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M e d i c a l r e c o r d f e at u r e

Meeting Great
Expectations -
your Legislative
Meeting

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Larry Light retired from PAMED
as the Senior Vice President for
Political Affairs. He was a PAMED
lobbyist at the state and national
levels for more than 34 years.

he first months of 2019 have been filled with
an unusually high level of political activity for
a year in which only municipal elections are
normally held. Generally it is a time period
when first term legislators, newly elected caucus leaders and
first time committee chairs are settling into their comfort
zone. However, the winter and spring months of this year
have instead seen an escalation of political intensity as a
series of seven special elections were held to fill seven vacant
legislative seats in districts across the Commonwealth.
After the May 21st date of the Pennsylvania primary
election, three new State Representatives, three new State
Senators and one new Congressman will have been selected and
will be sworn into office. And in typical Pennsylvania political
fashion of late, the reasons for several of the special elections are
noteworthy. The Congressional seat of Tom Marino was vacant
due to his resignation for personal reasons, while State Senators
Rich Alloway and Don White resigned for the same reason.
The third State Senate special election was required when
Guy Reschenthaler was elected to the Congress. Things were
somewhat different in the House. Special elections there were

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held to fill the seats of two members facing legal issues, Brian
Ellis and Vanessa Lowery-Brown. There was also a need to
replace Representative Sid Michaels Kavulich who died before
the 2018 General Election but was none the less re-elected to
his House seat posthumously.
The result of each special election is considered an
important factor in measuring the potential for a shift in the
balance of political power for the respective chambers, so to the
party leaders and political analysts these are critically important.
Words like momentum and karma are regularly mentioned.
With those special elections in the background,
Pennsylvania physicians have never had a better time to meet
with their own state and federal legislators and begin the
process of building a productive advocacy relationship.
Legislators at every level react to the stimuli around
them and they are especially interested in hearing from
their constituents. Physicians who provide health care to
their constituents and who live in their district are uniquely
positioned to influence health care public policy. Generally
their views are both sought after and respected. A legislative
"district" meeting is the best way to achieve that effect.


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