What’s Happening in the #PAHouse – Week of May 22, 2017

The Weekly Schedule

ArchChambertwIdentified by bill number, the sponsors and summaries for bills scheduled to be considered in committee or on the House floor are posted below.  More information regarding these bills can be found at PAHouseGOP.com by clicking on the “Research Bills” tab.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Committee Meetings/Hearings

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What’s Happening in the #PAHouse – Week of May 8, 2017

The Weekly Schedule

capspringIdentified by bill number, the sponsors and summaries for bills scheduled to be considered in committee or on the House floor are posted below.  More information regarding these bills can be found at PAHouseGOP.com by clicking on the “Research Bills” tab.

Monday, May 8, 2017

Committee Meetings/Hearings

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#PAHouse Weekly Wrapup – Week of April 24, 2017

WeeklyWrapup_TWBelow is a full list of bills passed by the House of Representatives during the week of April 24, 2017.

Bills heading to the Senate for consideration or concurrence:

  • HB 97 (Rep. Mike Reese, R-Somerset/Westmoreland): Amends the School Code to extensively revise and add charter school provisions and to modify the formula for determining a school district’s per student cyber charter school payment. Vote: 108-84. HB 97 now goes to the Senate for consideration.
  • HB 144 (Rep. Dan Moul, R-Adams): Amends the Solicitation of Funds for Charitable Purposes Act by outlining what does not constitute fundraising activities relating to exemption from registration. Vote: 192-0. HB 144 now goes to the Senate for consideration.
  • HB 168 (Rep. Rick Saccone, R-Allegheny/Washington): Establishes the crime of “misrepresentation of military service or honors” for anyone fraudulently presenting oneself as a member or veteran of any branch of the armed forces, or as the recipient of a service medal or other military decoration, when it is done with the intention of obtaining money, property or other benefits. Vote: 190-0. HB 168 now goes to the Senate for consideration.
  • HB 217 (Rep. Rob Kauffman, R-Franklin): Increases the grading of offenses related to endangering the welfare of children to reflect the degree of risk and the age of the child victim. Vote: 192-0. HB 217 now goes to the Senate for consideration.
  • HB 267 (Rep. Daryl Metcalfe, R-Butler): Adds the offense of theft of secondary metal. Vote: 178-14. HB 267 now goes to the Senate for consideration.
  • HB 290 (Rep. Carl Walker Metzgar, R-Bedford/Somerset): Amends the Storage Tank and Spill Prevention Act to address a vacancy on the Underground Storage Tank Indemnification Board. Vote: 190-0. HB 290 now goes to the Senate for consideration.
  • HB 303 (Rep. Jesse Topper, R-Bedford/Franklin/Fulton): Bridge designation: PFC/POW William G. Koontz Memorial Bridge. Vote: 189-0. HB 303 now goes to the Senate for consideration.
  • HB 395 (Rep. Gene DiGirolamo, R-Bucks): Amends the Achieving Better Care by Monitoring All Prescriptions Program Act to exempt prescribers from the requirement to query the database when Schedule V drugs are prescribed to treat epilepsy or a seizure disorder. Vote: 190-0. HB 395 now goes to the Senate for consideration.
  • HB 399 (Rep. Joe Emrick, R-Northampton): Requires a teacher preparation program to recommend applicants for certification who meet certain grade point average standards and prohibits teacher preparation programs from requiring education students to obtain a passing score on certain assessments in order to graduate and from including a student’s scores on these assessments as a component of a student’s course grade. Vote: 190-0. HB 399 now goes to the Senate for consideration.
  • HB 409 (Rep. Eli Evankovich, R-Allegheny/Westmoreland): Makes comprehensive changes to the process used by the Uniform Construction Code Review and Advisory Council to evaluate and adopt building code updates. Vote: 110-82. HB 409 now goes to the Senate for consideration.
  • HB 438 (Rep. Mike Reese, R-Somerset/Westmoreland): Establishes a Spirit Expanded Permit, allowing restaurant and hotel liquor license holders to sell up to four unopened bottles of spirits in a single transaction for off-premise consumption. Vote: 102-90. HB 438 now goes to the Senate for consideration.
  • HB 453 (Rep. Frank Ryan, R-Lebanon): Requires any agency receiving state funds to respond to an audit within 120 days or risk suspension of future funding. Vote: 192-0. HB 453 now goes to the Senate for consideration.
  • HB 489 (Rep. Thomas Quigley, R-Montgomery): Directs the Pennsylvania Commission on Sentencing to provide a sentence enhancement for committing the offense of indecent exposure when a person under the age of 16 is present. Vote: 182-10. HB 489 now goes to the Senate for consideration.
  • HB 508 (Rep. Jim Cox, R-Berks/Lancaster): Prevents convicted sex offenders who are non-compliant in their Megan’s Law registry requirements from receiving welfare benefits. Vote: 190-2. HB 508 now goes to the Senate for consideration.
  • HB 671 (Rep. Mark Keller, R-Cumberland/Perry): Outlines better enforcement of the state’s preemption of local firearms and ammunition regulations by stating that any party who successfully challenges one of these illegal local firearm ordinances will be entitled to reimbursement from the offending jurisdiction for their reasonable attorneys fees and costs to bring the lawsuit, and any loss of income suffered because of the illegal ordinance. Vote: 134-53. HB 671 now goes to the Senate for consideration.
  • HB 674 (Rep. Aaron Berstine, R-Beaver/Butler/Lawrence): Allows for a Pennsylvania lottery winnings intercept for state delinquent taxes and outstanding court costs, and requires a determination as to whether a winner receiving public assistance remains eligible. Vote: 192-0. HB 674 now goes to the Senate for consideration.
  • HB 780 (Rep. Ryan Mackenzie, R-Berks/Lehigh): Establishes licensure and regulation of mortgage servicers. Vote: 184-7. HB 780 now goes to the Senate for consideration.
  • HB 834 (Rep. Jim Marshall, R-Beaver/Butler): Bridge designation:  TFC Blake T. Coble Memorial Bridge. Vote: 192-0. HB 834 now goes to the Senate for consideration.
  • HB 1039 (Rep. Rosemary Brown, E-Monroe/Pike): Creates the Savings Promotion Raffle Authorization Act to authorize and permit financial institutions to conduct savings promotion raffles. Vote: 192-0. HB 1039 now goes to the Senate for consideration.
  • HB 975 (Rep. Mike Turzai, R-Allegheny): Divests the wholesale system of wine by allowing retailers to negotiate pricing on products and allowing those products to be delivered directly to retail markets; provides additional retail outlets to sell wine; allows wine to be sold in grocery store aisles and be purchased at the point of sale with other goods; and increases the amount of wine that can be sold in a single transaction. Vote: 107-84. HB 975 now goes to the Senate for consideration.
  • HB 991 (Rep. Adam Harris, R-Franklin/Juniata/Mifflin): Creates a Pennsylvania Retail Store License which permits qualified retailers to sell wine and spirits for off-premise consumption. Vote: 107-83. HB 991 now goes to the Senate for consideration.
  • HB 1022 (Rep. James Roebuck, D-Philadelphia): Amends the Public School Code to provide uniform standards for awarding college credit for prior learning at public institutions of higher education. Vote: 190-0. HB 1022 now goes to the Senate for consideration.
  • HB 1071 (Rep. Frank Farry, R-Bucks): Prohibits a political subdivision from imposing a ban, fee, surcharge or tax on a recyclable plastic bag supplied by a retail establishment to a purchaser of consumer goods at the point of sale. Vote: 102-87. HB 1071 now goes to the Senate for consideration.
  • HB 1075 (Rep. Mike Turzai, R-Allegheny): Divests the wholesale system for both wine and spirits and creates a State Stores Operating Fund. Vote: 105-84. HB 1075 now goes to the Senate for consideration.
  • HB 1238 (Rep. Todd Stephens, R-Montgomery): Updates and clarifies the existing animal abuse statute and increases the penalties for abusing any animal. Vote: 167-20. HB 1238 now goes to the Senate for consideration.

What’s Happening in the #PAHouse – Week of April 24, 2017

The Weekly Schedule

Dome AprilIdentified by bill number, the sponsors and summaries for bills scheduled to be considered in committee or on the House floor are posted below.  More information regarding these bills can be found at PAHouseGOP.com by clicking on the “Research Bills” tab.

 

Monday, April 24, 2017

Committee Meetings/Hearings

INSURANCE, 11 a.m., Room B-31, Main Capitol

  • HB 324 (Rep. Warren Kampf, R-Chester/Montgomery): Protects pensioners whose pensions are sold to insurance companies, when the Employment Retirement Income Security Act no longer applies.

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#PAHouse Weekly Wrapup – Week of April 17, 2017

WeeklyWrapup_TWBelow is a full list of bills passed by the House of Representatives during the week of April 17, 2017.

Bills heading to the Senate for consideration or concurrence:

  • HB 45 (Rep. Robert Godshall, R-Montgomery): Allows eligible, terminally ill patients to request and use investigational drugs, biological products and medical devices not yet approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Vote: 193-0. HB 45 now goes to the Senate for consideration.
  • HB 93 (Rep. David Millard, R-Columbia): Highway designation: Stuart Tank Memorial Highway. Vote: 193-0. HB 93 now goes to the Senate for consideration.
  • HB 199 (Rep. Seth Grove, R-York): Road designation: Private First Class Donald R. Gise Memorial Road. Vote: 191-0. HB 199 now goes to the Senate for consideration.
  • HB 269 (Rep. Thomas Murt, R-Montgomery/Philadelphia): Amends a road designation in Act 159 of 2016 to make a correction. Vote: 193-0. HB 269 now goes to the Senate for consideration.
  • HB 283 (Rep. Matthew Baker, R-Bradford/Potter/Tioga): Amends an overpass designation in Act 46 or 2015 to make a correction. Vote: 193-0. HB 283 now goes to the Senate for consideration.
  • HB 381 (Rep. Pam Snyder, D-Fayette/Greene/Washington): Requires the Department of Human Services to issue guidelines and adopt rules and regulations regarding a minor’s right to consent to mental health treatment. Vote: 193-0. HB 381 now goes to the Senate for consideration.
  • HB 580 (Rep. Keith Gillespie, R-York): Allows owners of historic military vehicles to obtain Historic Military Vehicle license plates from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. Vote: 193-0. HB 580 now goes to the Senate for consideration.
  • HB 595 (Rep. Rosemary Brown, R-Monroe/Pike): Grants the power to investigate and mediate disputes in planned communities, cooperatives and condominiums to the Bureau of Consumer Protection in the Office of Attorney General. Vote: 186-0. HB 595 now goes to the Senate for consideration.
  • SB 250 (Sen. Kim Ward, R-Westmoreland): Amends the Unemployment Compensation Law to provide $15 million in funding to the Service and Infrastructure Improvement Fund (SIIF) in 2017; allocates the funding and requires monthly reports on expenditures; and requires the Department of Labor and Industry to submit a report on ending reliance on SIIF and submit a funding request for upgrades to the Unemployment Compensation benefit delivery system. Vote: 189-4. SB 250 now goes to the Senate for concurrence.

 

What’s Happening in the #PAHouse – Week of April 17, 2017

The Weekly Schedule

PA Capitol springIdentified by bill number, the sponsors and summaries for bills scheduled to be considered in committee or on the House floor are posted below.  More information regarding these bills can be found at PAHouseGOP.com by clicking on the “Research Bills” tab.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Committee Meetings/Hearings

AGING AND OLDER ADULT SERVICES/HEALTH/HUMAN SERVICES, 1 p.m., Room 140, Main Capitol

  • Joint public hearing on the proposed consolidation of the Departments of Human Services, Health, Aging, and Drug and Alcohol Programs.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017
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#PAHouse Weekly Wrapup – Week of April 3, 2017

WeeklyWrapup_FBBelow is a full list of bills passed by the House of Representatives during the week of April 3, 2017.

Bills heading to the Senate for consideration or concurrence:

  • HB 16 (Rep. Ryan Mackenzie, R-Berks/Lehigh): Amends the Local Tax Collection Law to prohibit tax payments to an account in the name of an individual and requires the creation of a separate account to be used solely for tax payments. Vote: 191-0. HB 16 now goes to the Senate for consideration.
  • HB 46 (Rep. Thomas Caltagirone, D-Berks): Creates an opportunity for taxpayers to donate to pediatric cancer research via their Pennsylvania tax returns. Vote: 191-0. HB 46 now goes to the Senate for consideration.
  • HB 203 (Rep. Mark Longietti, D-Mercer): Increases the amount of wages, salary or employee benefits that may be paid directly by an employer to the family of a decedent from $5,000 to $10,000 without requiring letters of administration. Vote: 198-0. HB 203 now goes to the Senate for consideration.
  • HB 218 (Rep. Stan Saylor, R-York): General fund budget for fiscal year 2017-18. Vote: 114-84. HB 218 now goes to the Senate for consideration.
  • HB 223 (Rep. Curt Sonney, R-Erie): Establishes a continuing education requirement for architects. Vote: 189-8. HB 223 now goes to the Senate for consideration.
  • HB 235 (Rep. Kathy Watson, R-Bucks): Establishes a task force to examine the opioid abuse epidemic’s impact on infants and children. Vote: 191-0. HB 235 now goes to the Senate for consideration.
  • HB 266 (Rep. Kate Harper, R-Montgomery): Amends the Pennsylvania Construction Code regarding the number and qualifications of persons serving on municipal boards of appeals. Vote: 190-1. HB 266 now goes to the Senate for consideration.
  • HB 271 (Rep. Jason Ortitay, R-Allegheny/Washington): Permits gaming tablets at international airports and requires the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs to maintain one problem gambling toll-free number that all casinos must use. Vote: 142-56. HB 271 now goes to the Senate for consideration.
  • HB 291 (Rep. Carl Walker Metzgar, R-Bedford/Somerset): Eliminates Pennsylvania’s inheritance tax for property transfers from a natural parent, adoptive parent, or step-parent to or for the use of their child, if the child is 21 years of age or younger. Vote: 176-21. HB 291 now goes to the Senate for consideration.
  • HB 360 (Rep. Barry Jozwiak, R-Berks): Changes the composition of the membership of the Municipal Police Officers Education and Training Commission. Vote: 191-0. HB 360 now goes to the Senate for consideration.
  • HB 397 (Rep. David Maloney, R-Berks): Expands the availability of certified hunter education courses in public schools. Vote: 169-22. HB 397 now goes to the Senate for consideration.
  • HB 422 (Rep. Matt Gabler, R-Clearfield/Elk): Amends the First Class Township Code to update the eligibility provisions for township offices and to modernize vacancy procedures. Vote: 191-0. HB 422 now goes to the Senate for consideration.
  • HB 423 (Rep. Matt Gabler, R-Clearfield/Elk): Amends the Second Class Township Code to address vacancies created as a result of the resignation of an elected official. Vote: 191-0. HB 423 now goes to the Senate for consideration.
  • HB 445 (Rep. Nick Miccarelli, R-Delaware): Requires individuals who engage in the independent practice of clinical social work to be licensed clinical social workers. Vote: 184-13. HB 445 now goes to the Senate for consideration.
  • HB 539 (Rep. Curtis Thomas, D-Philadelphia): Amends the Assessors Certification Act to remove the exemption for counties of the first class (Philadelphia) from requirements regarding assessor certification. Vote: 196-1. HB 539 now goes to the Senate for consideration.
  • HB 548 (Rep. Harry Readshaw, D-Allegheny): Requires all licensees under the Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs to report convictions to their licensing board within 30 days. Vote: 197-0. HB 548 now goes to the Senate for consideration.
  • HB 582 (Rep. Keith Gillespie, R-York): Creates a “Volunteer Instructor License” to provide a discounted hunting license for volunteer Hunter Trapper Education (HTE) instructors. Vote: 191-0. HB 582 now goes to the Senate for consideration.
  • HB 594 (Rep. Kerry Benninghoff, R-Centre/Mifflin): Prohibits Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition for certain sex offenses against children. Vote: 198-0. HB 594 now goes to the Senate for consideration.
  • HB 631 (Rep. Ron Marsico, R-Dauphin): Requires the court to impose a mandatory three-year probation period consecutive to and in addition to any other lawful sentence imposed by the court for a person convicted of a Tier III sex offense under Pennsylvania’s Adam Walsh Act. Vote: 189-9. HB 631 now goes to the Senate for consideration.
  • HB 675 (Rep. Bryan Barbin, D-Cambria/Somerset): Provides an exemption from fishing license requirements for therapeutic recreation programs. Vote: 191-0. HB 675 now goes to the Senate for consideration.
  • HB 741 (Rep. Todd Stephens, R-Montgomery): Amends provisions in the Judicial Code and Crimes Code regarding mandatory sentencing procedures. Vote: 122-67. HB 741 now goes to the Senate for consideration.
  • HB 758 (Rep. Judy Ward, R-Blair): Allows developers and property owners to receive a tax abatement incentive once they apply and are approved to rebuild upon an abandoned or blighted property or in a deteriorated area. Vote: 197-0. HB 758 now goes to the Senate for consideration.
  • HB 785 (Rep. Stan Saylor, R-York): Amends the Capital Facilities Debt Enabling Act. Vote: 117-81. HB 785 now goes to the Senate for consideration.

 

What’s Happening in the #PAHouse – Week of April 3, 2017

The Weekly Schedule

PA CapitolIdentified by bill number, the sponsors and summaries for bills scheduled to be considered in committee or on the House floor are posted below.  More information regarding these bills can be found at PAHouseGOP.com by clicking on the “Research Bills” tab.

Monday, April 3, 2017

Committee Meetings/Hearings

LIQUOR CONTROL, 11:30 a.m., Room G-50, Irvis Office Building

  • HB 438 (Rep. Mike Reese, R-Somerset/Westmoreland): Establishes a Spirit Expanded Permit, allowing restaurant and hotel liquor license holders to sell up to four unopened bottles of spirits in a single transaction for off-premise consumption.
  • HB 991 (Rep. Adam Harris, R-Franklin/Juniata/Mifflin): Creates a Pennsylvania Retail Franchise Store License which permits qualified retailers to sell wine and spirits for off-premise consumption.

LABOR AND INDUSTRY, Noon, Room B-31, Main CapitolHB 409 (Rep. Eli Evankovich, R-Allegheny/Westmoreland): Amends the Pennsylvania Construction Code to make comprehensive changes to the process used by the Uniform Construction Code Review and Advisory Council to evaluate and adopt building code updates.

Session

On Monday, the House will convene at 1 p.m. for legislative business. The members will vote the uncontested calendar and Rule 35 resolutions.

Votes on Second Consideration

  • HB 223 (Rep. Curt Sonney, R-Erie): Establishes a continuing education requirement for architects.
  • HB 445 (Rep. Nick Miccarelli, R-Delaware): Requires individuals who engage in the independent practice of clinical social work to be licensed clinical social workers.
  • HB 539 (Rep. Curtis Thomas, D-Philadelphia): Amends the Assessors Certification Act to remove the exemption for counties of the first class (Philadelphia) from requirements regarding assessor certification.
  • HB 548 (Rep. Harry Readshaw, D-Allegheny): Requires all licensees under the Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs to report convictions to their licensing board within 30 days.
  • HB 595 (Rep. Rosemary Brown, R-Monroe/Pike): Grants the power to investigate and mediate disputes in planned communities, cooperatives and condominiums to the Bureau of Consumer Protection in the Office of Attorney General.
  • HB 758 (Rep. Judy Ward, R-Blair): Allows developers and property owners to receive a tax abatement incentive once they apply and are approved to rebuild upon an abandoned or blighted property or in a deteriorated area.
  • HB 785 (Rep. Stan Saylor, R-York): Amends the Capital Facilities Debt Enabling Act.

Votes on Third Consideration

  • HB 203 (Rep. Mark Longietti, D-Mercer): Increases the amount of wages, salary or employee benefits that may be paid directly by an employer to the family of a decedent from $5,000 to $10,000 without requiring letters of administration.
  • HB 271 (Rep. Jason Ortitay, R-Allegheny/Washington): Permits gaming tablets at international airports and requires the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs to maintain one problem gambling toll-free number that all casinos must use.
  • HB 291 (Rep. Carl Walker Metzgar, R-Bedford/Somerset): Eliminates Pennsylvania’s inheritance tax for property transfers from a natural parent, adoptive parent, or step-parent to or for the use of their child, if the child is 21 years of age or younger.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Committee Meetings/Hearings

HEALTH, 9:30 a.m., Room G-50, Irvis Office Building

  • HB 125 (Rep. Matt Baker, R-Bradford/Potter/Tiogoa): Requires the use of a certain credentialing application form for health care providers seeking to become credentialed by a health insurer and grants provisional credentialing to eligible applicants if a health insurer fails to issue a credentialing determination within 30 days after receiving the completed form.
  • HB 239 (Rep. Marcy Toepel, R-Montgomery): Establishes a Rare Disease Advisory Council within the Pennsylvania Department of Health.
  • HB 358 (Rep. Matt Baker, R-Bradford/Potter/Tioga): Enacts the Volunteer Health Care Practitioner Act.
  • HB 508 (Rep. Jim Cox, R-Berks/Lancaster): Prevents convicted sex offenders who are non-compliant in their Megan’s Law registry requirements from receiving welfare benefits.

JUDICIARY, 10 a.m., Room 140, Main Capitol

  • HB 90 (Rep. David Zimmerman, R-Lancaster): Amends the Crimes Code to expand the current offense of ethnic intimidation to include law enforcement officers, firefighters and emergency medical services providers.
  • HB 217 (Rep. Rob Kauffman, R-Franklin): Increases the grading of offenses relating to endangering the welfare of children to reflect the degree of risk and the age of the child victim.
  • HB 267 (Rep. Daryl Metcalfe, R-Butler): Amends the Crimes Code to add the offense of theft of secondary metal.
  • HB 489 (Rep. Thomas Quigley, R-Montgomery): Directs the Pennsylvania Commission on Sentencing to provide for a sentence enhancement for committing the offense of indecent exposure when a person under the age of 16 is present.
  • HR 131 (Rep. Bryan Cutler, R-Lancaster): Authorizes the House Judiciary Committee to investigate the conduct of Lancaster County Sheriff Mark Reese and determine whether he is liable to impeachment.
  • SB 261 (Sen. Joseph Scarnati, R-Cameron/Clearfield/Clinton/Elk/Jefferson/McKean/Potter/Tioga): Amends the Judicial Code regarding civil and criminal statute of limitations for child sexual abuse, and provides for waivers of sovereign and governmental immunity relating to claims of childhood sexual abuse.

STATE GOVERNMENT, 10 a.m., Room B-31, Main Capitol

  • HB 453 (Rep. Frank Ryan, R-Lebanon): Amends the Fiscal Code to require any agency receiving state funds to respond to an audit within 120 days or funding will be suspended.

Session

On Tuesday the House will meet at 11 a.m. for legislative business.

Votes on Second Consideration

  • HB 16 (Rep. Ryan Mackenzie, R-Berks/Lehigh): Amends the Local Tax Collection Law to prohibit tax payments to an account in the name of an individual and requires the creation of a separate account to be used solely for tax payments.
  • HB 46 (Rep. Thomas Caltagirone, D-Berks): Creates an opportunity for taxpayers to donate to pediatric cancer research via their Pennsylvania tax returns.
  • HB 235 (Rep. Kathy Watson, R-Bucks): Establishes a task force to examine the opioid abuse epidemic’s impact on infants and children.
  • HB 266 (Rep. Kate Harper, R-Montgomery): Amends the Pennsylvania Construction Code regarding the number and qualifications of persons serving on municipal boards of appeals.
  • HB 360 (Rep. Barry Jozwiak, R-Berks): Changes the composition of the membership of the Municipal Police Officers Education and Training Commission.
  • HB 397 (Rep. David Maloney, R-Berks): Expands the availability of certified hunter education courses in public schools.
  • HB 422 (Rep. Matt Gabler, R-Clearfield/Elk): Amends the First Class Township Code to update the eligibility provisions for township offices and to modernize vacancy procedures.
  • HB 423 (Rep. Matt Gabler, R-Clearfield/Elk): Amends the Second Class Township Code to address vacancies created as a result of the resignation of an elected official.
  • HB 582 (Rep. Keith Gillespie, R-York): Creates a “Volunteer Instructor License” to provide a discounted hunting license for volunteer Hunter Trapper Education (HTE) instructors.
  • HB 675 (Rep. Bryan Barbin, D-Cambria/Somerset): Provides an exemption from fishing license requirements for therapeutic recreation programs.
  • HB 741 (Rep. Todd Stephens, R-Montgomery): Amends provisions in the Judicial Code and Crimes Code regarding mandatory sentencing procedures.

Votes on Third Consideration

  • HB 223 (Sonney)
  • HB 445 (Miccarelli)
  • HB 539 (Thomas)
  • HB 548 (Readshaw)
  • HB 594 (Rep. Kerry Benninghoff, R-Centre/Mifflin): Prohibits Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition for certain sex offenses against children.
  • HB 595 (Brown, R.)
  • HB 631 (Rep. Ron Marsico, R-Dauphin): Requires the court to impose a mandatory three-year probation period consecutive to and in addition to any other lawful sentence imposed by the court for a person convicted of a Tier III sex offense under Pennsylvania’s Adam Walsh Act.
  • HB 758 (Ward)
  • HB 785 (Saylor)

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Committee Meetings/Hearings

AGING AND OLDER ADULT SERVICES/HEALTH/HUMAN SERVICES, 9 a.m., Room 140, Main Capitol

  • Joint public hearing on the consolidation of the Departments of Human Services, Health, Aging, and Drug and Alcohol Programs.

EDUCATION, 9 a.m., Room G-50, Irvis Office Building

  • Informational meeting on private colleges and universities in the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Pennsylvania.

TOURISM AND RECREATIONAL DEVELOPMENT, 9 a.m., Room B-31, Main Capitol

  • Informational meeting on HB 520 (Rep. Mark Mustio, R-Allegheny): Allows Allegheny County to levy a fee of up to 2 percent on hotel room rentals, with the revenue earmarked for a sports commission, the county film office, and tourism and convention programs.

CONSUMER AFFAIRS, 9:30 a.m., Room 60, East Wing

  • Public hearing on the One Call System

FINANCE, 9:30 a.m., Room 205, Ryan Office Building

  • HB 144 (Rep. Dan Moul, R-Adams): Amends the Solicitation of Funds for Charitable Purposes Act by outlining what does not constitute fundraising activities relating to exemption from registration.
  • HB 674 (Rep. Aaron Berstine, R-Beaver/Butler/Lawrence): Amends the State Lottery Law to allow for a Pennsylvania lottery winnings intercept for state delinquent taxes and outstanding court costs, and requires a determination as to whether a winner receiving public assistance remains eligible.

COMMERCE, 10 a.m., Room B-31, Main Capitol

  • HB 584 (Rep. Keith Gillespie, R-York): Establishes Community Development Authorities to acquire blighted land for leasing to micro-enterprises and provide loans to micro-enterprises.
  • HB 780 (Rep. Ryan Mackenzie, R-Berks/Lehigh): Establishes licensure and regulation of mortgage servicers.

STATE GOVERNMENT, 10 a.m., Room G-50, Irvis Office Building

  • Informational meeting with a presentation by the Department of General Services regarding its administration of the laws under the jurisdiction of the State Government Committee and to describe related programs and policies.

Session

On Wednesday the House will meet at 11 a.m. for legislative business.

Votes on Third Consideration

  • HB 16 (Mackenzie)
  • HB 235 (Watson)
  • HB 266 (Harper)
  • HB 360 (Jozwiak)
  • HB 397 (Maloney)
  • HB 422 (Gabler)
  • HB 423 (Gabler)
  • HB 582 (Gillespie)
  • HB 675 (Barbin)
  • HB 741 (Stephens)
  • HR 84 (Rep. Frank Ryan, R-Lebanon): Recognizes the Pennsylvania National Guard’s environmental office for winning first place in the Sustainability Team in the 2016 Army National Guard Environmental Awards contest.
  • SR 6 (Sen. Randy Vulakovich, R-Allegheny): Establishes a special, bipartisan, bicameral legislative commission to recommend improvements to the delivery of emergency services in the Commonwealth.

What’s Happening in the #PAHouse – Week of March 20, 2017

The Weekly Schedule

070114CapitolAtNight01Identified by bill number, the sponsors and summaries for bills scheduled to be considered in committee or on the House floor are posted below.  More information regarding these bills can be found at PAHouseGOP.com by clicking on the “Research Bills” tab.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Committee Meetings/Hearings

EDUCATION (House and Senate), 10:30 a.m., Hearing Room #1, North Office Building

  • Joint public hearing regarding the federal Every Student Succeeds Act.

 Session

On Monday, the House will convene at 1 p.m. for legislative business. The members will vote the uncontested calendar and Rule 35 resolutions.

Votes on Second Consideration

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What’s Happening in the #PAHouse – Week of March 13, 2017

The Weekly Schedule

snowy capIdentified by bill number, the sponsors and summaries for bills scheduled to be considered in committee or on the House floor are posted below.  More information regarding these bills can be found at PAHouseGOP.com by clicking on the “Research Bills” tab. This schedule is subject to change as a major winter storm is in the forecast this week for the central Pennsylvania region.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Committee Meetings/Hearings

INSURANCE, 11 a.m., Room B-31, Main Capitol

  • HB 133 (Rep. Matt Baker, R-Bradford/Potter/Tioga): Offers a tax credit for the purchase of more affordable health insurance, allows Pennsylvanians to purchase affordable health insurance across state lines, and requires the Insurance Commissioner to undertake review of Pennsylvania laws regarding the right to purchase health insurance in other states.
  • HB 624 (Rep. Thomas Murt, R-Philadelphia): Creates the Snow Removal Service Liability Limitation Act which declares that certain indemnity provisions within snow removal and ice control service contracts are void.

HUMAN SERVICES, 11:15 a.m., Room 140, Main Capitol

  • Public hearing with the Department of Human Services
  • HB 45 (Rep. Robert Godshall, R-Montgomery): Allows eligible, terminally ill patients to use investigational drugs, biological products and devices not yet approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
  • HB 395 (Rep. Gene DiGirolamo, R-Bucks): Amends the Achieving Better Care by Monitoring All Prescriptions Program Act to exempt prescribers from the requirement to query the database when Schedule V drugs are prescribed to treat epilepsy or a seizure disorder.

Session

On Monday, the House will convene at 1 p.m. for legislative business. The members will vote the uncontested calendar and Rule 35 resolutions.

Votes on Second Consideration

  • HB 27 (Rep. Martina White, R-Philadelphia): Prohibits releasing the name and identifying information of a law enforcement officer involved in a discharge or a firearm or use of force during the performance of official duties before an investigation is complete or before 30 days after the incident has occurred, whichever occurs first.
  • HB 151 (Rep. Bryan Cutler, R-Lancaster): Amends the Commerce and Trade law to define the term “agent” to include the Department of Community and Economic Development, giving it and its employees the ability to conduct required inspections and monitoring programs managed by the Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority.
  • HB 162 (Rep. David Maloney, R-Berks): Amends the Pennsylvania Construction Code Act to give the Department of Labor and Industry the authority to contract with the International Codes Council to create a Pennsylvania-specific set of code books and require that such code books be available online in “read only” format to the general public.
  • HB 177 (Rep. Tina Pickett, R-Bradford/Sullivan/Susquehanna): Exempts structures used to process maple sap from the Uniform Construction Code.
  • HB 234 (Rep. Dom Costa, D-Allegheny): Requires each county to establish an internal unit dedicated to the collection of restitution, fines, fees and other court-imposed obligations unless the county chooses to outsource collections.
  • HB 236 (Rep. Becky Corbin, R-Chester): Authorizes wage attachment for the satisfaction of restitution, costs and fines, and authorizes additional payment options for the same.
  • HB 280 (Rep. Sheryl Delozier, R-Cumberland): Requires that any money posted as bail, which would otherwise be returnable, shall first be applied to the payment of any outstanding restitution, fees, fines or costs owed by the defendant in any criminal or delinquency case.
  • HB 285 (Rep. Todd Stephens, R-Montgomery): Requires that correctional facilities make minimum deductions from the wages and personal accounts of inmates who have outstanding restitution or other court-ordered obligations.
  • HB 298 (Rep. Sheryl Delozier, R-Cumberland): Amends the Pennsylvania Construction Code to allow the Department of Labor and Industry to create, by regulation, a separate “on-the-job” trainee classification for each building code official certification.

Votes on Third Consideration

  • HB 56 (Rep. Kathy Watson, R-Bucks): Ensures that birth parents, if they so desire, have access to adoption-related counseling services when they are considering relinquishing parental rights and placing a child for adoption, or when they have relinquished parental rights and have consented to place their child for adoption.
  • HB 57 (Rep. Scott Petri, R-Bucks): Streamlines and expedites the procedures for terminating parental rights in the course of the legal process to adopt a child in Pennsylvania.
  • HB 58 (Rep. Scott Petri, R-Bucks): Shortens the period in which a birth mother, birth father or putative father can revoke his or her consent to an adoption from 30 days to 14 days.
  • HB 59 (Rep. Dan Moul, R-Adams): Allows parents who adopt a child or children to appeal to the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services the amount of an adoption subsidy provided by local authorities.
  • HB 61 (Rep. Harry Lewis, R-Chester): Clarifies that an employee of a correctional facility may serve as a signed witness to the execution of a consent to adoption by a birth parent who is incarcerated.
  • HB 62 (Rep. Dan Miller, D-Allegheny): Eliminates the requirement of holding a hearing to confirm a consent to an adoption when the birth parent or parents of the child being placed for adoption have executed valid consents to an adoption.
  • HB 63 (Rep. Dan Miller, D-Allegheny): Amends the definition of the term “intermediary” in adoption law to include licensed attorneys or licensed social workers who are acting in that capacity.
  • HB 178 (Rep. Gary Day, R-Berks/Lehigh): Requires school entities to conduct one school security drill per school year in each school building in place of a monthly fire drill.
  • HB 202 (Rep. Mike Turzai, R-Allegheny): Changes the requirements for passing a Keystone Exam for high school graduation as they apply to career and technical education students and removes the statutory requirement for the development and implementation of additional Keystone Exams.
  • HB 224 (Rep. Justin Simmons, R-Lehigh/Montgomery/Northampton): Applies civil immunities to school bus drivers or crossing guards who administer an epinephrine auto-injector to a student.
  • HB 250 (Rep. Mike Turzai, R-Allegheny): Increases the amount of tax credits available under the Educational Improvement Tax Credit program by $50 million and the amount of tax credits available under the Opportunity Scholarship Tax Credit program by $25 million.
  • HB 289 (Rep. Tarah Toohil, R-Luzerne): Adds reasonable living expenses incurred by a birth mother of a child being placed for adoption to the list of expenses currently permitted to be reimbursed in an adoption process and paid by the adoptive parents; eliminates a report of intermediary; and requires the inclusion of specific documents as exhibits to the petition for adoption.
  • HR 43 (Rep. Aaron Kaufer, R-Luzerne): Expresses opposition to the passage of an anti-Israel resolution in the United Nations Security Council and calls upon the current and future presidential administrations to support Israel.

 

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Committee Meetings/Hearings

FINANCE, 9 a.m., Room B-31, Main Capitol

  • HB 46 (Rep. Thomas Caltagirone, D-Berks): Creates an opportunity for taxpayers to donate to pediatric cancer research via their Pennsylvania tax returns.
  • HB 291 (Rep. Carl Walker Metzgar, R-Bedford/Somerset): Eliminates Pennsylvania’s inheritance tax for property transfers from a natural parent, adoptive parent, or step-parent to or for the use of their child, if the child is 21 years of age or younger.
  • HB 718 (Rep. Fred Keller, R-Snyder/Union): Excludes the retail purchases of gun safes and gun locks from the Sales and Use Tax.

TOURISM AND RECREATIONAL DEVELOPMENT, 9 a.m., Room G-50, Irvis Office Building

  • Informational meeting with the Department of Community and Economic Development.

VETERANS AFFAIRS AND EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS, 9:15 a.m., Room 60, East Wing

  • HR 84 (Rep. Frank Ryan, R-Lebanon): Recognizes the Pennsylvania National Guard’s environmental office for winning first place in the Sustainability Team in the 2016 Army National Guard Environmental Awards contest.
  • SR 6 (Sen. Randy Vulakovich, R-Allegheny): Establishes a special, bipartisan, bicameral legislative commission to recommend improvements to the delivery of emergency services in the Commonwealth.

HEALTH, 9:30 a.m., Room 205, Ryan Office Building

  • HB 114 (Rep. Matt Baker, R-Bradford/Potter/Tioga): Requires the non-custodial parent of children for whom Medical Assistance is sought to enroll the children in their own health insurance plan.
  • HB 424 (Rep. Kerry Benninghoff, R-Centre/Mifflin): Allows a physician assistant (PA) to sign a death certificate for a patient under the care of that PA.
  • HB 478 (Rep. Tina Pickett, R-Bradford/Sullivan/Susquehanna): Changes the number of hours of psychiatric supervision required for each staff member per week at outpatient psychiatric clinics.
  • HB 644 (Rep. Matt Baker, R-Bradford/Potter/Tioga): Places a limitation on funds for federally qualified health centers distributed in accordance with the Community Based Health Care Act.

CHILDREN AND YOUTH, 10 a.m., Room 60, East Wing

  • HB 235 (Rep. Kathy Watson, R-Bucks): Establishes a task force to examine the opioid abuse epidemic’s impact on infants and children.

JUDICIARY, 10 a.m., Room 140, Main Capitol

  • HB 203 (Rep. Mark Longietti, D-Mercer): Increases the amount of wages, salary or employee benefits that may be paid directly by an employer to the family of a decedent from $5,000 to $10,000 without requiring letters of administration.
  • HB 324 (Rep. Warren Kampf, R-Chester/Montgomery): Protects retirees whose pensions are sold to insurance companies when the Employment Retirement Income Security Act no longer applies.
  • HB 352 (Rep. Lynda Schlegel Culver, R-Northumberland/Snyder): Reduces the standard period needed to acquire a title through adverse possession under specified circumstances.
  • HB 594 (Rep. Kerry Benninghoff, R-Centre/Mifflin): Prohibits Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition for certain sex offenses against children.
  • HB 631 (Rep. Ron Marsico, R-Dauphin): Requires the court to impose a mandatory three-year probation period consecutive to and in addition to any other lawful sentence imposed by the court for a person convicted of a Tier III sex offense under Pennsylvania’s Adam Walsh Act.
  • HB 741 (Rep. Todd Stephens, R-Montgomery): Amends provisions in the Judicial Code and Crimes Code regarding mandatory sentencing procedures.
  • HB 759 (Rep. Jason Ortitay, R-Allegheny/Washington): Gives courts an additional sentencing provision when an individual is convicted of trespass resulting from a violation of the self-exclusion list.

STATE GOVERNMENT, 10 a.m., Room G-50, Irvis Office Building

  • HB 110 (Rep. Ryan Warner, R-Fayette/Westmoreland): Limits the range at which the Commonwealth’s spending may increase each fiscal year, based on either the Consumer Price Index or a change in population.

COMMERCE, Call of Chair, Room B-31, Main Capitol

  • HB 780 (Rep. Ryan Mackenzie, R-Berks/Lehigh): Requires mortgage servicers to be licensed and regulated by the Department of Banking and Securities.

Session

On Tuesday the House will meet at 11 a.m. for legislative business.

Votes on Second Consideration

  • HB 41 (Rep. Rick Saccone, R-Allegheny/Washington): Enhances requirements for precious metal dealers regarding transaction records, item retention and licensing status, purchases from minors and penalties.
  • HB 99 (Rep. David Zimmerman, R-Lancaster): Allows boroughs to make contracts or purchases without requiring advertising, bidding or price quotations in situations deemed emergencies.
  • HB 104 (Rep. Robert Godshall, R-Montgomery): Requires a municipal authority to publicly discuss all acquisitions and the sale or transfer or authority-owned water and sewer infrastructure and how the acquisition or sale will benefit the authority’s existing ratepayers.
  • HB 165 (Rep. Rick Saccone, R-Allegheny/Washington): Creates and adds the Pennsylvania Medal of Achievement and the Pennsylvania Veterans Service Award to the list of existing medals, badges and awards that are authorized and presented by the governor in the name of the Commonwealth.
  • HB 179 (Rep. Gary Day, R- Berks/Lehigh): Establishes additional penalties for common and contract carriers that provide the transportation of household property between residential dwellings within the Commonwealth and adds an exemption for a moving container company that does not pack or unpack the containers provided.
  • HB 188 (Rep. Martin Causer, R-Cameron/McKean/Potter): Increases the annual income limit for retired persons receiving social security or other pension to qualify for the discounted $10 vehicle registration fee.
  • HB 204 (Rep. Barry Jozwiak, R-Berks): Authorizes the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs to operate as liaison for the Civil Air Patrol and supervise the expenditures of state funding as well as the maintenance and use of Commonwealth facilities by the Civil Air Patrol.
  • HB 215 (Rep. Karen Boback, R-Lackawanna/Luzerne/Wyoming): Establishes the “Honoring Our Women Veterans” special license plate to display on passenger cars or trucks.
  • HB 247 (Rep. Chris Sainato, D-Lawrence): Changes the “Pennsylvania Veterans’ Memorial Trust Fund” to the “Pennsylvania Veterans’ Monuments and Memorial Trust Fund” and allows the money in the fund, administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, to be used to promote, administer, operate, maintain and complete various monuments and memorials dedicated to Pennsylvania’s veterans and military units.

Votes on Third Consideration

  • HB 27 (White)
  • HB 151 (Cutler)
  • HB 162 (Maloney)
  • HB 177 (Pickett)
  • HB 234 (D. Costa)
  • HB 236 (Corbin)
  • HB 280 (Delozier)
  • HB 285 (Stephens)
  • HB 298 (Delozier)

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Committee Meetings/Hearings

AGRICULTURE AND RURAL AFFAIRS, 9 a.m., 140 Main Capitol

  • HB 187 (Rep. Curt Sonney, R-Erie): Allows an owner of preserved farmland to grant a right-of-way for the installation of a wind power generation system.
  • Informational meeting with Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding addressing the committee.

PROFESSIONAL LICENSURE, 9 a.m., Room G-50, Irvis Office Building

  • HB 223 (Rep. Curt Sonney, R-Erie): Establishes a continuing education requirement for architects.
  • HB 445 (Rep. Nick Miccarelli, R-Delaware): Requires individuals who engage in the independent practice of clinical social work to be licensed clinical social workers.
  • HB 454 (Rep. Anthony DeLuca, D-Allegheny): Requires pharmacy technicians to register with the State Board of Pharmacy.
  • HB 539 (Rep. Curtis Thomas, D-Philadelphia): Amends the Assessors Certification Act to remove the exemption for counties of the first class (Philadelphia) from requirements regarding assessor certification.
  • HB 548 (Rep. Harry Readshaw, D-Allegheny): Requires all licensees under the Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs to report convictions to their licensing board within 30 days.

AGING AND OLDER ADULT SERVICES and HEALTH, 9:30 a.m., Room 60, East Wing

  • Joint informational meeting regarding the Nursing Home Task Force Report.

CONSUMER AFFAIRS, 9:30 a.m., Room B-31, Main Capitol

  • Informational meeting with representatives of the electric and natural gas industries who will provide a general overview of their industry and legislative priorities for the upcoming session.

GAME AND FISHERIES, 9:30 a.m., Room G-50, Irvis Office Building

  • HB 275 (Rep. Gerald Mullery, D-Luzerne): Authorizes the sale of anterless deer hunting licenses through the Pennsylvania Game Commission’s Pennsylvania Automated Licensing System.
  • HB 397 (Rep. David Maloney, R-Berks): Expands the availability of certified hunter education courses in public schools.

LOCAL GOVERNMENT, 9:30 a.m., Room 205, Ryan Office Building

  • HB 16 (Rep. Ryan Mackenzie, R-Berks/Lehigh): Prohibits checks collected by a tax collector from being made payable in the name of an individual and requires the creation of a separate account to be used solely for tax payments.
  • HB 266 (Rep. Kate Harper, R-Montgomery): Amends the Pennsylvania Construction Code regarding the number and qualifications of persons serving on municipal boards of appeals.
  • HB 360 (Rep. Barry Jozwiak, R-Berks): Changes the composition of the membership of the Municipal Police Officers Education and Training Commission.
  • HB 422 (Rep. Matt Gabler, R-Clearfield/Elk): Amends the First Class Township Code to update the eligibility provisions for township offices and to modernize vacancy procedures.
  • HB 423 (Rep. Matt Gabler, R-Clearfield/Elk): Amends the Second Class Township Code to address vacancies created as a result of the resignation of an elected official.

Session

On Wednesday the House will meet at 11 a.m. for legislative business.

 Votes on Third Consideration

  • HB 41 (Saccone)
  • HB 99 (Zimmerman)
  • HB 104 (Godshall)
  • HB 165 (Saccone)
  • HB 179 (Day)
  • HB 188 (Causer)
  • HB 204 (Jozwiak)
  • HB 215 (Boback)
  • HB 247 (Sainato)
  • HR 50 (Rep. Kate Harper, R-Montgomery): Requests that the Legislative Budget and Finance Committee commission a study of the financial impact of the Right-to-Know Law on local governments and provide recommendations for improvement of the law while ensuring public access to records and information.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Committee Meetings/Hearings

HUMAN SERVICES, 11 a.m., Concilio Social Services Organization, 141 East Hunting Park Avenue, Philadelphia

  • Public hearing on the “air bridge” crisis in Philadelphia, generated by lack of oversight of living conditions and effective treatment options available for drug addicts being sent to Philadelphia and other American cities from Puerto Rico.