Oct. 19, 2018

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Weekly Roundup
The latest news from the State Capitol
 
A Better Organ Donation Law

Legislation that would help encourage organ and tissue donation in Pennsylvania is now on the governor’s desk.

Senate Bill 180, which passed unanimously in the House, would expand the list of those persons authorized to decide on behalf of a decedent whether his or her organs are donated.

Among other provisions, it would also permit a minimally invasive blood or tissue test to be conducted to determine the suitability of a donor; call for education regarding organ and tissue donation and transplantation for high school students, as well as nursing and medical students; and increase the voluntary contribution made by citizens from $1 to $3 for driver’s license and vehicle registration renewals.

Currently, more than 8,000 Pennsylvanians are waiting for an organ transplant. 
 
 
Prescription Drug Coverage to Benefit More Seniors

Legislation to expand eligibility for the state’s PACENET prescription drug coverage program was sent to the governor this week. Up to 17,000 Pennsylvania seniors are expected to benefit from this expansion.

House Bill 270 would increase the annual maximum income limits in the PACENET program to $27,500 for a single person and to $35,500 for a married couple. Current maximum income requirements for the PACENET program, which covers those individuals with incomes exceeding PACE maximums, are $23,500 for a single individual and $31,500 for a married couple annually.

Additionally, the bill would allow two new pharmacy-based programs to be developed under the PACE program to assist seniors in monitoring their prescription drug usage.

This eligibility expansion would be the first since 2004, and it is funded by proceeds from the Pennsylvania Lottery. 
 
 
How Did I Vote This Week?

Find out how I voted this week here. My goal is to be as open and transparent as possible about the votes I cast on legislation that is important to you. 

 
 
Voting Record Lauded


This week, I proudly accepted an award from Americans for Prosperity (AFP) in recognition of the “A+” rating they gave my voting record on issues such as budgets and spending, corporate welfare, criminal justice reform, and labor. Pictured with me (from left) are AFP-PA Deputy State Director Anna McCauslin and State Director Beth Anne Mumford. Thank you! 
 
 
PennDOT Improves Customer Care Website

To make it easier to report concerns on state roads, PennDOT has modernized its online customer care center.

The new website will include new mapping capabilities, optional photo uploads and a mobile-friendly interface. Concerns are sorted into several categories: road or bridge conditions; removing debris from a roadway; traffic, signs or signals; ongoing roadwork or projects; or general questions and concerns.

Motorists are asked to be as specific as possible when providing locations of concerns. Motorists should report the county, municipality, street name and state route number, which can be found on small black and white signs posted along state highways. In addition, a description of any familiar landmarks are helpful for PennDOT to locate the problem area.

As of Sept. 30, the previous Customer Care Center had nearly 45,000 concerns submitted this year, according to PennDOT, with more than 96 percent of those concerns being resolved. 
 
 
Road Work Ahead

 

Here is the list of road projects PennDOT has scheduled for Franklin County next week. Please exercise caution when driving through a work zone.

  • American Legion Highway in Guilford Township – deck repair requiring lane closure.
  • Clayhill Road in Antrim Township – crack sealing.
  • Hykes Road in Antrim Township – deck repair.
  • Lincoln Highway in Peters Township – pipe replacement.
  • Ragged Edge Road in Greene Township – crack sealing.
   
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