from the State Capitol

LIHEAP Can Help with Home Energy Bills

 
Residents who are struggling with their home heating bills can apply for assistance from the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) this winter.

LIHEAP is a federally funded program that helps individuals and families pay their heating bills through home heating energy assistance grants. It also provides crisis grants to help in the event of an emergency or if a resident is in danger of losing his or her heat due to broken equipment, lack of fuel or termination of utility service.

The income eligibility guidelines for LIHEAP are set at 150 percent of the federal poverty level income. For an individual, the income limit is $17,820; for a couple, the limit is $24,030; and for a family of four, it is $36,450.

Residents may apply for LIHEAP online or by contacting the County Assistance Office in their county of residence. Click here for details.
 
 
Testing Your Home for Radon

 
As part of national Radon Action Month in January, the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) reminds residents that radon – a colorless, odorless, and radioactive gas -- is a known human carcinogen and the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States.

Radon occurs naturally from the breakdown of uranium in soil and rocks and enters homes through cracks in the foundation or other openings. Due to its geology, Pennsylvania is prone to high radon levels, and has been detected in all 67 counties, with about 40 percent of homes having levels above national safety standards.

Winter is an ideal time to test, because doors and windows are generally closed, producing the most conservative results. High levels of radon tend to be found in basements, but the gas can be found anywhere in the home. Simple radon test kits are inexpensive and available at home improvement and hardware stores.

For more information on radon, testing and daily tips, visit here.
 
Beer Sales Changes Start Saturday

 
Under a new law aimed at improving customer convenience, consumers will be able to buy six-packs and refillable growlers at the state’s beer distributorships this Saturday.

The law also allows retail licensees to start selling on Sundays at 9 a.m. instead of 11 a.m.; permits a person licensed by another state to apply for a “malt or brewed beverage shipper license,” which allows the direct shipment of up to 192 fluid ounces of beer to be delivered to a customer per month, though only 96 fluid ounces of a specific brand of beer may be shipped per year to an adult resident; and allows liquor to be sold (in shatterproof containers) before, during and after professional and amateur athletic events in the same manner that is currently permitted for the sale of malt or brewed beverages.

The new law is the latest in a series of steps taken by lawmakers to make beer, wine and liquor sales more convenient to consumers. Other recent changes allowed the sale of wine at approved grocery stores.
 
 
Congratulations, Patty Fretz

Last weekend, I attended a retirement celebration for Patty Fretz. Patty worked at the Monroe County Area Agency on Aging for over 40 years and has been the director since 2006. During that time Patty has been a strong advocate for the elderly population in this county. I wish Patty and her husband well in retirement. Pictured with me are Kristine Bush, district director for Sen. Mario Scavello; Patty Fretz, director of the Aging Office; and Rep. Rosemary Brown.
 
 
Prepare Now for Driving in Winter Weather

 
Motorists are being encouraged to prepare their vehicles and take time to familiarize themselves with winter safety laws as part of Winter Driving Awareness Week.

Drivers should plan and prepare their vehicles ahead of time, as weather patterns can change rapidly. Drivers should frequently check all fluid levels, lights and wiper blades. Tires should also be examined often for the correct level of air pressure and adequate tire-tread depth to perform on ice and snow. Finally, the traveling public should also prepare or restock a vehicle emergency kit.

All vehicles should be fully clear of ice and snow before winter travel. If snow or ice is dislodged or falls from a moving vehicle and strikes another vehicle or pedestrian causing death or serious bodily injury, the operator of that vehicle could receive a $200 to $1,000 fine.

When winter weather does occur, drivers should be extra cautious around operating snow-removal equipment.

For more detailed tips on winter weather emergency preparedness, click here.  
 
 
Out and About in the 176th

Henri G. Alexandre, the postmaster at the Effort Post Office, visited our Effort district office this week.

My district offices are here to help you. Services my staff and I provide include:

• Driver’s license and vehicle registration applications and renewals
• Assistance with PennDOT paperwork (lost cards, changes, corrections, special registration plates, vanity plates, and temporary placards for disabled persons)
• PACE and PACENET applications for seniors
• Property Tax and Rent Rebate applications
• Voter registration forms and absentee ballot applications
• State tax forms
• Student aid applications
• Free state maps, state park information, and PA Vacation Guides
• Copies of legislation
• Tours of the State Capitol
• Referrals to agencies to resolve state-related matters

If you need help with any of the above or with any other state-related matter, please do not hesitate to call my Effort district office at 570-620-4341 or my Pocono Pines district office at 570-643-7683.
 
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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
Email: jrader@pahousegop.com
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