Open Seat 48th E-Newsletter

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Week of January 7, 2019

January 1st Opening Day and Swearing-In Ceremonies

On January 1st, I was sworn into my fourth term as PA State Senator representing the 48th Senatorial District, surrounded by my loving family and wonderful colleagues. I couldn’t think of a better way to spend New Years’ Day, and am excited for the work to be done in this upcoming legislative session.

Community Safety Grants Available

Local municipalities, colleges and community groups are encouraged to apply for grants as part of a new program to improve school safety and combat community violence. A total of $7.5 million will be awarded statewide through June 30 to support community violence prevention programs. Applications will be accepted until February 7, 2019. Eligible uses for the grants include mentoring and intervention services for at-risk children and families; promoting communication between school entities and law enforcement; linking the community with local trauma support and behavioral health systems, and; other programs designed to reduce community violence. For more details and application information, visit School Safety and Security on the PA Commission on Crime and Delinquency’s website.

Medical Cannabis Program Update

The PA Department of Health has issued 23 dispensary permits for Phase II of the medical cannabis program. The permittees will now have six months to become operational before they can begin dispensing medical cannabis. Detailed applicant information is available here, and all applicant scorecards are available here. The 23 permits were issued to:

Southeast Region:

  • Restore Integrative Wellness Center LLC
  • Cresco Yeltrah, LLC
  • Franklin BioScience – SE, LLC
  • Harvest of Southeast PA, LLC
  • PharmaCann Penn LLC
  • MLH Explorations, LLC
  • CB Health Services, LLC
  • Agape Total Health Care, INC
  • GTI Pennsylvania, LLC

Northeast Region:

  • Pennsylvania Dispensary Solutions LLC
  • Franklin BioScience – NE, LLC
  • Harvest of Northeast PA, LLC

Southcentral Region:

  • Harvest of South Central PA, LLC
  • Local Dispensaries, LLC
  • GTI Pennsylvania, LLC

Northcentral Region:

  • Harvest of North Central PA, LLC
  • PharmaCann Penn LLC

Southwest Region:

  • Franklin BioScience – SW, LLC
  • Harvest of Southwest PA, LLC
  • Sunrise Organic Wellness LLC
  • GTI Pennsylvania, LLC

Northwest Region:

  • Harvest of Northwest PA, LLC
  • GTI Pennsylvania, LLC

60th Wedding Anniversaries!

Happy anniversary and congratulations to the following two Lebanon County couples who recently celebrated their 60th wedding anniversaries! I hope you continue to enjoy your happy marriage for many years to come!

Donald Stoudt and Charlotte (Allwein) Stoudt were married on October 11, 1958 in St. Mary’s Church in Lebanon. Their happy union has been blessed by five children and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Donald is retired from the former Cleaver Brooks and is active with the Fort Indiantown Gap Honor Guard. Charlotte is retired from Community Homes of Lebanon County and volunteers with St. Mary’s Church.

Galen Kaylor and Catherine (Weible) Kaylor were married on October 12, 1958 by the Reverend Richard Dunwoody in Kochenderfer’s Evangelical United Brethren Church in Lebanon. Their happy union has been blessed by three children, five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Galen is retired from Met-Ed and Catherine from the Hershey Chocolate Company.

Lebanon Valley Chamber of Commerce Awards

Congratulations to all of the following who were recently honored by the Lebanon Valley Chamber of Commerce for their superior leadership in the Lebanon Valley! Best wishes to all for continued success in the future, your community contributions do not go unnoticed!

Jeanne Donlevy Arnold – ATHENA Award

Emmily and Brad Longenecker, Team Longenecker – Community Builder Award

John Olivo, Brushstrokes on Canvas – Ambassador of the Year

Robert Yeagley, Eagle Secure Solutions – Bob Harris Memorial Chairman’s Award

Lebanon County Christian Ministries – Non-Profit of the Year

REAL ID Pre-Verification Phase Two

According to PennDOT’s December 2018 Driver and Vehicle Services Update Bulletin No. 18-20, customers who received their first learner’s permit, driver’s license or photo ID after September 2003 have been able to apply online for REAL ID pre-verification on PennDOT’s website at Now customers who received their initial product before September 2003 can also pre-verify by bringing their required REAL ID documents for verification to any PennDOT Driver License Center.

PennDOT staff will image the documents to the customer’s record, and when REAL IDs are available in March 2019, the customer can opt into the REAL ID program online.  The customer’s REAL ID product will be sent through the mail, eliminating any further need for them to visit a driver license center.

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