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Friday, February 24, 2017

Capitol Update by Rep. Martin Causer

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Capitol Update
Friday, February 24, 2017 The latest news from the State Capitol
Join Effort to Save Rural Emergency Medical Services March 9
Area EMS providers, local and county officials, and others are encouraged to take part in a meeting to discuss efforts to support the region’s ambulance services Thursday, March 9, at 6 p.m. at the Port Allegany Fire Department.

The meeting will include an update about legislation recently passed or being considered in Harrisburg, including a new law that allows EMS companies to be paid directly by an insurer and legislation I have introduced this session to increase the Medicaid reimbursement for EMS services and boost support to the state’s Emergency Medical Services Operating Fund.

It will also include a presentation from McKean County Commissioner Carol Duffy about efforts to provide EMS/fire service training for high school students at the vocational technical school in Port Allegany, and an overview of the role local and county elected officials and their communities can play in supporting EMS agencies.

Anyone with questions is encouraged to contact my offices in Bradford (814-362-4400), Coudersport (814-279-9769) or Kane (814-837-0880).
Penn Grade Crude Council Holds First Meeting
The Pennsylvania Grade Crude Development Advisory Council held its first meeting earlier this week in Harrisburg. The council was formed to address challenges and help grow the conventional oil and gas industry that is so vital to our region.

I am honored to serve on the council with many knowledgeable and experienced people, including Bob Esch of American Refining Group and Mark Cline of the Pennsylvania Independent Petroleum Producers. I am equally honored to work with the people pictured with me (from left): Sen. Scott Hutchinson; Patrick McDonnell, acting secretary of the state Department of Environmental Protection; Dennis Davin, secretary of the state Department of Community and Economic Development; Arthur Stewart, secretary for the Pennsylvania Grade Crude Oil Coalition, who was also elected chairman of the council; and Bruce Grindle, vice president of the Pennsylvania Grade Crude Oil Coalition.

For more information about the meeting, click here
Property Tax/Rent Rebate Clinics Continue Next Week
Need help with your Property Tax/Rent Rebate applications? My office is holding several clinics to provide assistance -- at no charge -- to anyone eligible for the program. No appointment is necessary.

Tuesday, Feb. 28
  • Mount Jewett Senior Center, 8 E. Main St., Mount Jewett, 9:30-11:30 a.m.
  • Kane Senior Center, 100 S. Fraley St., Kane, 1-3 p.m.

Wednesday, March 1
  • Oswayo Valley Senior Center, 106 S. Oswayo St., Shinglehouse, 9:30-11 a.m. 
  • Coudersport Senior Center, 165 Route 6 West, Coudersport, 1-2:30 p.m.

 Assistance is also available at my Bradford, Coudersport and Kane offices. For additional information about the program and a full schedule of clinics, click here.                            
Outreach Hours Set for March 2
To help ensure access to state government information and services, I will hold outreach office hours at the following locations on Thursday, March 2:
  • Emporium Borough Office – 9-10 a.m.
  • Port Allegany Borough Office – 11 a.m. to noon.
Services available include assistance with any state-related issues or concerns, driver license and vehicle registration applications, and applications for various state programs, such as the senior citizen Property Tax/Rent Rebate and PACE/PACENET prescription drug assistance programs.

As always, you are welcome to stop by my offices in Bradford (78 Main St., first floor), Coudersport (107 S. Main St., Room 1) or Kane (55 Fraley St.) Monday through Friday, or visit my website at or my Facebook page at for the latest news from state government.
Veterans Assistance Available
Veterans service officers will be available in my Kane, Bradford and Coudersport offices in March to assist veterans and their family members with issues such as compensation, education, pension, health care and death benefits. The schedule is as follows:
  • Thursday, March 9, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. – Dan Falls of the American Legion will be at the Coudersport office, 107 S. Main St. Appointments are required and should be made by calling 814-274-9769.
  • Monday, March 6, 1-3 p.m. – Melissa Davis of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) will be at the Kane office, 55 Fraley St. No appointments are necessary.
  • Monday, March 13, 1-3 p.m. – Melissa Davis of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) will be at the Bradford office, 78 Main St. No appointments are necessary.
For information about future veterans outreach dates and locations, click here

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