Bills Addressing Fraudulent Doctors, Flu Shots for
Kids Sent to the Governor
A bill addressing individuals who fraudulently pose as
doctors and legislation that allows pharmacists to provide flu shots to
children received final legislative approval this week and are headed to the
Governorís desk for his signature and enactment into law.
Senate Bill 485, which was approved by the House of
Representatives on Tuesday, increases the criminal grading for impersonating
a doctor of medicine and providing medical treatment, from a second degree
misdemeanor to a first degree misdemeanor.
The legislation is based on a recommendation made by the
Philadelphia Grand Jury which investigated and ultimately indicted Dr.
Kermit Gosnell and other employees at his "House of Horrors" abortion
clinic. Although Gosnell was ultimately sentenced to life in prison for
murder, several of his employees, who were practicing medicine without a
proper license, received lenient sentences for their crimes. Currently,
impersonating a physician is treated the same as impersonating a notary
public or other licensed professional under Pennsylvania law.
House Bill 182, which was approved by the Senate on Monday,
amends the Pharmacy Act to allow authorized pharmacists to administer flu
immunizations to children 9 years of age and older and allows qualified
pharmacy interns to administer injections under supervision.
Senate Approves 911 Reauthorization Measure
On Tuesday, the Senate approved
House Bill 911, legislation that will reauthorize the
Emergency 9-1-1 System in Pennsylvania. The current fee on wireless devices
is set to expire on June 30, 2015, unless the law is reauthorized. House
Bill 911 would set the fee at $1.65 a month per device. The bill returns to
the House of Representatives for a concurrence vote.
Other bills approved by the Senate and sent to the House
this week include:
Senate Bill 590, which ensures that the intellectual property
rights of faculty members of state-owned universities are protected at the
same level as faculty at private colleges and universities in the
Senate Bill 687, which amends the Uniform
Planned Community Act to correct a conflict which was created by a
Pennsylvania Supreme Court decision.
Senate Bill 688, which amends the Uniform
Condominium Act to correct a conflict which was created by a Pennsylvania
Supreme Court decision.
Senate Bill 861, a bill I introduced that clarifies liability
issues in cases involving auto dealership loaner vehicles.
Senate Bill 880, which delays the implementation of the
Keystone Exams (algebra, biology and literature) as a graduation requirement
until the 2018-2019 school year.
Pennsylvania State Police Seeking Cadet Applicants
Applications are now being accepted for those interested in
joining the ranks of the Pennsylvania State Police. Applications will be
accepted online until June 30 for the written examination, which is the
first step in the process.
More information on careers with the State Police,
eligibility requirements and applications for the written examination can be
found and submitted online at
Following the written examination, successful candidates
will move on to the oral examination phase. A candidate's final overall
score is based on both the written and oral examinations. Those passing the
oral and written exam portions must then successfully complete a physical
fitness test, polygraph test, background investigation and medical and
psychological evaluations before appointment as a cadet.
Cadets must complete an intense 27-week training course at
the State Police Academy in Hershey before they become troopers. The
starting salary for new troopers will be $57,251 as of July 1.