When the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force released recommendations that
women delay and have fewer mammogram screenings, Karen had already
gained statewide attention for her efforts to fight against any such action by
Congress to follow these recommendations. Karen’s leadership led to an
outpouring of support for women diagnosed with breast cancer when she
instituted a petition drive, signed by thousands of Pennsylvanians, against the
new recommendations. The House also adopted a resolution, authored by
Karen, urging Congress to use the American Cancer Society’s (ACS) breast
cancer screening guidelines, which encourage women to begin mammograms at
age 40 and to continue them annually.
|Boback Urges Congress to Use the
American Cancer Society's Screening Guides
|Boback Co-Sponsors the Property Tax Independence Act
HARRISBURG – Remaining committed to her fight against the outdated property tax
system in Pennsylvania, Rep. Karen Boback (R-Columbia/Luzerne/Wyoming) joined a
bipartisan group of lawmakers at the state Capitol as they reintroduced House Bill 76,
known as the Property Tax Independence Act.
State Rep. Karen Boback (R-Columbia/Luzerne/Wyoming) participated in a news
conference at the state Capitol to reintroduce the Property Tax Independence Act.
The Property Tax Independence Act would replace revenues currently collected through
school district property taxes with alternative, statewide funding sources.
According to this bill, by combining this plan with existing gaming revenues, these dollars
would be enough to fully replace school district property taxes. “I am hopeful that this
legislation is the first step in a long process to address our state’s property tax structure,”
|House Passes Boback Bill to Benefit PA Farming Community
HARRISBURG – As part of a legislative package that will benefit the Pennsylvania
farming community, the PA House has passed legislation, authored by Representative
Karen Boback, to address the issue of a farming structure that will help extend the
growing season for area crops.
“Agriculture is our No. 1 industry here in Pennsylvania and it is vital for us to continue
supporting and promoting our farming community across the state,” said Boback, prime
sponsor of House Bill 1440. “Because the weather in our region is unpredictable, the
farming community use structures called ‘high tunnels’ to extend the cropping season,
provide protection from the elements – such as wind, storms and heat – and result in a
more stable production system that poses less risk of crop failure.”
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|Rep. Boback Votes to Grant In-State Tuition Rates to Veterans
HARRISBURG – As an advocate for veterans and education in Pennsylvania, Rep.
Karen Boback (R-Columbia/Luzerne/Wyoming) recently voted in favor of legislation
(that passed unanimously in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives) to grant in-
state tuition rates to eligible veterans and their dependents at Pennsylvania’s public
colleges and universities.
|November 10, 2012
HARRISBURG –Realizing that small businesses are the backbone of our economy, state
Rep. Karen Boback (R-Luzerne/Columbia/Wyoming) was awarded a “Guardian of Small
Business” by the Pennsylvania Leadership Council of the National Federation of
Independent Business (NFIB) in recognition of her business-friendly voting record for the
2011-12 legislative session.
|Boback’s Legislation to Protect Seniors in Long-
Term Care Facilities Passes in House Committee
|June 08, 2012
HARRISBURG – Working to maintain the safety and well-being of seniors in long-
term care facilities across the Commonwealth, legislation authored by Rep. Karen
Boback (R-Luzerne/Columbia/Wyoming) recently passed unanimously in the House
Aging and Older Adult Services Committee.
|Boback Named a “Guardian of Small Business”
|IN THE NEWS
|Pennsylvania House of Representatives
|Pennsylvania House of Representatives
|Representative Karen Boback:
Committed to People, not Politics
|Economic Growth. Job Creation.
|Karen voted for comprehensive tort reform to curb lawsuit abuse, and for
common sense legislation to promote job growth. She is endorsed by
Pennsylvania's oldest pro-business group for her efforts on behalf of
businesses and workers.
|Making Government Work.
|Karen voted for Pennsylvania's first major Open Records Law and last
year voted for the PennWATCH legislation that lets all citizens see how
their money is spent.
|Our Values. Our Priorities.
|Karen taught our children for over 30 years. She has a proven record
of protecting our Pro-Life and Second Amendment Values.
|House Bill 391, Introduced by Boback,
Discourages False Caller ID's
|Representative Karen Boback Named ESU Legislative Fellow for 2016
|Pictured left to right: Patrick Ross, chair of the ESU Council of Trustees; Andrew Whitehead, Ph.D.,
ESU APSCUF, Legislative Chair; Representative Karen Boback, 2016 ESU Legislative Fellow;
Marcia G. Welsh, Ph.D., President of ESU; Andrew Kissling, Student Senate President.
|ESU INSIDER: East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania announced the selection of its 2016
Legislative Fellow, State Representative Karen Boback, at a breakfast held in his honor on Friday,
September 16.ESU President Marcia G. Welsh, Ph.D., introduced Representative Boback at the
event to university faculty, students, staff and special guests from the community.
The Legislative Fellow program, established in 1999, is designed to bring state legislators to campus
to participate in a variety of campus activities and to meet formally and informally with students,
faculty and staff throughout the year. As part of the program, ESU Legislative Fellows may also
request a student intern.
The program is co-sponsored by the university administration and the local chapter of the Association
of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties (APSCUF). Fellows are selected by a
committee of faculty and administrators, and jointly appointed by the university president and the
president of APSCUF at the beginning of each academic year.
Representative Boback is in her fifth term in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. She
represents the 117th Legislative District. She serves as the chairperson of the House Appropriates
Subcommittee on Health and Welfare. She also serves on the Appropriations, Veterans Affairs and
Emergency Preparedness, Tourism and Recreational Development, and Agriculture and Rural Affairs
Representative Boback earned a B.S. in elementary/special education from College Misericordia in
1973, an M.S. in elementary guidance from Marywood University in 1977 and a doctorate in
organizational leadership from the University of Pennsylvania in 1985. In 2000 she earned a second
master’s degree; M.S. in education with a specialization in technology from Misericordia University.
She taught in the Tunkhannock Area School District for 33 years and served as an adjunct professor
at Wilkes University and Misericordia University. As someone who highly regards community
involvement, she participates in, The Greater Federation of Women’s Club –Harveys Lake, Dallas
Rotary, Dallas Kiwanis, Harveys Lake Lion’s Club, Tunkhannock Business and Professional
Women’s Club, Wyoming County Chamber of Commerce, Back Mountain Chamber of Commerce,
The Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs and the Wyoming/Lackawanna County Farm Bureau.
Karen Boback resides in Harveys Lake, Pa. with her husband, Bernard J. Boback. They are the
parents of Karen Boback Kriegel and Dr. Bernard J. Boback III.
|January 5, 2016
HARRISBURG - Legislation introduced by Representative Karen Boback, which is
intended to discourage false caller-ID activity, recently passed the House. It is known
as House Bill 391 and would make it illegal to display false caller ID with the intent to
deceive a person.