May. 10, 2019

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Government Done Right Requires Efficiency, Transparency, Fiscal Responsibility
As part of our “Government Done Right” initiative, the House passed more bills this week to increase transparency, save taxpayers money and improve the efficiency of government.

Increasing the transparency of campaigns and political action committees (PACs) is the push behind House Bill 633, which forces all campaigns and PACs to use the Department of State’s online filing system to electronically file campaign finance reports. Removing the option to file paper copies will greatly improve government transparency and accountability while at the same time reducing expenses for the state, and it can be done at no additional cost to taxpayers.

We passed House Bill 880, which would extend and accelerate the reduction of the debt ceiling for the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program. Lowering our debt reduces the financial burden of current and future taxpayers.

Finally, to ensure businesses get effective and efficient treatment when navigating the Commonwealth’s legal system, the House voted to create Commerce Courts. Under House Bill 332, these courts would have judges dedicated to hearing and deciding complex business-related cases, including acquisitions, mergers, dissolutions and liquidations, among other items.

The bills now go to the Senate for its consideration.

Improving CPR Education to Save Lives
This week, the House passed Senate Bill 115 aimed at teaching students cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) to help them save lives.

The bill would require the Pennsylvania Department of Education to work with the Department of Health and other stakeholders to develop curriculum that could be used by schools across the state. The aim is to help reduce the more than 350,000 cardiac arrests that occur outside of a hospital each year by preparing students to save lives through CPR and the use of an automated external defibrillator (AED).

The bill now heads back to the Senate for its concurrence.

Award for Providing Second Chances

Thank you to the Coalition for Public Safety for recognizing me with its People Over Partisanship Award during its A Celebration of Second Chances-themed event last weekend.

The organization highlighted work Rep. Jordan Harris (D-Philadelphia) and I did to create the Clean Slate law. This law automatically seals records of second- and third-degree misdemeanor criminal convictions after 10 years without a subsequent arrest, prosecution or conviction.

The Coalition for Public Safety is a bipartisan organization working to promote criminal justice reform. It honored several people from across the nation for their work at the federal or state level to make the justice system more fair. I was honored to represent Pennsylvania with Rep. Harris.

Congratulations to Joseph T. Simpson Public Library on being accredited under the Pennsylvania Association of Nonprofit Organizations’ Standards of Excellence program.

The library opened its doors to a rigorous review of all aspects of its organization. PANO found the library complies with 67 standards related to ethics, accountability, strategy, leadership, legal compliance, financial operations, public advocacy, integrity and responsibility.

The library is an important part of the greater Mechanicsburg area and has earned the public’s trust.
Committee Updates
Monday, May 6
Consumer Affairs Committee
The committee held its fourth and final hearing about House Bill 11 (Rep. Tom Mehaffie). This legislation would include nuclear power in the Alternative Energy Portfolio Standards program.

On Monday, the committee heard from Chairman Dutrieuville from the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission; Stu Bressler, Senior Vice President of Operations and Markets at PJM; David Althoff, Director of the nergy programs office for the Department of Environmental Protection; Tanya Closkey, Acting Consumer Advocate from the Office of Consumer Advocate; and Shelby Linton-Keddi, Assistant Small Business Advocate from the Office of Small Business Advocate.

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

Exelon Corp. announced Wednesday that Three Mile Island Generating Station Unit 1 (TMI) will shut down by Sept. 30.

Wednesday, May 8
Majority Policy Committee
The House Majority Policy Committee and the Cancer Caucus met for a discussion on the Commonwealth Universal Research Enhancement Program also known as CURE. Members were joined by several health care partners to discuss grant funding for health research.

More than 85 patents have been filed for commercial use because of CURE-sponsored research.

Thursday, May 9
Majority Policy Committee
Nineteenth-century Pa. State Rep. Thaddeus Stevens was a strong advocate for education. The Majority Policy Committee toured Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology in Lancaster to highlight workforce development.

“Stevens Tech,” which is owned by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, has a co-enrollment of approximately 1,200 students studying in 22 high-skill, high-wage technical two-year programs. Its placement rate is 98%, with an average median starting salary of more than $42,000.
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
• The New Cumberland Community Day/Garden Faire featured vendors with crafts, artisans, plants, produce and food. My office had a booth on Market Street to provide a lot of state information.

•  The Pennsylvania Fraternal Order of Police held its annual memorial service Monday for law enforcement officers lost in the line of duty. The event honored four officers who died in the past year. They were Alex Sable of York City Police Department, Brian Scott Cuscino of New Castle Police Department, Christopher David Hill of the U.S. Marshals Service and Raymond Diaz Jr. of the Philadelphia Police Department.

• Rossmoyne and Highland elementary schools held a fifth-grade T.E.A.M. graduation Wednesday. T.E.A.M. is a “teaching, educating and mentoring” initiative. Thank you to the Lower Allen Township Police Department for its commitment to teaching our students gun safety as well as the dangers of drugs and alcohol.

• Cedar Cliff High School held its U.S. Army JROTC awards to recognize participants for their leadership, academic accomplishments and community support. Many awards were given to cadets.
• On Wednesday, I participated in an hour-long PCN show that allows callers to ask questions of government officials and newsmakers. I was on the show with Rep. Pamela DeLissio (D-Philadelphia/Montgomery). We had a conversation with viewers on merit selection, property taxes, minimum wage, the nuclear bill and Marsy’s Law.

• Congratulations to Boy Scouts Troop 190’s newest Eagle Scout, Christopher Sabatini. Christopher, who is a great representative of the Grantham troop, renovated and enhanced one of the outdoor classrooms at the Trails and Trees Environmental Center in Mechanicsburg.

• On Thursday, I hosted Mechanicsburg Middle School students in the Capitol for their Career Day. These students are starting career exploration at a young age to discover what their interests and passions are.

• The West Shore Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon-cutting ceremony Thursday for Konhaus Print and Marketing in Lower Allen Township. The business handles creative, direct mail, marketing and printing.
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