Burns Veterans Day Luncheon

(Nov 12, 2015)

Pa. state Rep. Frank Burns hosts his annual Veterans Appreciation Luncheon to thank veterans for everything they have done for our country. Read more


Burns Serving Veterans

(Nov 09, 2015)

The office of Pa. state Rep. Frank Burns can help veterans obtain the services and benefits they've earned through their service to our country. Read more


PA Bridge Named to Honor Fallen Soldier

(Oct 30, 2015)

Pa. state Rep. Frank Burns held a bridge dedication to honor Technical Sergeant Alexander Miller Abercrombie, who died fighting in Germany during World War II. The US Route 219 bridge over US Route 422 will stand as a reminder for generations to come of the sacrifices made by our military to protect freedom here and abroad. Read more


Measure Urging Congress to Halt Transfer of Apache Helicopters Clears Committee

(Jun 16, 2015)

Harrisburg - June 16 - The state Senate Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee approved a Sen. John Wozniak (D-Cambria) resolution today calling on Congress to prohibit the transfer of Apache helicopters from Johnstown into active duty Army until a force structure analysis is completed. "The Army would do well to examine the efficacy of moving the Apache helicopters from Johnstown until further study is done," Wozniak said. "The unit is well established at the airport, has a large economic footprint and is essential to our security." Wozniak has joined with state Rep. Bryan Barbin (D-Cambria) and Rep. Frank Burns (D-Cambria) in seeking to stop the transfer of the 1-104 th Attack Battalion and the repositioning of Pennsylvania Army National Guard units. Barbin is a member of the House Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee. The National Commission on the Future of the Army is now studying active duty and National Guard force structuring alternatives. The report is due in February 2016. Wozniak said that it was important for the state legislature to make its sentiments clear about the restructuring of the National Guard components in the state because the National Defense Authorization Act is before the U.S. Senate and will be subject to a House-Senate conference in the near future. "There is so much uncertainty both in regard to the report on the structure of the Army and with the composition and positioning of Read more


Rep. Burns invites families to attend area youth fairs

(Jun 16, 2015)

With school out and the summer upon us, it's important that students find positive activities to keep them out of trouble. A number of communities are holding Youth Fairs to bring information and awareness to students and their parents. These free events, held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., offer information about drug awareness and bullying, and my office will have a table offering information about the state geared toward students and its programs and services for children, including coloring books and bookmarks. There will also be free refreshments, games and prizes. Here’s a list of Youth Fairs in June (weather permitting): June 17 – Chest Springs Baseball Field, Chest Springs June 19 – Patton Park, Patton June 23 – Revloc Park, Revloc June 24 – Leidy Lane Park, Mundy’s Corner June 26 – Crichton McCormick Park, Portage Read more


Burns encourages veterans and their families to attend open house

(Jun 11, 2015)

EBENSBURG, June 11 – State Rep. Frank Burns, D-Cambria, today said that he has been informed the Hollidaysburg Veterans Home will hold an open house from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, June 16 in Eisenhower Hall at the facility, 536 Municipal Drive, Duncansville. Burns said this open house is for all veterans and their spouses who are interested in seeking admission to the home. "In addition to tours, there will be refreshments and blood pressure screenings," Burns said. "This open house is a great opportunity for veterans and their spouses to check out the facility to see how it can accommodate them." For more information, veterans or their family members can call the Hollidaysburg Veterans Home at 814-696-5352. Read more


Burns announces grant recipient to help fight underage drinking

(Jun 10, 2015)

HARRISBURG, June 10 – State Rep. Frank Burns, D-Cambria, announced today that Saint Francis University has been awarded a grant for more than $36,000 from the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board to support initiatives aimed at reducing underage and dangerous drinking. The PLCB grants are awarded to support a wide range of activities including training, law enforcement patrols, the development of environmental management strategies and other prevention programs. "This money is crucial to help educate our young people about the potential dangers of drinking," Burns said. "I applaud the faculty and staff at Saint Francis University for taking the steps in providing outreach and information to combat this problem." The PLCB Bureau of Alcohol Education awarded $2.2 million to 65 entities across the state for the 2015-17 grant cycle. Read more


Burns resolution honors police officers

(May 13, 2015)

HARRISBURG, May 13 – The Pennsylvania House of Representatives has unanimously adopted a resolution introduced by state Rep. Frank Burns, D-Cambria, commemorating this week as National Police Week in Pennsylvania. Burns’ resolution (H.R. 166) also recognizes this Friday, which is also National Peace Officers Memorial Day, as Police Officers Memorial Day in Pennsylvania. "I hope all Pennsylvanians will take some time on Friday to remember the officers who lost their lives while on duty," Burns said. "Our police officers serve and protect us with courage and dedication, and we need to support their efforts." According to the website policeweek.org, four Pennsylvania officers lost their lives in the line of duty between September 2013 and December 2014. The first National Police Officers Memorial Day was created in 1961 by President John F. Kennedy. Read more


job fair

(May 01, 2015)

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Let's do our part to fight crime!

(Apr 30, 2015)

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Rep. Burns supports efforts to keep Cambria County beautiful

(Apr 29, 2015)

Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful’s local affiliate, Keep Cambria County Beautiful, is holding special collections of appliances and tires in May. The low-cost events are sponsored in part by the Department of Environmental Protection and are designed to allow residents to get rid of hard to dispose of items instead of dumping them illegally. The Keep Cambria County Beautiful appliance and tire collection events are: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. May 2, Parking lot near Patton football fieldhouse 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. May 9, Cambria Township Municipal No electronics will be accepted. There is a fee to dispose of the appliances and tires. For details or more information, call 814-472-2120. To find other Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful cleanup events in Cambria County, click here . Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful is accepting grant applications to celebrate its 25 th anniversary. Details here. Read more


Burns opens satellite office in Patton

(Apr 16, 2015)

EBENSBURG, April 16– State Rep. Frank Burns, D-Cambria, announced that he has opened a satellite office in Patton to provide services to the residents in the relocated 72nd Legislative District. Residents can visit the office between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. every Tuesday at the Patton Senior Center, 405 Park Ave., 16668. "This office allows me and my staff to better serve the people added in December to the 72nd District as part of the legislative redistricting process," Burns said. "It will provide the same high quality level of service that you can expect in any of my offices." Burns said staff members will be on hand in the Patton office to provide services to constituents. Trudy Thomas is a life-long resident of Patton and worked for 16 years as a legislative assistant for state Rep. Gary Haluska before joining Burns’ team. Beth Thomas is one of the representative’s newest employees. She graduated from Conemaugh Township High School in 2010 as a member of the National Honor Society. "Beth is a very talented young woman with a lot of potential while Trudy’s experience and knowledge of the district is very valuable. Both of them are great assets to our team," Burns said. Burns also invites residents to visit either his Ebensburg office, 119 S. Center St., phone 814-472-8021; or his Portage office, 112-A Munster Road, phone 814-736-7339. Read more


Burns invites residents to participate in pet food drive

(Apr 06, 2015)

EBENSBURG, April 6 – State Rep. Frank Burns, D-Cambria, is asking residents of the 72nd Legislative District to donate non-perishable pet food items during the month of April. Burns is working with local schools and a local animal protection organization for this drive. From April 1 to April 30, donations can be dropped off at any of Burns’ office locations: 535 Fairfield Ave., Lower Yoder Township, 15906; 119 S. Center St., Ebensburg, 15931; or 112-A Munster Road, Portage, 15946. “Pets are generally considered to be a part of the family, but there are many animals who don’t have a family or home to call their own," Burns said. "In other instances, a pet becomes the victim of abuse or neglect in Pennsylvania. “This drive is to help animals in need. I also am currently working on tougher laws against animal cruelty. Right now, anyone who abuses an animal faces two years in prison and fines up to $1000. If you see someone abusing an animal, call the police. By working together, we can make a difference.” Read more


Burns: Liquor privatization plan bad for local businesses

(Feb 23, 2015)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 23 – In a committee action, state Rep. Frank Burns, D-Cambria, today voted against a liquor bill he said would put small beer distributors out of business because they won’t be able to compete with big-box retailers. “I voted against the bill because it will hurt our mom-and-pop beer distributors,” Burns said. “It's inherently unfair to these small businesses. It will cost them their livelihood, as well as eliminate thousands of family-sustaining jobs, if this convoluted bill becomes law.” House Bill 466 would sell off Fine Wine & Good Spirits stores operated by the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board and allow private businesses to purchase licenses to sell wine and liquor. The first licenses would be open to large existing beer distributors. Burns said remaining licenses would go to market, where big-box retailers’ buying and selling power would be too much for local businesses to compete. “I believe this legislation would put local distributors out of business by allowing competition from out-of-state companies to buy the licenses,” Burns said. “That means corporate retail giants like WalMart and Sheetz could sell beer at their cost, not making a profit, just to get people into the stores. That is something the small-business beer distributor cannot afford to do, so it would drive them out of business.” Burns added, "This plan will not create jobs, but create more Read more


Burns: Veterans home improves care, saves taxpayers money

(Feb 23, 2015)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 23 – State Rep. Frank Burns, D-Cambria, today said the results of an audit conducted by Auditor General Eugene DePasquale found the Hollidaysburg Veterans Home increased patient care while saving taxpayers more than $478,000. The audit found the cost for therapy services decreased from $102 to $3 per hour after the facility and the state Department of Military and Veterans Affairs decided to contract out therapeutic services in 2011. That resulted in more physical, occupational and speech therapy services. "Providing the best quality of care to our veterans should always be top priority," Burns said. "I commend the facility for working with the department for coming up with a plan that not only resulted in giving more care to our veterans, but also saving taxpayers thousands of dollars." The Auditor General’s office conducted the audit after receiving requests from some constituents. The office also looks periodically at veterans homes in the commonwealth. Read more


Winter 2015 Newsletter

(Feb 19, 2015)

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Burns bill would require schools to transport students in risk areas

(Feb 12, 2015)

SUMMERHILL – A?day after a teen went missing for 24 hours in what police are investigating as an abduction, a local lawmaker has introduced legislation to protect students from registered sex offenders. Read more


Burns urges quick action on legislation following missing girl case

(Feb 11, 2015)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 11 – State Rep. Frank Burns, D-Cambria, today said he has introduced legislation that would protect students from registered sex offenders who live in their neighborhood. "As our local police officers investigate the events in the case of the missing Summerhill girl, it is unknown if the person of interest who police are looking for was a sex offender," Burns said. "I feel it’s time Pennsylvania enact legislation to protect children to and from school." According to the state Department of Education website, currently schools are not required to provide transportation for students. The law also states that if a district chooses to provide busing, the school can make children living within one mile of the school walk every day, regardless of age. House Bill 372 would require school districts to provide transportation to all children to and from school if that student resides in a district where an offender is registered. "I urge school boards in the district to provide transportation for all students, whether they live near a sex offender or not," Burns said. "It’s about protecting our children -- that should be everyone's main priority." Currently, the Pennsylvania State Police list more than 12,000 sex offenders living in the commonwealth; 196 of them live in Cambria County. Read more


Burns meets with Gov. Wolf on issues impacting Cambria County

(Feb 10, 2015)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 9 – State Rep. Frank Burns, D-Cambria, sat down with today the governor and his top staff to discuss the issues important to and impacting Cambria County. Burns said they discussed economic development and jobs, blight and the heroin epidemic. "I want to thank the governor for his willingness to meet with me and discuss these issues that are main concerns not only in the 72nd district, but for all of Cambria County," Burns said. "I look forward to building on the great relationship that I already have with Gov. Wolf while we work on resolving those issues." One area of major concern for Burns is to provide better access to care for cancer patients by requiring health insurance providers that cover intravenous cancer chemotherapy to cover oral chemotherapy treatment equally. "The pill form of chemotherapy is the newest form of chemotherapy and, not only is it more convenient for cancer patients, compared to intravenous chemotherapy, which requires a visit to the hospital for its administration, it's also known to cause fewer side effects," Burns said. "This method of treatment can improve patient quality of life and this bill would give patients access to it without the higher cost that usually goes with it." Burns said another piece of legislation that he is looking to introduce is the American Jobs Bill. It would address the Underground Utility Line Protection Law by requiring that all natural gas Read more


Burns announces $214,000 in fire, EMS grants for the 72nd District

(Feb 03, 2015)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 3 – State Rep. Frank Burns, D-Cambria, today announced that 18 fire and ambulance companies in his legislative district will receive more than $214,000 in state funding. The grants are from Pennsylvania's Fire Company and Volunteer Ambulance Service Grant Program and were awarded recently. In all, 2,507 grants were awarded statewide, totaling $30 million. The grants are funded from gaming revenue. "Donations are a big funding source for most of these companies, so this state funding is an added bonus," Burns said. "People rely on these companies and the volunteers when seconds count and this money will help them continue to provide these valuable services." Grant recipients and amounts awarded are as follows: Carrolltown Fire Co. -- $12,069 Cresson Area Ambulance Service Inc. -- $14,885 Dauntless Fire Co. -- $14,285 East Taylor Volunteer Fire Co. --$14,008 Ebensburg Area Ambulance Assoc. -- $7,445 Gallitzin Fire Company No. 1 -- $14,008 Jackson Township Volunteer Fire Co. -- $14,285 for the fire company; $7,445 for EMS John Carroll Area Ambulance Service -- $7,445 Loretto Fire Co. -- $12,623 Lower Yoder Township Volunteer Fire Co. -- $11,515 Middle Taylor Township Volunteer Fire Co. -- $14,285 Patton Area Ambulance Association, Inc. -- $7,445 Patton Fire Co. No. 1 -- $14,285 Portage Area Ambulance Assoc. -- $7,445 Portage Volunteer Fire Co. -- $14,285 Reade Township Volunteer Fire Co. Read more