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Saturday, September 29, 2012

Capitol Update By PA Rep. Martin Causer

Capitol Update
Friday, September 28, 2012
 The latest news from the State Capitol
Honoring Vietnam Veterans in Austin

This Sunday, I’ll take part in a dedication ceremony renaming two Austin-area bridges in honor of local veterans of the Vietnam War.

Under Act 48 of 2012, which I authored, the bridge carrying State Route 607 over Freeman Run in Austin Borough is renamed the Captain Edgar E. Nuschke Memorial Bridge. The same law renames the bridge carrying State Route 872 over the east fork of Sinnemahoning Creek in Wharton Township as the Private First Class Edward Ritsick Memorial Bridge.

The dedication is being held in conjunction with Austin History and Pride Days. It begins at noon at the Town Square Gazebo. For a complete list of events for Austin History and Pride Days, click here.
Bill Supports Veteran-Owned Small Businesses

2. State Contracting Opportunities Expanded for Small and Veteran-Owned Small BusinessesAs a member of the House Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness, I recently voted in support of legislation aimed at boosting veteran-owned small businesses by establishing state procurement goals.

Senate Bill 623 establishes a statewide annual goal of at least 3 percent participation in state contracts with veteran-owned and service-disabled, veteran-owned small businesses. The bill defines a veteran-owned small business as an entity that is controlled by a majority of persons who are veterans, having 100 or fewer employees.

Under the legislation, the Department of General Services (DGS), in consultation with the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, would be required to provide staff to assist veteran-owned small businesses, publicize procurement opportunities for them, compile a list of veteran-owned small businesses, ensure that they are solicited for each procurement, establish business assistance offices to encourage procurement from veteran-owned small businesses and prepare an annual report on the awarding of contracts to veteran-owned small businesses.

The federal government has had a similar procurement program in place since 1999 for service-disabled, veteran-owned businesses.

The bill is now awaiting action in the full House.
Proposal Aims to Protect Against Child Sexual Abuse

House Education Committee Approves Sex Abuse Awareness BillThe House Education Committee voted this week to add sexual abuse awareness education to the school health curriculum for Pennsylvania students.

House Bill 2318 seeks to arm children with information that will help them to avoid victimization, compel them to come forward if they are victimized, and help to prevent others from falling victim to abuse.

Statistics reveal that currently one in four girls and one in seven boys are sexually abused before they reach the age of 18, and many are unaware of what happened or unsure of how to communicate the abuse.

The bill is now awaiting action in the full House.
Reminder: Roulette Senior Expo Oct. 12

Please join me for the 10th Annual Senior Citizens Expo on Friday, Oct. 12, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Roulette Fire Hall. This great event offers convenient access to a wealth of information from state, county and local vendors who offer programs and services to benefit senior citizens. It also is helpful for seniors’ family members and caregivers.

For more information, call my Coudersport office at (814) 274-9769. I look forward to seeing you!

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