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In this email update:

  • Senate hears pros and cons on Property Tax Independence Act
  • State could save millions annually in health costs
  • Senate approves lobbyist disclosure bill
  • Senate Judiciary Committee approves bill dealing with corrections pay disparity
  • Senate Appropriations Committee approves three bills
  • Meet intern John Matulevich
  • Hamburg Area High School seniors see a day on the Hill
  • Meeting with advocates from the American Heart Association
  • Local farmers hear from Agriculture Secretary
  • On Deck

Senate hears pros and cons on Property Tax Independence Act

At the conclusion of every voting day in the senate, every senator has the opportunity to speak on important issue. Senator Mike Folmer (R-Lebanon/Dauphin/York) spoke in support of Senate Bill 76, also known as the Property Tax Independence Act, on Tuesday. He listed many reasons to support the popular measure, several of which he spells out in a recent letter to the editor.

After he concluded his remarks, Senate Democratic Leader Jay Costa (D-Allegheny) provided a rebuttal to Sen. Folmer’s speech. Below is a video of the debate. I hope this gives you a better perspective of some of the opposition we are up against with this measure.

3/21/17 - School Property Tax Elimination


State could save millions annually in health costs

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On Tuesday, an experienced health care management firm told members of the Senate Majority Policy Committee, which I chair, that the state could see an 8 to 15 percent reduction in all medical costs through the use of new technology and evidence-based medicine.

During the hearing, representatives from MedExpert touted the results of its Medicaid coordinated care initiative in Alaska. The program uses technology and health care management tools to directly assist patients in getting the care they need.

The hearing, which was held at the request of Senator Scott Martin (R-Lancaster), focused on how a similar system could be applied to Pennsylvania’s healthcare market.

“Our return on investment in Alaska in year one was roughly 50-to-1,” Mary Hiller, MedExpert’s Executive Director of Knowledge and Engineering, testified. “The difference is technology.”

Read more about this innovative program here. You can watch the hearing in its entirety below.

3/21/17 - Alaska Medicaid Coordinated Care Initiative


Senate approves lobbyist disclosure bill

The Senate approved government reform legislation on Wednesday that would provide improved transparency regarding lobbyist disclosure reports.

Senate Bill 169 would require lobbyists to register and file reports electronically through a computerized system developed by the Pennsylvania Department of State. Currently, lobbyists may register and file reports on paper forms, which in some cases has delayed the posting of the information on the department's website.

SB 169 requires the department to post on its website all lobbying registration and reporting documents it receives within seven days. The measure also bars lobbyists from charging a contingency fee for grants awarded to their clients. SB 169 now goes to the House of Representatives for consideration.

The Senate approved and sent to the House four additional bills this week.

Senate Bill 123 adds falconry to the list of exemptions for Sunday hunting.

Senate Bill 137 codifies the Civil Air Patrol’s state operations in Title 51 under the leadership of the Adjutant General.

Senate Bill 265 would designate the Market Street Bridge in Harrisburg as the Senator Harold Mowery Market Street Bridge.

Senate Bill 274 officially recognizes Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists under Pennsylvania statute.


Senate Judiciary Committee approves bill dealing with corrections pay disparity 

On Tuesday afternoon, the Senate Judiciary Committee approved my legislation to address the pay disparity between corrections managers and corrections officers. There are many instances where corrections officers refuse to take a paycut to be promoted into management. The pay structure in our state prisons discourages promotions, leading to major concerns of public safety and lack of morale.

The committee also approved several other bills, including:  

Senate Bill 95 addresses lawsuits filed against a person or organization for statements made or positions taken in connection with a matter of public interest or regulation. 

Senate Bill 222 adds court of common pleas judges in several counties across the state. 

Senate Bill 260 addresses representation of crime victims on the Victims’ Services Advisory Committee within the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency. 

Senate Bill 522 amends Title 42 and Title 61 to merge the Department of Corrections and the Board of Probation and Parole as the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.  

Senate Bill 523 amends the Crime Victims Act to merge the Department of Corrections and the Board of Probation and Parole as the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. 


Senate Appropriations Committee approves three bills

The Senate Appropriations Committee approved three bills on Tuesday.

Senate Bill 30 gives the Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission the authority to establish the fees that it charges for licenses.

Senate Bill 192 gives the Game Commission the authority to establish the fees that it charges for hunting and fur-taking licenses.

Senate Bill 274 officially recognizes Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists under Pennsylvania statute.


Meet intern John Matulevich

During Senate session on Tuesday, I introduced my intern for the spring semester, John Matulevich.

John traveled to my Capitol office, but typically works in my Mahanoy City office.

John is a St. Clair native, a graduate of Pottsville Area High School and a Bloomsburg University graduate with a B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies with a concentration in Public Health Administration.

3/21/17 - Introduction of Guests


Hamburg Area High School seniors see a day on the Hill

On Tuesday, I was joined by two seniors attending Hamburg Area High School – Victoria Baumert and David Madara. They were at the state Capitol to job shadow me for the day.

Victoria Baumert will be attending Albright College this fall. She plans to major in International Relations and Political Science. David plans to major in Political Science and minor in Economics at Wilkes University. He’s earned two varsity letters in wrestling and two in football. This year, he was elected captain by his teammates in both sports.

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Meeting with advocates from the American Heart Association

On Monday, I met with local advocates of the American Heart Association at my Capitol office. They were in Harrisburg to discuss efforts to better educate high school students on the importance of knowing CPR.

After our meeting, I took a photo with Bev Pohlit of Sinking Spring.

 
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Local farmers hear from Agriculture Secretary

On Thursday, I hosted Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding in Berks and Schuylkill Counties.

He touched on a number of key topics when addressing local farmers, including dairy issues, school property tax reform, pension reform, funding in the state budget for agriculture programs, Sunday hunting, changes to the state’s vehicle code and more.

Thank you to all who took time out of their busy schedules to join us for these events.

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Sec. Redding and I at a breakfast with farmers from Berks County.

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Sec. Redding addresses Schuylkill County farmers during a luncheon.


On Deck

The Senate Appropriations Committee will hold three weeks of public hearings on the state budget starting Tuesday, February 21. Please visit my website www.SenatorArgall.com/Budget for more information, including the hearing schedule.

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