State Government 2019-2020

The Senate State Government Committee met on Tuesday, April 9, 2019 to consider the following:

Re-confirmation of Curt Topper as the Secretary of General Services (recommended via unanimous vote).

SB 22, PN 531 (Boscola) – Redistricting reform:  This bill proposes an amendment to the Constitution to create an 11-member Independent Reapportionment and Redistricting Commission tasked with redrawing legislative and congressional districts in the Commonwealth.  The bill was reported from committee as committed by a vote of 6-4.

SB 48, PN 24 (Gordner) – This bill amends Title 25 (Elections) to require a review and recommendation process whenever the Administration proposes decertifying voting machines in at least 50% of counties.  Senator Gordner offered amendment A00694 to the bill, which revises and adds additional members to the Voting System Decertification Commission and provides for administrative support of the commission.  The amendment was approved by a vote of 6-4.  The bill was reported as amended by a vote of 6-4.

SB 178, PN 135 (Browne) – This bill amends the Pennsylvania Election Code requiring all candidates and political committees to file campaign finance reports and statements electronically online.  Senator Folmer offered amendment A00681 to the bill, which changes the effective date of the bill and makes a series of technical changes to ensure consistency with existing law.  The amendment was approved unanimously.  The bill was reported from committee as amended (unanimous).


The Senate State Government Committee met on Tuesday, March 19, 2019 to consider the following:

Nomination of State Civil Service Commission; Teresa E. Osborne (reported unanimously).

SB 372, PN 336 (Scavello and Scarnati) – Amends Title 37 to update and modernize the History Code.  Amendment A00292 was approved (technical amendment).  The bill was reported as amended (unanimous).

HB 18, PN 38 (Mackenzie): Allows certain lands within Berks County to be released from Project 70 restrictions in exchange for the imposition of Project 70 restrictions on certain lands.  Amendment A00273 was approved.  This comprehensive amendment provides for four additional land restrictions and conveyances in Lehigh County, Chester County and Monroe County.  The bill was reported as amended (unanimous).


The Senate State Government Committee met on Tuesday, February 5, 2019 to consider the following:

SB 133, PN 110 (Argall) – This is a joint resolution proposing an amendment to the constitution to allow each party’s candidate for Governor to select his or her running mate as Lieutenant Governor.  This proposal does not alter the current duties or powers of the Office of Lieutenant Governor.  The bill was reported out as committed by a vote of 10-1.

SB 190, PN 145 (Stefano) – This is a land conveyance bill.  It authorizes the conveyance of 0.227 acres of land to a resident for $1,000.  The land is located in Somerset Township, Somerset County.  The bill was reported out as committed (unanimous).


The Senate State Government Committee met on Tuesday, January 29, 2019 to consider the following:

SB 9, PN 43 (Yaw) – This bill designates the Eastern hellbender as the official amphibian of the Commonwealth.  The bill was reported out as committed (unanimous).

SB 26, PN 5 (Schwank) – This bill authorizes the release of Project 70 restrictions on land currently owned by the Borough of Topton in Berks County.  In exchange, restrictions will be imposed on other lands in the Borough.  The bill was reported out as committed (unanimous).

SB 130, PN 92 (Gordner) – This bill authorizes the Department of General Services to release a use restriction, and associated reversionary interest, on property located in Montour County.  The bill was reported out as committed (unanimous).

Senator Anthony Williams

Senator Anthony Williams

Committee Chair