Apr. 15, 2019

New Committee Assignment Announced

 

I am pleased to announce my recent appointment to the Joint Legislative Air and Water Pollution Control and Conservation Committee (JLCC).

Improving quality of life, lack of investment and blight removal are just a few of the major challenges that I am looking forward to addressing on this important committee to help our region and our Commonwealth to flourish once again. Decisions that this committee makes will impact the environmental legacy we preserve for future generations.

Over the decades, the JLCC has helped formulate some of the Commonwealth’s most groundbreaking environmental laws including the Environmental Rights Amendment to the state Constitution and a variety of other legislative issues such as prescribed burns, waste tire remediation and electronic waste recycling.

The bipartisan committee conducts studies, holds hearings and makes recommendations to the General Assembly on a variety of environmental issues. It also makes recommendations regarding the custodianship and care of land, water and air in the Commonwealth to determine where there are problems, possible solutions and what can be done to initiate positive change.
 
 
Help For Lyme Disease Treatment



 
Pennsylvania has consistently ranked among the highest in the country for confirmed cases of Lyme disease.

To help those affected by this disease and other related tick-borne illnesses, last week the Pennsylvania House approved legislation that would require health insurers to cover treatment plans prescribed by a patient’s health care practitioner, regardless if the treatment plan includes short-term or long-term antibiotic treatment.

Lyme disease can be easily treated with antibiotics when caught and treated early. If untreated, the disease can cause joint swelling, cardiac or neurologic complications. The most severe cases can be debilitating.

House Bill 629 now advances to the Senate for consideration.

For more information on the signs and symptoms of Lyme disease, and how to protect yourself from tick bites, click here.
 
 
Give PennDOT Feedback


 
PennDOT is looking for Pennsylvanians to give feedback on its winter services and communications.

You can provide your input by taking PennDOT’s 10-question survey that asks about how often you travel in poor weather, how you rate PennDOT’s winter service, and how you rank its snow-removal priorities.

The survey also asks how you receive PennDOT’s roadway information, and if you use Pennsylvania’s 511PA system for traffic and incident information, and winter roadway conditions.

You can take the survey by clicking here.
   
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