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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 June 5, 2017
Bills Signed into Law by the Governor
Senate Bill 133 – Act 3 – makes Pennsylvania compliant with the federal REAL
House Bill 224 – Act 2 – applies Good Samaritan civil immunity to school bus
drivers who administer Epi-Pens to students.
Upcoming Senate State Government Committee Meeting
The Senate State Government
Committee, which I chair, will hold an off-the-floor meeting on Monday,
June 5 to consider the following legislation:
Senate Bill 527 (Aument) to establish an Independent Office of Inspector General, and my
Senate Bill 595 to authorize the electronic notarization of documents.
Upcoming Senate State Government Committee Public Hearing
The Senate State Government
Committee will also hold a public hearing on various election topics
impacting Pennsylvania on Tuesday, June 6 at 11 a.m. in Hearing Room One, North
Office Building. Testifiers and panel members include: Wendy Underhill, Program
Director, Elections and Redistricting, National
Conference of State Legislatures; Jonathan Marks, Commissioner, Bureau of
Commissions, Elections and Legislation,
PA Department of State;
Jeff Greenburg, Election Director, Mercer County; Shari Brewer, Election
Director, Butler County; Ed Allison, Election Director, Lawrence County; Forrest
K. Lehman, Election Director, Lycoming County, and; Professor Michael Dimino,
Widener University Commonwealth Law School.
My hope is this overview hearing is the first of many on election issues, as
this is a very broad but significant issue. We’ll start at a 30,000 foot view,
and work our way closer and more focused as time moves on. There are too many
important issues relating to elections and we want to be sure to touch upon as
many as we can in this series of hearings. Check my
Facebook page that morning
for the link to watch live.
I’ve said it many times before, and I’ll say it over and over
NO TAX SHOULD HAVE THE POWER TO LEAVE YOU HOMELESS!
DEP Holding Public Comment Period and Hearings on
Atlantic Sunrise Pipeline
The PA Department of Environmental Protection (DEP)
is holding a public comment period and hearings for feedback on the earth
disturbance (Chp. 102) and waterway and wetland encroachment (Chp. 105) permit
applications submitted by Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line Company, LLC for the
proposed Atlantic Sunrise Pipeline Project. Revised applications and responses
to technical deficiencies are posted
here. In the 48th Senatorial District, a hearing will be held
6:00 – 9:00 p.m. Wednesday, June 14 at Lutz Hall, Lebanon Valley College, 101
College Avenue, Annville. To register contact Megan Lehman of the
Regional Office at (570) 327-3659 or
email@example.com. Written comment for the counties of Lancaster, Lebanon,
Northumberland and Columbia will be accepted through Monday, June 26 at the
Department of Environmental Protection
North-Central Regional Office
Waterways and Wetlands Program
208 W. 3rd Street, Suite 101
Williamsport, PA 17701
PA Historical & Museum Commission Awards Cultural and Historical
The PA Historical and Museum Commission (PHMC)
awarded grants to 141 eligible museums (budget exceeding $100,000 and at least
one full-time staff person) and official county historical societies that are
not supported by other agency funding programs. In Lebanon County,
Historic Schaefferstown, Inc. and
Lebanon County Historical
Society were both awarded $4,000. Just outside the boundaries of the 48
th Senatorial District, six grants were awarded to Dauphin County museums
and official county historical societies totaling $130,396, and two in York
County totaling $36,384.
Pennsylvania State Parks
Pennsylvania has 121
State Parks with
200,000 acres for hiking, camping, fishing, hunting, boating and more, with no
entrance fee! Check out the
calendar for special events.
Please feel free to contact me at any time on state-related issues that are
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