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 

                              
Student Involvement Initiative Moving Forward in Charleroi
1/19/2018
Legislative Report 
The latest news from the State Capitol
                          
Student Involvement Initiative Moving Forward in Charleroi

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One of my favorite initiatives during my first year in office was getting our Student Involvement Program up and running!

This week’s Mon Valley Moment features a progress report of this program with a visit to Charleroi Area High School.

The Student Involvement Program is specifically designed to get our young people actively involved in the operations of their local government and invested in the revitalization of their local communities, so that they will want to stay and live in the Mon Valley for years to come.

By participating in this program, many local students have already taken the first step. On Jan. 25, they will present their ideas to community and business leaders at our AAA (Activities, Assets and Attractions) event.

See flyer below for more information.                                 
 
I hope you will be as impressed as I am as we continue our visits to other District 49 school districts. Our future leaders are outstanding, thanks to excellent teachers, administrators and others.

For the latest district event and state government updates, visit RepBudCook.com and Facebook.com/RepBudCook.
                
         
Wolf’s Opioid Emergency Declaration Shouldn’t Limit Second Amendment Rights

To help ensure that residents’ Second Amendment rights are not inadvertently impacted by the governor’s declaration of a state of emergency in the fight against opioid addiction, new legislation has been unveiled to protect the rights of law-abiding citizens to keep and bear arms.

With his emergency declaration, the governor activated an automatic trigger in the Crimes Code dealing with the Second Amendment. Never before has a disaster emergency been declared for a public health reason.

Under state law, an emergency declaration criminalizes open carrying in public or on public property of any firearm – whether a handgun, rifle or shotgun.

While this unprecedented declaration of disaster for the opioid crisis gives the state some tools to use to help Pennsylvania citizens impacted by addiction, indefinitely limiting the open possession of firearms and jeopardizing other Second Amendment liberties is not necessary and should not be in effect.

The legislation would simply clarify that the prohibition against open carrying of an otherwise lawful firearm only applies if the disaster declaration expressly declares that such a prohibition is required to maintain public safety. Because the governor’s recent disaster declaration made no such declaration, upon enactment of this bill, Second Amendment rights would once again be secure in Pennsylvania.
                  
         
2017 Property Tax/Rent Rebate Forms Available Online Next Week

Forms for the state’s 2017 Property Tax/Rent Rebate program will be available for download from the Department of Revenue’s website starting Monday, Jan. 22.

Paper forms will be available in the coming weeks.

Eligible participants can receive a rebate of up to $650 based on their rent or property taxes paid in 2017. The program benefits eligible Pennsylvanians who are 65 years or older, widows and widowers 50 years or older, and those 18 years or older with disabilities. The income limit is $35,000 a year for homeowners and $15,000 annually for renters, and half of Social Security income is excluded.

NEW THIS YEAR: Applicants with veterans disability benefits and/or pensions do not need to declare that income. That income is exempt from the program, beginning with the 2017 program year.
Residents are reminded that they need not pay a private entity for assistance in filing the forms. Copies of the forms, as well as assistance with filing them, are available through my Bentleyville district office at no cost.

Applicants should be prepared to provide all the necessary income, property tax or rental information required to process claims quickly and accurately.

Applications and more information can also be obtained at www.RepBudCook.com.
                  
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