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Week of May 28, 2018

Bills Pass Senate, Go to House for Further Consideration

All bills passed unanimously unless otherwise noted.

Senate Bill 189 – aligns the PA Crime Victims Act with federal law;

Senate Bill 257 – creates eye care parity for vision benefit plans;

Senate Bill 439 – requires carbon monoxide detectors in child care facilities licensed and regulated the state;

Senate Bill 652 – (28-20) enhances penalties for criminally trespassing on “critical infrastructure facilities”;

Senate Bill 801 – allows boroughs or third class cities to make purchases from volunteer emergency service organizations without competitive bids;

Senate Bill 802 – allows townships for the first class to make purchases from volunteer emergency service organizations without competitive bids;

Senate Bill 803 – allows townships of the second class to make purchases from volunteer emergency service organizations without competitive bids;

Senate Bill 804 – allows incorporated towns to make purchases from volunteer emergency service organizations without competitive bids;

Senate Bill 897 – expands restitution for victims to include government agencies, non-profits, corporations and similar organizations;

Senate Bill 1031 – requires transparency and establishes procedural guidelines for Insurance Department exams;

Senate Bill 1038 – allows residual campaign funds to be donated to a nonprofit;

Senate Bill 1092 – creates an offense for domestic violence in front of children;

Senate Bill 1101 – reduces the need to obtain a recovered vehicle title;

Senate Bill 1104 – (48-1) revises Career & Technical Education teacher certification requirements;

House Bill 566 – (43-5) – amends the Contractor and Subcontractor Payment Act requiring payments (I was not able to support this measure);

House Bill 1952 – amends the Adam Walsh Act regarding registration of sexual offenders under Megan’s law.

Bill Unanimously Passes Senate, Goes to Governor for Further Action

Senate Bill 630 – reduces insurance licensure requirements for travel agents and increases protections for residents.

Executive Nominations Unanimously Confirmed by the Senate

PA Council on Aging – Deborah A. Wisinski, Erie

State Board of Cosmetology – Felicia L. Brown-Haywood, Harrisburg and Tracy E. Bruno, Milton

Board of Trustees of Ebensburg Center – Dennis R. Horne, Ebensburg and Jeanne C. Weaver, Ebensburg

State Board of Massage Therapy – Shea M. Rhodes, Philadelphia

Municipal Police Officers’ Education and Training Commission – Jarrad P. Berkihiser, Lancaster and Christopher J. Delozier, New Cumberland

State Board of Pharmacy – Gayle A. Cotchen, Gibsonia and Theresa M. Talbott, Stroudsburg

State Planning Board – Susan G. Hockenberry, Pittsburgh; Christina E. Roseberry, Easton, and; Kirk D. Stoner, Boiling Springs

State Registration Board for Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors and Geologists – James J. Szalankiewicz, Indiana

State Board of Psychology – Donald McAleer, Erie

State Board of Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists and Professional Counselors – Joy E. Corby, Lititz; Jeanne B. Elberfeld, Orwigsburg; Christian Jordal, Philadelphia, and; Linda A. Martin, Pittsburgh

State Board of Veterinary Medicine – Andrew P. Nebzydoski, Honesdale

Board of Trustees of Warren State Hospital – Laura S. Bauer, Suger Grove and Raymond F. Feroz, Seneca 

SB 22, SB 1037 Reported from Senate State Government Committee

The Senate State Government Committee, which I chair, unanimously reported Senator Boscola’s Senate Bill 22 (changes the process for drawing election districts), as well as my and Senator Vulakovich’s Senate Bill 1037 (modernizes the Civil Service Commission).  I want to thank all the stakeholders for their input moving these bills forward.

5/22/18 - Consideration of Bills

Lower Dauphin Places Third in Governor’s STEM Competition

Congratulations to Lower Dauphin High School, who placed third in the 2018 Governor’s STEM Competition!  The Competition included 23 student teams that qualified by winning regional competitions from among 170 teams.

Choose PA Dairy is a joint promotional campaign by the Center for Dairy Excellence, PA Dairymen’s Association, PA Department of Agriculture, PA Preferred, American Dairy Association North East, Professional Dairy Managers of PA, among others, with a goal to increase consumer awareness about the year-round availability of local milk, how to purchase it and the health benefits of consuming fluid milk.

Bayer Healthcare, LLC Receives Alternative and Clean Energy Program Grant

The Commonwealth Financing Authority recently approved a $1,171,000 Alternative and Clean Energy Program grant to Bayer Healthcare, LLC, of Myerstown, Lebanon County, for the purchase and installation of a 2,000 kW combined heat and power (CHP) system. The project will offset approximately 16,300 MWhs per year, which amounts to about 55% of anticipated annual electric use after the completion of the expansion. The waste heat from the system will produce steam and domestic hot water, a savings of 117,312 MBtus annually or 94% of the steam traditionally generated. The total project cost is $4,867,824. Bayer Healthcare, LLC will provide $3,407,824 in matching funds from equity.

Constituent Highlight: EMS Providers Honored for 25 Years of Service

As part of Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Week in Pennsylvania, the Emergency Health Services Federation held a Star of Life Awards Ceremony at the PA Capitol to honor EMS providers who have been actively involved for 25 years or more. Congratulations and THANK YOU to the following individuals from the 48th Senatorial District for your extraordinary service, accomplishments, devotion and many dedicated hours of service and care: Dale R. Baylor, William H. Fissel IV, Robert Kohler, Patti L. Kreitzer, Beth McAteer and Charles W. VanDusen!

Cable Show:  State Museum of Pennsylvania

Check out my latest cable show, which takes us on a tour of the State Museum of Pennsylvania, including a rare look at original Indian deeds to William Penn from 1683 to 1789, the original Penn Charter and Mammal Hall.  You can watch below, and Comcast on Demand and WHBG TV20 should also be airing through mid-June!

May 2018 - State Museum of Pennsylvania,Indian Deeds and Penn Charter

Historic Schaefferstown Inc. Receives PHMC Cultural & Historical Grant

The PA Historical & Museum Commission (PHMC) has awarded nearly $2 million in grants to eligible museums and official county historical societies throughout 55 PA counties.  In the 48th Senatorial District, Historic Schaefferstown Inc. received $4,000.

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