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Friday, September 30, 2016

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Capitol Update
Friday, September 30, 2016 The latest news from the State Capitol
Join Us at the Roulette Senior Citizens Expo!
Senior citizens and their family members and caregivers are once again invited to the annual Senior Citizens Expo in Roulette on Friday, Oct. 7. The free event will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Roulette Fire Hall, 12 Riverside Drive.

The event offers access to a wealth of valuable information about issues such as health care, insurance, nutrition and exercise, fire safety, financial planning, fraud protection, government services and more, all in one convenient location. Health screenings will also be offered, and door prizes will be awarded. Lunch will be provided for all attendees and exhibitors.

I hope to see you there!
Continuing the Fight Against Opioid Abuse
With the impact of opioid and heroin addiction and overdose continuing to spread across the Commonwealth, Gov. Tom Wolf addressed a joint session of the General Assembly this week.

The House has already acted upon several measures being encouraged by the governor, including bills designed to improve prescribing practices, limit the supply of opioids and ensure a better way to properly dispose of the drugs. Other measures coming before the House would involve continuing education for doctors and pharmacists and written consent from parents before opioids could be prescribed to a minor.

In addition to the joint session, the House Children and Youth Committee learned more about the impact this crisis is having on infants born dependent upon opioids and children of parents and other caregivers who are addicted.
House Committee Endorses Collective Bargaining Bill
The House State Government Committee this week gave its approval to legislation that would allow the General Assembly to rescind collective bargaining agreements that are negotiated between the Office of the Governor and the unions representing state employees.

Currently, the General Assembly has no defined power with respect to such agreements, even though the cost of new contracts can have a profound impact on the state’s finances and may not be in the best interests of the Commonwealth and its residents.

The legislation, House Bill 2289, would outline a set of actions which could be taken in such circumstances to nullify an agreement. The bill now goes to the full House for consideration.


1 comment :

Anonymous said...

always looking for ways to bust the unions. collective bargaining is a contractual process, and Marty and his cronies have no role in it. You can't just pass a law co-opting another law because you don't like it. Marty would make a fine communist if he's supporting this.