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Week of April 18, 2016

Senate Bill 3: Medical Cannabis Legislation Crosses Finish Line
Edward Everett Hale said, “I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something. And because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do the something that I can do.”

As the PA House overwhelmingly passed my Senate Bill 3 to provide for medical cannabis, 149-46, sending it to the Governor, I’m reminded of this quote. Reminded of almost three years ago when two mothers came into my office advocating for a safe medical alternative to help their children, advocating for a natural plant that could significantly reduce their daughters’ seizures.

I’m reminded of when I first introduced then Senate Bill 1182, and having the support of only one Senate Republican colleague. One became two. As months went on, and as we educated those who had concerns and questions, two became three, three became four… until the Senate passed SB 3 with a vote of 42-7, and the House 149-46. One became 191.

We’ve made a difference. A bill that will work is on the Governor’s desk to be signed April 17. I couldn’t be more thankful to everyone who has supported me on this journey. You can listen to my comments upon final passage here.

4/12/16 - Medical Cannabis on Final Passage


4/12/16 - Medical Cannabis on Final Passage

Bills Pass Senate, Go to House for Further Consideration
All bills passed unanimously.
Senate Bill 1114 – allows use of “alternative systems” in the PA Sewage Facilities Act;
Senate Bill 1152 – requires children under one to be secured in a rear-facing child seat while traveling in a vehicle;
Senate Bill 1155 – allows for active duty military recognition license plates;
House Bill 400 – establishes the Work Experience for High School Students with Disabilities Act;
House Bill 1319 – Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE), tax free savings accounts for disabled individuals.

Bills Pass Senate, Go to Governor for Further Action
All bills passed unanimously unless otherwise noted.
Senate Bill 3 – (42-7) my legislation providing for medical cannabis in PA;
Senate Bill 879 – Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE), tax free savings accounts for disabled individuals;
House Bill 12 – protections for victims of domestic violence in divorce;
House Bill 794 – (43-6) enables 54 counties to increase their county hotel room taxes;
House Bill 1278 – enables the sale of automobiles in PA with an image display device;
House Bill 1329 – the Caregiver Advise, Record, Enable (CARE) Act;
House Bill 1589 – (37-11) the 2015-16 Fiscal Code (the previous one, House Bill 1327, was vetoed by the Governor, reducing moneys to many school districts and creating other problems and issues).

House Resolution 783
House Resolution 783 moves the judicial mandatory retirement age ballot question from the April 26 Primary Election to the November 8 General Election. The House adopted HR 783 with a vote of 110-77, and the Senate with a vote of 32-17.

Michael Newsome to Serve on Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board
The Senate unanimously confirmed Michael Newsome, of York, to serve on the PA Liquor Control Board.

Senate State Government Committee Public Hearing
The Senate State Government Committee, which I chair, held a public hearing with Secretary Pedro Cortés who provided an overview of the PA Department of State’s new initiatives included in the Governor’s 2016-17 budget proposal, as well as an update on the Online Voter Registration and ERIC systems. The hearing can be watched here.

Palmyra Police Officer Jared Henry Honored by SARCC
Congratulations to Palmyra Police Officer Jared Henry for receiving the Sexual Assault Resource and Counseling Center (SARCC) of Lebanon and Schuylkill counties Children’s Hero Award for his work to protect children from sexual abuse. SARCC serves over 1,100 individuals who have been victimized by sexual abuse.

WWII Captain Arthur E. Halfpapp Laid to Rest
Captain Arthur E. Halfpapp, a Steelton native and highly decorated combat pilot who gave his life in the line of duty during World War II, was finally laid to rest at Indiantown Gap National Cemetery on April 14. Captain Halfpapp, assigned to the 87th Fighter Squadron, 79th Fighter Group, departed Cesenatico, Italy on April 24, 1945 on an armed reconnaissance mission to bomb and strafe motor transport targets southeast of Alberone, Italy. He led his section on a strafing pass on a road parallel with the Po River. At approximately 2,000 feet, Captain Halfpapp’s P-47 started into a roll and crashed, bursting into flames. Shortly after the crash, the flight leader circled the wreckage and failed to see any signs of human life. On May 24, 1948, with no further leads to pursue, Board of American Graves Registration Service officers recommended that the remains of Captain Halfpapp be considered non-recoverable. The recommendation as approved on June 22, 1949. On October 5, 2014, two Italian citizens and founding members of the Italian association Archeologi Dell’Aria, contacted the Defense Prisoner of War/Missing Personnel Office and reported the group’s excavation of a crash site possibly associated with Captain Halfpapp’s incident. The excavation, conducted by Italian citizens, took place in Ro, Italy. In November 2014, the Italian government approved the transfer of the remains to American custody. This repatriation occurred on February 10, 2015. Captain Halfpapp will be remembered for serving our country with honor, pride and loyalty, and for making the greatest of all sacrifices in defense of the cause of freedom.

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