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 The latest news from the State Capitol

House OKs Bill to Get Unemployment Centers Back Open
As a way to reopen unemployment centers and get people the unemployment compensation (UC) benefits they have earned in a timelier manner, the House passed Senate Bill 250 that would provide $15 million in funding to the Department of Labor and Industry.

The governor laid off about 450 employees and closed three UC centers late last year after state funding was halted due to complications arising from a failed computer system upgrade. As a result, residents seeking to submit claims or obtain information from the bureau have experienced lengthy delays or lack of response.

This funding is intended to be temporary to improve operations of the UC system. The legislation contains specific provisions the department must meet to regain more permanent funding.

After the bill moved back to the Senate on concurrence, it now heads to the governor’s desk.
Allowing Terminally Ill Patients the Right to Try
Legislation that would permit eligible patients with a terminal illness to use investigational drugs, biological products and devices not yet approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) passed the House on Tuesday.
With the FDA approval process often too slow to save patients suffering from terminal illness, 31 other states allow these patients the right to try medicines, products and devices.

House Bill 45 would permit a manufacturer to make these products available to eligible patients once the products successfully complete the first phase of clinical trials. Under the bill, physicians would not be held liable for recommending experimental products to their terminally ill patients, nor would the bill create a private cause of action against the manufacturers that make the drugs. While the bill does not require insurers to cover these products, they may do so at their own discretion.

The bill now moves to the state Senate.
Gov. Wolf Launches It’s On Us Initiative
On Tuesday, I joined Gov. Tom Wolf at a press conference touting six new pieces of legislation to protect Pennsylvania students from a nationwide epidemic of sexual violence. Read more about the proposed legislation by clicking here and view additional photos by clicking here.
Around Our Community
It was my pleasure to speak to the Rotary Club of Wyoming at the Fire and Ice Restaurant in Trucksville on Thursday. Pictured with me are John Harrington; Mike Sobeck, club president; and Rich Sobeck.

On Tuesday, I joined Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski, Rev. John Ryan, president of Kings College, and Rep. Tom Murt at a luncheon to honor Coach Ned McGinley from Kings College, who is the longest tenured college wrestling coach in the nation.

East Stroudsburg University Students Visit Capitol
Pictured with me are Miguel Barbosa, chief of staff, Joey Fitzgerald, Andrew Kissling and Keisha Kauffman. The students visited the Capitol on Tuesday for Student Advocacy Day.
State Grant Deadline is May 1 for PA College Students
The deadline for students and families to submit their applications for the 2017-18 Pennsylvania State Grant program is May 1. This deadline applies to all renewal applicants and first-time applicants who plan to enroll in colleges, universities or a college transfer program at two-year public or private colleges (except community colleges and designated Pennsylvania Open Admission institutions).

To apply for a Pennsylvania State Grant, applicants must first complete the 2017-18 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Applicants can access the FAFSA online at PHEAA.org/FAFSA or fafsa.gov. Completing the FAFSA online saves time and reduces application and processing errors.

Students and families with questions about the FAFSA or the State Grant Program can call 800-692-7392 for personal assistance.
Area Pharmacy Students Visit Capitol
I greeted pharmacy students from Wilkes University during their visit to the Capitol this week. They were participating in lobbying efforts as part of the Pennsylvania Pharmacists Association (PPA) Pharmacy Legislative Day. 
Celebrating PA’s Fairs and Agriculture
I joined fellow legislators at the Cornucopia event held at the Capitol earlier this week. We are pictured with the Pennsylvania dairy princesses.

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