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Friday, April 20, 2018

Capitol Update by Rep. Martin Causer



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Capitol Update
Friday, April 20, 2018 The latest news from the State Capitol
                          
Call to Action for Rural Broadband Expansion

Earlier this week, I joined fellow lawmakers and members of the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau in a call to action on legislation aimed at bringing much-needed broadband internet access to our rural communities.

Access to high-speed internet is not a luxury but a necessity for our students and teachers, our farmers and business owners, and our doctors and patients. It is encouraging to see the need for broadband access finally being widely recognized at both the state and federal levels, and I am optimistic we will finally see more progress on this important issue.

At the press conference, I outlined legislation I will soon introduce to create The Rural Pennsylvania Broadband Deployment Act. With both the president and our governor pledging funding to support expanded access, the legislation would establish a new fund within the State Treasury into which federal (and other) funding can be deposited to use for deployment of rural broadband/high-speed internet services. The legislation would also create an advisory board within the Department of Community and Economic Development to not only investigate and make recommendations for the improved deployment of these services, but to solicit, review and recommend proposals to use the funding. It is important to have the fund and advisory board in place to ensure dollars dedicated to rural broadband deployment are directed to the most underserved areas of the Commonwealth.

To learn more about other initiatives, and to hear from farmers who have been negatively impacted by the lack of broadband access, you can watch the full press conference below.

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I had the honor of presenting a citation recognizing the Pennsylvania Association of Conservation Districts to area conservation district leaders at the state Capitol on Tuesday. Pictured (from left) are Sandy Thompson, manager of the McKean County Conservation District; McKean County Commissioner Cliff Lane, who serves as northwest region director for the state association; Steve Sherk, vice chairman of the McKean County Conservation District; and Blaine Puller, member. The citation recognizes the week of April 15-21, 2018, as Conservation District Week in Pennsylvania.
                  
         

It was Farm Bureau Day at the state Capitol on Tuesday, and I had the opportunity to meet with several members of the Potter-Tioga Farm Bureau. Pictured (from left) are Jon Blass, Kurt Kosa, Carl Long, Philip Lehman and John Painter. I also addressed the annual Farm Bureau luncheon with more than 600 members, legislators and state officials in attendance. It’s great to see so many people coming together to support our state’s top industry!
                  
         
Filling In-Demand Jobs Now and in the Future

To help job creators fill in-demand jobs now and in the future, the House is considering a nine-bill bipartisan package this week seeking to improve career and technical education opportunities and enhance science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) curriculum.

The package includes measures to promote public-private partnerships; remove barriers for qualified career and technical educators; expand awareness of training opportunities and future earning potential; increase flexibility for innovative secondary career and technical programs; enhance and promote articulation agreements; develop and maintain a comprehensive online career resource center; coordinate state-level career exploration and workforce development opportunities; improve local and occupational advisory committees; and add K-12 teachers to the membership of the Workforce Development Board.

The package was developed following recommendations made by the House Select Subcommittee on Technical Education and Career Readiness, which was created to study and review the Commonwealth’s career and technical education policy.

The bills are expected to receive a final vote in the House the week of April 30. More information is available here.
                  
         
Last Chance to Sign Up for Firearms Safety and Rights Seminar in Shinglehouse

Join me for a discussion about Pennsylvania’s concealed carry laws, the Castle Doctrine and other valuable information regarding state gun laws at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 26, at the Shinglehouse Volunteer Fire Department, 121 S. Puritan St., Shinglehouse.

Speakers will include Potter County District Attorney Andy Watson and the Office of Potter County Sheriff.

Seating is limited. Please register in advance by visiting www.RepCauser.com or calling the Coudersport office at 814-274-9769.        

1 comment :

Anonymous said...

It's one thing to want broadband expanded, but it will be delivered by telecommunication companies, and some of the companies in Marty's area are horrible. You wait forever for technical help and repairs, and customer service is provided by call centers where people don't even know the English language.

People are still waiting for repairs and service from the storm that hit in the first week of March. I don't see Marty making much of a fuss to speed things along.