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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
Holding Public Officials to a Higher Standard
3/22/2019
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Holding Public Officials to a Higher Standard

The House this week gave overwhelming approval to a bill that would ensure public officials or employees who commit felony crimes related to their jobs will not collect a taxpayer-funded pension. The measure is now on its way to the governor for his signature.

Senate Bill 113 would expand the types of convictions that require officials or employees to forfeit their pensions to include any felony conviction, guilty plea or no contest plea related to an official’s job.

The legislation would also put a stop to the practice of a person pleading guilty to lesser crimes to avoid losing their pension and closes several other loopholes that have been exploited by officials to continue to collect pensions from the state after breaking the law and violating the public trust.
 
 
Setting Up Students for Career Success

Working to ensure Pennsylvania students have a diverse array of career paths from which to choose, the state House overwhelmingly approved a bipartisan package of bills designed to boost career and technical education (CTE) at schools across the Commonwealth. The bills now go to the Senate for consideration.

The initiatives are a cornerstone of the House Republican Caucus’ #GoodJobs4PA initiative aimed at ensuring all Pennsylvanians have access to good-paying jobs and careers.

To help students plot their path to success, there are bills that would allow technical schools to recruit students like colleges do; make it easier for students to see where credits transfer; create a database of workforce development programs at secondary and post-secondary institutions; create an online career resource center; and allow students who complete classes in STEM education to apply the credits to a course through a vocational-technical school, technical institution or vocational school. Learn more here.
 
 
My Committee Work

One of the standing House committees on which I currently serve is the Liquor Control Committee. Our job is to consider legislation relating to the administration of alcoholic beverage licenses and the sale and distribution of alcoholic beverages.

This week, I was named by House Speaker Mike Turzai to serve as chairman of the Subcommittee on Licensing. I thank the speaker for the honor of this appointment and look forward to working with my colleagues on any licensing issues that come before us.
 
 
Local Fire and EMS Companies Receive State Funding

I am pleased to report that fifteen fire and EMT organizations in the 131st Legislative District have been awarded more than $197,000 in funding through the 2018-19 Pennsylvania Fire Company and Volunteer Ambulance Service Grant Program.

Projects eligible for funding include construction or renovation of a fire or ambulance company facility, purchase or repair of equipment, training or reduction of existing debt. All grants are generated from slot machine gaming proceeds, and not General Fund tax revenue.

Following is a list of fire and EMS organizations in the 131st District that received grants and the amount of the awards:

Lehigh County
  • Citizens Fire Company of Upper Milford – $12,832.
  • Citizens Fire Company No. 1 Inc. – $11,678.
  • Coopersburg Fire Company No. 1 – $13,162.
  • Emmaus Borough Ambulance Corps. – $7,155.
  • Emmaus Fire Department – $14,811.
  • Lower Milford Township Fire Company 1 – $13,822.
  • Upper Milford Western District Fire Company – $12,832.
  • Upper Saucon Ambulance Corps. – $7,155.
  • Upper Saucon Township Volunteer Fire Dept. No. 1 – $14,811.
  • Western Salisbury Volunteer Fire Company – $14,811.
Montgomery County
  • East Greenville Fire Company No. 1 – $13,492.
  • Pennsburg Fire Company No. 1 – $13,657.
  • Red Hill Fire Company – $13,822.
  • Upper Perkiomen Valley Ambulance Association – $7,155.
Northampton County
  • Se Wy Co Fire Company Inc. – $26,146.
Our first responders selflessly dedicate their time in service to our communities. These state funds will help to ensure they have the equipment and training necessary to continue the important work of protecting lives and property.
 
 
DEP Starts Statewide Surveillance of Ticks

The Department of Environmental Protection is beginning a five-year environmental surveillance of ticks to assess the risk of tickborne illnesses across Pennsylvania.

The study is taking place in every county to track ticks’ habitats, life stages and peak activity levels and to test them for human pathogenic diseases. Learn more here.
 
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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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