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Friday, January 9, 2015

New Legislative Session Underway

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Friday, January 09, 2015 The latest news from the State Capitol

New Legislative Session Underway

Members of the House took the oath of office on Tuesday to kick off the 2015-16 legislative session. It is truly an honor to once again have the opportunity to serve the people of McKean, Potter and Cameron counties.

My priorities for the new session include fighting back against overregulation of the state’s conventional oil and gas industry; ensuring fair compensation for state-owned lands in the region; and adopting an on-time, fiscally responsible budget.

Read more about these priorities here.

Also this session, I have been appointed chairman of the House Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee. I grew up on a dairy farm and look forward to working on policies to support our state’s top industry.

In addition to legislation directly affecting the state’s farmers and farming operations, the committee handles a variety of issues including legislation impacting the timber industry, horse and harness racing regulation, food safety and restaurant inspections, Dog Law enforcement and kennel licensure, the use of pesticides, and the administration of state-funded programs to promote agriculture in Pennsylvania.

I am also pleased to continue my work on the House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee, of which I have been a member throughout my tenure in the House.

Read more about the committee work here

House Scholarship Program Accepting Applications

The Pennsylvania House of Representatives Scholarship Program is now accepting applications. Each year, two students preparing for post-secondary education are awarded four-year scholarships. The program is privately funded by individual and corporate donors. No tax or other public funds are used.

The program is open to graduating high school seniors who are Pennsylvania residents with plans to attend a Pennsylvania college, university or career school as a full-time student. Students must have attained a minimum 3.0 cumulative grade point average in high school in order to be eligible for the scholarship. A student’s commitment to community, leadership qualities, extracurricular activities and financial need are also taken into consideration.

The scholarship program is administered through the Foundation for Enhancing Communities. For more information, click here. The application deadline is March 1

99th PA Farm Show Kicks Off This Weekend

Don’t forget! The 99th Pennsylvania Farm Show gets underway this Saturday, Jan. 10, at the state Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg.

The largest indoor agriculture exposition along the East Coast, it features thousands of commercial and agricultural exhibits. It gives farmers the opportunity to see the latest equipment and farming practices, and it offers people of all ages the opportunity to learn more about farming and the hard work that goes into producing the foods we eat.

New this year are a larger food court, cheese competition, food demonstrations by well-known chefs, a high-tech WoodMobile, lumberjack demonstrations and an Ag Olympics.

The show runs through Jan. 17. Admission is free; however, there is a $10 fee for parking and shuttle service to the complex.

Get the details here.
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Anonymous said...

how about working to plug abandoned wells in your district. you never mention that, marty.

Anonymous said...

He did work to plug SOME abandoned wells in his district.

They happened to be on and near his property.

But that's just coincidental....

Anonymous said...

Don't worry he just cut the funding to helping feed seniors in coudersport. Go republicans.