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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
Concealed Carry Seminar Set for Thursday
10/12/2018
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Seats Still Available for 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
 
 
Cracking Down on Hazing

Legislation that seeks to better ensure the safety of students on college campuses by cracking down on hazing passed the House this week.

Senate Bill 1090 is a comprehensive overhaul of the state’s anti-hazing law to give law enforcement better tools to prosecute hazing-related activities and to encourage those nearby to call for assistance for someone who may need help.

Specifically, the bill would increase penalties for those involved in hazing; require schools to have policies and reporting procedures in place to stop hazing; and ensure that parents and students are provided with information related to the issue. The legislation also would establish clear parameters on hazing for fraternities and sororities.

The legislation is named in memory of Tim Piazza, a Penn State student who died as a result of hazing in 2017 and was denied medical care for hours. The measure now heads back to the Senate for concurrence. 
 
 
School Safety Grants Coming to 131st District

 

Safe Schools Targeted Grants totaling nearly $100,000 were awarded to four school entities serving the 131st District. The funding was made available through a Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) program to prevent and reduce violent incidents in schools, to purchase safety and security-related equipment, and to provide for the training and compensation of school resource officers (SRO) and school police officers (SPO).

 

The local grants are as follows:

 

  • East Penn School District – $24,955 (equipment)
  • Jewish Day School of the Lehigh Valley – $39,970 (SPO)
  • South Lehigh School District – $20,000 (anti-violence program)
  • Upper Perkiomen School District – $14,190 (anti-violence program)

Our children’s safety in the classroom is our top priority. This funding will help to ensure that schools are providing a secure learning environment for students, as well as the faculty and staff.
 

 
Giving Students Flexibility for Graduation Requirements

As a way to ensure students get the most out of their educational experience, the House passed legislation this week that would remove the heavy focus on standardized testing as a requirement to graduate and instead allow students various options to show proficiency in pursuing their own career paths.

Senate Bill 1095 would provide Pennsylvania students with additional options to fulfill high school graduation requirements beyond the Keystone Exams. Students who do not score proficient on the Keystone Exams would be able to demonstrate their readiness to graduate through alternative routes.

This legislation, which now goes back to the Senate, seeks to enhance a multi-bill package to expand career and technical education to benefit both students and employers looking to fill jobs in high-demand fields. 
 
 
New Law Enhances Training, Oversight of Humane Officers

To help ensure the state’s animal cruelty laws are enforced in the fairest way possible, legislation has been signed into law to strengthen the training and oversight of Humane Society police officers.

Act 77 of 2018 increases initial and annual training hours for Humane Society police officers, and requires the training to include the proper procedure to file citations and warrants, including when and how to contact other law enforcement.

Other provisions of the new law require training in farm operations and biosecurity, including at least one on-site visit to a working commercial farm operation. Any organization that employs Humane Society police officers will also be subject to the state’s Right-to-Know Law. 
 
 
Economic Update

The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s General Fund revenue collections for September were $3.04 billion, which was $184 million more than the official estimate. So far this fiscal year, General Fund collections total $7.55 billion, which is $210 million, or 2.86 percent, above the official estimate. Learn more here
 
 
 
Watch My Legislative Report


Did you ever wonder what it takes to be a puppeteer? We found out in my latest Legislative Report, as I visited with local puppeteer Mark Keeler and discussed his craft and career. Thanks for watching! 
 
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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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