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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
New Tool to Fight Addiction
12/14/2018
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New Tool to Fight Addiction

Building on the work of lawmakers to develop policies to combat the opioid crisis, a new online tool is available to help individuals identify drug and alcohol treatment options and support services for themselves or a loved one.

The Drug and Alcohol Referral Tool (DART) is not a diagnostic assessment and does not gauge eligibility for any programs. It is designed to assist people who are looking for services but are not sure where to begin. Users get the results based off their answers to survey questions.

DART does not ask any identifying information and does not save answers after it’s closed. After completing the questionnaire, people are able to email, download, and/or print their results.

DART is a free, anonymous resource and can be found here.
 
 
Clean Slate Law to Take Effect Soon

Pennsylvanians with certain low-level offenses on their records will have their records automatically sealed under a new law taking effect this month.
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Act 56 of 2018 allows records of second and third-degree misdemeanor criminal convictions to be automatically sealed after a 10-year period without subsequent offenses. The law does not apply to violent offenses or those committed with a firearm or other dangerous item; sexual offenses; cruelty to animals; or corruption of minors.

This legislation balances the opportunity for low-level, nonviolent offenders to move forward with their lives, while at the same time not shielding the records of violent criminals.

Pennsylvania was the first state in the nation to enact a so-called “clean slate” law.
 
 
Blue Church Road Bridge Update

In our continuing effort to keep residents informed on the status of the Blue Church Road Bridge replacement project in Upper Saucon Township, we are providing the following statement from the township:

“Upper Saucon Township officials understand the importance of the Blue Church Road Bridge to our residents and fully support PennDOT in its approach and process for replacing the bridge in an expeditious manner. As such, Upper Saucon Township will assist PennDOT in any way that we can to ensure that Blue Church Road is reopened as soon as possible.”

PennDOT has said the earliest the bridge can be replaced is next summer, pending the resolution of some preliminary construction issues.
 
 
Good News for Farmers

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue recently announced that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is moving forward with a significant rollback of an Obama-era “clean water” regulation.

The new rule would replace an Obama administration regulation, known as the “Waters of the United States” rule that piggybacked on the 1972 Clean Water Act to expand federal overreach to include low areas in a cornfield that stay wet year after year.

Farmers and property rights groups have long pointed out that the Obama rule unduly prevents property owners from being able to fully use their land because the rule’s overly broad definition regulates ditches that temporarily flood as federally protected waterways.

Two Supreme Court decisions in 2001 and 2006 came down on the side of landowners, ruling that ponds at the bottom of a gravel pit and a marsh that are many miles from any lake or river were not navigable and thus not subject to the Clean Water Act.
 
 
Renew Dog Licenses Now

Pet owners are reminded that all dogs in Pennsylvania three months of age and older must be licensed by Jan. 1, 2019. You can purchase a 2019 license through your local county treasurer’s office.

Violators can be cited with a maximum fine of $300 per violation plus court costs. Learn more here.
 
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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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