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|Iíll be holding my annual Kidís Extravaganza this Saturday,
June 27 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the CCBC Dome. There will be tons
of fun for kids, including face painting, raffle prizes including 2
kids Huffy bikes, Iceburgh from the Pittsburgh Penguins, and
beneficial programs and information for parents and guardians.
Nearly $4.6 million in Marcellus Shale revenue coming
to 47th District
A total of $4,587,903 in Marcellus Shale impact fee revenue will be
distributed to counties and municipalities in the 47th Senatorial
Counties and municipalities in the 47th District will receive the
- Beaver County and municipalities in the 47th District ó
$830,249 ($886,379 total)
- Butler County and municipalities in the 47th District ó
$2,675,468 ($5,658,821 total)
- Lawrence County ó $1,082,186
Under the Marcellus Shale Impact Fee legislation,
Act 13 of 2012, the Public Utility Commission collects and
distribution of impact fees. The PUC is required to distribute the collected
impact fee revenue for 2014 to counties and municipalities. More information
regarding the Act 13 revenue collections can be found on the new
PUC interactive website.
Act 13 imposed a reasonable fee on drillers and uses those revenues for
environmental protection efforts and to assist local and county governments most
directly impacted by the drilling operations. This is a boost for the counties
in the 47th District and probably even more so for the local
municipalities. This industry is providing jobs and economic opportunities that
are also important to our regional economy.
Background on Act 13 Revenue Distribution
The impact fee legislation requires that approximately $25.5
million of the annual revenue go to state agencies to offset the statewide
impact of drilling. These agencies include the State Conservation
Commission, County Conservation Districts, PA Fish & Boat Commission, PA
Emergency Management Agency, Office of State Fire Commissioners, PA
Department of Transportation, Natural Gas Energy Development, Housing
Affordability & Rehab Enforcement Fund, PUC and DEP.
The residual revenue will be distributed with 60 percent of
the remaining funds being sent to counties and municipalities where drilling
takes place. Counties and municipalities may utilize the funds in several
ways, including for roadways, public safety, environmental programs,
agriculture preservation and career and technical job training.
The remaining 40 percent is placed into the Marcellus Legacy
Fund which serves as funding for statewide initiatives with local impacts.
The Marcellus Legacy Fund includes the Commonwealth Financing Authority,
Environmental Stewardship Fund, Highway Bridge Improvement Fund, PENNVEST
and H2O Program and the Department of Community & Economic Development.
Click here to see a municipality by municipality breakdown of impact
Child Abuse & Criminal Background Check Fees Waived
Iím pleased to announce that fees for child abuse clearances
and criminal background checks required by the recently enacted Child
Protective Services Law will be waived for all volunteers working with
children. The fees for all other applicants have been reduced from $10 to $8
for both the child abuse and criminal record checks.
In the past few months, I have heard from a variety of
volunteer organizations and their volunteers upset with the notion of having
to pay fees in order to volunteer their own time. Iím very happy that the
General Assembly and Governorís Office were able to work together to
eliminate these onerous fees for volunteers working with children. For more
information about the Child Protective Services Law, click
here. Individuals seeking clearances can go directly to
www.compass.state.pa.us/cwis to create an individual account
and apply for their child abuse clearance electronically.
Bill Addressing Fraudulent Doctors Sent to Governor
A bill addressing individuals who fraudulently pose as
doctors is headed to the Governorís desk for his signature and enactment
Senate Bill 485, which was approved by the House of
Representatives on Tuesday, increases the criminal grading for impersonating
a doctor of medicine and providing medical treatment, from a second degree
misdemeanor to a first degree misdemeanor.
The legislation is based on a recommendation made by the
Philadelphia Grand Jury which investigated and ultimately indicted Dr.
Kermit Gosnell and other employees at his "House of Horrors" abortion
clinic. Although Gosnell was ultimately sentenced to life in prison for
murder, several of his employees, who were practicing medicine without a
proper license, received lenient sentences for their crimes. Currently,
impersonating a physician is treated the same as impersonating a notary
public or other licensed professional under Pennsylvania law.
Save a Life
Substance use disorder effects one in four families in
Pennsylvania. Seven people die every day due to drug overdose
fatalities. Pennsylvania is in the midst of one of the worst
drug-related health crisisí in history.
Nearly 80 percent of those addicted to heroin, started with
prescription opioid pain medications. Make no mistake; this is
happening to our children, mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters and
grandparents. It is a common misperception to assume that only
addicted individuals overdose from drugs. Teens who have
experimented, senior citizens whoíve unknowingly mistook their
medications, and individuals with pre-existing medical conditions
have a possibility of becoming addicted to the opioids or even
worse, accidentally overdosing.
To prevent a tragic fatal overdose, a medication called naloxone
can be administered to reverse an overdose that is caused by an
opioid drug (i.e. prescription pain medication or heroin). When
naloxone is administered during an overdose, it blocks the effects
of opioids in the brain and restores breathing within two to eight
minutes. Naloxone is safe and non-addicting.
In 2014, the Pennsylvania General Assembly passed
Davidís Law, ACT 139, which allows friends and
family to obtain naloxone and administer it to someone who is
This life-saving antidote could save the life of a loved one who
is addicted to prescription opioids or heroin. If you would like to
carry naloxone, you can do so by obtaining a prescription from your
doctor. The departmentís website offers a toolkit for individuals
interested in carry naloxone. These resources include how to talk to
your doctor, training on how to administer and other helpful
information, please click here:
NALOXONE - David's Law
The department has also reached out to pharmacies across the
state to find out who was carrying naloxone, this list can be
|Recently, I participated in the joint Environmental
Resources & Energy/Transportation Committee hearing on the safe
transportation of crude oil in PA.
Click here to watch the hearing.
Pennsylvania State Police Seeking Cadet Applicants
Applications are now being accepted for those interested in
joining the ranks of the Pennsylvania State Police. Applications will be
accepted online until June 30 for the written examination, which is the
first step in the process.
More information on careers with the State Police,
eligibility requirements and applications for the written examination can be
found and submitted online at
Following the written examination, successful candidates
will move on to the oral examination phase. A candidate's final overall
score is based on both the written and oral examinations. Those passing the
oral and written exam portions must then successfully complete a physical
fitness test, polygraph test, background investigation and medical and
psychological evaluations before appointment as a cadet.
Cadets must complete an intense 27-week training course at
the State Police Academy in Hershey before they become troopers. The
starting salary for new troopers will be $57,251 as of July 1.
Congratulations PIAA Champs Neshannock High School!
On June 12, the Neshannock High School Baseball team (20-5)
defeated Neumann-Goretti High School in a three-hit shutout by a score of
9-0 at Lubrano Park in State College to win the PIAA Double-A state title.
The win capped off a tremendous season for the Lancers who already won the
WPIAL Double-A championship this past spring. Congratulations!
PennDOT Accepting Applications for Transportation
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation is accepting applications for
grant funding through the Automated Red Light Enforcement (ARLE) Funding Program
from June 1 to 30, 2015.
The program provides transportation enhancement grants to local, regional,
and state agencies for projects that improve highway safety and mobility.
Click here for more information. For a list of eligible
Donít Let a Tick Make You Sick
Pennsylvania saw a 25 percent increase statewide in reported Lyme disease
cases in 2014 over the previous year. Lyme disease is an illness transmitted
through the bite of an infected blacklegged tick (also known as a deer tick).
Symptoms include fever, fatigue, headache, muscle aches and joint pain. A common
early symptom is a red rash that looks like a bulls-eye.
Click here for more information.
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Rochester, PA 15074-1940
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