Jan. 13, 2017

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The Weekly Roundup


 The latest news from the State Capitol

Beer Sales Changes Start Saturday

Under a new law aimed at improving customer convenience, consumers will be able to buy six-packs and refillable growlers at the state’s beer distributorships this Saturday.

The law also allows retail licensees to start selling on Sundays at 9 a.m. instead of 11 a.m.; permits a person licensed by another state to apply for a “malt or brewed beverage shipper license,” which allows the direct shipment of up to 192 fluid ounces of beer to be delivered to a customer per month, though only 96 fluid ounces of a specific brand of beer may be shipped per year to an adult resident; and allows liquor to be sold (in shatterproof containers) before, during and after professional and amateur athletic events in the same manner that is currently permitted for the sale of malt or brewed beverages.

The new law is the latest in a series of steps taken by lawmakers to make beer, wine and liquor sales more convenient to consumers. Other recent changes allowed the sale of wine at approved grocery stores.
Sign the Petition to Help Keep SCI Frackville Open

As you may already know, Gov. Tom Wolf announced late last week that the Department of Corrections plans to close two state correctional institutions out of a possible five across the state. One of those five under consideration is SCI Frackville. 

I have real concerns about the potential closing of the SCI Frackville, as it is vital to the economy of the region. Unlike many areas that have other industries that provide jobs to residents, this state corrections institution is one of the largest employers for the region. Many constituents in the 107th District travel to this location for their job every day. I would prefer to not see any SCIs closed, and I understand that the inmate population is down, but it is hard to predict what could happen in the future. I would prefer that budget cost-savings are looked for elsewhere.

If you agree, CLICK HERE, as I have provided a link to mycolleague, Rep. Neal Goodman’s petition, which you can sign by clicking here. SCI Frackville is located in Rep. Goodman’s district. 
Farm Show Attracts Thousands

The 101st Farm Show will wrap up Saturday, with hundreds of thousands of visitors expected to walk through the doors at the Farm Show Complex near Harrisburg. There’s still time to stop by if you haven’t yet visited the largest indoor exposition of its kind along the East Coast.

Congratulations to all this year’s PA Farm Show participants from the 107th District. Be sure to check out the list of winners on the Farm Show website at farmshow.state.pa.us/page/show.aspx. The site also includes hundreds of photos from the week, categorized by competition, and recipes from the award-winning baking contests. Below is a photo of this year’s butter sculpture.
LIHEAP Can Help with Home Energy Bills

Residents who are struggling with their home heating bills can apply for assistance from the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) this winter. LIHEAP is a federally funded program that helps individuals and families pay their heating bills through home heating energy assistance grants. It also provides crisis grants to help in the event of an emergency or if a resident is in danger of losing his or her heat due to broken equipment, lack of fuel or termination of utility service.

The income eligibility guidelines for LIHEAP are set at 150 percent of the federal poverty level income. For an individual, the income limit is $17,820; for a couple, the limit is $24,030; and for a family of four, it is $36,450. Residents may apply for LIHEAP online or by contacting the County Assistance Office in their county of residence. Click here for details.  
Helpful Registry is Well-Received by Thousands of Veterans

The Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs’ (DMVA) online Veterans Registry has been a huge success through its first year. The registry, available for veterans, family members and people who work with veterans, is available at www.register.dmva.pa.gov. It has successfully connected thousands of veterans to valuable information related to state benefits, programs and services.

Registrants can choose to have their information shared with their county director for veterans affairs and other relevant Commonwealth of Pennsylvania agencies in order to facilitate local connections that aid in providing service to them. Registrants can also opt-in to receive timely, informative email communication such as the weekly DMVA Digest which includes a wealth of local, state and national news, program updates, community events and employment opportunities that are available specifically for veterans.
Monthly Services Available
Monthly Veterans Assistance Hours in Elysburg
First and third Wednesdays of every month
Elysburg District Office, located at 467 Industrial Park Road
A representative from Northumberland County Veterans Affairs will be available during this time to assist any veteran living in the 107th Legislative District.

Danville Satellite Office
Located at the Danville Borough Building, 239 Mill St., Suite 1
Open Mondays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Please stop in – we can provide all the same services at this office as we can at the full-time district office in Elysburg. Call 570-275-3700 for more information.

Federal Casework Day
Second Thursday of each month, from 10 a.m. to noon.
Elysburg District Office, located at 467 Industrial Park Road.
A staff member from Congressman Lou Barletta’s office will be available during this time to assist residents with federal issues. Please bring all relevant paperwork with you.
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