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Senate Bill 1 Officially Signed into Law, Bringing Important Pension Reform in Pennsylvania
As I mentioned last week Senate Bill 1, which will modernize the public employee pension system in order to protect taxpayers in the future, was approved by both the House and Senate, where it received bi-partisan support. This week on Monday, June 12, Governor Tom Wolf signed Senate Bill 1, now Act No. 5 of 2017.
Over the long term, it is estimated that Senate Bill 1 will save more than $5 billion, and an additional savings of up to $3 billion is projected in terms of reduced costs and fees for investment management. More importantly, it reduces future risks for taxpayers. Under the current system, taxpayers shoulder all of the financial burden if the stateís retirement investment returns fail to meet projections.
New employees could choose between three retirement options, including a full 401(k)-style plan or one of two side-by-side hybrid plans that include both a defined benefit (traditional pension) and a defined contribution (401(k)-style) option. It is important to note that SB 1 will only apply to new hires. Current retirees will see no change to their benefit.
Killion Recycling Bill Passes the Senate
On Tuesday, June 13th, legislation I introduced to help ensure community recycling programs can continue without interruption passed the Senate unanimously and moved over to the House of Representatives for consideration.
Senate Bill 646 preserves a fee that is set to expire on all waste disposed at municipal waste landfills and waste-to-energy facilities under Act 101 of 1988 (known as the Municipal Waste Planning, Recycling and Waste Reduction Act). This recycling fund provides grants for local collection programs, public education materials for processing and composting facilities, equipment, and technical training. Many communities across the Commonwealth rely on this program to administer their community recycling programs. By preserving the fee, communities will continue to receive funds to help them administer their local recycling programs.
Septa Senior Key Photo Day
Next Thursday, June 22nd
Route 322 Update
U.S. 322 Daytime and Nighttime Restrictions Scheduled for Improvement Project in Concord Township, Delaware County
Daytime and nighttime lane closures are scheduled next week on U.S. 322 (Conchester Highway) from U.S. 1 (Baltimore Pike) to just east of Clayton Park Drive in Concord Township, Delaware County.
On Monday, June 19, through Friday, June 23, from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM and 7:00 PM to 5:00 AM, flaggers will direct an alternating single lane of traffic on U.S. 322 (Conchester Highway) through various work areas along the 2.6-mile construction zone.
Motorists should expect delays on U.S. 322 (Conchester Highway) and on northbound U.S. 1 (Baltimore Pike) approaching U.S. 322 (Conchester Highway), allow extra time for travel through the work areas, or use an alternate route. All scheduled activities are weather dependent.
For more information and to sign up for email alerts about the project, go to us322conchester.com.
For more information on projects occurring or being bid this year, those made possible by or accelerated by Act 89, or those on the departmentís Four and Twelve Year Plans, visit www.projects.penndot.gov.
Motorists can check conditions on more than 40,000 roadway miles by visiting www.511PA.com. 511PA, which is free and available 24 hours a day, provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information and access to more than 825 traffic cameras.
Satellite Offices Now Open to Better Serve You
As of August 4, the PA Turnpike Commission will be able to request that PennDOT suspend licenses of drivers with unpaid toll violations totaling $500 or more. Before the law takes effect, a partial amnesty program will allow motorists with toll violations that have not been placed with a collection agency to settle by paying all tolls for any violations or invoices, and the Commission will waive all administrative fees.
Read more about it here.
Senate Bill 610 Passes Unanimously Out of Committee
Last year a talented class of 1st graders at Pennell Elementary in Aston Township approached me about a campaign they had started to designate Quartz as the official state rock of Pennsylvania. After some research done by experts in Harrisburg we discovered that Quartz is actually classified as a mineral. These now 2nd graders were able to change gears quickly and I reintroduce legislation that would now recognize Quartz as the official state mineral of the Commonwealth, SB 610.
It is school projects like these that are so important for our children. They are able to experience as unique lesson in civics, while seeing just how far hard work and determination can get you.
I am proud to report that SB 610 designating quartz as the official state mineral of the Commonwealth, was unanimously approved in the Senate State Government Committee meeting Wednesday 6/14.
SB 610 will next go before the full Senate for consideration. I will be sure to keep you advised of events that occur.
Senator Killion Participates in Opioid Safety Update
On Thursday, I participated in a Neumann Public Safety Program on Opioid Safety Update where I was joined by Dave Moran of Crozer-Keystone, County Councilman Dave White, District Attorney Jack Whelan, and Sheriff Mary McFall Hopper. While they were able to discuss efforts to address this crisis locally, I was able to speak about all that is being done on the state level to combat this epidemic.
Last session I introduced Senate Bill 1368, now Act 126, which amended Title 35 of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes, in public safety, providing for safe opioid prescription and for patient voluntary nonopioid directive and imposing powers and duties on certain Commonwealth agencies. This legislation makes education in opioid prescription mandatory in the training of healthcare professionals. There is much more that can be done by the state, but the Commonwealth has made significant resources available to families and individuals coping with addiction through the Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs.
It is important that we continue to discuss with and educate the public on opioid safety. I want to thank the Neumann Public Safety for hosting this event, and look forward to future programs they have planned.
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How to Contact Me
I have staffed offices in the district and Harrisburg to provide you with top-notch constituent service and provide answers to legislative inquiries.
The district offices are located at:
4110 Edgmont Ave, Brookhaven, PA 19015. The phone number is (610) 447-3163.
780 E. Market St, Ste140, West Chester, PA 19382. The phone number is (610) 436-3320.
Both offices are open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
My Harrisburg office can be reached by phone at (717) 787-4712 or by mail at Senate Box 203009, Harrisburg, PA 17120.
If you are having any problems with state agencies or need help with a problem relating to government, my staff and I will be happy to assist you.
Senate Box 203009
4110 Edgmont Ave
780 E. Market St