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.

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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)

 

What’s Happening in the #PAHouse – Week of Sept. 26, 2016

The Weekly Schedule

HouseFloor12Identified 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, September 26, 2016

Committee Meetings/Hearings

EDUCATION/VETERANS AFFAIRS AND EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS, 9:30 a.m., Room G-50, Irvis Office Building

  • Joint public hearing on HB 1858 (Rep. William Kortz, D-Allegheny): Adds a civics test graduation requirement based on the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services naturalization test.

INSURANCE, 11 a.m., Room 60, East Wing

  • Informational meeting on HB 2195 (Rep. Thomas Murt, R-Montgomery/Philadelphia): Nullifies certain indemnity provisions within snow removal and ice control service contracts.

TRANSPORTATION, Call of Chair, Room 60, East Wing

  • HB 2196 (Rep. Tommy Sankey, R-Cambria/Clearfield): Places restrictions on the use of data collected from automated license plate reader systems.
  • HB 2293 (Rep. Bryan Cutler, R-Lancaster): Bridge designation: Corporal Eric M. Torbert, Jr. Memorial Bridge.
  • HB 2318 (Rep. Keith Greiner, R- Lancaster): Establishes felony grading for repeat DUI offenses.
  • 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; and Officer Dennis McNamara Memorial Highway.

 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 616 (Rep. Keith Gillespie, R-York): Establishes Community Development Authorities to acquire delinquent land for leasing to micro-enterprises and provide loans to micro-enterprises.
  • HB 782 (Rep. Doyle Heffley, R-Carbon): Amends the Pennsylvania Construction Code to allow building permit applicants to use a third-party agency of their choice in municipalities which have one third-party agency exclusively enforcing the Uniform Construction Code if the alternative third party agency remits a surcharge to the municipality.
  • HB 1313 (Rep. Dan Moul, R-Adams): Amends the Local Option Small Games of Chance Act by authorizing new games, eliminating the weekly prize limit, creating new licensing procedures and imposing a new tax on small games purchased by club licensees.
  • HB 2241 (Rep. Karen Boback, R-Lackawanna/Luzerne/Wyoming): Specifies limitations on an insurer’s retroactive denial of reimbursements to a health care provider.
  • HB 2290 (Rep. Nick Miccarelli, R-Delaware): Permits the Navigation Commission for the Delaware River and its Navigable Tributaries to increase fees for the issuance of original and renewed pilots licenses to $400 annually with a not-to-exceed cap of $525 annually.
  • HB 2291 (Miccarelli): Increases rates for the river pilots who navigate trade vessels along the Delaware River and its navigable tributaries.
  • 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 2308 (Rep. Robert Godshall, R-Montgomery): Extends the effective date of the Underground Utility Line Protection Law until Dec. 31, 2017.
  • SB 737 (Sen. Scott Hutchinson, R-Butler/Clarion/Forest/Venango/Warren): Allows for the use of semi-automatic rifles or pistols for the hunting of game in accordance with regulations of the Pennsylvania Game Commission.

Votes on Third Consideration

  • HB 29 (Rep. Rick Saccone, R-Allegheny/Washington): Permits a registered voter of the Commonwealth to be appointed as a watcher in any election district located in Pennsylvania.
  • HB 148 (Rep. David Maloney, R-Berks): Increases the grading of the offense of voter intimidation and interference with the elective franchise from a second-degree misdemeanor to a first-degree misdemeanor.
  • HB 365 (Rep. Thomas Murt, R-Montgomery/Philadelphia): Highway designation: Major Jeffrey Toczylowski Memorial Highway.
  • HB 1179 (Rep. Stephen Barrar, R-Chester/Delaware): Permits a vacant minority inspector position to be filled by a qualified registered elector of the county in which the election district is located.
  • HB 1996 (Rep. David Maloney, R-Berks): Highway designation: DeLight Breidegam Jr. Memorial Highway.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Committee Meetings/Hearings

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

  • Public hearing with a review of states which currently have fantasy sports and/or I-Gaming.

STATE GOVERNMENT, 9 a.m., Room 39 East Wing

  • HB 2289 (Rep. Garth Everett, R-Lycoming/Union): Gives the General Assembly the authority to rescind collective bargaining agreements that are negotiated between the Office of the Governor and the unions representing state employees.

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

  • HB 1804 (Rep. Thomas Caltagirone, D-Berks): Creates an opportunity for taxpayers to donate to pediatric cancer research via their Pennsylvania tax returns.
  • HB 2213 (Rep. Mark Mustio, R-Allegheny): Increases the allocation for the Neighborhood Assistance Tax Credit Program.

LABOR AND INDUSTRY, 9:30 a.m., Room 60, East Wing

  • 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.

 Session

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

Votes on Second Consideration

  • HB 30 (Rep. Joseph Petrarca, D-Armstrong/Indiana/Westmoreland): Updates and revises Pennsylvania law regarding organ and tissue donation.
  • 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 1516 (Rep. Frank Farry, R-Bucks): Establishes that confining a dog or cat in an unattended vehicle under certain circumstances is a summary offense and provides immunity for certain individuals who rescue a dog or cat from an unattended vehicle.
  • 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 2258 (Rep. Mark Keller, R-Cumberland/Perry): Amends the Crimes Code relating to the limitation on the regulation of firearms and ammunition.
  • SB 747 (Sen. Elder Vogel, R-Beaver/Butler/Lawrence): Amends the Medical Care Availability and Reduction of Error (MCARE) Act to change the total amount of punitive damages permitted and to require the insurance commissioner to conduct a punitive damages study.
  • SB 1062 (Sen. John Rafferty, R-Berks/Chester/Montgomery): Increases sentencing where bodily injury crimes are committed during a burglary.
  • SB 1166 (Sen. Patrick Stefano, R-Fayette/Somerset/Westmoreland): Authorizes the Pennsylvania Game Commission to establish the fees for hunting and fur-taking licenses.
  • SB 1168 (Sen. John Eichelberger, R-Blair/Cumberland/Franklin/Fulton/Huntingdon): Authorizes the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission to establish the fees for fishing and boating related licenses and permits by regulatory action and expands the allowable use of funds from the sale of Lake Erie permits.
  • 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.

Votes on Third Consideration

  • HB 616 (Gillespie)
  • HB 782 (Heffley)
  • HB 2241 (Boback)
  • HB 2290 (Miccarelli)
  • HB 2291 (Miccarelli)
  • HB 2303 (Causer)
  • HB 2308 (Godshall)
  • SB 737 (Hutchinson)

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Committee Meetings/Hearings

CHILDREN AND YOUTH, 9 a.m., Room 60, East Wing

  • Public hearing on the opioid epidemic’s impact on infants and children.

PROFESSIONAL LICENSURE, 10:30 a.m., Room 205, Ryan Office Building

  • SB 1018 (Sen. Patrick Browne, R-Lehigh): Amends the CPA Law to update various provisions.

 Session

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

 Votes on Third Consideration

  • HB 30 (Petrarca)
  • HB 1391 (Everett)
  • HB 1516 (Farry)
  • HB 1885 (White)
  • HB 2258 (M. Keller)
  • SB 316 (Folmer)
  • SB 747 (Vogel)
  • SB 1062 (Rafferty)
  • SB 1166 (Stefano)
  • SB 1168 (Eichelberger)
  • SB 1311 (Vance)

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Committee Meetings/Hearings

EDUCATION, 9:30 a.m., Tyrone Elementary School, 601 Clay Avenue, Tyrone

  • Public hearing on education savings accounts for special education students.

 

What’s Happening in the #PAHouse – Week of Sept. 19, 2016

The Weekly Schedule

pacap111Identified 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, September 19, 2016

Committee Meetings/Hearings

INSURANCE, 11:30 a.m., Room 60, East Wing

  • HB 2115 (Rep. Marguerite Quinn, R-Bucks): Authorizes the Pennsylvania Insurance Department to create a database of companies that hold life insurance policies in Pennsylvania and to make available, upon request by family of a decedent or an estate executor of administrator, a listing of any insurance policies in place in Pennsylvania covering the decedent.
  • HB 2241 (Rep. Karen Boback, R-Lackawanna/Luzerne/Wyoming): Specifies limitations on an insurer’s retroactive denial of reimbursements to a health care provider.

LABOR AND INDUSTRY, Noon, Room 60, East Wing

  • Informational meeting to discuss the status of the Unemployment Compensation Service and Infrastructure Improvement Fund.

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What’s Happening in the #PAHouse – Week of June 13, 2016

Live 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

PA Capitol dome cloudsIdentified 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, June 13, 2016

Committee Meetings/Hearings

VETERANS AFFAIRS AND EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS, 9 a.m., Room 205, Ryan Office Building

  • Public hearing on HB 194 (Rep. Michael O’Brien, D-Philadelphia) Extends disability benefits to paramedics who are employed by fire departments as firefighters.

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

  • HB 1578 (Rep. Mindy Fee, R-Lancaster): Creates the “E-chievement” Program to be administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Education for the distribution of funds for the planning and implementation of hybrid learning.
  • HB 1834 (Rep. Kathy Rapp, R-Crawford/Forest/Warren): Requires that professional educators providing secondary transition services to students in grades 8 through 12 or who are 14 years of age or older must complete training developed by the Pennsylvania Department of Education within two months of assuming their duties and complete the training again every five years.
  • HB 1915 (Rep. Jason Ortitay, R-Allegheny/Washington): Requires the Pennsylvania Department of Education to establish a central repository of online courses accessible to public schools, nonpublic schools, home education programs and the general public.
  • SB 1194 (Sen. Bob Mensch, R-Berks/Bucks/Montgomery): Repeals the expiration date of June 30, 2016 for the “State Military College Legislative Appointment Initiative Program.”

HUMAN SERVICES, Call of Chair, Room 60, East Wing

  • HB 2128 (Rep. Doyle Heffley, R-Carbon): Requires recovery houses receiving public funding to keep Naloxone on site and have trained individuals present to administer the medication properly.
  • HR 893 (Rep. Harry Readshaw, D-Allegheny): Directs the Joint State Government Commission to conduct a study and publish a report on the treatment for opioid addiction.

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 850 (Rep. Ryan Mackenzie, R-Berks/Lehigh): Amends Pennsylvania’s Money Transmitter’s Act to update definitions and terminology, improve licensing procedures and strengthen consumer protections.
  • HB 853 (Rep. Jaret Gibbons, D-Beaver/Butler/Lawrence): Enhances penalties for distracted driving that results in a severe injury or death.
  • HB 1334 (Rep. Kate Klunk, R-York): Increases bingo prize limits, allows the daily operation of bingo, permits advertisement of prize amounts and make other omnibus changes to the Bingo Law.
  • HB 1496 (Rep. Todd Stephens, R-Montgomery): Increases penalties for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
  • HB 1497 (Rep. Todd Stephens, R-Montgomery): Enhances penalties for prohibited possession of a firearm by a person adjudicated of a felony offense as a juvenile.
  • HB 1498 (Rep. Todd Stephens, R-Montgomery): Requires the Pennsylvania State Police to send all existing mental health data within 90 days to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS).
  • HB 1779 (Rep. Jim Marshall, R-Beaver/Butler): Includes optometrists on the list of medical providers who can certify an application for a handicap placard or registration plate.
  • HB 1893 (Rep. Paul Schemel, R-Franklin): Allows intergovernmental cooperation to be established by municipal resolution unless the authorizing statute requires an ordinance.
  • HB 1991 (Rep. Paul Schemel, R-Franklin): Amends the Second Class Township Code to delete the phrase “by ordinance” from the provisions governing intergovernmental cooperation agreements.
  • HB 1992 (Rep. Paul Schemel, R-Franklin): Amends the Third Class City Code to delete the phrase “by ordinance” from the provisions governing intergovernmental cooperation agreements.
  • SB 594 (Sen. Andrew Dinniman, D-Chester): Establishes penalties for people with a protection-from-abuse order against them if they commit animal cruelty against the pet of their spouse or partner.
  • SB 1071 (Sen. Patrick Brown, R-Lehigh): Establishes a side-by-side hybrid pension plan for future state and school employees and modifies future benefits of current members of the Public School Employees’ Retirement System and the State Employees’ Retirement System.
  • SB 1077 (Sen. Elder Vogel, R-Beaver/Butler/Lawrence): Removes the requirement of physical mailings for school districts regarding the use of audio on school buses.
  • SB 1104 (Sen. Stewart Greenleaf, S-Bucks/Montgomery): Amends the Probate, Estates and Fiduciaries Code to make changes to various provisions, including those related to powers of attorney, trusts and powers of appointment.

Votes on Third Consideration

  • HB 1415 (Rep. Nick Miccarelli, R-Delaware): Requires individuals who engage in the independent practice of clinical social work to be licensed clinical social workers.
  • HB 1531 (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 1532 (Rep. Leslie Acosta, D-Philadelphia): Amends the definition of “intermediary” in adoption law to include a licensed attorney or social worker who is acting in that capacity.
  • HB 2087 (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.
  • HR 910 (Rep. Mike Vereb, R-Montgomery): Directs the Joint State Government Commission to conduct a statewide study on reducing the number of school districts in the state.
  • SB 772 (Sen. John Gordner, R-Columbia/Luzerne/Montour/Northumberland/Snyder): Amends the Professional Psychologists Practice Act to update licensure and practice provisions.
  • SB 837 (Rep. Ryan Aument, R-Lancaster): Restricts the use of the title “Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist” and amends the composition of the State Board of Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists and Professional Counselors.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Committee Meetings/Hearings

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

  • HB 1871 (Rep. John Taylor, R-Philadelphia): Amends the Pennsylvania Constitution to give the General Assembly the power to permit the City of Philadelphia to impose taxes on real estate that is used for business purposes at a rate that exceeds the tax rate applicable to other real estate.
  • HB 1888 (Rep. Marguerite Quinn, R-Bucks): Creates a tax amnesty program in fiscal year 2016-17.
  • HB 1940 (Rep. Dan Moul, R-Adams): Expands the registration exemption for volunteer charitable organizations provided the organization’s volunteers, members or auxiliary or affiliate receive no direct or indirect compensation for solicitation of funds or that no fundraising activities be carried on by a professional solicitor.

GAMING OVERSIGHT, 9 a.m., Room 60, East Wing

  • Public hearing on prepaid debit cards for use at casinos.

LABOR AND INDUSTRY, 9 a.m., Room 39, East Wing

  • HB 782 (Rep. Doyle Heffley, R-Carbon): Amends the Pennsylvania Construction Code Act to require that municipalities which opt to enforce the Uniform Construction Code by contracting with a private third-party agency, contract with at least two or more such entities to provide inspection services.
  • HB 1800 (Rep. Ryan Mackenzie, R-Berks/Lehigh): Institutes evidence-based medical treatment guidelines for appealed workers’ compensation claims.
  • HB 1952 (Rep. Steven Mentzer, R-Lancaster): Amends the Pennsylvania Apprenticeship and Training Act by establishing a formal ratio of one supervisor for each apprentice or trainee.
  • SB 404 (Sen. David Argall, R-Berks/Schuylkill): Creates the Correctional Officers Investigation Procedure Act to establish guidelines and procedures governing the investigation and interrogation of correctional officers by the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections.

STATE GOVERNMENT, 9 a.m., Room 30, East Wing

  • HB 29 (Rep. Rick Saccone, R-Allegheny/Washington): Permits a registered voter of the Commonwealth to be appointed as a watcher in any election district located in Pennsylvania.
  • HB 148 (Rep. David Maloney, R-Berks): Increases the grading of the offense of voter intimidation and interference with the elective franchise from a second degree misdemeanor to a first degree misdemeanor.
  • HB 1179 (Rep. Stephen Barrar, R-Chester/Delaware): Permits a vacant minority inspector position to be filled by a qualified registered elector of the county in which the election district is located.
  • SB 1205 (Sen. Mario Scavello, R-Monroe/Northampton): Authorizes access and utility easements in the Borough of East Stroudsburg, Monroe County.

CHILDREN AND YOUTH, 10 a.m., Room 39, East Wing

  • HB 1524 (Rep. Kathy Watson, R-Bucks): Ensures that birth parents 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 placing their child for adoption.
  • HB 1526 (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 five days.
  • HB 1529 (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 currently permitted to be reimbursed in an adoption process and paid by the adoptive parents.

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

  • HB 1422 (Rep. Barry Jozwiak, R-Berks): Reduces the penalty for a first or second offense of possessing a small quantity of marijuana from a misdemeanor to a summary offense.
  • HB 2050 (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 2084 (Rep. Pam Snyder, D-Fayette/Greene/Washington): Requires the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections to provide pepper spray to all state prison guards to ensure they have a form of self-defense.
  • SB 533 (Sen. John Eichelberger, R-Blair/Cumberland/Franklin/Fulton/Huntingdon): Addresses the disposition of contraband seized by a county probation or parole officer from an offender under his or her supervision.
  • SB 917 (Sen. Patrick Browne, R-Lehigh): Amends the Juvenile Act to allow the sharing of certain information among agencies which help delinquent and dependent children.
  • SB 936 (Sen. Patrick Browne, R-Lehigh): Sets forth a one-time fee of $50 to cover the employer’s cost in setting up the wage garnishment to comply with a child support order.
  • SB 1062 (Sen. John Rafferty, R-Berks/Chester/Montgomery): Increases sentencing where bodily injury crimes are committed during a home burglary.

URBAN AFFAIRS, Call of Chair, Room 205, Ryan Office Building

  • HB 1489 (Rep. Tina Davis, D-Bucks): Regulates mobile food vehicles using propane or other combustible fuel in cities of the first class.
  • HB 1774 (Rep. Rosemary Brown, R-Monroe/Pike): Grants the power of investigation and mediation of complaints regarding planned communities, cooperatives and condominiums to the Bureau of Consumer Protection in the Office of Attorney General.
  • HB 1998 (Rep. Scott Petri, R-Bucks): Modernizes the structure of a parking authority board in a city of the first class.
  • HB 2008 (Rep. Curtis Sonney, R-Erie): Requires disclosure and notification by a landlord to a new tenant of a former methamphetamine lab in the rental property.
  • HB 2009 (Rep. Curtis Sonney, R-Erie): Requires a seller to disclose as to whether premises was formerly used as a methamphetamine lab.

 Session

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

Votes on Second Consideration

  • HB 1104 (Rep. Robert Godshall, R-Montgomery): Enables patients with terminal illnesses to use investigational drugs, biological products and devices not yet approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
  • HB 1619 (Rep. Jesse Topper, R-Bedford/Franklin/Fulton): Permits Pennsylvania to join the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact.
  • HB 2088 (Rep. Donna Oberlander, R-Armstrong/Clarion/Forest): Adds FDA approved anti-obesity medications to the list of items which shall be considered a compensable item under the medical assistance program.
  • HB 2137 (Rep. William Adolph, R-Delaware): Appropriates funding to the Pennsylvania State University for the 2016-17 fiscal year.
  • HB 2138 (Adolph): Appropriates funding to the University of Pittsburgh for the 2016-17 fiscal year.
  • HB 2139 (Adolph): Appropriates funding to Temple University for the 2016-17 fiscal year.
  • HB 2140 (Adolph): Appropriates funding to Lincoln University for the 2016-17 fiscal year.
  • HB 2141 (Adolph): Appropriates funding to the University of Pennsylvania for the 2016-17 fiscal year.
  • SB 279 (Sen. Scott Hutchinson, R-Butler/Clarion/Forest/Venango/Warren): Establishes the Pennsylvania Grade Crude Development Advisory Council.
  • SB 1195 (Sen. Donald White, R-Armstrong/Butler/Indiana/Westmoreland): Extends the amount of time the General Assembly would have to review Pennsylvania’s compliance plan for the Federal Clean Power Plan.

Votes on Third Consideration

  • HB 850 (Mackenzie)
  • HB 853 (Gibbons)
  • HB 1334 (Klunk
  • HB 1496 (Stephens)
  • HB 1498 (Stephens)
  • HB 1779 (Marshall)
  • HB 1893 (Schemel)
  • HB 1991 (Schemel)
  • HB 1992 (Schemel)
  • SB 594 (Dinniman)
  • SB 1071 (Browne)
  • SB 1077 (Vogel)
  • SB 1104 (Greenleaf)

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Committee Meetings/Hearings

HUMAN SERVICES, 8:30 a.m., Room B-31, Main Capitol

  • Informational meeting with an update from Secretary Gary Tennis, Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs, on how the opioid crisis in the Commonwealth is being managed.

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

  • HB 2150 (Rep. George Dunbar, R-Westmoreland): Requires fantasy sports contest providers to be licensed and regulated by the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board.

AGING AND OLDER ADULT SERVICES, 9:30 a.m., Room B-31, Main Capitol

  • Informational meeting to discuss older adult protective services training and the investigation process.

AGRICULTURE AND RURAL AFFAIRS, 9:30 a.m., Room 140, Main Capitol

  • HR 872 (Rep. Martin Causer, R-Cameron/McKean/Potter): Urges federal and state regulatory agencies to use science-based, peer-reviewed data in evaluating crop protection chemistry and nutrients.
  • SB 1123 (Sen. Elder Vogel, R-Beaver/Butler/Lawrence): Provides an exemption to the expiration of the one pound vapor pressure waiver for motor fuels blended with ethanol.

HEALTH, 9:30 a.m., Room 60, East Wing

  • HB 1698 (Rep. Doyle Heffley, R-Carbon): Requires that insurance plans provide access to abuse-deterrent opioid analgesic drugs and apply cost-sharing provisions for these products at the same level as the cost-sharing applied to other brand name and generic drugs covered under the insurance plans’ formularies.
  • HB 1699 (Rep. Rosemary Brown, R-Monroe/Pike): Prohibits emergency providers from prescribing long-acting opioid painkillers in hospital emergency departments and places a limit on discharge prescriptions.
  • HB 1805 (Rep. Kurt Masser, R-Columbia/Montour/Northumberland): Requires dispensers or prescribers who are applying for or renewing a license or certification to have met a certain number of approved continuing education classes which address addiction and addiction treatment.

TOURISM AND RECREATIONAL DEVELOPMENT, 9:30 a.m., Room 205, Ryan Office Building

  • Informational meeting with a presentation by the Department of Community and Economic Development’s Tourism Office on the latest tourism economic statistics for Pennsylvania.

Session

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

 Votes on Third Consideration

  • HB 1104 (Godshall)
  • HB 1619 (Topper)
  • HB 2088 (Oberlander)
  • HB 2137 (Adolph)
  • HB 2138 (Adolph)
  • HB 2139 (Adolph)
  • HB 2140 (Adolph)
  • HB 2141 (Adolph)
  • HR 893 (Rep. Harry Readshaw, D-Allegheny): Directs the Joint State Government Commission to conduct a study and publish a report on the treatment for opioid addiction.
  • SB 279 (Hutchinson)
  • SB 1195 (White)

 

What’s Happening in the #PAHouse – Week of June 6, 2016

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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, June 6, 2016

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What’s Happening in the #PAHouse – Week of May 23, 2016

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Monday, May 23, 2016
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What’s Happening in the #PAHouse – Week of May 16, 2016

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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, May 16, 2016

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What’s Happening in the #PAHouse – Week of May 2, 2016

The Weekly Schedule

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

Monday, May 2, 2016

Committee Meetings/Hearings

GAMING OVERSIGHT, 10 a.m., Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course, 777 Hollywood Blvd., Grantville

  • Public hearing on casino competiveness, sports betting, fantasy sports, smoking in casinos and HB 1423 (Rep. Sue Helm, R-Dauphin/Lebanon): Requires the Pennsylvania Gaming Control board to regulate skill slot machines, hybrid slot machines and games of skill within Pennsylvania casinos.

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

  • HB 1159 (Rep. David Hickernell, R-Dauphin/Lancaster): Establishes the Emergency Basic Education Subsidy Fund to ensure that basic education funding continues in the event there is no appropriation enacted by Aug. 15 of any fiscal year.
  • HB 1706 (Rep. Marguerite Quinn, R-Bucks): Ensures that non-public schools are able to purchase non-reusable workbooks in the event of a delayed enactment of the state’s budget.

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 245 (Rep. George Dunbar, R-Westmoreland): Amends the Local Tax Enabling Act to clarify certain provisions related to the consolidated collection of local income taxes and delinquent taxes.
  • HB 1737 (Rep. John Maher, R-Allegheny/Washington): Allows prescription drug and pharmaceutical waste to be destroyed and disposed of through waste-to-energy facilities.
  • HB 1769 (Rep. Gary Day, R-Berks/Lehigh): Establishes stricter enforcement of unregulated movers operating in the state and creates penalties specific to certain movers.
  • HB 1999 (Rep. William Adolph, R-Delaware): General fund budget for fiscal year 2016-17.
  • SB 290 (Sen. John Rafferty, R-Berks/Chester/Montgomery): Establishes an “ignition interlock limited license” and expands the ignition interlock requirement for first-time offenders; addresses chemical tests to determine blood alcohol level; further restricts issuance of occupational limited licenses; and clarifies the calculation of prior offenses.
  • SB 356 (Sen. Mike Folmer, R-Dauphin/Lebanon/York): Amends the Local Tax Enabling Act to make changes to the consolidated collection of local income taxes.

Votes on Third Consideration

  • HB 1437 (Rep. Neal Goodman, D-Schuylkill): Reduces the number of months that a purchaser has to correct known code violations on a property he or she has purchased.
  • HB 1640 (Rep. Cris Dush, R-Indiana/Jefferson): Allows school entities in the Commonwealth to display the national motto, “In God We Trust,” and the Bill of Rights in each school building.
  • HB 1827 (Rep. John Taylor, R-Philadelphia): Establishes the Drug and Alcohol Recovery High School Pilot Program for students in recovery from substance abuse.
  • HB 1906 (Rep. Stan Saylor, R-York): Requires every school director to complete a training program on the skills and knowledge pertaining to school board duties and responsibilities needed to serve as a school director.
  • HB 1907 (Rep. Kerry Benninghoff, R-Centre/Mifflin): Extensively revises truancy provisions contained in the Public School code including definitions, procedures and penalties.

Votes on Concurrence

  • HB 400 (Rep. Mauree Gingrich, R-Lebanon): Establishes the “Work Experience for High School Students with Disabilities Act.”

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Committee Meetings/Hearings

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

  • Public hearing on small games of chance improvements.

STATE GOVERNMENT, 9 a.m., Room 205, Ryan Office Building

  • HB 1934 (Rep. Dan Truitt, R-Chester): Authorizes the conveyance of an existing water tower and permanent utility easement in the Borough of West Chester, Chester County.
  • HB 1990 (Rep. Sandra Major, R-Susquehanna/Wayne): Authorizes the conveyance of certain lands situate in New Milford Township, Susquehanna County.
  • HR 811 (Rep. Eli Evankovich, R-Allegheny/Westmoreland): Urges federal elected officials to support the domestic steel industry and enforce our nation’s trade laws.

Session

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

Votes on Second Consideration

  • HB 1856 (Rep. R. Lee James, R-Butler/Venango): Bridge designation: Specialist Jonathan R. Kephart Memorial Bridge.
  • HB 1861 (Rep. Marcia Hahn, R-Northampton): Creates a tiered penalty system for drivers who operate a vehicle while their license is suspended as a result of a DUI.
  • HB 1887 (Rep. Jason Ortitay, R-Allegheny/Washington): Requires the Department of Health to maintain one toll-free telephone number for problem gambling which all Pennsylvania licensed gambling facilities must post.
  • HB 1925 (Rep. James Santora, R-Delaware): Allows the Pennsylvania State Police to use Local Law Enforcement Grant (LLEG) funds to combat illegal gambling in any municipality.
  • HB 1956 (Rep. Kate Harper, R-Montgomery): Requires municipalities to give public notice and hold at least one advertised public meeting prior to entering into an agreement to sell or lease a water or sewer system.
  • SB 1108 (Sen. Mario Scavello, R-Monroe/Northampton): Amends the Vehicle Code to include the term “autocycle.”

Votes on Third Consideration

  • HB 245 (Dunbar)
  • HB 1737 (Maher)
  • HB 1769 (Day)
  • SB 290 (Rafferty)
  • SB 356 (Folmer)

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Committee Meetings/Hearings

CONSUMER AFFAIRS, 9 a.m., Room 140, Main Capitol

  • HB 1417 (Rep. Sandra Major, R-Susquehanna/Wayne): Preserves the Pennsylvania Universal Service Fund, which provides access to basic landline telephone service in rural exchanges throughout the Commonwealth and requires the Public Utility Commission to conduct a comprehensive review and analysis of future state support for these services.
  • SB 984 (Sen. Camera Bartolotta, R-Beaver/Greene/Washington): Establishes regulations for transportation network companies such as Uber and Lyft throughout Pennsylvania.

GAMING OVERSIGHT, 9 a.m., Room 60, East Wing

  • HB 1334 (Rep. Kate Klunk, R-York): Removes restrictions regarding how many days a licensed association may conduct bingo games and increases the limit on prizes that may be awarded.

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

  • Informational meeting with discussion on health innovation.

Session

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

Votes on Third Consideration

  • HB 1856 (James)
  • HB 1861 (Hahn)
  • HB 1887 (Ortitay)
  • HB 1925 (Santora)
  • HB 1956 (Harper)
  • SB 1108 (Scavello)

Demanding Fair and Legal K-12 Funding

Demands Fair and Legal K-12 FundingIn June, 2015, the bipartisan Basic Education Funding Commission released its long-awaited report to the public – the BEF Commission Report. During the 12 months of hearings, the BEF Commission received hours of testimony and hundreds of pages of written testimony. Testimony was presented and received by Gov. Tom Wolf’s administration. The BEF Commission Report was well-received by the public and its findings, the proposed new BEF formula, was incorporated into every version of the proposed and passed budgets.

FACT: The BEF Commission Report revealed four school districts combined, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Chester-Upland and Wilkinsburg, were underfunded by a total of $11 million, annually.

FACT: The same BEF Commission Report showed East Stroudsburg, Pocono Mountain and Stroudsburg school districts were underfunded by $52.1 million, annually.

FACT: The BEF Commission Report concluded the most underfunded school district was Reading School District, underfunded by a staggering $95 million, annually, and Allentown School District was underfunded by $66 million.

But last week, Wolf and Secretary Pedro Rivera of the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) announced their budget allocation for $200 million of new Basic Education Funding.

Instead of following the bipartisan BEF Commission Report and its associated new BEF formula, Rivera announced a new, arbitrary, capricious and maliciously unfair Basic Education allocation. Rivera announced four school districts, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Chester-Upland and Wilkinsburg, would receive a whopping $102 million of the $200 million, while the remaining 496 school districts would split $97.5 million. This result announced by Rivera is utterly outrageous, unfair and the most anti-child political act I have ever witnessed!

  • East Stroudsburg, Pocono Mountain and Stroudsburg only received $2.39 million!
  • The most underfunded school district, Reading, only received $3.5 million.
  • Allentown School District only gets $2.6 million, York School District only gets $2.3 million, Erie School District only gets $1.9 million, and Norristown School District only gets $1 million.
  • Unexplainably, Lancaster School District only gets $1.2 million, Wilkes-Barre School District gets $734,017, Easton School District gets $645,850.  Pottstown School District gets $491,719; Lebanon School District gets $396,227.  State College gets a measly $328,986.

The administration continues its political rhetoric concerning 2010-11 funding restoration, which was 100 percent accounted for by the BEF Commission. In fact, the administration continues its pilgrimage for $370 million of ghost restoration funding, against the bipartisan BEF Commission clearly stating 180 school districts are underfunded by $937 million annually, a funding shortfall that has punished students, taxpayers and teachers for 25 years since.

Totally disregarding the unanimous recommendations of the bipartisan BEF Commission, which included votes from the secretary of Education, the secretary of Planning and Policy and the Budget secretary, the governor’s actions are the most anti-child action ever taken in Pennsylvania history. This blatant anti-family, anti-children, anti-teacher, anti-taxpayer action by the governor should not stand.”

The governor’s chosen four school districts – Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Chester-Upland and Wilkinsburg – get an additional $429.98 per student, while the remaining 496 school districts get a measly $65.80 per student.

According to the bipartisan BEF Commission, Pittsburgh School District is the most overfunded school district in Pennsylvania, overfunded by $57.4 million. With 180 school districts underfunded by $937 million and Reading School District underfunded by $95 million and the combined East Stroudsburg, Pocono Mountain and Stroudsburg underfunded by $50.2 million, it’s outrageous, wrong and unconscionable for the overfunded Pittsburgh School District to get $7.5 million more.

Even more despicable, Wilkinsburg School District is solely and intentionally getting $3 million to give it to Pittsburgh School District.

Within the past weeks Rivera said these words: ‘Chronic underfunding for several years continues to have a negative impact on classrooms across the Commonwealth. In order to meet their critical mission of educating our students, schools need a significant investment.’

It’s time for Rivera to fight for a ‘thorough and efficient’ education for all 1.7 million students in Pennsylvania’s public schools, not just the 239,000 students from four school districts. He should redo the allocation immediately and treat all our students fairly.

Each of us has a duty to petition our government to be fair, reasonable, unbiased and nondiscriminatory.

THIS IS OUR CALL TO ACTION: We are asking every student, teacher, parent, administrator, taxpayer and friend of fair education funding to visit and support:  www.SupportEquityFirst.org.

Restore equality, fairness and justice.  Please join the cause and share it with as many friends and taxpayers as possible.

Rep. David Parker
115th Legislative District – Monroe County