Welcome to "Mike's Memo," an update on what's happening in the 48th Senatorial District and the State Capitol. If you haven't done so already, please take a moment to visit my website at www.senatorfolmer.com to learn more about my legislative priorities issues that may affect you and your family.
Week of June 25, 2018
Please note: Bill activity included in this week’s edition is only through Thursday, June 21, in order for Mike’s Memo to be circulated as its usual time. Next week’s edition will have bill activity that took place after June 21.
Bills Pass Senate, Go to House for Further Consideration
All bills passed unanimously unless otherwise noted.
Senate Bill 819 – uniformity and protection for agritourism;
Senate Bill 1126 – minor judiciary training to better identify those unable to pay court costs, fines and fees;
Senate Bill 1171 – replaces the Nutrient Management Advisory Board with the Farm Animal Advisory Board to give animal farmers greater input;
House Bill 1232 – requires schools display posters with the statewide toll-free telephone number to report suspected child abuse or neglect;
House Bill 1898 – requires vehicle dealers openly disclose unremedied recalls at the time of sale.
Bills Pass Senate, Go to the Governor for Further Action
All bills passed unanimously.
House Bill 594 – prohibits Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition (ARD) for sex offenses against children;
Senate Bill 978 – allows hospice staff to destroy unused drugs when patients die;
House Bill 1918 – updates to the law to help prevent and punish fraudulent credit card (scamming and skimming) devices;
House Bill 1979 – repeals the sunset for a 20-year statute of limitations on actions on instruments under seal (written agreements with “seal” or “under seal” near the signature line).
SB 1011, Constitutional Amendment to create Marsy’s Law
The Senate unanimously passed Senate Bill 1011, a Constitutional Amendment to create Marsy’s Law and a Victims’ “Bill of Rights.” The same must be passed in the next legislative Session in order for this initiative to go to the ballot for voter approval. Watch my comments on this important legislation here.
Senate Resolution Unanimously Adopted by the Senate
Senate Resolution 375 – urges Congress support the development of an Appalachian ethane storage hub.
Bills Signed into Law by the Governor
Act No. 28 – House Bill 1793 – creates the Pennsylvania Semiquincentennial Commission (USA250) to celebrate America’s 250th birthday;
Act No. 29 – House Bill 1952 – amends the Adam Walsh Act for the registration of sexual offenders under Megan’s Law;
Act No. 30 – Senate Bill 234 – establishes the PA Property Assessed Clean Energy Program;
Act No. 32 – House Bill 653 – provides accelerated foreclosure of vacant and abandoned properties;
Act No. 33 – Senate Bill 667 – expands PA’s Land Bank Program;
Act No. 34 – House Bill 352 – reduces the time to acquire a title through certain adverse possessions;
Act No. 35 – House Bill 564 – requires students pass a test identical to the 100-question United States Citizenship and Immigration Services civics test;
Act No. 36 – House Bill 1641 – “The Employment First Act” to promote the employment of people with disabilities at competitive wages;
Act No. 37 – Senate Bill 776 – extends the Dyslexia and Early Literacy Intervention Pilot Program;
Executive Nominations Unanimously Confirmed by the Senate
Constables’ Education and Training Board – John F. Bruno, of Hummelstown and the 48th Senatorial District
State Board of Optometry – Perry C. Umlauf, of Lebanon and the 48th Senatorial District
PA Human Relations Commission – Aleena Y. Sorathia, Philadelphia
Milk Marketing Board – Robert N. Barley, Millersville and Carol A. Bardbarger, Newport
State Athletic Commission – Rudy N. Battle, Philadelphia and Joel L. Frank, West Chester
State Board of Examiners of Nursing Home Administrators – Sara L. King, Saegertown
State Registration Board for Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors and Geologists – Joseph T. McNally, Camp Hill
State Board of Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists and Professional Counselors – Michelle L. Santiago, Northampton
State Board of Examiners in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology – Sarah E. Delano, Pittsburgh and Brian J. McKinnon, Philadelphia
Board of Directors of the PA Economic Development Financing Authority – Michael W. Brubaker, Lititz and Gary J. Masino, Philadelphia
State Board of Funeral Directors – Scott S. Custead, Hollidaysburg and Francis P. McCusker, Jr., Lafayette Hill
Board of Governors of the State System of Higher Education – Joar F. Dahn, Darby and Rodney Kaplan, Jr., West Chester
State Planning Board – Robert R. Tabas, Villanova
State Board of Veterinary Medicine – Anjilla Cooley Codner, Richlandtown
Millena Bashore and Roarke Miller, State FFA Officers
Congratulations Millena Bashore, graduate of Northern Lebanon and Roarke Miller, graduate of Annville-Cleona, who were recently elected as part of the 2018-2019 State FFA Officer Team! Millena will serve as Chaplain and Roarke will serve as Sentinel.
Noah Myers and Neesha Pierre, Pop Kelchner Award Winners
Congratulations Noah Myers, graduate of Annville-Cleona and Neesha Pierre, graduate of Lebanon Catholic, the 2018 C.S. “Pop” Kelchner Award winners! Noah and Neesha exhibited exceptional athletic and academic abilities and personal character. The Award is presented annually by the Central Chapter PA Sports Hall of Fame, and will be presented to Noah and Neesha at the Induction Banquet November 12.
Noah was captain of Annville-Cleona’s football, basketball and track and field teams this past year, and plans to attend William and Mary College to study finance and play football. Neesha had stellar senior seasons in basketball, soccer and track and field, and was a four-year varsity letter winner. Neesha plans to study Pre-Med at Penn State University Main Campus. Great job, and best wishes for the future!
Lancaster-Lebanon IU 13 Receives Adult Basic Grant
June/July Cable Show: Lebanon County Breweries
My latest Community Report cable show features several Lebanon County breweries, including Mount Gretna Craft Brewery, Rotunda Brewing Company & Batdorf Restaurant, and Snitz Creek Brewery. This show features talented entrepreneurs who have built their small businesses into amazing success stories! You can watch below, and Comcast on Demand and WHBG TV20 should also be airing through June and July!
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