Jun. 14, 2024

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

In this Edition:
  •   Susquehanna Service Dogs Enriches Lives
  •   Bill to Require Coverage of Biomarker Testing Passes House
  •   Committees Scrutinize Utilities, Licensing Bills
  •   Mark Your Calendar for Upcoming Scam Jam Event
  •   Driver License Centers Closed for Juneteenth
  •   Don’t Let Ticks Ruin Your Summer!
  •   Busy Summer in Dauphin County
Susquehanna Service Dogs Enriches Lives

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Susquehanna Service Dogs in Grantville breeds, raises, trains and places assistance dogs across the Mid-Atlantic. The organization recently hosted me for a tour, which you can watch in the video linked above.

While at Susquehanna Service Dogs, I learned it takes more than $30,000 to prepare each dog for its eventual partner. Yet, the fee to that partner is only $5,000 thanks to the financial support from individual donors, businesses and grant programs. The dogs are helping people live more independent lives after diagnoses involving physical, mental or intellectual challenges.

I’m thankful SSD accommodated me for a visit. If your business or organization would like to be featured on “Tom’s Tours” later this year, call my office at 717-534-1323 to be added to a list of potential stops.
Bill to Require Coverage of Biomarker Testing Passes House

Legislation that would lead to better, more effective treatment of diseases like cancer and ALS passed the state House this week and is now pending consideration by the Senate.

House Bill 1754 would require insurance coverage of biomarker testing by both commercial insurance and government-sponsored plans, subject to federal approval.

Biomarker testing may be used for the purposes of diagnosis, treatment, appropriate management, or ongoing monitoring of an insured or enrollee’s disease or condition to guide treatment decisions for the covered person.
Committees Scrutinize Utilities, Licensing Bills

On Tuesday, the House Consumer Protection, Technology and Utilities Committee reviewed four bills. House Bill 1977 would require disclosure for the imposition of credit or debit card fees; House Bill 2338 would restructure the Pennsylvania Energy Development Authority; Senate Bill 824 would amend the Breach of Personal Information Notification Act to provide no-cost credit monitoring for victims of a data breach; and House Bill 2402 would amend an existing tax credit program to include eligibility of sustainable aviation fuel.

On Wednesday, the House Professional Licensure Committee tackled four bills as well. House Bill 2294 and House Bill 2295 would amend the Osteopathic Medical Practice Act to allow physician assistants to work with a supervising physician licensed by either medical board; House Bill 2381 would grant temporary rulemaking authority to licensing boards that are affected by an interstate licensure compact; and Senate Bill 1165 would require fingerprinting for licensing applicants in health-related fields.
Mark Your Calendar for Upcoming Scam Jam Event

Have you registered for the Scam Jam & Fraud Bingo scheduled for Friday, June 28? It is going to be a fun time in which we can learn about common scams. Call 717-534-1323 to register. Learn more about that event and others here.
Driver License Centers Closed for Juneteenth

All PennDOT driver license and photo centers, including the Riverfront Office Center in Harrisburg, will be closed Wednesday, June 19, in observance of Juneteenth National Freedom Day.

Considered the longest-running African American holiday, Juneteenth commemorates June 19, 1865, when Union soldiers reached Galveston, Texas – the furthest point in the south – with news of the end of the Civil War, which had occurred two months earlier with the surrender of Confederate General Robert E. Lee in Virginia.

The troops’ arrival also came two and a half years after President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation, freeing all slaves and ending slavery in the United States.

Customers may still obtain a variety of driver and vehicle products and services, including all forms, publications and driver training manuals, online through PennDOT's Driver and Vehicle Services website, www.dmv.pa.gov.
Don’t Let Ticks Ruin Your Summer!

School is out, and the summer season officially kicks off June 20. As you head outside to enjoy all the activities Pennsylvania has to offer, be sure to take extra steps to protect yourself and your loved ones against ticks and associated illnesses such as Lyme Disease. Here are a few tips to keep in mind!

Busy Summer in Dauphin County

The Hershey West plant in Derry Township produces Hershey's Kisses (and other products!) every day, providing good, family-sustaining jobs for our friends and neighbors. I recently toured the plant with Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding. While there, I caught up with Joanna and Natalie from The Hershey Co. Hershey's Kisses are poised to become the official state candy if the Senate passes my bill.

Congratulations to Sawyer Klein, the newest Eagle Scout from Boy Scouts Troop 10 in Linglestown. I presented Sawyer, who built an Adirondack shelter as his service project, with a House citation on behalf of Rep. Joe Kerwin, who is currently deployed with the Pennsylvania Army National Guard. Sawyer is a Dauphin County Technical School graduate who plans to study at Pennsylvania College of Technology this fall.

The 49th annual Arts & Craft Fair hosted by the Middletown Area Historical Society drew dozens of vendors showing off high-quality, handcrafted pieces. Their talent was quite impressive.

Recent visitors in the Capitol included the Greater Harrisburg Association of Realtors and Hershey’s characters. It’s great to catch up with local people visiting the halls of our state government.

Please afford me moment to brag about my granddaughter, McKenzie Grady, who graduated with her classmates from Lower Dauphin High School last week. Linda and I are so proud of Kenzi and all the graduates.