At the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, nearly 500 state regulations were waived and/or suspended to help Pennsylvania residents and state government agencies address the challenges created by the ongoing health crisis.
HAZLETON – Rep. Tarah Toohil (R-Luzerne) recently visited with members of Pennsylvania Theatre of the Performing Arts (PTPA) in Hazleton, where a state grant she helped to secure will fund renovations to the organization’s J.J. Ferrara Performing Arts Center.
HAZLETON – Rep. Tarah Toohil (R-Luzerne) recently visited the Hazleton Active Adult Center (HAAC), where a state grant she helped to secure will fund upgrades to the facility’s restrooms.
After a one-year hiatus because of the pandemic, our Senior Expo returned to the Laurel Mall in Hazle Township on Thursday, Sept. 16.
September is National Preparedness Month and with Hurricane Ida having recently left a path of damage across Pennsylvania, it is an appropriate time to remind everyone to always have an emergency plan in place.
Drivers are reminded of two voluntary programs available from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) that are aimed at saving lives in emergency situations. Participation in both programs is free of charge.
HARRISBURG – State Rep. Tarah Toohil (R-Luzerne) is joining House Democratic Leader Joanna McClinton (D-Philadelphia/Delaware) and state Sen. Katie Muth (D-Chester/Montgomery/Berks) in introducing legislation to establish a statewide tracking system for sexual assault evidence administered jointly by the Pennsylvania State Police and the Department of Health.
HAZLETON – After canceling last year’s event due to the pandemic, the Senior Citizens Expo hosted by Rep. Tarah Toohil (R-Luzerne) will return on Thursday, Sept. 16. The expo will take place from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Laurel Mall, 106 Laurel Mall Road in Hazle Township.
The Pennsylvania Department of Health, along with leaders of five major blood banks across the state, are encouraging residents to consider donating blood if they are able. The department reports that blood donations have decreased dramatically during the COVID-19 pandemic.
School bells will soon be ringing in the 116th Legislative District as the fall semester gets underway. Classes begin Monday, Aug. 23, in Berwick Area; on Monday, Aug. 30, in Northeast Area; and on Tuesday, Sept. 7, in Crestwood and Hazleton Area.
The Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry (L&I) is reminding state residents that federal unemployment benefit programs, including Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC), Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) and Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC), will end Saturday, Sept. 4.
The Pennsylvania House of Representatives is working to create the most fair and transparent congressional redistricting process in history. Hearings are now underway, and we are seeking your input, both online and in person.
Pennsylvania state officials are reminding residents to be vigilant of unemployment compensation (UC) fraud and about the steps to take if they become a victim.
Human trafficking frequently victimizes women and children and is the second largest criminal enterprise in the world. It is also one of the fastest growing and it is happening right here in Pennsylvania.
HARRISBURG – In a continued effort to support economic development and projects to improve the quality of life for citizens throughout Luzerne County, Reps. Karen Boback (R-Lackawanna/Luzerne/Wyoming), Aaron Kaufer (R-Luzerne) and Tarah Toohil (R-Luzerne) along with Sens. Lisa Baker (R-Luzerne/Pike/Susquehanna/Wayne/Wyoming), John Gordner (R-Columbia/Luzerne/Montour/Northumberland/Snyder) and John Yudichak (I-Carbon/Luzerne) announced today the funding of 2019 and 2020 Local Share Account (LSA) projects totaling nearly $23 million.
The new state budget that was passed by the General Assembly and signed by Gov. Tom Wolf in June keeps spending in check while funding the core functions of government without raising taxes or adding new fees.
HARRISBURG – Rep. Tarah Toohil (R-Luzerne) is reminding Luzerne County municipalities that the application period for the Local Share Account (LSA) program is now open and runs through Sept. 30. This is a change from previous years.
In light of Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro’s investigation of Luzerne County Children and Youth, we need to ask some very important follow-up questions. It is absolutely shocking and disheartening to see that children have been left unprotected by the very system that is built to save them from neglect and abuse.
Several new laws are now on the books in Pennsylvania after their recent enactment. One of the laws will help stop child abuse by simply improving communications among agencies charged with investigating the crime.
HARRISBURG – Rep. Tarah Toohil (R-Luzerne) reports an increase in the number of calls to her district office in Hazleton from residents who may have been scammed out of their unemployment compensation (UC) benefits.