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District Office
988 East Main Street
Suite A
Schuylkill Haven, PA 17972
Phone: 570-385-8235
Toll-free: 855-271-9384
Hours: Monday through Friday 8:30 am to 4 pm

Williamstown District Office
Borough Building
200 S. West St., Williamstown
Phone: 717-647-7208
Hours: Mondays and Wednesdays 8:30 am to 4 pm

Capitol Office
4B East Wing
PO Box 202125
Harrisburg, PA 17120-2125
Phone: 717-260-6148

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REAL ID Grace Period Now Through January 2018
10/12/2017
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A quick look at what’s happening in Harrisburg
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REAL ID Grace Period Now Through January 2018

Pennsylvania residents who need REAL ID to access certain federal facilities now have a grace period through Jan. 22, 2018, according to an announcement this week by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. This grace period went into effect Oct. 11. PennDOT submitted an extension request to the federal agency in early September and is currently awaiting its response. The enforcement grace period applies only to entrance to federal facilities. There is no enforcement on commercial air travel until Jan. 22, 2018.

PennDOT has begun work on the implementation of REAL ID, and estimates REAL ID-compliant driver licenses and identification cards will be available at the customer’s option in March 2019. This will allow ample time for customers who want a REAL ID product to get one before the final DHS effective date of Oct. 1, 2020. Information on REAL ID in Pennsylvania, including frequently asked questions, is available at dmv.pa.gov.


House GOP Continues Fight for Responsible Budgeting
Last week, my colleagues and I were in session in Harrisburg continuing the effort to bring the 2017-18 state budget process to a close. The main component still outstanding is a bill to complete funding of the $32 billion spending plan. While the governor has pushed for higher taxes and the state Senate approved a plan to impose nearly $600 million in new taxes – more than $400 million of which would come in the form of new and increased taxes on consumer utility bills – House Republicans are fighting for a more responsible, less burdensome solution. The House will return to session on Monday to continue work on this.

While negotiations on a revenue plan continue, my colleagues and I did approve two important measures that will help save taxpayer dollars in the long term. House Bill 785 would enact substantial debt reduction and responsible debt management policies that would save taxpayers an estimated $3.14 billion in debt service over the next 20 years. House Bill 785 heads back to the Senate for consideration.

The House also approved a key welfare reform measure that could ultimately require physically and mentally able adults to meet work requirements in order to receive benefits. Under the bill, the state Department of Human Services would seek approval from the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to implement the requirement. House Bill 59 will go to the governor’s desk for his signature.
 

Sign up for Pennsylvania Veterans Registry

Did you know that if you sign up for the PA Veterans Registry, through the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (DMVA), you can receive weekly communications from the DMVA, including up-to-date veterans benefits and program information, as well as current employment opportunities available specifically to veterans? Register at register.dmva.pa.gov.
 

Applications Open for the PA State Archives and Historical Association’s 2018-19 Scholars in Residence Program

The Pennsylvania State Archives and the Pennsylvania Historical Association are now accepting applications for the 2018-19 Scholars in Residence Program. This is a full-time, short-term research and study opportunity, which provides support for up to four weeks of full-time research and study in the manuscript and state record collections maintained by the State Archives.

Residency programs are open to anyone researching Pennsylvania history, including academic scholars, public sector officials, independent scholars, graduate students, educators, writers, filmmakers and others. Residencies may be scheduled for up to four weeks between June 15, 2018, and Aug. 15, 2018, and stipends will be awarded. Click here for a full description of the program.
  

PA Wine Month
Did you know that no matter where you are in Pennsylvania, you’re less than an hour’s drive from at least one winery? William Penn actually planted the first vineyard in Philadelphia in 1683. PA is home to more than 200 wineries, producing more than 1 million gallons of wine each year. Find one near you this month to celebrate PA Wine Month. We’re the fifth-largest grower of grapes in the nation, producing dozens of varieties: Pinot Noir, Riesling, fruit wines and more.
                                    

Contact Us
Schuylkill Haven District Office
988 E. Main St., Suite A
Schuylkill Haven, PA 17972
570-385-8235
As of Monday, Sept. 11, the Schuylkill Haven office is now open Mondays-Fridays, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Williamstown District Office
 
Borough Building, 200 S. West St., Williamstown
717-647-7208
The hours at the Williamstown office are as follows: Mondays and Wednesdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4 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
By appointment only. Call 570-385-8235 or 717-647-7208 to confirm date and time.

Tri-Valley Public Library
633 East Main St., Hegins
First and third Fridays 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 Wednesday of the month from 8:30 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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