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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 25, 2015

Senate offices will be closed on Monday, May 25 for Memorial Day. 

Bills Signed into Law by Governor
House Bill 152 – Act 1 – Emergency & Law Enforcement Personnel Death Benefits Act changes, and;
House Bill 159 – Act 2 – authorizes a reciprocal insurance exchange that write medical liability insurance to convert to a stock insurance company.

PA State Police Community Awareness Bulletin: Phishing Email Alert
The Pennsylvania Criminal Intelligence Center (PaCIC) received information regarding a fraudulent email (screen shot below) claiming to originate from the Pennsylvania Department of Motor Vehicles (PennDOT). The subject line of the email indicates “Action Required – Fine for Traffic Violations.” The body of the email further states that a “vehicle registered to you was captured running a red light” along with a violation date, ticket number and a fine amount. There were also various links within the email that redirect users to other websites not affiliated with PennDOT.


There are indications this is a phishing scam, including: poor spelling and grammar. “Violation” is spelled incorrectly, and there are two different violation dates. Note, citations and traffic tickets issued in Pennsylvania are not paid directly to PennDOT.

Municipal Assistance Program Grant: Union Township, Lebanon County
A Municipal Assistance Grant (MAP) in the amount of $6,500 is being awarded to Union Township, Lebanon County to assist with costs of consolidating the Greenpoint and Lickdale fire companies into Northern Lebanon Fire and Emergency Services. The companies had been operating independently and will now function with one board of directors and fire chief. The consolidation will eliminate duplication of services and equipment, and yield savings in insurance, fuel purchases, utilities, buying supplies in bulk and standardizing equipment. MAP funds will pay for legal and rebranding costs.

MAP provides funding to assist local governments plan and implement a variety of services and improvements, and manage development with an emphasis on intergovernmental approaches. Counties and municipalities are eligible, and the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) provides grants of up to 50 percent of eligible costs for the projects that are awarded. Funding is available for: shared services, community planning and floodplain management.

EMS Providers Actively Involved for Over 25 Years
The week of May 17-23, 2015 was declared EMS Week in Pennsylvania. On May 21, the Emergency Health Services Federation held its award ceremony at the Capitol to honor and congratulate Emergency Medical Service providers who have been actively involved for 25 years or more. Thank you to the following extraordinary individuals from the 48th Senate District for your dedicated service:

Bradley Anderson, Manchester
Glenna Daub, Myerstown
Charles Heberling, Myerstown
Richard Kreitzer, Lebanon
Roberta Kupel, York
Carole Wagner, Myerstown
Kenton Whitebread, Sr., Middletown
Stephen Zimmerman, Newmanstown

Environmental Education Grants Awarded
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) 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 five percent of pollution fines and penalties DEP collects annually for environmentally education.

In the 48th Senate District, the Lebanon County Commissioners were awarded $2,360, and Lebanon Valley College was awarded $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. Click here for more information and to see the list of recipients.

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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