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Friday, April 9, 2021

Capitol Update by Rep. Martin Causer (R-Turtlepoint)

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Friday, April 9, 2021 The latest news from the State Capitol
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Happy 100th Anniversary to Frances Sherman Auxiliary!

I was honored to join in the celebration marking the 100th anniversary of the Frances Sherman Auxiliary of Lieutenant John C. Roche Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 212 last week.

The Frances Sherman VFW Auxiliary was instituted in 1921 with 129 members. It is named in honor of Frances Sherman Boyle, who served in the American Red Cross in France during WWI. The auxiliary has made great contributions to the community through its support of veterans, local schools and senior centers throughout its history and continues to do so today. Congratulations and thank you all for your service!

Pictured in the group photo, from left: Bradford Mayor James A. McDonald, VFW State Commander Ron Peters, VFW Post 212 Commander Steve Kloss, Department of PA President 2020-2021 Wendi Hennemann, Jr. Vice President Dept. of PA VFWA Valerie DeCorte, Frances Sherman VFWA President Amy Peterson, me and Sen. Cris Dush.
House OKs Bill to Boost Fire, Ambulance, Other Nonprofit Fundraising

Legislation to improve pandemic fundraising options for fire and ambulance companies, as well as other nonprofit organizations that support community initiatives such as scholarships, youth sports and Scouting, has been approved by the state House.

House Bill 290 would specifically authorize Small Games of Chance (SGOC) licensees to conduct online raffles and drawings and use a mobile payment service (not credit cards) for payment. Participants would have to be verified as residing within the Commonwealth and be at least 18 years of age. The bill also would increase individual prize limits to $4,000 and weekly prize limits to $50,000 to further aid fundraising efforts.

The changes would expire with the end of the COVID-19 disaster emergency or May 1, 2022, whichever is later.

The bill now goes to the Senate.
House Advances Economic Recovery Measures

Working to help the Commonwealth recover from the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, the House approved three bills this week aimed at supporting employers, schools and more.

House Bill 605 would protect against costly frivolous lawsuits by providing civil liability protections to health care providers, schools, small business owners, farmers, restaurants and others who did their part to help keep people safe during the pandemic. The bill does not protect those who put anyone at risk, and anybody who exhibits gross negligence can and should be held accountable. The measure is the first in the “Commonwealth’s COVID Comeback” package to earn House approval.

The House also approved two bills to aid bars and restaurants, which were particularly hard hit by COVID-19 mitigation orders.

House Bill 427 would increase the discount licensed establishments receive from state stores when purchasing liquor products from 10% to 15%. House Bill 425 would allow a licensee that closes permanently to sell their liquor or wine to another licensee, helping those who did not survive the crisis.

All three measures now go to the Senate.
Discussing Natural Gas Policy

As chairman of the House Majority Policy Committee, I hosted a meeting with David Callahan of the Marcellus Shale Coalition to discuss with members the issues and challenges facing our natural gas industry.

Pennsylvania is the second largest natural gas producer in the United States, accounting for 19% of the country’s total natural gas production. And of the state’s 67 counties, 34 have at least one producing well. The industry is a great job-provider and contributor to our economy. The conversation will be helpful as the General Assembly considers legislation impacting this key industry.
Vaccine Passport Invades People’s Health Privacy

It’s been reported a number of states are considering developing so-called “vaccine passports” that would provide proof that passport holders have either received the COVID-19 vaccine or recently tested negative for COVID-19.

Every Pennsylvanian who wants a COVID-19 vaccine should have the opportunity to get one, and we are working hard to make sure that happens sooner rather than later. But whether or not to obtain the vaccine is a personal choice to be made by each individual. Requiring a “passport” to prove vaccination status is a huge overreach into people’s personal lives, and especially into their private medical information.

I would be opposed to any effort to create such a passport in Pennsylvania.
Vaccine Eligibility Update

For Pennsylvanians looking to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, eligibility has now expanded beyond Phase 1A, which primarily focused on people age 65 and over and those age 16-64 with high-risk health conditions.

As of this week, people in Phase 1B were eligible to schedule a vaccination appointment. Phase 1B includes: people in congregate settings not otherwise specified as long-term care facilities, and persons receiving home and community-based services; U.S. Postal Service workers; manufacturing workers; clergy and other essential support for houses of worship; public transit workers; and education workers.

Starting Monday, April 12, all residents in Phase 1C will be eligible to start scheduling vaccination appointments. This phase includes essential workers such as those in the following fields: transportation and logistics; water and wastewater; food service; shelter and housing; finance, including bank tellers and insurance carriers; information technology and communication; energy, including nuclear reactors; legal; federal, state, county and local government workers, including county election workers, elected officials and members of the judiciary and their staff; news media; public safety; and public health workers.

Starting Monday, April 19, all residents will be eligible to start scheduling vaccination appointments.

To learn more about COVID-19 vaccines, including the state’s vaccination plan and how to schedule an appointment, click here.
Protecting Against Repeat DUI Offenders

Legislation to improve public safety and save taxpayer dollars by targeting repeat DUI offenders passed the House this week. 

House Bill 521 would authorize courts to require an alcohol monitoring device as a condition of bail, probation or parole for repeat offenders. A repeat DUI offender is an individual who is pending adjudication for a DUI and has one or more prior DUI convictions within the past 10 years, or is pending adjudication for two or more DUIs.

Data shows recidivism rates for repeat DUI offenders who wore a device for at least 90 days are 50% less than those who were alternatively sentenced. In York County, the program has resulted in a dramatic reduction in the number of DUI offenders arrested for another DUI within the first year, in DUI victims served by the district attorney’s office and in the number of alcohol-related crashes.

The bill now moves to the Senate for consideration.
Home Heating Assistance Program Extended

The Department of Human Services is extending the 2020-21 Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) season and will now accept applications through April 30.

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 $19,140; for a couple, the limit is $25,860; and for a family of four, it is $39,300.

Additional information about the program is available here

Apply at or contact your local County Assistance Office.



Anonymous said...

You need a license, registration, inspection, and insurance just to drive a car, but you want to whine about a card saying you got vaccinated. Oh by the way, just cuz you’re an American doesn’t mean you dictate whether another country lets you in their country if you don’t carry one. Too bad, so sad. Wah. Wah. Wah.

I also noticed Marty didn’t encourage vaccinations, but he and his family got theirs. Funny how hypocritical this fool is.

Anonymous said...

Mr. Causer when it comes to COVID you talk out both sides of your mouth. I would agree in small gatherings or outdoor events nobody should have to prove they were vaccinated. Planes, restaurants, cruise ships and bars are a different story because that`s where the virus is spread. In Pennsylvania and 4 other States the virus is taking another uptick and I doesn`t surprise me a bit that we are in that group.

Anonymous said...

11:45, don't worry, there's very little likelihood that the people from this area, who complain about the vaccine card, will ever leave this area...much less try to gain entry into a foreign country. Most of them live within 25 miles of the high school that they should have graduated from! hahaha

Anonymous said...

1:59please move away. Go live with the smart people like yourself har har har .

Anonymous said...

1:59:00 PM That was good !! And so so true LOL

Anonymous said...

How does the vaccine passport infringe on anyone's health information? The only thing it verifies is that you've had your covid vaccinations or a covid test?!? It means that you don't have to worry about losing your vaccination cards or having a verified letter stating you've had a covid test. We should be requiring these for airplane entry into the US from foreign countries, especially since Europe is seeing a third wave of infections.

Anonymous said...

Wow 3:08 you want people to have vaccination card to enter the united states'but not a voter registration card to vote .

Anonymous said...

3:54:00 PM You have to prove your identity to resister to vote. Then you vote in your district where your name is in a book... The old lady then gives you the bad eye and checks your name off before you cast your vote. You can request a mail in ballet if you don`t like the old woman giving you the stink eye.

Anonymous said...

Why do all these photos with Causer have no masks? Unreal. Lead by example Marty!

Anonymous said...

3:54, the poster at 3:08 never mentioned anything about voter ID, at get over yourself, you sound ridiculous, as usual.

Anonymous said...

He`s afraid he won`t get re-elected if he wears a mask. The anti maskers dominate his district.

Anonymous said...

3:54 ... you're making some big assumptions there. I said nothing about voter id.

And how exactly do you think the covid variants got into the US? One is called the British variant and another the African variant. Other countries (like New Zealand and Australia) are doing amazingly well at keeping covid in check because they've closed down their borders to all foreign travel. We might not be able to close all incoming flights, but it sure would be a good thing to require testing upon entry.

Anonymous said...

Boy you sure can tell the sheep by there hate filled posts . Show your papers ! All hail Biden all hail Biden ! Covid was easing up until the borders were opened up now it is getting worse by the day . Were is all the concern and bitching from the libtards about kids in cages ? Funny how the abuse and packing them in like sardines is ok now !

Anonymous said...

8:06:00 AM as he posts a hate filled post LOL !

Anonymous said...

The States with the COVID surge are not near the border. You live in and are surrounded by surging States. 8:06:00 AM just wear your mask and get vaccinated.

Anonymous said...

You do know the busses and planes run from the border daily with covid infected refugees putting them in every major city in and around NY ,NJ, PA, Washington DC ,ect , ect All over the country .

Anonymous said...

Y'all bitching about COVID and Vaccine Cards and Voter Registration but are failing to see the damage caused by fracking activities and the poisoning of our land and water. So, go ahead, don't wear a mask, refuse the vaccine. But, in time, this land will be nothing but a biohazard wasteland anyways. Penn's Woods? Not anymore! Now it belongs to big corporation who don't care about the people, animals, or environment in the area. The Bills or Sabers run out of money? Oh, just drill another well! That'll solve the problem! The Facking activities may bring jobs in, but they are also bringing in the workers to work them. Not all the jobs created are provided to locals and even the ones that are, aren't necessarily permanent jobs. This isn't like putting a band-aid on a cut of joblessness. This is like putting a band-aid on extreme radiation exposure. That band-aid won't do a thing.

Anonymous said...

Busses and planes filled with Covid infected refuges?? Seriously?