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Ag and Environment

  • Led lobbying efforts to create the state’s Right to Farm Act and Agriculture Communities and Rural Environment Act.
  • Successfully lobbied to increase state funding for the state’ Conservation Districts from $3.75 million to more than $15.5 million annually.
  • Drafted and passed legislation (Alternative and Renewable Energy Bond Fund and First Industries Fund) creating programs that finance agriculture-related energy projects.
  • Drafted and lobbied for creation of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection and reorganization of the state’s conservation districts.
  • Drafted legislation, secured Governor’s approval and coordinated 356 member statewide coalition to create the Keystone Park, Conservation and Recreation Fund, which has delivered $750 million for environmental and conservation purposes.
  • Developed and secured approval of a state plan to identify key agribusiness transportation networks, used to plan critical road, bridge and infrastructure improvements.
  • Drafted and secured passage of the state’s first biosecurity legislation for agricultural and research facilities.
  • Secured more than $30 million in funding for projects to clean waste and wastewater, removing nutrients from the Chesapeake Bay watershed.
  • Drafted and secured passage of legislation regulating genetic modification of seeds, permitting continued genomic research in Pennsylvania.
  • Lobbied for legislation and amended regulations governing pesticide and herbicide registration, education and applications.
  • Secured funding for farm feedstock research into biomass and small oilseed crops.
  • Crafted and passed legislation permitting use of overweight trucks for use in milk hauling, saving the dairy industry millions of dollars in annual transportation costs.Testified to Congress and the EPA on behalf of farm and biotechnology groups during special reviews of pesticides and herbicides.
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  • Secured more than $100 million in state economic development funding for clients since 2007.
  • Led efforts and passed changes to permit Sunday sales of wine and liquor in the Commonwealth, resulting in increased state revenues of more than $1.5 billion since passage.
  • Drafted and successfully passed legislation creating safety groups under the state’s Workers Compensation laws, saving businesses millions of dollars annually.
  • Coordinated public and community relations efforts to minimize local opposition to businesses in Bucks, Chester, Crawford, Erie, Fayette and Schuylkill counties.
  • Researched and located sites, tax free properties for several manufacturing operations, working with local economic development and elected officials to secure funding.
  • Successfully lobbied for amendments to the state’s Unemployment Compensation system to reduce business costs for small businesses.
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  • Secured capital budget funding, and release of more than $85 million in state funds for rail improvements and economic development projects across the state in last five years.
  • Helped lead statewide coalition to secure sustainable funding for infrastructure improvements for the state’s roads, bridges and freight rail lines.
  • Drafted and led effort to increase funding for improvements to the state’s dirt and gravel road system from $4 million to $24 million annually.
  • Defended the state’s railroad industries against attempts to enact punitive legislation that would have resulted in needless state regulation and increases in operating costs.
  • Developed and secured approval of a state plan to identify key agribusiness transportation networks, roads and bridges for use in planning critical infrastructure improvements.
  • Drafted and secured passage of amendments to the PennSecurity Fuels Initiative to include cellulosic ethanol and a quality standard for biodiesel set at ASTM D-6751 standards, a requirement sought by engine manufacturers, end users and consumers.
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  • Proposed and led efforts to develop permanent funding program including grants, loans, and tax credits, for alternative and clean energy companies, resulting in $650 million bond program.
  • Researched and located sites for multiple energy generating operations, working with local economic development and elected officials.
  • Prepared business and financial plans for several start up alternative energy and advanced technology firms resulting in early stage investments.
  • Drafted and successfully created a statewide mandate for biodiesel content in diesel for on road use, based on state production of the renewable fuel.
  • Prepared and secured more than $8 million in grants from the Pennsylvania Energy Development Authority for clients.
  • Secured more than $8.3 million for clients through the Alternative Fuels Incentive Grant Program.
  • Secured $20 million in state support for the state’s first energy and nutrient recovery facility, generating 2.2 MW of electricity, while removing 70,000 tons of poultry manure from the Chesapeake Bay watershed.
  • Convinced the US Senate and the Department of Energy to award a $1.4 million grant to a client for research and development of alternative feedstocks and biodegradable automotive lubricants.
  • Successfully lobbied for reinstatement of the federal $1/gallon biodiesel blenders’ tax credit.
  • Organized the Pennsylvania Biomass Energy Association, a statewide industry-driven association promoting biomass as a sustainable energy resource.
  • Secured funding for a Pa. fuel cell company to help finance the company’s manufacturing expansion and generate 20 MW of electricity.
  • Developed plans and secured permit approvals for a $350 million electric generating facility (100 MW) in northwest Pennsylvania.
  • Successfully lobbied for tax credits for investments in advanced technology/clean energy companies. 
  • Secured funding for solar-wind/LED research company to relocate and expand operations in central Pennsylvania.
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  • Secured passage of several bills designed to protect children from abuse and establish a statewide Task Force on Child Protection. Placed two pediatricians on the statewide Task Force.
  • Successfully lobbied for “joint and several liability” and venue reform legislation, reducing liability insurance costs for physicians..
  • Secured Administration and insurance industry support for chronic care initiatives to provide quality health care for patients with chronic heart failure, diabetes, and asthma.
  • Secured creation of a loan forgiveness program for primary care physicians practicing in underserved areas of the Commonwealth.
  • Defeated legislative initiative by insurers to collapse rate categories, saving primary care physicians more than $20 million annually in medical liability premiums.
  • Defeated attempts to expand scope of practice by midlevel health care workers that would have jeopardized patient quality of care.
  • Coordinated government relations programs for a Primary Care Physicians’ Coalition, uniting more than 13,000 internists, pediatricians and family physicians to support programs that provide access to qualify care.
  • Successfully lobbied for legislation establishing new rules for medical professional liability insurance.
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