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Friday, November 15, 2013

Capitol Update by Rep. Martin Causer

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Capitol Update
Friday, November 15, 2013 The latest news from the State Capitol

Bridge Dedication Honors Shinglehouse Veteran

More than 100 people turned out on Veterans Day to pay tribute to a Vietnam veteran from Shinglehouse who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country.

The Route 44 bridge over the Oswayo Creek was dedicated as the Specialist Gerald Duane Stonemetz Memorial Bridge. Spc. Stonemetz served in the U.S. Army and died in a vehicle crash in Vietnam on Jan. 8, 1969, at the age of 21. He was awarded the Army Commendation Medal, the National Defense Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Ribbon and Marksman Badge with rifle bar.

Many thanks to Shinglehouse American Legion Post 530 for hosting this event, to the Stonemetz family and to everyone who came out to show their support for this veteran and all veterans who have served our country.
Pictured with me at the sign for the newly dedicated bridge are are Specialist Stonemetz's siblings, brother Ken Stonemetz and sister Carolyn Washburn, and Brent Bryant of the Shinglehouse American Legion.  

Coyote Control Incentive Program Passes Committee

The House Game and Fisheries Committee, which I chair, this week passed a bill authorizing the Pennsylvania Game Commission to create a coyote control incentive program for hunters and furtakers. House Bill 1534 authorizes the Pennsylvania Game Commission to offer an incentive of $25 to properly licensed hunters and furtakers for each coyote lawfully harvested in the Commonwealth. In many areas of the state, including ours, the coyote population is growing, causing damage to property and livestock. The goal is to encourage the harvesting of more coyotes in an effort to better control the population. The bill now heads to the Senate for consideration.

House Continues Effort to Curb Illegal Drug Trade

The House this week approved legislation that will further enhance the ability of law enforcement officers to deal with people who manufacture dangerous illegal drugs. House Bill 710 allows the secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Health to quickly add chemicals to a list of controlled substances and “precursor substances” under the Controlled Substance, Drug, Device and Cosmetic Act. Currently, banning a substance requires an act of the General Assembly, which can often be time consuming and in this case, cost people their lives. The bill now heads to the Senate and comes on the heels of other legislative actions aimed at putting a stop to the manufacture of drugs, including those known as “bath salts.” 


Anonymous said...

someone chairing the committee should have a better understanding of the role of predators. marty is going to return us to the dark ages of game management and environmental protection.

Anonymous said...

Brent Bryant serves as a member of the Post 530 Sons of the American Legion.