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
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Week of April 3, 2017
I continued the fight for TOTAL ELIMINATION of school
property taxes this week, addressing the myths against
Senate Bill 76 on the Senate Floor.
My April Community Report Cable Show: Hidden Still Spirits
Hidden Still Spirits in Lebanon City, who will release their all-American
made David E Bourbon April 1st!
Hidden Still is the largest bourbon producer in PA, and also produces
internationally award-winning gin, rum, shine and vodka, and has a full PA
Preferred menu. You can watch the show below, on my
website, Comcast on Demand and Harrisburg Broadcast Network (Harrisburg,
Bills Pass Senate, Go to House for Further Consideration
Senate Bill 30 – (47-2)
PA Fish & Boat Commission to establish their own fees;
Senate Bill 133 – (46-2)
repeals the REAL ID Nonparticipation Act (I was not able to support this as my
question of how REAL ID makes us safer has not been clearly answered, and I also
believe the federal government has failed to adhere to the 10th Amendment to the
Senate Bill 171 – (37-10)
requires Senate confirmation of PA Turnpike Commission CEO;
Senate Bill 192 – (47-2)
PA Game Commission to establish their own fees;
Senate Bill 250 – (39-8)
allocates $15 Million in temporary funding to the
PA Department of Labor & Industry for Unemployment Compensation call centers
(I was not able to support this measure as the
Department has not yet justified hundreds of Millions of dollars’ worth of
spending in the past, and has not assured the laid-off employees if they will be
rehired to assist claimants. This is a temporary fix to a long-term problem).
SR 36 Adopted, Urging US Congress to Reauthorize
Senate Resolution 36, urging US Congress to reauthorize the Rohrabacher-Farr
Amendment to restrict the
US Department of Justice from spending funds to interfere with the
implementation of state medical marijuana laws, was adopted this week. The
Senate Secretary’s office will transmit a copy of
SR 36 to the
President of the United States, the presiding officers of Congress and to
each member of Congress from Pennsylvania.
Executive Nominations Unanimously Confirmed by the Senate
State Board of Accountancy – Sheri L. Risler, Lafayette Hill
Board of Governors of the State System of Higher Education – Shaina M.
Hilsey, Garnet Valley; Logan L. Steigerwalt, Walnutport, and; Brian H. Swatt,
State Board of Landscape Architects – Dina M. Klavon, Pittsburgh
State Board of Examiners of Nursing Home Administrators – Robert L. Wernicki,
State Board of Optometry – Luanne K. Chubb, King of Prussia
State Board of Physical Therapy – Sandra L. Campbell, Media and Geraldine M.
Grzybek, Allison Park
State Registration Board for Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors and
Geologists – Elizabeth A. Catania, Woodlyn and Francis J. Stanton, Jr.,
State Board of Psychology – Katherine L. Bradley, Gardners
State Board of Vehicle Manufacturers, Dealers and Salespersons –
Neal L. Hufford, Jr., Harrisburg (a constituent of the 48th Senatorial District); George
F. Mermon, Nesquehoning; Daniel G. Murphy, III, Bryn Mawr, and; Scott D. Weisser,
Etters VFW Post 537 Donates $16,000 to Lebanon VA Medical
Etters VFW Post 537 (York County), in the 48th Senatorial District, along
with their Auxiliary, presented the
Lebanon VA Medical Center with $16,000 raised through an event and
donations. The money will be used for hospice care, a Christmas fund, social
activities and services for the latest generation of combat veterans.
Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program Deadline Extended
The deadline to apply for the Low-Income Home Energy
Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
has been extended to April 7 (from March 31).
LIHEAP offers cash grants sent directly to the utility company or crisis
grants for households in immediate danger of being without heat. Cash grants
are based on household income, family size, type of heating fuel and region. In
addition to proof of income and household size, applicants must provide a recent
bill or statement from their fuel dealer verifying customer status and the type
of fuel used. Individuals can apply for the
LIHEAP online at
www.compass.state.pa.us, or in-person at
local county assistance offices. Questions can be answered by calling
Annville-Cleona High School Stadium Earns KAFMO 2017 Field
of Distinction Honors
Annville-Cleona High School (Lebanon County), in the 48th Senatorial
District, for earning the Keystone Athletic Field Managers Organization’s (KAFMO)
2017 Field of Distinction honors! Field of Distinction honors are awarded to
facilities dedicated to providing safe and playable conditions for students,
regardless of the level of play. Michele Seltzer, Field Manager, maintains the
field with the assistance of Wes McCurdy. The two were recognized in February
Athletic Field Conference.
Diakon Child, Family & Community Ministries and the
Chesapeake Bay Trust Fund
Chesapeake Bay Trust, supported by the Treasure of Chesapeake license plate,
distributes yearly grants to non-profit organizations, schools, local
governments and other organizations.
Diakon Child, Family & Community Ministries of Middletown (Dauphin County),
in the 48th Senatorial District, received a $4,990 grant for approximately 25
students, grades 7-12, to investigate stormwater runoff. The project will help
educate and engage citizens in water quality and habitat improvements in the
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