Jan. 06, 2017

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The Weekly Roundup


 The latest news from the State Capitol

New 2017-18 Session Now Underway with Swearing-In Day

On Tuesday, Jan. 3, my colleagues and I in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives took the oath of office and were sworn in during a ceremony in the chamber of the House. Pictured with me (from left) are Rep. Lynda Schlegel Culver and Rep. Fred Keller. Each of us was sworn in for our fourth terms. I thank all of you for the privilege to represent you in the state House.

Also on swearing-in day, the House unanimously selected Rep. Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny) as speaker of the House for the second consecutive session. The day also included certification of election results, election of the House parliamentarian and adoption of rules that will govern the chamber.

The House is now comprised of 121 Republicans and 81 Democrats, including 23 first-term members. For the 2017-18 legislative session, I was elected by my colleagues to serve as House Republican Caucus Administrator, where I will be responsible for managing many business affairs that specifically relate to the caucus. Click here to read more about my position as administrator.

I thank you for your support and feedback as I continue to work for you. You can follow my work as the session goes along at Facebook.com/RepMasser.  
101st Farm Show Kicks off Jan. 7

The Pennsylvania Farm Show near Harrisburg kicks off this Saturday, Jan. 7, and is designed to showcase the very best in agriculture that the Commonwealth has to offer. The Farm Show, which features 6,000 animals, 10,000 competitive exhibits and 300 commercial exhibitors, emphasizes the importance of agriculture in daily life, highlights the latest in ag technology and advancements and offers attractions for all ages. Admission to the show is free, but parking is $15 per vehicle. Shuttle service is provided. More information is available at FarmShow.state.pa.us.

Share Your Farm Show Memories! If you’re participating in or attending this year’s 101st Farm Show, take your camera or phone along and snap some photos. You can share your memories and photos on my Facebook page at  Facebook.com/RepMasser. And when you’re posting the photos, don’t forget to insert the hashtag #PAFS17.
511PAConnect Seeks to Keep Stranded Motorists Safe, Informed

A new service called 511PAConnect has been launched to provide updates to motorists in the event of a long-term road closure due to accidents on the Pennsylvania Turnpike or other major state roadways. The service will be activated when personnel from the PA Turnpike and PennDOT identify a potential long-term closure, with the system being used only for emergencies that will last for a sustained period. The system will only work in areas with cell phone service.

Motorists who receive the alert will have the option of registering for automatic text messages or phone call updates, along with follow-up notifications from turnpike and PennDOT staff monitoring the closure. Once the incident is resolved, motorists who registered for the alerts will automatically be unsubscribed and all personal data will be scrubbed from the system.

PennDOT and the Turnpike Commission offer a variety of tools to keep travelers informed during all levels of incidents -- including the 511PA smartphone app, a phone number, online sources and social media platforms -- but 511PAConnect is the first initiative of its kind to link directly to a targeted group of travelers who are being impacted by, or who are approaching, a large-scale emergency.
Happy New Year!

As the first week of 2017 is almost complete, I want to wish you all a safe, happy and healthy new year! I am looking forward to working with you on the issues and concerns that mean the most to you – the people of the 107th District. As a reminder, my district office is located at 467 Industrial Park Road, in Elysburg. Our phone number is 570-648-8017. Below, you’ll find a list of additional services that are offered in the district throughout the month to make important state-related services available to you close to home.
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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Office Locations
467 Industrial Park Road, Elysburg, PA 17824 | (570) 648-8017 | Toll-free: (855) 271-9386
415 Irvis Office Building, PO Box 202107, Harrisburg, PA 17120-2107 | (717) 260-6134
TTY: 855-282-0614