Capitol Roundup from Rep. Mike Peifer
4/10/2015
Heating Assistance Extended Through May

Homeowners struggling to pay home heating bills will now have until May 1 to apply for financial help through the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). The program was scheduled to end in early April but was extended due to the severity of the winter across the Commonwealth.
 
LIHEAP offers assistance in the form of a cash grant sent directly to a utility company or a crisis grant for households in immediate danger of being without heat. Individuals can apply for a LIHEAP grant at www.compass.state.pa.us or by calling the statewide toll-free hotline at 1-866-857-7095. For more information on LIHEAP, including eligibility guidelines, interested persons should visit www.dhs.state.pa.us.
 
New Smartphone App for Anglers
 
The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) recently unveiled a new smartphone app to help anglers and boaters better navigate the Keystone State’s streams and lakes. The “FishBoatPA” app will help Pennsylvania’s fish and boat community to see which waters have been stocked with trout, how to get to those locations easily and what other access areas are near their current fishing spot.
 
Directly tied to the PFBC’s online stocking schedule, the app’s “Near Me” feature uses a phone’s GIS coordinates to locate and display trout waters within 5, 15, 25 and 50 miles of the user. Another prominent feature on the app home page is the link “Get a license today.” This enables users to find an issuing agent near them and to see pricing options for licenses.
 
The app’s “My Trophies” feature allows anglers to share photos. Users can add a title, fish weight and length, the date they landed the fish and their comments, like the type of lure they used. They can then share their trophies by email, text message or through social media sites like Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter. The new “FishBoatPA” app is now available for free on both Google’s Play Store and Apple’s App Store.
 
Legislation to Enhance Safety for Students with Severe Allergies Advances
 
This week, the House Education Committee approved House Bill 423 to help ensure the health and safety of Pennsylvania school students who suffer from severe allergic reactions. The legislation would provide civil immunity to school bus drivers who administer epinephrine auto-injectors, or epi-pens, to students who experience an allergic reaction while riding on a school bus. Under the legislation, a school bus driver must first complete a training program developed by the state Department of Health and comply with school district policy to be qualified to use the epi-pen.
 
Similar legislation was passed by the House during the 2013-14 legislative session, but it failed to come up for a vote in the Senate. House Bill 423 will next be considered by the full House of Representatives.
 
Representative Mike Peifer
139th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

Media Contact: Morgan Wagner
(717) 260-6281
mwagner@pahousegop.com
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