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
www.senatorfolmer.com to learn more about issues that may affect you and
Week of June 1, 2015
Robert Shirk of Lebanon Awarded with the PennDOT Star of Excellence
Pennsylvania Department of Transportation recognized 25 employees for
their outstanding performance with the Star of Excellence Award. Two
employees from PennDOT
District 8, and one from the 48th Senate District were among the honorees.
Robert Shirk of Lebanon is a traffic control specialist in
District 8’s traffic unit and a risk management coordinator, dedicated to
improving and limiting the department’s tort liability. He leads the district’s
risk management committee to identify opportunities for safety improvements. In
this role, he helped reduce tort payouts over the past three years, distinguishing
District 8 as having the lowest tort payout in the state. Robert also
performs highway safety studies and helped coordinate safety improvements that
have saved lives. His experience from working in various capacities in county
maintenance and the traffic management center has contributed to his “good sense
approach” in developing cost-effective safety improvements that yield the most benefit.
Small Games of Chance Club Licensee Annual Reporting System
The Local Options Small Games of Chance Act electronic reporting system under the
Pennsylvania Department of Revenue’s jurisdiction, has been enhanced and is
on track for a June 1 launch to allow clubs to complete reports by the July 1
deadline. A guidance document to assist clubs in completing their reports
electronically can be found
here. To access the reporting system, visit www.revenue.pa.gov/SGOC.
Senate State Government Committee Meeting: Tuesday, June 2
Senate State Government Committee, which I chair, will hold a meeting June 2
at 10:30 a.m. in 8-EA of the Capitol to consider the following legislation:
Senate Bill 388 (Senator
Pileggi) – closes a loophole regarding lobbying for contingent fees;
Senate Bill 479 (Senator
Gordner) – designates the Helfrick Resources Management Center;
Senate Bill 620 (Senator
Vance) – authorizes release of Project 70 restrictions in Cumberland County;
Senate Bill 640 (Senator
Dinniman) – allows therapy dogs on all forms of public transportation.
Civil Asset Forfeiture Reform Press Event
The Coalition for Forfeiture Reform will be holding a press event for the
introduction of my and
Senator William's Civil Asset Forfeiture Reform legislation on June 3 at
10:30 a.m. in the Main Rotunda of the Capitol. Currently, the Commonwealth can
forfeit property without ever convicting of a crime, or even charging with a
crime. This proposed legislation will change this to require a criminal
conviction before property is forfeited. It will also alter the revenue stream of forfeited property.
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