Appropriations 2017-2018

The Senate Appropriations Committee met on 4-23-18 and reported out the following bills:

General Legislation

SB 384 (Farnese). This would amend the Assessors Certification Act, repealing an existing exemption for assessors in First-class counties (Philadelphia) from the requirement for certification by the State Board of Certified Real Estate Assessors. Assessors in Philadelphia would be required to become certified within three years of the effective date. The change is expected to have no measurable fiscal impact on the state.

SB 627 (Killion). This would amend the Tax Reform Code to tax air freight forwarding companies, defined in the bill as those primarily using an airline they control and own, the same as railroad, trucking and bus and airline companies, whose tax is assessed based  on the relationship between their revenue mileage within the Commonwealth compared to their total revenue mileage. The bill would be applicable to tax years beginning in 2017. The fiscal impact is undetermined: proponents assert it will be cost-neutral; the Department of Revenue projects  an annual loss of between $4 million and $5 million to the state.

SB 1031 (Laughlin). This would amend the Insurance Department Act to place new requirements on Insurance Department examinations of insurance companies. The department would be required to discuss with companies ahead of its examinations the anticipated scope, costs payable by the companies, and possible less costly alternatives; to subsequently provide a detailed budget estimate for the company’s review before the examination, and provide billing invoices within 60 days of the examination; and to publish a report annually of all examinations performed in that year.  A minimal fiscal impact is projected, which the Department anticipates can be absorbed within its current appropriation.

SB 1056 (Brooks). This would amend the Tax Reform Act to allow increased deductions for depreciation in tax years beginning in 2017, following a Department of Revenue directive to recapture as income for state taxes the value of a depreciation increase allowed by federal tax changes last year. The estimated increase in depreciations allowed by the bill through FY 2018-2019 is $147.7 million. Proponents assert that the bill is fiscally neutral because the FY 2017-2018 state budget calculations did not include recapture of the federal depreciations as revenue.

SB 1091 (Martin).  This would amend the Motor Vehicle Code to provide for voluntary $5 donations to the Pediatric Cancer Research Fund upon electronic renewals of driver licenses, identity cards and vehicle registrations.  The Pediatric Cancer Research Fund would also be established by the bill to fund cancer research approved by the Pennsylvania Cancer Control, Prevention and Research Advisory Board. There is a projected one-time fiscal impact of $150,000.

HB 478 (Pickett). This would establish the Outpatient Psychiatric Oversight Act. It would require outpatient psychiatric clinics to have a psychiatrist present for two hours every week for each full-time equivalent (37.5 hours/week) staff member. Up to 50 percent of the required time on-site could be provided by a combination of an advanced practice professional  and/or two-way interactive audio-visual communications with a psychiatrist. No adverse health impact is projected.

Preferred 2018-2019 Appropriation Bills

SB 1117 (Browne). State Gaming Fund to the Office of Attorney General, Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board, State Police and Department of Revenue for gaming-related expenses: $78,052, the same amount as in 2017-2018; $1,859,000 from the Fantasy Contest Fund and $5,014,000 from the Video Gaming Fund to the Gaming Control Board and Department of Revenue. The two latter funds were established by Act 42 of 2017.

SB 1118 (Browne). General Fund restricted revenue to the Public Utility Commission for 2018-2019 operations: $73,499,000; additionally,  $5,537,000 in federal funds for pipeline and motor carrier safety. All appropriations are at 2017-2018 levels.

SB 1119 (Browne). Workmen’s Compensation Administration Fund to the Department of Labor and Industry: $78,356,000 for administration of Workmen’s Compensation Act and Pennsylvania Occupational Disease Act; Workmen’s Compensation Administration Fund to the Department of Community and Economic Development (Office of Small Business Advocate): $275,000. Both appropriations are flat-funded from 2017-2018.

SB 1120 (Browne). General Fund restricted accounts and Professional Licensure Augmentation Account for Department of State operations: $48,039,000 (Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs), $8,934,000 (Board of Medicine), $1,818,000 (Board of Osteopathic Medicine), $277,000 (Board of Podiatry), $639,000 (Athletic Commission). These are identical to 2017-2018 levels.

SB 1121 (Browne). General Fund restricted account to Office of Attorney General: $5,686,000 for Office of Consumer Advocate operations and expenses. Level-funded from 2017-2018.

SB 1122 (Browne). General Fund restricted account to Department of Community and Economic Development: $1,715,000 for Office of the Small Business Advocate. Level-funded from 2017-2018.

SB 1124 (Browne). State Employees Retirement Fund to State Employees Retirement Board:  $32,619,000 for FY 2018-2019 operations and unpaid bills incurred in 2017-2018; SERS Defined Contribution Fund for administration of State Employees’ Defined Contribution Plan: $5,269,000. Level funding with 2017-2018.

SB 1125 (Browne). Public School Employees’ Retirement Fund to Public School Employees’ Retirement Board: $52,453,000 for FY 2018-2019 operations and unpaid bills incurred in 2017-2018; PSERS Defined Contribution Fund to Public School Employees Defined Contribution Plan: $6,801,000. Level funding with 2017-2018.

The Senate Appropriations Committee met on 4-16-18 and reported out the following bills:

SB 435 (Boscola) – Amends the Vehicle Code, 75 PaC.S. section 3720, to require reasonable efforts to be made to clear vehicles operated on roadways 24 hours after the end of snow or ice events of snow and ice from the hood, roof and trunk, subject to a summary violation carrying a $75 fine, with a maximum  fine if dislodged snow or ice causes death or serious bodily injury increased to $1,500 from $1,000 currently. No fiscal impact is projected.

SB 742 (Greenleaf) – Amends the Sexual Assault Testing and Evidence Collect Act to expand the statutory rights for victims of sexual assault to include the rights to receive a medical forensic examination, have collected evidence preserved for the period of the applicable statutes of limitation, to receive notification prior to disposal of the evidence, and to consult with a sexual assault counselor, and other rights. The fiscal impact is projected to be only the cost of additional storage space for evidence, which has not been quantified, and the development of standard protocols and dissemination of relevant information.

SB 915 (Greenleaf) – Amends the provisions for Post-Trial relief under the Judicial Code, 42 PaC.S.. Ch. 95, to set standards for contact with victims, witnesses and their families initiated by representatives of attorneys for convicted defendants; and to extend the time for seeking post-conviction relief to one year from 60 days when relief  is claimed based on DNA evidence obtained through post-conviction DNA testing.  No fiscal impact is projected.

SB 916 (Greenelaf) – Amends the provisions for Post-Trial relief under the Judicial Code, 42 PaC.S.. Ch. 95, that limit the right to DNA tests to only persons serving death sentences or sentences of life imprisonment; generally permitting DNA testing to be granted when it is requested in a timely fashion to prove actual innocence, and not to delay the administration of justice, subject to procedures set in the bill. No fiscal impact is anticipated on the Judiciary. Costs are anticipated, but undetermined, by State Police only with regard to DNA testing and storage.

SB 1041 (Bartolotta) – Amends the Military Affairs Code, 51 PaC.S., to direct the development of a distinct official logotype for use by veteran-owned small businesses and a separate official logotype for use by service-disabled veteran-owned small businesses in the Commonwealth. No fiscal impact is projected.

SB 1070 (Greenleaf) – Amends the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency Law to establish a 19-member County Adult Probation and Parole Committee within the commission; composed of representatives of the commission, county government, victims and the courts to meet at least quarterly to advise the commission on funding, standards and training for county adult probation and parole offices. Savings from improvements in the delivery of services would be deposited into the Justice Reinvestment Fund through 2022-2023. Additional costs to PCCD are projected at about $182,000 annually.

SB 1071 (Greenleaf) – Amends provisions of the Judicial and the Prison and Parole Codes, respectively, 42 and 61 Pa.C.S., to  streamline State Intermediate Punishment (SIP) program  processes to  allow parolees to be quickly detained for violations and speed parole for short prison sentences by among other things, simplifying the selection process for drug treatment programs, removing county probation from the state Board of Probation and Parole oversight  and allowing the use of  video technology for certain parole process interactions. The projected fiscal impact is an annual additional $500,000 cost to PCCD.

SB 1072 (Greenleaf) – Amends the Crime Victims Act by, among other things: updating definitions; providing notice of the Address Confidentiality Program and a right to notice of placement in the state drug offender treatment program; adjusting the responsibility to notify victims of their rights;  expanding the period to claim Victim Compensation to three years from two  years; lowering the threshold loss for a claim from $100 to $50; providing flexibility in the amount of emergency awards; making recipients of  sexual violence and intimidation orders eligible for crime victim awards; and providing compensation for crime scene clean-up for vehicles. The projected fiscal impact is $700,000 to $900,000 annually from the Victims Witness Service Fund, the Crime Victim’s Compensation Fund and an expected increase in federal Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) funds.

SB 1090 (Corman) – Amends the Crimes Code, 18 Pa.C.S.,  by adding new chapter 28 that establishes  “The Timothy J. Piazza Antihazing Law.”  Among other things, the bill defines new offenses of Hazing, Aggravated Hazing, Organizational Hazing and Institutional Hazing to cover intentionally, knowingly or recklessly causing a minor or student to break federal or state law, consume any substance with a risk of emotional or physical harm, endure physical or mental brutality or any forced activity adverse to a person’s health or safety. Offenses would be graded from summary offenses to third-degree felony, and punishment may include forfeiture of organizational assets. Formal written anti-hazing policies would be mandated for every secondary school and institution of higher education. No fiscal impact is projected.

HB 866 (Dunbar) – Amends the Local Tax Enabling Act with mainly technical changes to clarify the process for collection of local and delinquent taxes. No adverse fiscal impact is projected.

HB 1869 (Mackenzie) – Establishes the Maternal Mortality Review Act. A committee of at least 15 local and state experts in maternal, infant and public health would be established within the Department of Health to meet at least annually to review cases of maternal death and make recommendations to prevent maternal deaths, and at least every three years to more broadly distribute recommendations to executive and legislative entities and the public. No adverse fiscal impact is projected.

The Senate Appropriations Committee met on 3-26-18 and reported out the following bills:

SB 263 (BAKER) – This would amend the Election Code to eliminate a provision requiring individuals with a permanent disability to re-apply every four years to maintain the right to an absentee ballot. No state fiscal impact is projected. Counties might realize some administrative cost savings. 

SB 439 (FONTANA) – This would establish the Carbon Monoxide Alarm Standards in Child Care Facilities Act, requiring all commercial and non-profit child boarding homes, child-care centers and family child care homes that use fossil fuels or have attached garages to have an approved carbon monoxide alarm operating within 18 months, subject to non-renewal of its operating license. There is no projected state fiscal impact. 

SB 521 (KILLION) – This would amend the Public School Code to require cardio-pulmonary resuscitation instruction for students in grades 9-12. Minimal state fiscal impact is expected. 

SB 762 (WARD) – This would require a performance audit by the state Auditor General of the Statewide Uniform Registry of Electors (SURE system), who is to report to the legislature by the end of this year on Pennsylvania’s compliance with the federal Help America Vote Act (HAVA), security protocols and the process for entering and maintaining voting records, along with recommendations for improvements. The estimated $100,000 to $300,000 cost will be covered by existing appropriations.

SB 776 (TOMLINSON) – This would expand the current, pilot Dyslexia and Early Literacy Intervention program to a maximum of eight school districts from five, and extend it by two years, through June 2020.  The program is funded  through the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, and the expansion and extension are expected to have no state fiscal impact.

SB 880 (Langerholc) – This amends the Vehicle Code, 75 Pa.C.S., to modify permitted dimensions of roadway vehicles, most notably increasing the standard permitted width of all vehicles, including load, to 102 inches from 96 inches. PennDOT estimates that about 10 percent of state roadway will not accommodate the expanded width vehicles and will need to be appropriately signed to prohibit them. The projected fiscal cost of more than $6 million includes an estimated $645,000 for signs, and the balance is personnel related.

The Senate Appropriations Committee met on 3-20-18 and reported out the following bills:

SB 501 (KILLION) – This amends provisions of Pennsylvania Consolidated Statues titles 18 (Crimes Code) and 23 (Domestic Relations Code) relating to the surrender of firearms due to domestic violence. Among the major changes, all Protection from Abuse orders would require the surrender of firearms within 48 hours to the local sheriff, a licensed firearms dealer, or the defendant’s attorney.  Licensed firearms dealers would be allowed to charge a fee to hold surrendered firearms. Firearms not claimed within one year from the expiration of an abuse order would be deemed abandoned and could be sold by the custodial agency, which would keep the proceeds, or they could be destroyed.  Protection orders would be required to include specified prohibitions.  Sheriff’s offices would be required to provide service of process, unless the petitioner agrees otherwise. No commonwealth costs are projected, but counties are expected to incur additional unspecified costs.

SB 919 (Haywood) – This amends the Housing Authorities law to provide additional authority and requirements for public housing authorities in relocating tenants who are victims of domestic violence or sexual abuse when there is a reasonable belief of further imminent harm if they do not relocate. Housing authorities would be required to make a good faith effort to relocate a victim within five days of a request for relocation. No fiscal impact is expected.

The Senate Appropriations Committee met on 3-19-18 and reported out the following bills:

SB 748 (ARGALL) – This would establish the Public Safety Facilities Act, imposing a requirement for written notice at least 12 months ahead of the closing of any facility owned or leased for the Department of Corrections or the State Police where 12 or more employees are assigned. In addition to notice to the governor and other state executive officials, notice also would be required to federal, state and local officials of the applicable political subdivision; labor organizations representing affected employees; and other entities deemed necessary by the governor or the closing agency. It is expected to have minimal financial impact.

SB 761 (ARGALL) – This is a first-session, constitutional amendment proposed to require gubernatorial candidates selected by political parties to choose their lieutenant governor running mates, subject to approval by the party, at least 90 days before the general election. Publication of notices mandated by the Constitution is estimated to cost at $1.3 million to $1.5 million.

SB 1011 (RESCHENTHALER) –  This is a first-session, constitutional amendment proposal, referred to as “Marsy’s Law,” to incorporate a Victim’s Bill of Rights into the state Constitution. Currently, Pennsylvania provides for victim rights by statute. Publication of notices mandated by the Constitution is estimated to cost at $1.3 million to $1.5 million.

HB 595 (R. BROWN) – This would amend Title 68,the Real and Personal Property Code of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes, to provide additional dispute resolution options in condominium, cooperative and planned-community communities that are governed by homeowner associations or boards. It would apply only to communities established after it goes into effect. The Bureau of Consumer Protection in the Office of Attorney General would be authorized also in these communities to enforce statutory provisions for board meetings, quorums and voting; and association records.  The fiscal impact is projected by the Attorney General to be approximately $831,000 annually.

HB 952 (MARSICO) – This amends pertinent provisions of titles 18 (Crimes Code),  23 (Domestic Relations Code) and 42 (Judicial Code)  the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes, comprising the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (aka Adam Walsh and Megan’s laws) to address a Pennsylvania Supreme Court decision striking provisions enacted in 2012 as unconstitutional, creating the potential removal of more than 10,000 convicted offenders from the state sexual offender registry. The bill removes retroactivity provisions that the court ruled invalid, while maintaining registration requirements on offenders whose registration periods have not expired. No adverse fiscal impact is predicted.

The Senate Appropriations Committee met on 1-29-18 and reported out the following bills:

SB 21 (Mensch) – This is the stand-alone Employment First Act, applicable to state and county agencies and other entities providing publicly funded services, with the intent to increase employment opportunities for persons with disabilities. The bill provides a framework for meeting goals of having state agency workforces composed at least seven percent of persons with disabilities, and establishes the Governor’s Cabinet for People with Disabilities, currently established by executive order, statutorily.  No fiscal impact is projected. The bill was reported favorably by a unanimous vote.

SB 234 (Blake) – This amends the Commerce and Trade Code (Title 12) to include a new chapter (43), authorizing energy improvement assessments in locally designated districts under the Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) program  established by the bill. Counties and municipalities with development offices would be authorized to establish PACE districts in which a targeted assessment would be used to cover the costs of private funding for eligible energy-improvement projects in the district. No fiscal impact is projected. The bill was reported favorably by a unanimous vote.

SB 611 (DiSanto) – This amends the Pubilc Employee Pension Forfeiture Act to expand the crimes related to public office for which public pensions shall be forfeited. Under the bill any state or federal felony or other crime punishable by imprisonment for more than five years related to public office or employment,  in addition to designated violations of state and federal law will result in forfeiture from the date a conviction or plea of guilt or nolo contender is entered. No impact is expected on pension funds and administrative costs are projected to be minimal. The bill was reported favorably by a unanimous vote.

SB 898 (Brooks) – This amends the Transportation Code (Title 75) to exempt municipal  and municipally contracted vehicles from bonding requirements for the permitted use of overweight vehicles on public roads. Because of unresolved questions concerning the fiscal impact, the bill was reported favorably with all Democratic members voting against it.

HB 359 (English) – This amends the Game Code (Title 34) to set a $100 restitution fee for killing or attempting to kill a bear or an elk by accident or mistake, and establishes conditions to be met for which hunting privileges will not be revoked due to unlawfully taking or possessing game or wildlife.  No fiscal impact is expected. The bill was reported favorably by a unanimous vote.

HB 653 (Masser) – This amends the Real and Personal Property Code (Title 68) to provide an expedited forfeiture process for vacant and abandoned properties. The bill sets forth in detail the processes for declaring a property vacant or abandoned for the purpose of forfeiture and to follow for expedited foreclosure. No fiscal impact is projected. The bill was reported favorably by a unanimous vote.

The Senate Appropriations Committee met on 12-12-17 and reported out the following bills:

SB 892 (Reschenthaler) . This amends the Chiropractic Practice Act to create an exception to the licensing requirement, allowing students to obtain clinical training under a licensed chiropracto’s supervision. The fiscal impact is projected to be minimal, involving only updates to the Department of State website.

HB 1420 (Greiner). This amends the Solicitation of Funds for Charitable Purposes Act to increase the annual contribution thresholds triggering mandatory audits, or less stringent reviews and compilations. The audit trigger is increased to $750,000 from $300,000. Other levels are similarly raised, with the minimum reporting threshold, for optional compilations, reviews and audits being increased to $100,000 from $50,000. No fiscal impact is projected. Required updates to the Department of State website are anticipated to be absorbed within the current appropriation.

HB 1421 (Greiner). This also amends the Solicitation of Funds for Charitable Purposes Act to change registration requirements for charitable organizations, professional fundraising counsel and professional solicitors to accept postmarked dates to count for purposes of meeting deadlines and extend the Department of State’s period for reviewing them. Minor costs for Department website and form changes are expected to be absorbed in the current budget.

HB 1902 (Harris) – This amends the Liquor Code to extend the sunset for using underage persons to make purchases for compliance checks through 2022; to allow licensees to own or lease property and equipment used  by manufacturer license-holders, and part-owners in limited wineries to be employed by hotel, restaurant, eating place and club-licensees other than in serving alcohol or as managers; and to allow malt or brew beverages produced under contract with an out-of-state brewery to be sold to non-licensees for on- or off-premise consumption, although sales to licensees must be distributed through the three-tiered system. The changes are expected to have either no or no-net fiscal impacts.

HB 1915 (Kauffman) – This amends the Unemployment Compensation law. It provides up to $115.2 million in funding for operations and technological upgrades to wind down through 2021 the Department of Labor and Industry’s reliance on the Service and Infrastructure Improvement Fund that was established in 2013. Up to $85 million is provides over four years for UC system operations, and up to $30.2 million is provided for technological upgrades to the system.

The Senate Appropriations Committee met on 10-24-17 and reported out the following bills:

SB 52 (Greenleaf) – This bill amends the Military and Veterans Code to add a new chapter that would establish the National Guard Youth Challenge Program to the extent funds are appropriated, with up to 75 percent of program operating costs to be federally funded. The program will be open to high school dropouts under standards and procedures set by the Defense Department to increase life skills and employment potential through military-based training and supervised work experience, with the aim of earning a high school or equivalency diploma. A nine-member advisory council would be filled equally between the governor, President pro Tempore and Speaker of the House.

SB 935 (Scarnati) – This bill amends section 302 of the Fish and Boat Code to limit the term of executive director to not more than eight years. This committee voted 17-9 along party lines to favorably refer the bill.

The Senate Appropriations Committee met on 6-26-17 and reported out the following bills:

SB 325  (Hughes) – As amended in committee, restores funding for University of Pennsylvania veterinary school operations to the 2016-2017 level of $30.135 million, in addition to providing $281,000 for the Center for Infectious Diseases at Penn.

SB 431  (Scavello) –  Increases littering fines and penalties under the Crimes Code to a range of $50 to $1,000 from $50 to $300 for first offenders and to a range for repeat offenders of $100 to $2,000 from $300 to $1,000, based on the amount of trash; and under the Motor Vehicle Code increases the fines to a range of $900 to $1,500 from $0 to $900 in agricultural easement areas while establishing a range of $100 to $2,000 for other areas, again based on the amount of trash. Two-thirds of Motor Vehicle Code fines above $300 would go to the county of violation if it has a waste management authority. The fiscal impact is expected to be between $8,250 and $1, 930,000 in additional revenue under the Crimes Code and $95,900 to $1,918,000 under the Motor Vehicle Code.

SB 736  (Martin) – Authorizes Cities of the Second Class A and Third Class to enforce local parking ordinances and parking provisions of the Motor Vehicle Code through their local parking authorities. No fiscal impact.

SB 751  (White) – Provides for the licensing and regulation of  non-bank mortgage servicers, including allowing a  qualified mortgage lender to act as a broker without a separate license in accordance with federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau regulations. No adverse fiscal impact. Regulatory costs are projected to be covered by license revenue.

HB 218 ( Saylor) –  The 2017-2018 General Appropriations bill  presently provides $234 million in supplemental 2016-2017 appropriations, $30.939 billion in General Fund 2017-2018 appropriations and $3.942 billion in 2017-2018 special fund appropriations. With 2016-2017 supplemental appropriations factored in, it represents $214 million less in spending for 2017-2018 than this year.

HB 239  (Toepel) – Establishes the Rare Diseases Council,  composed of a mix of ex officio and appointed public members to coordinate studies on the occurrence of rare diseases in the Commonwealth. A preliminary report is due in 12 months, a comprehensive report within two years and biennial reports thereafter. Minimal fiscal impact.

HB 290   (Metzger)  – Extends the sunset of the Storage Tank and Spill Prevention Act by five years, to June 2022; and reforms  appointments to the six-member board, currently made by the governor, to one appointment for each caucus and the balance by the governor. Fiscal impact: $7.75 million annually, based on current program costs.

HB 1269 (Quigley) – Expands the start deadline by five years to 20 years for construction projects imposing tapping fees by municipal authorities that serve five or more municipalities. No adverse fiscal impact.

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.

Senator Vincent Hughes

Senator Vincent Hughes

Committee Chair