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Friday, October 12, 2012

Capitol Update by Rep. Martin Causer

Capitol Update
Friday, October 12, 2012
 The latest news from the State Capitol
House Approves Bill to Raise Awareness of Lyme Disease

Residents Urged to Consider Lyme Disease Prevention This SummerThe House recently approved a bill designed to raise awareness of, and encourage better treatment for, Lyme disease and other tick-borne illnesses in Pennsylvania.

House Bill 272
would require health insurers to cover treatment of Lyme disease and tick-borne illnesses if the diagnosis and a treatment plan are documented. In addition, the bill would require the creation of a task force to work with the Pennsylvania Game Commission, the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, and the Department of Health to create a statewide education effort on Lyme disease and related maladies.

Pennsylvania ranks No. 1 in the nation for reported cases of Lyme disease. The total number of reported cases increased from 5,722 in 2009 to 7,484 in 2010. House Bill 272 now heads to the Senate for consideration.

Penn-Brad Oil Museum Reopening

I was happy to attend last week’s rededication of the newly rebuilt Penn-Brad Oil Museum in Custer City. Here I am pictured with Meredith Fesenmyer, great-great granddaughter of Lewis Emery Jr. It is Mr. Emery’s Silsby Fire Engine that is on display at the museum. Be sure to stop by and check it out!
Public Hearing Examines Anti-Bullying Legislation

The House Education Committee held a public hearing this week on legislation aimed at strengthening state law to protect students from various forms of bullying while in school, at school-sponsored activities or in school vehicles, such as buses.

House Bill 2464 would require schools to include prohibitions for harassment, intimidation and cyber bullying, in addition to the current required prohibition against bullying.

In addition, the bill would require schools to enact a policy that must identify by job title the appropriate school staff person to receive reports of incidents of alleged bullying, and the school officials responsible for ensuring the policy is implemented.

In formulating the policy, the school would be responsible for including several interested parties in the process, including: students, parents, administrators, school staff, school volunteers, community representatives and local law enforcement agencies.
Volunteer Fire, Ambulance Service Grant Program Deadline Approaches

Only one week remains for first response organizations to apply for the 2012 Volunteer Fire Company and Volunteer Ambulance Service Grant Program (VFCVASGP). The application period closes on Oct. 19.

The General Assembly recently adopted Act 78 of 2012 to reauthorize the grant program for an additional four years and increase the total grant funding available from $25 million to $30 million. The new law also adds approximately 35 career fire departments to the list of organizations eligible for grant funding. The grants may be used for construction or renovation of a unit’s station, the purchase or repair of equipment, training or debt reduction.

During the last decade, $3.2 million has been awarded to about 40 volunteer fire and ambulance companies in Cameron, McKean and Potter counties. The program is funded through state gaming proceeds.

For more information, visit the Office of the State Fire Commissioner’s website.


Anonymous said...

Someone Really Needs to Run Agenst this Guy. He lets to much BS go unchecked in his District. He has had many Complaints about local law enforcement and does not follow through. Lets get Someone to run Against him that cares about the common people.

Anonymous said...

What? you want someone to crack down on law enforcement? Boy that would help the area! NOT! Marty IS the voice of the local people and does one hell of a fine job! As does the local law enforcment people! Keep up the good work !