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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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Committee to Look into School Preparedness Initiatives
3/2/2018
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Committee to Look into School Preparedness Initiatives
The issue of school safety and security, especially the prevention and handling of active shooters and other emergency situations, was one of the discussion topics at a meeting of the House Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee this week.

In Pennsylvania, schools are required to have an emergency plan, but that may or may not cover active shooter situations. Under Act 55 of 2017, schools are encouraged to conduct at least one security drill per school year in each school building. The security drills may be used in place of one of the school’s monthly fire drills.

In further discussion on this serious nationwide issue, the House Education Committee will hold a day-long hearing on March 15 to examine further prevention methods.

I have talked with several superintendents within our district about future collaborations with existing and specialized local social service agencies to help coordinate resources.


Budget Hearings Continue to Form Basis for Upcoming Negotiations
The second full week of budget hearings wrapped up on Thursday, with members of the House Appropriations Committee asking agency and department officials a variety of questions about executive functions, programs and efficiencies. These questions, along with submitted written testimony, will serve as the foundation for budget negotiations this spring.

Appearing this week were the departments of Environmental Protection, Agriculture, Corrections, General Services, Health, Drug and Alcohol Programs, and Military and Veterans Affairs, along with the Liquor Control Board and the Office of Attorney General.

On the agenda for the third and final week of budget hearings are full days for the departments of Education and Human Services, along with the Pennsylvania State Police, Office of Homeland Security, Office of Inspector General, and Gaming Control Board. The final day will feature Budget Secretary Randy Albright. The hearings can be viewed live at PAHouseGOP.com, with archived videos posted within 24 hours of the hearing.
 

Need Assistance with Your 2017 Property Tax/Rent Rebate Form?
We Can Help for FREE!
Just a reminder that forms for the state’s 2017 Property Tax/Rent Rebate program are now available, and eligible participants can receive a rebate of up to $650 based on their rent and property taxes paid in 2017.

You DO NOT need to pay a private entity for assistance in filing the forms. Copies of the forms, as well as assistance with filing them, are available at no cost at my district offices. Applications are due by June 30, 2018. Stop by one of my offices for assistance or to get a form.

What to bring?
• 2017 tax materials.
• Photo identification.
• Any 2017 income statement.
• Bank routing and account numbers for direct deposit.
• School and property tax bill receipts that are marked as paid.
 

New License Plate Honoring PA National Guard Now Available
 
Members of the Pennsylvania National Guard have a new way to proudly show their service through the display of a military license plate. The new plates feature the standard Pennsylvania license plate colors of blue, white and yellow, along with a National Guard-approved emblem on the left-hand side of the plate. Pennsylvania is printed at the top of the plate, while PA National Guard is printed at the bottom. This plate may only be used on passenger vehicles and trucks with a registered gross weight of not more than 14,000 pounds.

Members of the National Guard interested in applying for one of these plates must complete Form MV-150AD, “Application for Members of U.S. Military Registration Plate.” The form requires the service member to certify their status as a member of the Pennsylvania National Guard.

The addition of a registration plate recognizing members of the PA National Guard completes an assortment of plates available to Pennsylvania residents with ties to all branches of the U.S. Armed Forces. Additional information and images of a variety of military license plates are available at dmv.pa.gov via the U.S. Military Veteran Registration Plates Fact Sheet link under the “Resources” section of Military Personnel/Veterans Information Center. The fee for the plate is $21.                                   


Persian Gulf Bonus Program
Eligible veterans who served on active duty in the Persian Gulf Theater of Operations from Aug. 2, 1990, to Aug. 31, 1991, have six months to collect a special one-time payment to honor their service and sacrifice. Applications for the Persian Gulf Conflict Veterans Bonus are due by Aug. 31, 2018.

The bonus program, administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (DMVA), pays $75 per month for qualifying, active-duty service members, up to a $525 maximum. For personnel whose death was related to illness or injury received in the line of duty in Operations Desert Shield or Desert Storm, an additional $5,000 is available to the surviving family. Service members who were declared prisoners of war may also be eligible for an additional $5,000.

To be eligible for the bonus, a service member must have:
• Served with the U.S. Armed Forces, a reserve component of the U.S. Armed Forces or the Pennsylvania National Guard.
• Served on active duty in the Persian Gulf Theater of Operations during the period from Aug. 2, 1990, to Aug. 31, 1991.
• Received the Southwest Asia Service Medal.
• Been a legal resident of Pennsylvania at the time of active duty service.
• Been discharged from active duty under honorable conditions, if not currently on active duty.

Since 2008, about 9,500 Persian Gulf Conflict veterans have applied for and received a bonus for their war efforts. Individuals who received a bonus or similar compensation from any other state are not eligible for the Pennsylvania program. For detailed instructions on how to apply, visit persiangulfbonus.pa.gov.
 

Satellite Offices Around the 125th District
Valley View
Tri-Valley Public Library, 633 East Main St., Hegins.
First and third Fridays of every month, from 9 a.m. to noon.
Call 570-385-8235 or 717-547-7208 to confirm date and time.

Elizabethville
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.

Pine Grove
American Legion, 42 S. Tulpehocken St., Pine Grove.
By appointment only.
Call 570-385-8235 to schedule.

Gratz
Gratz Community Center, 125 N. Center St., Gratz.
By appointment only.
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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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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