What I've Accomplished

Adopted Resolutions

1. House Resolution 202 of 2009 | Resolution honoring the life and extending condolences for the supreme sacrifice of Officer David Tome of the Northern York County Regional Police Department, who was killed in the line of duty on Oct. 21, 2008, when he was struck by a vehicle.

2. House Resolution 199 of 2011 | Resolution declaring April 16, 2011, as “Y Healthy Kids Day.”

3. House Resolution 243 of 2011 | Resolution recognizing April 30, 2011, as “National Take Back Initiative Day” to bring attention to the National Take Back Initiative events that were hosted throughout the Commonwealth and United States to help citizens safely dispose of unused and unwanted prescription and over-the-counter drugs.

4. House Resolution 871 of 2012 | Resolution honoring U.S. Army Spc. Cameron J. Stambaugh of Spring Grove, who was killed in action by a roadside IED while serving in Afghanistan on July 8, 2012.

5. House Resolution 301 of 2013 | Resolution designating May 7, as “Pennsylvania Breast Cancer Coalition Day.”

6. House Resolution 243 of 2013 | Resolution requiring the Joint State Government Commission to study childhood obesity and establish an advisory committee to propose strategies for combatting the problem.

7. House Resolution 597 of 2014 | Resolution urging the Secretary of the United States Army to reconsider a temporary suspension of Bradley Fighting Vehicle (BFV) Production. BFVs are produced exclusively at the BAE Systems facility in West Manchester Township. The resolution asks the Army to reconsider for the sake of the 1,000 employees at the facility committed solely to BFV production, and for the safety of servicemen and servicewomen currently overseas who rely on BFVs every day.

8. House Resolution 858 of 2014 | Resolution commemorating the 250th anniversary of the founding of Dover Borough, as well as the 150th anniversary of the incorporation of the borough.

9. House Resolution 858 of 2014 | Resolution honoring veterans of the Vietnam War marking the 50th anniversary of the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution, which represented the start of the conflict.

10. House Resolution 355 of 2015 | Resolution honoring the 250th Anniversary of the York Fair. 

Adopted Prime Sponsored Laws

1. Act 24 of 2011 | Prior to the passage of this law, former House Bill 257, school districts were required to apply for approval through the PlanCON process when school districts wanted to do a construction project whether they were receiving state reimbursement. In order to save time and taxpayer money, the requirement was removed.

2. Act 25 of 2011 | Taxpayers now have more oversight over their local school districts because this law. Formerly House Bill 1326,  the law forces school districts to control their costs and demonstrate to taxpayers why proposed tax increases are warranted.

3. Act 17 of 2012 | The supervised experience requirements for clinical social workers, marriage and family therapists and professional counselors are clarified to allow more experienced licensed social workers to qualify for the clinical social work license, allow more marriage and family therapists and professional counselors to qualify for licensure, and reduce the hours of experience required for marriage and family therapists and professional counselors. This was formerly House Bill 816.

4. Act 60 of 2012 | Authored the provision in this Unemployment Compensation (UC) reform law, which holds individuals responsible for making fraudulent unemployment claims (from his House Bill 1852). The law allows the Department of Labor and Industry a 10-year look-back window to collect on fault overpayments and will save a significant amount of money for the UC system

5. Act 84 of 2012 | Language from my bill, House Bill 254, requires individuals seeking a Class M junior driver’s license to complete a PennDOT-approved motorcycle safety course. The bill was amended in the Senate to reauthorize the Philadelphia Automated Red Light Enforcement (ARLE) pilot program, which was set to expire in 2012. The law also permitted the expansion of the ARLE program into Pittsburgh and municipalities with populations exceeding 20,000 residents in the counties of Bucks, Chester, Delaware and Montgomery.

6. Act 87 of 2012 | Added language to the Fiscal Code of 2012 to require the Department of Human Services to conduct a study to develop a new county funding formula that provides a more equitable distribution of funds and considers the most recent population data. Also language was added to require the Department of Human Services to return all unspent funds allocated to counties for intellectual disabilities and mental health to the counties, which resulted in a $7 million increase in funding for York County.

7. Act 198 of 2012 | Give law enforcement a tiered approach, from a summary to a misdemeanor, when charging a teenager with sexting. Previously, teens were charged as felons under child pornography statutes. My former sexting legislation was House Bill 815.

8. Act 126 of 2013 | Former House Bill 892 changes the way motorcycle riders obtain and use learner’s permits. The new law limits the number of times a motorcycle rider can reapply for a learner’s permit to three times in a five-year period. Permits are temporary and their purpose is to get riders to obtain full motorcycle driver’s licenses. Far too many riders in our state were treating permits like permanent licenses. This legislation will enable riders to learn properly while pushing them to actually get their motorcycle licenses. An amendment to the bill increases funding to the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) operating fund. The fine for failing to obey traffic control devices will increase by $59, with portions of the additional revenue benefiting the EMS fund

9. Act 12 of 2014 | Formerly House Bill 777, this law protects recipients of PACE and PACENET senior medication benefits from becoming ineligible for the program due to social security cost of living adjustments. The law allows nearly 40,000 older Pennsylvanians to maintain access, and allows 10,000 more seniors to gain access to PACE and PACENET benefits by excluding Medicare Part B premiums from definition of income

10. Act 48 of 2014 | Law to rename a number of bridges and a roundabout for soldiers, and a police officer, who have lost their lives in the line of duty. The renamed bridges and roundabout include:

  • House Bill 1431: The bridge on State Route 3072, Hanover Road, near its intersection with StateRoute 3092, Lake Road, in Spring Grove Borough, York County, as the Corporal Luke S.Runyan Memorial Bridge.
  • House Bill 1432: The traffic circle on State Route 116 at Hanover Road and Roth’s Church Road in Spring Grove, York County, as the Officer David D. Tome Memorial Circle.
  • House Bill 1433: The bridge on State Route 116 in Spring Grove Borough, York County, as the Specialist Cameron J. Stambaugh Memorial Bridge.
  • House Bill 1434: A bridge on State Route 4002 between Intermediate Avenue and Municipal Drive in Dover Borough, York County, as the Specialist Zachary R. Clouser Memorial Bridge.
  • House Bill 1435: The bridge on State Route 74 between Drawbaugh Avenue and Mill Alley, Dover Borough, York County, as the Sergeant Brett E. Walden Memorial Bridge.

11. Act 126 of 2014 | The measure approved by the House would end a moratorium and help cut down on the backlog of projects by distributing available reimbursement funding to more school districts, with priority given to those which submitted all required documentation and received approval from the Pennsylvania Department of Education. In addition, the budget signed by the governor in 2014 includes a $10 million increase in funding for PlanCon. This language was taken from House Bill 2124, which provides for a great overhaul of the PlanCon process.

12. Act 154 of 2014 | The law creates a new definition in the Vehicle Code titled “Pedal-Cycle with Electric Assist.” Included in this definition are bicycles equipped with an electric motor not exceeding 750 watts/1 horsepower, weigh not more than 100 pounds, are capable of a maximum speed of not more than 20 mph, and have operable pedals. Formerly House Bill 213 which was amended into House Bill 573.

13. Act 189 of 2014 | The law, which was known as Senate Bill 1239, was amended by the House Transportation Committee to include language in House Bill 212, which I authored. The legislation ends a loophole revealed in the Supreme Court case Commonwealth v. Haag. In that case, the defendant was arrested for driving under the influence twice in the same night, but only faced less serious penalties because he hadn’t been yet convicted of the first charge.

14. Act 8 of 2015 | This law, formerly House Bill 182, allows pharmacists to administer flu vaccinations to children 9 years of age and older. It also allows pharmacy interns to administer flu vaccinations under the direct supervision of a licensed and certified pharmacist.

15. Act 91 of 2015 | This law, formerly House Bill 777, extends protections to seniors enrolled in PACE and PACENET who would have lost eligibility for these programs due to increases in income from Social Security cost-of-living adjustments (COLA). The PACE and PACENET programs provide low-cost prescription drug coverage for seniors.

16. Act 54 of 2016 | This law, formerly House Bill 603, expands title protection to marriage and family therapists, ensuring that only licensed and properly trained professionals can market their services to clients.

Non-Legislative Accomplishments

Protecting Taxpayers

  • Led the charge to stop Gov. Tom Wolf’s massive tax proposal in the 2015-16
  • Saved Dover Taxpayers $2.1 million by working to keep Washington Township in the Dover Area School District.
  • Co-founded the Taxpayers’ Caucus with Sen. Scott Wagner to ensure Harrisburg focuses on who pays for government spending.

Legislative Oversight
  • Pennsylvania Employee Retirement Commissioner Lawsuit: Successfully sued Gov. Wolf to stop his unconstitutional overreach of executive power.
  • Impasse Spending Report: Highlighted Gov. Wolf’s spending during the 2015-16 budget impasse and made recommendations to correct the lack of transparency.
  • Non-Tax Revenue Report: Made several recommendations to balance the 2015-16 budget without tax increases.

York County School District Consolidation Study

  • Spearheaded by the Independent Fiscal Office, analyzed the cost to taxpayers if 15 of 16 school districts in the county merged their administrative functions.

 

Exercising Second Amendment Rights

  • Concealed Carry Seminar: In conjunction with Matt Menges, an attorney for Trinity Law, started the first concealed carry seminars in Pennsylvania to ensure law abiding citizens know their constitutional and statutory rights when carrying a concealed firearm.

Honoring our Veterans

  • Brought the traveling Vietnam Veteran Memorial, the Wall that Heals, to York
  • Recognizing Veterans of Desert Storm
  • Veteran Casework Days
  • Recognizing the sacrifices of veterans from the 196th who died in the line of duty.