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Friday, November 4, 2016

Capitol Update

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Capitol Update
Friday, November 04, 2016 The latest news from the State Capitol
                                         
 
                                            
I am happy to help celebrate the opening of a new business in Bradford! The Fluffy Baby Boutique offers cloth diapers, clothing and other products for babies and their mothers. Owners Michele and Shaun Panek worked with the Clarion University Small Business Development Center on their business plan and received funding through the Bradford Office of Economic and Community Development. Pictured left to right at this week’s ribbon cutting are me; Michele Panek, holding daughter Ellie; Shaun Panek, holding daughter Alice; Kara Kennedy, executive director of the Bradford Area Chamber of Commerce; and Miranda Mease, business consultant at the Clarion University Small Business Development Center. The shop is located at 17 Kennedy St. and can also be found on Facebook at www.facebook.com/thefluffybaby.
                                               
                                                     
 
New Laws to Help Fight Against Heroin, Opioid Abuse
                        
To help save lives by preventing opioid and heroin-related overdoses and abuse, the House sent to the governor several bills, which were signed into law earlier this week.

Under the new laws, physicians must limit prescriptions of opioids to minors to no more than seven days and meet other requirements before writing a first opioid prescription to a minor, and hospital emergency departments and urgent care centers may not prescribe opioids in quantities that last more than seven days and may not write refills for opioid prescriptions.

Physicians and dispensers must also receive continuing education in pain management, addiction and dispensing practices, and must consult the new prescription drug monitoring database within 24 hours every time they prescribe an opioid or benzodiazepine.

Additionally, medical colleges and other medical training facilities offering or desiring to offer medical training must establish a safe opioid prescribing curriculum. Another new law allows for the safe disposal of opioids and other medications.

Last year more than 3,500 people died in Pennsylvania as a result of opioid or heroin overdoses. Often, people who are addicted to opioids and are unable to acquire them resort to cheaper and more accessible heroin.
                             
                                    
 
House OKs Changes to Beer Sales in PA

In a second step to reform the way alcohol is sold in Pennsylvania this year, the House and Senate sent to the governor landmark legislation that allows beer distributors to sell lesser quantities of beer, such as six-packs and growlers.

The legislation also allows for the direct shipment of up to 192 ounces of beer (about the same size as a 12-pack) per month from wholesalers and retailers to consumers, such as those enrolled in Beer of the Month clubs. Mixed drinks will also be permitted to be consumed at stadiums in the same areas as beer, and licensees with Sunday sales permits can begin sales at 9 a.m., rather than 11 a.m.

House Bill 1196 now awaits the governor’s signature.
                                             
                             
 
Reminder: Veterans Assistance Available
                       
Veterans service officers will be available in my Kane and Bradford offices in November to assist veterans and their family members with issues such as compensation, education, pension, health care and death benefits. The schedule is as follows:
  • Monday, Nov. 7, 1-3 p.m. – Melissa Davis of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) will be at the Kane office, 55 Fraley St. No appointments are necessary.
  • Monday, Nov. 14, 1-3 p.m. – Melissa Davis of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) will be at the Bradford office, 78 Main St. No appointments are necessary.
For information about future veterans outreach dates and locations, click here.
                                 
                                                      
 
Turn Your Clocks Back This Weekend
                                                
Daylight saving time ends at 2 a.m. this Sunday, Nov. 6, so be sure to turn your clocks back on hour before going to bed on Saturday night.

This is also a good time to check or change the batteries in smoke detectors and carbon monoxide alarms to ensure your safety and the safety of your family. Smoke detectors and carbon monoxide alarms should be replaced every 10 years, and located near bedrooms and on each level of the residence. 

1 comment :

Anonymous said...

I went to rep Causers website and can't find if he is supporting Trump or not.
I would like to know if he's with him or against him, as it will effect how I vote for (or against) rep Causer in the future.