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Harrisburg Office
Senate Box 203029
171 Main Capitol
Harrisburg, PA 17120-3029
717-783-8657 FAX


District Offices
One West Centre Street
P.O. Box 150
Mahanoy City, PA 17948
570-773-1675 FAX

100 North Centre Street
Pottsville, PA 17901
570-622-6629 FAX
(Shared with Representative Mike Tobash)

61 North Third Street
Hamburg, PA 19526-1501
610-562-6895 FAX
(Shared with Representative
Jerry Knowles)
237 West Broad Street
Tamaqua, PA 18252
570-952-3374 FAX
(Shared with Representative
Jerry Knowles)

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In this Email Update:

Demolition funding proposal clears Senate committee

The Senate Urban Affairs and Housing Committee, chaired by Senator Scott Wagner (R-York), unanimously approved legislation I sponsored to allow counties to generate funds for demolition purposes.

Revitalization is not a one-size-fits-all solution, and this legislation will give counties that have a need for demolition funding an added tool in their anti-blight toolbox.

Senate Bill 486 will allow the option for counties to add up to $15 on any special deed and mortgage a recording fee for demolition purposes.

You can listen to my comments at the committee meeting here.

Senate Majority Policy Committee holds hearing on pet tethering proposal in Gettysburg

On Friday, the Senate Majority Policy Committee, which I chair, held a joint public hearing with the Senate Judiciary Committee to review the state’s pet protection laws, specifically as it relates to pet tethering and sheltering of animals. The committee held the hearing at the request of Senator Rich Alloway in Gettysburg. Testifying at the hearing were the Adams County Animal Shelter/SPCA, Western Pennsylvania Humane Society and the Humane Society of the United States. You can view the hearing in its entirety and read testimony submitted here.

Live Call-In Program focuses on property tax reform

On Wednesday, I joined Representative Jake Wheatley, Democrat Chair of the House Finance Committee, to discuss the governor’s proposed property tax relief plan during a call-in program on the Pennsylvania Cable Network. You can watch the program in its entirety here.

During the program, I advocated for the complete elimination of the school property tax and answered several questions from callers across the state.

Wilson Area High School exchange student visits in Capitol

A Wilson Area High School exchange student from Norway, Sander Nygaard, spent Tuesday shadowing me at the state Capitol.

Nygaard joined me for a scheduled Senate session day in Harrisburg and participated in a range of events. Nygaard met me at my inaugural Berks County student government seminar at Penn State Berks on November 19, 2014.

Watch my introduction of Sander to the Senate here.

Coming from Norway, Sander has a unique perspective and I hope the day was both fun and informative for his continuing studies of how Pennsylvania’s government functions.

Bills addressing fraudulent doctors, medals sent to House

The Senate approved several bills last week including legislation addressing individuals who fraudulently pose as doctors or decorated veterans. The following bills now go to the House of Representative for consideration.

Senate Bill 43 imposes penalties for those who falsely wear military awards and decorations.

Senate Bill 61 officially recognizes bike medics and permits them to operate their bicycles in the same manner as a police officer on a bicycle.

House Bill 152 amends the Emergency and Law Enforcement Personnel Death Benefit Act by extending the filing period for the death benefit. This bill returns to the House for concurrence on Senate amendments.

Senate Bill 286 and Senate Bill 287 are part of a bi-state legislative package intended to bring greater transparency and accountability to the Delaware River Port Authority.

Senate Bill 333 provides for state preemption of local mandated leave ordinances.

Senate Bill 485 increases the criminal grading for impersonating a doctor of medicine and providing medical treatment, from a second degree misdemeanor to a first degree misdemeanor.

Legislation would link communities with architecture students

On Tuesday, I joined the Pennsylvania chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) to announce the Neighborhood Restoration Act, which will help to improve our cities and neighborhoods throughout the Commonwealth, while leveraging the wealth of talent of incoming architects.

Numerous communities across the Commonwealth are in desperate need of revitalization. This legislation will help to bring architecture services and an infusion of new project ideas to areas where they may not have been available.

Learn more about this initiative here.

Committee studies pension issues

Public pension reform is a top issue for Senate Republicans this year. The unfunded liabilities of the State Employees Retirement System and the Public School Employees Retirement System pose one of the greatest budgetary challenges in a generation.  Underfunding in previous years, combined with the recession’s impact on pension fund investments have caused skyrocketing pension payments for the state and school districts.

The Senate Finance Committee heard several plans to address the crisis during a Wednesday afternoon public hearing on “Proposals to Change the Design of Public Pensions.” More information and video from the hearing is available here.

Trinity Academy of Shenandoah visits state Capitol

Students from Trinity Academy visited the state Capitol on Tuesday. During their visit, they met with Representative Neal Goodman and me to learn more about state government.

Canadian Consul General meets with Senate Republican leaders

The Canadian Consul General met with Senate Republican leaders to discuss trade and energy partnerships during a visit to the state Capitol on Tuesday.

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