SCRANTON, May 2 – State Rep. Marty Flynn reminds area residents of the free Gun Safety seminar that begins at 6 p.m. Thursday, May 5 on the first floor of the Mall at Steamtown. Read more
SCRANTON, April 21 – State Rep. Marty Flynn invites residents to a May 5 Gun Safety seminar that he is co-hosting with Lackawanna County Sheriff Mark McAndrew and District Attorney Shane Scanlon. Read more
SCRANTON, April 19 – Area senior citizens are invited to join state Rep. Marty Flynn and the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office for a Senior Crime Prevention seminar on May 13. Read more
SCRANTON, April 14 – A staffer from state Rep. Marty Flynn's office will provide outreach assistance in South Abington Township on Wednesday, April 20. Read more
Pa. state Rep. Marty Flynn speaks about the House’s passage of a medical marijuana bill Wednesday that will help deliver vital medicine to people who are suffering. The bill now goes to the governor to be signed into law.
HARRISBURG, April 13 – State Rep. Marty Flynn, D-Lackawanna, issued the following statement about his House concurrence vote for legislation (S.B. 3) that was sent to the governor’s desk which would legalize medical marijuana in Pennsylvania. Read more
HARRISBURG, April 12 – The state House of Representatives today unanimously adopted a resolution (H.R. 801) sponsored by Rep. Marty Flynn designating the week of April 17, 2016, as Pennsylvania Family Center Network Week. Read more
SCRANTON, April 7 – State Rep. Marty Flynn, D-Lackawanna, will sponsor a free shredding event for residents of the 113th Legislative District from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 16, in the Scranton High School/Stadium parking lot on Providence Road. Read more
HARRISBURG, March 23 – State Rep. Marty Flynn, D-Lackawanna, issued the following statement regarding the governor's announcement that he would allow the state budget to become law without his signature: "I agree with Governor Wolf for recognizing that it was time to end the battle over the 2015-16 budget," Flynn said. "House Bill 1801, which finally completes the 2015-16 budget that was due last June 30, was sent to the governor last week. The governor had several options: to again veto the Republican budget entirely as he did last July, to veto specific line items as he did with the Republican budget in December, to sign the budget or to allow the budget to become law without his signature. "Today, the governor recognized the need for closure and to ensure our schools get the funds they need, while recognizing that the final budget is not a great deal for Pennsylvanians. "However, we in Harrisburg can now begin to work toward a budget for next year that can address some of the structural deficits that the governor was fighting to correct this year. "Sometimes a bad budget is better than no budget – and after nine months, it is time to move forward and address the looming deficit for 2016-17." ### Read more
Pa. state Rep. Marty Flynn says it’s long past time for the commonwealth to legalize medical marijuana for patients suffering from cancer, HIV/AIDS, Multiple sclerosis, glaucoma and other serious conditions. He says public support is behind the issue and too many Pennsylvanians are suffering from chronic pain to go without this important resource. Read more
HARRISBURG, March 16 – State Rep. Marty Flynn, D-Lackawanna, issued the following statement regarding his vote for legislation which passed the House Wednesday that would legalize medical marijuana in Pennsylvania. "The statistics show that there are nationally about 40,000 overdose deaths a year from aspirin, 100,000 related to alcohol and about 48,000 from prescription drugs, but there are zero overdose deaths from marijuana. That’s not 5, not 100, not 1,000 overdose deaths from marijuana, but zero," Flynn said. According to Flynn, states that have legalized medical marijuana have shown a decrease of nearly 25 percent in annual prescription drug overdose deaths. "I’ve seen the children and their families who are experiencing daily seizures and other medical conditions, veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and the elderly with cancer who need this to help relieve their pain. "Legalizing medical marijuana in Pennsylvania is a commonsense answer and we need to pass it now, so we can help all of those who are suffering in their daily lives. "This is an important step forward for Pennsylvania and I was proud to cast my vote for the bill," Flynn said. The legislation (S.B. 3) returns to the Senate for consideration of the House amendments. Gov. Tom Wolf has indicated his strong support for the issue. Read more
SCRANTON, March 14 – State Rep. Marty Flynn, D-Lackawanna, will host the monthly veterans support program from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 23 at his office. A representative from the American Legion Service Office Outreach program is in Flynn's office -- Jay's Commons, 409 N. Main Ave. -- on the fourth Wednesday of every month to provide information on services available to veterans and their families. The American Legion representatives are available to discuss pensions and other compensation, education, health care and death benefits. Legion membership is not required to take advantage of the help, but anyone interested in speaking to the advisers is recommended to schedule an appointment through Flynn’s office at 570-342-4348. Flynn also reminds veterans that Gov. Tom Wolf has signed a law that restores an exemption from the state’s Earned Income Tax for active-duty military service members. Act 6 of 2016 exempts military personnel from the EIT on military pay, regardless of where it is earned. An oversight caused the exemption to lapse, creating unwarranted repercussions for active-duty military service members, including National Guard members who may be called up at a moment’s notice to assist with natural disasters, such as this winter’s blizzard. Read more
HARRISBURG, Feb. 19 – State Rep. Marty Flynn has introduced legislation that would allow Scranton to participate in the state’s City Revitalization and Improvement Zone program. The CRIZ program, created in 2013, provides critical opportunities to selected third-class cities (with a population of at least 30,000) to spur new growth, revive downtowns, and create jobs for residents through the development of vacant, desolate, underused or abandoned space. "It’s unfair to restrict Pennsylvania’s only second class A city, Scranton, which has a population of over 75,000, from being eligible to apply for the program," said Flynn, D-Lackawanna. "This is a simple fix that I hope will move quickly through the legislative process and be signed by the governor, so Scranton can add this economic development tool to its plans." The CRIZ program is administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue, Department of Community and Economic Development and the governor’s budget office. Flynn’s legislation (H.B. 1869) has 22 co-sponsors and will be referred to a House committee for consideration in the coming weeks. 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
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
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
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