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Week of June 25, 2018

Please note: Bill activity included in this week’s edition is only through Thursday, June 21, in order for Mike’s Memo to be circulated as its usual time. Next week’s edition will have bill activity that took place after June 21.

Bills Pass Senate, Go to House for Further Consideration

All bills passed unanimously unless otherwise noted.

Senate Bill 819 – uniformity and protection for agritourism;

Senate Bill 945 – allows those renewing vehicle registrations for two years to double contributions to the Veterans Trust Fund;

Senate Bill 1001 – gives the PA Department of Health the ability to declare public health emergencies in certain events;

Senate Bill 1126 – minor judiciary training to better identify those unable to pay court costs, fines and fees;

Senate Bill 1132 – (45-3) establishes a statewide Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Commission;

Senate Bill 1171 – replaces the Nutrient Management Advisory Board with the Farm Animal Advisory Board to give animal farmers greater input;

Senate Bill 1172 – amends the Price Gouging Act;

House Bill 17 – amends the Drug and Alcohol Abuse Control Act to ease a parent’s or guardian’s consent for treatment of minor children;

House Bill 153 – (42-7) Constitutional Amendment reducing the size of the House of Representatives;

House Bill 1232 – requires schools display posters with the statewide toll-free telephone number to report suspected child abuse or neglect;

House Bill 1644 – (47-2) creates the Pennsylvania Collaborative Law Act;

House Bill 1851 – (47-1) requires the PA Insurance Department to formalize best practice exams;

House Bill 1898 – requires vehicle dealers openly disclose unremedied recalls at the time of sale.

Bills Pass Senate, Go to the Governor for Further Action

All bills passed unanimously.

House Bill 594 – prohibits Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition (ARD) for sex offenses against children;

House Bill 824 – requires the PA Department of Military and Veterans Affairs to establish the National Guard Youth Challenge Program;

Senate Bill 892 – updates the Chiropractic Practice Act regarding clinical training;

Senate Bill 978 – allows hospice staff to destroy unused drugs when patients die;

House Bill 1918 – updates to the law to help prevent and punish fraudulent credit card (scamming and skimming) devices;

House Bill 1979 – repeals the sunset for a 20-year statute of limitations on actions on instruments under seal (written agreements with “seal” or “under seal” near the signature line).

SB 1011, Constitutional Amendment to create Marsy’s Law

The Senate unanimously passed Senate Bill 1011, a Constitutional Amendment to create Marsy’s Law and a Victims’ “Bill of Rights.”  The same must be passed in the next legislative Session in order for this initiative to go to the ballot for voter approval. Watch my comments on this important legislation here.

Senate Resolution Unanimously Adopted by the Senate

Senate Resolution 375 – urges Congress support the development of an Appalachian ethane storage hub.

Bills Signed into Law by the Governor

Act No. 27 – House Bill 566 – amends the Contractor and Subcontractor Payment Act;

Act No. 28 – House Bill 1793 – creates the Pennsylvania Semiquincentennial Commission (USA250) to celebrate America’s 250th birthday;

Act No. 29 – House Bill 1952 – amends the Adam Walsh Act for the registration of sexual offenders under Megan’s Law;

Act No. 30 – Senate Bill 234 – establishes the PA Property Assessed Clean Energy Program;

Act No. 31 – Senate Bill 880 – updates the Vehicle Code for 102-inch wide trailers;

Act No. 32 – House Bill 653 – provides accelerated foreclosure of vacant and abandoned properties;

Act No. 33 – Senate Bill 667 – expands PA’s Land Bank Program;

Act No. 34 – House Bill 352 – reduces the time to acquire a title through certain adverse possessions;

Act No. 35 – House Bill 564 – requires students pass a test identical to the 100-question United States Citizenship and Immigration Services civics test;

Act No. 36 – House Bill 1641 – “The Employment First Act” to promote the employment of people with disabilities at competitive wages;

Act No. 37 – Senate Bill 776 – extends the Dyslexia and Early Literacy Intervention Pilot Program;

Act No. 38 – Senate Bill 851 – amends the Real Estate Tax Sale Law to clarify ownership of properties in the delinquent tax sale process.

Executive Nominations Unanimously Confirmed by the Senate

Constables’ Education and Training BoardJohn F. Bruno, of Hummelstown and the 48th Senatorial District

State Board of OptometryPerry C. Umlauf, of Lebanon and the 48th Senatorial District

PA Human Relations Commission – Aleena Y. Sorathia, Philadelphia

Milk Marketing Board – Robert N. Barley, Millersville and Carol A. Bardbarger, Newport

State Athletic Commission – Rudy N. Battle, Philadelphia and Joel L. Frank, West Chester

State Board of Examiners of Nursing Home Administrators – Sara L. King, Saegertown

State Registration Board for Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors and Geologists – Joseph T. McNally, Camp Hill

State Board of Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists and Professional Counselors – Michelle L. Santiago, Northampton

State Board of Examiners in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology – Sarah E. Delano, Pittsburgh and Brian J. McKinnon, Philadelphia

Board of Directors of the PA Economic Development Financing Authority – Michael W. Brubaker, Lititz and Gary J. Masino, Philadelphia

State Board of Funeral Directors – Scott S. Custead, Hollidaysburg and Francis P. McCusker, Jr., Lafayette Hill

Board of Governors of the State System of Higher Education – Joar F. Dahn, Darby and Rodney Kaplan, Jr., West Chester

State Planning Board – Robert R. Tabas, Villanova

State Board of Veterinary Medicine – Anjilla Cooley Codner, Richlandtown

Millena Bashore and Roarke Miller, State FFA Officers

Congratulations Millena Bashore, graduate of Northern Lebanon and Roarke Miller, graduate of Annville-Cleona, who were recently elected as part of the 2018-2019 State FFA Officer Team!  Millena will serve as Chaplain and Roarke will serve as Sentinel.

Noah Myers and Neesha Pierre, Pop Kelchner Award Winners

Congratulations Noah Myers, graduate of Annville-Cleona and Neesha Pierre, graduate of Lebanon Catholic, the 2018 C.S. “Pop” Kelchner Award winners! Noah and Neesha exhibited exceptional athletic and academic abilities and personal character. The Award is presented annually by the Central Chapter PA Sports Hall of Fame, and will be presented to Noah and Neesha at the Induction Banquet November 12.

Noah was captain of Annville-Cleona’s football, basketball and track and field teams this past year, and plans to attend William and Mary College to study finance and play football. Neesha had stellar senior seasons in basketball, soccer and track and field, and was a four-year varsity letter winner.  Neesha plans to study Pre-Med at Penn State University Main Campus. Great job, and best wishes for the future!

Lancaster-Lebanon IU 13 Receives Adult Basic Grant

The PA Department of Education has awarded an Adult Basic Education Direct Service grant to Lancaster-Lebanon IU 13 in the amount of $1,304,486 in order to assist adults:

  • To become literate and obtain the knowledge and skills necessary for employment and economic self-sufficiency;
  • Who are parents or family members to obtain the education and skills that are necessary to becoming full partners in the educational development of their children and lead to sustainable improvements in the economic opportunities for their family;
  • In attaining a secondary school diploma and in the transition to postsecondary education and training, including through career pathways, and;
  • Who are English language learners in improving their reading, writing, speaking and comprehension skills in English, improving their mathematics skills and acquiring an understanding of the American system of government, individual freedom and the responsibilities of citizenship.

June/July Cable Show: Lebanon County Breweries

My latest Community Report cable show features several Lebanon County breweries, including Mount Gretna Craft Brewery, Rotunda Brewing Company & Batdorf Restaurant, and Snitz Creek Brewery. This show features talented entrepreneurs who have built their small businesses into amazing success stories!  You can watch below, and Comcast on Demand and WHBG TV20 should also be airing through June and July!

June 2018 - Lebanon County Breweries

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