Consumer Protection & Professional Licensure 2017-2018

The Senate Consumer Protection & Professional Licensure Committee met on Tuesday, June 12, 2018, and took action as follows:

Reported Out as Committed:

SB 689 (Eichelberger) The bill amends the Real Estate Appraisers Certification Act to provide for Pennsylvania Certified Evaluators to the State Board of Real Estate Appraisers. The bill was reported out unanimously.

SB 832 (Eichelberger) The bill amends the Assessors Certification Act to provide for Pennsylvania Certified Evaluators. The bill was reported out unanimously.

SB 1074 (Killion) The bill amends the Osteopathic Medical Practice Act to permit genetic counselors to order genetic testing. The bill was reported out unanimously.

SB 1169 (Killion) The bill amends the Medical Practice Act to permit genetic counselors to order genetic testing. The bill was reported out unanimously.

Reported Out as Amended:

HB 1898 (Santora) The bill amends the Board of Vehicles Act by making various changes regarding new dealership requirements. The bill was reported out unanimously.


The Senate Consumer Protection & Professional Licensure Committee met on Wednesday, June 6, 2018, and took action as follows:

Reported Out as Committed:

SB 1343 (Readshaw) This legislation amends the Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs Act (No 48 of 1993) by adding a provision allowing for the carryover of excess continuing education credits. The bill was reported out unanimously.

SB 1782 (Delozier) This legislation amends the Public Utility Code (Title 66) to provide for alternative rate mechanisms (ARMs). The bill was reported out unanimously.

Reported Out as Amended:

SB 668 (Gordner) This legislation amends the Optometric License and Practice Act (No. 57 of 1980) to provide for expanded practices of optometrists and repeal of the requirement for the Secretary of Health to approve any drugs prescribed by or administered by optometrists. The bill was reported out by a 10-4 vote.


The Senate Consumer Protection & Professional Licensure Committee met on Tuesday, April 24, 2018, and took action as follows:

Reported Out as Committed:

SB 835 (Dinniman) The legislation amends the Real Estate Licensing & Registration Act (No. 9 of 1980) by providing for land agent registration. The bill was reported out unanimously.

SB 930 (Dinniman) The legislation amends the Public Utility Code (Title 66) to create a new chapter on Pipeline Emergency Management Information. The bill was reported out by a 12-2 vote.

Reported Out as Amended:

SB 931 (Dinniman) The legislation amends the Public Utility Code (Title 66) to create a new chapter on Pipeline Safety Valves. The bill was reported out by a 13-1 vote.


The Senate Consumer Protection & Professional Licensure Committee met on Tuesday, March 27, 2018, and took action as follows:

Reported Out as Committed:

HB 863 (Rothman) The legislation amends the Real Estate Licensing & Registration Act (No. 9 of 1980) by providing for broker price opinions and increasing the educational requirements for a salesperson license. The bill was reported out unanimously.

The committee also voted favorable (unanimously) for the Nomination of Gladys Brown, Commissioner, Public Utility Commission.

The Senate Consumer Protection & Professional Licensure Committee met on Tuesday, November 14, 2017, and took action as follows:

Reported Out as Amended:

SB 764 (Gordner) The legislation amends the Board of Vehicles Act (No. 84 of 1983) by establishing a new chapter specifically for recreational vehicles (RVs) and other related vehicles. The bill was reported out unanimously.

The committee also voted favorable for the Nomination of Norman J. Kennard, Commissioner, Public Utility Commission.


The Senate Consumer Protection & Professional Licensure Committee met on Tuesday, October 24, 2017, and took action as follows:

Reported Out as Committed:

SR 227 (Aument) A Concurrent Resolution urging the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to swiftly consider the United States Department of Energy’s proposed Grid Resiliency Pricing Rule and implement policies to ensure fuel-secure baseload electricity generation resources receive proper compensation for the positive attributes they provide our nation’s and our Commonwealth’s electric system. The resolution was reported out unanimously.


The Senate Consumer Protection & Professional Licensure Committee met on Tuesday, October 17, 2017, and took action as follows:

Reported Out as Committed:

SB 384 (Farnese) The bill amends the Assessors Certification Act of 1992 by removing the current exemption in the law for assessors in Philadelphia County. The bill was reported out unanimously.

HB 1019 (Gillen) The bill amends Title 9 (Burial Grounds) by amending the definitions section and creating a new chapter for reasonable access to burial grounds. The bill was reported out unanimously.

Reported Out as Amended:

SB 892 (Reschenthaler) The bill amends the Chiropractic Practice Act to permit a student enrolled in a chiropractic education program to engage in the practice of a chiropractic act without a license if the student is under the supervision of a licensee, instructor(s) or supervisor(s) that meet the state license criteria. The bill was reported out unanimously.


The Consumer Protection & Professional Licensure met on Wednesday, February 8, 2017, and took action as follows:

Reported Out as Committed:

SB 54 (Greenleaf) The bill amends the Puppy Lemon Law.

SB 274 (Gordner) The bill amends the Professional Nursing Law to provide for certified registered nurse anesthetists.

Reported Out as Amended:

SB 297 (Tomlinson) The bill amends the Home Improvement Consumer Protection Act to provide for additional consumer protections.

Senator Lisa Boscola

Senator Lisa Boscola

Committee Chair