Office Locations 
District Offices
204B Bridge St.
Weissport, PA 18235
(610) 377-6363
Fax: (610) 377-5675
Hours: M-F, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

2681 State Route 903, Unit 3
Albrightsville, PA 18210
(570) 722-8700
Fax: (570) 722-8702
Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Satellite Offices
Lansford American Legion
3 West Ridge Street
Lansford, PA 18232
Hours: Wed., 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

10 Wilbur Street
Council Room
Weatherly, PA 18255
The first Thursday of every month
Hours: Thurs., 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Capitol Office
420 Irvis Office Building
PO Box 202122
Harrisburg, PA 17120-2122
(717) 260-6139
Fax: (717) 772-8418
TTY: (855) 282-0614
Save Our Health Care
2/1/2019
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The Weekly Roundup

 The latest news from the State Capitol

 
Save Our Health Care

This week, I participated in a Capitol news conference to bring greater attention to an issue that could create a crisis within health care, especially in rural areas like ours.

Currently, medical malpractice cases must be brought in the county where the alleged malpractice occurred. If that rule is repealed by the court and lawyers are allowed to shop around for a more favorable court venue, doctors’ insurance premiums would skyrocket. When this happened in the early 2000s, doctors closed their practices, moved to other states or retired early.

During the news conference, we heard compelling stories from two physicians and a long-term care official who experienced the crisis firsthand and have serious concerns about the future of health care in Pennsylvania.

If this change does occur, patients may have to say goodbye to their local doctors or drive farther for care. Additionally, recruiting physicians and specialists would be difficult, and medical innovations may be halted. Overall, patient care would suffer, and everyone would face higher health care costs. Learn more about the issue here.                                    

                                     
 
Governor’s Budget Address Set for Tuesday

On Tuesday, Feb. 5, Gov. Tom Wolf will unveil his budget proposal for fiscal year 2019-20.

As a member of the House Appropriations Committee, I am looking forward to seeing the governor’s spending plan and reviewing the details in the coming weeks with other committee members. Our budget hearings get underway on Feb. 11.

You can watch the address on my website, RepHeffley.com, at 11:30 a.m. and keep your eyes on my social media for updates and reactions.                                    
 
My Committee Assignments

I have been appointed to serve on the House Appropriations, Human Services, Tourism and Recreational Development, and Transportation committees for the 2019-20 legislative session.

I am pleased to have been reappointed to the Tourism and Transportation committees, which deal with issues that directly impact Carbon County residents. Tourism is our region’s No. 1 industry, and there are a number of infrastructure improvement projects underway throughout the 122nd District.

I also look forward to working with my colleagues on the Appropriations Committee in developing a budget that adequately funds the core services of government while holding the line on taxes.
 
 
Welcome to the Capitol
                                   
Congratulation to Weatherly’s own Mackenzie Sherman, Miss Greater Hazleton Outstanding Teen 2019. Mackenzie and other scholarship winners from the Miss Greater Hazleton Scholarship Program visited the state Capitol on Monday, where they were recognized by the House of Representatives.
 
 
Visiting the Farm Show

In this edition of my Legislative Report, I visited the 103rd Pennsylvania Farm Show and learned a lot about the threat posed by the Spotted Lanternfly, the challenges faced by the dairy industry and efforts to prevent avian flu. Thanks for watching!

Click here to view video. 
 
 
Here’s How to Report School Threats

The statewide Safe2Say tip line designed to give students, teachers, parents and community members the ability to anonymously report potential threats and other problems is now live in Pennsylvania.

To report a possible dangerous or violent situation, individuals can call the state tip line at 844-723-2729. Tips can also be reported to www.safe2saypa.org or through the Safe2Say app on iPhone and Android devices.

The Safe2Say tip line gives students a way to share information without fear of repercussions or blame from their peers.

Individuals are encouraged to report physical or verbal assault and bullying, discussion about an upcoming planned attack on the school or a person, depression, excessive guilt or hopelessness, suicidal threats or self-harm, substance abuse, or social isolation or withdrawal. 
 
 
Local Schools Awarded Computer Science Grants

The Hazleton Area, Lehighton Area and Weatherly Area school districts have been awarded state funding to expand their computer training programs.

In a move to prepare students to use computers and technology in their careers, the Department of Education is investing $8.7 million to expand computer science classes and teacher training at 765 schools across the Commonwealth.

The $35,000 targeted grants represent the next phase of the PAsmart initiative, which will provide $20 million to bring high-quality computer science and STEM education in elementary, middle and high schools, and for professional development of teachers.

With this commitment, Pennsylvania now ranks second in the country for investments in K-12 STEM and computer science. Learn more here.
 
 
Property Tax/Rent Rebate Applications Available

Applications for the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program are now available on my website, and at my district offices.

The program is designed to help eligible Pennsylvanians age 65 and older; widows and widowers age 50 and older; and people with disabilities age 18 and older to receive up to a $650 rebate from the property taxes or rent they paid during 2018.

To be eligible, homeowners must earn less than $35,000 a year and renters less than $15,000 with half of Social Security income excluded.

Applicants should not pay a private entity for assistance in filing the forms. Remember, my offices can provide that service at no cost. The deadline to apply is June 30. Learn more here.
 
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Office Locations
204B Bridge St., Weissport, PA 18235 | (610) 377-6363
2681 State Route 903, Unit 3, Albrightsville, PA 18210 | (570) 722-8700
Room 420 Irvis Office Building, PO Box 202122, Harrisburg, PA 17120-2122 | (717) 260-6139
Email: dheffley@pahousegop.com
TTY: 855-282-0614 
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