Capitol Roundup from Rep. Mike Peifer

Fire, EMS Grant Applications Now Available

Applications for the 2013-14 Fire Company and Volunteer Ambulance Service Grant Program are now available to area fire and rescue organizations. These important public safety grants may be used for construction or renovation of a unit’s station, the purchase or repair of equipment, training or debt reduction.  The maximum grant amount is $15,000 for fire companies and $10,000 for volunteer ambulance services. Total funding available through this year’s program is $30 million, which comes from state gaming proceeds. Fire and emergency services organizations in Monroe, Pike and Wayne counties collectively received nearly $700,000 in last year’s round of grants. For more information or to access an application, visit and click on the “Fire and EMS Company Grant” banner at the top of the page.

Pike County Senior Citizens Expo a Success

Hundreds of area senior citizens and their caregivers turned out for the 2013 Pike County Senior Citizens Expo on Friday, Sept. 6. More than 60 exhibitors were on hand to share information about government programs, nursing care, personal care, physical therapy, senior living, medical equipment and supplies, hospice and insurance services. Pennsylvania Department of Aging Secretary Brian Duke addressed the crowd, and the Pike County Sheriff’s Department provided a great public service by hosting a drug take-back event. To view photos from the expo, visit the photo gallery at

Judiciary Committee Aims to Address Cyber Harassment of Children

The House Judiciary Committee held a public hearing in Harrisburg this week on legislation to make it a crime to use the Internet to harass a child. House Bill 1163 would define cyber harassment of a minor as a crime in which a person uses any form of electronic communication with the intent to harass a child or post information on a social media network about a child such as: statements or opinions about the child’s sexuality or sexual activity; disparaging statements or opinions about the child’s physical characteristics, mental or physical health or condition; or threats about the use of unlawful harm. The bill would classify cyber harassment of a child as a third-degree misdemeanor and would allow a case to be prosecuted in the location where the victim of the harassment resides.
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