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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 atwww.senatorfolmer.com to learn more about my legislative priorities issues that may affect you and your family.

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Week of June 11, 2018

Senate Bill 1037, Modernization of PA Civil Service Commission

The PA Senate unanimously passed my and Senator Vulakovich’s Senate Bill 1037 to modernize the state’s Civil Service CommissionSB 1037streamlines the Commission by transferring hiring responsibilities to the Commonwealth’s Office of Administration, including merit-based hiring, civil service applications, certifications, examinations and promotions. The bill now goes to the PA House of Representatives for further consideration.  Watch my remarks on the PA Senate Floor below.

6/5/18 - Civil Service Commission Reforms (SB 1037)

Bills Pass Senate, Go to House for Further Consideration

All bills passed unanimously unless otherwise noted.

Senate Bill 771Senate Bill 772 and Senate Bill 773 – provides for concise newspaper notices of required annual financial reports of certain municipalities;

Senate Bill 922 – creates the Court Assessment for Nonnarcotic Medication Substance Abuse Treatment Program;

Senate Bill 947Senate Bill 948 and Senate Bill 949 – increases the threshold for certain municipal advertisements of bids for selling personal property;

Senate Bill 1003 – requires managed care plans to pay reasonably necessary costs of emergency services by an emergency health care provider or EMS agency;

Senate Bill 1005 – revises and consolidates the County Code and the Second Class County Code;

Senate Bill 1037 – modernizes the state’s Civil Service Commission;

Senate Bill 1127 – Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) trafficking penalties;

Senate Bill 1142 – establishes the Safe2Say Program for anonymous reporting of potential school threats;

House Bill 653 – (47-2) provides for accelerated foreclosures of vacant and abandoned properties.

Bills Pass Senate, Go to the Governor for Further Action

All bills passed unanimously unless otherwise noted.

House Bill 352 – reduces the time to acquire a title through certain adverse possessions;

House Bill 564 – requires students pass a test identical to the 100-question United States Citizenship and Immigration Services civics test;

House Bill 1793 – (38-12) creates the Pennsylvania Semiquincentennial Commission (USA250) to celebrate America’s 250th birthday.

Bills Signed into Law by the Governor

Act No. 25 – House Bill 478 – establishes the Outpatient Psychiatric Oversight Act;

Act No. 26 – Senate Bill 630 – reduces insurance licensure requirements for travel agents while increasing protections for residents.

Executive Nominations Unanimously Confirmed by the Senate

PA Council on Aging – John F. Vogel, II, Reading

Animal Health and Diagnostic Commission – Duane L. Hertzler, Loysville; James S. Holt, Honey Brook; Brian K. Reed, Manheim, and; Sheryl L. Vanco, Bear Lake

State Board of Dentistry – Donna L. Murray-Schoenecker, Mechanicsburg

PA Game Commission – Scott H. Foradora, DuBois and Dennis R. Fredericks, Amity

Municipal Police Officers’ Education and Training Commission – Richard W. Long, Mechanicsburg and Joseph Pizano, Exeter

Brigadier General, PA Air National Guard – Terrence L. Koudelka, Jr., Elizabethtown

Brigadier General, PA Army National Guard – James G. McCormack, Watsontown

State Board of Physical Therapy – Christopher B. Staub, Pittsburgh

State Planning Board – Paul K. Marchetti, Carlisle

Constituent Highlight:  Major General Timothy Hilty

In 2014, I had the honor to introduce and support then Brigadier General Timothy Hilty’s promotion to Major General with assignment as Assistant Adjutant General, Joint Force Headquarters, Pennsylvania Army National Guard, when his promotion was before and approved by the PA Senate.  I was happy to hear his promotion has now been approved at the Federal level as well.  Congratulations to Major General Hilty, of Lebanon, who will continue to act as the Assistant Adjutant General of the PA Army National Guard!

A.B.A.T.E. of PA Motorcyclist Rights Rally

I was pleased to attend the A.B.A.T.E. of PA (Alliance of Bikers Aimed Toward Education) Motorcyclist Rights Rally and present the Senator Clarence Bell Scholarship to Samantha McCully of Palmyra, who is attending HACC for Business Management.  I am also happy to be a co-sponsor on Senate Resolution 354 which declared May 2018 as “Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month” in PA!

PA Senate Majority Policy Committee Welfare Reform Briefing

The PA Senate Majority Policy Committee, chaired by Senator Argall, recently held a policy briefing on welfare reform with Sam Adolphsen, Senior Fellow for the Foundation for Government Accountability and Vice President of Rockwood Solutions.  Watch the briefing here.  A second briefing is scheduled for Tuesday, June 12 at 9 a.m. in Room 8E-A, East Wing, Capitol, with Ron Haskins, Senior Fellow and Cabot Family Chair in Economic Studies of the Brookings Institution.

PennDOT Transportation Alternatives Set-Aside Grants Awarded

The PennDOT Transportation Alternatives Set-Aside grant program provides funding for projects and activities defined as transportation alternatives, including on-and-off-road pedestrian and bicycle facilities, infrastructure projects for improving non-driver access to public transportation and enhanced mobility, community improvement activities, environmental mitigation, trails that serve a transportation purpose and safe routes to school projects.  In the 48th Senatorial District, the following two grants were awarded:

  • Lebanon School District: $742,000 to construct new pedestrian/bicycle paths, sidewalks, signage, ADA curb ramps, crosswalks, lighting and school crossing improvements near Northwest Elementary School
  • Lebanon County: $964,000 to construct a multi-use trail in the City of Lebanon from 16th Street at the west end of the John E. Wengert Memorial Park to 22nd Street at the eastern end of Gloninger Woods Park in North Cornwall Township

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