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News Eagle - Hawley, PA
  • Capitol Roundup from Rep. Mike Peifer

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  • Speaking Out Against Performance-Enhancing Drugs
    Rep. Mike Peifer (R-Monroe/Pike/Wayne) recently took part in a Capitol press conference about the use of performance-enhancing drugs and their impact on young athletes, including increased risk of heart attacks or strokes and development of liver or other cancers. Research has shown more than two-thirds of young people are under the impression that using such drugs is necessary to succeed in professional sports or to improve their game. The state House passed House Resolution 626 condemning the use of the drugs and urging high school and college coaches and athletic directors to educate themselves and their athletes about the dangers of using the drugs. To watch Peifer’s comments, visit www.RepPeifer.com.
     
    Committee Supports Bill Aimed at Reducing Drug Overdose Deaths
    A person who calls to seek medical attention for someone overdosing on drugs could be immune from prosecution under legislation approved by the House Judiciary Committee. Under House Bill 1149, immunity would be offered as long as an individual provided the correct name and location, cooperated with the responders, and remained with the person needing medical attention until the responders arrived. Currently, a person who contacts law enforcement or emergency personnel by reporting a drug overdose or transporting someone to get help could face prosecution for possession, use or other offenses related to the presence of the controlled substance at the scene.  If prosecuted, their emergency telephone call or actions would be admissible against them. The goal of the bill is to reduce drug overdose deaths, which have increased substantially over the last two decades. The bill now heads to the full House for consideration.
     
    New Feature Added to Website to Help Pennsylvania Job Seekers
    The Pennsylvania JobGateway website has added a new feature to further assist job seekers throughout the Commonwealth. Big Interview is a mock interview tool to help job seekers prepare for the workforce by creating and recording an occupation-specific mock job interview that can be uploaded and sent to professors, friends and family for feedback. Recent research from the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry indicated employers are often disappointed in the preparedness of job candidates.  Big Interview was introduced to help address that concern. Visit JobGateway online at www.jobgateway.pa.gov.
     
    Celebrating PA Maple Industry
    Rep. Mike Peifer and his sons, Wyatt and Elijah, visited Altemier Sugar Shack in Newfoundland as part of the Northeastern PA Maple Producers Association’s Maple Tours on March 15-16. Dave Altemier is the owner. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, in 2013 the state produced 134,000 gallons of syrup from 583,000 taps and ranks fifth nationally in maple syrup production. To honor the contributions of the state’s maple industry, the state House recently approved a resolution designating April 16-23 as Maple Producers Week in Pennsylvania.
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