Burns Rallies For Victims Of Child Sexual Abuse

(Mar 14, 2016)

Pa. state Rep. Frank Burns attended a rally and news conference at the state Capitol to demonstrate public support of efforts to get bills that would remove the statute of limitations on sexual abuse cases moved to the full House for a vote. Read more


Burns hails relocation of 50 jobs to 72nd Legislative District

(Mar 01, 2016)

Saying the move reflects well on the ability and stability of the Cambria County workforce, state Rep. Frank Burns today hailed the state-approved relocation of 50 administrative human services jobs to the Hiram G. Andrews Center from Dauphin County. Burns, who helped lobby to obtain the jobs, said the Dauphin County Assistance Office has had trouble keeping the customer service positions filled, battling a nearly 100-percent annual employee turnover. Even though the 50 employees will still report to the Dauphin County assistance office executive director, Burns said his home county will benefit from the addition of good-paying jobs. Read more


Burns appalled at scope of child molestation in Johnstown diocese

(Mar 01, 2016)

Shaken by a grand jury report that 50 priests molested and raped children in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown over decades, state Rep. Frank Burns today condemned the mass cover-up and vowed to support legislation that would repeal the statute of limitations for such crimes. Burns said it’s unfathomable that despite "staggering" abuse as reported by the state Office of Attorney General, no one can be criminally charged because they are either dead or too much time has passed. Read more


Burns proud to support bill restoring Pa. tax exemption for active-duty military service members

(Feb 29, 2016)

Noting it corrects an oversight that occurred five years ago, state Rep. Frank Burns is pleased to announce that active-duty service members are now exempt from the local Earned Income Tax in Pennsylvania. Burns voted in favor of H.B. 561 when it came before the House last year; it was recently signed into law by the governor as Act 16 of 2016. The new law exempts military personnel from the EIT on military pay, regardless of where it is earned. Read more


Burns stands with law enforcement for unveiling of ramped-up ‘Push out the Pusher’ campaign

(Feb 18, 2016)

Standing with representatives of more than a dozen law enforcement agencies as well as the Cambria County district attorney, state Rep. Frank Burns today helped kick off a ramped-up effort to eradicate illegal drugs. As part of the "Push out the Pusher" campaign involving Cambria County Crime Stoppers, which Burns has helped sponsor since its inception, the renewed effort to combat heroin and other drug use in the area includes a maximum tip line reward increase from $5,000 to $8,000. Read more


Property Tax/Rent Rebate forms available at my office

(Feb 15, 2016)

Forms for Pennsylvania’s Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program for the 2015 tax year are available at my district office – and my staff is ready to help you file yours for free ! The rebate program benefits eligible Pennsylvanians 65 or older, widows and widowers 50 or older, and people with disabilities 18 or older. The income limit is $35,000 a year for homeowners and $15,000 annually for renters. Half of Social Security income is excluded and the maximum standard rebate is $650. Claimants must reapply for rebates every year because they are based on annual income and property taxes or rent paid each year. Spouses, personal representatives or estates may file rebate claims on behalf of deceased claimants who lived at least one day in 2015 and meet all other eligibility criteria. The oft-extended deadline to apply for a rebate on property taxes or rent paid in 2015 is June 30, 2016, and the rebates normally are distributed by the Deparment of Revenue beginning July 1. So, the sooner you file, the sooner you will receive your money. Read more


Burns among handful of Democrats voting to fund child advocacy centers, prisons and burn centers in show of compromise

(Feb 12, 2016)

Demonstrating his willingness to cross party lines, state Rep. Frank Burns was among a handful of House Democrats who voted with the Republican majority this week to restore state funding for child advocacy centers, prisons and burn centers. Burns said the votes, undertaken to counteract line items vetoed by Gov. Tom Wolf in the 2015-16 state budget, gained his support because they represented the right moves for Pennsylvania, especially regarding child advocacy centers. Read more


Burns bills naming bridges after WWII veteran and state trooper, both killed in line of duty, unanimously pass House

(Feb 10, 2016)

Bills to name separate Cambria County bridges after a World War II soldier killed in action and a state trooper who died in the line of duty unanimously passed the House this week, said state Rep. Frank Burns, their prime sponsor. “It is gratifying to see full support in the House for these bills, which would honor the memories of two brave men – one a soldier, the other a state trooper – who died in the performance of their duties,” said Burns, D-Cambria. Read more


PACE prescription programs benefit seniors

(Feb 10, 2016)

PACE, PACENET and PACE plus Medicare are Pennsylvania's prescription assistance programs for older adults, offering low-cost prescription medication to qualified residents, age 65 and older. As of this year, the legislature passed a law excluding Social Security Medicare Part B premiums from being counted towards income levels. Read more


CHIP offers kids protection and parents peace of mind

(Jan 29, 2016)

Pennsylvania has a Children's Health Insurance Program that provides free and low-cost health insurance to children. CHIP is not welfare – it covers children of working parents whose employers don't offer coverage and who can't afford private insurance. If you can't afford health insurance for your children, chances are they are eligible for CHIP. Read more


Burns announces House scholarships availability

(Jan 06, 2016)

Applications for two scholarships offered through the Pennsylvania House of Representatives are now being accepted online, according to state Rep. Frank Burns, D-Cambria, who urges interested students to apply before the March 1 deadline. Although it may seem like a long shot, Burns said that Brea Neri, a graduate of Windber Area High School and resident of the 72nd Legislative District, was awarded one of the 2011 scholarships. Read more


Pa. Treasury could be holding your unclaimed property

(Jan 01, 2016)

Each year, the Pennsylvania Treasury receives millions of dollars of unclaimed property. It is estimated that roughly one in 10 Pennsylvanians has unclaimed property. Read more


PA Power Switch: Ask the right questions

(Dec 30, 2015)

In Pennsylvania, you can choose the company that generates your electricity – also known as your electric supplier. This means that you have the power to switch to a competing supplier who can offer the lowest price, or provide a specific service you want, such as “green” or renewable energy. Read more


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


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


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