Congratulating the Green Dragons, House Committee Assignments Announced
Updating the 85th District
#Listrak\DateStampLong# The latest news from the State Capitol
Members of the state champion Lewisburg Green Dragons soccer team visited the state Capitol on Monday, Jan. 23, where they were recognized on the floor of the state House of Representatives for their athletic achievements. This is the second state championship in a row for the players and their coaches – congratulations!   
Committee Assignments Focus on Fiscal Responsibility, Child Protection

With the 2017-18 legislative session now underway, I have been appointed to four legislative committees: Appropriations, Children and Youth, Finance, and Labor and Industry. Here’s a quick look at each committee’s responsibilities.

  • Appropriations Committee – Plays a substantial role in the adoption of the annual state budget, but also reviews and votes upon any bill that has a fiscal impact on the state.
  • Children and Youth Committee – Studies adoption and child protection issues, along with child day care services, infant/child/mother health issues, juvenile delinquency, and adolescent and teen problems. It played an integral role in previous sessions to update the state’s child protection laws and continues to monitor those laws to make any necessary updates.
  • Finance Committee – Oversees matters relating to taxation and fiscal policy, investment of the Commonwealth’s money and regulations of the Department of Revenue. In addition, it reviews legislation dealing with the operation of the Pennsylvania Lottery, as well as bills regarding the Property Tax and Rent Rebate Program and the Pharmaceutical Assistance Contract for the Elderly (PACE) Program, both of which are funded by the lottery.
  • Labor and Industry Committee – Focuses on issues impacting jobs across the state, including unemployment compensation, job training, child labor laws, workers’ compensation and the Prevailing Wage Act.
Still Time to Register for Concealed Carry Seminar 
Interested in learning more about firearms safety and rights? There’s still time to register for a Concealed Carry Seminar to be held this Monday, Jan. 30, at 6 p.m. at the Midd-West High School Auditorium, 540 Main St., Middleburg.

Presentations will be offered by the Snyder County District Attorney’s Office, Snyder County Sheriff’s Office, Pennsylvania State Police and Pennsylvania Game Commission. The presenters also will be taking questions from the audience. Information presented will be valuable both to people who have held a concealed carry license for many years and to those who recently obtained or are planning to apply for one.

Attendees are reminded that no weapons are permitted, as the event is on school property.

Due to limited space, RSVP is requested by Jan. 27. For additional information, or to RSVP, please contact the Mifflinburg office at (570) 966-0052 or (570) 837-0052, or register online at
Property Tax/Rent Rebate Applications Now Available
Applications for the 2016 Property Tax/Rent Rebate program are now available online.

The program benefits eligible Pennsylvanians who are 65 years or older, widows and widowers 50 years or older, and those 18 years or older with disabilities. Eligibility income limits are set at $15,000 for renters and $35,000 for homeowners, excluding 50 percent of Social Security, Supplemental Security Income and Railroad Retirement Tier 1 benefits.

The Property Tax/Rent Rebate program is one of many initiatives supported by the Pennsylvania Lottery, which dedicates its proceeds to support programs for older Pennsylvanians.

For more information, contact the Mifflinburg office at 570-966-0052 or 570-837-0052; stop by the office at the Mifflinburg Government Center, 343 Chestnut St., Suite 1; or visit
Veterans Registry Helps Put Vets in Touch with Services
Thousands of Pennsylvania veterans have been better connected to benefits, programs and services, thanks to an online registry launched a year ago by the Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (DMVA).

Registration is conveniently available by using a computer or mobile device and visiting The process takes just a couple of minutes and includes the registrant providing basic information such as name, age, home address, email address, etc.

Registrants can choose to have their information shared with their county director for veterans affairs and other relevant state agencies. They can also opt in to receive timely, informative emails regarding local, state and national news; program updates; community events; and employment opportunities available specifically for veterans. 
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