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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
District Office Closed Temporarily
12/7/2018
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District Office Closed Temporarily

We were forced to close our district office in Coopersburg this week due to a serious problem with the HVAC system. A carbon monoxide test determined it was operating in a hazardous and possibly life-threatening condition. We are now waiting for the necessary parts to arrive to repair or replace it.

We apologize for any inconvenience the office closure may cause. In the meantime, my offices in Emmaus and Red Hill remain open to provide assistance with any state government-related matter.
 
 
First Responders Need Our Help

With fire and ambulance services continuing to struggle across the Commonwealth, a 39-member commission created by lawmakers to study the situation has issued dozens of recommendations. You can read the commission’s report here.

Statistics show the number of volunteer firefighters has shrunk from about 300,000 in the 1980s to 38,000 today. Ambulance services are facing similar challenges for both volunteers and paid staff, leaving communities potentially vulnerable in emergency situations.

To reverse this trend, the commission suggests several strategies to boost recruitment and retention, including providing Length of Service Award Payments (LOSAP) and other benefit programs, funding basic fire and EMS training at the state level, and offering incentives to employers to permit trainees to attend fire and EMS training.

To further enhance training accessibility, the commission recommends including public safety as a trade/career preparatory program at career and technical education centers across the state and restoring funding for public safety training courses at community colleges.

Action on recommendations in the report would build on two important initiatives enacted earlier this year to boost funding for the state’s ambulance services: increasing Medicaid reimbursements for Basic Life Support and Advanced Life Support services and requiring both private insurers and Medicaid to reimburse for treatment provided regardless of whether transport takes place.
 
 
Remembering President George H.W. Bush

A grateful nation said its final farewell to former President George H.W. Bush this week. The 41st president laid in state at the Capitol prior to his state funeral, held Wednesday at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C.

Bush was also a decorated naval aviator in World War II, a congressman, a director of the CIA and vice president to President Ronald Reagan.

In his honor, flags in the state of Pennsylvania will fly at half-staff for the remainder of the year.
 
 
Two Schools Awarded Career Training Grants

Two area career and technical schools have been awarded state funding totaling nearly $95,000 for equipment purchases that will enhance their training programs. The grants were made available through the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE).

Lehigh Career and Technical Institute in Schnecksville received $50,000 for its logistic management, consumer sciences, food worker and welding programs.

Western Montgomery Career and Technology Center in Royersford was awarded $44,750 for its health services, rehab aide, dental assistant, security and cosmetology programs.

A total of $1.2 million in competitive grants from PDE was awarded to 38 career and technical centers and area vocational technical education schools across the state.
 
 
Economic Update

The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s General Fund revenue collections for November were nearly $100 million greater than anticipated. Collections so far this fiscal year are also higher than expected. Learn more here.
 
 
Get Your 2019 Fishing License!

Fishing licenses for 2019 are now available from the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission and its more than 700 issuing agents and county treasurers’ offices.

The price of a resident fishing license this year is $22.90. The most popular add-ons, a trout-salmon stamp and a Lake Erie permit, cost $9.90 each, or $15.90 for a combination permit.

For more information about fishing in PA, and how to give the gift of fishing by purchasing a gift voucher, visit www.fishandboat.com.
 
 
Christmas at the Capitol

The Christmas tree lighting ceremony was held on Thursday to mark the official start of the holiday season at the state Capitol. The 18-foot Douglas fir was grown by Crystal Spring Tree Farm in Lehighton, where other Capitol trees have come from in recent years. It’s decorated with handmade ornaments created by senior citizens and young children from all around Pennsylvania.
 
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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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