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Welcome to "Mike's Memo," an update on what's happening in the 48th Legislative District, the State Capitol, and the progress of my legislative priorities. If you haven't done so already, please take a few moments to visit my website at www.senatorfolmer.com to learn more about issues that may affect you and your family.

Week of February 16, 2015

Medical Cannabis and Industrial Hemp Town Hall Meeting: Annville, PA
I will be holding a medical cannabis (SB3) and industrial hemp (SB50) town hall meeting on Wednesday, March 11, 2015 beginning at 6:30 p.m. in Leedy Theater, located in Mund College Center at Lebanon Valley College in Annville, PA.

Speakers for the evening include:

  • Lieutenant Governor Mike Stack
  • State Senator Mike Folmer (sponsor of SB3 and cosponsor of SB50)
  • State Senator Daylin Leach (cosponsor of SB3 and SB50)
  • State Senator Judy Schwank (sponsor of SB50 and cosponsor SB3)
  • Dr. Jahan Marcu, Director of Research and Development at Green Standard Diagnostics, Senior Scientist at Americans for Safe Access, and an Auditor for the Patient Focuses Certification program
  • Lolly Bentch Myers, Mother
  • Dana Ulrich, Mother
  • Les Stark, Hempstone Heritage
  • Erica McBride, Keystone Cannabis Coalition

All are welcome to attend, including advocates, those seeking more information, the agricultural industry and media. A question and answer session will be held at the conclusion of all speakers. Seating is limited to 180, on a first come, first served basis. If you have any questions, please contact Fallon in my office at 717-787-5708 or fbinner@pasen.gov.

Revenue Statement on Identity Theft and Fraudulent Refund Claims
The Pennsylvania Department of Revenue has issued a statement on suspected identity theft and fraudulent personal income tax refund claims. The Department has instituted additional security measures to identify and intercept fraudulent refund filings and to require additional identity validation steps before issuing refunds.

The Department is taking the following actions:

  • Delay the payment of direct deposit refunds temporarily, while the potential impact of the situation in Pennsylvania is assessed
  • Additional refund evaluation criteria in the Departmentís identity validation program based on elements common among fraud in other states
  • Facilitate diagnosis of fraud techniques currently in use and participating in an information share among U.S. taxing agencies and Intuit

The Department encourages taxpayers who used Internet-based tax filing programs last year to access online accounts and determine whether returns they did not file are shown as filed under their Social Security numbers. You can read the entire statement here.

Age Wave Initiative of Lebanon County
Age Wave Initiative of Lebanon County is holding a program to provide practical tips for people to feel better and healthier. The program will be held with Lebanon Valley College fifth year physical therapy students on Wednesday, February 18 from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. in the Di Matteo Worship Center at Lebanon Valley Brethren Home, 1200 Grubb Road, Palmyra. For more information, call 717-228-8067.

Federal Tax Forms
Staff of Congressman Ryan Costello will be providing basic federal tax forms at my Lebanon District Office (Room 101 Municipal Building, 400 South 8th Street) from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Tuesday, February 17.


Contact Information
Please feel free to contact me at any time on state-related issues that are of concern to you. I may be reached through my website or my Lebanon or Harrisburg offices.

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