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June 17, 2019

Middletown Mayor Robert Reid Honored by PA Senate

I was absolutely honored to introduce a very special guest to the Senate from the 48th Senatorial District, a man who has served Middletown Borough, Dauphin County for over 50 years:  Mayor Robert Reid.  Mayor Reid has lived a full and productive life, dedicating his time and efforts to serving others. Through his many laudable actions and deeds, he has truly been an asset to Middletown Borough and this Commonwealth. Mayor Reid is a shining example of community spirit whose many contributions are worthy of deep gratitude and respect. You can learn more about Mayor Reid and watch my introduction here.

Senator Folmer presenting citation

Bills Pass Senate, Go to House

All bills passed unanimously unless otherwise noted.

Senate Bill 25 – (44-6) expands the scope of practice for Advanced Practice Registered Nurse-Certified Nurse Practitioners (APRN-CNP);

Senate Bill 314 – establishes the Rural Health Redesign Center Authority and the Rural Health Redesign Center Fund;

Senate Bill 543 – provides a rate increase for River Pilots of the Delaware River;

Senate Bill 621 – (32-17) gives school districts a number of voluntary school safety and security options;

Senate Bill 633 – allows the Governor and the PA Department of Health to declare public health emergencies;

Senate Bill 695 – Human Services Code reauthorizations;

Senate Bill 698 and Senate Bill 699 – allows physicians to appoint a designee to assist with agreements for the PA Department of State’s online PALS system;

Senate Bill 700 – (49-1) implements a new Plan Con program for school construction and renovation projects;

Senate Bill 712 – extends the authority of the PA Treasurer to invest funds using the prudent person investment standard.

Bills Pass Senate, Go to Governor

Passed unanimously unless otherwise noted.

House Bill 619 – establishes “Juneteenth National Freedom Day” in Pennsylvania;

House Bill 800 – (28-21) increases the amount of tax credits available under the Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) program by $100 million (with an automatic escalator).

48th Spotlight: Lebanon County Carpenters Training Center

In my most recent “48th Spotlight” we feature the Keystone+Mountain+Lakes Regional Council of Carpenters Training Center in Lebanon County! One of five Carpenters Training Centers in Pennsylvania, this facility is a workforce training gem in the heart of the 48th Senatorial District. Check out the great opportunities offered by the KML Brotherhood of Carpenters in the video below!

Spotlight on the 48th: Carpenters Training Center

Property Tax/Rent Rebate Application Deadline Extended

The deadline to apply for the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program for rent and property taxes paid in 2018 has been extended from June 30 to December 31. Rebate distributions begin July 1, and after June 30, rebates will be distributed as claims are received and processed, which typically takes six to eight weeks. Application forms (PA-1000) are available here, or by calling 1-888-222-9190. Application assistance is available at PA Department of Revenue district offices and local Area Agencies on Aging. Those who already applied may check their application status here, or by calling 1-888-PATAXES.

The rebate program benefits eligible Pennsylvanians age 65 and older; widows and widowers age 50 and older, and; people with disabilities age 18 and older. The income limit is $35,000 a year for homeowners and $15,000 annually for renters, and half of Social Security income is excluded.

Student Shadow: Emmet Baerg

On June 12, Emmet Baerg, of Lebanon, had the opportunity to shadow me for the day at the Capitol. Emmet is a junior at Cedar Crest High School and the son of Kenton and Marylou Baerg. He is a member of the Boys Varsity Tennis Team and the U.S. Tennis Association, and was actively involved in the fundraising and organizing of his school’s annual Mini-Thon. In 2017, Emmet was the recipient of the PA House of Representatives’ Leadership Award.

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