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Week of June 20, 2016

Bills Pass Senate, Go to House for Further Consideration
All bills passed unanimously unless otherwise noted.
Senate Bill 163 – provides services for children of incarcerated parents;
Senate Bill 1109 – constitutional amendment to provide property tax exemptions for spouses of soldiers killed in action;
Senate Bill 1113 – crime victim representation on the Victims’ Services Advisory Committee within the PA Commission on Crime and Delinquency;
Senate Bill 1202 – requires “pain management” and “prescribing practices of opioids” in continuing medical education;
House Bill 1325 – (48-1) amends the Second Class Township Code to authorize storm water fees without establishing a municipal authority;
House Bill 1766 – changes the options of how life insurance policy reserves may be calculated.

Bills Pass Senate, Go to Governor for Further Action
All bills passed unanimously unless otherwise noted.
Senate Bill 279 – (37-12) establishes the Penn Grade Crude Development Advisory Council;
Senate Bill 772 – updates the Professional Psychologists Practice Act;
Senate Bill 983 – permits parents of adult children to use disability license plates;
Senate Bill 1195 – (38-11) extends the time the General Assembly has to review PA’s compliance with the Federal Clean Power Plan;
House Bill 147 – (45-2) constitutional amendment establishing a homestead exclusion.

Bills Signed into Law by Governor
Senate Bill 590 – Act 41 – establishes standards for intellectual property at State-Owned Universities;
Senate Bill 847 – Act 42 – adds additional representatives to the State Veterans Commission;
Senate Bill 1152 – Act 43 – requires children under one to be secured in a rear-facing child seat while traveling in a vehicle;
House Bill 1436 – Act 40 – changes how public utilities federal income tax expenses are calculated in Public Utility Commission rate proceedings.

Executive Nominations Confirmed by the Senate
The Senate unanimously confirmed the following executive nominations:
PA Council on Aging – Gary Duncan, Dunmore and Stuart Wesbury, Jr., Willow Street
Board of Claims – Harry Gamble, Lebanon
Board of Trustees of Clarks Summit State Hospital – Germaine Carey, Clarks Summit
Erie County Convention Center Authority – Roger Richards and Steven Riley, Jr., Erie
PA Historical and Museum Commission – Nancy Moses Bloom, Philadelphia; Ophelia Chambliss, York; William Lewis, Jr., Pittston; Robert Savakinus, Carbondale; Kenneth Turner, Ellwood City, and; Phillip Zimmerman, Lancaster
Municipal Police Officers’ Education & Training Commission – Robert Carroll, Swarthmore
Board of Pardons – Marsha Hughes Grayson, Pittsburgh
PA Board of Probation and Parole – Everett Gillison, Philadelphia; Theodore Johnson, Pittsburgh; Mark Koch, Hazleton, and; Linda Rosenberg, Harrisburg
PA Public Utility Commission – David Sweet, Philadelphia
Board of Trustees of Selinsgrove Center – Judith Davis, Sunbury; Donald Foltz, Selinsgrove, and; Justin Michaels, Lewisburg

Senior Community Center Grant Awarded in Dauphin County
The PA Department of Aging announced recipients of the Senior Community Center grants, totaling over $2 Million from the Pennsylvania Lottery. The awards are to modernize facilities, enhance innovative programming, attract new members, build on successful practices, help meet the needs of participants, and for technology improvements. Centers offer a variety of services for older adults, including: healthy meal and enrichment programs, educational opportunities, transportation services, financial and insurance counseling, and recreational activities. I’m pleased The Rutherford House (Capital Area Late Start, Inc.), in Dauphin County and the 48th Senatorial District, was awarded $55,230.

Free Guided Tours of Rare Regal Fritillary Butterfly Habitat at Ft. Indiantown Gap
The PA Department of Military and Veterans Affairs invites visitors to see the only population of rare regal fritillary butterflies in PA at Ft. Indiantown Gap, Lebanon County. The tours allow the public to see this rare butterfly and grassland habitat on military training ranges, and many other natural wonders on the 17,000-acre military post, which serves as the PA National Guard’s headquarters. The tours will also include information on efforts to restore native grassland habitat and to raise regal fritillary caterpillars from eggs in a lab with support from the PA Wild Resource Conservation Program, and in partnership with ZooAmerica North American Wildlife Park and Temple University. The regal fritillary is the official symbol for the PA Natural Heritage Program.

The free guided tours will depart promptly at 10 a.m. on July 1, 2, 8 and 9. Those wishing to attend should arrive no later than 9:30 a.m. to fill out necessary paperwork, attend a mandatory safety/orientation briefing, and receive driving instructions. Tours will last approximately three hours, but attendees can leave earlier if needed. Attendees should be prepared to provide vehicle make, model, year, color, license plate and insurance information. No reservations are required, and no rain dates will be scheduled. Visitors are encouraged to bring cameras and binoculars, should wear appropriate clothing and footwear for a nature walk, and consider bringing insect repellent, sun screen, and other personal comfort items. Drinking water will be provided. General inquiries about the tour can be directed to or (717) 861-2449.

Tim Singleton Named as PennDOT’s Maintenance Manager for Lebanon County
The PA Department of Transportation has named Tim Singleton as PennDOT’s maintenance manager for Lebanon County. Singleton began his career with PennDOT in 1981 as a highway maintenance worker in Adams County. Over the years he progressed through various positions with maintenance and construction in Adams and Dauphin counties, and in 2001 became an assistant maintenance manager for Dauphin County. As the Lebanon County maintenance manager, Singleton is responsible for 64 full-time employees, a $9.4 Million budget, and maintenance of 226 state-owned bridges and 369 miles of state roads.

Dauphin and York County Town Hall Meetings
I’m excited to have town hall meetings scheduled throughout Dauphin and York Counties in July and August. Below is the schedule of confirmed meetings and locations. All meetings begin at 6:30 p.m.
Wednesday, July 13: Steelton Borough, Dauphin County – Borough Council Chambers, 123 North Front Street, Steelton, PA 17113
Thursday, July 14: Springettsbury Township, York County – Township Administration Building Board Room, 1501 Mt. Zion Road, York, PA 17402
Thursday, July 21: Londonderry Township, Dauphin County – Township Building Board Room, 783 South Geyers Church Road, Middletown, PA 17057
Monday, July 25: Newberry Township, York County – Newberry Township Fire Department, 2145 York Haven Road, Etters, PA 17319
Thursday, August 4: Middletown Borough, Dauphin County – MSCO Building, 60 West Emaus Street, Middletown, PA 17057
Tuesday, August 9: Swatara Township, Dauphin County – Township Building, 599 Eisenhower Boulevard, Harrisburg, PA 17111
Thursday, August 11: Mount Wolf, York County – Northeastern Middle School Auditorium, 4855 Board Road, Mount Wolf, PA 17347
Monday, August 15: Highspire Borough, Dauphin County – Borough Building, 640 Eshelman Street, Highspire, PA 17034
Monday, August 29: Lower Swatara Township, Dauphin County – Lower Swatara Fire Hall, 1350 Fulling Mill Road, Middletown, PA 17057
Suggestions for locations in the 48th Senatorial District to host a town hall meeting can be sent to Please note, I use no taxpayer dollars to hold these meetings.

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