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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
Making Our Schools Safer
11/2/2018
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Security Grants Awarded to Local School Districts

It was announced this week that every Pennsylvania school district that applied for one has been awarded a $25,000 grant to enhance its safety and security.

School districts in the 131st Legislative District that will receive the funding include East Penn, Salisbury Township, Saucon Valley, Southern Lehigh and Upper Perkiomen.

The new $60 million grant program, which I supported, was created as part of a comprehensive school safety bill that was signed into law in June and included in the current state budget.
 
 
Blue Church Road South Bridge Project Update

We have been in contact with PennDot for several months now about the road closure created by the Blue Church Road South and Mill Road bridge project in Coopersburg. I will be meeting with PennDot District 5 officials at their Allentown headquarters on Monday, Nov. 19, to discuss the project’s completion.

The road closure is not only a nuisance to local residents, but it is more importantly, a safety issue, especially with winter fast approaching.
                                    
 
Remembering the Victims


This week, a beacon of blue was the only light shining at the state Capitol as a tribute to the 11 victims of the shooting at Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh.
 
 
Governor’s Vetoes Perplex Lawmakers

The governor’s decision to veto important cost-saving and education measures last week has left lawmakers scratching their heads.

The bills would have dramatically reduced the state’s debt (House Bill 83), required the Department of Human Services to institute work requirements for Medical Assistance recipients (House Bill 2138), and expanded career and technical education opportunities for students across Pennsylvania (House Bill 2157).

Specifically, both House Bill 83 and House Bill 2157 passed with overwhelming bipartisan majorities in both the House and Senate. House Bill 83 could have reduced outstanding general obligation debt by $1 billion over 20 years, and House Bill 2157 would have made it easier for schools to establish and renew vocational programs.

This is the second time that Gov. Tom Wolf has vetoed work requirements for able-bodied individuals on Medical Assistance, even though work requirements are in place for food stamp assistance.

All three bills are expected to be reintroduced in the new 2019-20 legislative session.
 
 
Another New Law to Fight Opioid Abuse

A new law that requires opioids to be prescribed electronically will bring consistency in the way prescriptions are filled and will also prevent the fraudulent use of prescription pads to fuel the opioid crisis.

Act 96 of 2018 will make it more difficult to have fake prescriptions filled, while also making it more convenient for patients who have a legitimate need for the medication. Currently, most all medications are prescribed electronically.

Another benefit of e-prescribing is that the tracking of the prescription can go directly to the state’s prescription drug monitoring database to help ensure only those who have a legitimate medical need for these drugs can access them.
                                     
 
New Law to Protect Highway Workers

As a way to help enhance safety within highway construction zones, Act 86 of 2018 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.

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. 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.
 
 
Turn Those Clocks Back This Weekend

Daylight saving time will end at 2 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 4, and you are reminded to turn your clocks back one hour before going to bed on Saturday night.

It is also recommended that you check or change the batteries in smoke detectors and carbon monoxide alarms. Smoke detectors and carbon monoxide alarms should be replaced every 10 years, and located near bedrooms and on each level of the residence.
 
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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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