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Friday, September 26, 2014

PA Rep. Martin Causer's Capitol Update

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Capitol Update
Friday, September 26, 2014 The latest news from the State Capitol

Working Together to Enhance Business, Job Opportunities

Many thanks to the Bradford Area Chamber of Commerce for inviting me to speak at its Business Roundtable this morning, and to all of the business leaders who took the time to attend. These are the men and women who help drive our local economy and create job opportunities, and it is vital that we work together to achieve these mutual goals.


Outreach Office Hours Set for Oct. 2

To help ensure access to state government information and services, I will hold outreach office hours at the following locations on Thursday, Oct. 2:

 • Emporium Borough Office – 9-10 a.m.
 • Port Allegany Borough Office – 11 a.m. to noon.

Supporting PA Jobs

I was honored to receive a “Guardian of Small Business” award from the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) this week. Supporting small business means supporting jobs for people in our region and across the Commonwealth. I have always believed that government needs to stay out of the way of our employers and let them grow and thrive, and I appreciate the contributions that small employers make to our workers and the local economy. Here I am pictured with Neal Lesher, NFIB legislative director; and Kevin Shivers, NFIB Pennsylvania executive state director.

Protecting Gun Rights

The House this week voted on an amendment to help deter local governments from establishing their own firearms laws.

State law already prohibits the adoption of any local ordinances regarding ownership, possession or transportation of firearms; however, some municipalities, such as the City of Philadelphia, have adopted their own rules anyway.

To help deter this practice, the legislation gives legal standing to any person who has been adversely affected by any regulation put forth or enforced in violation of this premise, to seek injunctive and declarative relief, as well as damages.

The amendment was adopted to House Bill 1243, which awaits final consideration in the House next month. That bill would require the Pennsylvania State Police to provide existing mental health records already incorporated in the Pennsylvania Instant Check System (PICS) to the National Instant Check System (NICS) and require ongoing submissions of this data to NICS within 72 hours of PSP receiving it.

Help Stop Prescription Drug Abuse

The Pennsylvania State Police (PSP) and law enforcement agencies across the state will accept unwanted, expired and unused prescription drugs on Saturday, Sept. 27, as part of National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day.

Take-Back Day is a national initiative, conducted in partnership with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), aimed at encouraging the public to dispose of expired, unused or unwanted prescription drugs that are prone to abuse and theft.
From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., unwanted prescription medications may be dropped off at the following locations:

 • PSP Emporium Barracks, 12921 Route 120, Emporium. 
 • McKean County Sheriff’s Department at the Penn State Extension Office, 17129 Route 6, Smethport. 
 • PSP Coudersport Barracks, 3140 E. Second St., Coudersport.  

No personal information is required for drop-off. For more information, click here.

Tis the Season for Fall Festivals

Autumn arrived on Monday evening, and the leaves are already changing. Enjoy the season at these upcoming events in Potter County:
 • Galeton Fall FestivalSaturday, Sept. 27, starting at 10 a.m. at the John J. Collins Sr. Memorial Park.  
 • Falling Leaves Festival – Friday and Saturday, Oct. 3-4, starting at 9 a.m. each day on Courthouse Square in Coudersport.   

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