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Week of July 3, 2017

Please note:  Bill activity included in this week’s edition of Mike’s Memo is only through Wednesday, June 28, in order for Mike’s Memo to be circulated at its usual time.
Next week’s edition of Mike’s Memo will have bill activity that took place after June 28.

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 regarding Senate Bill 76, providing for the total elimination of school property taxes.  Sign up here to join this live conversation. 

Bills Pass Senate, Go to House for Further Consideration
All bills passed unanimously unless otherwise noted.
Senate Resolution 154 – (34-16) a Concurrent Resolution disapproving part of the Real Property Disposition in Shenango Township, Lawrence County;
Senate Bill 383 – (28-22) gives schools the security option to allow certain school employees to carry firearms after completion of a PA State Police approved training program;
Senate Bill 458 – strengthens penalties for illegal household movers;
Senate Bill 529 – provides those with low-level, nonviolent criminal records a mechanism to have their records expunged;
Senate Bill 630 – reduces insurance licensure requirements for travel agents and greater protections for residents;
Senate Bill 662 – makes delivery or distribution of an illicit drug that results in “serious bodily injury” to the user a second degree felony;
Senate Bill 680 – appropriates $32,619,000 from the State Employees’ Retirement Fund to the State Employees’ Retirement Board;
Senate Bill 681 – appropriates $52,453,000 from the Public School Employees’ Retirement Fund to the Public School Employees’ Retirement Board;
Senate Bill 682 – appropriates $48,039,000 from the General Fund to the Department of State for the Bureau of Professional & Occupational Affairs and State Athletic Commission;
Senate Bill 683 – appropriates $78,356,000 from the Workmen’s Compensation Administration Fund to the Department of Labor & Industry for the Workers’ Compensation Act and PA Occupational Disease Act;
Senate Bill 684 – appropriates $73,499,000 from the General Fund and $5,537,000 from federal funds to the Public Utility Commission;
Senate Bill 685 – appropriates $5,686,000 from the General Fund to the Office of Consumer Advocate in the Office of Attorney General;
Senate Bill 686 – appropriates $1,715,000 from the General Fund to the Office of Small Business Advocate in the Department of Community and Economic Development;
Senate Bill 687 – appropriates $78,052,000 from the State Gaming Fund for the PA Gaming Control Board, Department of Revenue, PA State Police and Attorney General, for their responsibility under the PA Race Horse Development and Gaming Act;
Senate Bill 688 – appropriates $3,619,000 from the Philadelphia Taxicab & Limousine Regulatory Fund and $2,000,000 from the Philadelphia Taxicab Medallion Fund to the Philadelphia Parking Authority;
Senate Bill 691 – clarifies municipal office residency qualifications for those on military leave;
House Bill 239 – creates a Rare Disease Advisory Council. 

Bills Pass Senate, Go to Governor for Further Action
All bills passed unanimously unless otherwise noted.
Senate Bill 560 – (49-1) provides for police body cameras and other recordings;
House Bill 1269 – extensions for municipal authority construction projects.

Bill Signed into Law by the Governor
Senate Bill 8Act 13 – my and Senator Scarnati’s bill to reform civil asset forfeiture;
House Bill 151 – Act 7 – clarifies the Department of Community & Economic Development is an agent of the PA Industrial Development Authority;
House Bill 168 – Act 9 – (Stolen Valor Act) makes it a crime to fraudulently present oneself as a soldier, veteran or service medal or decoration recipient to obtain an economic benefit;
House Bill 217 – Act 12 – clarifies Endangering the Welfare of a Child offense grading;
House Bill 267 – Act 8 – creates the offense of Theft of Secondary Metal;
House Bill 1238 – Act 10 – (Libre’s Law) updates the animal abuse statute. 

Executive Nomination Unanimously Confirmed by the Senate
State Real Estate Commission – Joseph J. McGettigan, Sr., Upper Darby

July Cable Show: Lebanon Catholic Girls Basketball PIAA 1A State Champs!
My July Community Report cable show is ready to watch!  In this month’s 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 team’s journey!

July 2017 - Lebanon Catholic School Girls Basketball Team

Route 921 Bridge Construction in Conewago Township, York County
Construction on the Route 921 (East Canal Road) bridge, over Locust Run in Conewago Township, York County, is to begin July 10 as part of PennDOT’s Rapid Bridge Replacement Project.  This will allow PennDOT to remove the bridge from York County’s structurally deficient bridge list.  Work is scheduled to be complete in September, until then, drivers will follow a detour along Greenbriar Road, Route 238 and Lewisberry Road.  To see the bridges included in the statewide initiative and to learn more about the Rapid Replacement Bridge Project, visit

Route 283 Bridge Construction in Lower Swatara Township, Dauphin County
As of June 28, a new traffic pattern was established for the next four months on the bridge that carries Union Street over Route 283 in Lower Swatara Township, Dauphin County.  The bridge is now restricted to one lane and traffic signals will control the direction of motorists across.  Work is scheduled to be complete in October.

PennDOT Biennial Fee Adjustments
Act 89 of 2013 amends Title 75 (Vehicles), including adjustments to registration fees effective July 1, 2017.  Act 89 provides for biennial adjustments to numerous fees based on the Consumer Price Index.  The fee adjustments are as follows:

  • Permanent trailer registrations:  from $165 to $171
  • Pennsylvania Certificates of Title:  from $51 to $53
  • Recording a lien:  from $24 to $25
  • Paid Information:  from $9 to $10
  • Certified paid information:  from $32 to $34
  • Return check transaction fee:  from $38 to $39
  • Inspection stickers:  from $6 to $7 (annual), and from $4 to $5 (semi-annual)
  • Transfer of a messenger service location:  from $19 to $20
  • Restoration fees:

    • Motor vehicle registration suspensions due to violations related to Sections 1379 or 1786:  from $88 to $91

    • Out-of-service orders:  from $70 to $73

  • Secure Power of Attorney:  from $23 to $24
  • Reclaiming an abandoned vehicle:  from $50 to $52
  • Vertical motorcycle registration plate:  from $20 to $21
  • Vintage registration plate:  $75 to $78
  • Fee to personalize a Severely Disabled Veteran, Disabled Veteran, Prisoner of War or Person with Disability registration plate:  from $50 to $52
  • Fee to personalize special issued registration plate:  from $100 to $104
  • Wild Resource Conservation registration plate:  from $35 to $36
  • Appalachian Trail registration plate:  from $25 to $26
  • Preserve Our Heritage registration plate:  from $54 to $55
  • Pennsylvania Monuments registration plate:  from $54 to $55
  • Pennsylvania Zoological Council registration plate:  from $54 to $55
  • Steelworker registration plate:  from $20 to $21
  • Honoring Our Veterans Motorcycle registration plate:  from $35 to $36
  • Honoring Our Veterans registration plate:  from $35 to $36
  • In God We Trust registration plate:  from $20 to $21
  • Antique, Classic and Collectible registration plate:  from $75 to $78
  • Temporary registration plate:  from $14 to $15
  • Legislative registration plate:  from $76 to $79
  • Fee to personalize a standard issued registration plate:  from $76 to $79
  • Street Rod registration plate:  from $51 to $53
  • Special organization registration plate:  from $25 to $26
  • The following military registration plates adjusted from $20 to $21:
    • Pearl Harbor Survivor
    • Korean War Veteran
    • Korean Defense Service
    • Persian Gulf War Veteran
    • Expeditionary Forces
    • World War II Veteran
    • Vietnam War Veteran
    • Veteran Motorcycle
    • Operation Iraqi Freedom
    • Operation Enduring Freedom
    • US Air Force Veteran, US Army Veteran, US Coast Guard Veteran, US Marine Corps Veteran, US Navy Veteran and Veteran
    • US Air Force, US Army, US Coast Guard, US Marine Corps, US Merchant Marine and US Navy
    • Gold Star Family
    • Airborne Unit
    • Bronze Star
    • Combat Action Badge, Combat Action Medal, Combat Action Ribbon, Combat Infantryman Badge and Combat Medical Badge

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