May. 10, 2024

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

In this Edition:
  •   Nurses Raise Voices for Patient Safety Act
  •   Bill Establishes Energy Efficiency Requirements
  •   Get the Scoop (in legislative news + ice cream!)
  •   Patient Safety Handbook Available
  •   PPL Provides Update on Supply Price
  •   PennDOT Provides Project Updates
  •   Penn National Premier Event May 31
  •   Busy Spring Underway in Dauphin County
Nurses Raise Voices for Patient Safety Act

Nurses from across Pennsylvania joined me Tuesday (during National Nurses Week 2024) to continuing advocating for the Patient Safety Act. They handed me petitions totaling 22,000 signatures in favor of my bill, which would create safe patient-to-nurse ratios in hospitals.

Nurses tell me all the time how supportive they are of my legislation that promotes decreased burnout, greater retention and safer patient outcomes.

The good news is the Patient Safety Act passed the House in a bipartisan manner. The unfortunate news is that it is languishing in the Senate.

Call your senator to add your voice to the ones calling for swift passage of House Bill 106.
Bill Establishes Energy Efficiency Requirements

This week, a bill I cosponsored with Rep. Jennifer O’Mara (D-Delaware) cleared the House on its way to the Senate.

House Bill 1615 would set minimum efficiency standards for 15 household and commercial appliances and plumbing fixtures, including showerheads, commercial ovens, water coolers and gas fireplaces.

Incorporating more efficient appliances could save homes and businesses significantly in energy costs, plus climate pollution would be cut.

The cleanest, cheapest energy is the energy you don’t need to use in the first place.
Get the Scoop

Let’s dig into the latest happenings in Harrisburg while enjoying ice cream. I’m hosting an event Thursday, May 23, from 1 to 3 p.m. at the South Hanover Township amphitheater, 161 Patriot Way, Hershey. Please call 717-534-1323 to register.
Patient Safety Handbook Available

Patient Safety Authority is an independent state agency that requires healthcare facilities to report incidents of harm and potential harm. It has a Patient Handbook available that covers topics like common terms, second opinions, advance directives and more. Read more at this page.
PPL Provides Update on Supply Price

PPL Electric Utilities customers who don’t shop for electricity supply will see a drop in their supply price starting June 1. The supply decrease applies to those PPL Electric Utilities customers who are on the Company’s default supply rate, also known as the Price to Compare (PTC). The PTC is updated twice per year and costs for electricity supply are passed along to customers without any markup or profit to PPL Electric. This is the price customers should use to compare offers from alternative energy suppliers.

If new rates are approved by the PA Public Utility Commission, a typical residential customer using 1000 kWh per month will see a price drop of more than 9% on the supply portion of their bill. Small business customers will see a nearly 19% decrease in the supply portion of their bills. The newly proposed rates will be in effect June 1 through November 30.

Learn more here.
PennDOT Provides Project Updates

Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) District 8 officials recently highlighted more than 80 road and bridge projects expected to be bid this year in the eight-county southcentral Pennsylvania region, reflecting an estimated investment of $257 million. Overall highlights of the 2024 construction season for District 8, which covers Adams, Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Lancaster, Lebanon, Perry and York counties, include:

  •   One hundred and thirteen active construction projects continuing or starting in 2024, with an estimated contract value of $667.5 million.
  •   Approximately 140 miles of paving.
  •   Approximately 29 bridges will be repaired or replaced, including 19 in poor condition.

Notable projects that will continue this year in Dauphin County include:

  •   I-83 reconstruction and widening from the 19th Street Interchange to the 29th Street overpass, a new Cameron Street interchange, and replacement of the 19th Street and 29th Street structures over I-83 and Norfolk Southern Railroad near Harrisburg in Dauphin County, $154.7 million.
  •   Route 322 and Grayson Road/Chambers Hill Road intersection improvement project in Swatara Township, Dauphin County, $38.6 million.
  •   Laudermilch Road (Route 2012) bridge replacement over Norfolk Southern Railroad in Derry Township, Dauphin County, $10.7 million.
Penn National Premier Event May 31

Click here to view video.

I enjoyed watching Mystik Dan win the 150th Kentucky Derby in such a nail-biting finish last weekend. It turned my attention to not only the Preakness and Belmont Stakes for the remainder of the Triple Crown, but also the $400,000 Penn Mile Grade 3 stakes race scheduled for Friday, May 31, right here in the 106th District.

Learn more about the Penn Mile and operations Penn National Race Course in Grantville in the video linked above.                                                 
Busy Spring Underway in Dauphin County

“Flags up,” when flags are raised at Fort Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, is a poignant moment every spring. This year, it was even more special because we volunteers were joined by local Air Force reservists.

South Hanover Township last weekend officially opened its community garden where residents can rent plots.

Jimmy, Ryan and I played bocce ball in the Capitol’s East Wing last week as part of a visit from Special Olympics Pennsylvania.

Recent visitors to the Capitol included Lower Dauphin High School’s Youth Advisory Committee and the American Lung Association.