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Welcome to "Mike's Memo," an update on what's happening in the 48th Senatorial District and the State Capitol. If you haven't done so already, please take a moment to visit my website at to learn more about my legislative priorities and issues that may affect you and your family.

Week of January 29, 2018

Bills Pass Senate, Go to House for Further Consideration
All bills passed unanimously unless otherwise noted.
Senate Bill 373 – (35-15) directs insurance companies to pay dentists directly for patients’ services;
Senate Bill 827 – allows management and disposition of digital assets via a will, trust or power of attorney;
Senate Bill 851 – amends the Real Estate Tax Sale Law to clarify ownership of properties in the delinquent tax sale process;
Senate Bill 977 – (29-21) provides additional legislative oversight of the regulatory review process;
Senate Bill 978 – allows hospice staff to destroy unused drugs when patients die;
Senate Resolution 228 – (unanimously adopted) creates a Task Force on Global Education;
House Bill 1488 – creates a higher education comparison tool through the PA Department of Education.

Executive Nominations Unanimously Confirmed by the Senate
Joseph T. Ferruzza, Pittsburgh – State Board of Barber Examiners
Thomas S. Brletic, McKeesport – Constables’ Education and Training Board
Carolyn R. Folk, Wallingford and Tammy Y. O’Neill, Pittsburgh – State Board of
Michaele A. Becker, Mifflintown; Daniel R. Haulman, Lebanon, and; F. Allan Mauger, Jr., Mohnton – State Board of Crane Operators
Patrick A. West, Pittsburgh – State Board of Landscape Architects
Becky D. Lesik, Corry and Nancy M. Porambo, Jim Thorpe – State Board of Massage Therapy
Kimberly F. Boyer, Blain and John A. Godfrey, Harleysville – State Board of Optometry
Frank M. Tursi, Erie – State Board of Osteopathic Medicine
Thomas T. Baldrige, Lancaster – Board of Trustees of Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology
Valerie K. Kehoe, Hershey – State Board of Veterinary Medicine

PSCFO & PDA York County Farm Compliance Workshop
The PA State Council of Farm Organizations (PSCFO) and the PA Department of Agriculture (PDA) will hold a seminar on February 26 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Red Lion Grange, 59 Second Street, Windsor, York County, to inform farmers/agriculture producers about their compliance requirements under the federal Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). The material will be directed at vegetable/produce growers, and will also cover elements of a farm risk management plan, including food safety and crop insurance. The seminar is free and a light lunch will be provided. For more information, contact Vince Phillips at (717) 232-9665 or, or former State Representative Lynn Herman at (814) 880-2272 or

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