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Less than six months remain to apply for Persian Gulf veterans’ bonus

(Mar 12, 2015)

The state Department of Military and Veterans Affairs is reminding Pennsylvania veterans that they have until Aug. 31 to apply for a special one-time payment to honor their service and sacrifice if they served on active duty in the Persian Gulf Theater of Operations between Aug. 2, 1990, and Aug. 31, 1991. The bonus pays $75 a month for qualifying, active-duty service members, up to a $525 maximum, for those who served in in Operations Desert Shield or Desert Storm. An additional $5,000 is available to the surviving family for personnel whose death was related to illness or injury received in the line of duty. Service members who were declared prisoners of war may also be eligible for an additional $5,000. The department is reviewing all denials, but new applications are required to reopen a claim. Almost 11,000 Persian Gulf veterans have applied for the one-time cash bonus program since the department began accepting applications in 2008. Instructions on how to apply are available by visiting www.persiangulfbonus.state.pa.us . Read more

 

Mullery to host fishing and boating meeting March 26 at LCCC

(Mar 12, 2015)

State Rep. Gerald Mullery announced that he will host a meeting to discuss local fishing and boating from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. March 26 at the Luzerne County Community College Educational Conference Center, 1333 S. Prospect St., Nanticoke. Read more

 

Mullery reacts to governor’s budget address

(Mar 03, 2015)

HARRISBURG, March 3 – State Rep. Gerald Mullery, D-Luzerne, released this statement following Gov. Tom Wolf’s budget address today: “Governor Wolf’s first budget addressed two issues vitally important to the people of my district: property taxes and quality education. I am very pleased Governor Wolf will tackle these important issues, which had been placed on the back burner during previous administrations. His proposal would cut in half the property tax paid by the average homeowner and eliminate property taxes for many seniors. In addition to the direct benefit to homeowners, reduced property taxes ease the burden on existing businesses and help attract new development. “I was also pleased to hear the governor’s plans to restore funding cuts in basic education and expand the number of children in pre-kindergarten programs by 75 percent. Moreover, his commitment to increased funding for community colleges would benefit Luzerne County Community College, a vital resource in Northeastern Pennsylvania. We must improve all areas of education to make our state stronger. "At this point in the budget process, it is far too early to understand all of the implications of such a dramatic change in the way we approach and fund state and local governments. But the governor did today present us with a real vision for the future. I look forward to a vigorous discussion and hope that all members of the General Assembly, Read more

 

Mullery introduces bill to name area bridge after corrections officer

(Feb 24, 2015)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 24 – State Rep. Gerald Mullery, D-Luzerne, has introduced a bill that would designate the bridge on S.R. 3005 over the outlet of Lily Lake in Conyngham Township as the Senior Officer Eric J. Williams Memorial Bridge. A corrections officer at the U.S. Penitentiary, Canaan, Williams was attacked and killed by an inmate in February 2013. He was 34 years old. "Officer Williams was dedicated to serving his community, his commonwealth and his country," Mullery said. "His courageous service will never be forgotten and this legislation is just one small way we can remember him. "He owned a cottage at Lily Lake, so it is entirely fitting to name the nearby bridge in his memory," Mullery said. Williams was a 1996 graduate of Greater Nanticoke Area High School, and graduated from King's College with a criminal justice degree. Before he began serving as a federal corrections officer on Sept. 11, 2011, he spent years working as a police officer. The bill (H.B. 629) is expected to be referred to the House Transportation Committee for consideration. Read more

 

Mullery looks to close loophole in DUI law

(Feb 19, 2015)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 19 – State Rep. Gerald Mullery, D-Newport Township, has again introduced legislation (H.B. 474) that would ensure all victims of DUI accidents can be fully compensated for their injuries and damage to their property. Under current state law, a victim of an accident where the drunk driver is convicted of a DUI or is placed in Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition may receive full tort coverage. However, if the drunk driver dies as a result of the accident, even if his or her blood shows he or she was driving under the influence, the victim does not receive full tort coverage. "Drinking and driving is one of the top safety issues faced by Pennsylvanians," Mullery said. "In 2013, there were 11,041 alcohol-related crashes in Pennsylvania, and deaths in these crashes accounted for 32 percent of the total traffic deaths in the state. Of all the alcohol-related deaths, 77 percent were the drunk drivers." Mullery said Pennsylvania must attack the problem aggressively and give as much assistance as possible to the victims of these DUI accidents. Read more

 

Mullery: Don’t pay to apply for the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program

(Feb 18, 2015)

NANTICOKE, Feb. 18 – State Rep. Gerald Mullery is reminding residents that they don’t have to pay to complete application forms for the state's Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program. Mullery, D-Newport Township, said a local senior citizen brought to his attention a mailing from a private company in Harrisburg, offering to fill out senior citizens' Property Tax/Rent Rebate forms, and asking for income and homeownership information, as well as a $47 processing fee. “Anyone who receives one of these letters should throw it in a trash can where it belongs, because there’s no need to pay to complete forms for a state-sponsored program such as the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program," Mullery said. "Seniors can receive free assistance with the forms by contacting my office." Mullery has an office located at 156 South Market St., Nanticoke, He also maintains an office at 532 Centre St., Freeland. The phone number for the Nanticoke office is 570-740-7031. The phone number for the Freeland office is 570-636-3500. In addition, Mullery’s staff will hold workshops throughout his legislative district to provide free assistance with applying for the state’s Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program. The workshops will be held Thursday and March 5 at the Plymouth Active Adult Center, 160 E. Main St., Plymouth; March 5 at the Freeland Active Adult Center, 701 Chestnut St., Freeland; March 19 at the Read more

 

Mullery named Democratic vice chairman of the House Game and Fisheries Committee

(Feb 12, 2015)

NANTICOKE, Feb. 12 – State Rep. Gerald Mullery will serve as Democratic vice chairman of the House Game and Fisheries Committee for the 2015-16 legislative session. Mullery, an avid fisherman and hunter, said this appointment is a good fit for him. “I, and many of the people I represent in Luzerne County, care deeply about Penn’s Woods and preserving and improving opportunities to hunt and fish,” said Mullery, D-Newport Township. “I want to make sure their voices are heard.” Mullery said he looks forward to working with Ted Harhai, the Democratic chairman of the committee from Westmoreland County, and Keith Gillespie, the Republican chairman of the committee from York County. The Game and Fisheries Committee reviews bills affecting the Game Commission and the Fish and Boat Commission, both of which rely on licensing and user fees for a significant portion of their funding. Read more

 

Free Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program assistance in Plymouth, Freeland, Mountaintop and White Haven

(Feb 11, 2015)

State Rep. Gerald Mullery announced his staff will hold workshops throughout his legislative district to provide free assistance with applying for the state’s Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program. The workshops will be held Feb. 19 and March 5 at the Plymouth Active Adult Center, 160 E. Main St., Plymouth; March 5 at the Freeland Active Adult Center, 701 Chestnut St., Freeland; March 19 at the Mountaintop Active Adult Center, 460 S. Main Road, Mountaintop; March 25 at the White Haven Borough Building, 312 Main St., White Haven. Read more

 

Mullery announces fire, EMS grants in the 119th District, thanks emergency responders for their life-saving work

(Feb 02, 2015)

NANTICOKE, Feb. 2 – State Rep. Gerald Mullery, D-Newport Township, congratulated the 29 fire and ambulance companies in his Luzerne County legislative district that will receive more than $353,000 in state grants. "These organizations provide life-saving services, and I’m pleased that the state is helping them carry out their mission,” Mullery said. The funding comes from the Fire Company and Volunteer Ambulance Service Grant Program. The program, which is funded by gaming revenue, was expanded in 2013 through a law Mullery supported. Its annual funding was increased from $25 million to $30 million, and eligibility was extended to 35 municipal fire departments across the state. The law increased the average amount of grants to fire departments from $9,500 to $12,000, with a maximum grant of $15,000, and the average grant to volunteer ambulance companies from $4,500 to $5,600, with a maximum grant of $10,000. Money from the program is used to: Build or repair a fire or ambulance company facility and to purchase or repair fixtures or furnishings needed to maintain or improve fire, ambulance and rescue service; Purchase or repair firefighting, ambulance or rescue equipment; Train and certify members; and Pay down debt that resulted from building or repairing a facility or purchasing or repairing equipment. Organizations in Mullery's district that will receive the grants are: A K Mowery Hose Company No. 3, Read more

 

Mullery bill would give Game Commission responsibility to issue antlerless hunting licenses

(Jan 27, 2015)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 26 – State Rep. Gerald Mullery has reintroduced a bill to give the Pennsylvania Game Commission the responsibility to distribute antlerless deer hunting licenses. Currently, the Game Commission determines the number of antlerless licenses to be allocated, but county treasurers distribute the permits. To apply for a doe license, Pennsylvania hunters must fill out a form, write a check and drop an envelope in the mail. They can mail the form and check to any treasurer's office in the state; however, most hunters send it to their home county. Mullery, a member of the House Game and Fisheries Committee, said the current system is outdated, inconvenient, and, in some instances, ineffective. "Hunting and fishing licenses are available online, and Pennsylvanians should be able to obtain an antlerless license the same way," Mullery said. "It's time to modernize this antiquated system." Mullery said the current system led to Luzerne County hunters being shut out of a doe license last year when the treasurer's office, citing staff cuts, failed to process applications on time. "A modern system run by the Game Commission would have prevented that inexcusable mistake," Mullery said. H.B. 231 is expected to be referred to the Game and Fisheries Committee. Read more

 

Mullery named to five House committees

(Jan 21, 2015)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 21 – State Rep. Gerald Mullery, D-Newport Township, was appointed to serve on five House committees for the 2015-16 legislative session: Education, Game and Fisheries, Health, Judiciary and Local Government. “These appointments give me a seat at the table as we consider a wide variety of legislation that would impact the day-to-day lives of people from Luzerne County and across the commonwealth,” Mullery said. “It’s a privilege to serve on these committees.” The committee system allows legislators to assess and amend legislation, and evaluate important issues, before sending bills to the full House for a vote. Mullery, embarking on his third term, previously served on the Game and Fisheries and Health committees. This is his first term on the Education, Judiciary and Local Government committees. Mullery said his experience will help with his reappointment to the Game and Fisheries and Health committees. He said he’s also eager to tackle the challenges brought on by his new appointments. The Education Committee reviews bills dealing with educational funding, school choice and charter schools, teacher standards and more. The Judiciary Committee reviews bills pertaining to law enforcement and corrections, and has oversight over a number of state agencies, including the Pennsylvania State Police and the Department of Corrections. The Local Government Committee reviews legislation affecting counties, cities, Read more

 

Act soon for college financial aid

(Jan 15, 2015)

June will be here before we know it, and many graduating seniors and their parents are thinking about college applications and, more importantly, how to pay tuition bills. I’m urging college-bound high school seniors and their families to consider applying as soon as possible for financial assistance by submitting the FAFSA – the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. The FAFSA is a must for determining eligibility for most need- and income-based financial assistance, including the Pennsylvania State Grant , Pell grants and other federal student loans, work-study programs and various scholarships. The FAFSA may be completed online at www.fafsa.gov . The form is also available on my website by clcking on the education tab under Help & Services. Read more

 

Mullery starts third term with an eye on property tax relief, legislative reform

(Jan 06, 2015)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 6 -- State Rep. Gerald Mullery started his third term representing the 119th Legislative District when he was sworn in during a ceremony today at the state Capitol that marked the beginning of the 2015-16 session of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives.   Mullery, D-Newport Township, said property tax elimination, economic development, legislative reform, good schools, environmental protection, safe communities and Second Amendment rights will continue to be his priorities. “My constituents have consistently told me they want relief from property taxes,” Mullery said. “I will continue to support efforts to eliminate property tax for homeowners.” Mullery said he’s hopeful momentum will continue to build for legislation that would shift funding for public education from property taxes to increases in sales and income taxes. Mullery has co-sponsored legislation during his first two terms in office to eliminate property taxes for homeowners. Since taking office, Mullery has set an example for legislative reform by returning to the state treasury automatic cost-of-living raise state lawmakers automatically receive under a 1995 law, and voluntarily paid 10 percent of his salary toward health benefits since he took office. He introduced a bill in the last past two legislative session to eliminate automatic COLAs. Mullery also has offered measures that would have eliminated per diems and required House Read more

 

Hope for Hannah legislation becomes law

(Dec 28, 2014)

Pennsylvania's children have a new protection thanks to Hannah's Law, named after Hannah Ginion of Bristol Township, who suffered from the rare genetic disorder called Krabbe disease. Hannah passed away on Dec. 28, 2014. Read more

 

Mullery eager to see reclamation work begin on Plymouth Township abandoned mine

(Dec 16, 2014)

State Rep. Gerald Mullery welcomed the announcement Tuesday that plans are progressing to reclaim 88 acres of abandoned mine land at Curry Hill-Avondale in Plymouth Township. Read more

 

Beware IRS phone scams

(Nov 29, 2014)

Recently, my office received information about phone calls received statewide in which an individual claimed to be from the IRS and demanded payment on taxes owed. Please be aware – this phone call is a scam, and the IRS will NOT initiate first contact with you on the phone about taxes owed. Always be wary of unsolicited phone calls in which an individual claims to represent a business or government entity and aggressively demands payment. The IRS does not operate this way and will always send official correspondence through the mail to make its first contact with you. Read more

 

HEROIN: What you need to know about Pennsylvania’s Good Samaritan Law

(Nov 24, 2014)

Landmark legislation passed during the 2013-14 Legislative Session now allows first responders, including law enforcement, fire fighters, EMS or other organizations the ability to administer a medication known as naloxone, a life-saving opioid-overdose antidote. The law also allows individuals such as friends or family members who might be in a position to help a person at risk of experiencing an opioid-related overdose to obtain a prescription for naloxone. Additionally, Act 139 provides immunity from prosecution for those responding to and reporting overdoses. Read more

 

In the News: Dept. of Human Services name change better reflects mission

(Nov 24, 2014)

House Bill 993, which renamed the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare as the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services, was signed into law as Act 132 during the 2013-14 Legislative Session. According to advocates for the change, renaming the department was long overdue, and as the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported, the name change better reflects the department’s mission. Read more

 

Do you need help paying heating bills?

(Nov 24, 2014)

As we get into the coldest months of winter, many people are worried about affording their increasing heating costs. If you or someone you know qualifies, my office could help you take advantage of a program set up to curtail high home heating bills. Read more

 

Apply for health insurance by Feb. 16

(Nov 23, 2014)

The open enrollment period for health care coverage is now underway. If you or someone you know is in need of health insurance, please consider visiting the federal Marketplace at www.HealthCare.gov. Applicants have until Feb. 16, 2015 to enroll. Everyone, no matter what age, needs health insurance. A random accident or unexpected illness could put you in danger of losing not only your good health but also your financial future. Read more

 

Less than six months remain to apply for Persian Gulf veterans’ bonus
Mar 12, 2015

Mullery to host fishing and boating meeting March 26 at LCCC
Mar 12, 2015

Mullery reacts to governor’s budget address
Mar 03, 2015

Mullery introduces bill to name area bridge after corrections officer
Feb 24, 2015

Mullery looks to close loophole in DUI law
Feb 19, 2015

Mullery: Don’t pay to apply for the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program
Feb 18, 2015

Mullery named Democratic vice chairman of the House Game and Fisheries Committee
Feb 12, 2015

Free Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program assistance in Plymouth, Freeland, Mountaintop and White Haven
Feb 11, 2015

Mullery announces fire, EMS grants in the 119th District, thanks emergency responders for their life-saving work
Feb 02, 2015

Mullery bill would give Game Commission responsibility to issue antlerless hunting licenses
Jan 27, 2015

Mullery named to five House committees
Jan 21, 2015

Act soon for college financial aid
Jan 15, 2015

Mullery starts third term with an eye on property tax relief, legislative reform
Jan 06, 2015

Hope for Hannah legislation becomes law
Dec 28, 2014

Mullery eager to see reclamation work begin on Plymouth Township abandoned mine
Dec 16, 2014

Beware IRS phone scams
Nov 29, 2014

HEROIN: What you need to know about Pennsylvania’s Good Samaritan Law
Nov 24, 2014

In the News: Dept. of Human Services name change better reflects mission
Nov 24, 2014

Do you need help paying heating bills?
Nov 24, 2014

Apply for health insurance by Feb. 16
Nov 23, 2014