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October 2017

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Toomey Staffer to Hold Casework Day at My Butler Office

I will host a representative from U.S. Senator Pat Toomey’s staff for a casework day at my Butler District Office at 110 E. Diamond Street, Suite 102, Butler, from 2 to 4 p.m., on Friday, October 27.

During the casework event a constituent advocate for Senator Toomey will be available to help constituents who are having problems with federal agencies and programs. Constituents are encouraged to bring documents they have received from federal agencies related to their issues.

For more information, call my Butler office at (724) 282-1234.

Nominations Now Accepted for Local Government Excellence Awards

Nominations are being accepted for the Governor’s Awards for Local Government Excellence through December 1. The awards are presented to local government leaders who have demonstrated exceptional dedication to improving public services through innovative projects or initiatives.

Visit the Local Government Day Awards webpage for more information about the judging criteria for each category, the award guidelines, and how to submit a nomination.

State Police Announces 2016 DUI Arrest Totals

The Pennsylvania State Police recently announced that troopers made 19,518 arrests for driving under the influence (DUI) in 2016. The total includes arrests for both driving under the influence of alcohol and driving under the influence of drugs and reflects a 3.8 percent increase from the total number of DUI arrests in 2015.

Additionally, PSP investigated 4,520 DUI-related crashes in 2016.

State troopers certified as drug recognition experts (DREs) conducted 1,016 drug influence evaluations in 2016. DREs receive specialized classroom and field training to identify the physiological signs of impairment caused by a wide range of controlled substances.

A complete list of DUI arrest totals, DUI crash investigations, and DRE drug influence evaluations broken down by troop is available here. The statistics cover only those arrests and crashes investigated by state police and do not include statistics from other law enforcement agencies in Pennsylvania.

Applications for First Responder Grants Accepted Until October 20

Applications will be accepted for the Fire Company and Emergency Medical Service Grant Program through Friday, Oct. 20. The program provides grants for volunteer and career fire, emergency medical services and rescue companies. Grants may be used for construction or renovation of a unit’s station, the purchase or repair of equipment, training or debt reduction.

The maximum grant is $15,000 for fire companies and $10,000 for volunteer ambulance services. Career ambulance companies can apply for the grants, so long as they are designated as a municipality’s primary EMS provider.

More information is available at or by clicking here.

Deadline for Persian Gulf Veteran’s Bonus Approaching

Eligible veterans who served on active duty in the Persian Gulf Theater of Operations from Aug. 2, 1990 to Aug. 31, 1991 have less than one year to collect a special one-time payment to honor their service and sacrifice. Applications for the Persian Gulf Conflict Veterans Bonus are due by Aug. 31, 2018.

The bonus program, administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, pays $75 per month for qualifying, active-duty service members, up to a $525 maximum. More information is available here.

State Unemployment Rate Down to 4.9 Percent in August

Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate was down one-tenth of a percentage point from July to 4.9 percent in August under figures recently released by the Department of Labor & Industry.

Pennsylvania’s rate remained above that of the United States, which rose one-tenth of a percentage point in August to 4.4 percent. Over the year, the Pennsylvania rate declined by six-tenths of a percentage point while the national rate was down by one-half of a percentage point.

Pennsylvania’s civilian labor force was down 30,000 over the month to 6,428,000. Resident employment and unemployment both declined over the month, but since last August employment was up by 18,000 while unemployment shrank by 40,000.

Fewer Motorists Killed, Injured Over Labor Day Holiday Weekend

Fewer people were killed or injured in traffic crashes investigated by the Pennsylvania State Police (PSP) over the 2017 Labor Day holiday weekend (September 1-4) as compared to the same holiday period last year.

Four people were killed and 216 others were injured in 794 crashes investigated by PSP during that time. In 2016, 11 people lost their lives and 223 others were injured over the same four-day period. State police cited 769 individuals for not wearing seat belts over the weekend and issued citations to 125 motorists for not securing children in safety seats.

Troopers also issued 12,640 speeding citations and arrested 552 operators for driving under the influence. Of the 794 crashes investigated by PSP, 90 of were alcohol related. Alcohol was a factor in one of the four fatal crashes.

The statistics cover only those crashes investigated by state police and do not include statistics on incidents to which other law enforcement agencies in Pennsylvania responded. Crash and enforcement data by troop is available here.

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Senate Box 203021
170 Main Capitol
Harrisburg, PA 17120
(717) 787-9684
FAX: (717) 787-6088
TTY: 800-364-1581

22045 Route 6
Warren, PA 16365-7952
(814) 728-2100
FAX: (814) 728-2102


110 East Diamond Street
Butler, PA 16001
(724) 282-1234
FAX: (724) 282-6852

229 Elm Street
Suite A
Oil City, PA 16301
(814) 677-6345
FAX: (814) 677-6331