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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 June 15, 2015

Bills Pass Senate, Go to House
All bills passed unanimously unless otherwise noted.
Senate Bill 329 – extends the Ready to Succeed Scholarship Program;
Senate Bill 396 – reauthorizes the Pennsylvania Health Care Containment Council;
Senate Bill 486 – allows county Recorder of Deeds to apply a fee for demolition programs;
Senate Bill 538 – strengthens suspensions and licensee reporting requirements to Department of State’s Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs.

Bills Pass Senate, Go to Governor for Further Action
All bills passed unanimously unless otherwise noted.
Senate Bill 293 – requires Health Exchange “Navigator” certifications from the Insurance Department and criminal background checks;
House Bill 341 – requires real estate disclosures to include locations of “storm water facilities” and sinkholes.

Executive Nominations Confirmed by Senate
All were confirmed unanimously unless otherwise noted.
Secretary of Corrections: John Wetzel of Mechanicsburg (47-1)
Physician General Rachel Leland Levine of Middletown
Secretary of Revenue Eileen H. McNulty of New Cumberland

Executive Nominations Defeated by the Senate
State Police Commissioner:  Marcus Brown of Harrisburg (22-26, I was a nay)

June-July Cable Show:  Lebanon Valley College Physical Therapy Clinic
My June-July Cable Show features the Lebanon Valley College Physical Therapy Clinic on Main Street in Annville. The program has thrived at LVC, which allows students to obtain their Doctor of Physical Therapy in six years, and will be opening to the public on June 15. You can watch 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.

Swatara Township Police Corporal Brandon Pokrop Honored
Congratulations to Corporal Brandon Pokrop of the Swatara Township Police Department on being honored and recognized by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation for his outstanding efforts against aggressive driving in Pennsylvania!  Swatara Township, Dauphin County is located within the 48th Senate District.

Pennsylvania State Grange Outstanding Young Couple

On June 9, Robert and Jennifer Beamon, the PA State Grange’s Outstanding Young Couple, visited the Capitol with their daughter Savannah.  I was honored to introduce this wonderful family on the Senate Floor. Robert and Jennifer are members of Hamburg Grange #2103 and Berks County Pomona Grange #43. Jennifer is currently State Ceres, Pomona Secretary and Hamburg Lecturer.  Robert is currently serving as Pomona Steward and the Berks County Youth Chairperson. The Beamon family are constituents of Lebanon City, and work at Bayer HealthCare, also located in the 48th Senate District. 

PennDOT Repairing 82-Year-Old Steel Truss Bridge in Lickdale
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation closed the steel truss bridge that carries Lickdale Road over Swatara Creek on June 10 to begin repairs to the span between Route 72 in Union Township and Darkes Lane in Swatara Township, Lebanon County. 

PennDOT advises travelers that Lickdale Road will be closed to through traffic over Swatara Creek for up to 90 days.  Until then, a detour which follows Route 72 and U.S. 22 will be in place.  Lickdale Road averages more than 2,400 vehicles traveled daily.  The existing bridge was built in 1933 and is considered functionally obsolete due to insufficient under clearance.

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