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Friday, November 1, 2019

Capitol Update by Rep. Martin Causer



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Capitol Update
Friday, November 1, 2019 The latest news from the State Capitol

Congratulations!


Congratulations to the two-time state champion Elk-McKean All-Star baseball team, which is made up of players from Johnsonburg, Ridgway, Kane and Wilcox. The team won the Senior League title last July in DuBois to successfully defend its 2018 championship. I was honored to join Rep. Matt Gabler in recognizing them on the House floor this week.
 

My Bill to Boost Funding for EMS Training Earns House Approval

 Click here to view video.

The House continued efforts this week to advance policies supporting our fire and ambulance companies, and I’m pleased to report my bill to improve the affordability and accessibility of training for emergency services agencies was approved unanimously.

House Bill 1838 aims to make training more affordable by increasing funding for the Emergency Medical Services Operating Fund (EMSOF) and requiring at least 30% of the funding to be used to provide training to underserved rural areas. In addition, the bill would require 10% of the funds to be provided directly to EMS providers to help with purchasing medical equipment for their ambulances.

We also voted unanimously in support of House Bill 1869, which would allow the Department of Health to grant waivers to staffing requirements on a Basic Life Support (BLS) service ambulance in fifth- through eighth-class counties. This change would help ensure trained emergency responders can do their jobs and save lives.

Other bills passing the House this week would expand our first responder loan program, extend the Fire and EMS grant program, create an Emergency Responder Mental Wellness and Stress Management Program.

Learn more about the full package, which now awaits action in the Senate, here.  
 

Outreach Hours Set for Nov. 7

To help ensure access to state government information and services, I will hold outreach office hours at the following locations on Thursday, Nov. 7:
  • 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 www.RepCauser.com or my Facebook page at Facebook.com/RepCauser for the latest news from state government.
 

Veterans Assistance Available

Working to ensure area veterans receive the services and support they need, a representative of the American Legion will be available at my local offices in November to discuss issues such as compensation, education, pension, health care and death benefits.

The schedule has changed and is as follows:
  • Coudersport office: Thursday, Nov. 7, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Coudersport office is located at 107 S. Main St. Please call 814-274-9769 to schedule an appointment.
  • Bradford office: Wednesday, Nov. 13, from 9 a.m. to noon. The Bradford office is located at 78 Main St., first floor. Please call 814-362-4400 to schedule an appointment.
  • Kane office: Wednesday, Nov. 27, from 9 a.m. to noon. The Kane office is located at 55 Fraley St. Please call 814-837-0880 to schedule an appointment.
You need not be a member of the American Legion to participate.
 

Heating Assistance Program Now Open

Residents who are struggling with their home heating bills can apply for assistance from the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) beginning Friday, Nov. 1.

LIHEAP is a federally funded program that helps individuals and families pay their heating bills through home heating energy assistance grants. It also provides crisis grants to help in the event of an emergency or if a resident is in danger of losing his or her heat due to broken equipment, lack of fuel or termination of utility service.

The income eligibility guidelines for LIHEAP are set at 150% of the federal poverty income level. For example, the income limit for an individual is $18,735; for a couple, the limit is $25,365; and for a family of four, it is $38,625.

Residents may apply for LIHEAP online or by contacting the County Assistance Office in their county of residence.

Click here for additional information.
 
 

Specialty Crop Grant Program Accepting Applications
 
A grant program to support specialty crops grown by Pennsylvania farmers is now open.

Crops eligible for the state grant program include those not eligible under the federal specialty crop grant program, and those designated as high-priority crops in the state: hemp, hops, hardwoods and honey, as well as barley, rye and wheat for distilling, brewing and malting.

Eligible projects must enhance the competitiveness and sustainability of specialty crops. Examples could include increasing child and adult nutrition knowledge and consumption of specialty crops; improving efficiency and reducing costs of distribution systems; developing new and improved seed varieties and specialty crops; pest and disease control.

A percentage of funds will be designated to projects in rural communities with at least 20% of the population below the federal poverty line.

Click here for additional information.
 

Turn Those Clocks Back This Weekend

Daylight saving time will end at 2 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 3. Be sure to turn your clocks back one hour before going to bed on Saturday night.

It’s also a good time to check or change the batteries in smoke detectors and carbon monoxide alarms in your home. Experts say these items should be replaced every 10 years. They should be located near bedrooms and on each level of the residence.

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