I am pleased to send you my Session Wrap Up e-newsletter. This e-newsletter features events and legislative activities from the session week of November 16, 2015.
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Meeting with AMVETS in the Capitol
On Tuesday I had the honor of meeting with members of AMVETS Post 113 from Tionesta. They were visiting the capitol in support of House Bill 1579 which names a bridge over the Allegheny River on State Route 62 the Lt. Col. Michael McLaughlin/AMVETS Post 113 Memorial Bridge. Lt. Col. McLaughlin was killed in Iraq by a suicide bomber on January 5, 2006. He was the first Pennsylvania Army National Guard officer to be killed in action since World War II.
Resolution Rejecting Asylum for Syrian Refugees
This week I cosponsored a resolution directing Governor Wolf to reverse his decision to accept Syrian refugees into Pennsylvania until the federal government establishes increased security procedures to screen refugees from the Middle East region.
Last week’s terror attack in Paris reinforces the need for increased diligence and security measures here at home. I believe Governor Wolf’s decision to accept Syrian refugees into Pennsylvania despite these recent events is simply irresponsible.
Eight Bills Sent to Governor
Eight bills received final legislative approval this week and were sent to the Governor for enactment into law.
Senate Bill 77 provides regulatory relief for beagle trainers.
House Bill 239 amends the County Pension Law to further provide for definitions and for supplemental benefits.
Senate Bill 609 creates the Prostate Cancer Surveillance, Education, Detection and Treatment Act.
House Bill 753 establishes the Pennsylvania Long-Term Care Council within the Department of Aging.
Senate Bill 775 updates and revises the Third Class City Code.
Senate Bill 791, which amends the Second Class Township Code further providing for removal of elected township officers for failure to perform duties.
Senate Bill 793 amends the Second Class Township Code to further provide for property maintenance codes, reserved powers, and the Uniform Construction Code.
Senate Bill 887 protects highway workers, first emergency responders and others from careless and reckless drivers traveling in work zones.
Senate Sends Seven Bills to the House
The Senate approved seven bills this week and sent them to the House of Representatives for consideration.
Senate Bill 62 amends state law regarding probationary driver’s licenses.
Senate Bill 518 gives people the power to plan for the management and disposition of their digital assets in the same way they can make plans for their tangible property: by providing instructions in a will, trust, or power of attorney.
Senate Bill 927 requires Senate approval of Pennsylvania’s representatives on the Delaware River Bridge Commission.
House Bill 934 amends the Public Welfare Code to codify the Keystone Education Yields Success (KEYS) Program. The bill returns to the House for concurrence on Senate amendments.
Senate Bill 1045 standardizes the definition of “Veteran” by defining the term “Conditions other than Dishonorable.”
Senate Bill 1046 standardizes the process for promotion on the retired list of the Pennsylvania National Guard.
House Bill 1411 brings the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania into compliance with changes made by Congress to the Uniform Relocation Assistance and Real Property Acquisition Policies Act. The bill returns to the House for concurrence on Senate amendments
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