Resolution urges Congress to protect pharmaceutical supply chain Read more
Sides with medical experts on coronavirus timeline Read more
Proposed legislation would exempt stimulus checks from local, state taxes Read more
Burns, D-Cambria, fears that Wolf’s order may rob Conemaugh Health System of badly needed supplies Read more
State Rep. keeps fighting for Cambria County students, families Read more
Grants can be used for equipment, vehicles, radios and training Read more
Asks governor, Health Secretary for fair share of masks, protective gear Read more
Saturday announcement dovetails with Burns’ March 18 request Read more
‘American jobs for American workers’ goal of forthcoming bills Read more
Burns urges governor to ensure medical supplies are distributed equitably Read more
Lawmaker crafting bills to bring manufacturing back to U.S.A. Read more
Vows to support veto override vote Read more
Bill would provide one-time grants to support their efforts Read more
Loans up to $100,000 carry zero-percent interest for three years Read more
EBENSBURG, March 18 – State Rep. Frank Burns, D-Cambria, said today that PennDOT license centers will be closed for at least the next two weeks as part of the state response to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Effective today, all Driver License Centers and Photo License Centers in Pennsylvania will be closed. Additionally, expiration dates for driver licenses, identification cards, vehicle registrations, and safety and emission inspections will be extended . For driver licenses, photo ID cards and learner's permits scheduled to expire from March 16 through March 31, the expiration date is now extended until April 30, 2020. Vehicle registrations, safety inspections and emissions inspections scheduled to expire from March 16 through March 31, the expiration date is now extended until April 30. Persons with Disabilities Parking Placards scheduled to expire from March 16 through March 31, the expiration date is now extended until April 30. Additionally, all PennDOT District and county maintenance offices are closed. Construction projects have been suspended in all counties until further notice, however PennDOT crews are available to perform critical functions and emergency maintenance as needed. All PennDOT rest areas and welcome centers statewide will be closed to the public as of this morning. Read more
EBENSBURG, March 18 -- Amid growing warnings that the United States faces a profound shortage of ventilators to treat seriously ill coronavirus patients, state Rep. Frank Burns, D Cambria, is calling on Gov. Tom Wolf and his Action Team to marshal Pennsylvania’s manufacturing might to help build the life-saving devices. Burns said the situation is dire, as only 23 ventilator facilities exist statewide, housing about 700 beds. He said because the coronavirus can strike the respiratory system, making elderly patients particularly vulnerable to life-threatening complications, ramped-up ventilator production is essential. “The conversation nobody wants to have centers on what if there aren’t enough ventilators in the state to deal with the coronavirus spread? If there’s a severe shortage of ventilators as anticipated, then medical professionals will have to make critical decisions on which patients are a priority to live based on age, pre-existing conditions and life expectancy,” Burns said. “God help us all if this happens.” Burns said this is already the case in Italy, where more than 24,000 confirmed coronavirus patients have created a shortage of ventilators in hospitals, forcing healthcare providers to make hard decisions on who gets a ventilator – decisions that give priority to younger, healthier people who have a better chance of survival. Read more
EBENSBURG, March 17 – In commemoration of "Sunshine Week," state Rep. Frank Burns is reminding Pennsylvania news outlets and citizens of his ongoing struggle with the Liquor Control Board, which has ignored a ruling by the state Office of Open Records and forced him into a court battle to obtain a listing of liquor licenses available for auction in each county. Burns, D-Cambria, is enmeshed in a legal battle that pits him and the lone lawyer he is paying out of his own pocket against the LCB and its battery of highly-paid, taxpayer-funded attorneys. “For reasons that defy logic, the LCB seems hell-bent on maintaining secretiveness when it comes to releasing information that the Office of Open Records has clearly ruled should be available to the public,” Burns said. “There are times that I feel like David versus Goliath, but I press on because the LCB can’t be allowed to lord over the people like this.” “Sunshine Week” runs from March 15-21 and is an annual nationwide celebration of access to public information and what it means for you and your community. It is sponsored by the News Leaders Association and the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press. Burns’ odyssey began last summer, when the LCB denied his Right-to-Know request, on grounds that included the argument that Burns was seeking “trade secret confidential proprietary information” from the state Read more
I’m writing a prescription that calls for Harrisburg to take action. Read more
Money will help fund recreational opportunities, save taxpayer dollars Read more
Calls on governor, Sec. of Health to follow other states and release details Read more
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