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Friday, April 26, 2019

Capitol Update by Rep. Martin Causer

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Friday, April 26, 2019 The latest news from the State Capitol

Reminder: Outreach Hours Set for May 2

To help ensure access to state government information and services, I will hold outreach office hours at the following locations on Thursday, May 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

Working to ensure area veterans receive the services and support they need, Melissa Davis of the American Legion will be available at each of my local offices in May. The schedule is as follows:
  • Coudersport: Thursday, May 2, from 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. The Coudersport office is located at 107 S. Main St. Please call 814-274-9769 to schedule an appointment.
  • Kane: Monday, May 6, from 1-4 p.m. The Kane office is located at 55 Fraley St. Please call 814-837-0880 to schedule an appointment.
  • Bradford: Monday, May 13, from 1-4 p.m. The Bradford office is located at 78 Main St., first floor. Please call 814-362-4400 to schedule an appointment.
Davis will offer veterans assistance with issues such as compensation, education, pension, health care and death benefits. You need not be a member of the American Legion to participate.

House Policy Committee Hears Rural Concerns

The crisis facing the state’s emergency response organizations was among several issues discussed at a recent meeting of the House Majority Policy Committee in Wellsboro. The purpose of the meeting was to bring together educators, elected officials, business owners, nonprofit organizations and representatives from various industries to discuss the challenges facing our rural communities.

While the General Assembly has taken some important steps forward in the effort to address funding shortages facing ambulance companies, the biggest problem faced by many fire and emergency services organizations is the lack of volunteer personnel. The problem is exacerbated by limited access to training, and both the financial and time commitments involved. This is one issue I hope to address as part of a package of bills being formulated in response to the Senate Resolution 6 report on the state of fire and emergency services in the Commonwealth.

In addition to emergency services, we also talked at length about the importance of expanding broadband access in our rural communities and improving our transportation infrastructure. These are especially important to help improve the rural economy.

Safely Dispose of Unused Prescriptions This Saturday

This Saturday, April 27, is National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. The initiative raises awareness about the importance of properly disposing of unused medications to prevent them from ending up in the wrong hands.

More than 18 tons of prescription drugs were disposed of across Pennsylvania in the Prescription Drug Take Back Day held last October.

Many local law enforcement agencies and the state police barracks in Cameron, McKean and Potter counties have permanent prescription drug disposal boxes. For a full, searchable list, click here.

New Law Helps Organizations Obtain EpiPens to Help Save Lives

With a growing number of Pennsylvanians dealing with food allergies, as well as the ongoing threat of allergies to bee stings, latex or medications, access to life-saving epinephrine auto-injectors (EAIs), commonly referred to as EpiPens, is more important than ever.

For a person suffering from anaphylactic shock, prompt administration of epinephrine can mean the difference between life and death. That’s why we adopted a new state law, Act 93 of 2018, to allow law enforcement agencies and a variety of other organizations to obtain a general, non-patient-specific prescription to keep the medication on hand.

In addition to law enforcement agencies, the following are considered “authorized entities” under the law: recreation/summer camps, colleges and universities, day care centers, youth sports leagues, amusement parks, restaurants, places of employment and sports arenas.

Training is required for organizations to obtain and administer EAIs. To learn more, click here.

April is Autism Awareness Month

April is Autism Awareness Month in Pennsylvania. An estimated 30,000 Pennsylvanians live with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

To help families, providers and those with autism access services to help meet their needs, Pennsylvania’s Bureau of Autism Services maintains a comprehensive online resource at

The website connects people with autism or those who support people with autism with resources and a community to help them improve their lives.

The General Assembly further supports people with autism by dedicating funding to autism intervention and services in the annual state budget. In the current 2018-19 budget, funding totals more than $31 million, an increase of $3.6 million over the previous fiscal year’s spending.

Learn more here.

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