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Thursday, September 16, 2021

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


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Thursday, September 16, 2021 The latest news from the State Capitol
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Kane Senior Citizens Expo – Thanks for Coming!

Thanks to everyone who came out last Friday to our Senior Citizens Expo in Kane. It was great to see some familiar faces and some new ones. Don’t forget our last Expo of the year coming up on Friday, Oct. 8, at the Roulette Fire Hall.

Remembering Our EMS Personnel

It was truly an honor to take part in this year's PA EMS Memorial Service at the state Capitol to recognize EMS personnel who have died in the line of duty. May God bless these dedicated public servants who regularly put their lives on the line to save the lives of others. Pictured from left: Bruce Trego, PA State Fire Commissioner; Dylan Ferguson, director of the Bureau of Emergency Medical Services, PA Department of Health; Rep. Karen Boback, chairman of the House Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee; me; Doug Garretson, chairman, PA EMS Provider Foundation; and Randy Padfield, director, PA Emergency Management Agency.
House Returning to Session Next Week

Speaker of the House Bryan Cutler (R-Lancaster) has recalled members to session next week to address a variety of issues.

In the wake of the Wolf administration’s decision to issue a statewide mask mandate in schools, we will be looking at restoring local control in public health decisions.

We’ll also be considering an extension of the disaster emergency declaration related to the aftereffects of Hurricane Ida. It is the first time the General Assembly will consider an extension after voters approved an amendment to the state Constitution limiting a governor’s disaster declarations to a maximum of 21 days. Anything beyond 21 days requires legislative approval.

Other issues on the agenda include addressing regulatory waivers and suspensions existing since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic and working to address the opioid crisis.

Session will convene at noon on Monday, Sept. 20. It will be streamed live at  
Health Committee Seeks Opinion on Mask Mandate Issue

Members of the House Health Committee met Tuesday to request a determination from the Commonwealth Joint Committee on Documents about whether the Wolf administration’s school masking mandate is subject to the regulatory process and the Regulatory Review Act.

The letter cites Section 7.1 of the Pennsylvania Regulatory Review Act (Act 181 of 1982), which states that if a standing committee or commission finds that a published or unpublished document has been unilaterally promulgated, then the committee can present the matter to the Joint Committee on Documents. The Joint Committee on Documents shall then determine whether the document should be promulgated as a regulation.

No branch of government should be allowed to abandon our long-established legal processes for any reason, including a pandemic. Click here to read the full letter submitted to the Joint Committee on Documents.
Audit Confirms Serious Flaws in Administration’s Business Waiver Program

Auditor General Timothy L. DeFoor this week released a performance audit of the Wolf administration’s business waiver program employed last year during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. As expected, the audit revealed a flawed process that provided inconsistent answers to business owners and caused confusion.

Of note, according to DeFoor, was the frequently changing guidance. The administration’s guidance for determining whether a business was life-sustaining, first issued on March 19, subsequently changed nine more times between March 21 and May 28, 2020. A “frequently-asked questions” document intended to guide businesses was revised 14 times.

He also pointed to delays in responding to business waiver applications, and changing responses to some of those applications, citing the stress and uncertainty it caused to business owners as well as their employees and families.

Read more about the audit findings here.
Celebrating Constitution Day!

On Sept. 17, 1787, our Founding Fathers signed the most influential document in American history, the U.S. Constitution.

The National Constitution Center in Philadelphia is offering free admission to the museum on Friday and hosting a variety of online events in honor of this day, including a discussion about the state of civics education in the country; an opportunity to interact with leading constitutional scholars; and a conversation among judges about how they have approached recent appellate cases.

You can also view a naturalization service in honor of Citizenship Day; celebrate the birthday of the Constitution; and attend a virtual town hall about the legacy of America’s founding fathers.

Learn more about the National Constitution Center here.
Digital Hunting Licenses Now Available for Download

Pennsylvania hunters now have the option to carry digital versions of their licenses, in place of paper licenses.

Hunters and trappers who already have purchased their 2021-22 licenses can download PDF copies of their licenses and permits by logging in to their profile on HuntFishPA and accessing their purchase history.

Those who buy licenses now and in the future will be emailed a PDF version of their licenses, so long as they provide an email address in their profile. This applies whether they buy licenses online or at an issuing agent. All documents will be emailed, except for harvest tags.

Deer, bear and turkey hunters, and those hunting or trapping in any other season where harvests must be tagged, must continue to carry paper harvest tags afield. No electronic harvest tags are being issued or authorized for use. All paper licenses and permits that are carried afield must be signed.

Those who plan on hunting big game or bobcats, or trapping fishers or otters, must plan ahead of time to be sure that they are in possession of their harvest tags prior to hunting or trapping those species. All harvest tags will be mailed to those who purchase their licenses online.
Firearms Safety and Rights Seminar Set for Oct. 18

I am joining Rep. Clint Owlett in hosting a Firearms Safety and Rights Seminar at 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 18, at Tri-Town Volunteer Fire Company, 810 SR 49, Ulysses.

We’ll be joined by Potter County District Attorney Andy Watson and Trooper Sierra Rose of the Pennsylvania State Police for a discussion of the state’s concealed carry laws, the Castle Doctrine and other valuable information regarding state gun laws.

Please RSVP by visiting or by calling the Coudersport office at 814-274-9769.


Anonymous said...

How about this gun law straight from the Pa constitution "The right of the individual to keep and bear arms shall not be questioned " . Don't need a lawyer to explain that one.

Anonymous said...

WTF Marty, no mention of the insurrection 2 at the Capital this Saturday ? What are you some kinda socialist communist ?

Anonymous said...

Sure. But where does it say, "concealed"?

Anonymous said...

Ya, and how come nothing about the global warming hoax?

Anonymous said...

6:51. It's against the supreme law of the land for anyone to question if you have arms concealed or not. It's pretty clear don't buy into their B'S.

Anonymous said...

651, it is not a hoax, or are you a Faux New viewer? All of the hottest years have occurred in the past 20 years, island nations have had to relocate due to rising sea levels, glaciers are melting at record levels, Arctic Sea is almost devoid of ice, Tropical Cyclones have become more intense, droughts prolonged, heat waves more intense, but no you cannot see that.

Anonymous said...

You DEMs sure do trigger easy.

Anonymous said...

There are better things to harp about... Like, why do we all wear masks, but the thousands of illegals don't? And why is our southern boarder wide open? The Supreme Court has ruled that is not constitutional, yet the President and his administration don't seem to care about what that Court says. My God we have problems!

Anonymous said...

10:05 All has happened before nothing new it's called cycles!

Anonymous said...

We didn’t throw a tantrum and try to subvert democracy, over throw an election and beat law enforcement officers… some to death

Anonymous said...

Tomorrow is the big day ! Get your Trump signs out, he should be reinstated by sundown !

Anonymous said...

8:07, are you the same highly educated paranoid racist who keeps talking about all of those scary "illegals" in virtually every comment, regardless of the topic of the post? Give it a rest...the brown boogeyman isn't coming to get you. hahaha

Anonymous said...

11:51, I agree with you completely! They all try to talk tough, but the reality is that these Trumpublicans are the biggest bunch of whiney, tantrum throwing, cry babies. They think everything is a lie and that everyone is out to get them! They're pitiful! hahaha