State Government 2019-2020

The Senate State Government Committee met on Wednesday, June 5, 2019 to consider the following:

SB 701, PN 847 (Browne) – This bill authorizes DGS to convey the former Allentown State Hospital property following a competitive solicitation process.  The property consists of 195 acres of land and is located in Bethlehem, Lehigh County.  Proceeds from the sale of the property will be deposited into the General Fund.  A competitive solicitation committee will be established to review proposals and recommend a buyer to DGS.  The bill was reported as committed (unanimous).

HB 619, PN 614 (Helm) – This legislation designates June 19 as “Juneteenth National Freedom Day” in the Commonwealth.  This will be annual observance.  The bill was reported as committed (unanimous).


The Senate State Government Committee met on Tuesday, May 7, 2019 to consider the following:

SB 412, PN 431 (Stefano) – This is a Joint Resolution proposing an amendment to the Constitution removing the prohibition of federal, state or municipal employees from serving as poll workers.  Senator Folmer offered amendment A01218, which clarifies that judges or inspectors under Section 11 Article VII of the Constitution are disqualified for service.  The committee voted unanimously to approve the amendment.  The bill was then reported as amended (unanimous).

SB 413, PN 432 (Martin) – This is a Joint Resolution proposing an amendment to the Constitution to remove the requirement that judicial candidates appear on a separate ballot.  The bill was reported as committed (unanimous).

SB 538, PN 601 (Regan) – This bill authorizes DGS to convey a permanent easement to the Cumberland Valley Rails to Trails Council for $1.  The 4,352 plot of land is located at Shippensburg University in Cumberland County.  The Council plans to use the land as a parking lot for those utilizing the Cumberland Valley Rail Trail.  Senator Ward offered amendment A00787, which was technical in nature.  The amendment was approved unanimously, and the bill was reported from committee as amended (also unanimous).

SB 617, PN 712 (Corman) – This bill authorizes the DGS to convey a permanent easement to Mifflin County for $1.  The property consists of 1.02 acres of land and is located at the State Fire Academy in Lewistown, Mifflin County.  The county plans to use the land to establish and maintain a recreational hiking trail (along with parking).  Senator Folmer offered amendment A01214, which was technical in nature.  The amendment was approved unanimously, and the bill was reported from committee as amended (also unanimous).

HB 223, PN 193 (Pickett) – This bill authorizes DGS to convey land to French Azilum, Inc. for $1.  The 22.83 acres of land subject to conveyance is located in Asylum Township, Bradford County and is known locally as the French Azilum Historic Site.  The land conveyance will be subject to appropriate historic preservation and maintenance requirements.  The bill was reported as committed (unanimous).

HB 227, PN 197 (Gabler) – This bill amends the Election Code providing for the number of signers required for the office of school director.  The bill was reported as committed (unanimous).


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