Feb. 24, 2017

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

Be Informed of New State Traffic Laws

With this week being observed as Highway Safety Law Awareness Week, PennDOT reminds motorists of several new highway laws.

The Child Passenger Safety law update, which went into effect in August 2016, states that children are required to be buckled into a rear-facing car seat until they are age 2 or meet the maximum weight or height requirements set by the manufacturer of the seat.

“Daniel's Law,” now in effect, increases the penalty for texting while driving resulting in serious bodily injury or death.

To improve pedestrian safety, a driver of a vehicle emerging from or entering an alley, building, private road, or driveway shall yield the right-of-way to any pedestrian approaching on any sidewalk extending across the alley, building entrance, road, or driveway. Failure to do so could lead to a fine and three points on the driver's license. It is illegal to overtake or pass a vehicle yielding to a pedestrian within a crosswalk.

Under a new law passed by the General Assembly last year, drivers convicted of a first-time offense with a blood-alcohol concentration of 0.10 percent or higher after August will be mandated to use ignition interlock for at least a year.
 
 
House Committee Examines EMS Councils, Community College Training Bills

 
Members of the House Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee held two meetings this week to discuss further efforts to efficiently deliver emergency medical services, improve fire and EMS training, and meet veterans’ needs.

Tuesday’s meeting involved a discussion of the consolidation plan for the Regional Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Council System, which is overseen by Pennsylvania Department of Health’s Bureau of EMS.

On Wednesday, the committee was updated on the Pennsylvania Military Community Enhancement Commission and discussed the fire/emergency medical services training available through community colleges.

To watch those hearings, click here.
 
 
Out and About in the 176th

Last week, the Cellular Connection celebrated its grand opening and ribbon cutting at its location in the Crossings in Tannersville. The business celebrated the opening by donating $9,000 to local charities. The charities included Pocono Alliance, VALOR Clinic and Camp Papillon Animal Shelter.

Pictured are Kristine Bush from Sen. Scavello’s office, Tyler Day from my office and employees from the Cellular Connection.

On Tuesday, I met with Abbie Hennings and Tobyhanna Township manager John J. Jablowski to discuss questions regarding the proposed ramp for Interstate 380.

I am always happy to meet with area residents in order to relay their concerns and ideas to our state agencies.

Phoenix Athletica, located on Route 940 in Pocono Summit, celebrated its grand opening on Thursday. I always enjoy welcoming new businesses to the community and I am sure residents of Tobyhanna Township will enjoy having a state-of-the-art gym in their own backyard. Congratulations and good luck!
 
 
Turnpike Commission Offering Summer Jobs

 
For this summer, the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission is accepting applications for toll, maintenance, clerical and engineering positions.

Toll collectors must be available to work any of the three shifts over a 24-hour period, including weekends and holidays. Employees will work a 40-hour week and will not receive benefits. The pay is $11.50 per hour for toll collectors and $11 per hour for other positions.

All eligible candidates must be at least 18 years of age and completed a secondary education program such as high school or GED at the time of hiring. The program is limited to 16 weeks per employee and runs between May 1 and Sept. 30.

All applications MUST be submitted online at www.paturnpike.com/employment. Copies of online applications should be sent to my Harrisburg office by Wednesday, March 22.
 
 
Monroe County Roundtable Families For Children to Offer Community Night

The Monroe County Roundtable Families for Children will hold a Community Night event at Northampton Community College’s Monroe Campus in Keystone Hall on Thursday, March 16, from 6-8:30 p.m. This is a family-friendly event with educational workshops, volunteer opportunities, information about summer camps, a kid’s exploration area and more.
 
 
Keep PA Beautiful!

 
As part of the 2017 Great American Cleanup of Pennsylvania, registration is now open to organizations that wish to organize a wide range of beautification projects.

Registered cleanup events can get free trash bags, gloves and safety vests from PennDOT district offices, while supplies last. Events can be litter cleanups, illegal dump cleanups, beautification projects, special collections and educational events.

In addition, the Department of Environmental Protection and Pennsylvania Waste Industries Association are sponsoring “Let’s Pick It Up PA – Everyday” from April 18 through May 8. During this time, trash collected at registered events can be taken to participating landfills for free or reduced-cost disposal with prior approval.

The 2017 Great American Cleanup of Pennsylvania runs from March 1 to May 31. Last year’s campaign included 6,118 events in all 67 counties with 158,821 volunteers.

To register an event, click here.
 
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