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
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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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