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Agriculture & Rural Affairs 2017-2018

The Senate Agriculture & Rural Affairs Committee met on Tuesday, May 22, 2018 and took the following action ::

Reported as Amended

SB 819 (Aument) – This legislation defines agritourism on farms preserved under the state farmland preservation program. The bill was amended to clarify the definition of agritourism and other definitions. The bill passed unanimously.

SB 1171 (Brooks) – This legislation would replace the function and composition of the Nutrient Management Advisory Board with a newly created Farm Animal Advisory Board. The bill was amended in committee to require voting members of the board to represent all areas of the Commonwealth. The bill passed along party lines.


The Senate Agriculture & Rural Affairs Committee met on Wednesday, January 31, 2018 and took the following action ::

Reported As Committed

HB 1550 (Klunk) – Amends the Agricultural Area Security Law to provide for restrictions, limitations and subdivision on preserved farmland.

HB 1917 (Ryan) – Amends Title 22 (Detectives and Private Police) to provide for additional qualifications for appointment, training, oversight and continuing education for humane society police officers.

Reported as Amended

SB 816 (Dinniman) – Amends the Dog Law providing for court proceedings, certificate of registration and provides for muzzled dogs.


The Senate Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee met on Wednesday, June 28, 2017, and took action as follows:

Today the Senate Agriculture & Rural Affairs Committee meeting held a meeting to consider HB1494. The bill passed unanimously by a 12-0 vote.

HB1494 (Rapp) – Amends the Conservation and Natural Resources Act for the Governor to enter a Good Neighbor Agreement with the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture per the Federal Agricultural Act of 2014. The Commonwealth may enter into Federal cooperative agreements for the purposes of harvesting and selling timber, promoting forest regeneration and other activities to restore or improve habitats upon Federal land.


The Senate Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee met on Monday, June 26, 2017, and took action as follows:

Today the Senate Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee held a meeting to consider SB792.  The bill passed unanimously by a 12-0 vote.

SB 792 (Sen. Alloway) Amends Title 3 (Agriculture) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes, providing for labels and labeling for fertilizer as well as guidelines for fertilizer use on turf.


The Senate Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee met on Tuesday, June 20, 2017, and took action as follows:

Today the Senate Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee held a meeting to consider two bills. The bills passed unanimously by a 12-0 vote.

HB 187 (Rep. Sonney) amends the Agriculture Area Security Law by adding the definition of “wind power generation system” and outlines parameters for granting rights-of-way for such systems on preserved farmland.

HB 790 (Rep. Pashinski) Creates the Controlled Plant and Noxious Weed Committee, and provides various powers and duties including a noxious weed list, and noxious weed controlled areas.

* Amendment A02147 (Sen. Vogel)
Adds the Controlled Plant and Noxious Weed Act as Chapter 15 in Title 3 (Agriculture)
Makes technical corrections
Adds sections to clarify permitting process
Provides specific authority for the secretary to require a bond for applicants seeking individual permits for controlled plants and noxious weeds
Adds poison hemlock to the list of Class B noxious weeds

Senator Judy Schwank

Senator Judy Schwank

Committee Chair