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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 March 28, 2016

Medical Cannabis Returns to the Senate
After nearly a year of deliberation, the House overwhelmingly passed my medical cannabis bill, Senate Bill 3, 149-43, with extensive amendments. In the week since House passage, the Senate has been assessing the impacts of the House amendments so the Senate can take appropriate action when we return to voting Session the week of April 4. While no decision has been made, the Senate has two options: agree to the House amendments to SB 3 as long as we know it can be effectively implemented in a timely manner, or amend to address any issues that would delay implementation. As has been my goal since the beginning of this long journey, I want legislation that benefits patients in a timely manner. More to follow!

I recently had the opportunity to speak at a Penn State Harrisburg (Middletown) Student Government Association General Assembly Meeting. We had a great conversation!

Bills Pass Senate, Go to House for Further Consideration
All bills passed unanimously unless otherwise noted.
Senate Bill 983 – permits parents of adult children to use disability license plates;
Senate Bill 1108 – establishes the definition of autocycle in the Vehicle Code;
Senate Bill 1122 – provides for boards of trustees at certain community colleges;
Senate Bill 1123 – summer gas exception for vapor pressure waivers;
Senate Bill 1142 – changes to the Underground Storage Tank Indemnification Board;
House Bill 1638 – (47-1) allows for photo and video auto appraisals.

Bill Unanimously Passes Senate, Goes to Governor for Further Action
House Bill 1326 – establishes a process for determining fair market value of a water or wastewater company acquired by a water or wastewater public utility.

Senate Resolution 261 Adopted by the PA Senate
I, along with Senators Argall, Scavello, Yaw and Browne introduced SR 261, urging the United States Congress to support a Passenger Facility Charges increase for commercial airports controlled by public agencies. The resolution was adopted by the Senate by a vote of 45-3. SR 261 was recommended by the PA Senate Aviation Caucus.

2015-16 Supplemental Budget and Fiscal Code
Governor Wolf announced he would not sign, but also not veto, the 2015-16 supplemental budget (HB 1801). However, he did indicate he will veto the 2015-16 fiscal code (HB 1327), which includes a funding formula for school construction costs.

Senate Majority Policy Committee Public Hearing on Drones
The PA Senate Majority Policy Committee held a public hearing on the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (drones), and the impact they have on privacy and businesses. My Senate Bill 971 was among the topics discussed, which would place a two-year moratorium on the use of government unmanned aircraft in PA. You can watch the hearing here.

Aggressive Driving Wave by PA State Police and Local Police Departments
The PA State Police and more than 235 local police departments are participating in an Aggressive Driving Wave through May 1. The focus is speeding, work zone safety, and “keeping right – passing left.” They will also be on the lookout for motorists driving too fast for conditions, following too closely, and other aggressive actions.

PA Department of Aging PA Senior Community Centers Grant Opportunity
The PA Department of Aging has a new grant funding opportunity for PA’s Senior Community Centers. The grants provide funding to increase participation and provide innovative programs, and providing a safe and healthy environment and attracting a new generation of older adults. The application period is currently open through April 19. Application instructions, and other resources can be found here. Questions can be directed to Suzanne Bellotti at, or (717) 772-1221.

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