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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 May 11, 2015

Bills Pass Senate, Go to House
All bills passed unanimously unless otherwise noted.
Senate Bill 330 empowers municipalities to address dilapidated properties faster;
Senate Bill 442 my bill which requires noting whenever Commonwealth tax moneys are used for advertising;
Senate Bill 622 Legislative Budget and Finance Committee report removal;
Senate Bill 644 (29-19) my bill which empowers the Independent Fiscal Office to provide cost analyses of the impacts of proposed collective bargaining agreements two weeks prior to execution;
Senate Bill 645 (29-19) provides for public notice of collective bargaining agreements prior to approval.

Bill Passes Senate, Goes to Governor for Further Action
House Bill 159 (passed unanimously) authorizes a reciprocal insurance exchange that writes medical liability insurance to convert to a stock insurance company.

Office of Unemployment Compensation Service Centers Telephone Numbers
The PA Department of Labor & Industry Office of Unemployment Compensation Service Centers (OUCSC) discontinued use of local telephone numbers for service centers and replaced them with the following toll-free numbers: Initial Claims: 888-313-7284 and PAT Continued Claims: 888-255-4728. OUCSC states the new system equally distributes calls to service centers across the state, and if a caller needs to speak with a particular service center, they are put into a queue for that location. Claims can also be filed online at To report fraud, visit

PA DCNR Volunteer Fire Assistance Grant Program
Volunteer fire companies in rural areas and communities under 10,000 have until May 21 to apply for the PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Volunteer Fire Assistance Grant. Grants can be used for the purchase of wildfire suppression equipment and protective gear, mobile or portable radios, installation of dry hydrants, and wildfire prevention, mitigation and training. Find more information and applications here.

PA DEP Environmental Education Grants
The PA Department of Environmental Protection recently awarded $304,137 in environmental education grants to 100 schools, universities, non-profits and conservation districts across Pennsylvania. The grant program was established by the Environmental Education Act of 1993 - setting aside 5% of pollution fines and penalties DEP collects annually for environmental education.

In Lebanon County, the Commissioners were awarded $2,360, and Lebanon Valley College received $3,000. Grant recipients use funding for various initiatives to educate about a variety of environmental issues, including pollination, stormwater management and hydroponics in agriculture, Marcellus Shale, Chesapeake Bay, etc. For more information and to see the full list of recipients, click here.

May Community Report Cable Show: LVC Medical Cannabis Town Hall
My May Cable Show features a condensed version of my Town Hall Meeting at Lebanon Valley College on medical cannabis (SB3) and industrial hemp (SB50). You can watch the show here, or via my website.

Comcast on Demand (Lebanon), Harrisburg Broadcast Network (Harrisburg, WHBG-20) and Blue Ridge Communications (York, Channel 8) should also be airing the show now through the end of May.

The entire Town Hall Meeting including all speakers can be watched here.

Mission of Mercy in Pennsylvania Dental Outreach Event
On May 29 and 30 there will be a free dental clinic for children and adults at the Farm Show Complex (North Hall entrance) with a host of dentists, hygienists, dental students and volunteers. This is the third annual Mission of Mercy in Pennsylvania (MOM-n-PA) dental outreach event.

With more than 100 fully equipped dental units, volunteers hope to provide services to more than 2,000 patients during the clinic. X-rays, dental fillings, extractions, root-canal treatments and cleanings will be provided. There are no eligibility requirements and no pre-registration. Doors open at 6:00 a.m. on May 29. Children 12 and under should come on Saturday. For more information, visit

Contact Information
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