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.

Session

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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.

What’s Happening in the #PAHouse – Week of February 6, 2017

017Live web streams of House session and the majority of committee meetings are available at PAHouseGOP.com.  Important information and events may also be viewed by visiting Facebook.com/PAHouseGOP.

The Weekly Schedule

Identified 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, February 6, 2017

Committee Meetings/Hearings

EDUCATION, 11 a.m., Room G-50, Irvis Office Building

  • HB 73 (Rep. Robert Godshall, R-Montgomery): Amends the Public School Code to prohibit public schools from opening until after the Labor Day Holiday.
  • 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): Allows trained school bus drivers, in compliance with employer and school district policy, to administer epinephrine auto-injectors to students.
  • 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.

LABOR AND INDUSTRY, 11 a.m., Room 60, East Wing

  • 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 176 (Rep. Tina Pickett, R-Bradford/Sullivan/Susquehanna): Exempts roadside produce stands from the Uniform Construction Code.
  • HB 177 (Rep. Tina Pickett, R-Bradford/Sullivan/Susquehanna): Exempts structures used to process maple sap from the Uniform Construction Code.

LABOR AND INDUSTRY (HOUSE AND SENATE), 11:30 a.m., Room 60, East Wing

  • House and Senate joint informational meeting to provide an overview of the Unemployment Compensation system in Pennsylvania with Secretary Kathy Manderino providing an update on the service issues that constituents are experiencing as a result of the recent furloughs of Unemployment Compensation staff and any other business that may come before the committee.

CHILDREN AND YOUTH, Noon, Room B-31, Main Capitol

  • 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 60 (Rep. Tarah Toohil, R-Luzerne): Adds reasonable expenses incurred by a birth mother of a child being placed for adoption to the list of expenses that currently are permitted to be reimbursed in an adoption process and paid by the adoptive parents.
  • 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.

TRANSPORTATION, Noon, Room 205, Ryan Office Building

  • 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 215 (Rep. Karen Boback, R-Lackawanna/Luzerne/Wyoming): Creates a new license plate for female veterans who have served honorably in the United States armed forces or their reserve components.

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 23 (Rep. Ryan Mackenzie, R-Berks/Lehigh): Adds acute stroke-ready hospitals and comprehensive stroke centers to the provisions of the Primary Stroke Center Recognition Act and renames the act as the Stroke System of Care Act.
  • HB 31 (Rep. Dom Costa, D-Allegheny): Establishes the Pennsylvania Officer Down Advisory System to assist, by prompt notification to the public, in the apprehension of those suspected of causing serious injury or death to a law enforcement officer.
  • HB 103 (Rep. Brandon Neuman, D-Washington): Bridge designation: Officer Scott L. Bashioum Memorial Bridge.
  • HB 112 (Rep. Jeff Wheeland, R-Lycoming): Bridge designation: Alexander M. McFadden Memorial Bridge.
  • HB 128 (Rep. Barry Jozwiak, R-Berks): Increases the penalty for the offense of trafficking of infants to a first-degree felony.
  • HB 159 (Rep. Tedd Nesbit, R-Butler/Mercer): Clarifies classification of delinquent acts and summary offenses committed by juveniles.

 

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Committee Meetings/Hearings

VETERANS AFFAIRS AND EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS, 9:15 a.m., Room G-50, Irvis Office Building

  • 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 168 (Rep. Rick Saccone, R-Allegheny/Washington): Establishes the crime of fraudulently presenting oneself as a soldier or a 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.
  • 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 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.

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

  • 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 voluntary, automatic, periodic withdrawals from a banking account for the satisfaction of restitution, costs and fines, and authorizes involuntary wage attachment for payment of 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.

LIQUOR CONTROL, 10 a.m., Room 60, East Wing

  • HB 282 (Rep. Adam Harris, R-Franklin/Juniata/Mifflin): Delays enforcement of trans-shipping of beer violations and reduces penalties.

STATE GOVERNMENT, 10 a.m., Room 205, Ryan Office Building

  • HB 96 (Rep. Tina Picket, R-Bradford/Sullivan/Susquehanna): Authorizes the conveyance of land in Asylum Township, Bradford County.
  • 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.

Session

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

 

Votes on Second Consideration

  • HB 17 (Rep. Marcia Hahn, R-Northampton): Clarifies that a parent or legal guardian can provide consent over the objection of a minor with respect to furnishing medical care or counseling related to diagnosis or treatment of substance abuse.
  • HB 44 (Rep. Sheryl Delozier, R-Cumberland): Amends the Protection from Abuse Act in order to provide the court with information regarding whether the defendant has been involved with a child abuse investigation.
  • HB 152 (Rep. Marguerite Quinn, R-Bucks): Establishes a searchable electronic database, maintained by the Pennsylvania Insurance Department or its designee, containing contact information for each life insurer that has life insurance policies in force in Pennsylvania.
  • HB 157 (Rep. Daryl Metcalfe, R-Butler): Modernizes the History Code with regard to the administration of the State Archives, archival records and other matters.

Votes on Third Consideration

  • HB 23 (Mackenzie)
  • HB 31 (Costa, D.)
  • HB 103 (Neuman)
  • HB 112 (Wheeland)
  • HB 159 (Nesbit)

 

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Committee Meetings/Hearings

INSURANCE, 9 a.m., Room 140 Main Capitol

  • Public hearing on drug price transparency and any other business that comes before the committee.

CONSUMER AFFAIRS, 9:15 a.m., Room B-31, Main Capitol

  • 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 104 (Rep. Robert Godshall, R-Montgomery): Enhances annual reporting requirements for municipal authorities.
  • HB 179 (Rep. Gary Day, R- Berks/Lehigh): Establishes stricter enforcement of unregulated movers operating in the state and creates penalties specific to certain movers.

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

  • Informational meeting on aging demographics and current aging programs and services and any other business that comes before the committee.

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

  • HB 126 (Rep. Matt Baker, R-Bradford/Potter/Tioga): Permits various entities and facilities to have non-patient specific epinephrine auto-injectors on the premises for emergency situations.
  • HR 27 (Rep. Matt Baker, R-Bradford/Potter/Tioga): Encourages the medical community of Pennsylvania to help raise awareness of unethical organ transplant practices in China.

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

  • 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.

VETERANS AFFAIRS AND EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS (HOUSE AND SENATE), 1 p.m. or Call of Chair, Hearing Room #1, North Office Building

  • House and Senate joint informational meeting regarding programs and issues that are of concern to the veteran/military community.

Session

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

 Votes on Third Consideration

  • HB 17 (Hahn)
  • HB 44 (Delozier)
  • HB 152 (Quinn, M.)
  • HB 157 (Metcalfe)

 

 

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What’s Happening in the #PAHouse – Week of Oct. 24, 2016

WeekAhead_FBLive web streams of House session and the majority of committee meetings are available at PAHouseGOP.com.  Important information and events may also be viewed by visiting Facebook.com/PAHouseGOP.

The Weekly Schedule

Identified 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, October 24, 2016

Committee Meetings/Hearings

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

  • Informational meeting on HB 1559 (Rep. Thomas Murt, R-Montgomery/Philadelphia): Establishes a temporary graduate behavior specialist license; and HB 2010 (Rep. Marguerite Quinn, R-Bucks): Allows licensed behavior specialists, physicians and psychologists to supervise temporarily licensed, graduate-level clinicians providing autism services while they obtain the 1,000 required hours of clinical experience to apply for licensure.

TRANSPORTATION, 12:15 p.m., Room 205, Ryan Office Building

  • HB 2219 (Rep. Ryan Warner, R-Fayette/Westmoreland): Highway designation: Lance Corporal Russell W. Naugle Vietnam Veteran Exit.
  • HB 2220 (Rep. Ryan Warner, R-Fayette/Westmoreland): Highway designation: Staff Sgt. John P. Wanto Vietnam Veteran Exit
  • HR 1064 (Rep. Donna Bullock, D-Philadelphia): Urges Amtrak to re-designate the railroad station at 2955 Market Street in Philadelphia as the William H. Gray III 30th Street Station.
  • SB 840 (Sen. David Argall, R-Berks/Schuylkill): Establishes a five-year program for automated speed enforcement systems in active work areas on interstate highways of the Pennsylvania Turnpike.

JUDICIARY, Call of Chair, Room 205, Ryan Office Building

  • HR 1073 (Rep. Scott Petri, R-Bucks): Directs the Legislative Budget and Finance Committee to conduct a study on recorder of deed fees.

Session

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What’s Happening in the #PAHouse – Week of Oct. 17, 2016

cn1The Weekly Schedule

Identified 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, October 17, 2016

Committee Meetings/Hearings

CONSUMER AFFAIRS, 11 a.m., Room 60, East Wing

  • HB 1280 (Rep. Frank Farry, R-Bucks): Prohibits the imposition of a ban, fee, surcharge or tax on a plastic bag supplied by a retail establishment to a purchaser of consumer goods at the point of sale, and establishes a plastic bag recycling advisory board.
  • SB 881 (Sen. John Blake, D-Lackawanna/Luzerne/Monroe): Amends the definition of “public utility” to exempt water or sewer service provided by a resort owner to users located within property boundaries of the resort under certain circumstances, and exempts the provision of service by a municipal corporation outside its corporate boundaries under certain circumstances.

EDUCATION, 11 a.m., Room G-50, Irvis Office Building

  • HB 2381 (Rep. Mike Turzai, R-Allegheny): Allows students to substitute National Occupational Competency Testing Institute exam performance for Keystone Exam performance.

TRANSPORTATION, 12:15 p.m. Room 205, Ryan Office Building

  • HB 2187 (Rep. Cris Dush, R-Indiana/Jefferson): Bridge designation: Polk Township Veterans Memorial Bridge.
  • SB 1086 (Sen. John Rafferty, R-Berks/Chester/Montgomery): Authorizes the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation to suspend the vehicle registration of a motorist that evades or fails to pay a toll on the Pennsylvania Turnpike or another tolling entity.

 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 30 (Rep. Joseph Petrarca, D-Armstrong/Indiana/Westmoreland): Updates and revises Pennsylvania law regarding organ and tissue donation.
  • HB 564 (Rep. Tina Pickett, R-Bradford/Sullivan/Susquehanna): Designates Celestine as the official state mineral.
  • HB 1473 (Rep. Karen Boback, R-Lackawanna/Luzerne/Wyoming): Allows for a partial exclusion of veterans’ compensation benefits from income calculations for Commonwealth programs.
  • HB 1516 (Rep. Frank Farry, R-Bucks): Prohibits the confinement of a dog or cat in an unattended motor vehicle under certain conditions and provides immunity for certain individuals who rescue an animal from an unattended vehicle.
  • HB 1525 (Rep. Scott Petri, R-Bucks): Streamlines and expedites the procedures for relinquishment or termination of parental rights in the course of the legal process to adopt a child in Pennsylvania.
  • HB 2293 (Rep. Bryan Cutler, R-Lancaster): Bridge designation: Corporal Eric M. Torbert, Jr. Memorial Bridge.
  • HB 2304 (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 other various monuments and memorials dedicated to Pennsylvania’s veterans and military units.
  • SB 889 (Sen. Lisa Baker, R-Luzerne/Pike/Susquehanna/Wayne/Wyoming): Amends the Enforcement Officer Disability Benefits Law, known as the Heart and Lung Act, to extend benefits to enforcement officers and investigators of both the Pennsylvania Game Commission and the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission.

Votes on Third Consideration

  • HB 1528 (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 the adoption subsidy provided to them by local authorities.
  • HB 1530 (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 1885 (Rep. Martina White, R-Philadelphia): Holds any municipality that has deemed itself a “sanctuary municipality” liable for damages due to an injury to persons or property as a result of criminal activity by unauthorized aliens residing in the sanctuary municipality.
  • HB 1968 (Rep. Jim Christiana, R-Beaver/Washington): Authorizes conveyances of land in Washington county and Monroe county.
  • HB 2338 (Rep. Matt Gabler, R-Clearfield/Elk): Establishes protections for students attending Pennsylvania postsecondary education institutions accredited by a national accrediting agency that loses federal recognition.
  • SB 1062 (Sen. John Rafferty, R-Berks/Chester/Montgomery): Increases sentencing where bodily injury crimes are committed during a burglary.
  • SB 1311 (Sen. Patricia Vance, R-Cumberland/York): Amends the Adoption Act, the Juvenile Act and the Child Protective Services Law in order to comply with the latest requirements of the federal Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Committee Meetings/Hearings

GAMING OVERSIGHT, 9 a.m., Room 205, Ryan Office Building

  • Public hearing on the Supreme Court’s local share court decision.

STATE GOVERNMENT, 9 a.m., Room B-31, Main Capitol

  • HB 1288 (Rep. Daryl Metcalfe, R-Butler): Prohibits a Pennsylvania court from considering a foreign legal code or system which would impair constitutional rights.
  • HR 932 (Rep. Stephen Barrar, R-Chester/Delaware): Urges Congress to reject and oppose the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

TOURISM AND RECREATIONAL DEVELOPMENT, 9 a.m., Room 39, East Wing

  • Informational meeting to meet Nancy Moses, the new Chair of the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, and discuss commission issues.

AGING AND OLDER ADULT SERVICES (House)/AGING AND YOUTH (Senate), 9:30 a.m., Room 8E-B, East Wing

  • Joint House and Senate public hearing on aging waiver enrollment issues.

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

  • HB 2350 (Rep. Ryan Mackenzie, R-Berks/Lehigh): Updates Pennsylvania’s stroke center designation law to include new certifications.
  • HB 2352 (Rep. Matthew Baker, R-Bradford/Potter/Tioga): Requires pain management clinics to register with the Pennsylvania Department of Health and subjects them to specific requirements.
  • SB 613 (Sen. Patricia Vance, R-Cumberland/York): Expands the Human Services Development Block Grant.
  • SB 1367 (Sen. Gene Yaw, R-Bradford/Lycoming/Sullivan/Susquehanna/Union): Requires all prescribers to receive written consent from a minor’s parent or legal guardian in order to prescribe a medical treatment containing opioids as well as discuss the risks of addiction and overdose associated with the medication.
  • SB 1368 (Sen. Thomas Killion, R-Chester/Delaware): Requires that licensing boards have proof from all applicants of completion of approved safe opioid prescription education prior to the granting of a license or certificate that would allow them to prescribe opioids.

LOCAL GOVERNMENT, 9:30 a.m., Room 39, East Wing

  • HR 1053 (Rep. Mauree Gingrich, R-Lebanon): Establishes a task force to study the property reassessment process.

JUDICIARY, Call of Chair, Room 205, Ryan Office Building

  • HB 2266 (Rep. Thomas Quigley, R-Montgomery): Directs the Pennsylvania Commission on Sentencing to provide for a sentence enhancement for the offense of indecent exposure when the offense is committed while a person under the age of 16 is present.
  • HB 2276 (Rep. Karen Boback, R-Lackawanna/Luzerne/Wyoming): Grants civil immunity in certain circumstances for any damage that may be done to a vehicle when forceful entry is necessary to rescue a child.
  • HB 2284 (Rep. Julie Harhart, R-Lehigh/Northampton): Adds the desecration or mutilation of a corpse to the list of aggravating factors that may qualify a defendant for the death penalty in Pennsylvania.
  • SB 294 (Sen. John Eichelberger, R-Blair/Cumberland/Franklin/Fulton/Huntingdon): Amends the animal cruelty code to include a detailed definition of torture and provide protection for horses.
  • SB 1144 (Sen. Stewart Greenleaf, R-Bucks/Montgomery): Prohibits the sale of over-the-counter cough medicines containing dextromethorphan to minors.

Session

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

Votes on Second Consideration

  • HB 1280 (Rep. Frank Farry, R-Bucks): Prohibits the imposition of a ban, fee, surcharge or tax on a plastic bag supplied by a retail establishment to a purchaser of consumer goods at the point of sale, and establishes a plastic bag recycling advisory board.
  • HB 1391 (Rep. Garth Everett, R-Lycoming/Union): Amends the Oil and Gas Lease Act to address the minimum royalty payment for unconventional gas well production and to establish a remedy for failure to pay the minimum royalty.
  • HB 2222 (Rep. David Zimmerman, R-Lancaster): Allows boroughs to make contracts or purchases without requiring advertising, bidding or price quotations in situations deemed emergencies.
  • HB 2232 (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 2342 (Rep. Jeff Wheeland, R-Lycoming): Changes the definition of electronic cigarettes to vapor products and consumable products and replaces the 40 percent wholesale tax rate with a five cents per fluid milliliter tax on consumable vapor products at the point of sale.
  • HB 2359 (Rep. Marcia Hahn, R-Northampton): Amends the Drug and Alcohol Abuse Control Act to clarify that a parent or legal guardian can provide consent over the objection of a minor with respect to furnishing medical care or counseling related to diagnosis or treatment of substance abuse.
  • HB 2370 (Rep. Dan Moul, R-Adams): Amends the Tax Reform Code to apply the Realty Transfer Tax exemption for certain transactions retroactively to all transfers which took place after Dec. 31, 2012.
  • HB 2375 (Rep. Mauree Gingrich, R-Lebanon): Amends the Unemployment Compensation Law to provide additional funding to the Service and Infrastructure Improvement Fund (SIIF) in 2017; require an audit of SIIF; and require the Department of Labor and Industry to submit a separate funding request for upgrades to the Unemployment Compensation benefit delivery system.
  • HB 2381 (Rep. Mike Turzai, R-Allegheny): Allows students to substitute National Occupational Competency Testing Institute exam performance for Keystone Exam performance.
  • HB 2382 (Rep. R. Lee James, R-Butler/Venango): Amends the Unemployment Compensation Law to increase the periods of time allotted for parties to appeal the determination of an Unemployment Compensation Service Center and the decision of an Unemployment Compensation referee from 15 days to 30 days.
  • SB 874 (Sen. Thomas McGarrigle, R-Chester/Delaware): Amends the Cemetery and Funeral Merchandise Trust Fund Law to modify the process governing the sale of cemetery and funeral merchandise and to prohibit the pre-need delivery except in certain situations.
  • SB 984 (Sen. Camera Bartolotta, R-Beaver/Greene/Washington): Establishes regulations for transportation network companies such as Uber and Lyft throughout Pennsylvania.
  • SB 1018 (Sen. Patrick Browne, R-Lehigh): Amends the CPA Law to update various provisions.
  • SB 1219 (Sen. Bob Mensch, R-Berks/Bucks/Montgomery): Highway and bridge designations: Army Specialist Ray Ira Haas Memorial Highway; First Lieutenant William R. Gendebien Memorial Highway; Private First Class Paul T. Wright Memorial Highway; Staff Sgt. Jason M. Faley Memorial Bridge; Private David Kyle McCracken Memorial Bridge; Cpl. Carl F. Hynek III Memorial Highway; Major Jeffrey Toczylowski Memorial Highway; Cpl. Jonathan Dean Faircloth Memorial Highway; DeLight Breidegam Jr. Memorial Highway; Officer Richard Champion Memorial Highway; Cpl. Joshua B. Smith Memorial Highway; Corporal Eric M. Torbert Jr. Memorial Bridge; Master Sergeant Arthur L. Lilley Memorial Interchange; Master Sergeant Thomas Maholic Memorial Bridge; and PFC George Pesock Memorial Bridge.
  • SB 1265 (Sen. Donald White, R-Armstrong/Butler/Indiana/Westmoreland): Allows employers the option to pay an employee’s wages by crediting a payroll card account.

Votes on Third Consideration

  • HB 30 (Petrarca)
  • HB 564 (Pickett)
  • HB 1473 (Boback)
  • HB 1516 (Farry)
  • HB 1525 (Petri)
  • HB 2293 (Cutler)
  • HB 2303 (Rep. Martin Causer, R-McKean/Potter): Repeals the Race Horse Industry Reform article in the Administrative Code and inserts it in the Agriculture Code, and clarifies language regarding the distribution of Pennsylvania Breeding Fund awards to thoroughbred breeders and owners.
  • HB 2304 (Sainato)
  • SB 889 (Baker)
  • SB 1219 (Mensch)

 

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Committee Meetings/Hearings

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

  • Public hearing and update on I-gaming and fantasy sports.

HUMAN SERVICES, 9:30 a.m., Room 60, East Wing

  • Public hearing on what to do when a loved one has an addiction problem.

PROFESSIONAL LICENSURE, 9:30 a.m., Room 39, East Wing

  • SB 1202 (Sen. Gene Yaw, R-Bradford/Lycoming/Sullivan/Susquehanna/Union): Amends the Achieving Better Care by Monitoring All Prescriptions Program Act to require prescribers and dispensers to obtain education in pain management and use of opioids.

 

Session

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

 

Votes on Third Consideration

  • HB 1280 (Farry)
  • HB 2222 (Zimmerman)
  • HB 2232 (Benninghoff)
  • HB 2342 (Wheeland)
  • HB 2359 (Hahn)
  • HB 2370 (Moul)
  • HB 2375 (Gingrich)
  • HB 2381 (Turzai)
  • HB 2382 (James)
  • SB 984 (Bartolotta)
  • SB 1265 (White)