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Friday, September 12, 2014

Capitol Update by Rep. Martin Causer

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Capitol Update
Friday, September 12, 2014 The latest news from the State Capitol

Returning to Harrisburg to Convene Fall Legislative Session

The Pennsylvania House of Representatives will return to Harrisburg on Monday, Sept. 15, following district work sessions this summer. The House is expected to have a full schedule as members are expected to take up a variety of issues, including public pension reform, decriminalization of the transportation of alcohol across state lines for personal use, debt reduction and authorization to allow the City of Philadelphia to enact a cigarette tax.

For details on the public pension reform debate and the leading proposal, visit

To see the session schedule and a list of upcoming votes, visit the Pennsylvania House of Representatives’ website here.

Event Reminders:

12th Annual Senior Citizens Expo Set for Oct. 10

Please mark your calendar and plan to join me for the 12th Annual Senior Citizens Expo on Friday, Oct. 10, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Roulette Fire Hall.

For more information, click on this video invite.

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Second Firearms Safety and Rights Seminar Set for Oct. 27

Since we ran out of space at the first event last month, a second Firearms Safety and Rights Seminar has been scheduled for Monday, Oct. 27, from 6-8 p.m. at the Smethport Fire Hall, 109 S. Nelson St., Smethport.

The event will again feature a presentation by Ray Learn, McKean County district attorney, and Roger Sager, McKean County deputy sheriff and certified firearms instructor, who will discuss the state’s concealed carry laws, the Castle Doctrine and other valuable information regarding state gun laws and gun safety.

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.

Fall into Nature!

You don’t have to look far to know that autumn is just around the corner. Already some of our trees are turning into their brilliant fall colors, and the 67th District is a wonderful place to see the spectacular views.

The Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development has a number of resources to maximize your outdoor activity during the fall season, including fall foliage reports and a full list of fall festivals throughout the state.

Visitors can also get suggestions about the best spots to view fall foliage on the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources’ Penn’s Woods Fall Foliage story map here.

For more information, click the links listed above, or go to

Suicide Prevention through Awareness

Earlier this month, House Bill 2461, which I am co-sponsoring, was introduced to enhance suicide prevention efforts across the Commonwealth. This legislation would require the State Board of Psychology and the State Board of Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists, and Professional Counselors to have at least one hour of continuing education in the assessment, treatment and management of suicide. The bill is has been referred to the House Professional Licensure Committee for consideration.

This legislation enhances efforts by the House, which adopted Act 71 of 2014 to require school entities to adopt a youth suicide awareness and prevention policy, and require educators in Pennsylvania’s public and charter schools who teach sixth through 12th grade to receive four hours of training on suicide prevention every five years.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, more than 39,000 Americans end their own lives, nearly 500,000 people are treated in U.S. emergency departments for self-inflicted injuries, and 1 million adults report making a suicide attempt. Many more people struggle with thoughts of suicide.

Sept. 10 marked World Suicide Prevention Day to raise awareness of this serious public health problem that affects people of all ages.  

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