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Friday, October 24, 2014

Capitol Update By Rep. Martin Causer

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Capitol Update
Friday, October 24, 2014

Protecting Gun Rights

Although state law already prohibits local governments from passing their own gun laws or ordinances, a few of them – such as the City of Philadelphia – have done it anyway. So the General Assembly recently passed legislation, now awaiting the governor’s signature to become law, to deter the practice.

House Bill 80 gives legal standing to any person who has been adversely affected by any regulation put forth or enforced in violation of state law, and to seek injunctive and declarative relief, as well as to recover damages. Read more here.

Flood Mitigation Grant Awarded to Coudersport

Coudersport Borough was awarded a $376,000 flood mitigation project grant by the Commonwealth Financing Authority this week. The grant will be used to raise the Mill Creek and Allegheny River levees, which will impact more than 150 home and business owners in the region.

This is an important and worthwhile investment that will help ensure public safety and protect against property loss and damage. The grant is funded through impact fees collected on natural gas drilling in the Commonwealth. Read more here

Thanks for Coming…

It was a pleasure to join Rep. Kathy Rapp at her Kane Senior Expo this year. We had the opportunity to meet and talk with many people, including Basil and Francene Imbrogno of Kane.


Bill Targets Metal Thefts

Homes and businesses of all kinds – including oil leases in the area – have been hit by thieves looking to make a quick buck by stealing copper and other metals and then selling them. The House recently approved legislation taking aim at those criminals.

House Bill 80 creates the offense of theft of secondary metal and addresses the offense of criminal trespass for the purpose of stealing secondary metal. Under the bill, the grading of the offense and associated penalties increases based on the value of the secondary metal. When the value is less than $50, the offense is graded as a third-degree misdemeanor, which carries a maximum of one year in prison and a $2,500 fine. When the value is more than $1,000, the offense is graded a third-degree felony, which carries a maximum penalty of seven years in prison and a $15,000 fine. When a person commits a third or subsequent offense, it will always be graded a third-degree felony, regardless of the value of the metal stolen.

The bill awaits the governor’s signature to become law. Read more here.

Bucktail Regiment Memorial Bridge Dedication

I look forward to joining the Smethport American Legion this Saturday, Oct. 25, for the dedication of the Bucktail Regiment Memorial Bridge. The Bucktail Regiment was a group of young recruits from Cameron, Elk, McKean and Tioga counties that 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. I encourage you to come out to the ceremony, which will be held at 10 a.m. at the bridge on Route 6 over the Marvin Creek in Smethport.

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