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. 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
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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
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.