Appropriations Committee 2017-2018

The Senate Appropriations Committee met on 2-6-17 and reported out the following bills:

SB 10: This bill directs municipalities to comply with federal detainer requests issued by the Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Municipalities that refuse to comply would become subject to civil liability and lose eligibility for state grants. The bill was reported 17-8.

SB 137: This bill provides for additional duties of the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (DMVA) relating to the Civil Air Patrol (CAP). The bill was reported unanimously.

SB 166: This bill is a freestanding act that will be known as the “Protection of Public Employee Wages Act.” The bill prohibits a public employer from deducting funds to be used for political contributions from the wages of a public employee. The bill was reported 16-9

SB 167: This bill proposes an amendment to the Pennsylvania Constitution to prohibit certain deductions from public employee wages. The bill was reported 16-9.

The Senate Appropriations Committee met on 1-31-17 and reported out the following bills:

SB 170: This bill makes numerous changes to the internal operations of the Delaware River Port Authority, DRPA. These changes will (1) provide for more open and transparent governance of the DRPA, and (2) limit certain perks to DRPA employees and officers. These changes would need to be adopted by both Pennsylvania and New Jersey before they go into effect. The bill was reported unanimously.

SB 181: This bill would require the Independent Fiscal Office (IFO) to prepare a performance based budget plan (PBB) for each agency of state government which would then have to be approved by a newly created Performance-based Budget Board. It shall be required that these plans be considered when the Governor develops his budget and the General Assembly approves the budget. Sen. Hughes offered A00088 that would move the initiation date for performance based budgeting to FY 2019-20. The amendment failed 6-20. Sen. Hughes also offered A00087 that would provide for a review of the efficiency of tax credits by the Independent Fiscal Office (IFO). The review would be done in batches of three or four tax credits per year. Over the course of five years, all tax credits would be reviewed. The tax credits would also be reviewed every five years to ensure they are meeting the original intent of the tax credit and whether or not the tax credit should be terminated or amended to be more efficient. The amendment was adopted unanimously and the bill was reported unanimously.

SB 261: This bill amends Title 42 (Judiciary and Judicial Procedure) to extend or eliminate the statute of limitations for civil and criminal actions arising from childhood sexual abuse and lifts sovereign immunity in certain circumstances. The bill was reported unanimously.