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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 moments to visit my website at to learn more about issues that may affect you and your family.

Week of April 17, 2017

I had a great conversation with Lebanon Valley College students at the Capitol!  Left to Right: Jacob Whitfield, History Education; JR Capatch, Business Administration; Meghan Ross, Early Childhood and Special Education; Shilesky Montalvo, English Pre-Law, and; Edwin Wright, Vice President of Enrollment Management. Great group!

Medical Marijuana Program Draft Temporary Regulations and Survey
The PA Department of Health has posted Medical Marijuana Program draft temporary regulations relating to physicians and practitioners for public comment until April 20.  Additionally, physicians and health care providers are encouraged to participate in a survey relating to implementation of the Medical Marijuana Program to date.

Letter to IRRC Regarding State Board of Education Final-Form Regulation #6-336
I recently submitted a letter for my concerns to be on the record regarding the State Board of Education Final-Form Regulation #6-336 (IRRC #3146):  “Nonimmunized Children.”  You can read the letter with my concerns here.

Required ESM Training for DGRMP Funds
Per the April 2017 PA Borough News, if your borough is involved in the maintenance of unpaved and/or low volume roads, and wants to apply for the Dirt, Gravel and Low Volume Road Maintenance Program (DGRMP), the Environmentally Sensitive Maintenance (ESM) training course is required.  Those in charge of work plan development and project implementation from the road-owning entity must attend ESM training within the past five years.  Training for Dauphin and Lebanon counties is July 12 & 13 at the Holiday Inn Grantville.  For a list of all 2017 ESM trainings, click here.  The ESM course is free to municipal, county and state agencies involved with PA’s DGRMP.  For more information, contact Roy Richardson, DGRMP Coordinator at or (717) 772-2103. 

PA Heritage: Wish You Were Here by Josh Stahlman, Training at Indiantown Gap
Josh Stahlman, PA State Archives archivist, wrote the “Wish You Were Here” Training at Indiantown Gap story in the Winter 2017 Pennsylvania Heritage magazine,  According to PA Heritage, “’Wish You Were Here’ is a joint feature of the PA Historical and Museum Commission’s State Historic Preservation Office and the PA State Archives, reflecting the value of postcards as tools for learning about the past.”  You can read this feature here.

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