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Weekly Session Wrap-Up

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Senator Bob Mensch

In this Edition:

  • Protections for Senior Citizen Drug Assistance Sent to Governor
  • Other Bills Sent to Governor
  • Senate Unanimously Passes Mensch Initiative to Excuse Student Absence for Participation in Veterans Events or Funerals
  • Bill Approved Allowing Local Police to Use Radar under Certain Conditions
  • Other Bills Approved by the Senate and Sent to the House
  • Panel Would Study Health Needs of Women Veterans
  • Committee Roundup
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Protections for Senior Citizen Drug Assistance Sent to Governor

The Senate approved legislation on Wednesday extending protections to seniors enrolled in PACE and PACENET who would lose eligibility for these programs due to increases in income from Social Security cost-of-living adjustments (COLA).

House Bill 425 now goes to the Governor for his signature and enactment into law. Act 91 of 2015 provided for the COLA exemption through Dec. 31, 2017 and protected the eligibility of 16,500 senior citizens. House Bill 425 continues the exemption until Dec. 31, 2019.

Other Bills Sent to Governor

House Bill 165 creates the Pennsylvania Achievement Medal and the Pennsylvania Veterans Service Award and adds those two new decorations to the list of awards that the Governor may present in the name of the Commonwealth. The Pennsylvania Medal of Achievement would be ranked fifth, under the Pennsylvania Commendation Medal, and the Pennsylvania Veterans Service Award would be ranked 13th, under the Pennsylvania Outstanding Aeronautical Achievement Award.

Senate Bill 785 allows golf carts on highway crossovers for recreational purposes and allows golf carts and low-speed utility vehicles to be used for maintenance purposes on public highways.

House Bill 1019, which establishes procedures for the sale and purchase of a cemetery and reasonable access guidelines.

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