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Week of February 23, 2015
Bills Pass Senate, Go to House
All bills passed unanimously unless otherwise noted.
Senate Bill 4 – (30-19) – amends the Pennsylvania Constitution to clarify
the General Assembly’s role in defining “purely public charities;”
Senate Bill 279 – establishes the Penn Grade Crude Development Advisory
Senate Bill 397 – privatizes and regulates Bail Bondsmen.
Senate State Government Committee Public Hearing on Senate Bill 3
Senate State Government Committee, which I chair, will hold a public hearing
on my and
Senate Bill 3 to allow physicians to provide medical cannabis to patients in
Pennsylvania. The purpose of the hearing is to discuss possible amendments to
the bill, including Real-Time Registry; research supporting expansion of the
list of diseases; and best methods of delivery for patients using medical
cannabis. Those invited to testify include:
- Real-Time Registry: Chris Ellis, Beacon Information Design and Nathan
Groff, Veritec Solutions, LLC
- Medical Cannabis Research: Dr. Jack D’Angelo, Dr. Colleen Barry and Dr.
- Delivery Systems: Dr. Jeffrey C. Raber and Paul Taylor
- PA Medical Society: Dr. Steven Shapiro and Dr. Bruce MacLeod
The public hearing will be held Wednesday, February 25 from 9:00 – 11:00 a.m.
in Hearing Room One, North Office Building, Harrisburg. I am eager for this
informational hearing to discuss how to make SB 3 the best bill to help as many
people in the Commonwealth as possible – people who are sick and suffering and
need this medication to lead an improved quality of life. The bill has 26
co-sponsors with bipartisan support (12 Republicans and 14 Democrats).
Adult Trout Stocking Schedules
The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission
(PFBC) released the Adult Trout Stocking Schedules. Click
for the most up-to-date information. Individuals are welcome to aid in stocking
fish by meeting the stocking truck at the desired location 30-45 minutes prior
to the listed meeting time to guarantee involvement and interaction.
Every year the PFBC stocks approximately 3.2 million adult trout, averaging
11 inches long, in about 530 streams and 120 lakes across the Commonwealth.
Mentored Youth Trout Days
The first Mentored Youth
Trout Day will be March 28, the Saturday before the regional opening day of
trout season in 18 southcentral and southeast counties. The second day will be
April 11, the Saturday before the statewide opening day of trout season. Mentors
and children can each keep two trout that are at least seven inches long. To
participate, adult anglers (16 years or older) must have a valid fishing license
and trout/salmon permit and be accompanied by a youth. Youth anglers must obtain
a free PFBC-issued permit or a voluntary youth fishing license. Both are
available at www.GoneFishingPA.com or
at any licensing agent across the state.
PA American Water “Protect Our Watersheds” Youth Art Contest
Pennsylvania American Water is
accepting entries for the
“Protect Our Watersheds” Art Contest. Fourth, fifth and sixth-grade students
in schools served by PA American Water, and individual students who live in the
company’s service area are eligible. Winners will be selected based on creative
vision, artistic talent, understanding of watershed protection and the ability
to communicate that understanding. Students must also write a brief narrative on
the personal impact of watershed protection. The deadline for artwork
submissions is April 10. Contest guidelines and entry forms are available
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