House Committee Examines EMS Councils, Community College Training Bills
2/24/2017
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House Committee Examines EMS Councils, Community College Training Bills

 
Members of the House Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee held two meetings this week to discuss further efforts to efficiently deliver emergency medical services, improve fire and EMS training, and meet veterans’ needs.

Tuesday’s meeting involved a discussion of the consolidation plan for the Regional Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Council System, which is overseen by Pennsylvania Department of Health’s Bureau of EMS.

On Wednesday, the committee was updated on the Pennsylvania Military Community Enhancement Commission and discussed the fire/emergency medical services training available through community colleges.

To watch those hearings, click here
 
 
Keep PA Beautiful!

 
As part of the 2017 Great American Cleanup of Pennsylvania, registration is now open to organizations that wish to organize a wide range of beautification projects.

Registered cleanup events can get free trash bags, gloves and safety vests from PennDOT district offices, while supplies last. Events can be litter cleanups, illegal dump cleanups, beautification projects, special collections and educational events.

In addition, the Department of Environmental Protection and Pennsylvania Waste Industries Association are sponsoring “Let’s Pick It Up PA – Everyday” from April 18 through May 8. During this time, trash collected at registered events can be taken to participating landfills for free or reduced-cost disposal with prior approval.

The 2017 Great American Cleanup of Pennsylvania runs from March 1 to May 31. Last year’s campaign included 6,118 events in all 67 counties with 158,821 volunteers.

To register an event, click here.
 
 
Concealed Carry Seminar to be Held Tuesday, March 7

I will be offering a Concealed Carry Seminar on Tuesday, March 7, from 6-8 p.m. at the Buckhorn Fire Hall, located at 19 Fire Hall Rd., Bloomsburg. The event is free and open to the public. Columbia County District Attorney Thomas E. Leipold and Columbia County Sheriff Timothy Chamberlain will provide information about Pennsylvania’s concealed carry laws and how to safely interact with police while carrying a concealed firearm. Reservations are needed due to limited seating.

To sign up, visit here. For more information and to register, call my district office at 570-387-0246.
 
 
Be Informed of New State Traffic Laws

With this week being observed as Highway Safety Law Awareness Week, PennDOT reminds motorists of several new highway laws.

The Child Passenger Safety law update, which went into effect in August 2016, states that children are required to be buckled into a rear-facing car seat until they are age 2 or meet the maximum weight or height requirements set by the manufacturer of the seat.

“Daniel's Law,” now in effect, increases the penalty for texting while driving resulting in serious bodily injury or death.

To improve pedestrian safety, a driver of a vehicle emerging from or entering an alley, building, private road, or driveway shall yield the right-of-way to any pedestrian approaching on any sidewalk extending across the alley, building entrance, road, or driveway. Failure to do so could lead to a fine and three points on the driver's license. It is illegal to overtake or pass a vehicle yielding to a pedestrian within a crosswalk.

Under a new law passed by the General Assembly last year, drivers convicted of a first-time offense with a blood-alcohol concentration of 0.10 percent or higher after August will be mandated to use ignition interlock for at least a year.
 
 
Farmers Breakfast Set for Friday, March 10
 

I will be offering a Legislative Farmers Breakfast open to farmers of the 109th Legislative District on Friday, March 10, in conjunction with Penn Ag. Call my Bloomsburg district office at 570-387-0246 for more information.
 
 
Turnpike Commission Offering Summer Jobs

 
For this summer, the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission is accepting applications for toll, maintenance, clerical and engineering positions.

Toll collectors must be available to work any of the three shifts over a 24-hour period, including weekends and holidays. Employees will work a 40-hour week and will not receive benefits. The pay is $11.50 per hour for toll collectors and $11 per hour for other positions.

All eligible candidates must be at least 18 years of age and completed a secondary education program such as high school or GED at the time of hiring. The program is limited to 16 weeks per employee and runs between May 1 and Sept. 30.

All applications MUST be submitted online at paturnpike.com/employment. Copies of online applications should be sent to my Harrisburg office by Wednesday, March 22.
 
 
Upcoming Events

• A Fireworks Extravaganza will be held at the Lightstreet Fire Department Carnival Grounds on Saturday, Feb. 25, from 6-9 p.m.
• Central Columbia High School presents “Beauty and the Beast” Friday, March 3, through Sunday, March 5.
• Bloomsburg High School presents “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers” Friday, March 3, through Sunday, March 5.
• I will offer a concealed carry seminar on Tuesday, March 7, at the Buckhorn Fire Hall from 6-8 p.m. Registration is required. Visit RepMillard.com or call 570-387-0246 to RSVP.
• A representative from the American Legion will be in the Bloomsburg district office on Tuesday, March 7, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. by appointment. Call 570-387-0246 to make an appointment.
• A representative from Congressman Lou Barletta’s office will be in the Bloomsburg district office on Thursday, March 9, from 1-3 p.m.
• A Legislative Farmers Breakfast will be held Friday, March 10. Call 570-387-0246 to register.
• Daylight saving time begins at 2 a.m. on Sunday, March 12.
• Benton High School presents “The Wizard of Oz” Friday, March 17, through Saturday, March 19.
• A Children’s Fair will be held at Columbia Mall on Saturday, March 18, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
 
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