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Friday, April 11, 2014

Capitol Update By Rep. Martin Causer



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Friday, April 11, 2014 The latest news from the State Capitol

Suicide Prevention Measure Advances in House


In keeping with ongoing efforts to protect Pennsylvania’s children, the House this week approved legislation requiring the state Department of Education to create a model youth suicide awareness and prevention policy and curriculum for both students and staff. Schools may, but are not required to, adopt the model policy, which will be developed in conjunction with a youth suicide prevention organization in the Commonwealth.

The goal of the legislation is to save lives and help troubled students receive the help they need before injuring themselves or others. House Bill 1559 is awaiting a final vote in the Senate.
  

Committee OKs More Jail Time for Repeat DUI Offenders


 
A driver who repeatedly operates a vehicle while under the influence of drugs or alcohol and kills another individual will face greater jail time under legislation reported from the House Judiciary Committee this week.

House Bill 1733 would apply to DUI offenders who have at least one prior drunk driving conviction or major traffic offense such as vehicular homicide or vehicular assault. The bill would enhance penalties for vehicular homicide while driving under the influence from a second-degree felony to a first-degree felony, and lengthen the jail sentence from three to five years.

Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol causes nearly 10,000 deaths and 350,000 injuries annually on our highways, yet people convicted of DUI often continue to do so. Studies have shown that nearly 2 million drunk drivers on the nation’s highways have a prior conviction, including 400,000 who have five or more.

The bill now moves to the full House for consideration.
  

PSP Joins National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day


 
In an effort to prevent prescription drug abuse, the Pennsylvania State Police barracks in Emporium and Coudersport will take part in this year’s National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on Saturday, April 26.

Unwanted, expired and unused prescription drugs can be dropped off between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. at the following locations:
 
 • PSP Emporium, 12921 Route 120, Emporium.
 • PSP Coudersport, 3140 E. Second St., Coudersport.

No personal information is required for drop-off.
  

Good Luck Anglers!


Trout season opens tomorrow (Saturday), and if the weather forecasters have it right, it sounds like it will be a perfect weekend! Whether you are a veteran angler or are still getting your feet wet (no pun intended!), I wish you much success!
                

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