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Thursday, June 10, 2021

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


Capitol Update
Thursday, June 10, 2021 The latest news from the State Capitol
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COVID-19 Disaster Declaration Terminated

Responding to the will of the voters, I was proud to vote with the majority of my colleagues this week to FULLY TERMINATE the governor’s COVID-19 disaster emergency declaration. The measure was also approved by the Senate Thursday and is effective immediately.

The termination brings to a close the governor’s ability to tell private businesses if they can stay open or how many people they can have walk through their doors. It also ends his ability to command people to stay at home.

The COVID-19 disaster emergency declaration has been in place since March 6, 2020, and has been renewed five times. At the May 18 primary election, a majority of voters supported amending the state Constitution to limit the duration of a governor’s emergency declaration without input of the General Assembly and to authorize the Legislature to terminate (or extend) a governor’s emergency declaration by majority vote and without the governor’s signature.

With the emergency declaration behind us, we are focused on reviewing the hundreds of regulations that have been waived or suspended during the pandemic. We passed legislation to keep those regulatory suspensions in place through no later than Sept. 30 so things like fully reimbursable telehealth appointments and cocktails to go from area restaurants will remain in effect while we determine what changes should be made permanent.
You’re Invited! Bridge Dedication to Honor Potter County WWII Veteran This Saturday

The bridge on State Route 4021 (Honeoye Road) over the Honeoye Creek in Sharon Township, Potter County, is being designated the Tec. 5 C. Virgil Voorhees Memorial Bridge. A dedication ceremony is being held this Saturday, June 12 at 10 a.m. at the bridge, and all are welcome to attend!

Tec. 5 Voorhees grew up in a home on Honeoye Road just outside of Shinglehouse. He served as a driver and radioman for the first platoon headquarters of Battery A, 155th Airborne Anti-Aircraft Battalion, United States Army. On March 24, 1945, he was killed instantly by enemy artillery fire as he was driving his jeep across open terrain in Germany.

Please join me in honoring this soldier who sacrificed his life for us and for our country.
Honoring Those Who Served

Recognizing the dedication of the state’s veterans, the House this week approved a package of bills supporting those who served us and our country.

The “For Those Who Served” package of bills would: increase the daily pay from $150 to $250 for the Veteran Service Organization Honor Guard Burial Details at our three national cemeteries (House Bill 1421); urge Congress to pass H.R. 1656, which would establish the “Treatment and Relief Through Emerging and Accessible Therapy for PTSD Act” (House Resolution 103); require funeral entities to notify the County Veterans Affairs director, within 96 hours, of the death of a veteran (House Bill 164); authorize veterans and their family members to be charged the in-state tuition rate for colleges and universities on the date of their deposit, rather than the current “first day of the semester” requirement (House Bill 941); establish the Veterans Outreach and Support Network Program (House Bill 995); add the Navy Club of the United States of America as a voting member of the PA State Veterans Commission (House Bill 1057); and designate the 45-mile portion in Pennsylvania of US Route 20 as the Pennsylvania Medal of Honor Highway (House Bill 1091).

The bills now go to the Senate for consideration.
Protecting Second Amendment Rights

The House has approved a bill to better combat illegal local gun ordinances and regulations that threaten Pennsylvanians’ constitutional rights.

State law already prohibits municipalities across the Commonwealth from enacting their own gun laws, but some have chosen to break that law. House Bill 979 would deter implementation of illegal ordinances by holding offending jurisdictions financially responsible for attorney fees and costs, as well as any lost income, for a person who successfully challenges such an ordinance.

With more than 2,500 municipalities across the state, it’s important to ensure uniformity in our gun laws.

The measure now goes to the Senate for consideration.
Helping the Fight Against Lyme Disease

Pennsylvania has one of the highest rates of Lyme disease in the country. This week, the House approved legislation to help aid in the treatment of this potentially debilitating disease.  

House Bill 1033 would require health insurers to provide coverage for long-term antibiotic and antimicrobial therapy for a patient with Lyme disease or related tick-borne illnesses when ordered by a health care practitioner. The health care practitioner could order the treatment after making a thorough evaluation of the patient’s symptoms, diagnostic test results or response to treatment, and would be required to disclose to the patient all risks and benefits associated with the recommended treatment options.

Lyme disease can be easily treated with antibiotics when caught and treated early. If untreated, the disease can cause joint swelling, cardiac or neurologic complications. The most severe cases can be debilitating. To learn more about Lyme disease, click here.

The bill now goes to the Senate for consideration.
Hunting Licenses Available Monday

Pennsylvania’s 2021-22 hunting licenses go on sale on this Monday, June 14. Licenses may be purchased in person from authorized license issuing agents  or online at

According to the Pennsylvania Game Commission, hunters will have three Sunday hunting opportunities this year which now include more species:
  •   Sunday, Nov. 14, is open for: Pennsylvania’s statewide deer archery season; black bear archery season in WMUs 2b, 5b, 5c and 5d; statewide squirrel, pheasant, rabbit, grouse, bobwhite quail, crow and woodchuck season; AND to hunt coyotes, raccoons, foxes, opossums, striped skunks, weasels and porcupines.
  •   Sunday, Nov. 21, is open for: Pennsylvania’s statewide black bear regular firearms season; black bear archery season in WMUs 2b, 5c and 5d; deer archery season in WMUs 2b, 5c and 5d; statewide squirrel, pheasant, rabbit, grouse, bobwhite quail, crow and woodchuck season; AND to hunt coyotes, raccoons, foxes, opossums, striped skunks, weasels and porcupines.
  •   Sunday, Nov. 28, is open for: Pennsylvania’s statewide regular deer firearms season; extended bear season in specific WMUs AND to hunt coyotes, raccoons and foxes.

Please note, Sunday hunting opportunities were expanded to include small game and furbearer opportunities but does not include turkey or migratory bird species. More information about this year’s hunting and trapping seasons is available here.
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Anonymous said...

STFU Marty the idiot.

Anonymous said...

What 3:43 PM said.