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Friday, April 10, 2015

Capitol Update By Rep. Martin Causer

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Friday, April 10, 2015 The latest news from the State Capitol

Speaker of the House Mike Turzai (left) and I discuss regulatory concerns with area oil and gas producers at a roundtable discussion in Bradford on Wednesday.  

House Speaker Visits Bradford to Hear Oil, Gas Concerns

Pennsylvania Speaker of the House Mike Turzai of Allegheny County was in Bradford on Wednesday to participate in a roundtable discussion with conventional oil and gas industry leaders.

The discussion focused in large part on new drilling regulations being proposed by the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and how those regulations could put oil and gas producers out of business, cost our region tens of thousands of jobs and devastate the local economy.

Lawmakers and industry representatives alike are frustrated by DEP’s actions to advance regulations geared to large-scale drilling in the Marcellus Shale, which are neither reasonable nor relevant to conventional drilling activities. And this despite a law passed last year to require DEP to separate regulations for the two different types of drilling.

Read more about the meeting here.
More than 300 people came out for the last in a series of Firearms Safety and Rights Seminars on Tuesday. Many thanks to our presenters, McKean County District Attorney Ray Learn and Deputy Sheriff and Firearms Instructor Roger Sager, and to members of the Lewis Run Volunteer Fire Department, who were wonderful hosts! 

Honoring Specialist Donald Stiles

Specialist Donald Stiles gave his life for our country during the Vietnam War. On Thursday, April 16, the community will gather to pay tribute to this brave soldier by dedicating the Route 872 bridge near the border of Coudersport Borough and Eulalia Township as the Specialist Donald Stiles Memorial Bridge.

Specialist Stiles enlisted in the United States Army at 17 years of age. He was deployed to Vietnam as an atomic demolition munitions specialist, with A Battery, First Battalion, Seventh Artillery, First Infantry Division. On April 2, 1968, Specialist Stiles was killed in action in Binh Duong Province, South Vietnam, after taking a fellow soldier’s place on a mission and being hit by bomb fragments from a land mine.

The dedication will take place at 11 a.m. near the bridge. Please join us in honoring this brave young man for his service to our country.

LIHEAP Assistance Extended Through May

Homeowners struggling to pay home heating bills now have until May 1 to apply for financial help through the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP).

The program was scheduled to end in early April but was extended due to the severity of the winter across the Commonwealth.

LIHEAP offers assistance in the form of a cash grant sent directly to a utility company or a crisis grant for households in immediate danger of being without heat.

Individuals can apply for a LIHEAP grant through their appropriate county assistance office, at or by calling the statewide toll-free hotline at 1-866-857-7095.

For more information on LIHEAP, including eligibility guidelines, click here

The Gift of Life

April is National Donate Life Month in Pennsylvania, with individuals being encouraged to give the gift of life to help others in need of organ and tissue transplants. More than 8,000 people in Pennsylvania wait for a life-saving organ transplant, while thousands more wait for tissue transplants that would greatly enhance their quality of life.

According to PennDOT, nearly 46 percent of driver’s license and identification card holders are registered organ donors – that’s more than 4.5 million Pennsylvanians.
To add the organ donor designation to an existing driver’s license or identification card, visit and select the “Donate Life Pennsylvania” icon at the bottom of the page. 

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