State Rep. Bryan Barbin, D-Cambria/Somerset, right, shakes hands with Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf in the Capitol on June 23, 2016 during a news conference detailing plans to addresd the opioid and heroin epidemic in Pennsylvania. Opioid overdose deaths, 57 in Cambria County in 2015, have reached epidemic proportions and are endangering the addict, his family, and the community in Pennsylvania. Addicts that overdose and are taken to ER’s, given Naloxone, and thereafter refuse treatment walking out of the ER’s in many cases before the police arrive. Involuntary Commitment under current law, does not apply and District Attorneys cannot charge the overdose patient with possession of the illegal substance. We need to do more than hope that addicts voluntarily get treatment. That is why I am sponsoring three bills that will close loopholes that allow the opioid addict to beat the system. The three bills require addicts to receive effective treatment to end addiction by: Establishing Eight Regional Detox Centers , paid for with tobacco settlement funds, in the following areas: Allentown Altoona and Johnstown Erie Greensburg Pittsburgh Philadelphia Reading Scranton Providing for Involuntary Commitment for Emergency Opioid Overdoses Reinstating Criminal Liability for Emergency Overdose Events . Read more
JOHNSTOWN, April 21 – State Rep. Bryan Barbin, D-Cambria/Somerset, announced today that 22 local fire and EMS companies were approved for more than $288,000 in state grants. The grants are made possible by the Fire Company and Volunteer Ambulance Service Grant Program, which is funded by gaming revenue. With the grant program set to expire on June 30, Barbin recently voted in favor of H.B.1877, which would extend the program for another four years. The bill passed the House and awaits action in the Senate. He also supported changes to the program in 2012, which increased grants by an average of $2,000 per fire company, along with the transferring of additional funds from the Property Tax Relief Reserve Fund. “These additional investments are entirely appropriate, because it supports the more than 50,000 workers who save Pennsylvania taxpayers millions of dollars per year,” Barbin said. Fire and EMS companies in the 71st Legislative District that received grants are: Riverside Vol. FD, $11,967; Seventh Ward Civic Assoc., $5,473; Conemaugh Valley Reg. Ambulance, $7,201; East Hills Amb., $7,201; Forest Hills Area Amb. Assoc. Inc., $7,201; West Hills Reg. FD, $7,201; Riverside Vol. FD, $11,967; Conemaugh Vol. FD, $12,194; Dale Boro Fire Co., $12,650; Adams Twp. Vol. FD Dunlo #1, $13,789; South Fork Vol. FD, $12,878; Summerhill Borough FD, $13,106; Franklin Boro Vol. FD, $13,561; Adams Twp Vol. FD #2, $12,878; Read more
JOHNSTOWN, April 20 – State Rep. Bryan Barbin, D-Cambria/Somerset, announced today that Johnstown received a $3 million Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority (Pennvest) grant to slip line 11,400 feet of clay pipe, repair manholes and improve laterals. The grant provides funds necessary to do city sewer improvements at the same time as the Johnstown Redevelopment Authority’s $18 million construction project in Hornerstown. Read more
Pa. state Rep. Bryan Barbin explains his amendment to a bill changing the statute of limitations for sex crimes. Barbin’s amendment, which was approved in the House Judiciary Committee, would waive sovereign immunity in cases involving gross negligence on the behalf of a public entity, such as a school. Read more
Forms for Pennsylvania’s Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program for the 2015 tax year are available at my district office – and my staff is ready to help you file yours for free ! The rebate program benefits eligible Pennsylvanians 65 or older, widows and widowers 50 or older, and people with disabilities 18 or older. The income limit is $35,000 a year for homeowners and $15,000 annually for renters. Half of Social Security income is excluded and the maximum standard rebate is $650. Claimants must reapply for rebates every year because they are based on annual income and property taxes or rent paid each year. Spouses, personal representatives or estates may file rebate claims on behalf of deceased claimants who lived at least one day in 2015 and meet all other eligibility criteria. The oft-extended deadline to apply for a rebate on property taxes or rent paid in 2015 is June 30, 2016, and the rebates normally are distributed by the Deparment of Revenue beginning July 1. So, the sooner you file, the sooner you will receive your money. Read more
PACE, PACENET and PACE plus Medicare are Pennsylvania's prescription assistance programs for older adults, offering low-cost prescription medication to qualified residents, age 65 and older. As of this year, the legislature passed a law excluding Social Security Medicare Part B premiums from being counted towards income levels. Read more
Pa. state Rep. Bryan Barbin says it's time for lawmakers to put people before politics and take Pennsylvania down a path where schools are funded, those in need get help and our homeowners don't face higher property taxes every year. Read more
Pennsylvania has a Children's Health Insurance Program that provides free and low-cost health insurance to children. CHIP is not welfare – it covers children of working parents whose employers don't offer coverage and who can't afford private insurance. If you can't afford health insurance for your children, chances are they are eligible for CHIP. Read more
State Rep. Bryan Barbin, D-Cambria/Somerset, announced today the award of $28.5 million in Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority funds for two area stormwater and sewer projects.
Pennvest approved a 1-percent $18.5 million loan to replace 6,900 feet of sewer interceptors in the Hornerstown area of Johnstown. The work is necessary to prevent sewage from running into Stony Creek.
Each year, the Pennsylvania Treasury receives millions of dollars of unclaimed property. It is estimated that roughly one in 10 Pennsylvanians has unclaimed property. Read more
In Pennsylvania, you can choose the company that generates your electricity – also known as your electric supplier. This means that you have the power to switch to a competing supplier who can offer the lowest price, or provide a specific service you want, such as “green” or renewable energy. Read more
The Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD) approved $3.4 million in grant funding from the Endowment Act Fund, which will be awarded to 44 entities throughout the Commonwealth that assist victims of child sexual abuse. Pa. state Rep. Bryan Barbin says these funds will help Victim Services Inc. in Johnstown train 10 therapists to help area child sex-abuse victims. Read more
The Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency announced at a Capitol news conference today the approval of 44 Penn State Endowment grants to help victims of child sex abuse.
A grant for $74,682 was awarded to Victim Services Inc. in Johnstown for a trauma-treatment training program to help area child sex-abuse victims.
State Rep. Bryan Barbin, D-Cambria/Somerset, announced that a bill joining nonviolent offenders with medical treatment for drug addiction passed the House with his amendments today.
Senate Bill 524, which would establish a program allowing counties to administer long-acting, non-addictive medication treatment, such as naltrexone, to county inmates, passed after Barbin amended the bill to include stricter guidelines for success and taxpayer protections.
A $10.9 million Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority grant has been awarded to Johnstown to improve approximately 33,250 linear feet of sanitary sewers, linings and lateral inspection ports, said state Rep. Bryan Barbin, D-Cambria/Somerset.
“The project was funded 100 percent by grant dollars to moderate user rate charges incurred as a result of previous improvements that were funded through loans,” Barbin said. “The grant recognized the city’s extensive ongoing efforts to meet federal and state clean-water requirements.
State Rep. Bryan Barbin, D-Cambria/Somerset, offered the following statement regarding his vote for an amendment to House Bill 283.
"The revenue put forth today would balance the budget and create real property-tax relief for veterans, the disabled, and seniors on fixed incomes," he said. "House Bill 1192 did nothing to eliminate fraudulent spending by charter schools, did not contain property-tax relief and relied on $800 million in delayed payments.
State Rep. Bryan Barbin explains why he voted on a plan to provide recurring revenue to fund Pa. schools, human services and other critical needs, in addition to providing property tax relief to hundreds of thousands. Read more
The Pennsylvania House of Representatives today unanimously passed Rep. Bryan Barbin’s House Bill 1167, which would allow victim restitution to be intercepted from a debtor’s state tax refund.
The legislation was introduced as part of a package of bills recommended by the Office of Victim Advocate’s 2011 Restitution in Pennsylvania Task Force.
Online voter registration in Pennsylvania allows everyone to better exercise their right to vote, said Rep. Bryan Barbin.
Pennsylvania became the 23rd state to offer online voter registration last week. The system served 5,000 applicants in the first week, according to Gov. Tom Wolf’s administration.
State Rep. Bryan Barbin, D-Cambria/Somerset, announced today the award of $10.9 million in low-interest state infrastructure investment loans for ongoing sewer improvements in Johnstown.
The PennVest loans, which are issued at 1 percent interest, will fund 44,500 feet of replacement sanitary sewers for 90-year-old pipes, 11,300 feet of new sewer linings, manholes and lateral inspection ports.
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