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PENNVEST Approves Area Project
2/1/2019
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Harrisburg Update

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


PENNVEST Approves Area Infrastructure Project

The Hegins-Hubley Authority was awarded much-needed funds by the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority (PENNVEST).

The authority was approved for a $2 million low-interest loan to fund the design, engineering and permitting phases of its Act 537 plan project to construct a conveyance and treatment system for the areas of Hegins and Hubley townships experiencing failure of on-lot septic systems. The proposed sewer system will consist of 166,610 feet of gravity sewer mains, 21,564 feet of low-pressure mains and seven pump stations. The wastewater treatment plant will have the capacity to treat 600,000 gallons per day.

This funding will go a long way in helping to make needed improvements to better serve residents and protect the environment. It will also help businesses to grow and create a number of new jobs.

PENNVEST provides grants and low-interest loans to communities across the Commonwealth for sewer, stormwater and water projects. The projects contribute to improving Pennsylvania’s environment and the health of its people, while also providing opportunities for economic growth and jobs for Pennsylvania workers.


Save Our Health Care

At a press conference this week, House Republican leaders called for a public hearing to help save our health care. Pennsylvania residents may soon face a crisis in health care, if the state courts repeal a rule that helped stave off a similar crisis more than a decade ago.

The rule currently requires medical malpractice cases to be brought in the county where the alleged malpractice occurred.

Repealing that rule could lead to patients having to say goodbye to their physicians or patients having to drive farther for care. Additionally, recruiting physicians and specialist would be difficult, and medical innovations may be halted.

To learn more about the issue click here.

To learn more about the potential negative impact this rule repeal could cause, the House Majority Policy Committee will hold a public hearing on Feb. 12 in the Lehigh Valley.
 

Governor’s Budget Address Set for Tuesday

 
On Tuesday Feb. 5, Gov. Tom Wolf will unveil his budget proposal for fiscal year 2019-20.

I am looking forward to hearing the governor’s proposal and reviewing the details in the coming weeks as the Appropriations Committee will begin its series of hearings on the proposal on Feb. 11.

You can watch the address on my website, RepTobash.com at 11:30 a.m. and keep your eyes on my social media for updates and reactions.
 

We Salute You!

This week at the state Capitol in Harrisburg, it was my honor to welcome Sgt. Mark Anthony Xavier Durick. Sgt. Durick was selected the 2018 Airman of the Year, Junior Non-Commission Officer of the Air National Guard. He and his family reside in the 125th District.

Thank you for your outstanding service and keep up the great work! We are very proud of your accomplishments

 
Pictured with Mark and me is (left) Speaker of the House Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny), Myoung Durick, and Major Mark Durick.
 

DCNR Grants Available for Parks, Recreation and Conservation

I want to remind our local governments and recreation and conservation organizations that grant applications are now being accepted by the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.

Funded through DCNR’s Community Conservation Partnerships Program, grants benefit planning, acquisition, and development of public parks; recreation areas; motorized and non-motorized trails; river conservation and access; stream buffers; open space conservation; and regional and statewide partnerships to better develop and manage resources. The 2019 grant application round closes April 10.

DCNR has scheduled a webinar for Wednesday, Feb. 27, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. to help potential applicants. The primary source of grant funding is the Keystone Fund, which has supported more than 300 trail projects, more than 2,400 community park development projects, and conserved more 117,400 acres throughout the Commonwealth.

For more information on the grant program, click here.

More information on the full range of DCNR grant opportunities is available here.  
 

Ensuring Victims’ Rights

 
Legislation to amend the Pennsylvania Constitution to add a victims’ bill of rights was reintroduced this week in a step toward putting the question before voters.

Last session, Marsy’s Law passed in the House and Senate unanimously. An identical bill must be passed this session before the question is placed on the ballot.

While Pennsylvania has protection for victims written into its laws, a constitutional amendment is the only way to ensure that victims have equal footing with offenders and the only way to ensure that victims have some kind of redress when their rights are violated.

The amendment would require notice of hearings and other proceedings, physical and emotional protection from the accused, notice in cases of release or escape, proceedings free from unnecessary delay, the ability to confer with the prosecutor in the case, full and timely restitution from the offender, and notification of all of these rights.
 

Increasing Access to Life-Saving Medication

As the spring semester gets underway at colleges and universities across the state, students with known or unknown food allergies could have an extra layer of protection in the event of an allergic reaction.

Act 93 of 2018 authorizes colleges and universities to have non-patient specific epinephrine auto-injectors on hand in case of an emergency. The law also applies to law enforcement agencies, summer camps, restaurants, amusement parks, sports facilities and other facilities to carry non-patient specific epinephrine auto-injectors.

With food allergies becoming more prevalent in our society, increasing access to life-saving medication is more important than ever.

Experts estimate 1 in 13 children in the United States have food allergies and allergic reactions result in 90,000 emergency room visits and approximately 1,500 deaths annually.
 
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