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Thursday, January 3, 2019

Headline Harrisburg by Rep. Matt Gabler

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Headline Harrisburg
Thursday, January 03, 2019
The latest news from the State Capitol 

This email includes:
  • Community Invited to Welcome Home Gabler
  • Time to get to work!
  • PA Farm Show Starts on Saturday
  • New Crack Down on Repeat DUI Offenders
  • Increased Funding to Aid Ambulance Services

DuBois Central Catholic (DCC) School will recognize one of its own this Friday, Jan. 4, during a “Welcome Home” event for state Rep. Matt Gabler. The program will begin at 1:15 p.m. in the high school auditorium, located at 200 Central Christian Road, DuBois.

Gabler, who was valedictorian of DCC’s 2002 graduating class, recently returned from spending nearly all of 2018 in the Middle East with the Pennsylvania Army National Guard. He was promoted to the rank of major during his deployment and sworn into office Tuesday to begin his sixth term in the state House, representing the residents of the 75th Legislative District.

Gabler attended Bucknell University in Lewisburg on a four-year Army R.O.T.C. scholarship and earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in political science in 2006 with a minor in physics. Upon graduation, Gabler’s commitment to serving others continued through his commissioning as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army Reserve.

He served as commander of the Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment, 424th Multifunctional Medical Battalion before becoming a medical logistics officer with the Headquarters, 28th Infantry Division, Pennsylvania Army National Guard.
Friday’s slate of speakers includes Pennsylvania State House Speaker Mike Turzai and 73rd District state Rep. Tommy Sankey (R-Clearfield/Cambria).

The public is invited to attend; however, seating is limited, and priority will be given to DCC students who are attending the event. Light refreshments will be served following the program.

Time to get to work!

Tuesday was Swearing-In Day at the state Capitol, and Rep. Gabler’s wife and daughter were able to join him for the occasion.

Gabler was also recognized for his return following deployment to the Middle East and invited to lead the House chamber in the Pledge of Allegiance.

The 2019-20 House session is officially underway. The House is now comprised of 110 Republicans and 91 Democrats, including 43 first-term members. There are two vacancies.

On swearing-in day, the House also unanimously selected Rep. Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny) as speaker of the House for the third consecutive session. The day also included certification of election results and adoption of rules that will govern the chamber.

PA Farm Show Starts on Saturday

Just a reminder, the 103rd Pennsylvania Farm Show will kick off Saturday, Jan. 5, and run through Saturday, Jan. 12. This year’s theme is “Inspiring Pennsylvania’s Story.”

In addition to all the delicious food offerings, the Farm Show features 6,000 animals, 10,000 competitive exhibits and 300 commercial exhibitors.

Admission to the show is free, but parking is $15 per vehicle. Shuttle service is provided.

If you’re participating in or attending the Farm Show, take your camera or phone along and snap some photos. You can share your memories and photos on my Facebook page at And when you’re posting the photos, don’t forget to insert the hashtag #PAFS19.

New Cracks Down on Repeat DUI Offenders

A new law cracking down on habitual DUI offenders is now in effect. Statistics show repeat offenders cause 40 percent of all DUI-related crashes.

Pennsylvania was previously one of four states that did not punish repeat DUIs as felonies.

Act 153 fixes that by increasing penalties for repeated DUI crimes.

Under the new law, any individual convicted of his or her third DUI with a BAC of 0.16 or higher could be found guilty of a felony offense.

The same penalty would apply to all individuals convicted of four or more DUI offenses.

Repeat offenders who are convicted of homicide while DUI now face a minimum prison sentence of five or seven years, up from the previous three-year minimum.

Increased Funding to Aid Ambulance Services

Ambulance companies across Pennsylvania will see a much-needed increase in Medicaid reimbursement rates this year.

Approved as part of the 2018-19 budget, reimbursement rates have increased from $200 to not less than $300 for Advanced Life Support (ALS) services and from $120 to $180 for Basic Life Support (BLS) services, effective Jan. 1.

The increases, to be funded by $4 million in state funds and approximately $8 million in federal matching funds, are necessary to help meet growing costs faced by the Commonwealth’s emergency medical service providers. It is the first increase since 2004.

To further support these life-saving services, another new law, Act 103 of 2018, requires both private insurers and Medicaid to reimburse for treatment provided regardless of whether transport takes place. This is a common occurrence with patients suffering with diabetes as well as for drug overdose calls.

Additional initiatives to shore up the state’s fire and emergency response organizations were outlined in a recent report released under Senate Resolution 6 of 2017. The report includes 92 concepts incorporated into 27 recommendations to address challenges in the fire and EMS communities, with most of them focused on staffing, funding and training needs.

1 comment :

Anonymous said...

Mr Gabler the Dems took over.