The Senate Appropriations Committee met off the floor on Monday, April 8, 2019 and unanimously reported the following bills:
SB 133 (Argall) – This would amend the state Constitution to allow successful gubernatorial candidates to select their running mates for Lieutentant Governor, subject to party approval. The projected costs of constitutional amendments are between $2 million and $3 million.
SB 144 (Martin) – This amends the Public School Code to provide up to $300,000 in grant funding to Intermediate Units for the purchase of telepresence equipment so serve students homebound by injury or illness. Funding would be provided through the use of lapsing funding for other grant programs under the Department of Education.
SB 145 (Yaw) – This would amend the Agricultural Area Security Law to allow the owners of properties enrolled in the agricultural easement program to permanently surrender the right to construct additional farmstead residences, and also to allow enrolled properties to be subdivided for existing homesteads as well as for construction of new ones. No fiscal impact is expected.
SB 399 (Langerholc) – This would amend the Sexual Assault Testing and Evidence Collection Act to provide additional rights for victims, their close relations and guardians, and to provide additional reporting procedures for sexual assault. Minimal fiscal impact is expected.
SB 469 (Laughlin) – This would amend the Judiciary & Judicial Procedure Code, Title 42 of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes, to conditionally allow consideration of out-of-court statements by persons with intellectual disabilities or autism during trials for specified offenses. No adverse fiscal impact is expected.
SB 479 (Baker) – This would amend the Judiciary & Judicial Procedure Code, Title 42 of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes, to include additional offenses for which our-of-court statements made by child victims and witnesses may be admitted in criminal and civil proceedings. No adverse fiscal impact is expected.
HB 264 (Mako) – This would amendment Municipalities Code, Title 53 of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes, to impose additional responsibilities upon municipal authorities in the collection and reporting of revenue. Minimal fiscal impact is expected.
HB 275 (Mehaffie) – This would amend the Municipalities Financial Recovery Act (“Act 47”) to rename the Early Intervention Strategic Management Planning Program as the Strategic Management Planning Program reflecting that the program is used for third-party advice and not solely when a community is in financial distress. No adverse fiscal impact is expected.
The Senate Appropriations Committee met on Monday, March 25, 2019 and favorably reported all bills considered in an off-the-floor meeting unanimously, as follows::
SB 115 (Killion) – This would amend the Public School Code to develop a model curriculum for instruction on cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) for students in grades 9-12 beginning in the 2019-2020 school years. No adverse fiscal impact is expected.
SB 127 (Regan) – This would amend the Health and Safety Code (Title 35 of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes) to reauthorize funding for 9-1-1 services, add the State Fire Commissioner and State Geospatial Coordination Board chair as voting members of the 9-1-1 Board, require a Legislative Budget and Finance Committee review and recommendation for reauthorization, and make other changes to the 9-1-1 law. No adverse fiscal impact is expected.
SB 298 (Baker) – This would amend the Crimes Code (Title 18 of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes) relating to the offense of Stolen Valor, requiring that all fines collected for violations would be deposited into the Veterans Trust Fund. No adverse fiscal impact is expected.
SB 372 (Scavello) – This would amend the Historical and Museums Code (Title 37 of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes) to make various changes regarding the preservation of and access to property and archival state and local government records. No adverse fiscal impact is expected.
The Senate Appropriations Committee met off the floor on Monday, March 18, 2019 and took the actions indicated on the following bills:
SB 128 (Regan) This bill would amend Title 51 of the PA (Military Affairs) to codify the Civil Air Patrol within the Department of Military and Veteran Affairs. No fiscal impact.
The following bills for 2019-2020 appropriations were reported unanimously for administrative purposes. The numbers shown reflect 2018-2019 appropriations:
SB 234 (Browne) General Appropriations – $32.092 billion (General Fund), $27.743 billion (Federal).
SB 235 (Browne) Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs – $49.723 million (General Fund and Restricted accounts).
SB 236 (Browne) Departments of Labor & Industry and Community & Economic Affairs for Worker Compensation- $71.215 million (Worker Comp Fund), $275 thousand (Restricted Revenue).
SB 237 (Browne) Office of Small Business Advocate – $1.855 million (General Fund Restricted Revenue).
SB 238 (Browne) Office of Consumer Advocate – $5.85 million (General Fund Restricted Revenue).
SB 239 (Browne) Public School Employees Retirement Board – $51.637 million (PSER Fund), $4.95 million (PSER defined contributions).
SB 240 (Browne) State Employees Retirement Board – $330.766 million (SER Fund), $4.9 million (SER defined contributions).
SB 241 (Browne) Philadelphia Parking Authority – $2.935 million (PHL Taxi & Limo Regulatory Fund), $200 thousand (PHL Taxi Medallion Fund).
SB 242 (Browne) Public Utility Commission – $74.185 million (General Fund Restricted Revenue), $6.067 million (Federal).
SB 243 (Browne) Gaming Control Board – $84.875 million (Gaming Restricted Revenue), $1.859 million (Fantasy Contest Restricted Revenue), $2.856 million (Video Gaming Restricted Revenue).
SB 244 (Browne) Penn State University – $260.085 million (General Fund, Agricultural College Land Script Fund).
SB 245 (Browne) University of Pittsburgh – $151.382 million (General Fund).
SB 246 (Browne) Temple University – $155.104 million (General Fund).
SB 247 (Browne) Lincoln University – $14.869 million (General Fund).
SB 248 (Browne) University of Pennsylvania veterinary activities & Center for Infectious Diseases – $31.328 million (General Fund).
The Senate Appropriations Committee met Wednesday, January 30, 2019 and reported the following bill unanimously from committee:
Fiscal Note Policy: The Appropriations Committee shall only review a non-appropriation bill and non-budget implementation bill for its fiscal impact upon the Commonwealth and its political subdivisions.
Senate Bill 113 (DiSanto): Amends the Public Employee Pension Forfeiture Act, further providing for definitions, for disqualification and forfeiture of benefits and for restitution for monetary loss; and repealing a retroactivity provision. The bill was reported out unanimously.
Senator Vincent Hughes