Aug. 20, 2019 / Weekly Roundup

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#Listrak\DateStampLong# The latest news from the State Capitol
Making PA Schools Safer

Recognizing the importance of ensuring our children feel safe at school, the General Assembly voted overwhelmingly in support of investing an additional $60 million in the School Safety and Security Block Grant program.

Now in its second year, the program provides flexible funding that schools may use for a variety of security-related initiatives, including hiring school police officers, school resource officers, counselors and/or mental health counselors; alternative education and diversion programs; violence prevention initiatives; school safety and emergency preparedness plans; or physical upgrades to school buildings and equipment to improve safety.

Based on revisions to the grant funding guidelines, each school entity that submits an application for funding to the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency will receive a base grant of between $30,000 and $45,000, based on the school’s average daily attendance.

As part of the Public School Code bill that accompanied passage of this year’s budget, lawmakers also are requiring each public school district to create at least one multi-disciplinary threat assessment team to identify students in distress before their behavior escalates to a level that raises concern about safety.
Busy Serving the 51st District

 I met with some of our local government leaders in Fayette County. State agencies, including PennDOT and the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, were also part of the conversation.
 Our summer intern, Joseph Dolobach, recently had his last day in the district office. We wish him all the best this fall at the University of Pittsburgh. Joseph was a great asset to our office this summer.
Apply Now to Intern in the Uniontown Office

I am accepting applications for an internship program based out of the Uniontown office for students currently enrolled for credit through an educational institution. Interns will help constituents, research policy and assist in drafting legislation.

This internship is an opportunity to witness, up close, the role government plays in helping citizens with any state issues or concerns they have. It’s a strong introduction to public service that can benefit students either as they prepare to pursue a related degree or begin a post-graduation job.

Interns may be high school or college students and will be expected to work at least eight hours per week. The hours can be set in accordance with an intern’s academic or athletic schedule.

Duties of an intern include:
• Assisting constituents in getting help from state agencies.
• Drafting letters on current issues and legislation to send to constituents.
• Public policy research.
• Drafting co-sponsorship memos as directed by staff.
• Daily office duty assistance.
• Event planning with office staff.
• Attending committee, budget or legislative meetings with staff members and the representative.

The fall internship will run from September to December, spring from February to May and summer from May to August.

Interested students are asked to submit a copy of his or her resume to Amanda Cuteri at Anyone who is seeking academic credit should also provide a letter from a student advisor. For more information, please call 724-438-6100.
Don’t Miss These Events

Financial Aid Seminars
Thursday, Sept. 19, from 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Third Presbyterian Church, 425 Union St., Uniontown

Thursday, Sept. 26, from 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Meyersdale High School Auditorium, 1349 Shaw Mines Road, Meyersdale

Representatives from the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA) and local schools, including vocational schools and institutions of higher education, will be on hand to help students with financial aid questions. The seminars are open to high school juniors and seniors, as well as non-traditional students and their families.

Senior Safe Driving Courses
Friday, Sept. 20, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Third Presbyterian Church, 425 Union St., Uniontown

Friday, Sept. 27, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Meyersdale American Legion, 413 Grant St., Meyersdale

Seniors for Safe Driving will provide a PennDOT-approved course for Mature Driver Improvement. The course is designed for drivers 55 years-of-age and older to become safer and more confident on the road. Upon completion of the course, participants may receive a minimum of 5% discount on their auto insurance premium for three years, as mandated by Pennsylvania State Law. Registration is required. Participants much register at or 1-800-559-4880.

Click here for a full listing of upcoming events.
Were You Affected by the Equifax Data Breach? File Your Claims Now

If you were one of the 147 million Americans affected by the 2017 Equifax security breach, a settlement has been reached with the credit reporting agency and damage claims are being accepted.

The settlement reached by a coalition of 48 states includes a Consumer Restitution Fund of up to $425 million to compensate those affected by the breach, with maximum payments capped at $20,000 per person. The deal also includes up to 10 years of free credit monitoring or $125 if you choose not to enroll because you already have credit monitoring services.

You can check to see if you were affected by the breach by using the tool provided by Equifax here.

For more information about the settlement and how to file a claim, visit the Federal Trade Commission’s website here.
Grants Available for Urban Agriculture Infrastructure Improvement Projects

The new Urban Agriculture Infrastructure Grant Program is accepting applications through Friday, Sept. 6.

This program, established by Act 40 of 2019, aims to strengthen communities by offering reimbursement grants to those interested in developing urban infrastructure, promoting aggregation of product and sharing resources throughout urban areas.

Those seeking to begin improvement projects in an urban area are eligible to apply for a grant if they fall under any of the following categories: individuals, partnerships, associations, businesses and municipal governments.

Applications which are deemed eligible will receive either a microgrant or a collaboration grant to assist funding of projects. Microgrants are assigned to single applicants with a maximum amount of $2,500. Collaboration grants are focused on combined efforts with a reimbursement of up to $50,000.

Individuals and organizations can apply online for the grants here.
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