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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.
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:
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
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
Driving in the Dark
How We Can Help You
Here are some of the ways that my office can assist you:
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
Edgmont Township Building
Borough of Marcus Hook
Kennett Township Building
The Chester Township Municipal Building
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.
Senate Box 203009
100 Evergreen Drive