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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 June 5, 2017

Bills Signed into Law by the Governor
Senate Bill 133 Act 3 makes Pennsylvania compliant with the federal REAL ID law;
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. Well 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.

5/23/17 - School Property Tax Elimination

Ive said it many times before, and Ill say it over and over again:

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 DEP North-Central Regional Office at (570) 327-3659 or Written comment for the counties of Lancaster, Lebanon, Northumberland and Columbia will be accepted through Monday, June 26 at the following:

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 Support Grants
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.

Contact Information
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