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Friday, August 16, 2013

Capitol Update by Rep. Martin Causer

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Capitol Update
Friday, August 16, 2013 The latest news from the State Capitol

McKean County Fair Volunteer Honored

Congratulations to Bill Kohler, fair director and member of the executive board for the McKean County Fair, who was honored Monday night as a fair ambassador by the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture. I was honored to join Boots Hetherington, administrator of the state’s fair fund, in making the presentation to Bill in recognition of his hard work and dedication.
Practice School Bus Safety

With kids heading back to school soon, it’s important to remember how to safely share the road with school buses. When you meet or overtake a stopped school bus with red signal lights flashing and a “stop” arm extended, you must stop. When you approach an intersection where a school bus is stopped with red signal lights and stop arm extended, you must stop.

Be sure to stop at least 10 feet from the school bus, and watch the children exiting the bus. Do not move until they have reached a place of safety, and be sure to wait until the red lights have stopped flashing and the stop arm has been withdrawn before moving on. For more information about school bus safety, click here.
Committees to Hold Hearing on Endangered Species Designations

The House Game and Fisheries Committee, which I chair, along with the House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee will conduct a public hearing on legislation to establish a uniform and transparent process for evaluating, designating and protecting threatened and endangered species and their critical habitats in the Commonwealth.

The measure also would place the decisions of the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission and Pennsylvania Game Commission (excluding seasons and bag limits) under the review of the Independent Regulatory Review Commission to ensure due process and public input.

The hearing will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, Aug. 26, in the auditorium of the Empire Beauty School in Pottsville. For more information about House Bill 1576, click here.   
New Law Boosts Rural Health Care

Legislation to support the creation or expansion of community-based health care clinics that serve low-income clients was ceremonially signed into law this week. The bill allots $4 million in the state budget to improve access to care in rural and underserved areas of the state.

Health care facilities must apply for the grants from the Department of Health and must have matching funds available. The grants may be used for the creation or expansion of an existing clinic; for improvements in prenatal, obstetric, postpartum and newborn care; for improved access to services; or for the establishment of collaborative relationships among community-based health clinics, hospitals and other health care providers.

Additional information is available at the Department of Health’s website.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

not all buses have arms.. just saying.. Be better off watching the driver they help you out the most... When the middle finger goes up your in big trouble... When the horns blowing as your going by your in big trouble.. Watch the driver