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Friday, November 18, 2016

Capitol Update By Rep. Martin Caiser



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Capitol Update
Friday, November 18, 2016 The latest news from the State Capitol
                      
Talking Agriculture with PA Farm Bureau
                                
 
                           
 As chairman of the House Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee, I had the honor of addressing the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau earlier this week to discuss issues and challenges facing the state’s agriculture industry. We talked about everything from ag funding and environmental regulations to pension reform and property taxes. We also discussed new laws impacting agriculture, including Act 89 of 2016, which I sponsored to update the Clean and Green law by prohibiting the application of use values that result in assessments higher than fair market value. Pictured with me are Brian Dietrich and Farm Bureau President Rick Ebert.
                                                                
                                         
 
Outreach Hours Set for Dec. 1
                                          
To help ensure access to state government information and services, I will hold outreach office hours at the following locations on Thursday, Dec. 1:
  • Emporium Borough Office – 9-10 a.m.
  • Port Allegany Borough Office – 11 a.m. to noon.
Services available include assistance with any state-related issues or concerns, driver license and vehicle registration applications, and applications for various state programs, such as the senior citizen Property Tax/Rent Rebate and PACE/PACENET prescription drug assistance programs.

As always, you are welcome to stop by my offices in Bradford (78 Main St., first floor), Coudersport (107 S. Main St., Room 1) or Kane (55 Fraley St.) Monday through Friday, or visit my website at RepCauser.com or my Facebook page at Facebook.com/RepCauser for the latest news from state government.
                                                          
                                           
 
Property Tax/Rent Rebate Deadline Nears
                           
Homeowners and renters who have not yet applied for the state’s 2015 Property Tax/Rent Rebate program have until Dec. 31 to do so.

Eligible participants may receive a rebate of up to $650 based on their rent or property taxes paid in 2015. 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. Complete eligibility information is available here

Residents are reminded that they need not pay a private entity for assistance in filing the forms. Copies of the forms, as well as assistance with filing them, are available at my office at no cost. Applications for the 2016 rebate program will be available in February.
                                     
                                                 
 
Flu Shot Clinics Coming Up
                                          
Concerned about catching the flu? The Department of Health has scheduled several flu shot clinics in the area to provide flu vaccines at reduced or no cost for uninsured/underinsured adults, as well as children through 18 years of age who are uninsured, underinsured or Medicaid eligible. The cost is $5 per person for individuals and families who fall above income guidelines; however, no one will be turned away for an inability to pay. The schedule in our area is as follows:

  • McKean County: Wednesday, Dec. 7, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., McKean County State Health Center, 84-90 Boylston St., Bradford. Call 814-368-0426 for an appointment.
  • Potter County: Thursday, Dec. 8, 10 a.m. to noon and 1-3 p.m., Potter County State Health Center, 295 Route 6W, Suite 1, Coudersport. Call 570-274-3626 for an appointment.
  • Cameron County: None scheduled in Cameron County; however, a clinic will be held in St. Marys on Tuesday, Dec. 6, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Elk County State Health Center, 778 Washington St., St. Marys. Call 814-834-5351 for an appointment.
The Department of Health is encouraging all Pennsylvanians over six months of age to get a flu vaccine. Infants and children, seniors, pregnant women and people with chronic medical conditions are especially susceptible to developing flu-related complications.
                                     
                                     
 
Safety Tips for this Hunting Season

                                 
As you prepare to head out to our fields and forests, be sure to keep safety in mind. The Pennsylvania Game Commission offers these important tips:

Basic Safety
  • Positively identify the target – Be sure you are shooting at legal game and not another hunter. And never shoot at sounds or movement.
  • Know your zone of fire and never shoot at game moving between you and someone else.
  • Wear the mandated amount of fluorescent orange clothing and use layers of clothing that wick moisture, insulate and block wind or rain to help keep you safe and comfortable.
  • Let someone know where you are hunting and when you will return. They should alert authorities if you do not return at the appointed time.
  • Carry a basic survival kit and know how to use it.
Firearms Safety
  • Handle all firearms as if they’re loaded. Never assume they are unloaded and double check to be sure.
  • Always point the muzzle in a safe direction and don’t put your finger on the trigger until you are ready to shoot.
  • Unload and place your firearm on the ground before crossing a fence, log or other obstacle, or climbing a tree.
  • Shoot only when a safe and adequate backstop exists. Don’t shoot at hard, flat surfaces, water, or a target on the horizon.
                     
For more information, visit the Pennsylvania Game Commission website at www.pgc.pa.gov.
                           
                                
Happy Thanksgiving!

Wishing you and your loved ones a blessed Thanksgiving!
                     
 

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