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Friday, October 21, 2016

Capitol Update By PA Rep. Martin Causer



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Capitol Update
Friday, October 21, 2016 The latest news from the State Capitol
                
National Forest Products Week
                     
The House this week unanimously approved a resolution designating Oct. 16-22 as National Forest Products Week in Pennsylvania. I was pleased to join with Rep. Kathy Rapp in sponsoring this resolution because while the value of this industry in our area is well known, it is important to raise awareness about its contributions among legislators and citizens in our state’s urban and suburban areas as well.

The nation’s first paper mill was founded in Pennsylvania in 1690, and today, more than 10 percent of this Commonwealth’s manufacturing work force is involved in the forest products industry.

Thank you to all who work in this industry, meeting a variety of consumer needs while responsibly managing our forests to ensure their sustainability.

 
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Making Health Care More Accessible

Working to expand access to health care for all Pennsylvanians, especially those in rural areas, the General Assembly has approved and sent to the governor legislation to expand telemedicine options.

House Bill 1619 would allow Pennsylvania to join the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact, which is designed to permit eligible licensed physicians in one state to treat patients in other states via telemedicine technologies. Currently, 17 states have enacted similar legislation to join the compact, with legislation pending in one additional state, Michigan.

An estimated 80 percent of the physician population licensed in the United States could be eligible to practice telemedicine in states where they don’t reside. In addition to helping people in underserved areas, it can also help people with serious illnesses better access specialists.
                   
                              
 
Taking Action Against Sanctuary Cities

The state House this week approved legislation to protect citizens and hold local governments accountable for the illegal actions of undocumented individuals who have taken up residence in so-called “sanctuary cities.”

In sanctuary cities, such as Philadelphia, local police have been instructed by city leaders not to turn over undocumented immigrants to face prosecution on immigration violations. As a result, some of these undocumented immigrants are putting public safety at risk and committing crimes at a financial and societal cost to residents.

House Bill 1885 would hold responsible any sanctuary city in Pennsylvania for the damages to persons or property as a result of criminal activity by unauthorized aliens. The measure now goes to the Senate for consideration.
                
                           
 
Enhancing Workforce Education

As a way to tailor education policy to meet the needs and demands of our evolving workforce, legislation passed the House this week to give students who are enrolled in a vocational education program the ability to demonstrate proficiency on content areas related to the Keystone Exams. House Bill 2381 would also allow students to show their career readiness in their programs of study by attaining an industry-based competency credential, such as National Occupational Competency Testing Institute (NOCTI) or National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS) certification, or satisfying other industry-based factors.

These pathways to graduation for students in vocational education programs recognize postsecondary success looks different for students in different career paths and mirrors the option recommended for these students by the state Department of Education. The bill now goes to the Senate for consideration.
                
                                   
 
Raising Awareness of Domestic Violence
                   
The state House recently approved House Resolution 1023 officially designating October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month in Pennsylvania.

Statistics show one in every four women and one in every nine men will experience domestic violence in his or her lifetime, with nearly 1.3 million women and 835,000 men being physically assaulted by an intimate partner annually in the United States.

Domestic violence is a pattern of abusive behavior within an intimate relationship that is used by one partner to gain power or control over the other partner. This behavior can include physical, sexual or psychological violence, and emotional abuse, and can affect people of all races, income levels, religions, genders, sexual orientations and ages.

Domestic violence is one of the most chronically underreported crimes, and fewer than 20 percent of victims who report an injury from an intimate partner seek medical treatment following the injury. To find out more about domestic violence programs and support, visit www.pcadv.org.

2 comments :

Anonymous said...

So glad to see they are including men on these statistics now. It's not just women who get abused. Sometimes the woman IS the abuser.

Anonymous said...

I've been abused by a woman for 40+ years.....and I've loved every minute of it.