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Welcome to "Mike's Memo," an update on what's happening in the 48th Legislative District, the State Capitol, and the progress of my legislative priorities. If you haven't done so already, please take a few moments to visit my website at to learn more about issues that may affect you and your family.

Week of February 27, 2017

Students from Dauphin County Technical School recently visited my Capitol office to discuss career and technical education. It was a pleasure talking to them!

PA Department of State Budget Hearing
The Senate Appropriations Committee budget hearings are underway. As Chair of the Senate State Government Committee, I had the opportunity to question PA Department of State Secretary Pedro Cortes. You can watch my question and answer session with the Secretary here, and the entire hearing here. I look forward to working further with the Department throughout this legislative session regarding the integrity of voting in PA, Electoral College issues and more. On February 27, I look forward to participating in the PA Department of General Services budget hearing at 1:00 p.m. in Hearing Room One of the North Office Building.

PA Housing Finance Agency PENNVEST Homeowner Septic Program
The PENNVEST Homeowner Septic Program, administered by the PA Housing Finance Agency, is a low-interest loan to qualified homeowners who need to repair or replace their individual on-lot sewage disposal system, or connect to a public sewer system for the first time. More information on the program can be found here.

2017 PA Farm Show Winning Recipes
Winning recipes from the 2017 PA Farm Show can be found here. Check out the pies, cookies, sticky buns and other treats that impressed the judges. You can also see winning entries from previous years.

PA Fish and Boat Commission 2017 Adult Trout Stocking Schedules
The PA Fish and Boat Commission has posted the 2017 adult trout stocking schedules, which can be searched online here, or on the “FishBoatPA” app. Also included in this year’s stocking lists are the Keystone Select Stocked Trout Waters, a program in which 14 waters across the state will be stocked with large 14” to 20” trout.

Follow the 2017-2018 Legislative Session on the General Assembly’s Website
As the 2017-2018 legislation session is underway, you can sign up to receive alerts on bills, committee action and keep tabs on legislative activity on the General Assembly’s website. See what bills I have introduced this session to date here, and co-sponsored here.

Contact Information
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