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Friday, May 9, 2014

Capitol Update by Rep. Martin Causer

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The latest news from the State Capitol

Supporting PA’s Conventional Oil, Gas Industries

Working to ensure the survival of the state’s conventional oil and gas industries, I am working with Reps. Kathy Rapp and Matt Gabler on legislation requiring separate regulations for conventional and unconventional drilling operations.

Conventional drilling is, without question, far different than drilling in the Marcellus Shale, and it simply makes no sense to apply the same standards to these operations. Regulations being proposed because of Marcellus drilling could easily put the state’s smaller producers out of business, and that would be devastating to our rural areas where these businesses provide good, family-sustaining jobs.

The legislation would direct the Environmental Quality Board (EQB) to separate the drilling, alteration, operation and plugging regulations for unconventional gas wells from those regulations applicable to conventional oil and gas wells in the Commonwealth. Click here to read more

Marking Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day

Today (Friday, May 9) is Pennsylvania Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day, and I was pleased to have the opportunity to present my House resolution designating the day to officials at the Austin School. House Resolution 752 encourages all citizens, agencies and organizations interested in meeting every child’s mental health needs to unite in this observance and in addressing the fundamental necessity of a comprehensive year-round mental health program for children, youths and families.
During my visit to Austin School today, I presented my House Resolution 752 recognizing Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day to (from left) Superintendent Kimberly Rees; Carla Milliron with the Dickinson Center Inc.; and Susan Moyer, a local case worker. 
While at the school, I also took the opportunity to read to students in the third-, fourth-, fifth- and sixth-grade classes and answered a few of their insightful questions.   

Bridge Dedication to Honor WWII Veteran

The Route 49 Bridge over the Cowanesque River in Harrison Township, Potter County, will be dedicated as the Private First Class Berwyn Gaylord Cole Memorial Bridge this Saturday, May 10. Cole, a former resident of Elmer in Harrison Township, was killed in action at the Battle of the Bulge on Dec. 21, 1944, at the age of 19. The dedication begins at 1 p.m. at the bridge. Stop by to pay your respects to this young man who sacrificed his life for us.

Game-Fish Committee Approves Measure to Protect Fifth Amendment Right

A measure repealing a section of the state’s Game and Wildlife Code that violates an individual’s right against self-incrimination was unanimously approved by the House Game and Fisheries Committee this week.

A section of the code that deals with the destruction of game for agricultural protection states that it is unlawful to refuse to answer, without evasion, any pertinent question pertaining to the killing or wounding of any game or wildlife when questioned by a representative of the Pennsylvania Game Commission. This is in clear violation of a person’s Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination and must be corrected immediately.

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