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Long term care for seniors
This past Tuesday, the Senate Majority Policy Committee, which I chair, held a breakfast event with the PA Health Care Association.
Some of the key points and highlights from the discussion are below:
Update: School property tax elimination
Senator Mike Folmer (R-Dauphin/Lebanon/York) made his case again in support of Senate Bill 76 during session on Tuesday. You can watch his comments here or below:
The Senate Policy Committee, which I chair, will begin to hold a series of public meetings across the state on this issue in the next few weeks to help us to move this difficult concept forward. Stay tuned!
Bills passed by the Senate
The Senate recently passed the following bills:
Senate Bill 354 (Tomlinson) – would amend Act 48 of 1993 to require an individual who holds a license, certificate or registration issued by the Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs to report to the appropriate licensing board or commission a disciplinary action taken against them by a licensing agency in another jurisdiction or any arrest, indictment or conviction.
Senate Bill 143 (Yaw) – would amend the Storage Tank and Spill Prevention Act to modify the composition of the Underground Storage Tank Indemnification Board.
Senate Bill 201 (Folmer) – would amend the Tax Reform Code of 1971 to allow for “like-kind” exchange tax deferrals.
Senate Bill 222 (Greenleaf) – would amend Title 42 (Judiciary and Judicial Procedure) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes to add eight judges to the court of common pleas in the following judicial districts: two in the Seventh (Bucks) and one each in the Ninth (Cumberland), Twenty-second (Wayne), Twenty-seventh (Washington), Thirty-second (Delaware), Thirty-eighth (Montgomery), and Forty-third (Monroe).
Senate Bill 289 (White) – would designate the bridge located on Old State Route 22 that connects Blairsville Borough, Indiana County and Derry Township, Westmoreland County, over the Conemaugh River as the Blairsville Area Veterans Memorial Bridge; and the bridge located on that portion of State Route 4027, also known as Business U.S. Route 220, over the Norfolk Southern Mainline Railroad tracks in Grazierville, Snyder County as the John Frederick Bridges Memorial Bridge.
Senate Bill 560 (Greenleaf) – would amend the Wiretapping and Electronic Surveillance Control Act under Title 18 (Crimes and Offenses) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes and add Chapter 67A to Title 42 (Judiciary and Judicial Procedure), regarding recordings by law enforcement officers.
House Bill 224 (Simmons) – would amend the Public School Code of 1949 to apply civil immunity protection to school bus drivers and crossing guards who administer epinephrine auto-injectors to students as long as the individual has completed a training program developed by the Department of Health and administers the auto-injector in a manner consistent with the policies of the school entity and/or independent contractor that employs them.
Welcoming Grace Savino to the SenateLast Tuesday, Grace Savino job shadowed me for the day in Harrisburg. Grace is a senior at Fleetwood Area High School. Upon graduating, Grace will be attending the University of Alabama where she will be studying political science and/or criminal justice.
You can watch my introduction of Grace on the Senate floor below:
“Senator for a Day” student government seminar at Penn State Schuylkill
More than 100 students (a record!) representing over 13 local area high schools participated in my annual student government seminar at Penn State Schuylkill on Thursday. A similar event is planned for Berks high schools in the fall.
During this seminar, students were able to debate several legislative proposals including school property tax elimination, liquor store privatization and welfare reform measures.
A special thank you to the teachers, advisors and school officials for participating in this program! And thank you to Penn State Schuylkill for being a great host!
Read more about the event from the Republican Herald here.
Saint Clair School District visits State Capitol
Last week, students from the Saint Clair School District visited with me and Representative Goodman and toured the State Capitol.