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Friday, December 6, 2013

Update From The Capitol By PA Rep. Martin Causer

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

Expanding Higher Education Opportunities in Rural PA

The House Education Committee will hold an informational meeting next week on legislation I introduced to create a rural regional community college pilot program in our area.

A 2011 study by the Legislative Budget and Finance Committee noted the growing importance of community colleges in meeting the demand to provide education and training necessary in today’s economy. However, it also found that 25 of 26 rural counties in Pennsylvania have no community colleges and that rural youth typically pay twice the tuition of youth from areas with a community college.
House Bill 1701, and its companion legislation, Senate Bill 1000 sponsored by Sen. Joe Scarnati, were introduced in response to the findings of this study with the goal of creating a pilot program to expand affordable higher education options for students of all ages in the 11-county region of northwest and northcentral Pennsylvania.

The meeting is scheduled for 9 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 11, at the State Capitol. The meeting will be streamed live on my website at

School Street Elementary School Visit

I had a great time talking with third-graders at School Street Elementary this week! Nearly 200 students are starting a unit about government in their Social Studies class, so Bradford Mayor Tom Riel and I talked to the kids about government at both the city level and state level.

Child Identity Theft Legislation Signed Into Law

Individuals who are convicted of stealing the identity of a minor will now receive a stricter sentence under a new law signed by Gov. Tom Corbett.

Act 97 of 2013 makes children under the age of 18 part of a protected class of victims for the crime of identity theft, along with individuals age 60 or over or those who are care-dependent.

In 2011, the Federal Trade Commission identified child identity theft as a growing problem with an estimated 142,000 instances of this taking place each year. The crime often goes unnoticed until the child reaches adulthood and applies for a loan or credit card. By that time, a great deal of damage has been done to the
individual’s credit record, and it can take years to rectify the problem.

For more information about protecting yourself from identity theft, click here

Good Luck Hunters!

Best wishes to all the area hunters heading out into the woods this weekend and next week. I got a five-point buck on Monday but will be back out with my son and family members this weekend. Wear your orange and be safe!


Anonymous said...

OK Marty, give us a break We just recd your nice shiny newsletter in the mail. How much did that cost by the way? Try using black and white print/recycled paper next time. You can do it Marty; we all know how much you care.

Anonymous said...

Glad to see Mr. Causer helping our children broaden their educational knowledge, on the runnings of the government. There's more to education than reading, writing & arithmatic.