May. 24, 2019

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Thanking Our Veterans

It was an honor to recognize more than 40 veterans residing in the 48th Legislative District at a Veterans Brunch on Saturday at the John C. McIlvaine Jr. American Legion Post 902 in Houston. Thank you to our veterans for their service.

Blight Roundtable Scheduled
On Thursday, May 30, at 10 a.m. at the Canonsburg Municipal Building, 68 E. Pike St., Suite 2, I will be holding a roundtable discussion on blight.

Many municipal centers throughout western Pennsylvania have fallen into disrepair. Blight affects every aspect of our community from home values, to taxes, to crime. This roundtable will help brainstorm new ways to revive our communities.

Participants will include William McGowan, executive director of the Redevelopment Authority of the County of Washington; Rob McIntyre, codes enforcement officer with the city of Washington; Diana Irey-Vaughan, Washington County commissioner; Larry Maggi, Washington County commissioner; Dennis Davin, secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development; and Scott Putman, mayor of the city of Washington.

The public is welcome to attend and listen to the discussion.

Honoring Our Heroes
Monday, May 27, is Memorial Day – a day set aside to honor the more than 1.1 million Americans who have died in wars which the United States entered.

Please take a moment this weekend to remember these men and women who sacrificed their lives for us and for our country by joining me at the Canonsburg Memorial Day Parade or consider participating in other Memorial Day events in your community.

For more information on Memorial Day and its history, click here.

PA’s Opioid Epidemic – Employing More Tactics in the Fight
As we continue to combat the opioid abuse epidemic plaguing the Commonwealth, the House Health Committee has approved legislation to better regulate pain management clinics and help identify patients who previously overdosed.

House Bill 1005 would help health care professionals identify and better treat patients who previously overdosed by requiring first responders and hospital personnel to document the use of Narcan, Naloxone or any other opioid overdose agent in the patient’s record in a state database.

The database was created in 2014 to help track opioid prescriptions to prevent people with an addiction from obtaining multiple scripts from different doctors.

House Bill 1214 would require pain management clinic to be licensed and regulated by the Department of Health to ensure they are not prescribing or dispensing controlled substances inappropriately. While it is important to ensure people who are struggling with chronic pain can access the medications they need, it is equally important to prevent the diversion, misuse and abuse of controlled substances.

Both bills now go to the full House for consideration.

Reminder: Fish for Free on Sunday

The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission is hosting the first of its two annual Fish for Free Days this Sunday, May 26.

Don’t miss out on the opportunity to enjoy fishing in any of Pennsylvania’s waterways, even if you don’t have a license.

Both residents and non-residents are eligible. Just make sure you follow all other fishing regulations.

For your convenience, there are even opportunities to borrow equipment from certain sites at state parks and other locations. You can find those locations by clicking here

The second Fish for Free day is scheduled for Thursday, July 4.

Traveling Over Memorial Day? Check Traffic Conditions on

Travelers can log onto to check current traffic impacts from construction, traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information and access to more than 770 traffic cameras. The service is free and available 24 hours a day.

511PA is also available through a smartphone application for iPhone and Android devices, by calling 5-1-1, or by following regional Twitter alerts accessible on the 511PA website.

Travelers are always reminded to buckle up, put their phones away and stay sober when behind the wheel.

In other PennDOT news, driver license and photo centers will be closed Saturday, May 25, through Monday, May 27, for the holiday. Customers may still obtain a variety of driver and vehicle products and services online through PennDOT’s Driver and Vehicle Services website,
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