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Welcome to "Mike's Memo," an update on what's happening in the 48th Legislative District, the State Capitol, and the progress of my legislative priorities. If you haven't done so already, please take a few moments to visit my website at to learn more about issues that may affect you and your family.

Week of March 2, 2015

Senate State Government Committee Meeting
The Senate State Government Committee reported the following bills to the full Senate:
Senate Bill 266 – (11-0) Franklin County land conveyance; Senate Bill 500 – (6-5) proposed constitutional amendment to prohibit government entities and school districts from making payroll collections of dues, fees and political contributions and Senate Bill 501 – (6-5) “Mary’s Law” to protect public employees and taxpayers (both forms of “paycheck protection”). 

Taxpayer Protection Act
On Monday, February 23, I officially reintroduced my “Taxpayer Protection Act,” Senate Bill 7. This legislation would limit – not reduce – the growth of state spending. Senator Camera Bartolotta introduced companion legislation, Senate Bill 70, the Taxpayer Protection Constitutional Amendment.

Senator Folmer

The press conference in support of this much needed legislation and long overdue reforms can be viewed here

Senate State Government Committee Public Hearing on Senate Bill 3
The Senate State Government Committee held a public hearing on my and Senator Leach’s Senate Bill 3 to allow physicians to provide medical cannabis to patients in Pennsylvania. The purpose of the hearing was to discuss possible amendments to the bill, including Real-Time Registry; research supporting expansion of the list of diseases; and best methods of delivery for patients using medical cannabis. A video of the full hearing can be viewed here, and list of testifiers and submitted written testimony here.

Senator Folmer

Pictured from left to right: Dr. Jeffrey C. Raber, Ph.D., CEO and CVO, The Werc Shop, Inc.; Dr. Colleen Barry, Associate Professor, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health; Dr. Thomas Trite, P.D., CEO, Continuing Care Rx, Inc.; Dr. Jack D’Angelo; and Josh Stanley, Medical Cannabis Educator. 

Bills Pass Senate, Go to House
All bills passed unanimously unless otherwise noted.
My Senate Bill 316, to provide openness, transparency, and more accountability in the award of state sole-source/no-bid and emergency contracts;
Senate Bill 9 – (40-8) Proof of Citizenship for Receipt of Public Benefits Act;
Senate Bill 166 – expands expungement of criminal history records;
Senate Bill 179 – Hotel Law consolidation;
Senate Bill 293 – (30-19) requires Health Exchange “Navigators” certifications from the Insurance Department and criminal background checks. 

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