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Week of November 13, 2017

Navigating the Aging Process Informational Session: Medicaid & Levels of Care
WellSpan Good Samaritan Hospital, the Lebanon County Area Agency on Aging and I will hold another informational session on Navigating the Aging Process. The session will focus on Medicaid and Levels of Care and is this Wednesday, November 15 at 6:00 p.m. at WellSpan Good Samaritan Hospital. Jeffrey Boehler, Jr. and Cynthia Klingler from the Lebanon Area Agency on Aging, and Kim Bahata and Roberta Geidner from WellSpan Health will be the speakers. This session will focus on Medicaid and the differences between in-home care, nursing homes, assisted living and personal care homes. Click here for details. For questions or more information, email

Bills Signed into Law by the Governor
Senate Bill 181 – Act 48 – performance-based budgeting requiring all Commonwealth departments and agencies to justify budget requests before receiving continued funding;
Senate Bill 222 – Act 49 – adds Court of Common Pleas Judges;
Senate Bill 242 – Act 50 – PA One Call Law updates;
Senate Bill 260 – Act 51 – provides broader crime victim representation on the PA Commission on Crime and Delinquency Victims’ Services Advisory Committee;
Senate Bill 651 – Act 52 – the Capital Budget Project Itemization Act of 2017-18;
Senate Bill 690 – Act 53 – establishes home rule or optional plans for municipalities without a mayor and ward divisions;
Senate Bill 691 – Act 54 – clarifies municipal office residency qualifications for those on military leave;
House Bill 16 – Act 38 – prohibits checks collected by a Tax Collector from being made payable to an individual;
House Bill 46 – Act 39 – establishes a Pediatric Cancer Research state income tax form check-off;
House Bill 118 – Act 40 – 2017-18 Administrative Code (for state budget implementation);
House Bill 178 – Act 55 – 2017-18 Education Code (for state budget implementation);
House Bill 203 – Act 41 – increases the amount an employer may pay directly to a surviving relative for the decedent’s final paycheck;
House Bill 271 – Act 42 – expansion of PA gaming;
House Bill 542 – Act 43 – 2017-18 Tax Code (for state budget implementation);
House Bill 674 – Act 44 – 2017-18 Fiscal Code (for state budget implementation);
House Bill 785 – Act 45 – the Capital Facilities Debt Enabling Act;
House Bill 790 – Act 46 – replaces the Noxious Weed Control Law with the updated Controlled Plant and Noxious Weed Act.

Upcoming Senate State Government Committee Public Hearing on Senate Bill 761
The Senate State Government Committee, which I chair, will hold a public hearing on Senator Argall’s Senate Bill 761 on Tuesday, November 14 from 10 a.m. to noon in Hearing Room One of the North Office Building. SB 761 would amend the PA Constitution to allow gubernatorial candidates to select their running mate, similar to how Presidential candidates select their running mate. Testifiers include past Lieutenant Governors James Cawley, Robert Jubelirer, Mark Singel and Mark Schweiker (tentative), as well as TJ Rooney and Alan Novak, former Democratic and Republican State Chairs.

Adult Adoptees in PA can now Receive Copy of Original Birth Certificate
As of November 3, adult adoptees in PA have the right to apply for and receive a copy of their original birth certificate, like all other state residents. Prior to Act 127 of 2016 taking effect, adoptees could petition the courts for a copy of their original birth records, but that request could be denied by a judge. Birth parents can choose to either redact their names or submit a contact preference form. Those who choose “no contact” as their preference are still required to provide medical history information to be kept on file for the adoptee. Further information can be found here.

Nominations Open for Lebanon County Commission for Women’s Hall of Fame
Nominations are now open for the Lebanon County Commission for Women’s 2018 Women’s Hall of Fame. Consider nominating a colleague, friend, relative or acquaintance who goes above and beyond in their volunteer or professional efforts and who have made significant contributions to their community while serving as role models and hidden heroes. Nomination forms can be found here and will be accepted through November 30.

“Talk to Your State Senator” Middle and High School Statewide Video Competition
The PA Senate is holding a statewide video competition with support from the Drug and Alcohol Service Providers Organization of PA. The competition is open to all PA students grades 6-12. The video entry must address preventing teens from starting drugs – legal and illegal – including alcohol. Help the legislature create policies that work. Deadline for entry is December 10. Find more information, official rules and the registration form here. Videos will be judged in two categories: Middle School and High School. First place in each category will receive $2500, second place will receive $1500 and third place $1000. Prize money will be awarded through the PA 529 Guaranteed Savings Plan.

November Cable Show: Miss Pennsylvania, Katie Schreckengast
My November Community Report cable show is ready to watch! In this month’s show, we feature Miss Pennsylvania, Katie Schreckengast, of Palmyra, Lebanon County. Katie made Pennsylvania very proud during the Miss America competition in September where she made it into the Top 10! Learn more about Katie in this month’s show when she visits the Senate of Pennsylvania, including her journey to Miss Pennsylvania and her platform, “Building Families Through Adoption.” Comcast On Demand and WHBG TV 20 should also be airing through the month of November.

November 2017 - Miss Pennsylvania

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