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Friday, January 30, 2015

Capitol Update By Rep. Martin Causer

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Capitol Update
Friday, January 30, 2015 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 at one of three upcoming Firearms Safety and Rights Seminars:

 • Thursday, March 12, 6-8 p.m. at the Pennsylvania Lumber Museum, 5660 U.S. Route 6 West, Ulysses. Speakers: Potter County District Attorney Andy Watson and Chief Deputy Sheriff Glenn Drake. Co-hosted with Rep. Matt Baker.  
 • Thursday, March 26, 6-8 p.m. at the Emporium Volunteer Fire Department, 419 N. Broad St., Emporium. Speakers: Cameron County District Attorney Paul Malizia, Sheriff Allen Neyman, Emporium Police Department Officer in Charge David Merritt and Pennsylvania State Police Sgt. Darren Burford.
 • Tuesday, April 7, 6-8 p.m. at the Lewis Run Volunteer Fire Department, 46-48 Main St., Lewis Run. Speakers: McKean County District Attorney Ray Learn and Deputy Sheriff and Firearms Instructor Roger Sager.

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.

PGC to Offer Online Option for Hunter Education Program

At its meeting this week, the Pennsylvania Game Commission voted to allow for the development and implementation of a new Hunter-Trapper Education course to be offered wholly online.

Hunter-Trapper Education is a requirement for first-time buyers of hunting or furtaker licenses in Pennsylvania. Those who pass the course are then eligible to buy a license to hunt or trap. The courses are currently taught by a team of volunteers at a variety of locations across the Commonwealth. Those courses will continue to be offered in addition to the online option.

There will be a cost associated with the online course, which will be routed to the company that makes the course available online. All traditional courses would continue to be offered free of charge.

Stay tuned for more information about when the online courses will become available.

Helping Veterans, Active Duty Personnel and their Families

This week, the House Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee considered two bills aimed at helping veterans, active duty military and their dependents overcome unique obstacles they face when applying for college and professional credentials in Pennsylvania.

House Bill 131 would waive traditional residency requirements for in-state tuition rates at state-owned and state-related universities, as well as community colleges, for veterans, active duty personnel, their spouses and dependents, including those who are currently residing out-of-state. The bill makes it a requirement that any veteran, military personnel or their dependents who qualify for GI Bill, Post 9/11 GI Bill, and other federal education tuition benefits due to military service be charged the in-state tuition rate.

House Bill 157 would require all Commonwealth agencies and professional licensing boards to consider a veteran’s military education, training or experience for the purpose of waiving any requirements for the issuance of a professional license or certification within Pennsylvania.

Both pieces of legislation passed the committee unanimously. To learn more about this legislation, you can watch the full committee meeting here.

PennDOT Assistance, Senior Benefit Information and More Available at Legislative Offices

To best serve you and maintain open lines of communication, I operate three full-time district offices in Bradford, Coudersport and Kane, and host office hours periodically in Emporium and Port Allegany.

My staff and I are ready to help answer your questions about state government issues, as well as to provide information and applications for a variety of state programs. Office services include:
 • Driver’s license and vehicle registration applications and renewals.
 • Assistance with PennDOT paperwork (lost cards, changes, corrections, special registration plates, vanity plates, and temporary placards for persons with physical disabilities).  
 • Information and applications for senior citizen benefit programs, including Property Tax/Rent Rebate and PACE/PACENET prescription drug programs.
 • Information and applications for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).
 • Help with securing birth and death certificates (photo identification required). 
 • Information about legislation.  
 • Assistance with resolving matters relating to state agencies, such as Veterans Affairs, Human Services, Labor and Industry, Insurance, Environmental Protection or Conservation and Natural Resources.  

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

are you allowed to carry concealed weapons to the meeting?