|Internship Opportunities Available in My Office
My office and the Pennsylvania House of Representatives offer great internship programs aimed at cultivating and encouraging service to the community. Interns in my office will be tasked with helping constituents and will also work hands-on with my staff to research policy and assist in the drafting of legislation.
If you are interested in becoming a Legislative Intern and Constituent Outreach Specialist, you can apply by submitting a copy of your resume to Amanda Cuteri at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are seeking academic credit provide a letter from your student advisor with your resume.
More details are available on my website at RepDowling.com.
Concealed Carry Seminar Coming Saturday, April 22
I would like to invite you to my first Concealed Carry Seminar on Saturday, April 22, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Farmington Volunteer Fire Department, 119 Elliotsville Road in Farmington. This is an opportunity to learn the facts about Pennsylvania’s concealed carry laws and the Castle Doctrine.
Our main speaker will be Kim Stolfer, president of Pennsylvania Firearm Owners Against Crime.
Also speaking at the event will be Attorney Ed Bilik, Esq., and representatives from the Fayette County Sheriff’s Department, Pennsylvania State Police and the Pennsylvania Game Commission.
Seating is limited and advance registration is required. If you would like to attend, please register online at RepDowling.com, or call my district office at (724) 438-6100.
How Can Tech Save Tax Dollars?
The House Majority Policy Committee recently learned more about ways in which technology can be better managed to save taxpayers money while still providing quality services.
Already, state agencies have spent millions of taxpayer dollars to upgrade and build technology systems and databases to make government run more efficiently and effectively. Yet, despite the money being spent, the data collected may not be used to its fullest potential, personnel costs are climbing, fraud and system abuse continues, and Pennsylvania is still years behind in its technology capabilities.
The committee heard from several technology companies about ways in which technology can do a better job of detecting welfare fraud, saving money within Medicaid or allowing agency databases to instantly share information.
To watch the hearing, click here and select the March 22 date.
Trout Season Begins Saturday in 18 Southern PA Counties
This Saturday marks the opening day for trout season in 18 southcentral and southeastern Pennsylvania counties. The 18 counties opening on April 1 include Adams, Berks, Bucks, Chester, Cumberland, Dauphin, Delaware, Franklin, Juniata, Lancaster, Lebanon, Lehigh, Montgomery, Northampton, Perry, Philadelphia, Schuylkill and York.
Waters officially open for fishing at 8 a.m. Anglers can keep a daily limit of five trout, which must be at least 7 inches long.
Additionally, the commission will host a Mentored Youth Trout Day on Saturday, April 8, for the remaining counties statewide. Youth under the age of 16 can join a mentor (adult) angler who has a current fishing license and trout permit to fish for trout. Click here for more information about the program.
For more information about fishing licenses or regulations, to check the online stocking schedule, or to download the FishBoatPA app, click here. GoneFishingPa.com.
Applications Available for Rural Fire Assistance Grants
Applications for federal grants to help Pennsylvania’s rural communities better guard against the threat of fires in forested, undeveloped and underprotected areas will be accepted until May 18.
The grants are designed to organize, train and equip local forces in preventing, controlling and suppressing fires that have the potential to threaten human life, livestock, crops, pastures, woodlands, orchards and farmsteads.
Grants can be used for the purchase of wildfire suppression equipment, wildfire protective gear, wildfire prevention and mitigation, wildfire training, mobile or portable radios, and installation of dry hydrants. The funds may also be used for conversion and maintenance of federal surplus property vehicles. The vehicles are presented to local departments exhibiting the greatest needs and those that commit to outfitting them for fire suppression.
For more information, click here.
Protecting Children Against Abuse
Thousands of Pennsylvanians in schools, social service agencies, churches and neighborhood groups throughout Pennsylvania are working hard to nurture and support the victims of child abuse and prevent future mistreatment.
In 2015, more than 4,200 cases of child abuse or maltreatment were investigated in Pennsylvania, with an estimate that one of every 1,000 children is a victim of abuse.
While the General Assembly passed more than two dozen laws a few years ago to help prevent, investigate and prosecute abuse cases, the House is currently working to help victims of child sexual abuse hold their abusers accountable.
With April designated as Child Abuse Awareness Month by House Resolution 173, several activities are planned statewide throughout the month to equip residents with the information they need to recognize and report suspected child abuse in their communities. Those events include free training programs for community members, mandated reporters (those who, by reason of their occupation or profession, must report suspected child abuse) and trainers. Click here for that list of events.
(Events are scheduled for Johnstown, McKees Rocks, Harrisburg, Williamsport, Scranton, Archbald in NEPA, Shoemakersville—Berks County, Kane, Philadelphia, Warren and Pittsburgh.)
State Veterans Agency Seeks Vietnam Veterans
As a way to pay tribute to all of the men and women from Pennsylvania who died as a result of the Vietnam War, the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (DMVA) is asking the public for help in finding the remaining 105 Vietnam veterans from Pennsylvania who are not yet included in the agency’s Wall of Faces project.
For the past two years the DMVA has partnered with the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund (VVMF) in Washington, D.C., to find a photo of every Pennsylvanian whose name appears on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall. The VVMF is posting the photos on a virtual Wall of Faces to put a face and a story to every name, allowing these Vietnam veterans to be honored by family, friends and others from around the world.
A complete list of Pennsylvania Vietnam Veterans whose photos are still needed can be found by going to veterans.pa.gov, and clicking on Wall of Faces. Instructions on how to submit a photo can be found here.
To view the virtual Wall of Faces, go to vvmf.org/Wall-of-Faces.
My Audio Podcast
I am recording audio Legislative Report podcasts on a periodic basis. You can listen to them by clicking on the Audio Podcast link above the headline in this email, and all future ones.
All podcasts are on my website as well at RepDowling.com. Just click on the audio section in the left column.