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On Thursday, I hosted my seventh annual breakfast and recognition ceremony to honor veterans and active-duty military personnel living in the 88th Legislative District.


Veterans attending the event at the First Church of God Community Center in Mechanicsburg received a patriotic pin.

Capt. Kyle A. Bryan was the keynote speaker for the morning, which was focused on “Our Military Bases and Our Communities.” He is the commanding officer of Naval Support Activity Mechanicsburg, Naval Support Activity Philadelphia and the Philadelphia Navy Yard Annex.

We were joined by Cedar Cliff High School’s Army JROTC color guard and octet singers. Cumberland County Veterans’ Affairs Director Amber Endrusick participated in the ceremony.
Honoring Bert Bertolino

I spoke Monday on the House floor in recognition of Bernard “Bert” Bertolino, who passed away Jan. 30 at age 88. Bert’s wife, Mary Ellen, and other family members joined me.

Bert retired as the director of administrative services for the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare (now the Department of Human Services) after 39 years working for the state.

Bert served this country in the Army during the Korean War and was a member of VFW Post 6771 and American Legion Post 26.
He was known to say that Mondays were the best day of the week because you had a whole week of challenge and opportunity ahead of you. What a great attitude!

I’m proud to represent numerous current and retired state employees in my district, and it was a particular honor to recognize someone with four decades of service to the Commonwealth.

Good News for PA Budget, Taxpayers

We have some great economic news to report related to the state budget.

State revenue collections are more than $828 million ahead of estimates with two months to go in the current fiscal year. But that does not mean we should be spending it all.

House and Senate Republicans came together earlier this week to stress our intention to devote much of the additional funding to building up the state’s reserves for the next “rainy day” to help ensure we can weather the next economic slowdown.

The Commonwealth’s revenue growth is the result of pro-growth policies and our commitment to standing up for taxpayers – and standing against excessive taxes and spending proposed by the governor over the last several years.

We will continue that commitment through this year’s budget negotiations. A final 2019-20 state budget is due by June 30.

Find further details on Pennsylvania’s revenues here.

Watch the press conference here.

Government Done Right – Pennsylvania Needs an Upgrade
The House is devoting the month of May to giving our state government a long-overdue upgrade.

Having “government done right” means upgrading to a more effective and efficient government while providing core services. It means repealing out-of-date laws, reexamining the effectiveness of some state boards and commissions, and putting a stop to the red tape and overregulation that has tied the hands of job creators and hampered economic progress.

We kicked off the effort this week by passing House Bill 762 to require state agencies to designate a regulatory compliance officer to facilitate better understanding of new and existing regulations and boost compliance rates among affected businesses.

We also passed House Bill 509, which would boost transparency in the permitting process by requiring agencies to post information online and create an accessible tracking system for applicants to check the status of their applications.

Finally, we started a spring cleaning of sorts to get rid of some our most outdated, irrelevant laws. These include measures that regulate when things can or cannot happen on Sundays, such as movie times, baseball and football games, and even playing music. Other laws we are working to repeal include antiquated sections of our Public School Code and the Scotland School for Veterans’ Children, which closed in 2009.

You can read more about what we are doing to improve Pennsylvania’s government here.
Committee Updates
Monday, April 29
Consumer Affairs Committee
The committee held a public hearing on House Bill 11 (Rep. Tom Mehaffie) concerning nuclear power. The third of four planned hearings featured panelists representing electric utilities, suppliers and consumers as well as organized labor interests.

These hearings have featured panels representing different viewpoints on the issue.

Judiciary Committee
The committee held an informational meeting about staff and correctional officer safety in state prisons. Among those on the panel were correctional officers from the Pennsylvania State Corrections Officers Association as well as Tabb Bickell, executive deputy secretary for the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections; Lonnie Oliver, superintendent of SCI Cambridge Springs; Barry Smith, superintendent SCI Smithfield; Major Bernard Panasiewicz from the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections; and Deputy Byron Brumbaugh from the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections.

Tuesday, April 30

Judiciary Committee
The committee voted out the following bills: House Bill 1021 from Rep. Torren Ecker (Adams/Cumberland), House Bill 111 from Rep. Paul Schemel (R-Franklin) and House Bill 196 from Rep. Russ Diamond (R-Lebanon). These bills, respectively, concern lawsuits related to state statutes, how appellate court judges are selected and how court districts are established.
House Bill 111 and House Bill 196 both call for amendments to the state Constitution.

Wednesday, May 1
Policy Committee
The committee held roundtable discussions with Pennsylvania Advocacy and Resources (PAR) for Autism and Intellectual Disability as well as Rehabilitation and Community Providers Association (RCPA). The committee learned about proposed rate changes for services provided for people with intellectual disabilities.
Upcoming Events in the 88th District
Car Seat Safety Check
Bring your vehicles and child safety seats to LB Smith Ford, 1100 Market St., Lemoyne, on Thursday, June 6. Law enforcement personnel will help visitors ensure seats are properly installed in vehicles. The event is scheduled for 4 to 7 p.m.

Rep. Delozier in the Community
• No one left the Joseph T. Simpson Public Library hungry Sunday after sampling the unbelievable food offered during “A Taste of Mechanicsburg.” Organized by the Rotary Club of Mechanicsburg, the event had everything from cupcakes to coffee presented by area restaurants and caterers. I am a member of the club. This event is a fundraiser for the community groups we support as well as the scholarships given to graduating seniors.

• Eric Ashley and Anna Leeds from Cedar Cliff High School joined me on the House floor Tuesday. The students were serving as guest pages, which is a fantastic program in which youths can see how government works on session days.

• I joined First United Methodist Church in Mechanicsburg for the National Day of Prayer. Each year on the first Thursday in May, our nation pauses to observe a National Day of Prayer. The theme and focus this year is Love One Another (John 13:34).
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