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Friday, May 2, 2014

Capitol Update By Rep. Martin Causer

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Friday, May 02, 2014 The latest news from the State Capitol

Kids’ Fest a Success!

Congratulations to the McKean County Collaborative Board and the Bradford Family YMCA for hosting a successful Kids’ Fest last weekend. More than 150 children and their families came out for the event, which featured interactive displays, developmental screenings, early learning resources...and some neat balloon flowers as well! Jill and Kris from my Bradford office, as well as my daughter Mallory and I, had a great time meeting the kids and sharing craft activities to teach them about our Commonwealth.

Protecting Electricity Consumers

Responding to the skyrocketing electric bills some consumers received this winter, the House Consumer Affairs Committee this week approved legislation to improve the transparency of contracts between customers and electric generation suppliers.

Since many of the problems impacted consumers with variable rate contracts, House Bill 2104 would limit rate increases for customers with variable rate plans to no more than 30 percent per billing cycle.

To assist all consumers, the bill also would: require requests to switch suppliers to be completed within five business days; outline language all electric supplier contracts must contain to clearly explain terms; and give the Public Utility Commission (PUC) specific authority to investigate customer complaints related to the rates charged by electric generation suppliers.

The legislation now awaits additional consideration by the full House. For more information on choosing an electric supplier, visit

Celebrating Reading

I had a great time reading to kids at the Bradford Family Center last week. We read “Stripes Of All Types,” which is a story that explores how animals around the world benefit from their stripes.

Maple Festival This Weekend

Just a reminder that the 48th Annual Potter-Tioga Maple Festival will be held on Friday and Saturday, May 2-3, in Coudersport. You can pick up all of your favorite maple products and enjoy the Maple Festival Parade, food vendors, crafts, antiques, music and even a kiddie carnival. Fun for the whole family!

Mentored Youth Fishing Day May 10

Working to get younger Pennsylvanians “hooked” on fishing, the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) will hold a Mentored Youth Fishing Day on Saturday, May 10, at selected waterways in the Commonwealth. Locally, permitted youth and their mentors may fish at Lyman Run Reservoir in Potter County and Hamlin Lake in McKean County. To participate in the program, adult anglers (16 years of age or older) must possess a valid fishing license and trout/salmon permit and be accompanied by a youth. Youth anglers must obtain a free PFBC-issued permit, which is available at or at any of the more than 900 licensing agents across the state. More information may be found at

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