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Week of February 29, 2016
I continue to question why some want to expand access to alcohol, a dangerous drug, yet oppose
medical cannabis (Senate
Bill 3), a natural plant. Patrick Henry said: “give me liberty or give me death.” He didn’t say, “give me liquor or give me death.”
Given my ongoing commitment to openness, transparency, and accountability, I questioned the
Governor’s Budget Secretary as to how the Administration is able to spend moneys
not appropriated by the General Assembly.
As one of the biggest cost drivers of state budgets are collective bargaining agreements, I
asked the Governor’s Budget Secretary about my
Senate Bill 644
Fiscal Office analyses of collective bargaining agreements) to give both the General Assembly and citizens
more information on these contracts two weeks before they’re signed.
Senate Resolution 284 to Remove Attorney General Kathleen Kane
SR 284, addressing the Governor to act under section 7 of Article VI of the Pennsylvania
Constitution to remove Attorney General Kathleen Kane from office for reasonable
cause, failed to get a two-thirds majority vote (29-19).
I supported this measure as I believe Article IV, Sections 4 and 6 are clear:
the Attorney General “shall be the chief law officer of the Commonwealth and
shall exercise such powers and perform such duties as may be imposed by law” and
“No person shall be eligible to the office of Attorney General except a member
of the bar of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania.” With the Pennsylvania Supreme
Court suspending the Attorney General’s law license (twice), I do not believe
she can serve as the chief law officer who is able to exercise the powers and
duties of the office. The Attorney General’s guilt or innocence on the charges
she is facing is a separate matter that will be decided by the courts.
Bills Signed into Law by the Governor
Senate Bill 166 – Act 5 – expands expungement of criminal history records;
House Bill 158 – Act 4 – gives the Secretary of Education flexibility in
satisfying mandatory instructional time requirements due to weather, safety and
health related emergency declarations;
House Bill 561 – Act 6 – earned income tax exemption for active duty
House Bill 941 – Act 7 – historical distillery license fee reduction.
2016 PA Farm Show Award-Winning Recipes
Pennsylvania Farm Show is known for its outstanding food. If you couldn’t
make it to the show this year, you can still find award-winning recipes for
apple pies, brownies, cookies, whoopee pies and more
150th Anniversary of Lebanon Valley College
I was pleased to attend the 150th Anniversary celebration of
Lebanon Valley College, located in the 48th Senatorial District, which was
founded in 1866 as a private coeducational institution on the site of the
Annville Academy. It became a four-year institution in 1883. The college now
has more than 1,600 full-time students and offers more than 30 majors.
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