May. 26, 2017

The Weekly Roundup
The latest news from the State Capitol
Bill to Boost Reimbursement for Ambulance Services Advances

Ambulance companies would be reimbursed for providing medical treatment, even if the patient is not transported to a hospital, under legislation approved by the House this week.

Under current law, EMS agencies can only be reimbursed by insurance companies if they transport the patient, even though time is spent, supplies are used and services are provided regardless of whether a transport takes place. This is a significant contributor to the financial challenges facing ambulance companies locally and statewide.

House Bill 1013 would allow for reimbursement when transport does not take place as long as the following conditions are met: The Basic Life Support (BLS) or Advanced Life Support (ALS) unit must be dispatched by a county 911 center, and the EMS provider must have rendered care even though the transport was declined.

The bill now goes to the Senate for consideration.
Protecting Our Second Amendment Rights

On Monday at the Capitol, I joined with hundreds of Second Amendment supporters, including many from our area, and dozens of my colleagues in reaffirming our constitutional right to keep and bear arms and opposing attempts that seek to diminish these rights. The theme of this year’s rally was “Make the Second Amendment Great Again.”

As one of the guest speakers, I talked about the need to pass my bill that would discourage local governments from enacting their own gun and ammunition regulations, which many municipalities do in direct violation of the state constitution.



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REAL ID Bill Aims to Ensure Pennsylvanians’ Access to Flights, Federal Buildings Continues

Pennsylvanians who do not fly, enter federal buildings or military installations would not have to purchase identification that complies with the federal REAL ID Act under legislation on its way to the governor’s desk.

Instead, residents would be able to choose between a REAL ID or a standard driver’s license/photo ID card. Residents who choose the standard form of identification must have a passport or other REAL ID-compliant identification to board an airplane or enter a federal building once the new system is in place.

It is not yet clear how long it will take to fully implement REAL ID in Pennsylvania, so the Commonwealth will be requesting an extension from the federal government. Assuming the extension is granted, Pennsylvanians will be able to continue using their current form of state-issued identification to board airplanes and enter federal buildings until the new system is in place.

Offering residents a choice allows Pennsylvania to comply with the requirements of federal law while also avoiding unnecessary burdens on taxpayers who would face higher costs for the new form of identification.

Gov. Tom Wolf has indicated he will sign the bill.

I was honored to be one of the guest speakers at the annual Motorcyclist Rights Rally at the state Capitol on Monday. The event was sponsored by the Alliance of Bikers Aimed Toward Education (ABATE).

Visiting the Capitol

It was my pleasure to welcome Jaydn Donnelly of Landisburg, Perry County, to the House chamber where she served as a guest page for the day. Jaydn is a junior at West Perry High School.

I had a great visit with a constituent who stopped by my Capitol office. Shippensburg University graduate student Mariah Swope is currently interning with the Pennsylvania State Archives.

4-H members from Perry County were here on Tuesday.
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