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 The latest news from the State Capitol
 
Committee Highlights Tick-Borne Diseases, Tick Testing

Working to address the ongoing threat of Lyme and other tick-borne diseases in Pennsylvania, the House Health Committee held a public hearing in East Stroudsburg this week.

The committee heard from health and wildlife professionals, local officials, advocates for tick-borne disease treatment and awareness, and officials with East Stroudsburg University’s (ESU) Tick Research Lab.

Testimony focused heavily on the importance of early diagnosis and treatment in helping people successfully recover from Lyme and other tick-borne diseases. Three bills designed to help combat the disease were also highlighted, including one that would require nurses to remove a tick when it is found on a child during the school day and to notify parents; one that would require continuing education for physicians; and one to require health insurers to cover recommended treatments that may include short-term or long-term courses of antibiotics.

Members participating in the hearing also learned more about ESU’s tick lab, which provides a FREE base test on ticks submitted for Lyme disease as well as three additional tests based on the species of tick. Pennsylvanians can send a tick sample to the lab and receive the test results. These samples can be mailed to 562 Independence Road, East Stroudsburg, PA 18301.

For more information about tick-borne diseases or how to submit a tick for testing, visit www.ticklab.org.
 
 
Bike Safety Event for Kids

 
Last Sunday’s Bike Smart Lehigh Valley children’s bicycle event at Upper Saucon Township Community Park was a big success. Thanks to our co-sponsor, the Coalition for Appropriate Transportation, and to everyone who helped out.
 
 
Thank You, Bob!

It was my pleasure to attend Pennsburg/East Greenville Community Day and present Bob McCarty with a House citation that recognized his community service, which includes more than 20 years as a volunteer firefighter and civic involvement. The family event was held last Saturday.
 
 
Online Absentee Ballot Applications Launch Monday

Starting with this year’s General Election, voters who need to vote by absentee ballot may apply for the ballot online.

The mobile-friendly, online application site, available at votesPA.com/ApplyAbsentee, will go live on Monday, Sept. 16, the first day that registered voters may apply for absentee ballots for the Nov. 5 election.

When an applicant completes the online form, the information is forwarded directly to the appropriate county elections office for processing. The applicant will then be provided with a ballot that must be completed and either mailed or hand-delivered to the appropriate county election office by the deadline, which is 5 p.m. on the Friday before the election, or Nov. 1 this year.

The online application system will be accessible for all domestic Pennsylvania voters this year and to military and overseas voters by 2020.

Absentee ballots may be cast by individuals with illnesses or disabilities, individuals who will be away from their municipality on business on Election Day, and Pennsylvania students attending out-of-state colleges or universities, among others. Learn more here.
 
 
Economic Update

The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s General Fund revenue collections for August were $2.27 billion, which was $27 million more than the official estimate. So far this fiscal year, General Fund collections have totaled $4.5 billion, which is $26 million or more than expected. Learn more here.
 
 
Free Naloxone Available at Health Centers Sept. 18, 25

In ongoing efforts to prevent opioid overdose deaths, free naloxone will be available at 95 locations across the state later this month to any Pennsylvania resident who wants it to help save lives.

Distributions will primarily take place at state health centers and county or municipal health departments on Wednesday, Sept. 18, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Wednesday, Sept. 25, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., or while supplies last. For specific locations and hours, click here.
 
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