– State Rep. Tom Mehaffie (R-Dauphin) announced that the Fiscal Code, his House Bill 1300
, passed both chambers and has been signed into law by the governor.
“This is a huge accomplishment,” shared Mehaffie. “Passing this legislation means we have put into action the money allotted in the General Appropriations bill. While my bill started as the Ombudsman Representation on the Long-Term Care Council, it developed into this year’s Fiscal Code and includes many great things for the people of Pennsylvania such as increased funding for 911 emergency communications services and education, including community colleges.”
“The General Appropriations bill, which was signed in August, only started the budget process,” continued Mehaffie. “To finish the budget, we need to pass code bills which would specify how the allotted money will be spent. Through compromise and hard work, my bill has done just that.”
Some of the Fiscal Code highlights are an increase in the authorized number of officers and enlisted members of the Pennsylvania State Police; providing a workforce development program for veterans; adding a new member to represent State Long-term Care ombudsman to the Pennsylvania Long-term Care Council; increasing the amount of tax credit available under the Pennsylvania Child and Dependent Care Enhancement Tax Credit program; and providing for the transfer of tobacco settlement monies for cancer research.