DALLAS TWP. — That not-so-old acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math — STEM — has proven it doesn’t have to mean high-tech work or advanced physics. As students at the Dallas elementary schools proved, it can be anything from a paper airplane to a roundish robot.

All four district schools participated in National STEM Week beginning Monday and running through Friday with a broad sample of how STEM seeps into almost anything you want to do. The high school began on Monday with information for students about STEM careers, including a presentation about flying drones or in the world(s) of virtual reality.

Dallas Middle School students are getting a chance to use new Industrial Arts equipment, including a laser engraving machine.

Both the Intermediate School and Wycallis Elementary — which, combined, house kindergarten through fifth grade — set up activities in their gymnasiums for students to take turns trying.

At the new Intermediate School, which welcomed students for the first time this fall, smiles and surprise were abundant as student discovered how to launch cotton balls, fold efficient paper airplanes and use simplified coding to make little robots roll the way they wanted.

This is the second year Dallas has marked National STEM Week, in conjunction with the regional Carbon, Schuylkill, Luzerne counties STEM Ecosystem.

WILKES-BARRE — A Hanover Township man has sued Boscov’s, claiming he was injured when the store’s escalator violently sped up. It is the second such suit filed against the store since October.

Joseph Ferraro and his wife, Maria, filed the suit against the department store chain Thursday, claiming he was injured inside the store’s Wilkes-Barre location after a mechanical failure of an escalator.

According to the suit, which was filed through Ferraro’s attorney, Angel Mae Webby-Zola of the West Hazleton Zola Law Offices, the Ferraros were at the store on Oct. 9, 2019.

While there, Ferraro claims he was standing on the escalator when it “violently sped up,” causing Ferraro to fall backward. He says the teeth of the escalator continuously dug into his bag, causing damage to both his body and his clothing.

Ferraro is seeking compensation in excess of $50,000, saying he had to undergo “great pain and agony” and incurred extensive physical therapy and other medical bills.

Notably, Ferraro’s injuries occurred the day after Webby-Zola filed a very similar suit against Boscov’s on behalf of Viola Shemanski, who claimed she was also thrown from an escalator.

In Shemanski’s account, the escalator also suddenly sped up, throwing her from it. She fell, causing a head injury and a broken rib.

It is not immediately clear from the suits if Ferraro and Shemanski were injured on the same escalator, or if multiple escalators in the store have had the same mechanical failure.

EXETER TWP. — The police chief of Exeter Township has filed a suit in federal court against the township, claiming he was pressured to illegally force the department to issue more traffic tickets.

The suit comes from Chief William Knowles, Cpl. Charles Neff and Sgt. Scott Viadock, and was filed earlier this month by Pittston-based attorney Cynthia L. Pollick.

According to the suit, Exeter Township Supervisor Daniel Fetch repeatedly directed the police department begin issuing more traffic tickets.

Fetch allegedly also said he wanted to hire more young officers, with the suit’s plaintiffs claiming Fetch made comments that new officers would be more willing to listen to this directive.

According to the officers, the suggestions from Fetch first began on Feb. 22, 2019, with Fetch allegedly telling Knowles that he “wanted police officers to write more tickets.” The suit says this is illegal and official misconduct.

On the same day, Knowles says he told Fetch that he cannot order officers to write more tickets. Knowles contacted other members of township government, including Chairman Robert Kile Sr. and solicitor Gene Molino.

Afterward, Fetch allegedly threatened to transfer Knowles on March 1. On March 14, Kile issued a directive that no one on the board of supervisors could not perform on-the-spot or impromptu disciplinary actions against police officers.

However, the officers in the suit claim this did not stop Fetch, with Fetch allegedly threatening to move Neff off his normal shift should he continue to refuse to issue more tickets.

On April 1, Fetch allegedly stated “he wanted younger cadets since they would have no issue writing a ton of tickets.” The officers went to Exeter Township about Fetch’s conduct on May 6, with Kile saying Fetch was “on his own” should the officers pursue further action.

On July 1, Fetch, continuing this line of dialog, allegedly told Knowles that “if the township hired young kids out of the academy, they would write everyone up for everything related to traffic citations and hit traffic hard.” Knowles took this as an implication that he should be writing more tickets.

In the fall, Fetch told officers that the township would be putting up a new traffic signal and that officers “would be writing a lot more red-light tickets.”

The officers filed the suit in federal court, claiming that Fetch’s alleged threats to transfer officers to other shifts for speaking out amount to a violation of their First Amendment rights.

“Defendants have intimidated Plaintiffs and have affected the way they perform their work duties because of their reporting of official misconduct and corruption,” the suit reads.

DALLAS TWP. — The new Weis Market in the Country Club Shopping Center will be “clean, well-organized and very friendly,” store manager Carmine Lupio said Thursday.

Lupio will be pleased, then, to hear what one Weis shopper had to say when the Times Leader asked what she thought of the new store.

“I find this store to be very clean, very well-organized and very friendly,” said Ann Kay of Dallas.

Weis Markets opened its newest location Thursday in the former Thomas Foodtown, which it purchased in September. Weis also acquired Thomas’ Food Basics store in Shavertown, which was then closed.

Lupio said the new store occupies 45,000 square feet and employs 45 full- and part-time associates. Half of the employees at the new store came to Weis from the former Thomas’ locations, corporate spokesman Dennis Curtain said.

The supermarket on Tunkhannock Highway marks the seventh Luzerne County location for the Sunbury-based chain — and Weis’ second store in the Dallas area, albeit less than two miles from an existing Weis store on the Memorial Highway.

Both stores will remain open, Curtin said, noting that the company saw an opportunity to expand its business in the Back Mountain by opening the new market.

The chain’s other Luzerne County locations are in Plains Township, Nanticoke, Mountain Top, Duryea, and West Hazleton.

What started as a neighborhood market in Sunbury in 1912 is now a seven-state chain with 198 stores, 126 of them in Pennsylvania.

Weis has undergone substantial growth and expansion in recent years in the Mid-Atlantic region, as the Central Penn Business Journal pointed out in a 2017 report, opening a new flagship superstore in suburban Harrisburg following a year in which Weis spent $65 million on buying stores from rival companies.

The company also makes a point of supporting community organizations, a policy continued Thursday as the Dallas ceremony included donations to two Back Mountain charities — Blue Chip Farm Animal Refuge and the Back Mountain Food Pantry, each receiving a check for $500.

“This donation is very much appreciated,” said Marge Bart, owner of Blue Chip Farms. “It really helps us survive. We recently received two dogs that were pregnant and needed C-sections. That’s a big and unexpected expense.”

Blue Chip Farm Animal Refuge has provided thousands of animals a sanctuary where older, stray, abandoned, sick or abused animals can wait to be adopted, or simply live out their lives in safety and peace.

Joseph Hardisky, associate manager of the Back Mountain Food Pantry — located in the Trucksville United Methodist Church — said the food pantry serves about 185 people and he said the number of people in need is always growing.

“We see people who have recently lost jobs or found out they have a serious illness,” Hardisky said. “They suddenly find themselves in a tough position and they come to us for help.”

Reaction to the state Department of Corrections report recommending closure of the State Correctional Institution at Retreat may not have come as a surprise to many.

Neither should the reactions — mostly angry — from political and union leaders who have been speaking out against such a move since the proposed closure was first announced last summer:

And Mullery took his disappointment a step further, recommending that Department of Corrections Secretary John E. Wetzel be removed from Gov. Tom Wolf’s cabinet.

“I remain steadfast in my belief that (Wetzel) doesn’t possess the temperament, professionalism, or competence to run a used car lot, let alone the DOC,” Mullery said. “I have genuine concern for the safety of all DOC personnel under his command.”

DOC Executive Deputy Secretary for Institutional Operations Tabb Bickell was placed in charge of the process amid ongoing outrage over profane remarks made by Wetzel during a public hearing on plans to close the state prison, located in Newport Township.

“We’ve known from the onset of this process that it was nothing more than a charade and violative of the spirit of Act 133,” Mullery said, referencing a law that requires closures of public institutions like correctional facilities to come after a period of public comment and investigation into the economic impact of the closure.

• Larry Blackwell, president of the Pennsylvania State Corrections Officers Association, also referenced Wetzel in his statement on the report’s recommendations.

“Secretary Wetzel’s comments caught on a microphone at the first SCI-Retreat hearing told us all we needed to know,” Blackwell said. “This process has been a sham from the beginning — and it’s a dangerous one because it puts money over public safety.”

Blackwell said Pennsylvania’s prisons are bursting at the seams and are more violent than ever — “no matter how often the Department of Corrections manipulates its statistics on violence and inmate population.”

Blackwell added, “It’s time for the Pennsylvania General Assembly to hold this department accountable, or more prisons are going to close in their districts.”

• C. David Pedri, Luzerne County manager, called the report “truly upsetting,” saying “it does not take into account the truly negative economic impact that this closure will have on Luzerne County and Newport Township.”

“After review, it seems that the department made a decision first and then put together a report to back that decision,” Pedri added.

“Our thoughts are with the many courageous employees who will now have to uproot their families and their way of life. I’m hopeful that Gov. Wolf changes course and chooses to keep SCI Retreat open.”

Mullery, among others, said he expects an announcement by week’s end, and that “it appears he will move forward with his recommendation.”

Social media also was filled with comments from readers weighing in on the report’s conclusions, though not all were opposed. From the Times Leader Facebook page:

• Jeremiah Scutt: “This is the right decision. Let’s get that deathtrap closed and start housing them in the the brand new $400 million facility in Montgomery County. That is why it was built.”

• Michael Li: “They never planned on keeping it open,” Li wrote, suggesting the decision to close was made back in August and calling the Act 133 process “a joke.”

• Mary Lou Yerke: “Maybe the employees can ask the White House to intervene. After all he opened more mines (sarcasm) … I feel for the employees and the effect it will have on the local economy. I hope all the employees can be placed in other reasonable distance positions.”

Regarding the employees, Mullery said that once closure is finalized the state must focus on their transition to new facilities, adding that those who can’t transition should receive education and/or career training.

“Secondly, we need to assist the communities directly affected by this closure,” Mullery said. “I, along with a few colleagues and the governor, have begun preparing legislation directing assistance to employees and municipalities burdened by the closure of a large, state-run facility. I expect that legislation to be finalized and introduced shortly.”

JACKSON TWP. — Township police arrested a Dallas man they say was intoxicated inside a truck that contained firearms, ammunition and beer on Tuesday.

Police said they found three loaded handguns and an unloaded handgun inside a Dodge truck occupied by Donald Joseph Scavone, 25, of Meeker Outlet Road.

Scavone was arraigned Wednesday in Luzerne County Central Court on three counts of firearms not to be carried without a permit and two counts of driving under the influence. He was released without bail.

Police were patrolling in the area of Hillside Avenue and Cobblestone Lane when they spotted a Dodge truck parked off the side at about 11:58 p.m.

Police said Scavone reeked of an alcoholic beverage and had to lean against the truck to maintain his balance, the complaint says.

Police searched the truck allegedly finding two loaded handguns under the driver’s seat, an unloaded handgun under the passenger seat and a loaded handgun inside the center console. Ammunition was also found under the passenger seat.

Scavone told police he was searching for his girlfriend at several taverns and was on his way to a friend’s house, the complaint says.

WILKES-BARRE — The Pennsylvania House of Representatives Wednesday passed Senate Bill 906 that would prohibit the closure of White Haven State Center and Polk State Center.

“This bill, as amended, does exactly what Gov. Tom Wolf and his Council on Reform should have done from the start, before moving to close these centers,” said Rep. Gerald Mullery, D-Newport Township. “It corrects his mistake and ensures all avenues will be explored before making such a critical decision.”

Under S.B. 906, a moratorium would be enacted on the scheduled closing of White Haven Center in Luzerne County and Polk Center in Venango County.

The House further amended the bill to include the appointment of a task force which will evaluate the state centers and provide recommendations to the Department of Human Services prior to the closure of one or more state centers.

Sen. John Yudichak, I-Swoyersville, thanked Rep. Lee James and the members of the Luzerne County House Delegation, both Republican and Democrat, who he said fought hard to advance Senate Bill 906.

“The passage of SB 906 is a significant victory for people with intellectual disabilities, the families that love them and the dedicated employees who provide loving care to them at our state centers,” Yudichak said. “I look forward to working with Sen. Michele Brooks, Sen. Scott Hutchinson, Sen. Lisa Baker and my other Senate colleagues to concur on the House amendment and send Senate Bill 906 to the governor for his signature.”

Yudichak introduced Senate Bill 906 with Brooks, R-Jamestown; Hutchinson, R-Oil City, and Baker, R-Lehman Township.

As amended by the House, the bill creates the Task Force on the Closure of State Facilities to analyze and manage the closure of any state center and prevents a closure of those centers for a minimum of five years.

“I am pleased to see my colleagues on both sides of the aisle recognized the importance of protecting hundreds of residents, their families and their caregivers,” Mullery said.

“This is an important step toward recognizing the rights of the residents of the two institutions, their families, and the workers, who deserve a more deliberative process in deciding their future,” she stated. “There is a larger principle at stake as well. Legislators have a role in establishing, funding, and overseeing state institutions. That involvement does not suddenly terminate because a governor arbitrarily decides to pursue closure.”

State Rep. Tarah Toohil, R-Butler Township, called Wednesday’s vote “a huge victory the White Haven Center and its residents.”

“These individuals and their families deserve to have a state center safety net. The intellectually disabled deserve a choice in the type of care and housing they are afforded,” Toohil said.

The White Haven and Polk centers serve individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities — 111 in the case of White Haven, many of whom have lived there for decades. White Haven also has 429 employees.

In October, Luzerne County Council declared its opposition to the White Haven State Center shutdown, passing a resolution supporting the Senate bill.

WILKES-BARRE TWP. — The Luzerne County Convention Center Authority on Wednesday approved its annual budget and projected an approximate 10% increase in net income from operations compared to last year.

At its monthly meeting at the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza, authority Chairman Gary Zingaretti focused on the net income entry of $332,115. The prior year’s figure was $303,059 and did not include the non-operating income from the county’s hotel tax that goes toward the payment of the bonds issued for construction of the facility that opened in 1999 and for the county’s tourism bureau.

The hotel tax is budgeted to bring in $2.4 million in revenue this year. When factored in with other non-operating revenue, expense and depreciation, the budget projects a net income of $729,777 compared to $759,030 for 2019.

Zingaretti noted that the budget includes the naming rights contract, the lease with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins hockey franchise, the management contract ASM Global and the new food and beverage agreements.

“We feel this accurately represents all the contractual changes and there’s certainly some things that will still need to play out as we’re in the first year of this contract to see how everything goes,” Zingaretti said.

The much anticipated WiFi project is moving closer to actual installation of the custom-made system, said Donna Cupinski, chairwoman of the authority’s Capital Improvements & Strategic Planning Committee.

“All the equipment is on order. There’s stuff that (Turn-Key Technologies Inc. does) at their home office to prep for this, so they’re not on site yet. But we anticipate them being on site in February,” Cupinski said.

• Hiring an engineering and architectural firm at a cost not to exceed $50,000 for future projects that are expected to be funded by state grants. The grants would cover the cost of hiring the firm, Zingaretti said.

• A new digital mix board at a cost not to exceed $3,500 to replace the 20-year-old, analog mixing board for the portable sound system.

The authority unanimously voted 10-0 to retain its leadership for this year: Zingaretti, chairman; Cupinski, vice chairman; Tony Ryba, treasurer; and Tom Woods, secretary. Ryba did not attend Wednesday’s meeting.

After adjourning the meeting the authority met in an executive session to discuss a personnel matter, Zingaretti said.

KINGSTON — Wyoming Valley West School Board voted unanimously to keep any property tax increase within a state-set limit, but business consultant Joe Rodriguez said the district had little choice. Calculations done by the business office showed the district would not qualify for either of two state-allowed exceptions to exceed the limit.

The limit was set by the state law known as Act 1 of 2006, which authorized the use of money from legalized gambling to help offset homeowner property taxes through a “homestead exemption. The stat annually sets a maximum tax hike for all districts. Wyoming Valley West’s limit this year is 3.7%.

Districts can only exceed the limit, known as the Act 1 Index, by either getting voter approval in the spring primary via a referendum, or by getting exceptions allowed by the state for a limited number of reasons. Rodriguez, who worked as the business manager for years but has been offering free consulting services since retirement, said the district looked into applying for exceptions for rapidly rising special education costs or to cover escalating retirement contribution costs.

Voting to stay within the limit gives the district more time to draw up a preliminary budget, and Rodriguez said it’s too early to tell what staying within the limit will mean, but early numbers suggest a steep shortfall between revenue and spending without exceeding the limit.

The board will have to find savings before the end of June, the legal deadline for passing a balanced budget.

Near the end of the meeting, Board President Joe Mazur pointed to two agenda items that he said shows the budget problems the district faces. Abiding by court orders, the board had to approve tax refunds to HCSC Laundry totaling $39,495 and refunds to Platinum Health at River Run LLC totaling $146,868. Both orders came as a result of tax assessment appeals for the years of 2016, 2017 and 2018.

After the meeting, Rodriguez offered data that he said shows that assessed property values in the district have dropped by $65 million in the last nine years.

WILKES-BARRE — The Residents’ Association of Rolling Mill Hill held their monthly meeting Wednesday night with multiple topics of discussion, including police statistics, aggressive driving in the neighborhood and illegal street parking.

The meeting was run by association president Linda Joseph, who offered snacks and refreshments to the crowd of neighborhood residents before turning the meeting over Wilkes-Barre City Councilman Tony Brooks.

Brooks didn’t have too much to say, opting to let the evening’s two guest speakers do the talking. He did add that “the city can’t do everything, so if we could pitch in and help out, it would be great.”

Wilkes-Barre Police Chief Joe Coffay and Community Policing Officer Kirk Merchel addressed the crowd for over an hour, answering questions and letting the people know where the police stand with major issues in Wilkes-Barre.

“When I took over a year ago, it was at this meeting that I said I wanted to make some changes,” said Coffay. He brought along some statistics so citizens could better understand the scope of the work he’s done as chief.

In December of 2019 alone, according to Coffay, Wilkes-Barre police responded to almost 4,000 calls to service. Of those calls, about 340 turned into actual cases on which police were able to follow up.

Coffay also lauded the work of his Anti-Crime Unit for helping get drug and violent offenders off the streets. The unit made 149 felony drug arrests and took multiple firearms off the street, including three weapons from a juvenile offender that Cofay referred to as “Wilkes-Barre public enemy No. 1.”

Merchel focused primarily on the work police have done in responding to some of the minor crimes piling up around town.

“Everything has to be taken care of, we can’t just let the minor crimes go,” Merchel said. “All of these minor things lead to bigger things.”

Merchel highlighted the department’s use of social media as a highly effective tool, saying that many arrests have been made based off of tips from Facebook users who identify suspects based on images that the department uploads to its Facebook page. He also confirmed that the department would be expanding onto Twitter this year.

After Merchel’s comments were concluded, the floor was opened to Rolling Mill Hills residents, who seemed to have a lot of similar things to say, mainly regarding speeding and parking in the city.

Citizens cited roadways like Hazle and Blackman streets as places where motorists regularly push speed limits.

“Now, we take all the information and concerns, and we take action on it,” said Coffay. “I thought this meeting went very well.”

Duane Lindbuchler, a member of the residents association, felt the same way. A longtime resident of Wilkes-Barre, Lindbuchler says that he’s noticed the change in the city since Coffay took over as chief.

“I walk my dog every night, and four or five years ago I would have been nervous,” Lindbuchler said. “Now, especially in the last year or so, you could feel the difference.”

WILKES-BARRE — A Scranton man was found guilty on Wednesday of charges of making terroristic threats, with the charges coming while the man was on parole for a previous count of attempted homicide.

Andre Fuller, 29, was found convicted of two felony counts of making terroristic threats on Wednesday, after having been on trial before Luzerne County President Judge Michael T. Vough since the beginning of the week.

Fuller, who was on parole for the 2013 attempted homicide of then 19-year-old William Uggiano, was arrested in September 2019 after Kingston police say a woman came to the police station to report the threats.

The woman, who is not identified by name in court records, told police she had previously been in a relationship with Fuller, and that Fuller had been making threats of violence against her and her current boyfriend.

The woman provided the text message thread between herself and Fuller, which implied that he could have people do harm to her boyfriend. He also sent her photos of a pistol, saying, “I got one too but I use mine.”

Fuller also texted the woman, saying that her new boyfriend should change the color of his vehicle, because Fuller would be looking for it.

Court records show that, after jurors completed their deliberation Wednesday, Vough scheduled sentencing for March 25.

The sentence could be harsh, since the threats were made while Fuller was on parole for the attempted homicide of Uggiano.

Fuller entered a guilty plea in that case in July 2014. Fuller was accused of firing seven shots at Uggiano, striking him in the head, shoulder, arm, hip, waist and buttocks.

Uggiano testified he had gone to the area of Wayne and South Grant streets to meet a woman who had invited him to smoke some marijuana. He said he waited about 10 minutes, then began to walk home when he turned around and saw Fuller with a gun.

Fuller was sentenced by Luzerne County Judge David W. Lupas to spend between six and 12 years in state prison for that crime.

WILKES-BARRE — The rock band Angels & Airwaves has postponed the second leg of their winter tour, including Sunday’s performance at the F.M. Kirby Center, according to the band’s Facebook page.

A post released Wednesday said that lead singer Tom DeLonge is battling an upper respiratory infection, forcing six shows to be rescheduled. The Kirby Center show is now set for Tuesday, May 26. All tickets purchased for Sunday’s show will be honored.

WILKES-BARRE — Snow is in the forecast for this weekend for residents of Northeastern Pennsylvania, according to the National Weather Service.

As it stands right now, Saturday afternoon is expected to see a burst of snowfall possibly mixed in with some sleet, before giving way to mixed precipitation on Saturday night.

Joanne LaBounty, a forecaster with the National Weather Service, doesn’t expect much in the way of delays or travel issues, but the possibility of sleet can make any weekend travel a little tricky.

“We could see some sleet mixed in with the snow during the day on Saturday,” LaBounty said. “Still, it all comes down to whether or not the roads are treated properly.”

LaBounty says that the Luzerne County area could see up to 3 to 4 inches of snowfall on Saturday, with temperatures hovering in the mid-30s before dropping below freezing on Saturday night.

“The high temperatures during the afternoon should prevent the roads from freezing over,” LaBounty said.

It’s still a little far out to predict just exactly what’s going to happen, but the early prediction will allow for residents and travelers to make preparations for the possibility of snowfall.

In addition, the National Weather Service has issued a wind advisory for Thursday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., with a slight chance of less than an inch of snow falling Thursday night.

Gusts are expected to be consistently from 10 to 20 miles per hour, with some gusts reaching as high as 40 miles per hour.

Anticipating and encouraging a crowd of property owners upset about stormwater fees, Luzerne County Council’s Legislative Committee will meet Tuesday at the Best Western Plus Genetti Hotel & Conference Center in downtown Wilkes-Barre.

COLUMBIA, S.C. — For I.S. Leevy Johnson, the Democrats’ search for a challenger to take on President Donald Trump is personal.

KINGSTON — The Friedman Jewish Community Center welcomed guest speaker Erin McLaughlin to town on Sunday for a presentation entitled “Agree to Disagree: The Value of Viewpoint Diversity.”

With proposals to develop what once was the Central Railroad of New Jersey rail yard in Ashley, the site was the scene of two deadly catastrophes with runaway freight trains in the early 1900s.

Luzerne County’s usual poll worker shortage has become more urgent because even more help will be needed in the April 28 primary, said county Election Director Shelby Watchilla.

WILKES-BARRE — It wasn’t Fat Tuesday in New Orleans, but the Mardi Gras celebration thrown by St. Robert Bellarmine Parish at St. Aloysius Church had parishioners and guests partying like they were in the Big Easy.

Medical marijuana patients may have noticed an increased difficulty in finding a particular product: traditional marijuana buds.

TUNKHANNOCK — Former Tunkhannock Mayor Norman Ball died on Thursday at the Allied Hospice Center in Scranton at the age of 84.

WILKES-BARRE — The Leadership Wilkes-Barre project group, Mission Nutrition, is looking for community support to aid in their quest to equip Volunteers in Medicine with a commercial-grade refrigerator and other materials that will provide healthy, fresh food to their clients.

WILKES-BARRE — State Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski, D-Wilkes-Barre, will host a House Democratic Policy Committee public hearing on his legislation — H.B. 2287.

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WILKES-BARRE — State Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski, D-Wilkes-Barre, will host a House Democratic Policy Committee public hearing on his legislation — H.B. 2287.

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