Trout Stocking on Class A Streams
By State Rep. Joe Emrick
137th Legislative District

The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission is considering closing Class A streams to in-season trout stocking, including fishing tournaments. I, however, support the continued stocking of fish during trout season in all Class A streams, especially in urban areas. These streams are often within walking distance for children and introduce them to the great experience of fishing.

If you agree with me, please visit my website,, and fill out the online petition.

Guarding Against Fraud - The holiday season is often the most charitable. Although giving is extremely important, consumers are encouraged to be vigilant and watch out for scams aimed at taking advantage of their good will.

For your protection, the Pennsylvania Department of State’s Bureau of Charitable Organizations maintains a publicly accessible online database which contains all legally established charities in Pennsylvania. Consumers are encouraged to verify the legitimacy of any charity using this database prior to donating.

If you would like to learn more about an organization prior to donating or to report suspected fraud, call the bureau’s toll-free telephone hotline at 1-800-732-0999.

Property Tax Reminder - The deadline to apply for the state’s Property Tax/Rent Rebate program for the 2013 tax year is Wednesday, Dec. 31. Eligible participants can receive a rebate of up to $650 based on their rent or property taxes paid in 2013. The program benefits eligible Pennsylvanians who are 65 years or older, widows and widowers 50 years or older, and those 18 years or older with permanent disabilities.

Surviving spouses, personal representatives and estates of residents who lived at least one day in 2013 should explore other rebate program criteria and claim rebates on behalf of eligible decedents by the program application deadline. Claims already filed on behalf of deceased claimants will be reopened by the department, and claims will be reviewed under the new eligibility rules.

My staff will be happy to answer questions regarding eligibly and assist with filing applications at no cost to you. Please call my district office at (570) 897-0401 or (610) 746-5090 to arrange an appointment.

Representative Joe Emrick
137th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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