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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 October 3, 2016

Bills Pass Senate, Go to House for Further Consideration
All bills passed unanimously unless otherwise noted.

  • Senate Bill 340 – part of a bipartisan reform package to address the problems of the Harrisburg incinerator that Senators Eichelberger, Blake, Teplitz, and I developed to improve requirements related to borrowing under the Local Government Unit Debt Act;
  • Senator Bill 341 – another part of the bipartisan package relating to the Ethics Law
  • Senate Bill 344 – a third part of the bipartisan package relating to performance bonds and municipal debt; unfortunately, my Senate Bill 342 to restrict “swaps” was delayed to address a number of concerns;
  • Senate Bill 869 – my bill to bring needed reforms to better protect property owners under Pennsylvania’s Asset Forfeiture Law (passed 42 – 8);
  • Senate Bill 1048 – updates to the updates the Breach of Personal Information Notification Act;
  • Senate Bill 1086 – provides for punishment for individuals evading tolls on the turnpike;
  • Senate Bill 1212 – opioid awareness programs for schools;
  • Senate Bill 1235 – provides for updates to the PA “One Call” Law (passed 34-14);
  • Senate Bill 1341 – “performance based budgeting” to require all departments and agencies to justify their budget requests (passed 33 – 7);
  • Senate Bill 1352 – rate increase for river pilots who navigate trade vessels along the Delaware River and navigable tributaries;
  • Senate Bill 1367 – require parental consent for children’s opioid prescriptions
  • Senate Bill 1368 – establish an education program for medical professionals who prescribe opioids

Bills Pass Senate, Go to Governor for Further Action
All bills passed unanimously unless otherwise noted.

  • Senate Bill 1155 – provides for special plates for current members of the armed forces of the United States;
  • House Bill 380 - provides for the reduction in the waiting period for a no-fault divorce (passed 43-2); I was unable to support this measure because I have issues with no-fault divorce.
  • House Bill 665 – corrects provisions in Act 95 of 2014 relating to commercial powers of attorney;
  • House Bill 1990 – authorizes the Department of General Services to grant and convey lands in New Milford Township, Susquehanna County;

Senate State Government Committee
Committee action/meeting votes/etc.

  • Senate Bill 1340 - authorizes the Department of General Services to grant and convey land in South Strabane Township, Washington County;
  • Senate Bill 1344 - changes the process an incumbent magisterial district judge follows to get on the primary ballot;
  • House Bill 1872 - provides for the modernization of the History Code;
  • House Bill 1959 - authorizes the Department of General Services to grant and convey land in Upper Merion Township, Montgomery County;
  • House Bill 2107 - prohibits the Department of General Services from contracting with certain companies

Patrice Lonardi from Harrisburg Attends International Conference in Vietnam
Patrice Lonardi, from Harrisburg and the 48th Senatorial District, a current Marketing and honors program student at Wilkes University, recently had the opportunity to visit Hanoi, Vietnam, to learn about making positive transformations in small communities, according to a press release from Wilkes. Patrice attended the University Scholars Leadership Symposium, an international conference that was held August 1-7 to raise global awareness of disenfranchised communities. More than 700 students from 69 countries attended the symposium, with sessions on topics such as human trafficking and the refugee crises, and speakers from the United Nations.

Thank America’s Teachers: Support for Mr. Ludwig, Lebanon High School!
Farmers Insurance is giving $1 million to teachers through the Thank America’s Teachers program with 180 $2,500 grants, and six $100,000 grants. Once a teacher was thanked on the website, they can apply for a grant. Beginning October 1, fifteen teacher proposals will be posted on the Thank America’s Teachers website and the community votes on who should be awarded the grant. One of 15 finalists for the $100,000 Dream Big Teacher Challenge is Dale Ludwig, a teacher at Lebanon High School. Beginning October 1,vote here! Click on “Vote for a $100,000 Proposal”, and vote for Mr. Ludwig daily! Voting tabulation will be done the first week of November.

Highlights of Mr. Ludwig’s proposal include: “The Great Lebanon Community Project” is to work closely with the Lebanon Mayor on a community-wide waterway and watershed project that would benefit both the PA Department of Environmental Protection and the Environmental Protection Agency. Students would test water quality, assist with storm water drains, and public service announcements developing the skills necessary to be good citizens in the 21st century.

Congressman Costello Community Office Hours
Congressman Ryan Costello’s staff will be holding community office hours to address federal questions and concerns in my Lebanon District Office, Room 101 Municipal Building, 400 South 8th Street, on Thursday, October 20, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Questions regarding the community office hours can be directed to Jason Carver of Congressman Costello’s office at (610) 376-7630 or (610) 696-2982.

Disability Employment Outreach Day
The State Civil Service Commission, the Governor’s Cabinet for People with Disabilities, and the Office of Administration are holding a Disability Employment Outreach Day on Friday, October 21 at the PA Fish & Boat Commission Headquarters, 1601 Elmerton Avenue, Harrisburg. Employment presentations will be at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m., and job counselors will be available from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. This is an informational event only where individuals with disabilities are invited to learn about the state’s civil service application, testing, and hiring process, and are asked to bring an up-to-date resume (no interviews or hiring will take place at the outreach event). To request accommodations for this event, contact or (717) 214-4933 by October 7.

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