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Friday, June 27, 2014

Capitol Update by Rep. Martin Causer




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Friday, June 27, 2014 The latest news from the State Capitol

You’re Invited to a Firearms Safety and Rights Seminar 


 
Join me for a discussion about Pennsylvania’s concealed carry laws, the Castle Doctrine and other valuable information regarding state gun laws and gun safety on Monday, Aug. 18, from 6-8 p.m. at the Port Allegany Fire Hall, 65 W. Maple St., Port Allegany.

Leading the discussion will be Ray Learn, McKean County district attorney, and Roger Sager, McKean County deputy sheriff and certified firearms instructor.
Registration is required due to a limited amount of seating available. Click here to register online, or call the office at 1-866-437-8181.
         

State Budget Process Moving Forward

 
This week, the state House advanced a $29.1 billion budget proposal that focuses on keeping spending in check while funding core government services. It includes no proposed tax increases.

The proposal represents an increase of about 1.9 percent over the current year’s spending. It includes a $10.3 billion investment in K-12 public education, including a $20 million increase in special education funding. Higher education would be funded at the same level as the current year.

Details about the preliminary budget proposal can be found here. However, the bill is now awaiting action in the Senate, and negotiations on a final spending plan are ongoing.
  

Committee OKs Plan to Separate Regulations for Conventional, Unconventional Oil and Gas Operations

I’m pleased to report the House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee has overwhelmingly approved my bill to require the state to adopt separate regulations for shallow well drilling and drilling in the Marcellus Shale.

Regulations being proposed now to address drilling in the Marcellus Shale could easily put our shallow well producers out of business, which would be devastating to our local producers, their employees and the local economy overall.

House Bill 2350 is designed to ensure regulations for both types of drilling are realistic, reasonable and relevant to each type of activity. Click here to read a press release about the bill. The bill now goes to the full House for consideration.
  

Driver License Centers Closed for Independence Day


 
All PennDOT driver license and photo centers will be closed next Friday, July 4, in observance of Independence Day. A variety of driver and vehicle products and services are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week at PennDOT’s Driver and Vehicle Services website. Services include license and photo ID renewals, vehicle registration renewals, driver history services, changes of address and exam scheduling.
  

Smethport Bridge Named to Honor Bucktail Regiment

My bill designating the Route 6 bridge over Marvin Creek in Smethport Borough as the Bucktail Regiment Memorial Bridge was approved by the General Assembly this week and is now awaiting the governor’s signature.

The Bucktail Regiment was a group of young recruits from Cameron, Elk, McKean and Tioga counties who rose to the defense of the Union following the bombing of Fort Sumter in April 1861. It was so named because its members adopted the tail of the whitetail buck as their badge of honor and adorned their caps with it.

The 700 troops were mostly young woodsmen, lumberjacks, raftsmen, hunters and farmers. As part of the federal army, the troops became the 42nd Pennsylvania Infantry Regiment and served with high distinction in most major battles of the Army of the Potomac during the Civil War.  

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