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Friday, January 18, 2019

Headline Harrisburg by Rep. Matt Gabler

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Headline Harrisburg
Friday, January 18, 2019
The latest news from the State Capitol 

This email includes:
  • Rough Seas Ahead
  • Attention Veterans
  • Protecting Your Rights
  • Holiday Weekend Closings
  • Radon – Is Your Home Safe?
  • Increasing Access to Life-Saving Medication

Preparing for Weekend Weather

Harsh winter weather is in the forecast for the next several days. In preparation for the upcoming storm, the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA) offers some commonsense tips to help you and your loved ones stay safe on the roads and in your homes during winter weather emergencies.

Please click here for the details.

Also, if you must travel, please visit for the latest road conditions.

Way to go Elkers!

On Friday, Congressman Glenn "GT" Thompson and I traveled to Ridgway Area High School to congratulate students, teachers and administrators on being one of 17 Pennsylvania schools to earn Blue Ribbon status from the United States Department of Education.

The National Blue Ribbon Schools Program recognizes public and private elementary, middle, and high schools based on their overall academic excellence or their progress in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups.

Attention Veterans

The new year is a good time for veterans to review their benefits with a professional to ensure they are receiving all they have earned through their service and sacrifice.

This month, a representative from the Pennsylvania American Legion will visit my DuBois district office this Tuesday, Jan. 22, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

This is a great opportunity for the men and women who serve or have served our country to check out programs and benefits that may be available to them.

You do not need to be an American Legion member to take advantage of this service.

Protecting Your Rights

On Wednesday, I co-authored a letter to Pennsylvania Auditor General Eugene DePasquale requesting a special audit of the implementation of PICS, the Pennsylvania Instant Checks System which provides instant access to background records on an individual to determine if the person is eligible to acquire a firearm or a license to carry a firearm.

My concerns are with the way the PICS system is operating.

Please click here or on the letter to bring up a larger version that is easier for viewing.

PennDOT Driver License, Photo Centers Closed for Martin Luther King Jr. Day Holiday

All PennDOT driver license and photo centers, including the full-service center in Harrisburg, will be closed this Saturday, Jan. 19, through Monday, Jan. 21, in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Customers may still obtain a variety of driver and vehicle products and services, including all forms, publications and driver training manuals, online through PennDOT’s Driver and Vehicle Services website,

My district offices and Harrisburg office will also be closed during the same time period.

Radon – Is Your Home Safe?

An estimated 40 percent of Pennsylvania homes have higher levels of radon than national safety standards, due to the state’s geology. However, residents can perform a simple test to detect this gas, which is considered the second leading cause of lung cancer.

Radon is an odorless, colorless radioactive gas that occurs naturally from the breakdown of uranium in soil and rocks and enters homes through cracks in the foundation or other openings. High levels of radon tend to be found in basements, but the gas can be found anywhere in the home.

Winter is a good time to test for radon, because doors and windows are generally closed, providing more accurate results. Simple radon test kits are inexpensive and available at home improvement and hardware stores.

January is National Radon Action Month. Please click here for more information.

Increasing Access to Life-Saving Medication

As the spring semester gets underway at colleges and universities across the state, students with known or unknown food allergies could have an extra layer of protection in the event of an allergic reaction.

Act 93 of 2018 authorizes colleges and universities to have non-patient specific epinephrine auto-injectors on hand in case of an emergency. The law also applies to law enforcement agencies, summer camps, restaurants, amusement parks, sports facilities and other facilities to carry non-patient specific epinephrine auto-injectors.

With food allergies becoming more prevalent in our society, increasing access to life-saving medication is more important than ever.

Experts estimate 1 in 13 children in the United States have food allergies and allergic reactions result in 90,000 emergency room visits and approximately 1,500 deaths annually.


Anonymous said...

Will they have to pay the outrageous price for the epi pens or will the government give it to them free like they are the drug addicts. Oh let me guess. NO

Anonymous said...

Poor ignorant people....