Jun. 02, 2017

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#Listrak\DateStampLong# The latest news from the State Capitol

Champion Student Athletes Recognized
On Tuesday, May 24, I had the privilege of joining with several of my colleagues in recognizing the PIAA State Class 1A Champion Lebanon Catholic girls basketball team and their coaches on the House floor.

You can watch my House floor remarks here.

To her great credit, this is the third state title for Head Coach Patti Hower. Congratulations ladies on this outstanding achievement!
 

REAL ID Bill Aims to Ensure Access to Flights, Federal Buildings
Pennsylvanians do not have to purchase identification that complies with the federal REAL ID Act under legislation that became law on May 26.

Under Act 3 of 2017, residents can choose between a REAL ID or a standard driver’s license or photo ID. Residents who choose the standard form of identification will still need a passport or other REAL ID-compliant identification to board an airplane or enter a federal building once the new system is in place.
It is not yet clear how long it will take to fully implement REAL ID in Pennsylvania, so the Commonwealth will be requesting an extension from the federal government.
                                   
Assuming the extension is granted, Pennsylvanians will be able to continue using their current form of state-issued identification to board airplanes or enter federal buildings during that time.
                                   
Offering residents a choice allows Pennsylvania to comply with the requirements of federal law while also avoiding unnecessary burdens on taxpayers who would face higher costs for the new form of identification.
 

Bill to Boost Reimbursement for Local Ambulance Companies Unanimously Clears PA House
 
Ambulance companies would be reimbursed for providing medical treatment, even if the patient is not transported to a hospital, under legislation unanimously approved by the House on May 24.
                
Under current law, EMS agencies can only be reimbursed by insurance companies if they transport the patient, even though time is spent, supplies are used and services are provided regardless of whether a transport takes place. This is a significant contributor to the financial challenges facing our local ambulance companies.
                                   
House Bill 1013 would allow for reimbursement when transport does not take place as long as the following conditions are met: The Basic Life Support (BLS) or Advanced Life Support (ALS) unit must be dispatched by a county 911 center, and the EMS provider must have rendered care even though the transport was declined.
                                   
House Bill 1013 now advances to the Senate for consideration.

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New Immunization Requirements for PA Schools This Fall
 
The Pennsylvania Department of Health has revised Pennsylvania’s school immunization requirements for the 2017-18 school year.

The new rules require parents to get their children fully immunized prior to the fifth day of school or the students will be excluded from school. Previously, parents had eight months to meet school immunization requirements.

If a student is in the middle of an immunization series and it is too soon for the next dose, the parents must provide the school nurse with a written plan, signed by their health care provider, within the first five days of school.

For more information, contact your health care provider, visit health.pa.gov or call 1-877-PA-HEALTH.
 

Strengthening Penalties for DUI
To help keep repeat offenders of driving under the influence off the road, the House passed legislation recently to strengthen penalties for those who have been convicted of DUI and continue to operate a vehicle under a suspended driver’s license.

Currently, anyone convicted of a DUI who then operates a vehicle despite their driver’s license suspension currently faces the same penalty – a $500 fine and 60-90 days in jail -- no matter how many times they get behind the wheel.

House Bill 1049 would create a tiered system that increases the fines and sentences with each subsequent offense. Those sentence enhancements would range from a $1,000 fine and a minimum 90-day jail term for a second offense, to a $5,000 fine and no less than two years in jail for a fourth offense.

In addition, the legislation would allow a judge to impose a maximum five-year jail sentence if the offender is also convicted of homicide by vehicle.
The bill is now with the state Senate.
 

Legislation to Safeguard Children from Online Sexual Predators

 
To help keep children safe from online predators, the House approved legislation to allow the state attorney general and district attorneys to continue to have the authority to use administrative subpoenas to identify information pertaining to child sex predators transmitting child pornography.
                                   
This bill was first enacted in 2014 but included a sunset date of Dec. 31, 2017. House Bill 561 would remove the sunset date and give this authority to prosecutors permanently.
                                   
Since its enactment, this law has been a vital tool for law enforcement to make it easier to track child sex predators.
                                   
The bill is with the Senate for review.
 
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