Monthly Archives: January 2015

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Historic Legislation Passed on January 30

 

1998

 

Storage Tank and Spill Prevention Act

 

HB 1476: An Act amending the act of July 6, 1989 (P.L.169, No.32), known as Storage Tank and Spill Prevention Act, further providing for Underground Storage Tank Indemnification Board and its powers and duties, for the Underground Storage Tank Indemnification Fund, for eligibility of claimants including certified tank installers and for audit, sunset and performance reviews; and providing for Underground Storage Tank Environmental Cleanup Program and the Upgrade Loan Program.

 

Approved by Governor Tom Ridge

 

For the full version of this piece of legislation, click here.

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Historic Legislation Passed on January 29

 

1998

 

Deputy Sheriffs’ Education and Training Act

 

HB 1065: An Act amending the act of February 9, 1984 (P.L.3, No.2), known as the Deputy Sheriffs’ Education and Training Act, further providing for training requirement, for the Deputy Sheriffs’ Education and Training Board and for the Deputy Sheriffs’ Education and Training Account.

 

Approved by Governor Tom Ridge

 

For the full version of this piece of legislation, click here.

 

 

2004

 

Confidence in Law Enforcement Act

 

SB 877: An Act prohibiting employment of certain individuals as law enforcement officers; requiring suspension of law enforcement officers charged with certain crimes; and establishing dismissal procedures for law enforcement officers convicted of certain crimes.

 

Approved by Governor Ed Rendell

 

For the full version of this piece of legislation, click here.

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Historic Legislation Passed on January 28

 

1988

 

Private Academic Schools Act

 

SB 1068: An Act defining and providing for the licensing and regulation of private academic schools; reestablishing the State Board of Private Academic Schools; imposing penalties; and making repeals.

 

Approved by Governor Robert Casey

 

For the full version of this piece of legislation, click here.

 

 

1988

 

First Class Township Code, Second Class Township Code, & Borough Code

 

SB 562, SB 563, SB 564: Acts further providing for expenses of delegates and officers who attend certain meetings.

 

Approved by Governor Robert Casey

 

For the full versions of these pieces of legislation, click SB 562, SB 563, SB 654.

PA Secretary of Human Services Beverly Mackereth to Join Ridge Policy Group

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Former Mayor, Four-Term PA House Member, Child Advocate and Human Services Expert Brings 35 Years of Public Service Experience to RPG Clients

 

HARRISBURG (January 27, 2015) – The Ridge Policy Group welcomes former PA Secretary of Human Services Beverly Mackereth as Senior Government Relations Specialist. The former mayor and Pennsylvania State Representative brings more than 35 years of experience in public service to Ridge Policy Group clients, including a legacy of defending the rights of children. Led by our nation’s first Secretary of Homeland Security and former Governor of Pennsylvania, Tom Ridge, the Ridge Policy Group is a bi-partisan, full-service government relations and issue management firm. Ridge long-time senior advisors Mark Holman and Mark Campbell lead day-to-day operations from offices in Washington, D.C. and Harrisburg.

 

“Bev Mackereth shares with all of us at Ridge Policy Group a passion for the value of public service and the good that government can do,” said Gov. Ridge. “As a mayor, a state representative and as an effective leader of the largest state agency in the country, Bev understands how to get things done in order to produce a positive outcome that benefits people in meaningful ways. I could not be more pleased to welcome Bev back into the Ridge ‘family.’ Our clients will be the beneficiary of her wisdom and bipartisan approach to problem-solving.”

 

Public service has been the hallmark of Mackereth’s professional career. She began her service with the York County Blind Center in 1979 and served as a caseworker and supervisor at York County Children and Youth Services for much of the 1980s.

 

Her experience in helping York County children led to her service with the York County District Attorney’s Office beginning with her position of victim witness coordinator. Mackereth created a number of important programs within the District Attorney’s Office including the Child Abuse Unit, the “Stop Violence Against Women” program, and a Juvenile Prosecution Unit. Mackereth has also served as a statewide consultant for Pennsylvania’s Office of Attorney General.

 

In 1997, Mackereth was appointed by Governor Tom Ridge as deputy director of the Governor’s Community Partnership for Safe Children. The partnership was established to assist communities in setting up effective programs to reduce childhood violence.

 

“The opportunity to reunite with Gov. Ridge and his team was one I simply could not pass up,” said Mackereth. “Mark Holman, Mark Campbell and everyone at Ridge Policy Group are recognized both in Harrisburg and in Washington as dedicated professionals who work tirelessly on behalf of their clients. I am eager to use the skills I have acquired over a long career in public service to further those efforts.”

 

Mackereth was previously elected as Mayor of Spring Grove in 1996 until 2000, and served on the Spring Grove Borough Council and Planning Commission.

 

Mackereth was elected to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives in 2000 to serve the 196th Legislative District, and served four terms in office. During her tenure in the legislature, Mackereth served on the Education, Children & Youth, Aging & Older Adult Services, Judiciary, and Health & Human Services Committees. She was also appointed deputy whip and chairperson of the House Basic Education Subcommittee.

 

In 2008, Mackereth took the position of Executive Director of the York County Human Services Department.  In November 2011 Mackereth was appointed by Governor Corbett as the Deputy Secretary of the Office of Children, Youth and Families in the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services.  In June 2013 Mackereth was named Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services.

 

Bev Mackereth graduated Frostburg State University in 1979 with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Sociology. She is the mother of four and lives in Spring Grove with her husband, Michael.

 

About Ridge Policy Group

The Ridge Policy Group is a bi-partisan, full-service government relations and issue management firm with offices located in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania and Washington D.C.  Led by our nation’s first Secretary of Homeland Security and former Governor of Pennsylvania, Tom Ridge, along with his long-time senior advisors, Mark Holman and Mark Campbell, Ridge Policy Group enjoys over 30 years of experience in local, state, and federal governments.

 

 

For more information, please contact:                                                       

Steve Aaron, President

SRA Communications

(717) 554-8614

steve@SRACommunications.com

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Historic Legislation Passed on January 27

 

1998

 

SB 641: An Act amending Title 42 (Judiciary and Judicial Procedure) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes, further providing for law enforcement records concerning juveniles; and providing for post-conviction relief.

 

Approved by Governor Tom Ridge

 

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1998

 

SB 382: An Act amending the act of July 28, 1953 (P.L.723, No.230), entitled, as amended, the Second Class County Code, providing for the appointment and promotion of employees in the office of sheriff in counties of the second class; prohibiting certain political activity by employees of the sheriff’s office in counties of the second class; further providing for definitions and for payment to retirement fund; providing for retirement eligibility, for allowance and for alternate contract procedure for adaptive reuse of jail facilities; providing counties of the second class A with the power to make grants to townships, boroughs and nonprofit organizations for parks, recreation areas, open space projects and such other outdoor projects and for historic and museum projects; and making a repeal.

 

Approved by Governor Tom Ridge

 

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National Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists Week

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Join the Pennsylvania Association of Nurse Anesthetists and Ridge Policy Group in Celebrating National CRNA Week!

 

This week, January 25-31, 2015

 

National CRNA Week is the annual celebration of anesthesia patient safety and the nation’s 48,000+ Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists and student registered nurse anesthetists who safely and cost-effectively provide more than 34 million anesthetics each year. Pennsylvania has over 3,000+ CRNAs and 13 Nurse Anesthesia Programs. This popular event helps patients, hospital administrators, healthcare professionals, policymakers, and others become more familiar with the CRNA credential and the exceptional advanced practice registered nurses who have earned it.

 

The theme for National CRNA Week 2015 is “CRNAs: The Future of Anesthesia Care Today,” which urges healthcare facility administrators and legislators to make informed decisions about how best to deliver safe, high-quality, cost-effective anesthesia care in coordination with a patient’s healthcare team.

 

To learn more about how these advanced practice nurses keep you and your loved ones safe during any procedure visit www.panaforqualitycare.com.

TODAY ON THE HILL

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January 26, 2015

 

11:00 – House Insurance
To consider: HB 159

 

Off the floor – House Veterans Affairs & Emergency Preparedness
To consider: HB 131, HB 49, HB 157, HB 152

 

1:00 – House and Senate Sessions

Thompson Issues Statement on Moshannon Valley Correctional Facility Contract Renewal

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Bellefonte, PA – U.S. Representative Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson (PA-5) issued the following statement upon news that the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) has awarded Moshannon Valley Correctional Facility (MVCF), in Philipsburg, Clearfield County, as the BOP’s preferred facility for the Northeastern United States.

 

“This announcement is tremendous news for our community and the Commonwealth,” stated Rep. Glenn Thompson. “The Moshannon Valley Correctional Facility has been an economic engine for our region, providing jobs for area residents, new tax revenue to support local services, including investments in our schools, and a host of other opportunities that have benefited all area residents. I am proud of the work we have done, including efforts at all levels of government and within the community, to protect local jobs and ensure the Moshannon Valley facility remains in operation for years to come.”

 

Over the past year, Rep. Thompson has led efforts at the federal level to help secure the contract’s renewal.  In January of 2014, Thompson garnered the support of 12 Members of Congress from Pennsylvania and Senator Pat Toomey, in sending a letter to BOP, urging the bureau to renew the contract with MVCF.

 

The BOP’s existing contract with MVCF, which is set to expire in 2016, has been renewed for a period of 5 years, with one year renewal options for the following five years, according to Rep. Thompson.

 

BOP’s Criminal Alien Removal Procurement Regulations, require one facility in the Northeastern U.S. and another facility to be located anywhere in the country.  MVCF, which is operated by the GEO Group, Inc., has served as the region’s preferred facility since 2006.

 

The MVCF currently employs approximately 260 area residents and provides approximately $600,000 each year in local property taxes, $445,000 of which directly benefits local schools.