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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 12, 2017
Bills Pass Senate, Go to House for Further
All bills passed unanimously unless otherwise noted.
Senate Bill 1 – (40-9)
changes to Pennsylvania’s public pension systems to stop the bleeding red
Senate Bill 434 – reduces the time to acquire a title through adverse
Senate Bill 497 – eliminates the waste designation for steel slag;
Senate Bill 589 – increases the maximum allowable weight limit for
natural gas vehicles;
Senate Bill 624 – (32-17)
amends the Bituminous Mine Subsidence and Land Conservation Act.
Bill Unanimously Passes Senate, Goes to Governor for
House Bill 202 – creates an alternative pathway for career and technical
education students to demonstrate readiness for high school graduation.
Medical Marijuana Program Updates
Temporary regulations for physicians to participate in the
Medical Marijuana Program have been published in
The Pennsylvania Bulletin and can be viewed
here. This set of temporary regulations is the sixth set issued by the PA
Department of Health (DOH)
to date. The entirety of published regulations are: Chapter 1131:
Safe Harbor; Chapter 1141:
General Provisions; Chapter 1151:
Growers/Processors; Chapter 1161:
Dispensaries; Chapter 1171:
Laboratories, and; Chapter 1181:
Physicians and Practitioners.
Applications are now available for any entity that wishes
to provide a four hour training course for continuing education credits to a
physician registering to become a practitioner with the
Medical Marijuana Program or any medical professional who wishes to be
employed by a dispensary. Proposed training must meet
DOH requirements and also be approved by one or more of the State Boards for
continuing education credits. Applications are available
A first draft of potential temporary regulations relating
to Chapter 20 Clinical Registrants is also now available. The draft can be
DOH will accept public comments on the draft, which can be submitted
here, until June 15.
June Community Report Cable Show: Dauphin Co.
Breweries in the 48th District
My June Community Report cable show is ready to watch! This month’s show
features breweries in Dauphin County and the 48th Senatorial District, including
The Vineyard and Brewery at Hershey (Londonderry Township),
Boneshire Brew Works (Swatara Township), and
Tattered Flag Brewery & Still Works (Middletown). These local and talented
entrepreneurs have really built their small businesses into success stories in
our community! You can watch the show below or on my
website, and Comcast On Demand and WHBG TV 20 should also be airing the show
through the end of the month. Enjoy!
Congratulations to Ben Ilgenfritz, Bill Bering Jr. and
Congratulations to Ben Ilgenfritz, of
Genesis Lighting + Electric (Lebanon) on his selection as the 2017
Lebanon Valley Chamber of Commerce Small Business Person of the Year! Ben
is to be commended for providing friendly, professional and quality services
while treating each customer with dignity, respect and honesty. Also,
congratulations to Bill Bering Jr. and Robert Bering, of
Bering Real Estate Co. (Palmyra), the
Lebanon Valley Chamber of Commerce 2017 Leon Hoover Entrepreneurial Spirit
Award winners! A locally owned, independent, family oriented company,
Bering Real Estate Co. is to be commended for building strong and successful
relationships, exceeding client’s expectations.
Senate Bill 76: The Only Bill for the Total Elimination of
School Property Taxes
Senate Bill 76, the Property Tax Independence Act, the only bill for the
total elimination of school property taxes, has officially been introduced. The
bill is currently in the
Senate Finance Committee. Taxpayers can’t continue to bear the burden of
constant increases to meet our constitutional requirement of funding public
education. It is time to overcome the fear and change the status quo. Watch my
continued remarks on the Senate Floor below.
Senate State Government Committee Activity
Senate State Government Committee, which I chair, held a meeting to consider
the following legislation:
Senate Bill 527 (Aument)
to establish an Independent Office of Inspector General (reported as amended,
8-4), and my
Senate Bill 595 to authorize the electronic notarization of documents
(unanimously reported as amended).
Committee also held a public hearing on various election topics impacting
Pennsylvania. My hope is this overview was the first of many public discussions
on election issues. We started at a 30,000 foot view, and will work our way to
more focused issues 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. You can watch the hearing in its entirety
Civil Asset Forfeiture Reform, Senate Bill 8, Reported from
House Judiciary Committee
Senate Bill 8 to bring much needed reforms to Pennsylvania’s civil asset
forfeiture laws was overwhelmingly reported from the
House Judiciary Committee and will now go to the full House for
consideration. Thank you to Chairmen
Petrarca for allowing this important measure to advance.
Resolutions Unanimously Adopted by the Senate
Senate Resolution 33 – creates a task force on lead;
Senate Resolution 76 – directs the
PA Legislative Budget & Finance Committee to study the feasibility of
increasing passenger rail service between Pittsburgh and Harrisburg.
Executive Nominations Unanimously Confirmed by the Senate
State Board of Dentistry – Alice Hart Hughes, Newtown
State Board of Occupational Therapy Education & Licensure – Joanne Baird,
Sheriff, Blair County – Paul Richard Books, Altoona
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