Office Locations 
District Office(s)
Big Jim Plaza, LLC
55 Gosai Drive
Suite 112
Bentleyville PA 15314
Local: 724-669-2242, 
          724-669-2290,
          724-669-2293
Toll-free: 855-271-9380
Fax: 724-669-2296

Capitol Office
B-15 Main Capitol
PO Box 202049
Harrisburg PA 17120-2049
(717) 783-8655
FAX: (717) 782-2962 

                              
Solving the Opioid Crisis Community Forum
10/13/2017
Legislative Report 
The latest news from the State Capitol
                          
Solving the Opioid Crisis Community Forum

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Join us on Thursday, Oct. 26 for a very important discussion with local treatment facilities, churches, support groups, and nonprofit organizations addressing citizens’ concerns regarding the prevention and treatment of opioid addiction.

This community forum will be held at the Belle Vernon Volunteer Fire Department, 10 Main St., Belle Vernon, PA 15012, beginning at 6 p.m.

Attendees will also hear from several individuals who have been personally impacted by the Mon Valley’s drug epidemic.

Interested individuals should register for this FREE event as soon as possible by calling my Bentleyville district office at (724) 669-2242.
                
         
REAL ID Grace Period Extended Through January 2018

          
Pennsylvania residents who need REAL ID to access certain federal facilities now have a grace period through Jan. 22, 2018, according to an announcement this week by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

This grace period went into effect Oct. 11. PennDOT submitted an extension request to the federal agency in early September and is currently awaiting its response. The enforcement grace period applies only to entrance to federal facilities. There is no enforcement on commercial air travel until Jan. 22, 2018.

PennDOT has begun work on the implementation of REAL ID, and estimates REAL ID-compliant driver licenses and identification cards will be available at the customer’s option in March 2019. This will allow ample time for customers who want a REAL ID product to get one before the final DHS effective date of Oct. 1, 2020.

Information on REAL ID in Pennsylvania, including frequently asked questions, is available at www.dmv.pa.gov.
                  
         
Save the Date for California Town Hall Meeting
                                                                       
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I want to invite concerned citizens from the California Area School District and all other stakeholders to join me on Thursday, Oct. 19, for my next Town Hall Meeting.

This informational meeting will be held at the California Volunteer Fire Department, 1000 Wood St., California, PA 15419, beginning at 6 p.m.

The purpose of this Town Hall is not to discuss what has been done, but most importantly what can be done in terms of major quality of life initiatives and job creation throughout the 49th Legislative District. Come on out and learn about what’s going on at the local level and throughout our state, ask questions, share ideas and leave with answers!

Interested individuals should register for this FREE event as soon as possible by calling my Bentleyville district office at (724) 669-2242.

I hope to see everyone there on Oct. 19, so be sure to tell your friends and neighbors.
                  
         
All Veterans Can Get New Photo ID Cards

Under a federal law passed in 2015, all honorably discharged veterans of every era will be able to receive a photo ID card from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), starting in November. This will allow veterans to prove their service without showing a copy of their official DD 214 discharge documents.

The law, known as the Veterans Identification Card Act 2015, orders the VA to issue a hard-copy photo ID to any honorably discharged veteran who applies. The card must contain the veteran’s name, photo and a non-Social Security identification number.

Veterans may apply for the free card online, but a timeline for how long it will take to receive a card after application has not been finalized. Other details are not yet available. In Pennsylvania, veterans can apply for a specially designated driver’s license under Act 176 of 2012.

More information is available here.
                  
         
Preventing Fires in Your Home

To help prevent residential fires, October has been designated across the nation as a time to remind people of fire dangers in their homes and communities, as well as to educate the public about simple fire prevention steps to make everyone safer.

House Resolution 546 designates October as Pennsylvania Fire Prevention Month, and also marks Oct. 8-14 as National Fire Prevention Week.

This year’s Fire Prevention Week theme -- “Every Second Counts: Plan Two Ways Out!” -- seeks to remind people to have an escape plan that includes at least two exits in the event one of those exits is blocked by fire.

The National Fire Prevention Association also encourages families to practice their home fire drill twice a year, once at night and once during the day, and to practice using different ways out.
                  
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