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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 December 11, 2017

Upcoming Senate State Government & Transportation Committee Public Hearing
The Senate State Government and Senate Transportation Committees will hold a joint public hearing on Tuesday, December 12 at 10 a.m. in Hearing Room One of the North Office Building to discuss motor voter, unlawful voting and cyber security.

PA Department of Health Releases Medical Marijuana Permit Application Debriefing
The PA Department of Health recently released the ďPhase 1 Permit Application DebriefingĒ to help provide information on how Medical Marijuana grower/processor and dispensary permit applications were scored and what should be considered for stronger applications in the future.

PA to Expand Industrial Hemp Research Opportunities
PA will expand industrial hemp research opportunities next season, from fewer than 50 acres in 2017, to a possible crop of over 5,000 acres in 2018. PA will permit up to 50 individual growers or higher education institutions to grow up to 100 acres apiece. Higher education institutions may also partner with individual growers to produce larger quantities of hemp. In 2017, the PA Department of Agriculture limited the number of growers to 30, who could each grow no more than five acres. Aspiring hemp growers should review the new parameter document and complete and return the 2018 Industrial Hemp Research Pilot Program permit application and fee before January 19. Growers who participated in 2017 may opt to renew their permits to continue an existing project from the previous season, or may submit a new project. Research projects can explore a range of topics including planting methods, such as: seed variety trials, fiber or seed yields, optimum fertility levels, pest management; harvesting techniques or product marketing options, or; conservation, remediation or biofuel.

PA Attorney General Seeks Information on Uber Data Hack & PayPal Data Breach
The PA Attorney Generalís Bureau of Consumer Protection is pushing Uber to provide information on the data hack which affected 57 million people worldwide, including at least 600,000 Uber drivers in the U.S. According to the PA Attorney General, at least 13,000 PA Uber driversí information, including driverís license numbers, was compromised by the data hack. It is not known yet how many Uber riders in PA were impacted, but according to Uber, the names, e-mail addresses and phone numbers of consumers may have been accessed. No credit card or other payment information is believed to have been part of the hack. Uber has stated it plans to monitor the impacted accounts and have them flagged for fraudulent activity, and plans to offer free credit monitoring to drivers who were affected.

PayPal alerted the PA Attorney Generalís Bureau of Consumer Protection of a data breach impacting 1.6 million users in the U.S. and Canada. The breach occurred on a platform PayPal acquired in July, TIO Networks, prior to PayPal buying the company. TIO suspended operations last month after discovering the breach. Hackers may have obtained names, addresses, bank account information, Social Security numbers and login details of TIO users. TIO Networks, formerly a Canadian-based payment firm, makes digital bill payment tools for utilities and operated a network of kiosks in retail stores. PayPal said free credit monitoring will be provided to those affected by the breach.

In both instances, the Bureau of Consumer Protection is demanding the following: the exact date the hack/breach was discovered; the number of affected people in PA and nationwide, and; the specific kinds of information and data which were compromised. Impacted Uber riders/drivers and PayPal consumers are encouraged to call the PA Attorney Generalís Bureau of Consumer Protection at 1-800-441-2555 or

PA Industrial Development Authority Low-Interest Loan Approvals
The following low-interest loan approvals were made in November and December by the PA Industrial Development Authority (PIDA) for small businesses in the 48th Senatorial District. PIDA is an independent authority staffed and regulated through the PA Department of Community and Economic Development./

IWI US, Inc.: A $2 million, 15-year term loan at a 2% fixed rate through the Capital Regional Economic Development Corporation to assist in the purchase of a 68,074-square-foot building on Stoneridge Drive, Middletown, Dauphin County. IWI US, Inc. is an assembler and distributor of weaponry for law enforcement and commercial uses such as self-defense and sport shooting. The company will retain 42 current employees and create 38 full-time jobs within three years as a result of this project.

Justin and Eve Beamesderfer: A $400,000, 15-year term loan at a 2% fixed rate through Lebanon Valley Economic Development Corporation to assist in the construction of a new 31,500-square-foot poultry production facility on their 63.6-acre farm on Jonestown Road in East Hanover Township, Lebanon County. The project will further enhance their ability to raise antibiotic-free, organic birds.

Lamar and Kirsten Sensenig: A $400,000, 15-year term loan at a 2% fixed rate through Lebanon Valley Economic Development Corporation to assist in the construction of two new broiler houses comprising 59,976-square-feet on their 66.1-acre poultry farm on Huckleberry Road, Swatara Township, Lebanon County. The new broiler houses, which will match the organic certification of two already on the property, will enable them to increase revenue and have an overall flock capacity of 155,500 birds.

Wen-Crest Farms LLC: A $300,000, seven-year term loan at a 2% fixed rate through Lebanon Valley Economic Development Corporation to assist in the purchase of a 2017 New Holland combine and other equipment to be used for bean and crop harvesting. Owner Steve Wenger has a third-generation farming operation on Schaeffer Road in South Lebanon Township, Lebanon County, which produces various types of crops and livestock sold to local dairy farms and other companies.

Matthew and Katrina Martin: A $400,000, 15-year term loan at a 2% fixed rate through Lebanon Valley Economic Development Corporation to assist in the construction of three 63-by-500-foot broiler houses to raise organic birds on their 74-acre poultry farm on Kenbrook Road in North Lebanon and Swatara Townships, Lebanon County. The project will enable them to take advantage on incentive programs offered by customer Hain Pure Protein for growers to add antibiotic-free broiler houses.

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