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                                                 April 12, 2009


                                                    Around the Capitol

John Quigley – for four years Chief of Staff to the Secretary of the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources – has
been named "Acting" Secretary of the Department…Secretary of DCNR Michael DeBerardinis recently resigned to return to his
hometown of Philadelphia…prior to working as Chief of Staff, Quigley was Director of Legislation and Strategic Initiatives and
Director of Operations for the Department…


Former editorial writer running for Gerlach’s seat -According to an article in the Morning Call, former Philadelphia Inquirer
editorial writer Doug Pike announced his candidacy for Congress Wednesday, pursuing a seat that Republican Rep. Jim Gerlach
has held since the district was drawn in 2002. Pike, a 14-year veteran of the newspaper’s editorial board, is the first Democrat
out of the gate in the 6th District, which has been competitive in each of the four races Gerlach has won.




The Meadows Racetrack & Casino is set to open its new $175-million, 350,000-square-foot casino on April 15, pending a
successful testing and approval by the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board. Located about 30 miles southwest of Pittsburgh,
the new casino will feature more than 3,700 slot machines and integrate the long-standing tradition of harness racing at The
Meadows with state-of-the-art gaming facilities. It replaces a smaller temporary casino, which opened in 2007.
Help Available for Last-Minute Tax Filers – the Department of Revenue’s Taxpayer Service & Information Center is offering
extended hours to help Pennsylvania taxpayers in need of last-minute assistance. The center will be open from 7:30 a.m. to 7
p.m. on weekdays leading up to the April 15 tax filing deadline. It will also operate from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 11,
but will be closed on Easter Sunday. For help, call 717-787-8201, or visit the Online Customer Service Center at
www.revenue.state.pa.us.

Senator Jake Corman is the guest speaker for the Pennsylvania Press Club on Monday, April 27. The Senator is the Chairman
of the PA Senate Appropriations Committee. The luncheon begins at noon and the program begins at 12:30 P.M. The Press
Club Luncheon is held at the Harrisburg Hilton, One North Second Street, Harrisburg.

                                                   Legislative Developments


THE    HOUSE STANDS IN RECESS UNTIL MONDAY, APRIL 20, 2009 AT 1:00 P.M.
       HOUSE SESSION SCHEDULE
         April        20, 21, 22, 27, 28, 29
         May          4, 5, 6, 11, 12, 13
         June         1, 2, 3, 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 17, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 29, 30


The House Republican Policy Committee is scheduled to hold a public hearing on DEP Performance Review on Monday, April 13,
at 1:30 PM at the Academy of Natural Sciences, Philadelphia. The committee will learn about tools that are available to assist
the Commonwealth in evaluating and reviewing a variety of environmental programs such as stream designations and
watershed management.

House Republican Policy Committee will hold a public hearing Tuesday, April 14, at 9:30 a.m. in the Horsham Township
Community Center. The public hearing is hosted by Rep. Murt on the management of food allergy reaction in public schools.

House Democratic Policy Committee will hold a public hearing Tuesday, April 14 at 1:00 p.m. in Room 140, Main Capitol on jobs
and the economy.

House Republican Policy Committee will hold a public Business and Taxpayer Economic Forum on Tuesday, April 14 at 3 p.m. at
Misericordia University, hosted by Rep. Boback.
House Education will host a public hearing on Wednesday, April 15, at 9:00 a.m. at the Community College of Philadelphia,
Room C3-5. The hearing will examine the disproportionate number of children failing math and science course as well as how to
close the achievement gaps in science, technology, engineering and mathematics education.

House Environmental Resources and Energy will host a public hearing Wednesday, April 15, at 1:00 p.m. in Room 140, Main
Capitol on Marcellus Shale.

Lobby Disclosure Regulations meeting Thursday, April 16 at 10:00 a.m. in Hearing Room 2, North Office Building. Agenda to be
announced.

House Democratic Policy Committee will hold a public hearing Thursday, April 16, at 1:00 p.m. at the University of
Pennsylvania’s The Science Center, Suite 800, Fuller Conference Room A&B on higher education as an industry.

House Professional Licensure will hold a public hearing on Thursday, April 16, at 2:00 p.m., at City Hall in Wilkes-Barre on
House Bill 255.

House Democratic Policy Committee will hold a public hearing on Friday April 17, at 10:00 a.m. at the University of
Pennsylvania’s McNeil Center for Early American Studies, Philadelphia on single payer health care system.

House Professional Licensure will hold a public hearing on Friday, April 17 at 10:00 a.m. at City Hall in Wilkes-Barre on House
Bill 353.


   THE   SENATE STANDS IN RECESS UNTIL MONDAY, APRIL 20, 2009 AT 1:00 P.M.
        SENATE SESSION SCHEDULE
       April         20, 21, 22, 27, 28, 29
       May           4, 5, 6, 11, 12, 13
       June          1, 2, 3, 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 17, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 29, 30


                             Currently No Senate Committee Meetings Are Scheduled For This Week


                                                    Legislative Updates


                                     No Legislative Action Occurred During This Time Period
                                                Legislators Return April 20th



                                                  Articles of Interest


04-10-2009   Food Safety Efforts Have Stalled in Recent Years, CDC Says
             Efforts to reduce the number of food-borne illnesses in the United States have stalled in the past three years, and some
             illnesses are on the upswing, giving new urgency to efforts to reform the nation's food safety system, the Centers for
             Disease Control and Prevention reported yesterday.... - WASH POST

04-09-2009   Obama to Push Immigration Reform Bill Despite Risks
             While acknowledging that the recession makes the political battle more difficult, President Obama plans to begin
             addressing the country’s immigration system this year, including looking for a path for illegal immigrants to become legal,
             a senior administration official said on... - NY TIMES

04-07-2009   Meat processor closes city plant
             Scranton meat processor Advance Food Co. quietly closed its doors. Peak employment at the 855 Providence Road veal
             processing facility was 220 in 2004. Enid, Okla.-based company officials on Monday couldn’t be reached for comment or
             confirm the number of employees affected by the closing.... - SCRANTON TIMES

04-06-2009   Balance needs of farmers and neighbors
             Long-time Valley residents are sometimes inclined to dismiss concerns raised by neighbors who object to the
             environmental impact of large farms. Conventional wisdom has long been: The farms were here first. Learn to live with it,
             or stay in the city. Sometimes, though, concerns are being voiced by people who have called the... - DAILY ITEM

04-06-2009   Consumer confusion
             Baffled by the bevy of "organic" and "all-natural" labels at the grocery store? You're not alone. The United States
             Department of Agriculture has defined four classifications of organic foods - "100 percent organic," "organic," "made with
             organic ingredients" and "some organic ingredients.... - ALTOONA MIRROR



                                                      Other Articles

04-10-2009   Counties Oppose Recent Action by DEP to Eliminate Local Conservation Permits
              (Press Release)
04-09-2009   Pitt researchers: Stem cells offer hope for damaged corneas
             University of Pittsburgh scientists have found that just one eye from an organ donor could yield enough stem cells to
             restore the vision of up to 50 million people. Though the research, announced today in the journal Stem Cells, is at
             least a decade away from clinical application, it could mean restoring the sight... - TRIB

04-09-2009   Aid for unemployed homeowners increases by $5 million
             By Harold Brubaker Inquirer Staff Writer Pennsylvania officials added $5 million to a state aid program designed to help
             the unemployed avoid foreclosure, Gov. Rendell said yesterday at a Philadelphia financial counselling center. Rendell said
             the additional money for the Home Emergency Mortgage... - INQUIRER

04-08-2009   Long-Time Environmental Champion to Continue PEC's Statewide Conservation Work
              (Press Release)

04-07-2009   State lawmakers give back raises in light of economy
             by JAN MURPHY, Of The Patriot-News Tuesday April 07, 2009, 9:17 AM These midstate lawmakers paid money back to
             the state Treasury: Sens. Jake Corman, R-Centre County; Mike Folmer, R-Lebanon County; and Patricia Vance, R-
             Cumberland County. Reps. Ronald Buxton, D-Harrisburg; Mauree Gingrich,... - PATRIOT

04-06-2009   Controls over tobacco
             Sunday, April 5, 2009 10:08 PM EDT The House passed legislation that would give the federal government key controls
             over the tobacco industry for the first time. This measure gives the Food and Drug Administration authority to regulate —
             but not ban — cigarettes and other tobacco products.... - SOMERSET DAILY

				
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