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District Office(s)
1044 East Main Street
Palmyra PA 17078
(717) 838-3823 / 8-1720
FAX: (717) 832-8194
Hours: M – F
9:00 am – 4:30 pm

Capitol Office
149A East Wing
PO Box 202101
Harrisburg PA 17120-2101
Phone: (717) 783-1815
FAX: (717) 782-2937

Email Address:
fryan@pahousegop.com
Lean State Government Act
9/14/2018
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#Listrak\DateStampLong# The latest news from the State Capitol

Lean State Government Act
State agencies which efficiently and effectively carry out the missions with which they are tasked form the core of a functional state government. In order to achieve this objective, state agencies need a clear and unbiased view of their current operations so they can improve and focus attention and resources on processes which help achieve an agency’s mission, while removing resources from processes which do not further this goal.

That is why I introduced House Bill 2209, legislation to require that all state agencies be subject to an initial performance audit conducted by an experienced auditor. Additionally, this legislation will require that agencies which may benefit from further scrutiny be subject to additional audits every three years. All state agencies must respond to their audit and implement the Lean process principles in order to analyze and improve their operations.

I expect this legislation to receive a vote by the full House at the end of September.
 

Property Tax Field Hearing Held
 
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The House Finance Committee, of which I am a member, held a field hearing in Stroudsburg last week on House Bill 2329, legislation sponsored by Reps. Marcia Hahn (R-Northampton) and Rosemary Brown (R-Monroe/Pike) that would provide for interim homestead property tax elimination.

The hearing featured a very open and frank conversation and we had an opportunity to also discuss a property tax elimination proposal for the long term, such as in House Bill 76 and similar proposals.

I was extremely encouraged by the dialogue and that the bill is likely to start moving forward as part of a long-term plan to solve this burden on homeowners. The Pennsylvania Constitution says we must fund public education. It does not say that homeowners must do it. 
 

House Committee Examines Telemedicine Bills
 
Members of the House Professional Licensure Committee this week examined legislation that would allow health care to be more accessible and affordable by offering telemedicine options for patients.

Telemedicine refers to the remote delivery of health care services and medical information using telecommunications technology, a significant and rapidly growing component of health care. Through the use of telemedicine, specialists and other health care providers are able to expand their reach, helping patients stay in their communities and avoid traveling long distances for specialized care.

Legislation has been introduced in both chambers (House Bill 1648 and Senate Bill 380) that would define the term in state law and offer clarity for insurance company reimbursement for these services. Although the legislation requires payments for telemedicine services, those payments would be established between the provider and insurer.

Among those testifying at this week’s hearing were physicians, nurses, medical information technologists, insurance industry representatives and a rural school superintendent.
 

Schools Urged to Apply for Safety Grants
The new School Safety and Security Grant Program – established as part of the 2018-19 state budget package – is now open for applications.

Schools interested in applying for grants to help with safety equipment and resources should submit their applications by Oct. 12 to the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency, which is administering the new program.

A total of $52 million in grant funding will be provided to school districts, intermediate units, area vocational-technical schools, charter schools and private residential rehabilitative institutions for a wide variety of projects to improve school safety.

The grants can be used for any of 22 specific school safety initiatives listed in the legislation, including such things as hiring school security officers, purchasing security-related technology, completing safety and security assessments, implementing violence prevention curricula, offering counseling services for students, and other programs and services to protect students.

The grant money is to be distributed geographically, with no school district receiving more than 10 percent (but eligible for at least $25,000) of the available funds. The money is expected to be distributed by March 2019.

To apply or for more information, visit the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency’s website here.
 

Grants Available for Job Training
Local workforce development boards can apply for $2.5 million in Business-Education Partnership (BEP) grants that will connect businesses and school districts – all in an effort to expand new career opportunities across Pennsylvania.

The funding is available through the Department of Labor and Industry to local workforce development boards, which are regional entities that direct federal, state and local funding to workforce development programs in their areas.

These partnerships connect schools, employers, parents and students to provide career-related experiences and opportunities through soft-skills development, internships, workplace shadowing and career mentoring, all with the goal of engaging more students in the need for technical skills required by employers.

Last year, nearly 9,000 students throughout the state participated in partnership activities.

Additional details and the grant application can be found here. The deadline to apply is Oct. 31.
 

Elk Cam Goes Live
The Pennsylvania Game Commission again has installed a camera on State Game Lands 311 in Elk County, in a field that typically is a hub of elk activity as the bugling season this fall heats up. Video and sound from the camera are being live-streamed at pgc.pa.gov, and viewers can expect not only to see elk, but turkeys, deer and other wildlife as well.

The live stream, which is provided by the Game Commission’s partner, HDOnTap, is the latest in a string of real-time wildlife-watching opportunities offered by the Game Commission.

The page also contains information on Pennsylvania’s elk, where to view them and links to the Pennsylvania Great Outdoors website, which includes all sorts of helpful information for anyone visiting elk country.

The live stream is slated to run until the end of the bugling season, likely sometime in mid-October. The top time to see elk on camera is late in the afternoon.
 
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1044 East Main Street, Palmyra, PA 17078 | Phone: (717)838-3823
149A East Wing, PO Box 202101 Harrisburg, PA 17120-2101 | (717) 783-1815
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