Senior citizens and their family
members and caregivers are once again invited to the annual Senior
Citizens Expo in Roulette on Friday, Oct. 7. The free event will be held
from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Roulette Fire Hall, 12 Riverside Drive.
The event offers access to a wealth
of valuable information about issues such as health care, insurance,
nutrition and exercise, fire safety, financial planning, fraud
protection, government services and more, all in one convenient
location. Health screenings will also be offered, and door prizes will
be awarded. Lunch will be provided for all attendees and exhibitors.
I hope to see you there!
Continuing the Fight Against Opioid Abuse
With the impact of opioid and heroin
addiction and overdose continuing to spread across the Commonwealth,
Gov. Tom Wolf addressed a joint session of the General Assembly this
The House has already acted upon
several measures being encouraged by the governor, including bills
designed to improve prescribing practices, limit the supply of opioids
and ensure a better way to properly dispose of the drugs. Other measures
coming before the House would involve continuing education for doctors
and pharmacists and written consent from parents before opioids could be
prescribed to a minor.
In addition to the joint session,
the House Children and Youth Committee learned more about the impact
this crisis is having on infants born dependent upon opioids and
children of parents and other caregivers who are addicted.
House Committee Endorses Collective Bargaining Bill
The House State Government Committee
this week gave its approval to legislation that would allow the General
Assembly to rescind collective bargaining agreements that are
negotiated between the Office of the Governor and the unions
representing state employees.
Currently, the General Assembly has
no defined power with respect to such agreements, even though the cost
of new contracts can have a profound impact on the state’s finances and
may not be in the best interests of the Commonwealth and its residents.
The legislation, House Bill 2289,
would outline a set of actions which could be taken in such
circumstances to nullify an agreement. The bill now goes to the full
House for consideration.
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