May. 23, 2019

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The latest news from the State Capitol
A Tribute of the Living, Honoring the Dead

Monday, May 27, is Memorial Day – a day set aside to honor the more than 1.1 million Americans who have died in wars which the United States entered. Unlike Veterans Day, Memorial Day is not intended to honor those veterans who are still among us, only those who have died.

Please take a moment this weekend to remember these men and women who sacrificed their lives for us and for our country.

Waynesboro’s parade starts at 9 a.m. and is followed by a service in Memorial Park.

Greencastle’s parade starts at 10:30 a.m. and is followed by a service in Cedar Hill Cemetery.
Reforming Pennsylvania’s Criminal Justice System

We had a good give-and-take last week at my town hall meeting focused on criminal justice reform.

My next town hall in the series will be one conducted via a telephone system. I'll be providing an update on the state budget at about 6:30 p.m. Thursday, July 18.

We will use emails like this one to notify you about signing up for the telephone town hall.
PA’s Opioid Epidemic – Employing More Tactics in the Fight

As we continue to combat the opioid abuse epidemic plaguing the Commonwealth, the House Health Committee has approved legislation to better regulate pain management clinics and help identify patients who previously overdosed.

House Bill 1005 would help health care professionals identify and better treat patients who previously overdosed by requiring first responders and hospital personnel to document the use of Narcan, Naloxone or any other opioid overdose agent in the patient’s record in a state database.

The database was created in 2014 to help track opioid prescriptions to prevent people with an addiction from obtaining multiple scripts from different doctors.

House Bill 1214 would require pain management clinics to be licensed and regulated by the Department of Health to ensure they are not prescribing or dispensing controlled substances inappropriately. While it is important to ensure people who are struggling with chronic pain can access the medications they need, it is equally important to prevent the diversion, misuse and abuse of controlled substances.

Both bills now go to the full House for consideration.
Reminder: Fish for Free on Sunday

The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission is hosting the first of its two annual Fish for Free Days this Sunday, May 26.

Don’t miss out on the opportunity to enjoy fishing in any of Pennsylvania’s waterways, even if you don’t have a license.

Both residents and non-residents are eligible. Just make sure you follow all other fishing regulations.

For your convenience, there are even opportunities to borrow equipment from certain sites at state parks and other locations. You can find those locations by clicking here.

The second Fish for Free day is scheduled for Thursday, July 4.
Touring the Capitol

Waynesboro Area School District’s Mowrey, Hooverville and Summitview elementary schools recently sent classes to Harrisburg to learn about state government.

Students were able to tour the Capitol to learn more about the building and the work done inside of it.

If you would like to schedule a group tour, please call 717-783-5218.
PennDOT’s Schedule for May 27 to May 31
  • Pipe replacement and shoulder cutting on Corner Road in Peters Township.
  • Crack sealing on Molly Pitcher Highway in Southampton Township.
  • Shoulder work on Old Route 16 in Washington Township.
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