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Senator Tom killion

Dear Friend,

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Sincerely,

Tom Killion


Governor Wolf Signs Senator Killion’s Opioid Bill Into Law

On Wednesday, November 2, 2016, I participated in a bill signing with Governor Tom Wolf for my prime-sponsored legislation SB 1368, now Act 126 of 2016. In the final days of session, the General Assembly successfully advanced several bills to address the opioid epidemic to the Governor's desk, which were signed into law on Wednesday. The legislation follows several legislative hearings on the issue over the summer, as well as a joint address by Gov. Wolf to the General Assembly this fall.

With Act 126, medical training facilities would be required to create and implement curriculum on safe opioid prescribing. I have heard so many stories of people walking out of the emergency room with a 30 day supply of an opioid prescription, and it only takes 10 days to become dependent upon these drugs. This then leads to a long and difficult journey of addiction that, unfortunately, many of us know all too well.

In addition to my legislation, other opioid bills were signed including HB 1699, now Act 122 of 2016, which limits the prescribed amount of opioids to a 7-day supply in emergency rooms and urgent care centers. SB 1202, now Act 124 of 2016, which provides for continuing education requirements in pain management, for prescribing opioids as well as addiction treatment. The bill further would require physicians to check the state's newly created Prescription Drug Monitoring System each time a patient is dispensed an opioid drug product or a benzodiazepine, and requires prescribers and dispensers to input the data in the database within 24 hours.

Other bills include SB 1367, now Act 125 of 2016, which limits the issuance of opioids to minors and providing for further restrictions and requirements if opioids are prescribed to minors; and HB 1737, now Act 123 of 2016, which provides for the destruction of household prescription drugs and pharmaceutical waste.

I have heard so many stories of people walking out of the emergency room with a 30 day supply of an opioid prescription, and it only takes 10 days to become dependent upon these drugs. This then leads to a long and difficult journey of addiction that, unfortunately, many of us know all too well.

My bill, as well as the others mentioned, are just the beginning of our efforts to curb the ongoing heroin and opioid addiction crisis in Pennsylvania. Wednesday marks a pivotal first step, and I will make sure that we continue our efforts in Harrisburg to help save lives.

11/2/16 - Safe Opioid Prescribing Curriculum Legislation


Legislative Wrap-Up

It has been six months since I was sworn-in as State Senator, and I am pleased to have been prime-sponsor of five bills enacted into law by the Governor during that time. As mentioned above, this week, the Governor signed into law my SB 1368, now Act 126 of 2016, one of five pieces of legislation aimed at curbing our ongoing heroin and opioid addiction crisis in Pennsylvania. Also this week, my HB 1841, now Act 119 of 2016, and HB 1842, now Act 120 of 2016, were signed into law, they are aimed at addressing the temporary permits issued to individuals hoping to become licensed perfusionists in Pennsylvania. Last week, the Governor signed into law a companion bill of legislation I prime-sponsored, now Act 112 of 2016, which permits our state to join the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact, designed to allow licensed physicians in one state to treat patients in other states via telemedicine.

In July, my SB 1270 became Act 72 of 2016; it amends the Real Estate Appraisers Certification Act to bring Pennsylvania into compliance with updated Federal appraiser standards. Also, my HB 1062 became Act 76 of 2016; it amends the Human Services Code to extend the nursing facility budget adjustment factor and save taxpayers money. Most significantly in July, I was pleased to have voted in favor of an on-time fiscal year 2016-2017 state budget, and to have held the line on taxes and spending while increasing education funding for our schools.

Finally, in an effort to focus the work and diligence of many groups in the 9th District, including students, seniors, farmers, firefighters and scouts, I introduced and co-sponsored numerous resolutions adopted in the Senate, bringing forth statewide awareness to bullying prevention; pediatric kidney disease; volunteer work of our emergency responders and CPAs; and protecting our children from the dangers of heat stroke.

It has been a very busy and productive Session in the state Senate, and I have been proud to take an active role in adopting new laws that will make our communities better places to live, work and raise a family. There are many other bills that I prime-sponsored during this six-month period that I will consider re-introducing in the 2017-2018 Session. Should you have ideas, thoughts and suggestions, please do not hesitate to contact me.


Senator Killion Hosts Vietnam Veterans Ceremony

Last weekend I had the privilege of hosting a ceremony honoring Vietnam Veterans from all over the 9th Senatorial District. In what has been viewed by many as being long overdue, the 2008 National Defense Act, authorized the Secretary of Defense to conduct activities to commemorate to 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War. In an effort to reach as many Veterans as possible, the Secretary is coordinating efforts with both military and non-military organizations and supporting programs and activities of the federal, state and local governments.

The commemorative programs such as the one I hosted this past weekend, which fulfill the objective: To thank and honor Veterans of the Vietnam War, including personnel who were held as Prisoners of War (POW), or listed as Missing in Action (MIA), for their service and sacrifice on behalf of the United States. Special recognition was also paid to the families of these Veterans, for it is known that they too sacrificed.

Thank you to all the Veterans, family and friends who came out on Saturday. I know that having the opportunity to honor you was a true highlight of my career in public service.

 

Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program Opened on November 1

The Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program, also known as LIHEAP, helps low-income families pay their heating bills. LIHEAP is a grant that offers assistance in the form of a cash grant, sent directly to the utility company, or a crisis grant for households in immediate danger of being without heat.

In addition to the LIHEAP cash program, households experiencing a heating crisis may be eligible for additional benefits through the LIHEAP crisis program.

The program opened on November 1, 2016.

Emergency situations include:

  • Broken heating equipment or leaking lines that must be fixed or replaced;
  • Lack of fuel;
  • The main heating source or second heating source (a source that is used to operate the main heating source or used if the main heating source is not working) has been completely shut-off; and
  • Danger of being without fuel (less than a 15 day supply) or of having utility service terminated (received a notice that service will be shut off within the next 60 days).

Assistance with home heating crisis situations will be available 24 hours a day; by contacting your local county assistance.

General Information about LIHEAP:

LIHEAP Brochure - English
LIHEAP Brochure- Español
LIHEAP Eligibility Information
LIHEAP Benefit Amount Table: shows benefit amount based on user selected county and fuel type.
LIHEAP Policy Handbook
LIHEAP State Plan


Autumn Safety and Awareness

Autumn can be a time of beauty in nature, but there are also concerns that must be considered when it comes to staying safe. Remember the following tips:

Fallen Leaves and Rain

  • Be cautious when driving over leaves on the road, take extra care and slow down if the roadway is also wet. Wet leaves can be as slippery as ice if a sudden stop or turn is necessary.
  • While walking, wet leaves can be slippery or hide additional hazards such as holes or broken/cracked sidewalks

Wind

  • Changes in the season can also include increasing or unexpected winds, which could be enough to snap a weakened branch. Be careful while driving or walking on windy days to avoid any falling debris.

Driving in the Dark

  • Shorter days means more driving at night. Depth perception, color recognition and peripheral vision are all reduced in the dark. To prevent driving incidents make sure headlights are clean and aimed correctly, dim dashboard lights, look away from oncoming lights, clean the windshield and drive slower.
  • If driving at night is difficult, get an annual vision exam, reduce speed and check with your doctor about side effects from prescription drugs.

How We Can Help You

Here are some of the ways that my office can assist you:

  • Free notary service.
  • Assistance with preparations of Property Tax/Rent Rebate claim forms.
  • Citations from the Pennsylvania Senate for notable local accomplishments and family milestones.
  • Information and problems with PA Insurance programs: Medical Assistance and CHIP.
  • Fishing and hunting information.
  • Information on financial assistance for higher education.
  • PennDOT forms for special tags and driver and vehicle services.
  • Pennsylvania Personal Income Tax forms.
  • Pennsylvania road maps.
  • Requests for copies of legislation, bills and regulations.
  • Requests for literature for students and senior citizens.
  • Tours of the State Capitol for individuals or groups.
  • Unemployment compensation issues.

Satellite Offices

Satellite offices have been set up to provide close-to-home services to area residents. The locations and hours are listed here:

Nether Providence Township Building
214 Sykes Lane
Wallingford, PA 19086
1st Wednesday of each month
9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Edgmont Township Building
1000 Gradyville Road
Gradyville, PA 19039
2nd Wednesday of each month
9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Borough of Marcus Hook
10th and Green Streets
Marcus Hook, PA 19061
3rd Wednesday of each month
9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Kennett Township Building
801 Burrows Run Road
Chadds Ford, PA 19317
4th Wednesday of each month
9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

The Chester Township Municipal Building
1150 Engle Street
Chester, PA 19013
1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.


How to Contact Me

I have staffed offices in the district and Harrisburg to provide you with top-notch constituent service and provide answers to legislative inquiries.

The district office is located at 100 Evergreen Drive, Suite 113 in Glen Mills PA, 19342. The phone number is (610) 358-5183. It is open Monday through Friday from 9 am to 4:30 pm.

My Harrisburg office can be reached by phone at (717) 787-4712 or by mail at Senate Box 203009, Harrisburg, PA 17120.

If you are having any problems with state agencies or need help with a problem relating to government, my staff and I will be happy to assist you.

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Offices

Senate Box 203009
Harrisburg, PA 17120-3009
Phone: 717-787-4712
Fax: 717-783-7490
Toll-Free: 1-888-9th-Dist

100 Evergreen Drive
Suite 113
Glen Mills, PA 19342
Phone: 610-358-5183
Fax: 610-358-5184

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