Concealed Carry/Hunting Safety Seminar Set for Sept. 28
9/7/2017
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Concealed Carry/Hunting Safety Seminar Set for Sept. 28

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Please consider this week’s Mon Valley Moment your invitation to my upcoming Concealed Carry/Hunting Safety Seminar which will be held Thursday, Sept. 28, from 6-8 p.m. at the Monongahela Volunteer Fire Department.

Our featured speakers will include Tom Fazi and Richard Joyce from the Pennsylvania Game Commission; and Kim Stolfer, Firearms Owners Against Crime.

This free seminar will offer updates on state hunting and trespassing laws, and other potential legislation that could impact hunters and other firearm owners. We will also be covering the latest information on concealed carry requirements.

There are a lot of misconceptions about Pennsylvania’s concealed carry laws, and the purpose of this event is to let you know the facts and have your questions answered.

Whether you are considering applying for a permit or already have your permit, this will be a great opportunity to learn your rights, as well as understand your responsibility when interacting with local law enforcement or the Game Commission.

Due to seating limitations, interested individuals should register for this event as soon as possible by calling my Bentleyville district office at (724) 669-2242.

Be sure to tell your friends and neighbors!
                
         
Summer 2017 Newsletter Now Available at RepBudCook.com

I’d like to let you know that my first-ever newsletter is now available for viewing by clicking here.

In this Summer 2017 edition, I provide updates on:
  • Ongoing efforts to find solutions to the Mon Valley drug epidemic.
  • Our three “quality of life and jobs initiatives” that will benefit not only the 49th District, but the entire Mon Valley region.
  • Fishing in the Classroom and funding for teaching artist residencies at two District 49 school districts.
In addition, be sure to check out the complete calendar of upcoming district events on Page 4.
            

To link to my newsletter, click here.
                  
         
House Returns to Session to Finish Budget Business

Members of the House will return to voting session at the state Capitol on Monday, Sept. 11, with the goal of finishing up the 2017-18 state budget process.

Among the outstanding items to be resolved is identifying the revenue necessary to fill last year’s budget shortfall. Lawmakers have been standing up for taxpayers by pursuing alternatives to a Senate-approved proposal that seeks to increase taxes on a variety of consumer utility bills and sales taxes on online purchases, among others.

Earlier this week, a group of more than a dozen House members outlined their proposal to make use of taxpayer dollars that appear to be sitting idle in a variety of special government accounts.

The plan is designed to prevent any impacts on jobs, services or agencies while making use of money already collected from taxpayers. The measure also aims to improve transparency regarding how tax dollars are spent.

Other ideas being advanced by the House include further privatization of liquor sales and an expansion of gaming opportunities.

Talks will continue until an agreement is reached.
                  
         
Don’t Be Scammed by Skimmers

The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture is warning consumers to be on the lookout for credit or debit card skimmers that steal your information when the card is swiped or inserted.

Often combined with a concealed camera, thieves can also record your Personal Identification Number (PIN). With this information, thieves can withdraw money from your bank account and make unauthorized purchases. Additionally, the thieves may sell this information to others.

To help protect yourself, take the following steps:
  • Use ATMs in well-lit, secure locations and avoid using ATMs that are stand-alone units in corners of stores or other out-of-the-way locations.
  • Look at the card reader slot and surrounding areas to see if anything looks out of place, mismatched or loose.
  • Consider using your credit card instead of your debit card to avoid compromising your PIN and to gain other consumer protections.
  • Choose gas pumps that are closer to and within the line of vision of the cashiers.
  • Check your bank and credit card statements frequently to watch for fraudulent activity and report any unfamiliar activity immediately.
Read more here.
                  
         
Bonus Available to Persian Gulf Conflict Veterans

Veterans who served on active duty in the Persian Gulf Theater of Operations, including Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm, are reminded to apply for the Persian Gulf Conflict Veterans’ Bonus.

The bonus pays $75 per month for qualifying, active-duty service members, up to a $525 maximum. For personnel whose death was related to illness or injury received in the line of duty in Operations Desert Shield or Desert Storm, there is an additional $5,000 available to the surviving family. Service members who were declared prisoners of war may also be eligible for an additional $5,000.

To qualify, the service member must have:
  • Served with the U.S. Armed Forces, a reserve component of the U.S. Armed Forces or the Pennsylvania National Guard.
  • Served on active duty in the Persian Gulf Theater of Operations during the period from Aug. 2, 1990, to Aug. 31, 1991, and received the Southwest Asia Service Medal.
  • Been a legal resident of Pennsylvania at the time of active duty service.
  • Been discharged from active duty under honorable conditions, if not currently on active duty.
Since 2008, more than 9,000 Persian Gulf Conflict veterans have applied for and received a bonus for their war efforts. Individuals who received a bonus or similar compensation from any other state are not eligible for the Pennsylvania program.

The deadline to apply for this one-time payment is Aug. 31, 2018. Click here for more information about how to apply.
                  
         
Never Forget the Victims of Sept. 11, 2001

This Monday will mark the 16th anniversary of one of the worst days in our nation’s history. On Sept. 11, 2001, nearly 3,000 men and women were killed in devastating terrorist attacks in New York, Virginia and Pennsylvania.

The loved ones lost will be honored and remembered in observances across the country, including one at Pennsylvania’s own Flight 93 Memorial, near the site where one of the three planes hijacked that day crashed.

More information about the Flight 93 Memorial and planned observances is available here.
                  
         
Fall Satellite Office Hours

Just a reminder about our upcoming satellite office hours for the month of September.

My district office team will be available at the following dates, times and locations:
  • Tuesday, Sept. 12, from 9 a.m. to noon, at the Charleroi Borough Building, 338 Fallowfield Ave., Charleroi, PA 15022.
  • Tuesday, Sept. 19, from 9 a.m. to noon, at the Monongahela City Hall, 449 W. Main St., Monongahela, PA 15063.
  • Tuesday, Sept. 26, from 9 a.m. to noon, at the Carroll Township Municipal Building, 130 Baird St., Monongahela, PA 15063.

We are hosting these special office hours to offer greater convenience and make it easier for District 49 residents to meet with us one on one. Whether someone simply wants to discuss a state issue, or would like personal assistance with a state program or form, my team and I are here to help.

Services offered through my district office include:                                    

  • Information and applications for senior citizen benefit programs, including Property Tax/Rent Rebate and PACE/PACENET prescription drug programs.
  • Assistance with PennDOT paperwork (lost cards, changes, corrections, special registration plates, vanity plates and temporary placards for persons with physical disabilities).
  • Help with securing birth and death certificates (photo identification required).
  • Information about legislation.
  • Assistance with resolving matters relating to state agencies.
For the latest district event information and state government updates, visit RepBudCook.com and Facebook.com/RepBudCook.
                  
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