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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
State Grant for Lower Saucon Project
3/29/2019
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State Grant Awarded for Lower Saucon Township Project

This week, I was pleased to announce the awarding of $85,000 in state funding for improvements to Seidersville Hall located in Lower Saucon Township, Northampton County.

I heartily support this project, which will greatly benefit the Saucon Valley community. I really appreciate the township’s effort to upgrade an existing, older building that houses programs for both young and old.

Specifically, the state grant will go toward renovations to the interior of the building, including new windows and flooring, along with bathroom upgrades. Seidersville Hall is used by organizations that provide services to township residents.

The funding was approved and awarded by the Commonwealth Financing Authority, which was established as an independent agency that holds fiduciary responsibility over the funding of programs and investments in Pennsylvania’s economic growth. LSA grants are derived from gaming revenue.
 
 
Keeping Vaping Products Out of the Hands of Minors

To help keep harmful vaping products out of the hands of minors, the House this week passed legislation that would add “electronic nicotine delivery systems” (ENDS) to the law that currently makes it illegal to sell tobacco products to minors and, for students, to possess or use such products on school grounds. ENDS include, but are not limited to, e-cigarettes, JUULs and vape pens.

While the products are touted as harmless by some, medical experts have warned that the high doses of nicotine available in many products negatively affect the developing adolescent brain, and the long-term effects of inhaling vaporized chemicals is unknown.

House Bill 97 now moves to the Senate for consideration.
 
 
Ensuring Seniors Stay Eligible for PACE and PACENET

This week, the House Aging and Older Adult Services Committee approved a package of bills designed to help seniors in need continue to receive PACE and PACENET prescription drug benefits.

House Bill 754 would ensure any individual enrolled in PACE and PACENET as of Dec. 31, 2018, remains eligible if their maximum income limit is exceeded due solely to a Social Security cost-of-living adjustment.

House Bill 375 would exclude the cashing of savings bonds for seniors age 65 and older from being counted towards income when applying for lottery funded programs, including PACE and PACENET.

The final part of the package, House Bill 684, would remove the value of federal veterans’ disability payments and the value of all state service-connected payments from income eligibility calculations for the PACE and PACENET programs.

The bills now go to the full House for consideration.
 
 
Discussing the Issues with You

We had a lively discussion with constituents during Tuesday evening’s telephone town hall meeting. The topics included property tax reform, gas prices and lawmaker pensions. I plan to hold another session later this year, so stay tuned!
 
 
Visiting the Capitol

It was my pleasure to meet with members of the National Association of Social Workers on Monday, including one of my constituents, Sarah Kolb (right).

I enjoyed talking with Arland Schantz, who is a constituent, at the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau’s annual State Legislative Conference luncheon on Wednesday.
 
 
Turnpike Commission Offering Summer Jobs

Are you or someone you know interested in a summer job with the Pennsylvania Turnpike? Applications are now being accepted for toll collector, maintenance, clerical and engineering positions.

Toll collectors must be available to work any of the three shifts over a 24-hour period, including weekends and holidays. Employees will work a 40-hour week. The pay is $12 per hour for toll collectors, maintenance and clerical and $14.50 per hour for engineering positions.

All eligible candidates must be at least 18 years of age and completed a secondary education program such as high school or GED at the time of hiring. The program runs between May 1 and Sept. 30.

All summer applications must be completed online at paturnpike.com. Be sure that when completing the application to select “SUMMER WORK” at the first step in the registration process. Copies of online applications should be sent to my Harrisburg office by Monday, April 15.
                                       
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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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