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Friday, September 16, 2016

Capitol Update By Rep. Martin Causer

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Capitol Update
Friday, September 16, 2016 The latest news from the State Capitol
Check Out the New Kinzua Bridge State Park Visitor Center!
We couldn’t have asked for a more perfect day to celebrate the grand opening of the new Kinzua Bridge State Park Visitor Center on Thursday! Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Cindy Dunn was among a number of speakers to address the crowd gathered for this special event. It is estimated as many as 300,000 people will visit the park next year, generating as much as $25 million in revenue for the region.

So if you haven't already seen the new visitor center, hop in your car and go check it out! The exhibits are very well done and offer a wealth of information about the history of our area and the bridge itself. For additional photos, click here.  
Fall Legislative Session Starts Next Week
The state House returns to Harrisburg on Monday for the fall legislative session. At the top of the agenda will be our ongoing efforts to combat the state’s growing opioid crisis. The House has already approved legislation to require continuing education for prescribers and dispensers, establish a task force to improve access to treatment, and require insurance coverage for abuse-deterrent opioid drugs. Other measures are in the works after a series of hearings hosted by the House Majority and Minority Policy Committees.

As chairman of the House Agriculture Committee, I will also continue working on issues such as milk pricing transparency and horse racing industry reforms. Keep up to date with the latest legislative news by visiting my website at or on Facebook at
Still Time to File for 2015 Property Tax/Rent Rebate
There is still time to apply for the state’s 2015 Property Tax/Rent Rebate program. The deadline to file is Dec. 31, and as always, assistance with filing the necessary forms is available from my local offices at no charge.

Eligible participants can receive a rebate of up to $650 based on their rent or property taxes paid in 2015. The program benefits eligible Pennsylvanians who are 65 years or older, widows and widowers 50 years or older, and those 18 years or older with disabilities. Complete eligibility information is available here

Claimants who already applied for their rebates may check the status of claims online at or by calling, toll-free, 1-888-PATAXES. For more information, copies of the application forms or assistance, please visit or contact one of my offices:

Are You Prepared?
September is National Emergency Preparedness Month, and the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA) is reminding residents to think about how you and your loved ones would respond in the event of a house fire, flood or power outages that could happen at any time.

Prepare an emergency kit that includes flashlights and extra batteries; a first aid kit and manual; at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food, water and medicine; cash, credit cards and important legal documents, such as checkbooks and Social Security cards; and any other necessary items for all family members, including pets. In addition to pulling together supplies, families should also make an emergency communications plan, since family members may not be together when an emergency strikes.

To learn more about emergency planning, downloadable checklists and communications plans, visit

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