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
www.senatorfolmer.com to learn more about issues that may affect you and
Week of September 18, 2017
PA Senate Returns to Session
PA Senate returns to Session on September 18, 19 and 20.
Click here to see all scheduled Senate Session days. Scheduled House
Session days can be found
here. On the
Pennsylvania General Assemblyís webpage, you can also search
House committee meeting schedules,
House roll call votes, view
House cosponsorship memos and much more.
Senate State Government Committee
Not quite half way through the 2017-18 Legislative Session,
Senate State Government Committee, which I chair, has already reported 19
bills and two Senate Resolutions to the full Senate. I take pride in my
Chairmanship of this very important committee and am happy to vet the many
issues that are referred to us. Of the 19 bills that have been reported, one
has become law,
SB 527 (Act
29) creating the Independent Office of Inspector General, and five have been
passed by the full Senate and are awaiting House action, including:
SB 166 (public employee paycheck protection),
SB 169 (lobbyist disclosure requirements),
SB 178 (Historical & Museum Code updates),
SB 303 (land conveyance), and
SB 353 (land conveyance). I look forward to planned meetings and hearings
through the rest of the year.
PA Department of Agriculture Food for Thought
The PA Department of Agriculture (PDA)
started a blog to provide news and insight on the breadth of Pennsylvania
Department initiatives and industry trends, to animal health news and
consumer safety updates. Check out
Food for Thought.
Hometown Hero Jared Kreiser & WellSpan Wound Healing Center Cable Show
My September Community Report Cable Show featuring US
Marine Corps CPL Jared Kreiser, of the 2/3 3rd Marine Division, wounded in
action October 7, 2006 in Al Anbar, Iraq and the
Lebanon WellSpan Wound Healing Centerís hyperbaric chamber therapy is ready
to view! Watch Jaredís heroic story and the incredible benefits the hyperbaric
chamber provided to help him heal after 36 surgeries, and the benefits it can
offer to so many in our community. The show is also on my
website, and Comcast On Demand and WHBG TV 20 should also be airing through
the month of September.
Please feel free to contact me at any time on state-related issues that are
of concern to you. I may be reached through my
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