Jan. 06, 2017

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Harrisburg Update

A quick look at what’s happening in Harrisburg
and the 125th Legislative District...


New 2017-18 Session Now Underway with Swearing-In Day

On Tuesday, Jan. 3, my wife, Amie, joined me on the House floor, as I took the oath of office to begin my fourth term as state representative of the 125th Legislative District. I thank all of you for the privilege to represent you in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives.

Also on swearing-in day, the House unanimously selected Rep. Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny) as speaker of the House for the second consecutive session. The day also included certification of election results, election of the House parliamentarian and adoption of rules that will govern the chamber.

I was also selected to again serve as deputy chair of the House Majority Policy Committee for the 2017-18 legislative session. The committee travels across the state, conducting hearings and roundtable discussions about important issues to gather testimony and information from key stakeholders. I will attend these hearings and work with my colleagues in the House Republican Caucus to develop policies to address the issues that matter most to Pennsylvania citizens.

I thank you for your support and feedback as I continue to work for you. You can follow me as the session goes along at Facebook.com/RepTobash.
 
 
101st Farm Show Kicks off Jan. 7

 
The Pennsylvania Farm Show near Harrisburg kicks off this Saturday, Jan. 7, and is designed to showcase the very best in agriculture that the Commonwealth has to offer. The Farm Show, which features 6,000 animals, 10,000 competitive exhibits and 300 commercial exhibitors, emphasizes the importance of agriculture in daily life, highlights the latest in ag technology and advancements and offers attractions for all ages. Admission to the show is free, but parking is $15 per vehicle. Shuttle service is provided. More information is available at FarmShow.state.pa.us.

Share Your Farm Show Memories! If you’re participating in or attending this year’s 101st Farm Show, take your camera or phone along and snap some photos. You can share your memories and photos on my Facebook page at Facebook.com/RepTobash. And when you’re posting the photos, don’t forget to insert the hashtag #PAFS17.
 
 
511PAConnect Seeks to Keep Stranded Motorists Safe, Informed

 
A new service called 511PAConnect has been launched to provide updates to motorists in the event of a long-term road closure due to accidents on the Pennsylvania Turnpike or other major state roadways. The service will be activated when personnel from the PA Turnpike and PennDOT identify a potential long-term closure, with the system being used only for emergencies that will last for a sustained period. The system will only work in areas with cell phone service.

Motorists who receive the alert will have the option of registering for automatic text messages or phone call updates, along with follow-up notifications from turnpike and PennDOT staff monitoring the closure. Once the incident is resolved, motorists who registered for the alerts will automatically be unsubscribed and all personal data will be scrubbed from the system.

PennDOT and the Turnpike Commission offer a variety of tools to keep travelers informed during all levels of incidents -- including the 511PA smartphone app, a phone number, online sources and social media platforms -- but 511PAConnect is the first initiative of its kind to link directly to a targeted group of travelers who are being impacted by, or who are approaching, a large-scale emergency.
 
 
Happy New Year!
As the first week of 2017 is almost complete, I want to wish you all a safe, happy and healthy new year! I am looking forward to working with you on the issues and concerns that mean the most to you – the people of the 125th District. As a reminder, my district office is located at 988 East Main St., in Schuylkill Haven. Our phone number is 570-385-8235. Below, you’ll find a list of additional offices and services that are offered in the district throughout the month to make important state-related services available to you close to home.
 
 
District Office Services
Schuylkill Haven District Office
988 E. Main St., Suite A
Schuylkill Haven, PA 17972
570-385-8235
The hours at the Schuylkill Haven office are as follows: Mondays through Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Williamstown District Office
Borough Building, 200 S. West St., Williamstown
717-647-7208
The hours at the Williamstown office are as follows: Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Satellite Office Hours
 
Pine Grove - American Legion

42 S. Tulpehocken St., Pine Grove
By appointment only.

Gratz Community Center
125 N Center St., Gratz
First Thursday of the month, from 9 a.m. to noon.
Call 570-385-8235 or 717-647-7208 to confirm date and time.

Tri-Valley Public Library
633 East Main St., Hegins
Every Friday from 9 a.m. to noon.
Call 570-385-8235 or 717-647-7208 to confirm date and time.

Northern Dauphin Human Services Building
295 State Drive, Elizabethville
Fourth Thursday of the month from 9 a.m. to noon.
Call 570-385-8235 or 717-647-7208 to confirm date and time.

Tower City - Municipal Building
(Mayor’s office)
219 E. Colliery Ave., Tower City
By appointment only. Call 570-385-8235 to schedule.
 
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Office Locations
988 Route 61 South, East Main Street, Schuylkill Haven, PA 17972 | Phone (toll free) (855) 271-9384
Borough Building, 200 S. West St., Williamstown, PA  Phone (717) 647-7208
4B East Wing, Harrisburg, PA 17120-2147 
Email: mtobash@pahousegop.com
TTY: 855-282-0614 
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