I’m sure more information will be out

Article posted on January 20, 2018

The comment I heard most often today was about how nice the weather was.  I was still beat from the Washington trip yesterday, but I managed to get up for my men’s fellowship this morning.  We had an inspirational message about service; it recharged my batteries.  I got some office work done and headed to Hagerstown, MD for a firemen’s banquet.  It’s not too unusual for some of the communities close to the state line to use facilities in their area that just happen to be in another state.  This evening, Charlotte and I attended the 41st Annual Rescue Hose Company’s Awards Banquet.  Thank you for including us.  News leaked out this afternoon that the New York Times will report tomorrow that PA Republican Congressman Pat Meehan used office account money to settle a sexual harassment complaint with a staff member.  I’m sure more information will be out tomorrow.

-John

See the commitment from the administration on this issue first hand

Article posted on January 19, 2018

The two buses from Blair County heading to the March for Life in Washington were on the road by 7:30 this morning.  We joined thousands of others from across the United States to march for change.  The U.S. Supreme Court in their decision of the Roe vs. Wade case allowed abortions to happen in all 50 states, that case was 45 years ago.  President Trump addressed the crowd remotely from the Rose Garden where he and Vice President Pence gathered with 200 people and explained his actions on the sanctity of human life; I was privileged to be included in the Rose Garden group and see the commitment from the administration on this issue first hand.

-John

I’m anxious to lend my voice

Article posted on January 18, 2018

I attended the Tyrone Chamber Breakfast this morning where Cathy Griffith from the Griffith Family Foundation spoke about her fight to end Pancreatic Cancer.  It was an inspirational presentation about the loss of her husband and how they turned that tragedy into an effort to save others.  I got to a ribbon cutting for the expansion at Bella Lucia in Altoona, at lunchtime.  This company started small and continues to grow by being picked up in markets across the country. I worked on various things with staff today, and prepared for tomorrow’s March For Life trip. I’m anxious to lend my voice to the thousands of others who will make that trip.

-John

We’re stuck with this mess

Article posted on January 17, 2018

Another cold morning before we get a few days of warmer weather.  I was disappointed to learn this morning that the federal Dept. of Ed approved the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) plan submitted by the PA Dept. of Ed.  I reiterated my concerns to the press that the department lacked the authority to submit the plan to start with, before criticizing the plan for its lack of detail and attempt to diminish what little accountability we have in government schools.  Given how long the federal plans are typically in place, we’re stuck with this mess for the next 15 to 20 years.

-John

Senator Eichelberger to Host Franklin County Town Hall

Article posted on January 17, 2018

HOLLIDAYSBURG (January 17, 2018) – With the legislative session for the new year just underway, Senator John H. Eichelberger, Jr. (R-Blair) will discuss the challenges ahead with folks at his upcoming Franklin County Town Hall Meeting.

“I’m encouraged by the significant progress we’ve already made on several key pieces of legislation, and now we need to push those across the finish line,” said Senator Eichelberger. “It won’t be easy, but the feedback and ideas from constituents at these town hall meetings are important and will be helpful as we move forward on this year’s legislative agenda.”

The open, informal forum is part of the Senator’s effort to make state government accessible for all residents of the 30th District. Proof of 30th District residency is required for entry.

                          WHEN:          Thursday, January 25, 2018, 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM

WHERE:       Antrim Township Building

10655 Antrim Church Road

Greencastle, PA 17225

Please contact Kathleen Gunnell, Legislative Aide, at 717-485-3616 or email kgunnell@pasen.gov for additional information.

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I really appreciate the effort

Article posted on January 16, 2018

It’s January and it’s winter, so schedules change based on the weather.  I was supposed to go to a workforce development reception in Carlisle, but it was cancelled due to the snow.  I had an opportunity to attend an open house for the court house building proposal in Chambersburg, but that was cancelled, as well.  I had a town hall scheduled in McConnellsburg this evening, and despite the snow-covered roads, we had about a dozen people show up.  We talked about the Limited Constitutional Convention, spent a lot of time on the opioid crisis, talked about health insurance including ObamaCare, had questions on the sexual harassment/misconduct problems in Harrisburg, and spoke about the budget.  I really appreciate the effort of those that made it to the library tonight.

-John

Good luck to Huntingdon

Article posted on January 15, 2018

The office was closed today in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.  I had a meeting scheduled at a business this morning then went to the office to take care of something and discovered that the heat was off.  After checking what I could, I called the building’s maintenance man, then the heating contractor, and made arrangements for the repairs.  Lucky I was in today, or we would really be cold tomorrow.  This evening I participated on a jury for a mock trial competition at the Blair County Court House.  The two schools were Huntingdon Area (plaintiff) vs. Forest Hills (defendant), Huntingdon won.  I did this once before and was impressed with the complexity of the case and how well the kids handled not only their prepared, mostly memorized, remarks, but their extemporaneous back and forth with the judge on objections.  The jury scores every presentation throughout the trial, which consisted of opening and closing arguments and the testimony of 3 witnesses for the plaintiff and 3 for the defense.  Good luck to Huntingdon as they work their way through the final competitions.

-John

Generally free from scandals

Article posted on January 14, 2018

I got a few miles in before church this morning and it was 7 degrees, which was 13 degrees warmer than my run last Sunday, so Spring is getting closer.  Charlotte and I got to the East Freedom Fire Hall for lunch: ham pot pie.  I got a little office work done then met with people in Huntingdon County about healthcare concerns.  I didn’t see much in the way of state news in the papers, lots of stories about the mayor of Allentown who is headed to criminal court this week and stories about several issues in Philadelphia.  It’s nice to be from an area generally free from scandals.

-John

Some substantial changes

Article posted on January 13, 2018

We’re getting back to the bitter cold weather again.  It’s supposed to go down to 4 at my house and the ice and snow are additional problems.  What a switch after the warmth yesterday.  I got to my men’s fellowship this morning and did a little office work.  The Plan Con Committee, which is working on the reimbursement program for school construction, has to have their report for the legislature done by the end of January; I’m on that committee and have been pulled into lots of additional meetings lately.  Looks like the program will be continued, but with some substantial changes.

-John

During the declaration

Article posted on January 12, 2018

I had a few office appointments this morning and got some work out.  I have had questions about the Governor, on Wednesday, declaring a state of emergency over the opioid crisis.  This is reportedly a first for PA, using the law to declare the emergency for a public health reason rather than a natural disaster.  Senator Scott Wagner and several House members quickly pointed out restrictions on carrying a weapon during a declared emergency.  The Wolf administration says that this is an unintended consequence of the declaration.  There was further criticism from the House for not informing the legislature about the declaration before enacting it and saying that the 2nd Amendment issue could have been avoided if the issue was addressed jointly.  We’ll have to see if there are any legal actions regarding this issue during the declaration.

-John