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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 January 23, 2017

IFO Analyses of State Contracts
I’m pleased the law implementing my proposal to require the Independent Fiscal Office (IFO) to provide estimated cost impacts of all proposed collective bargaining agreements 20 days prior to their implementation continues to provide both the General Assembly and public with valuable information. A recently released analysis of impending contracts estimates a total cost impact of $55.7 Million for six proposed contracts for 2016-2017, 2017-2018, and 2018-2019:

  • Correctional Institution Vocational Education Association contract (CIVEA): $6.4 Million
  • Federation of State Cultural and Educational Professionals (FOSCEP): $5.4 Million
  • Office and Professional Employees International Union (OPEIU), Healthcare Pennsylvania: $5.3 Million
  • Pennsylvania State Education Association (PSEA), Non-Tenured Teachers: $0.4 Million
  • Service Employees International Union (SEIU), Healthcare Pennsylvania: $24.3 Million
  • United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW): $14 Million

A copy of the report can be found on the IFO website by clicking here. My thanks to IFO Director Matt Knittel and the entire IFO staff for their work in completing these analyses!

Medical Marijuana Grower/Processor and Dispensary Permit Applications
Applications for the Medical Marijuana Program grower/processor permits are now available by clicking here, and for dispensary permits by clicking here. A scoring rubric is included in the “instructions” document. The PA Department of Health (DOH) will be accepting questions at relating to the application process until February 8, 2017, and answers will be periodically posted on DOH’s website. DOH will accept application submissions between February 20, 2017 and March 20, 2017.

DOH may not initially issue permits to more than 25 growers/processors and more than 50 dispensaries. In Phase I, DOH intends to issue up to 12 grower/processor permits and up to 27 dispensary permits, and will not issue a person more than one grower/processor or dispensary permit.

In Phase I, DOH intends to issue no more than two grower/processor permits for each of the six medical marijuana regions, and up to 27 dispensary permits, with at least one dispensary permit being issued in each of the six medical marijuana regions. DOH intends to issue the following number of dispensary permits in the following counties within each medical marijuana region:

Medical Marijuana Region 1 – Southeast District (Berks, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Lancaster, Montgomery, Philadelphia and Schuylkill counties): Berks – 1; Bucks – 1; Chester – 1; Delaware – 1; Lancaster – 1; Montgomery – 2, and; Philadelphia – 3.

Medical Marijuana Region 2 – Northeast District (Carbon, Lackawanna, Lehigh, Luzerne, Monroe, Northampton, Pike, Susquehanna, Wayne and Wyoming counties): Lackawanna – 1; Lehigh – 1; Luzerne – 1, and; Northampton – 1.

Medical Marijuana Region 3 – Southcentral District (Adams, Bedford, Blair, Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Fulton, Huntingdon, Juniata, Lebanon, Mifflin, Perry and York counties): Blair – 1; Cumberland – 1; Dauphin – 1, and; York – 1.

Medical Marijuana Region 4 – Northcentral District (Bradford, Centre, Clinton, Columbia, Lycoming, Montour, Northumberland, Potter, Snyder, Sullivan, Tioga and Union counties): Centre – 1, and Lycoming – 1.

Medical Marijuana Region 5 – Southwest District (Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Cambria, Fayette, Greene, Indiana, Somerset, Washington and Westmoreland counties): Allegheny – 2; Butler – 1; Washington – 1, and; Westmoreland – 1.

Medical Marijuana Region 6 – Northwest District (Cameron, Clarion, Clearfield, Crawford, Elk, Erie, Forest, Jefferson, Lawrence, McKean, Mercer, Venango and Warren counties): Erie – 1, and McKean – 1.

An applicant has the option of listing two additional dispensary locations on the permit application for approval by DOH. The second and third dispensary locations must be located within the same medical marijuana region as the primary dispensary location listed in the dispensary permit, but are not permitted to be located in the same county as the primary dispensary location listed in the dispensary permit. In addition, the second and third dispensary locations are not permitted to be located in the same county.

With respect to Region 1 (Southeast District), for each of the seven dispensary permits that are located outside of Philadelphia County, a dispensary applicant may only identify either a second or third dispensary location within Philadelphia County. With respect to Region 5 (Southwest District), for each of the three dispensary permits that are located outside of Allegheny County, a dispensary applicant may only identify either a second or third dispensary location within Allegheny County.

Pennsylvania National Guard Places First in Environmental Competition
Congratulations to the PA National Guard’s environmental office, who won first place for Sustainability Team in the 2016 Army National Guard Environmental Awards contest, and second place for Natural Resources Conservation-Large Installation, outperforming 53 other states and territories. The sustainability award recognized the recycling of more than 150,000 pounds of batteries and 225,000 pounds of brass, which helped both the environment and provided nearly $450,000 in revenue or saved disposal costs. The natural resources award recognized Ft. Indiantown Gap’s efforts to protect wildlife, including the regal fritillary butterfly and 127 species of concern residing on the installation. Both winning teams will go on to represent the Army National Guard in the 2016 Secretary of the Army Environmental Awards, and if they place, to on to compete in the 2016 Secretary of Defense Environmental competition.

Congressman Costello February Lebanon Community Office Hours
Congressman Ryan Costello will hold Community Office Hours in my Lebanon District Office (101 Municipal Building, 400 South 8th Street, Lebanon) from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, February 1st and Wednesday, February 15th. If you have any questions, please contact Kori Walter, Congressman Costello’s District Director at (610) 376-7630.

Contact Information
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