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News: Lou Barletta Receives Chairman’s Distinguished Service Award

April 18, 2016

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Congressman Lou Barletta Receives Association’s Distinguished Service Award

Congressman Lou Barletta of the 11th Congressional District received the Chairman’s Distinguished Service Award April 18 at the 94th Annual Educational Conference of the Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors.

The conference attracted attendees from every county in Pennsylvania except Philadelphia, which has no townships.

The association’s Executive Board established the award in 2000 to honor those individuals who offer their time and talents to help township officials and PSATS, the organization that represents them. The award is only presented for extraordinary service to the township association.

“PSATS is honoring the congressman for his work championing local government on the belief that the government closes to the people is the most efficient and responsive,” PSATS Executive Board Chairman and Second Vice President Bill Hawk said in presenting the award.

Hawk noted the key role Barletta played in defeating an amendment to the federal highway bill that would have dramatically increased the weight limit on trucks. Allowing larger and heavier trucks on roads would have placed added stress on already structurally deficient bridges, increased the wear and tear on local roads, and resulted in less safe roads for motorists, Hawk said.

Barletta also recently opposed the Waters of the United States rule, which would expand the scope of federal jurisdiction under the Clean Water Act over virtually all waters and wet areas in the country.

“As a former local government official, Congressman Barletta understands the obligations and dedication of local officials,” Hawk said. “He has repeatedly stood strong on issues that place an undue burden on local governments.”

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      The Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors represents Pennsylvania’s 1,454 townships of the second class and is committed to preserving and strengthening township government and securing greater visibility and involvement for townships in the state and federal political arenas. Townships of the second class cover 95 percent of Pennsylvania’s land mass and represent more residents — 5.5 million — than any other type of political subdivision in the commonwealth.