May. 17, 2019

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Perry County Native Named State Veterinarian

Congratulations to Dr. Kevin Brightbill, a native of Millerstown, Perry County, who was named Pennsylvania’s state veterinarian by Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding this week.

Dr. Brightbill will spearhead efforts to protect animal health by directing the work of the Department of Agriculture’s Bureau of Animal Health and Diagnostic Services. He will also oversee the Pennsylvania Veterinary Laboratory and lead several public-private industry and interdisciplinary partnerships, including the Pennsylvania One Health Task Force – all of which serve to safeguard the health of animal agriculture, and the state, nation and world’s food supply.

Dr. Brightbill has served as assistant director of the Bureau of Animal Health and Diagnostic Services since 2016, playing a key role in emergency response and preparedness for the state’s poultry, dairy, pork, beef and deer-farming industries.
 
 
Supporting Our National Guard Members and Their Families

Recognizing the sacrifices made by the families of PA National Guard members, the House approved legislation to provide them with education benefits.

House Bill 1324 would extend our current Pennsylvania National Guard Military Education Program by including a Guard member’s spouse or child in this benefit program. The benefit would pay for 10 semesters/quarters, or five years equivalent, at the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education tuition rate.

The Guard member could earn these educational benefits for his or her spouse and/or children by committing to a second obligation of six years with the Pennsylvania National Guard. This would help retain current National Guard members and attract transitioning military service members to Pennsylvania while also supporting Guard families.                                   

The bill now moves to the Senate for its consideration.
 
 
May is Mental Health Awareness Month

Working to support people struggling with depression or other mental health conditions, the House recently designated May as “Mental Health Awareness Month” in the Commonwealth.

Mental illness is not always visible, but it affects Pennsylvanians from all walks of life. This invisibility can make people feel isolated and unable to share their experiences.

Only about half of people impacted by mental illness seek treatment, and too many people struggle in silence. It is important that all Pennsylvanians understand mental illness is a biologically based disorder that requires medical attention. Learn more here.
 
 
At the Capitol


I had a nice visit Monday at the Capitol with Blake Bradish and Nina DelGrande from SpiriTrust Lutheran. Thanks for stopping by!
 
 
Fish for Free Next Weekend

If you’ve been thinking about trying fishing or wanting to introduce your child or a friend to the joys of fishing, you’ll have a great chance to do so next weekend.

The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission will host the first of its two annual Fish for Free Days next Sunday, May 26. On Fish for Free Days, anyone – resident or non-resident – can legally fish on all Pennsylvania waterways without a license. All other fishing regulations will still apply.

For your convenience, there are even opportunities to borrow equipment from certain sites at state parks and other locations. You can find those locations by clicking here.

The second Fish for Free day is scheduled for Thursday, July 4.
 
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