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Week of July 4, 2016

Happy 4th of July!
The United States celebrates its 240th birthday. However, independence was actually declared July 2, 1776, which as John Adams, a key delegate in the Continental Congress, wrote: “The Second Day of July 1776, will be the most memorable Epocha, in the History of America . . . . I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated, by succeeding Generations, as the great anniversary Festival. It ought to be commemorated, as the Day of Deliverance by solemn Acts of Devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with Pomp and Parade, with Shews, Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other from this Time forward forever more.”

However, it would take two additional days for the Continental Congress to approve the final wording of the Declaration of Independence: July 4, 1776, which is the date Americans most remember is celebrating independence. There are many similarities to the legislative process of 240 years ago.

Bill activity included in this week’s edition of Mike’s Memo is only through Wednesday, June 29, 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 29.

Bills Pass Senate, Go to House for Further Consideration
All bills passed unanimously unless otherwise noted.
Senate Bill 141 – requires disclosure of a property’s flood history when sold;
Senate Bill 613 – (49-1) Human Services Development Block Grant expansion;
Senate Bill 703 – (45-5) creates a state plumbers licensing program (I was not able to support this measure);
Senate Bill 1073 – (47-3) Fiscal Year 2016-17 State Budget;
Senate Bill 1221 – changes the Pittsburgh Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority;
Senate Bill 1226 – enhances the PA Veterans Trust Fund;
Senate Bill 1233 – adds Special Emergency Response Team to emergency service responders and emergency vehicles;
Senate Bill 1265 – (43-6) allows employers to pay employee wages in the form of a debit card;
Senate Bill 1267 – (45-5) allows for traffic signal management and enforcement under PennDOT’s Green Light-Go (I was not able to support this measure);
Senate Bill 1283 – appropriates $71,947,000 from the General Fund, and $2,680,000 in federal funds, to the Public Utility Commission;
Senate Bill 1292 – Fiscal Year 2016-17 Capital Budget;
Senate Bill 1311 – brings PA into compliance with the federal Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act;
House Bill 342 – addresses the concerns of the Constitution Party, et al. v. Cortés court decision by reducing the number of signatures a third-party candidate must submit, and requires each party to pay for their own costs during objection proceedings. I offered an amendment that attempted to address various court issues which the court wants resolved by August 1. Failure to act before this time could result in court-imposed changes to the Election Code;
House Bill 1062 – repeals requirement for county nursing homes to pay 10 percent of the non-federal cost of services for Medicaid residents;
House Bill 1877 – extends the Fire Companies and Volunteer Services Grant Program.

Bills Pass Senate, Go to Governor for Further Action
All bills passed unanimously unless otherwise noted.
House Bill 64 – requires those licensed under the State Boards of Psychology and Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists and Professional Counselors have continuing education in assessing, treating and managing suicide;
House Bill 1335 – (49-1) eliminates PA Turnpike call boxes;
House Bill 2175 – appropriates $1,470,000 from the General Fund to the Office of Small Business Advocate;
House Bill 2176 – appropriates $24,567,000 from the State Employees’ Retirement Fund to the State Employees’ Retirement Board;
House Bill 2177 – appropriates $5,492,000 from the General Fund to the Office of Consumer Advocate;
House Bill 2178 – appropriates $1,223,000 to the Attorney General; $6,966,000 to the PA Department of Revenue; $28,485,000 to the PA State Police, and; $40,169,000 to the PA Gaming Control Board, for administration of the PA Race Horse Development and Gaming Act;
House Bill 2179 – appropriates $81,228,000 from the Workmen’s Compensation Administration Fund to the Workers’ Compensation Act and the Occupational Disease Act, and $274,000 to the Office of Small Business Advocate;
House Bill 2180 – appropriates $8,640,000 from the Philadelphia Taxicab and Limousine Regulatory Fund, and $2,000,000 from the Philadelphia Taxicab Medallion Fund, to the Philadelphia Parking Authority;
House Bill 2182 – appropriates $44,739,000 from the Public School Employees’ Retirement Fund to the Public School Employees’ Retirement Board;
House Bill 2183 – appropriates $45,383,000 from the General Fund Professional Licensure Augmentation Account to the Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs;
House Bill 2184 – appropriates $71,947,000 from the General Fund, and $2,680,000 in federal funds, to the Public Utility Commission.

Bills Signed into Law by Governor
Senate Bill 179 – Act 51 – Hotel Law consolidation;
Senate Bill 279 – Act 52 – establishes the Penn Grade Crude Development Advisory Council;
Senate Bill 772 – Act 53 – updates the Professional Psychologists Practice Act;
Senate Bill 837 – Act 54 – title protection for Marriage and Family Therapists;
Senate Bill 983 – Act 55 – permits parents of adult children to use disability license plates;
Senate Bill 1077 – Act 56 – removes school district mailing requirements for the use of audio on school buses;
Senate Bill 1195 – Act 57 – extends the time the General Assembly has to review PA’s compliance with the Federal Clean Power Plan;
House Bill 57 – Act 47 – expands natural gas competition;
House Bill 264 – Act 48 – requires carbon monoxide detectors in residential care facilities;
House Bill 1241 – Act 50 – amends definition of “public utility” to provide an exception for a resort offering water or sewer services to private homes.

Executive Nominations Confirmed by the Senate
The Senate unanimously confirmed the following executive nominations:
Adjutant General of PA – Anthony Joseph Carrelli, North Wales
PA Liquor Control Board – Tim Holden, Saint Clair
PA Historical and Museum Commission – David P. Schuyler, Lancaster
Justice, Supreme Court of PA – Sallie Updyke Mundy, Tioga
Judge, Superior Court of PA – Hugh Geoffrey Moulton, Jr., Oreland; Lillian Harris Ransom, Philadelphia, and; Carl A. Solano, Haverford
Judge, Commonwealth Court of PA – Joseph M. Cosgrove, Wilkes Barre, and Julia K. Hearthway, Pottstown
Judge, Court of Common Pleas, Allegheny County – David L. Spurgeon, McKeesport
Judge, Court of Common Pleas, Berks County – Jill Gehman Koestel, Reading
Judge, Court of Common Pleas, Bucks County – Jeffrey G. Trauger, Plumstead
Judge, Court of Common Pleas, Dauphin County – Lori K. Serratelli, Harrisburg
Judge, Court of Common Pleas, Lackawanna County – Julia K. Munley, Clarks Summit
Judge, Court of Common Pleas, Lehigh County – Daniel K. McCarthy, Allentown
Judge, Court of Common Pleas, Montgomery County – Joseph P. Walsh, Lansdale
Judge, Court of Common Pleas, Philadelphia County – Lucretia C. Clemons; Vincent W. Furlong; Roger F. Gordon; Vincent N. Melchiorre; Daniel R. Sulman, and; Stella M. Tsai, Philadelphia
Judge, Court of Common Pleas, Washington County – Damon J. Faldowski, Washington
Judge, Court of Common Pleas, York County – Christy H. Fawcett and Kathleen J. Prendergast, York

Dana Ulrich Appointed to Medical Marijuana Advisory Board
I’m pleased Senate President Pro Tempore, Joseph Scarnati, appointed one of my recommendations, Dana Ulrich, to the Medical Marijuana Advisory Board. Dana was key to convincing me to become an advocate for medical cannabis, and instrumental to SB 3's enactment into law. Thank you Senator Scarnati and Dana!

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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