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Friday, September 6, 2013

Capitol Update By Rep. Martin Causer

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Friday, September 06, 2013 The latest news from the State Capitol

Potter County Senior Citizens Expo Oct. 11

Please join me for the 11th Annual Senior Citizens Expo on Friday, Oct. 11, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Roulette Fire Hall.

Dozens of state, county and local vendors will be on hand to distribute information and answer questions about issues such as health care, insurance, nutrition and exercise, fire safety, financial planning, fraud protection, personal safety and more. Health screenings will also be offered. This is a great opportunity for senior citizens and caregivers to access a wealth of information in one place. We will also serve lunch and offer door prizes.

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

Fall Newsletter Hot Off the Press!

Check out the fall newsletter now available at my website. In it, you may read about the 2013-14 state budget, a package of child protection legislation, higher education assistance funding, hunting and fishing news, and more. I hope
you find the newsletter informative and welcome your feedback.  

Happy Anniversary

Congratulations to the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford, which celebrated the 50th anniversary of its founding this week. As a proud alumnus, I was honored to take part in the celebration by presenting a resolution, unanimously adopted in the state House earlier this year, which recognizes the university’s achievements. Best wishes for another 50 years of success! 

New Law Gives Crime Victims a Voice

A new law that gives victims of crime in Pennsylvania a voice in the parole process of inmates has recently taken effect.

Act 14 of 2013 makes it clear that a crime victim or representative for the victim may appear personally before the Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole and provide testimony related to an inmate’s application for parole.

Victims or their representatives also may choose to appear through video conference rather than by telephone if the board has that capability. In addition, the law also will protect victims against potential retaliation by criminals by keeping the testimony confidential.

This new law plays an important role in protecting the rights of crime victims.  

Additional Home Heating Assistance Available to Qualified LIHEAP Recipients

The Department of Public Welfare announced this week that extra financial help will be provided to Pennsylvanians who received crisis grants through the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program, or LIHEAP, during the 2012-13 heating season.

LIHEAP provides grants to eligible low-income households to pay for home heating fuel. In the 2012-13 heating season, crisis grants were approved for more than 122,000 households, 76 percent of which contain a person who is disabled, age 60 or older, or has a child under five years old. Each of these households will now receive the $200 supplemental cash grant.

The Department of Public Welfare is sending letters to the consumers this week that will receive an additional $200 grant payment in early September. The 2013-14 LIHEAP season is scheduled to begin Nov. 4, 2013.  

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