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Friday, September 27, 2013

Capitol Update By Rep. Martin Causer

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Capitol Update
Friday, September 27, 2013 The latest news from the State Capitol

Outreach Office Hours Set for Oct. 3

To help ensure access to state government information and services, I will hold outreach office hours at the following locations on Thursday, Oct. 3:
 • Emporium Borough Office – 9-10 a.m.  
 • Port Allegany Borough Office – 11 a.m. to noon.  
As always, you are welcome to stop by my offices in Bradford (78 Main St., first floor) or Coudersport (107 S. Main St., Room 1) Monday through Friday, or visit my website at or my Facebook page at for the latest news from state government.

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!  

House Approves Bill to Support Rural Hospitals

Maintaining access to health care in rural areas like ours has been a priority of mine as a state representative. This week, I was pleased to vote in support of legislation to support our critical access hospitals by ensuring them a fair level of reimbursement every year, without the threat of budget cuts. Specifically, House Bill 278 would require the state’s Medical Assistance program to reimburse the state’s 13 critical access hospitals at 101 percent of MA’s allowable costs for inpatient and outpatient services. The bill now heads to the Senate for consideration. 

Game and Fisheries Committee to Meet Next Week

The House Game and Fisheries Committee, which I chair, will hold a voting meeting at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 1, at the state Capitol to consider four bills. Among them is a bill I introduced (House Bill 1584) to clarify in statute that conservation officers have the authority to issue written or verbal warnings in lieu of making arrests or issuing citations. Other bills on the agenda include:
 • House Bill 681, sponsored by Rep. Gary Haluska of Cambria County, removes the authority for commissioners of the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission to enforce powers granted to waterway patrolmen.  
 • House Bill 1144, also sponsored by Rep. Haluska, amends the definition of “bow” to include crossbows and any device held in place by a brace secured around the body.  
 • Senate Bill 648, sponsored by Sen. Richard Alloway, protects private property rights by ensuring landowners who allow hunting on their property are not subject to prosecution for violations committed by hunters on their land.  
The meeting will be streamed live at To sign up for periodic updates on issues of interest to sportsmen, click here

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