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Pennsylvania's 44th Legislative District encompasses 14 municipalities including Aleppo Township, Bell Acres, Crescent Township, Edgeworth, Findlay Township, Glen Osborne, Glenfield, Haysville, Moon Township, North Fayette Township, Ohio Township, Sewickley, Sewickley Heights and Sewickley Hills.


Legislative Session Kicks Off

Being sworn in by the Honorable
D. Michael Fisher.
Excited to use my experience in the
private sector to serve the people of
the 44th Legislative District!
It was an honor to be sworn-in
alongside my family and friends!

Dear Residents of the 44th Legislative District,

On New Year’s Day, I was officially sworn in to represent the good people of the 44th Legislative District in Allegheny County. As an avid defender of the Constitution and personal freedoms, I am eager to work across the aisle to strengthen Pennsylvania’s communities and to protect and defend hard-working citizens from government overreach. I pledge to fight for reforms to set our state on sounder financial footing, which will advance the growth of vibrant communities.

I am excited to begin this journey! If I can be of assistance to you or your family on any state-related issue, please do not hesitate to contact my office at 412-262-3782.


Valerie Gaydos  
Farm Show Fun

 At the farm show I met 14-year-old Marissa Woodward. She is this year’s Poultry Showmanship Champion! I am holding her Silver Phoenix chicken, named Emily. Pennsylvania produces some of the best food and agricultural products in the world.  
 Got a chance to meet Clara the cow and her buddy! Buy Local to support our communities' many agricultural products! 

The 103rd Farm Show will wrap up this Saturday, after hundreds of thousands of visitors have walked through the doors at the Farm Show Complex near Harrisburg.

This week, I visited the Farm Show and had the chance explore the exhibits, tour the Farm Show Complex and eat some delicious food that was made right here in Pennsylvania!

Did you know that the Pennsylvania Farm Show is the largest indoor agriculture event held in the United States? It exhibits the quality and range of Pennsylvania’s agriculture industry and the people who make it thrive.

In addition to all the delicious food offerings, the Farm Show features 6,000 animals, 10,000 competitive exhibits and 300 commercial exhibitors. It gives visitors a tiny slice of the industry that employs nearly half a million people and contributes $185 billion to Pennsylvania’s economy every year!
Reminder About District Open House on Feb. 15

On Friday, Feb. 15, I will be hosting an Open House at my district office, located at 1009 Beaver Grade Road, Suite 220, Edgetown Commons, Moon Twp. This would be a great time for constituents to stop in and say hello, learn more about me and learn how my office can better assist you with state-related issues. Light refreshments will be provided. I hope to see you there!

REAL ID Information
Due to the events on Sept. 11, 2001, Congress passed the REAL ID Act, which requires changes to state standards, procedures and requirements for the issuance of driver’s licenses and ID cards, in order to be accepted for certain federal purposes, like entering a federal building or boarding a domestic commercial flight.

As of now, enforcement of the REAL ID Act will begin on Oct. 1, 2020, meaning Pennsylvanians will need a REAL ID-compliant license, identification card or an acceptable alternative identification as approved by TSA (such as a passport) to board domestic commercial flights or enter a federal facility.

REAL IDs will be available to Pennsylvanians who want them in March 2019.

Please note that REAL ID is optional for Pennsylvania residents. There is no requirement that any resident must obtain a REAL ID. PennDOT will continue to offer standard-issue driver’s licenses and photo IDs. Just remember that in order to board a domestic commercial flight or enter a federal facility, you will need a passport, in addition to your standard driver’s license, starting Oct. 1, 2020.

For more information about REAL ID in Pennsylvania, including frequently asked questions and information on documents required for REAL ID, visit www.penndot.gov/REALID.

January is Cervical Health Awareness Month

In recognition of January as Cervical Health Awareness Month, residents are reminded of the Commonwealth’s HealthyWoman Program, a free breast and cervical cancer early detection program for those who are not insured or whose insurance doesn’t cover the screenings.

Nearly 13,000 women in the United States are diagnosed with cervical cancer each year, but the disease is virtually always preventable with vaccination and appropriate screening.

The most common form of cervical cancer starts with pre-cancerous changes that can be found and treated before they turn into cancer. The changes do not have symptoms but can be detected through regular screening.

Among the services offered are pelvic exams, Pap smears and follow-up diagnostic tests for an abnormal screening result. Cervical cancer screenings are recommended for women beginning at age 21.

For more information, call the HealthyWoman hotline at 1-800-215-7494 or click here.

Veterans Should Review Benefits

As the New Year starts, the Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (DMVA) suggests veterans review the benefits they have earned through their service.

Veterans should check with a veterans service officer to see if a change in their circumstances or in benefit policies could make them eligible for different programs.

Veterans are encouraged to apply for federal health care and state benefits by visiting their local county director of veterans affairs or area accredited service organizations. County directors can be found by clicking here.

DMVA officials stress that veterans and their dependents should never pay for help to apply for benefits. There are about 200 veterans service officers in Pennsylvania who work with organizations such as the DMVA, county veterans affairs offices, and several veterans service organizations available to provide assistance at no cost.

To get timely information about state benefits, programs and services, veterans are urged to sign up for DMVA’s Veterans Registry at www.register.dmva.pa.gov.

Slow Down to Get Around Law Now in Effect

An expansion of the state law designed to protect roadside workers is now in effect in Pennsylvania.

Act 83 of 2018 adds trash haulers to the list of vehicles, including stationary tow trucks, mail delivery vans and other vehicles involved in performing a roadside service, to those for which a driver must slow down when passing.
Drivers are required to move at least one lane away when possible or slow down and be ready to stop if they cannot.

This law is in addition to the “Steer Clear” law requiring drivers to move over when approaching an emergency response scene.
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District Office: 1009 Beaver Grade Road, Suite 220, Moon Township, PA 15108 | Phone: (412) 262-3780, Fax: (412) 262-3783