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Senator Mario Scavello

Dear Friend,

Below is a recap of this weekís legislative activity in the Senate. It covers votes by the full Senate and committee action, plus a look ahead.

One last reminder: Iíll be holding an open house at our new Northampton County district office TOMORROW, Saturday, April 25 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The office is located at 2 North Robinson Avenue in Pen Argyl. An RSVP is appreciated but not required. You can RSVP by calling 610-863-1200.

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Mario


Senator Scavello was present at the ribbon cutting for Camelback Lodge & Aquatopia Indoor Waterpark, the largest indoor waterpark in the Northeast. Camelback Lodge is a $163 million development and the largest capital improvement in the 50-year history of Camelback Resort. It will employ 600 full- and part-time employees in addition to the 1,600 employees at Camelback Resort. Also pictured are Rep. Marcia Hahn, Rep. Joe Emrick, Rep. David Parker, Rep. Rosemary Brown and Gigi Parker.


Wednesday: Identity Theft and Cyber Safety Forum in Brodheadsville

Reminder: Iím hosting an Identity Theft and Cyber Safety Seminar Wednesday, April 29, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., at the Chestnuthill Park Building, Route 715 in Brodheadsville. Iím co-hosting the seminar with Rep. Jack Rader (R-176), Rep. David Parker (R-115) and Rep. Rosemary Brown (R-189).

Light refreshments will be available. For more information and to register for the forum, please contact my office at 570-620-4326 or e-mail Grace Marks at gmarks@pasen.gov. (Please click on flyer for more information.)

Senate Passes Consumer Protection Measure

Consumers would be protected against paying multiple copayments for physical therapy, chiropractic and occupational therapy services under a bill unanimously approved by the Senate on Tuesday.

Senate Bill 487 prevents health insurance policies from charging a consumer more than one copayment amount per visit. The bill would also prohibit policies from depleting more than one visit for services provided on a given date.

The bill allows the Pennsylvania Department of Insurance to develop regulations relating to multiple copayments. Violators would be subjected to penalties prescribed in the Unfair Insurance Practices Act.

Other Bills Passed by the Senate and Sent to the House of Representatives

Senate Bill 385 reforms and modernizes the Transit Revitalization Investment District Act.

Senate Bill 427 requires cash-for-gold dealers to retain each item of precious metal for ten business days, instead of five, after purchasing it.  This extension of time will enable burglary victims to discover and report the theft and will enable police to investigate the theft. 

Senate Bill 494 repeals a requirement that the General Assembly be furnished with a printed copy of an annual report required under the Flood Insurance Education and Information Act of 1996. The report and other flood-related insurance data are available online at the Department of Insurance website. I am co-sponsoring this bill.

Senate Bill 562 provides additional legislative oversight of the implementation of new state regulations. I am co-sponsoring this bill.

Senator Scavello spoke at the Retired Policeman's Club 10-13 Breakfast at Studebaker's Restaurant. Pictured are Juan Adams, Senator Scavello and Dewitt Allen.

Committee Approves Taxpayer Protection Measures

The Senate Finance Committee approved legislation on Tuesday that would restrain the growth of government spending by setting state spending limits in the Pennsylvania Constitution. Senate Bill 70 would limit state spending growth based on inflation and population growth.

The bill would require an amendment to the Pennsylvania Constitution, so lawmakers would have to approve the bill in two consecutive legislative sessions before giving voters the final say via referendum. Since the spending controls would be included in the state Constitution, lawmakers would be prevented from breaching or repealing spending limits with a simple majority vote in the future.

The panel also approved Senate Bill 7, legislation that would enact spending controls and ensure any excess funds collected by the state would be used to pay down pension obligations, boost budgetary reserves and reduce the Personal Income Tax rate.

The Committee also approved Senate Bill 401, a measure that would convert all members of the Pennsylvania Legislature from a defined benefit pension plan to a defined contribution plan. The bill would make the conversion mandatory for current and future state Senators and Representatives.

Monday April 20th at Northampton Community College Monroe Campus, Senator Scavelloís District Director Kristine Bush made a presentation to students at NCC on the importance of voting. Also on hand were April Niver from Congressman Cartwright's office and the League of Women Voters.

UP Next

The Senate returns to voting session on Monday, May 4.

Senate Committee Schedule

The 2015 North Valley District Good Scout Dinner at the Barn House Village in Bath honored former Pennsylvania PTA President and school board member Carol Ritter (Co-Founder of Caroltalks.com). Carol was presented with a Senate Citation from Senator Scavelloís office.


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Offices

Senate Box 203040
Harrisburg, PA 17120-3040
Phone: (717) 787-6123
Fax: (717) 772-3695

Monroe County Office

DePue Plaza
2989 Route 611, Suite 103
Tannersville, PA 18372
Phone: (570) 620-4326
FAX: (570) 620-4379
Monday - Friday
9 a.m.- 5 p.m.

Northampton County Office

2 North Robinson Avenue
Pen Argyl, PA 18072
Phone: (610) 863-1200
FAX: (610) 863-1214
9 a.m.- 5 p.m.

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