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District Offices
21 N. Main Street, Unit 9
Coopersburg, PA 18036

Phone: (610) 282-0160
Fax: (610) 282-3955

191 Main St., Suite 104
Emmaus, PA 18049
Phone: (610) 965-5830
Fax: (610) 282-3955

56 W. Fourth St., 2nd Floor
Red Hill Borough Building
Red Hill, PA 18076
Phone: (215) 679-3152
Fax: (215) 679-3155
 
Capitol Office
5 East Wing
PO Box 202131
Harrisburg, PA 17120-2131
Phone: (717) 783-1673
Fax: (717) 705-7012
Ending Taxpayer-Funded Vehicles
9/21/2018
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Ending Taxpayer-Funded Vehicles

Members of the General Assembly have the option to use a taxpayer-funded vehicle for official business and personal use. I have never taken advantage of this program because I believe I should use my own vehicle to go to and from work, just like all of you.

House Bill 482 would end this program that allows members of the General Assembly to receive a vehicle leased by the state. I am a co-sponsor of the legislation, which is scheduled for a vote in the House next week. If enacted, it would require lawmakers to use their own vehicle while driving on official business and get reimbursed for mileage at rates set by the federal government. 
 
 
State Grants Awarded for Area Improvement Projects

Five improvement projects in the 131st Legislative District will benefit from nearly $710,000 in state funding approved by the Commonwealth Financing Authority this week. I was pleased to play a role in securing these grants for our local communities.

Projects receiving funding through the Pennsylvania Small Water and Sewer Program include:
  • Emmaus, which was awarded a $158,791 grant for sewer meter station repair and manhole replacement.
  • Coopersburg, which was awarded a $150,000 grant to renovate its water reservoir facility.
  • The Lower Saucon Authority, which was awarded a $100,000 grant for a water pressure control and monitoring project.
  • Lower Saucon Township, which was awarded a $50,679 grant to replace a waterline.
In addition, Coopersburg was awarded $250,000 through the Greenways, Trails and Recreation Program for the completion of the southern end of the Coopersburg Saucon Rail Trail. 
 
 
Sign Up for My Upcoming Concealed Carry Seminar

I will be hosting a Concealed Carry Seminar on Thursday, Oct. 18, from 6-8 p.m. at the Emmaus Fire Company No. 1, 50 S. 6th St. in Emmaus. Gun owners and interested members of the public are encouraged to attend this free event to learn about their rights under Pennsylvania’s firearms laws. Seating is limited. Attendees are asked to please RSVP by contacting the Emmaus district office at 610-965-5830 or registering online here
 
 
Local Museum in the Spotlight

For my latest Legislative Report, we visited the Schwenkfelder Library and Heritage Center in Pennsburg, Montgomery County, which tells the story of a group of people that played a significant role in the settlement of our region. I invite you to take a few minutes to watch the video. 

Click here to view video.
 
New Website Offers Latest on Spotted Lanternfly

The spotted lanternfly, a pest native to China and Vietnam, was first discovered in Berks County in 2014 and presents a significant threat to Pennsylvania’s agriculture industry. Products specifically at risk include grapes, tree-fruit, hardwoods and nursery items.

The insect has since spread to 13 counties – Berks, Bucks, Carbon, Chester, Delaware, Lancaster, Lebanon, Lehigh, Monroe, Montgomery, Northampton, Philadelphia and Schuylkill – which are now considered to be part of a quarantine area.

Penn State Extension has compiled a comprehensive website with a lot of resources, including a checklist for homeowners in the quarantine area, tips for handling yard waste, ways to report and dispose of the insect, notices of public meetings, along with signs and symptoms, what’s at risk, where it’s found, and how the state is managing response to the insect. You can also sign up to receive the latest news, updates and alerts.

To access the website, click here
 
 
State Grants Available to Dairy Farmers

A $5 million grant program approved as part of the 2018-19 state budget is now accepting applications through the state Department of Community and Economic Development.

The Pennsylvania Dairy Investment Program was established under Act 42 of 2018 to help dairy farmers overcome falling milk prices and other market challenges. The grants may be used for researching new technologies, products and best practices; marketing to new domestic and international markets; exploring new business opportunities to diversify their operation and revenue streams; transitioning to organic production methods; and incorporating or expanding value-added dairy production, such as cheese and yogurt products.

For more information about how to apply, click here
 
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Office Locations
21 N. Main Street, Unit 9, Coopersburg, PA 18036 | Phone: (610) 282-0160
191 Main St., Suite 104, Emmaus, PA 18049 I Phone: (610) 965-5830
 56 W. Fourth St., Second Floor, Red Hill, PA 18076 I Phone: (215) 679-3152
5 East Wing, PO Box 202131, Harrisburg, PA 17120-2131 | (717) 783-1673
Email: jsimmons@pahousegop.com
TTY: 855-282-0614 
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