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Congratulations to Jordan Berger, a Lewisburg resident who is graduating from Bucknell University this spring, for being chosen to participate in the Undergraduate Research at the Capitol program in April. Jordan conducted research on e-cigarette emissions and assembled a poster to demonstrate the results of his research. Sen. Gene Yaw and I were impressed with Jordan and his work. I wish him well after graduation!
Supporting Your Second Amendment Rights

Pennsylvania gun owners would be protected against locally enacted restrictions on guns and ammunition under legislation approved in the state House recently.

Although it is already against state law for local governments to pass their own gun ordinances, some have done so anyway. This is a violation of state law, but more importantly, it is a violation of our citizens’ rights, which are guaranteed in both the United States and Pennsylvania constitutions.

House Bill 671 aims to deter these illegal ordinances by requiring local governments that enact them to reimburse reasonable attorneys fees and costs related to any successful lawsuit challenging the illegal ordinance. The bill requires fair notice to the local jurisdiction, requiring 60 days written notice so it has time to voluntarily repeal its offending ordinance.

The bill now goes to the Senate for consideration.
PA Wants More Choices, Convenience

Building on the success of recent reforms that have opened the private marketplace to sell wine in Pennsylvania, the House approved a four-bill package this week to expand those opportunities.

The bills would establish licenses for retail stores to sell wine and spirits; authorize licensees with seating capacities to sell spirits in addition to wine; and allow private wine retailers and importers to have more control over the supply, delivery and pricing of wine.

The reforms are designed to gradually dismantle the archaic system of the state selling alcohol and provide more opportunities for the private sector, along with raising hundreds of millions in much-needed state revenue.

The bills go to the Senate for review.
Veterans Assistance Available at Mifflinburg Office

Dan Falls, a veterans field service officer with the American Legion, will be available at the Mifflinburg office on Wednesday, May 24, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. He will assist veterans with services such as compensation, education, pension, health care and death benefits.

Appointments are required and may be made by calling the office at 570-966-0052 or 570-837-0052. Veterans need not be a member of the American Legion to use the service.

Falls will be available at the office on the last Wednesday of each month.
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