Burns meets with Gov. Wolf on issues impacting Cambria County

(Feb 10, 2015)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 9 – State Rep. Frank Burns, D-Cambria, sat down with today the governor and his top staff to discuss the issues important to and impacting Cambria County. Burns said they discussed economic development and jobs, blight and the heroin epidemic. "I want to thank the governor for his willingness to meet with me and discuss these issues that are main concerns not only in the 72nd district, but for all of Cambria County," Burns said. "I look forward to building on the great relationship that I already have with Gov. Wolf while we work on resolving those issues." One area of major concern for Burns is to provide better access to care for cancer patients by requiring health insurance providers that cover intravenous cancer chemotherapy to cover oral chemotherapy treatment equally. "The pill form of chemotherapy is the newest form of chemotherapy and, not only is it more convenient for cancer patients, compared to intravenous chemotherapy, which requires a visit to the hospital for its administration, it's also known to cause fewer side effects," Burns said. "This method of treatment can improve patient quality of life and this bill would give patients access to it without the higher cost that usually goes with it." Burns said another piece of legislation that he is looking to introduce is the American Jobs Bill. It would address the Underground Utility Line Protection Law by requiring that all natural gas Read more


Burns announces $214,000 in fire, EMS grants for the 72nd District

(Feb 03, 2015)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 3 – State Rep. Frank Burns, D-Cambria, today announced that 18 fire and ambulance companies in his legislative district will receive more than $214,000 in state funding. The grants are from Pennsylvania's Fire Company and Volunteer Ambulance Service Grant Program and were awarded recently. In all, 2,507 grants were awarded statewide, totaling $30 million. The grants are funded from gaming revenue. "Donations are a big funding source for most of these companies, so this state funding is an added bonus," Burns said. "People rely on these companies and the volunteers when seconds count and this money will help them continue to provide these valuable services." Grant recipients and amounts awarded are as follows: Carrolltown Fire Co. -- $12,069 Cresson Area Ambulance Service Inc. -- $14,885 Dauntless Fire Co. -- $14,285 East Taylor Volunteer Fire Co. --$14,008 Ebensburg Area Ambulance Assoc. -- $7,445 Gallitzin Fire Company No. 1 -- $14,008 Jackson Township Volunteer Fire Co. -- $14,285 for the fire company; $7,445 for EMS John Carroll Area Ambulance Service -- $7,445 Loretto Fire Co. -- $12,623 Lower Yoder Township Volunteer Fire Co. -- $11,515 Middle Taylor Township Volunteer Fire Co. -- $14,285 Patton Area Ambulance Association, Inc. -- $7,445 Patton Fire Co. No. 1 -- $14,285 Portage Area Ambulance Assoc. -- $7,445 Portage Volunteer Fire Co. -- $14,285 Reade Township Volunteer Fire Co. Read more


Burns opens new office in Portage

(Jan 29, 2015)

PORTAGE, Jan. 29 – State Rep. Frank Burns, D-Cambria, announced that he has opened an office in Portage to provide services to the residents in the relocated 72nd Legislative District. Residents can visit the office between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday at 112-A Munster Road, Portage 15946 or call either 814-736-7339 or 814-736-6452. “This office allows me and my staff to better serve the people recently added to the 72nd District as part of the legislative redistricting process,” Burns said. “It will provide the same high quality level of service that is offered in both my Johnstown and Ebensburg offices.” Burns said Maureen College, who has been his director of community relations for the past three years, will be working in the Portage office. “Maureen is a professional who is extremely dedicated to her career,” Burns said. “It won’t take long for people to notice her impact on the district.” Burns adds there will be an open house for the Portage office from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 20. Burns invites Cambria County residents to visit his newly designed webpage, www.pahouse.com/Burns for the latest on news happening within the district and information about constituent services. Residents can also visit either his Lower Yoder Township office at 535 Fairfield Ave., Johnstown, or call 814-536-8400, or his Ebensburg office located at 119 S. Center St. or call 814-472-8021. Read more


“Rep. Burns is out for BLOOD”

(Jan 29, 2015)

I am partnering with the American Red Cross once again to host several blood donation drives in the region. The first two drives are Monday, Feb. 2, and others are scheduled throughout the month. Anyone 17 years or older weighing at least 110 pounds and in general good health may be eligible to donate blood. The dates, times and locations are as follows: Monday, Feb. 2 – 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Lakeside Community Church of the Nazarene, Ebensburg Monday, Feb. 2 – 1 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., Basilica of St. Michael Archangel, Loretto Thursday, Feb. 5 – 1:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., St. Aloysius Church, Cresson Monday, Feb. 23 – 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Lakeside Community Church of the Nazarene, Ebensburg Remember: The need for blood is constant, and only volunteer donors can fulfill that need for patients in our community. You never know when you – or someone you care about – will need blood. Read more


Burns announces $250,000 recycling grant for Cambria County

(Jan 23, 2015)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 23 – State Rep. Frank Burns, D-Cambria, today announced the Cambria County Solid Waste Authority is getting a $250,000 grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection. Burns said the funding will help the authority purchase a front-loading compactor truck and recycling collection containers. “These state funds will help ensure Cambria County continues operating its top-notch recycling program,” Burns said. “The grant will also ease the financial burden to local taxpayers.” The DEP grant, part of $16.8 million awarded statewide to 120 municipalities, aids in developing and implementing recycling programs. Read more


Burns announces over $8 million for Portage sewer upgrades

(Jan 15, 2015)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 15 – The Portage Area Sewer Authority received approval for $8.1 million of Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority funding to help improve the sewer system, said state Rep. Frank Burns, D-Cambria. The authority will construct 50,000 linear feet of new sewers to provide a public sewage collection system in the Martindale area of Portage Township, as well as rehabilitate the sewage collection system in a section of Portage Borough. “The project will help upgrade parts of the sewer system that are malfunctioning and it will also rehabilitate 75-year-old pipelines,” Burns said. “This is just another example of the state recognizing the need for investments in infrastructure in our region.” The Pennvest funding package includes a $5 million low-interest loan. Twenty jobs are expected to be created by the improvements. Read more


Local immunization clinics offered

(Jan 09, 2015)

If you are uninsured or underinsured, and you, your child or another family member needs immunized, I wanted you to know that the state Department of Health will be offering free and low-cost immunizations (maximum cost is $5) at a series of public clinics to be held in the area in January and February.  Each clinic will be held from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. The dates and locations are as follows:Jan. 12 – Young Peoples Community Center, 300 Prave St., Ebensburg Jan. 16 – Galleria Mall, 500 Galleria Drive, JohnstownJan. 26 – Miners Medical Center, 290 Haida Ave., HastingsFeb. 9 – Young Peoples Community Center, 300 Prave St., EbensburgFeb. 20– Galleria Mall, 500 Galleria Drive, JohnstownFeb. 23– Miners Medical Center, 290 Haida Ave., HastingsVaccines will be distributed to adults and children who are uninsured (no health insurance) and underinsured (insurance does not cover the vaccine) and meet the eligibility guidelines.To schedule an appointment, call 814-248-3120.For more information about the immunization clinics or any other state-related service or issue, call either my Johnstown office at 814-536-8400 or the Ebensburg office at 814-472-8021. Read more


Burns encourages support for law enforcement

(Jan 09, 2015)

I want to tell you that the National Fraternal Order of Police has partnered with C.O.P.S. (Concerns of Police Survivors) and law enforcement associations across the country for a National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day on Friday, Jan. 9. In light of recent negativity directed toward law enforcement nationally, there is a call to show support to law enforcement and recognize what they go through to protect our communities.  According to C.O.P.S., on average, between 105 and 203 officers die in the line of duty each year, 50,000 officers are assaulted in the line of duty each year, 14,000 officers are injured in the line of duty each year, and more than 300 officers commit suicide each year.  On Jan. 9, there are several things you can do to show your support for law enforcement:  •       Wear blue clothing in support of law enforcement•       Send a card of support to your local police department or state agency•       Share a positive story about a positive law enforcement experience on social media•       Ask children in your community write letters in support of law enforcement•       Participate in Project Blue Light. Proudly display a blue light in support of law enforcement.•       Organize an event or a rally in support of your law Read more


Burns sworn in to fourth term as state representative

(Jan 06, 2015)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 6 – State Rep. Frank Burns, D-Cambria, was sworn in today to represent the people of the 72nd Legislative District for the 2015-16 legislative session.“I am privileged to represent Cambria County at such a crucial time for our state,” Burns said. “I look forward to working with Governor-elect Wolf and my colleagues in making Pennsylvania a better place to live and work.”As a result of the legislative redistricting process, Burns welcomes the following Cambria County municipalities to the 72nd District: the townships of Elder, Chest, White, Reade, Muster, Clearfield, Dean, East Carroll, Allegheny, Gallitzin, Cresson, Washington, Portage, Summerhill, and the boroughs of Ashville, Chest Springs, Patton, Carrolltown, Ebensburg, Loretto, Gallitzin, Cresson, Lilly, Portage, Tunnelhill and Wilmore.Burns invites Cambria County residents to visit his newly designed web page, www.pahouse.com/Burns for information about constituent services. Residents can either visit his district office located at 535 Fairfield Ave., Johnstown (Lower Yoder) or call 814-536-8400, or his Ebensburg office located at 119 S. Center St. or call 814-472-8021.The swearing-in ceremony in the House chamber marked the beginning of the 199th legislative session. The state constitution mandates that the legislature convene at noon on the first Tuesday of January. 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


Are you interested in creating a neighborhood watch?

(Dec 18, 2014)

Click here to send Rep. Burns your contact information. 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


Sign up for the Do-Not-Call list

(Nov 22, 2014)

To register for the Pennsylvania and national do-not-call lists, visit http://www.attorneygeneral.gov/dnc.aspx or call 1-888-777-3406. Registration is free. There is a rolling enrollment; individuals may sign up at any time and the registration is good for five years. After that, you can re-enroll. And, signing up on Pennsylvania's list automatically adds those numbers to the national do-not-call list. Read more


Weatherizing your home saves you money on energy bills

(Nov 20, 2014)

Last year’s bitterly cold winter left many people struggling to pay higher-than-normal home energy bills. As we head toward the coldest months of the year, there are ways you can winterize your home to keep heat in, cold air out, and money in your pocket. Many businesses offer professional home energy audits, but you can perform your own by inspecting areas where heat escapes and cold air leaks in. Read more


Check out charities before making holiday donations

(Nov 20, 2014)

While it may be the season for charitable giving, scammers don't take a holiday. The Pennsylvania Department of State offers a simple way to ensure a charity is legitimate and that your donation will be used properly. Read more


Burns supports 30-day moratorium on releasing police officer names

(Nov 22, 2006)

EBENSBURG, Nov. 22 – As a firm believer that people are innocent until proven guilty, state Rep. Frank Burns, D-Cambria, disagrees with Gov. Tom Wolf’s recent veto of a bill that would have better protected police officers in the current incendiary and often reactionary social climate. Burns voted for H.B. 1538 when it passed the House 151-32 earlier this year. It would have prohibited police departments from releasing the identities of officers who discharged a gun or used force against someone in cases resulting in death or serious injury, until that officer was either charged with a crime or 30 days had passed. “While I am for full transparency in government, we must also consider the need for a cooling off period in situations where tensions run high,” Burns said. “With the propensity in some quarters to rush to judgment before all the facts are in, we are putting the lives and safety of police officers, as well as their families, in unnecessary jeopardy by prematurely releasing their names.” Burns said the bill, which sailed through the Senate 39-9, was overwhelmingly supported by both chambers of the legislature and should have been signed into law. “It obviously had bipartisan support, as well as support from the Pennsylvania Fraternal Order of Police,” Burns said. “No one is saying, ‘Never release the names.’ Supporters of this bill, like me, are saying, ‘Don’t release the names Read more