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 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
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
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
Senate Bill 1108 establishes the definition of autocycle in the Vehicle
Senate Bill 1122 provides for boards of trustees at certain community
Senate Bill 1123 summer gas exception for vapor pressure waivers;
Senate Bill 1142 changes to the Underground Storage Tank Indemnification
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
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
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
Aggressive Driving Wave by PA State Police and Local Police
The PA State
Police and more than 235 local police departments are participating in an
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
PA Department of Aging PA Senior Community Centers Grant Opportunity
PA Department of Aging has a new grant funding opportunity for PAs 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
Questions can be directed to Suzanne Bellotti at
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