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Week of October 26, 2015

Red Land Little League Visits the PA State Capitol
On October 19, I had the absolute honor to introduce an outstanding group of athletes on the PA Senate Floor: the RED LAND LITTLE LEAGUE TEAM (Little League World Series National Champions)! This team has demonstrated superior sportsmanship and remarkable athletic abilities. As much as I enjoy watching Major League Baseball, I would watch the Red Land Little League team over MLB any day. 

This team not only made the 48th and 31st Senate Districts, York County, and Pennsylvania extremely proud, but the Nation as a whole. Red Land Little League really brought a positive energy to the sport, and brought so many people together to cheer them on. The energy these kids produced was simply amazing.

I look forward to continue watching these young athletes progress and play in the future. The memory of their experiences will last a lifetime, not only for this special team, but for the entire community. I, along with my Senate colleagues, wish this team even further success and are so proud of what they have accomplished in their young lives.

PA Senate Judiciary Committee Public Hearing on Senate Bill 869
The PA Senate Judiciary Committee, chaired by Senator Greenleaf, held a public hearing on my Senate Bill 869. This bill would require a property owner be convicted of a crime before law enforcement may seize money, conveyances, or real property for forfeiture. Additionally, it would require all cash and proceeds from the sale of forfeited property to be deposited in either the county or state general fund. My primary purpose in introducing and advocating SB 869 is to protect 4th, 5th, and 6th Amendment rights by requiring a conviction prior to forfeitures. Video of the hearing can be viewed here.

Public Hearing on New Online Voter Registration System
The PA Senate State Government Committee, which I chair, held a joint public hearing with the PA House State Government Committee on the new online voter registration system. Video of the hearing and the PA Department of State’s presentation can be viewed here.

Bills Pass Senate, Go to House
All bills passed unanimously unless otherwise noted.
Senate Bill 411 – amendments to Pennsylvania’s Open Records Law;
Senate Bill 751 – prohibits the sale of electronic cigarettes to minors;
Senate Bill 874 – (26-20) amends the Cemetery and Funeral Merchandise Trust Fund Law (I was not able to support the measure because the Federal Trade Commission said it “could lessen competition, resulting in potentially higher prices and fewer options for consumers…”);
Senate Bill 931 – brings Pennsylvania into compliance with MAP-21 changes (Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century) relating to eminent domain;
House Bill 138 – allows first responders to solicit donations on roadways;
House Bill 874 – (30-18) limits union intimidation;
House Bill 1275 – allows out-of-state dentists to attend continuing education and become licensed as a faculty member at in-state dental schools.

Bills Pass Senate, Go to Governor for Further Action
All bills passed unanimously unless otherwise noted.
Senate Bill 210 – (47-1) exempts those 75 years and older from jury duty upon request, and exempts federal and state judges from jury duty;
House Bill 792 – (47-1) provides funding for the statewide Housing Trust Fund (HTF) – PA Housing Affordability and Rehabilitation Enhancement Fund (PHARE).

Michael Webster of Lebanon Recognized by PennDOT
The PA Department of Transportation recently recognized six school bus drivers in the Statewide School Bus Driver Safety Competition. Competitors were required to complete a written examination and behind-the-wheel events. Congratulations to Michael Webster of Lebanon who was awarded First Place in the Transit Class category!

Columbia Cottage Town Hall Meeting
On October 29 at 2:00 p.m., Representative Gingrich and I will be speaking on issues concerning senior citizens at a Town Hall meeting hosted by Columbia Cottage, Palmyra.

PA “Honoring Our Veterans” Motorcycle Plates
PA motorcyclists can now purchase an “Honoring Our Veterans” special fund registration plate for $35, with $15 from each license plate going to the Veterans Trust Fund administered by the PA Department of Military and Veterans Affairs. The fund supports PA veterans and their families through grants to veterans’ service organizations. Motorcycle owners can apply for a plate by submitting a MV-914.

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