May. 23, 2019

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Creating Reforms for Occupational Licensure

On Wednesday, I joined Rep. Jordan Harris (D-Philadelphia) and other stakeholders to announce our new initiative to modernize the methods by which boards license and certify professionals with criminal records.

Harris and I partnered last year to spearhead sweeping criminal justice reform in Pennsylvania. We passed the first-of-its-kind “Clean Slate” legislation that allows Pennsylvanians to have their criminal records cleared after 10 years without a subsequent arrest.

Now, we have introduced House Bill 1477, which would ensure the boards overseeing licensure for 30 occupations are using fair, consistent methods.

We want to ensure licensure for employment isn’t a barrier to an ex-offender re-entering the workforce, unless his or her conviction is directly related to the profession.

House Bill 1477, which has more than 30 cosponsors from both sides of the aisle, would amend the Criminal History Record Information Act.

Hear me speak about House Bill 1477 here.

Honoring Our Heroes
Monday, May 27, is Memorial Day – a day set aside to honor the more than 1.1 million Americans who have died in wars which the United States entered.

Please take a moment this weekend to remember these men and women who sacrificed their lives for us and for our country. You can find events in your community by clicking here.

For more information on Memorial Day and its history, click here
PA’s Opioid Epidemic – Employing More Tactics in the Fight
As we continue to combat the opioid abuse epidemic plaguing the Commonwealth, the House Health Committee has approved legislation to better regulate pain management clinics and help identify patients who previously overdosed.

House Bill 1005 would help health care professionals identify and better treat patients who previously overdosed by requiring first responders and hospital personnel to document the use of Narcan, Naloxone or any other opioid overdose agent in the patient’s record in a state database.

The database was created in 2014 to help track opioid prescriptions to prevent people with an addiction from obtaining multiple scripts from different doctors.

House Bill 1214 would require pain management clinic to be licensed and regulated by the Department of Health to ensure they are not prescribing or dispensing controlled substances inappropriately. While it is important to ensure people who are struggling with chronic pain can access the medications they need, it is equally important to prevent the diversion, misuse and abuse of controlled substances.

Both bills now go to the full House for consideration.

Reminder: Fish for Free on Sunday
The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission is hosting the first of its two annual Fish for Free Days this Sunday, May 26.

Don’t miss out on the opportunity to enjoy fishing in any of Pennsylvania’s waterways, even if you don’t have a license.

I learned about life jackets and other aspects of boat safety last weekend when the Fish and Boat Commission provided instruction for National Safe Boating Week.

Both residents and non-residents are eligible for Fish for Free Days. Just make sure you follow all other fishing regulations.

For your convenience, there are even opportunities to borrow equipment from certain sites at state parks and other locations. You can find those locations by clicking here.

The second Fish for Free day is scheduled for Thursday, July 4.
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
• Lisburn Community Fire Co. in Lower Allen Township celebrated its new tanker truck Saturday. This tanker replaces one from 1993. It was paid for using fundraising and low-interest PEMA Fire Commission loans.
Firefighters and community members participated in a long-standing tradition of pushing the new truck into the firehouse.

• Kefi! The 47th annual Capitol Region Greek Festival at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Wormleysburg has unparalleled food and music.

• On Monday, I was the speaker in a forum about policy with the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry and Pennsylvania Manufacturers’ Association. Among discussion items were criminal justice reform and health care.

• Tuesday evening provided an opportunity to recognize Girl Scouts receiving Bronze and Silver awards at Trinity High School. The Girl Scouts are associated with Troop 12085 and Troop 20506; they are students in the Mechanicsburg Area and West Shore school districts. Their projects were focused on working in the community through art and volunteerism. Congratulations to these girls!
• EMS Week brought us the 15th award ceremony to honor EMS personnel with 25 or more years of service. I was so happy to recognize my constituents, Robert Laudenslager, who is a paramedic with Capital Region EMS/Life Team, and Jason Overholt, who is an emergency medical technician with Naval Support Activity Mechanicsburg Fire Department.
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