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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
Empowering Victims of Sexual Abuse
9/28/2018
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Empowering Victims of Sexual Abuse

I joined a majority of my House colleagues this week in passing legislation that would empower victims of sexual abuse by eliminating the criminal statute of limitations for prosecutions of sexual abuse of minors and extending the civil statute of limitations for lawsuits alleging sexual abuse of minors until the victim reaches 50 years of age. The bill would also waive sovereign and governmental immunity for claims.

Senate Bill 261, which now goes back to the Senate for concurrence, includes several of the recommendations outlined by the state attorney general after the August release of a report alleging widespread coverup of sexual abuse within the Catholic Church across the state and dating back generations.

Another one of the recommendations – which would increase penalties for mandated reporters who continue to fail to report suspected child abuse – was reported out of committee on Wednesday. 
 
 
Saving the Lives of Domestic Violence Victims

Seeking to help protect victims of domestic violence, the House this week passed House Bill 2060, which would take firearms out of the hands of convicted abusers sooner than in existing law. The bill would make the relinquishment period 24 hours, rather than the current timeframe of 60 days.

In the case of a civil Protection From Abuse (PFA) order, a judge would order the relinquishment of firearms after a hearing at which evidence is presented and both parties have a chance to speak.

House Bill 2060 would make it mandatory that firearms are relinquished to law enforcement, to an officer of the court, to a licensed firearms dealer or to a commercial armory – and not to a family member or friend. Relinquishment would only apply after due process is completed and the person has been deemed by the court to be violent and a threat.

The bill now goes to the state Senate for consideration.

Both federal and state criminal law currently prohibit known abusers from having firearms in their possession. No firearms will be taken from responsible gun owners. 
 
 
Organizations Given Option of Carrying EpiPens

To help save lives in emergency situations, the House unanimously approved legislation this week that would allow law enforcement and a variety of organizations and businesses to carry epinephrine auto-injectors, known as EpiPens.

House Bill 126 would permit a number of entities – law enforcement, recreation camps, colleges, universities, day cares, youth sports leagues, amusement parks, restaurants, places of employment and sports arenas – to stock a supply of EpiPens in the event a patron comes in contact with an allergen and has an anaphylactic reaction, which could be fatal.

Under the legislation, a designated employee must receive training in how to recognize signs and symptoms of severe allergic reactions. Immunity would be granted for those who reasonably administer the EpiPen in good faith.

The bill has been sent back to the Senate for agreement. 
 
 
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
 
 
Veterans Service Hours Scheduled

Free assistance is available to area veterans and their families at my district office in Coopersburg on Friday, Oct. 5. A veterans outreach specialist from the American Legion will be available from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to answer questions about veteran benefits and help file claims.

Please call (610) 282-0160 to schedule an appointment. The office is located at 21 N. Main Street, Unit 9, in the borough. 
 
 
Expanding Broadband Access and Availability

More than 30 House members gathered Tuesday at the Capitol for the inaugural meeting of the General Assembly’s Broadband Caucus. The goal of the group, which includes members from both sides of the aisle, is to bring access to high-speed internet to unserved and underserved areas of Pennsylvania.

Speakers included representatives from AT&T, the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission, Department of Community and Economic Development, Pennsylvania Farm Bureau and Pennsylvania State Grange.

Leaders of the caucus have put forward a four-bill package of legislation that would address compliance of non-rural telecommunication carriers, use of existing state communications assets, recommend improvements to the deployment of high-speed broadband services and audit the existing Educational Technology Fund. 
 
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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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