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
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Week of April 11, 2016
When the Senate overwhelmingly passed my
Senate Bill 3 last May, it was a 69-page bill. When the House
SB 3 to the Senate last month, it was a 154-page bill with
extensive changes that have been carefully analyzed the past three weeks.
The Senate has been weighing two options on
SB 3: agree to the House amendments or address the deep
concerns that have been identified. Action is planned the week of April
11. After over three years of being the leading legislative advocate for
medical cannabis, we want to know whatever is passed is able to be quickly
and effectively implemented to avoid delays other states have experienced.
This is too important and too many people are depending on the General
Assembly to get it right.
Major General John Gronski Recognized by PA Senate
(L to R: Sen. Costa, me, Lt. Gov. Stack, MG Gronski and his wife, and Sen.
I had the great honor to introduce Major General John Gronski as the PA Senate
recognized him for his new leadership position with the US Army Europe in
Wiesbaden, Germany beginning May 1. MG Gronski’s selection for this assignment
is historic for the
PA Army National Guard,
and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania wishes him the best in his new position.
Bills Pass Senate, Go to House for Further Consideration
All bills passed unanimously.
Senate Bill 374
– reduces reporting time for big game kills from 10 days to 24 hours;
Senate Bill 579
– Law and Justice Code codification;
Senate Bill 847
– adds additional representatives to the
State Veterans Commission;
Senate Bill 881
– clarifies the definition of a “public utility”;
Senate Bill 973
– increases littering fines;
Senate Bill 1104
– amends Title 20 (Decedents, Estates and Fiduciaries).
Bills Pass Senate, Go to Governor for Further Action
All bills passed unanimously unless otherwise noted.
Senate Bill 526
– amends the Second Class Township Code relating to reports and financial
Senate Bill 644
my openness and transparency bill to empower the
Independent Fiscal Office
to provide cost analyses of the impacts of proposed collective bargaining
agreements twenty days prior to their execution;
House Bill 1340
– clarifies liens for assessments and amendment declarations.
Annual Undergraduate Research at the Capitol Program
|Lebanon Valley College (LVC)
students, Alyssa Potosnak and Maureen Fleming represented their
research, Paranormal Firewalls and Metacognitive Awareness:
Separating Pseudoscientific Beliefs and Decision-Making (not in
attendance: Kelly Sorber, Jessica Meyer, Corrina Parsons, Elizabeth
Aguilar and Taylor Umbrell), and; also
students, Tim Monko and Dakota Portzline represented their research,
Anxiety-Like Behavior and Serotonin Transporter Levels of Perinatal
Iron Deficiency (not in attendance: Emily Spurlin, Ysabela Byler,
Nicholas Scullin and Christopher Simion).|
Work on Route 934 Bridge over Norfolk Southern
Railway in Annville
Prep work began for a construction project to
replace the superstructure of the Route 934 (North White Oak Street) bridge
between Sheridan Avenue and Heisey Drive over the Norfolk Southern Railway
in Annville, Lebanon County. Traffic may be reduced to a single lane with
flaggers through the work area between 6 p.m. and 6 a.m. over the next few
weeks. Nearly 8,900 vehicles cross this bridge daily.
The prep work involves modifications on the roadway
approaches and installation of a temporary traffic signal. When the prep
work is completed, staged construction will begin: half of the bridge will
be demolished and rebuilt while the other side remains open to traffic. In
the next stage, traffic will be shifted onto the newly constructed side of
the bridge while the other half is demolished and rebuilt. Traffic will be
limited to a single lane, with signals controlling traffic through the work
zone. During the project, the bridge will need to close completely to
traffic over a weekend with traffic detoured.
PennDOT will announce the weekend closure when the dates have been
determined. The project is scheduled for completion by the end of April
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