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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 July 10, 2017
July 11: Live Telephone Town Hall Meeting Regarding
Senate Bill 76
At 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, July 11,
Senator Dave Argall and I will hold a live telephone town hall meeting
Senate Bill 76, providing for the total elimination of school property
Sign up here to join this live conversation.
Standing by Principles and Loving Thy Neighbor: Why I
Support Senate Bill 76
SB 76 is not a lost cause
Ive been down this road before, and I will stand
by my principles, love thy neighbor and continue my fight for passage of
SB 76. No tax should have the power to leave you homeless. Watch my
continued Floor comments:
Bills Pass Senate, Go to House for Further Consideration
All bills passed unanimously.
Senate Bill 325 appropriates $30,416,000 to the
University of Pennsylvania ($30,135,000 for the Veterinary School);
Senate Bill 326 appropriates $252,510,000 to the
Pennsylvania State University;
Senate Bill 327 appropriates $146,973,000 to the
University of Pittsburgh;
Senate Bill 328 appropriates $150,586,000 to
Senate Bill 329 appropriates $14,436,000 to
Senate Bill 461 provides for taking DNA samples after convictions;
Senate Bill 690 establishes home rule or optional plans for municipalities
without a mayor and will be dividing into wards;
Senate Bill 736 authorizes parking authorities in Pittsburgh and Cities of
the Third Class to enforce and administer parking ordinances and resolutions.
Bills Pass Senate, Go to Governor for Further Action
All bills passed unanimously unless otherwise noted.
House Bill 218 (43-7)
Fiscal Year 2017-18 State Budget;
House Bill 423 updates provisions for the election of officers in cases of
vacancy in Second Class Townships;
House Bill 424 allows Physician Assistants to sign death certificates.
Executive Nomination Unanimously Confirmed by the Senate
State Board of Vehicle Manufacturers, Dealers and Salespersons Steve T.
July Cable Show: Lebanon Catholic Girls Basketball PIAA 1A
My July Community Report cable show is ready to watch! In
this months show, we feature the
Lebanon Catholic School girls basketball team who earned the PIAA 1A State
Championship title! The Lady Beavers demonstrated superior sportsmanship,
remarkable athletic abilities and have made all of Lebanon County proud! You
can watch the show below, or on my
website, while Comcast On Demand and WHBG TV 20 should also be airing the
show through the month of July. Watch and learn about the teams journey!
DEP Hosting Public Hearing on Brunner Island Draft
The PA Department of Environmental Protection (DEP)
is hosting a public hearing to collect comments from citizens on the
draft National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit issued
Brunner Island LLC on April 5 and published in the
Pennsylvania Bulletin on April 22.
Brunner Island LLC operates a 1,490-Megawatt coal and natural gas fired
power plant which discharges treated industrial wastewater and cooling water to
the Susquehanna River.
The hearing is Monday, July 24 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
at the Union Fire Company, 201 York Street, Manchester. Individuals will have
the opportunity to present up to five minutes of verbal testimony, and comments
must be limited to the conditions of the
draft permit. Groups are asked to designate one speaker, and speakers will
not be allowed to relinquish time to other speakers. All presenters should
bring at least one copy of their comments and exhibits for submission to
Those who wish to present testimony are asked to register
in advance by contacting John Repetz at
firstname.lastname@example.org or (717) 705-4904. Registration will be taken through
Friday, July 21. Individuals will be called to testify in the order they
register. Time permitting, those who did not register in advance will be given
the opportunity to testify. The
draft permit and
fact sheet can be accessed on
DEPs South-Central Regional
July Schedule of Programs at The State Museum of
3rd in the Burg: Art of the State Friday, July 21, 5:30
p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Enjoy refreshments and a tour of the 50th Anniversary Art
of the State exhibition. Admission is free during this event, sponsored by the
Friends of the State Museum.
Nature Labs Wednesdays and Thursdays through August 24 at
Discover interactive, hands-on learning experiences guided
by specialists in fields ranging from archeology to environmental protection.
State Museum curators and representatives of various state agencies will
engage in live educational presentations.
- Wed. July 12 Paleontology: Evolution of Snakes with
Curator Steve Jasinski
- Thurs. July 13 Prehistory through Artifacts with
State Museum Archeology
- Wed. July 19 Pennsylvania Wildlife with Curator Dr.
Walter Meshaka, Sr.
- Thurs. July 20 Forget Me Not: Preserving Artifacts for
the Future with
State Museum Archeology
- Wed. July 26 Bats Incredible! with
PA State Parks Environmental Education Coordinator Carissa Longo
- Thurs. July 27 Flintknapping with Curator Dr. Kurt Carr,
Free Summer Fridays featuring Learn at Lunchtime Fridays
through August 25
General admission to
The State Museum will be free on Fridays through August 25. Lunch and Learn
programs are from 12:15 p.m. to 12:45 p.m.
Curiosity Connection will be free, with limited timed tickets available for
45 minutes of play per hour from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Regular
Planetarium rates apply. Art Docents will be available from 11 a.m. to 1
p.m. to give tours in Art of the State.
- Fri. July 14 The Leadership of William Penn Tour with
State Museum Education
- Fri. July 21 Paleontology: Dinosaurs of Eastern US with
Curator Steven Jasinski
- Fri. July 28 Finding Your Civil War Ancestors:
Researching Pennsylvanias Civil War Veterans with the
PA State Archives
Shows at the Planetarium at The State Museum Through
Planetarium shows are $3 per person in addition to general admission, and is
members of the State Museum Affiliate and the Pennsylvania Heritage Foundation.
- Astronaut (3rd grade and up) Wed., Thurs. and Fri. at 11
a.m.; Sat. at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., and; Sun. at 1:30 p.m. Explore the worlds
of inner and outer space, from floating around the International Space Station
to maneuvering through microscopic regions of the human body. Narrated by Ewan
- Constellations (4th grade and up) Wed., Thurs. and Fri.
at 1 p.m.; Sat. at 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m., and; Sun. at 2 p.m. Explore each
season and find out the basic constellations you can find in the Pennsylvania
- Dark Star Adventure (Pre-K to 2nd grade) Fri. at 10:30
a.m. This animated adventure lets you join Subrah and her friends as they take
a voyage of discovery. While finding their way home, you will witness a
supernova, explore the heart of a gaseous nebula, visit exotic pulsars and learn
about black holes.
The State Museum will be closed for electrical work Saturday and Sunday,
Please feel free to contact me at any time on state-related issues that are
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