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


Recognizing a New Eagle
10/26/2018
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Recognizing a New Eagle

 
On Sunday, I presented a House citation to Christian Stezelberger at his Eagle Scout Court of Honor ceremony. A member of Troop 362 in Bethlehem, he is the son of Gerald and Jayne Stezelberger and lives in Washington Township. For his Eagle Scout project, Christian packaged 50 boxes of various useful items, such as toiletries, canned goods, magazines and snacks, which were sent to a Lehigh Valley-based Army unit stationed overseas.
 

Shredding Event a Success

 
Last Saturday, I co-hosted a paper shredding event with Sen. Pat Browne (R-Lehigh) at Robert “Bob” LaBold Maintenance Building in Slatington. About 75 people stopped by to have their documents securely destroyed. I hope to hold a similar event next year.
 

Law to Protect Highway Workers
 
As a way to help enhance safety within highway construction zones, the General Assembly passed Senate Bill 172 – now Act 86 of 2018 – which will better protect construction workers along roadways.

Under the new law, automated speed enforcement cameras will be deployed as part of a five-year pilot program in active work zones along certain federal highways under PennDOT and the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission’s jurisdiction. A separate program is being implemented in Philadelphia for U.S. Route 1 (Roosevelt Boulevard) to reduce pedestrian-related crashes.

Motorists who exceed the speed limit by at least 11 mph when construction workers and these cameras are present will receive a written warning for the first offense, a $75 fine for the second offense and a $150 fine for third and subsequent offenses. Penalties imposed will not be a criminal conviction if paid, will not reflect on an owner’s driving record, and cannot be used for insurance purposes or to authorize imposition of surcharges on motor vehicle insurance coverage. Cameras could start appearing as early as the spring 2019 construction season.

This legislation was modeled after a similar law in Maryland, which saw a substantial reduction in work zone-related crashes.

In 2015, 1,900 crashes were reported within work zones, leading to 23 deaths across Pennsylvania. According to PennDOT, work zone crashes have been increasing at a rate of 5 percent annually since 2012.

For more information about highway safety, click here
 

Fighting Back Against Food Stamp Fraud
A new law will help prevent food stamp fraud by imposing tougher penalties for the illegal trafficking of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits.

Act 160 of 2018 creates a new penalty for the fraudulent trafficking of SNAP benefits in an amount greater than $2,500. Violators will be required to pay restitution of up to three times the amount of fraud they committed. Under the prior law, the recipient who sells the benefits and the merchant who creates the illegal market for and trafficks in those benefits are treated the same.

The law stems from a case uncovered last year by the Office of State Inspector General in which a Harrisburg restaurant traded drugs for electronic benefit transaction (EBT) cards and bought thousands of dollars of supplies from a food wholesale club to be resold for profit. This serious problem across Pennsylvania takes food from our most vulnerable citizens.
 

Heating Assistance Program to Open Next Week
Residents who are struggling with their home heating bills can apply for assistance from the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) beginning Thursday, Nov. 1.

LIHEAP is a federally funded program that helps individuals and families pay their heating bills through home heating energy assistance grants. It also provides crisis grants to help in the event of an emergency or if a resident is in danger of losing his or her heat due to broken equipment, lack of fuel or termination of utility service.

The income eligibility guidelines for LIHEAP are set at 150 percent of the federal poverty income level. For example, the income limit for an individual is $18,210; for a couple, the limit is $24,690; and for a family of four, it is $37,650.

Residents may apply for LIHEAP online or by contacting the County Assistance Office in their county of residence. Applications and assistance completing them also are available in my district offices. 
 

Got Expired Drugs? Dispose of Them Safely on Oct. 27
To help keep prescription medications out of the hands of those who shouldn’t have them, the U.S. Department of Justice, working with local law enforcement, will hold a prescription drug take-back event in our area on Saturday, Oct. 27. This event allows residents to drop off unwanted or expired prescription medications free of charge for safe and convenient disposal.

From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., residents can drop their medications off at the following local sites. More sites are being added daily.

Since the twice-a-year disposal events began in the fall of 2010, the total amount of prescription drugs collected by DEA has reached 9,964,714 pounds, or 4,982 tons.

Several communities in our area also have permanent collection sites. Click here for those.
 

Veterans Organizations Can Apply for Trust Fund Grants
The Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (DMVA) is accepting applications for the 2018-19 Veterans’ Trust Fund (VTF) grant cycle. Up to $800,000 in VTF grant funding will be competitively awarded for programs and services benefiting Pennsylvania veterans.

The VTF is funded by Pennsylvanians who voluntarily donate when applying for or renewing driver’s licenses, photo IDs or motor vehicle registrations; purchasing Honoring Our Veterans license plates; or making private donations.

To learn more about the VTF and the grant application process, visit vtf.pa.gov or follow DMVA on Facebook at facebook.com/padmva.

Pennsylvania has the fourth-largest veteran population in the nation, with nearly 800,000 veterans.
 
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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
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