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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 November 7, 2016

Both of my offices will be closed on Tuesday, November 8 for the General Election, and Friday, November 11 for Veterans Day.

48th Senate District Represented on All-MAC Commonwealth Field Hockey Team
Kaley Donmoyer , Northern Lebanon graduate, and freshman at Albright College, has earned the All-Middle Atlantic Conference (MAC) Commonwealth Field Hockey Rookie of the Year title! Kaley also received Honorable Mention to the All-MAC Commonwealth Field Hockey Team. Congratulations Alexis Krall, Annville-Cleona graduate, and senior at Alvernia University, and Ashley Meyer, Northeastern (York) graduate, and sophomore at Stevenson University, on their Second Team selection to the All-MAC Commonwealth Field Hockey Team! Great job and best of luck!

Congrats, as well, to Marissa Hoffman, Lower Dauphin graduate, and sophomore at Stevenson University, who received Honorable Mention to the Team, and to those representing Lebanon Valley College: Maddie Fox (Green Lane), Rachel Gorman (Warrington), Megan Arnst (East Stroudsburg) and Tasia Dennis (New Castle, DE).
The All-MAC Commonwealth Field Hockey Team is nominated and voted on by the eight conference field hockey coaches.

Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program Now Open
The PA Department of Human Services Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) is now open through March 31, 2017. Eligibility is set at 150% of the federal poverty income guidelines. Individuals can apply by paper application at their local county assistance office, or through the COMPASS website: For more information, contact the LIHEAP hotline at 1-866-857-7095.

FirstEnergy Power System Institute Program at RACC
The FirstEnergy Power System Institute (PSI) is a two-year college program to prepare students for a career in the electric utility industry. Reading Area Community College (RACC) offers an Associate of Applied Science degree in Electric Utility Technology for those interested in a career as a line worker or substation electrician. FirstEnergy pays tuition, and required books and lab fees for qualified students who are accepted into the PSI program. An information session will be held at RACC (Schmidt Training & Technology Center, 10 S. 2nd St.) on Saturday, November 12 from 10 a.m. to noon. Interested candidates can visit, or call 1-800-829-6801.

Bills Signed into Law by the Governor
Senate Bill 1311 – Act 115 – brings PA into compliance with the federal Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act;
House Bill 447 – Act 116 – protects tenants and their families from “death penalty” contracts;
House Bill 683 – Act 117 – eliminates veterans’ disability payments in calculating eligibility under the Property Tax Rent Rebate Program;
House Bill 1734 – Act 118 – one year extension of the continuing professional education compliance deadlines for public schools, teachers and administrators;
House Bill 1841 – Act 119 and House Bill 1842 – Act 120 – changes to perfusionist permits under the Medical Practice Act of 1985 and the Osteopathic Medical Practice Act.
House Bill 2303 – Act 114 – clarifies the Pennsylvania Breeding Fund.

48th Senate District Represented on Camp Hill Challenger Baseball Team
Congratulations to Parker States (Harrisburg) and Michael Monismith (Etters) of the Camp Hill Challenger baseball team, one of only two teams that was selected nationwide to participate in the 2016 Little League World Series Challenger Division Exhibition Game! Congratulations to Assistant Coach Daryl Kent (Harrisburg) as well!

Dylan Bower, Middletown, Volunteers at Presidential Debate at Hofstra University
Dylan Bower, of Middletown, Dauphin County, served as a University Relations Office Communications volunteer during the first 2016 presidential debate at Hofstra University. Along with a series of panel discussions, lectures and election issue performances, the opportunity encouraged students to engage in the democratic process and be responsible citizens and voters, according to a press release from Hofstra.

Senior Community Center Grant Now Open
The PA Department of Aging announced a new grant opportunity for PA Senior Community Centers. The grants will be awarded for the 2016-17 Fiscal Year and are intended for enhancements to increase program participation, encourage sustainable and innovative programs, attract a new generation of older adults, and enable centers to provide a safe and healthy environment for participants. The grant applications are due no later than December 12 at 5:00 p.m. For more information, click here or e-mail

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