Capitol Roundup from Rep. Mike Peifer
1/23/2015
Peifer Named Majority Deputy Whip, Appointed to Four Committees
Rep. Mike Peifer (R-Pike/Wayne) will serve as a deputy House majority whip for the 2015-16 legislative session. Deputy whips have a variety of responsibilities on the House floor, including keeping the majority whip informed about potential challenges that may impact legislative priorities. Deputy whips receive special briefings on legislative issues, providing them with a greater breadth of knowledge. Peifer has also been appointed to serve on the following four standing committees for the 2015-16 legislative session: Appropriations, Finance, Game and Fisheries, and Aging and Older Adult Services. He will serve as vice chairman to the Finance Committee.

Scholarship Opportunity Now Available for High School Seniors
High school seniors can now apply for a Pennsylvania House of Representatives Scholarship to help cover the costs of higher education. Each year, two students preparing for post-secondary education are awarded four-year scholarships equivalent to the value of one semester of tuition at a university in the State System of Higher Education. The program is open to graduating high school seniors who are Pennsylvania residents with plans to attend a Pennsylvania college, university or career school as a full-time student. Students must have attained a minimum 3.0 cumulative grade point average in high school, with a demonstrated commitment to community, leadership qualities, and extracurricular activities. Financial need is also taken into consideration. The scholarship program is privately funded. No tax or other public funds are used. For more information and to apply, interested students should visit www.RepPeifer.com. The application deadline is March 1.

New Project Will Fix Bridges, Save Money
With the passage of Act 88 of 2012, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives authorized the creation of the Rapid Bridge Replacement Project. The project uses Public-Private Partnerships to fix more bridges for less money, which saves taxpayer dollars, provides family-sustaining jobs, encourages business investment in the Commonwealth and improves the condition of PA bridges. According to PennDOT, construction will begin this summer to replace 558 bridges across the state. The following bridges are scheduled to be replaced in Pike and Wayne counties:
 • Pike County, Shohola: State Route 1007, over Twin Lakes Creek
 • Pike County, Dingman Township: State Route 2006, over Dwarfkill Creek.
 • Wayne County, Oregon Township: State Route 0191, over Big Brook Creek.
 • Wayne County, Canaan Township: Easton Turnpike, over branch of Middle Creek.
 • Wayne County, Manchester Township: State Route 1018, over branch of Little Equinunk Creek.
 • Wayne County, Berlin Township: State Route 2007, over Holbert Creek.
 • Wayne County, Salem Township: State Route 3006/ Ledgedale Road, over Ariel Creek.
 • Wayne County, Scott Township: State Route 4014, over Balls Creek.
 • Wayne County, Buckingham Township: State Route 4033/Starlight Road, over Shehawken Creek.
 • Wayne County, Scott Township: State Route 4037, over Oquaga Creek.

Important Warning for Homeowners
We are seeing a growing trend of thieves posing as utility workers in an attempt to gain access to homes. Please consider the following tips to prevent utility impostors from targeting your home:
 1. It is extremely rare for utility personnel to show up at a customer’s home without an appointment.
 2. If a utility worker comes to your door and you are not expecting them, DO NOT let them inside without proper identification.
 3. Utility employees do not typically require or accept payment at a customer’s home or business.
 4. If you are unsure and have any suspicions about the individual’s identity, call 9-1-1 immediately.
 5. You can also contact your utility company’s customer service center to confirm if the service visit is legitimate.
Please share this advice with family and friends, particularly seniors who often fall prey to these thieves!
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