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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 27, 2016

Please note: Bill activity included in this week’s edition of Mike’s Memo is only through Wednesday, June 22, in order for Mike’s Memo to be circulated at its usual time.
Next week’s edition of Mike’s Memo will have bill activity that took place after June 22.

Bills Pass Senate, Go to House for Further Consideration
All bills passed unanimously unless otherwise noted.
Senate Bill 876 – addresses funding of the Workers’ Compensation Uninsured Employer Guarantee Fund;
Senate Bill 1166 – (46-2) allows the PA Game Commission to set license fees;
Senate Bill 1168 – (46-2) allows the PA Fish and Boat Commission to set fees.

Bill Passes Senate, Goes to Governor for Further Action
House Bill 602 – increases “minimum” active duty pay for PA National Guard personnel.

Bills Signed into Law by Governor
Senate Bill 61 – Act 44 – recognition of bike medics;
Senate Bill 489 – Act 45 – changes government check cashing requirements.

PA Department of Health Seeks Public Input on Medical Marijuana Program’s Temporary Regulation for Dispensaries/Laboratories
A survey regarding the dispensaries/laboratories temporary regulation is available through July 5 on the PA Department of Health’s website to allow for input from the public, stakeholders, and partners. “The Department is committed to being transparent throughout the development and implementation of the Pennsylvania Medical Marijuana Program,” said Secretary Dr. Karen Murphy, “Seeking input from the public, our stakeholders and partners will help us achieve our vision of having a high quality, efficient, and compliant medical marijuana program for Pennsylvania residents with serious medical conditions as defined by Act 16.” Questions regarding the medical marijuana program can be emailed to the PA Department of Health at

Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program Application Deadline Extended
The Property Tax/Rent Rebate application deadline has been extended from June 30 to December 31. The PA Department of Revenue received 439,686 applications since May 20, and distribution will begin July 1. After June 30, rebates will be distributed as claims are received and processed. Applications are available online; by calling, toll-free, 1-888-222-9190, or; in my District Office (Rm. 101 Municipal Bldg., 400 S. 8th St., Lebanon). Claim status can be checked here, or by calling, toll-free, 1-888-PATAXES. The program benefits eligible Pennsylvanians age 65 and older; widows and widowers age 50 and older, and; people with disabilities age 18 and older. The income limit is $35,000 a year for homeowners and $15,000 a year for renters, and half of Social Security is excluded.

Apply to Cook on 2017 PA Farm Show PA Preferred Culinary Connection Stage 
Chefs throughout the state can demonstrate their talents and share tips to incorporate more PA Preferred products in everyday cooking on the Pennsylvania Preferred Culinary Connection stage at the 2017 Pennsylvania Farm Show. Each 45-minute cooking demonstration will feature a different state-sourced product in the main dish. Those interested should prepare a recipe highlighting the unique plates from their establishment’s menu. Chefs will have free access to the equipment and products needed for their recipe during the demonstration. At the conclusion of the demonstration, visitors will be able to sample the prepared recipe and obtain a copy of the 2017 Preferred Culinary Connection cook book, which will include all of the recipes shared throughout the show. Chefs can also whip up ingredients with a PA farmer, highlighting the farmer’s products on stage by establishing a farm-to-table connection. All applications must be submitted to Maria Hulitt at by Thursday, June 30. For more information and the application, visit

Dauphin and York County Town Hall Meetings
I’m excited to have town hall meetings scheduled throughout Dauphin and York Counties in July and August. Below is the schedule of confirmed meetings and locations. All meetings begin at 6:30 p.m.
Wednesday, July 13: Steelton Borough, Dauphin County
– Borough Council Chambers, 123 North Front Street, Steelton, PA 17113
Thursday, July 14: Springettsbury Township, York County – Township Administration Building Board Room, 1501 Mt. Zion Road, York, PA 17402
Thursday, July 21: Londonderry Township, Dauphin County – Township Building Board Room, 783 South Geyers Church Road, Middletown, PA 17057
Monday, July 25: Newberry Township, York County – Newberry Township Fire Department, 2145 York Haven Road, Etters, PA 17319
Thursday, August 4: Middletown Borough, Dauphin County – MSCO Building, 60 West Emaus Street, Middletown, PA 17057
Tuesday, August 9: Swatara Township, Dauphin County – Township Building, 599 Eisenhower Boulevard, Harrisburg, PA 17111
Thursday, August 11: Mount Wolf, York County – Northeastern Middle School Auditorium, 4855 Board Road, Mount Wolf, PA 17347
Monday, August 15: Highspire Borough, Dauphin County – Borough Building, 640 Eshelman Street, Highspire, PA 17034
Monday, August 29: Lower Swatara Township, Dauphin County – Lower Swatara Fire Hall, 1350 Fulling Mill Road, Middletown, PA 17057
Suggestions for locations in the 48th Senatorial District to host a town hall meeting can be sent to Please note, I use no taxpayer dollars to hold these meetings.

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