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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
Here’s How to Report School Threats
1/25/2019
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Here’s How to Report School Threats

The statewide Safe2Say tip line designed to give students, teachers, parents and community members the ability to anonymously report potential threats and other problems is now live in Pennsylvania.

To report a possible dangerous or violent situation, individuals can call the state tip line at 844-723-2729. Tips can also be reported to www.safe2saypa.org or through the Safe2Say app on iPhone and Android devices.

The Safe2Say tip line gives students a way to share information without fear of repercussions or blame from their peers.

Individuals are encouraged to report physical or verbal assault and bullying, discussion about an upcoming planned attack on the school or a person, depression, excessive guilt or hopelessness, suicidal threats or self-harm, substance abuse, or social isolation or withdrawal.
 
 
Local Schools Awarded Computer Science Grants

The East Penn, Salisbury Township, Saucon Valley and Southern Lehigh school districts have been awarded state funding to expand their computer training programs.

In a move to prepare students to use computers and technology in their careers, the Department of Education is investing $8.7 million to expand computer science classes and teacher training at 765 schools across the Commonwealth.

The $35,000 targeted grants represent the next phase of the PAsmart initiative, which will provide $20 million to bring high-quality computer science and STEM education in elementary, middle and high schools, and for professional development of teachers.

With this commitment, Pennsylvania now ranks second in the country for investments in K-12 STEM and computer science. Learn more here.
 
 
My Committee Assignments

I have been appointed to serve on the House Human Services, Insurance, Liquor Control and Urban Affairs committees for the 2019-20 legislative session.

I am pleased to be serving on these committees in particular because they develop legislation designed to improve the lives of Pennsylvania residents or to benefit their communities. I look forward to getting started.
 
 
 
New Tool to Fight Drug Abuse

To help continue efforts to fight prescription drug abuse, there is a new tool available for health care providers and the general public to report suspicious activity involving prescription medication.

The Suspicious Activity Report form, administered by the Office of Attorney General, gives an easy way for people to report fraudulent, stolen or altered prescriptions, or a suspicious doctor/pharmacy.

Tips can be submitted anonymously or with your contact information included for follow up from the Office of Attorney General’s Bureau of Narcotics Investigations.

The form and answers to frequently asked questions can be found here.
 
 
Tethering Dogs in the Bitter Cold is Against the Law

Pet owners are reminded that it’s now against the law in Pennsylvania to leave a dog outdoors during harsh winter weather like we’ve been experiencing lately.

According to Act 10 of 2017, also known as Libre’s Law, dogs cannot be tethered outside longer than 30 minutes in temperatures below 32 degrees. However, a dog can still be kept outside, untethered, if their shelter adequately maintains body temperature and keeps the animal dry.

Suspected violations of the tethering law should be reported to your local humane officer, which can be found here. Contact local or state police if there is no humane officer for your area.
 
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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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