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 

                              
More Than $301,450 Awarded to District 49 Volunteer Emergency Responders
2/3/2018
Legislative Report 
The latest news from the State Capitol
         
More Than $301,450 Awarded to District 49 Volunteer Emergency Responders

Twenty-four volunteer fire and ambulance companies throughout the 49th Legislative District have qualified to receive approximately $301,456 from a grant program administered by the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency and Office of the State Fire Commissioner.

Click here for the list of local recipients.

All funding comes from the proceeds from slot machine gaming, and not General Fund tax revenue. Projects eligible for funding include construction or renovation of a fire or ambulance company facility, purchase or repair of equipment, training, or reduction of existing debt.

Whether it’s saving lives or protecting property, few duties are more essential than those that our emergency first responders selflessly perform on a regular basis. I applaud all of the men and women of our volunteer fire and EMS companies for qualifying for this funding, and most importantly, for their service in keeping our communities safe.

I am especially pleased to see this funding returning to our region in a way that benefits and helps to protect every person in the 49th Legislative District.
                  
         
PennDOT’s 2018 Summer Employment Program

PennDOT is sponsoring an extensive Summer Maintenance Program for college students. The program runs April through August to supplement the permanent workforce.

The students assist with completing summer maintenance work and sign upgrade services, provide maintenance and custodial services at roadside rest facilities, and perform laboring and flagging duties in maintenance organizations and highway worksites.

To be eligible for consideration, candidates must be at least 18 years of age, enrolled as a full-time college student for fall 2018 and have a valid Pennsylvania driver’s license. The hourly rate is $13.23.

If interested, please contact my Bentleyville office at (724) 669-2242 no later than Thursday, Feb. 15.

Candidates must also apply online at www.employment.pa.gov in the “Summer Maintenance Program” category under the Open Jobs section of the website. Technical support is available at (717) 787-5703.
                  
         
Mon Valley Moment: Opioids Grassroots Initiative

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This week’s Mon Valley Moment features an update on our three-part Opioids Grassroots Initiative: Treatment, Prosecution and Prevention!

I want to thank each and every one of our participants, presenters and attendees for making our “Solving the Opioid Crisis” community forums a tremendous success in 2017. One of our presenters put it best: “If this meeting saves just one life, it was worth it!”

As we continue to build our TEAM to finally rid our communities of opioid addiction, we are planning to offer more of these types of continuing education events to our citizens! We already have two more events in the works for 2018.

For the latest district event and state government updates, visit RepBudCook.com and Facebook.com/RepBudCook.
                  
         
Opening Up More Access to Treatment

To help those battling addiction better access life-saving treatment, the House passed legislation last week that would help health care professionals track down available beds at treatment centers.

House Bill 825, which now goes to the Senate, would create a detoxification bed registry to facilitate treatment for drug addiction. The proposal would require the Department of Human Services to develop and administer an internet-based detoxification bed registry to collect, aggregate and display information about available beds in public and private inpatient psychiatric facilities and licensed detoxification and rehabilitation facilities.

The registry would contain information for facilities and licensed providers; the number of beds available at a facility; and a search function to identify available beds that are appropriated for the treatment of a substance abuse emergency.
This legislation is in addition to several other bills having passed the House in the last few years to help fight the opioid epidemic in Pennsylvania.
                  
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