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Blight legislation unanimously approved by Senate Urban Affairs and Housing Committee
Last Monday the Senate Urban Affairs and Housing Committee unanimously approved my legislation which aims to eliminate blight in our local communities and hold property owners accountable.
Senate Bill 942 expedites the timeframe for which property purchasers would have to comply with municipal codes and ordinances. Under current law, property owners have 18 months to comply with codes and ordinances, but under this legislation, the time would be reduced to 12 months.
For more information, click here.
Work zone safety bill unanimously approved by Senate Transportation Committee
This past Tuesday legislation I introduced which would create a five-year pilot program to allow for automated speed enforcement in active work zones was unanimously approved by the Senate Transportation Committee.
Senate Bill 840 is designed to protect workers and motorists from life-altering situations as a dire consequence of reckless driving and speeding.
Read more about the bill’s approval here.
House approves super load transport bill
The House of Representatives recently approved my legislation which would permit private companies in assisting with the movement of super-sized transport vehicles.
Senate Bill 748 eliminates the mandatory state police escort requirements for super load vehicles and instead replaces them with certified pilot escorts.
This legislation allows our State Police to dedicate their time and effort towards fulfilling their core duties and responsibilities, while also reducing costs for the state and private transporting companies without compromising quality safety standards.
For more information, click here.
Joint hearing on Waterfront Development Tax Credit
Members of the Senate Majority Policy Committee and the Senate Democratic Policy Committee held a joint hearing on Wednesday to review my legislation, Senate Bill 282, which would establish a Waterfront Development Tax Credit in order to promote private investment in waterfront property, generate economic development, and foster environmental improvements and recreational opportunities for the public.
This bill is currently under review in the Senate Appropriations Committee.
To watch the hearing, please click here.
Senate Aviation Caucus meeting on drone technology
On Tuesday the Senate Aviation Caucus held a meeting to discuss the use of drone technology, as well as Senator Folmer’s legislation, Senate Bill 971, which would place a two-year moratorium on the use of governmental drones under various circumstances with exceptions including Amber Alerts and Search and Rescue.
Senate approves visiting team physician bills
The Senate recently approved Senate Bill 685 and Senate Bill 686 which would permit athletic team physicians visiting out-of-state to provide treatment to athletes during athletic events absent a Pennsylvania medical license.
The bills have been sent to the House for consideration.
Student government seminar at Penn State Berks
This past Thursday I hosted my second annual student government seminar at Penn State Berks.
Approximately 80 students from Wilson, Schuylkill Valley, Berks Catholic, Conrad Weiser, Tulpehocken, Hamburg and Blue Mountain Academy participated in my “Senator for a Day” event which provides students with the opportunity to experience and witness first-hand the organizational make-up and inner-workings of state government.
To read more about the seminar, click here.
Legislative roundtable event
On Friday I participated in a legislative roundtable event hosted by the Manufacturers and Employers Association at the Top of the 80s in Sugarloaf Township.
During this event we discussed a number of issues that have taken the forefront of discussion not only among the legislature, but among local residents as well. At this event, we discussed the current budget impasse, pension reform, taxes, and liquor privatization.
Meet my fall intern
Olivia Morrison is interning in my Harrisburg Office this fall. Olivia is a native of Schuylkill County and is currently a freshman at Penn State Harrisburg where she is studying political science and pre-law. After finishing college, Olivia hopes to attend law school. During her free time Olivia enjoys attending concerts and visiting her family back home.
If you or someone you know is interested in obtaining an internship, some possible opportunities available in state government include the legislative offices of the Senate and House (locally or in Harrisburg) or the executive offices such as the Turnpike Commission, Department of Transportation, or Department of Environmental Protection.
Legislation sent to the House
Here is a list of other bills that were sent to the House for consideration:
Senate Bill 785 amends the Consolidated County Assessment Law as it relates to the assessment of buildings and local taxation.
House Bill 823 amends the Local Tax Collection Law in order to adjust technical issues that were created with the implementation of Act 164 of 2014, as they relate to basic and continuing education requirements for tax collectors. The bill was returned to the House for concurrence on Senate amendments.
Senate Bill 898 amends Act 230 of 1953, the Second Class County Code, to further clarify requirements regarding the adjustment of rates of taxes on real property following a countywide reassessment.
Senate Bill 899 amends the Consolidated County Assessment Law to further clarify requirements regarding the adjustment of rates of taxes on real property following a countywide reassessment.
Legislation sent to the governor
Here is a list of other bills that were sent to the governor:
House Bill 33 amends the Pennsylvania Municipalities Planning Code (MPC) which would permit up to three residents to serve as alternate members on the Planning Commission.
Senate Bill 513 allows the vehicular transportation of residual waste emitted from a municipal or private landfill's collection and handling system.