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Thursday, November 10, 2016

Capitol Update by Rep. Martin Causer

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Capitol Update
Thursday, November 10, 2016 The latest news from the State Capitol
Thank you to the teachers and third-grade students at School Street Elementary for welcoming me to their school today to talk about state government. I enjoyed the opportunity to answer a variety of great questions about everything from the recent presidential election to what I like most about my job in the state legislature.
Honoring Our Veterans
This Friday, Nov. 11, take time to remember and thank the thousands of men and women who have served our country in the U.S. Armed Forces. Veterans Day, originally known as Armistice Day, first marked the one-year anniversary of the end of World War I, on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month and sought to honor the veterans of the World War – the only world war to have occurred at that time. Armistice Day was declared a national holiday in 1938 to acknowledge world peace, and then renamed Veterans Day in 1954 to honor the contributions of veterans of all wars.

To all of the veterans of the 67th Legislative District, I thank you for your service and sacrifice.
New Laws Benefit Veterans
Two new laws, passed by the General Assembly and signed by the governor, seek to help veterans start their own businesses or ease their tax burden.

House Bill 1600, now Act 135 of 2016 and known as “Startups for Soldiers,” will waive state business startup fees for individuals transitioning to the civilian workforce from the United States Armed Forces, including reserve units and the National Guard.

House Bill 683, now Act 117 of 2016, will eliminate veterans’ disability payments from income eligibility under the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program starting in 2018. This will allow more veterans to qualify for the program, which offers rebates on rent and property taxes for senior citizens and those with permanent disabilities.
New Law Will Name Bridges in Honor of Area Servicemen
Two weeks ago, I shared information about legislation that would recognize three area servicemen by naming bridges in their honor. That bill has now been signed into law by the governor.

The bridge on Route 770 over the Tunungwant Creek in McKean County is designated the Master Sergeant Thomas Maholic Memorial Bridge. A native of Bradford Township, Maholic was killed on June 24, 2006, in Ghecko, Afghanistan, when his patrol unit came in contact with enemy forces using small arms fire during a cordon and search mission.

The bridge to be constructed on Route 6 over Dingman Run in Coudersport will be designated the PFC George Pesock Memorial Bridge. A native of Potter County, Pesock was killed in action in July 1944 on the island of Saipan.

The bridge on Route 872 over Bailey Run in Wharton Township, Potter County, is designated the Sgt. Paul M. Brown Memorial Bridge. Brown lost his life during combat operations in South Korea on March 2, 1951, during his second tour of duty in service to his country. He had also served in World War II.

Thank you to the community leaders and family members who contacted me about the service and sacrifice made by these three men. It is a privilege to help honor them.
Hunters Can Share Their Harvest
In its 25th year of helping Pennsylvania families in need, hunters from across the Commonwealth can continue to share their deer harvest and provide thousands of pounds of venison through the Hunters Sharing the Harvest (HSH) program, which partners with the Pennsylvania Game Commission, Department of Agriculture and many other sportsmen and charitable organizations.

Hunters can donate all or part of a harvested deer by taking it to a participating processor, which will then distribute the ground venison to food banks and pantries. In an average hunting season, the HSH program’s goal is to channel about 100,000 pounds of processed venison through the state’s 20 regional food banks, which then redistribute to more than 5,000 local provider charities such as food pantries, missions, homeless shelters and churches, as well as individual families. To find a list of local processors or for more information, visit

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