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Legislative Updates

Written by Legislative Consultant, Bruce Hironimus, Legislative Updates keeps POMA members up-to-date on the latest news in Pennsylvania government and the issues affecting the healthcare profession.

Gov. Wolf to Renew Disaster Declaration Regarding Opioid Abuse
Written by Legislative Consultant, Bruce Hironimus

April 6, 2018

Governor Wolf is expected to renew his 90-day opioid disaster declaration. On Jan. 10, 2018 the governor first declared a state of disaster emergency with regard to opioids, an uncommon use of Pennsylvania’s disaster emergency statute, but which allows Commonwealth agencies to use all available resources and personnel, as necessary, to cope with the magnitude and severity of the situation. In the past, states of emergency, normal bid and contract procedures, as well as other formalities prescribed by law, have been waived for the duration of the proclamation.

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POLITICAL NEWS - April 6, 2018
Written by Legislative Consultant, Bruce Hironimus

Now that the Congressional reapportionment storm has quieted in the courts, it is worth mentioning the current list of state legislators’ future election plans.

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Passing of Seven Bills Providing Stronger Protections for Crime and Domestic Violence Victims; Four Members of Governor Wolf's Cabinet Receive Confirmations
Written by Legislative Consultant, Bruce Hironimus

March 23, 2018

The State Senate unanimously passed seven bills providing stronger protections for crime victims and those individuals facing domestic violence. One measure goes to the Governor and the other six move to the House of Representatives for consideration. The House of Representative returns to session on April 9.

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House Bill 1344; House Bill 1545; Attorney General's Efforts to Combat Opioid Crisis; State Boards and Commissions Advisory Committee
Written by Legislative Consultant, Bruce Hironimus

March 9, 2018

The House Professional Licensure Committee held a public hearing on House Bill 1344, sponsored by minority chairman Harry Readshaw which creates professional licensure requirements and a separate medical licensing board for medical physicists. The underlying premise of disagreement is the potential redundancy of an additional regulatory layer. 

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Budget Proposal; Senate Bill 780; Senate Bill 936
Written by Legislative Consultant, Bruce Hironimus

February 9, 2018

Governor Wolf delivered his budget address on Tuesday, and his fourth state budget proposal differs a bit from his first three in that proposed discretionary spending increases are restrained, as are the number of potential tax hikes.  The budget proposal drew criticism from Republican legislative leaders who questioned the level of spending and continuing pursuit of a Marcellus Shale tax.  The merger of the Departments of Human Services and Health is incorporated into the budget proposal.  All principals do remain hopeful of a timely budget passage in this election year. Download the 30 page budget in brief.

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