Office Locations 
District Offices
2030 Center Street
Northampton, PA 18067
Telephone: (610) 502-2701
FAX: (610) 502-2704
Hours: M – F
9:00 am – 4:30 pm 
                    
Slatington Borough Hall
125 South Walnut Street
1st Floor
Slatington PA 18080
Telephone: (610) 760-9805
FAX: (610) 821-6109
Hours: M - F
9:00 am – 4:30 pm 

Capitol Address Information
402 Irvis Office Building
PO Box 202183
Harrisburg, PA 17120-2067
Telephone: (717) 772-5398
Fax (717) 783-7667


Budget Hearings Continue to Form Basis for Upcoming Negotiations
3/2/2018
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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.


Helping Our First Responders
Last week, I hosted a Fireman/EMS Roundtable at the Diamond Fire Company Social Hall in Walnutport. The event was co-sponsored by Diamond Fire Company, Mission BBQ and the Eastern Pennsylvania EMS Council. Issues touched upon included state and federal grant programs, training requirements and a legislative update.
 

Committee Takes Look at School Preparedness
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.
 

Resources to Help with Problem Gambling
With March being observed as National Problem Gambling Awareness Month, officials from the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs, the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board and the Pennsylvania Lottery discussed the warning signs of problem gambling and highlighted available resources to help with a gambling addiction.

In the Commonwealth, the Council on Compulsive Gambling of Pennsylvania works to educate Pennsylvanians on compulsive and problem gambling to prevent development of dangerous gambling habits. It operates the Pennsylvania Problem Gambling helpline, 1-800-GAMBLER (1-800-426-2537). More resources, including a 24-hour chat service, are also available at pacouncil.com.

For more information on how to recognize the warning signs of a gambling problem and to find treatment options around Pennsylvania, visit ddap.pa.gov or paproblemgambling.com or call 1-877-565-2112 to reach the state’s problem gambling helpline.
 

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Office Locations
2030 Center Street, Northampton, PA 18067 | Phone: 610-502-2701
Slatington Borough Hall, 125 S. Walnut Street, First Floor, Slatington, PA 18080 | Phone: 610-760-9805
402A Irvis Office, PO Box 202183. Harrisburg, PA 17120-2183 | (717) 772-5398
Email Address: ZMako@pahousegop.com
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