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 

                              
Season’s Greetings
12/22/2017
Legislative Report 
The latest news from the State Capitol
                          
Season’s Greetings

 
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This will be the final “Legislative Report” for 2017.

In observance of the upcoming holidays, my Bentleyville and state Capitol offices will be closed on Monday, Dec. 25; Tuesday, Dec. 26; and Monday, Jan. 1.
                                   
Those of you traveling can check conditions on more than 40,000 roadway miles by visiting www.511PA.com. 511PA, which is free and available 24 hours a day, provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information and access to more than 770 traffic cameras. 511PA is also available through a smartphone application for iPhone and Android devices, by calling 5-1-1, or by following regional Twitter alerts accessible on the 511PA website.

I want to extend my best wishes for a wonderful Christmas holiday and a most happy and prosperous New Year. My team and I are greatly looking forward to working even harder in 2018 to make the 49th Legislative District the best it can be for you and our hard-working families.

We are so blessed and have much to be thankful for in our communities, state and country!
                
         
102nd Farm Show Kicks off Jan. 6


Celebrating one of Pennsylvania’s top industries, the Pennsylvania Farm Show near Harrisburg will kick off Saturday, Jan. 6. The show will run through Saturday, Jan. 13.

The Farm Show, which features 6,000 animals, 10,000 competitive exhibits and 300 commercial exhibitors, emphasizes the importance of agriculture in daily life, highlights the latest in ag technology and advancements, and offers attractions for all ages.

Admission to the show is free, but parking is $15 per vehicle. Shuttle service is provided.

More information is available at www.farmshow.pa.gov.

Looking forward to seeing all of our participants from the 49th Legislative District there!
                  
         
Final Solving the Opioid Crisis Community Forum to Focus on Prevention

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Our third and final Solving the Opioid Crisis Community Forum will be held on Thursday, Jan. 18, at the Fallowfield Volunteer Fire Department, 1660 Route 481, Charleroi, PA 15022, beginning at 6 p.m.

Earlier this year, we proposed a commonsense three-step local initiative for addressing this crisis. Our first meeting in October addressed “treatment” and our November meeting explored changes needed in the law to address “prosecution.” This final gathering of local resources will focus on the “prevention” step of the program.

For all citizens who wish to truly understand addiction and how to prevent future epidemics, there will be a discussion with representatives from local youth outreach programs, mentoring programs, drug education programs, and other prevention programs.

In addition to engaging our students, families and educators, I believe that a key component to this approach is to partner with our local churches and nonprofit groups. We need to provide local “gateways” of assistance for treatment and prevention. I’ve always believed that our communities can do a much better job than any government program alone!

We definitely want to see everyone there! Interested individuals should register for this FREE event as soon as possible by calling my Bentleyville district office at (724) 669-2242.

For the latest district event information and state government updates, visit RepBudCook.com and Facebook.com/RepBudCook.
                  
         
Applications for 2018 Pennsylvania House Scholarships Now Available

High school seniors interested in receiving financial assistance to help pay for college can now apply for a Pennsylvania House of Representatives Scholarship.

Each year the program awards four-year scholarships to two students preparing for post-secondary education. The scholarship is privately funded by individual and corporate donors; no tax or other public funds are used, and it is administered through the Foundation for Enhancing Communities.

The program is open to graduating high school seniors who are Pennsylvania residents with plans to attend a Pennsylvania college, university or career school as a full-time student. Students must have attained a minimum 3.0 cumulative grade point average in high school in order to be eligible for a scholarship.

Other factors taken into consideration for the awards are a student’s commitment to community, leadership qualities, extracurricular activities and financial need.

The application is available through the foundation’s website at www.tfec.org. Once on the site, click on the “Scholarship” tab at the top of the page. Then click on any of the counties listed underneath or the link entitled “any other county in the state of Pennsylvania” to access the scholarship information.

The application deadline is March 1, 2018.
                  
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