Post Session Report 2011

Post Session Report: December 14, 2011

SB 638 PN 1828 (Ward): The legislation amends the Public Welfare Code to provide for mileage reimbursement for individuals being treated for methadone addiction The bill was unanimously concurred. SB 957 PN 1804 (Tomlinson): The bill amends the Osteopathic Medical Practice Act by providing for the licensure of athletic trainers. The bill was unanimously concurred. SB 967 PN 1805 (Tomlinson): The bill amends the Medical Practice…
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Post Session Report: December 13, 2011

HB 210, PN 2503:  The legislation amends the Family Caregiver Support Act to permit reimbursements for non-relative caregivers, and removes language that a caregiver must live with the care recipient in order to qualify for reimbursement.  A vote of 50-0 was recorded. HB 344, PN 2816:  The bill creates the Gas and Hazardous Liquids Pipelines Act which will allow the…
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Post Session Report: December 12, 2011

HB 715, PN 729 (Hickernell) – Amends “The Local Tax Collection Law” to provide for the collection of municipal taxes by a county treasurer in third through eighth class counties.  A vote of 50-0 was recorded SB 730, PN 1822 (Gordner) – The bill amends the Second Class Township Code (P.L. 103, No. 69 of 1933) by amending Section 1503 to permit…
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Post Session Report: December 7, 2011

HB 242 PN 2815 (Everett): Amends the Liquor Code (Title 47) to create a limited distillery license and grant new privileges to current retail licensees. Senator Williams offered Amendment A07073 which would have removed an exemption to a specific winery. The amendment was defeated 15-34. The bill was then approved 40-9. HB 639 PN 640 (Taylor): Removes a date that impedes an…
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Post Session Report: December 6, 2011

SB 775, PN 1826:  This bill amends Title 44 (Law and Justice) to expand the list of eligible criminal offenses for which DNA testing is required, require the immediate purging of the DNA records of exonerated individuals, ensure the privacy and proper use of DNA records, authorize the use of modified DNA searches to assist investigators in identifying unknown crime…
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Post Session Report: December 5, 2011

SB 539, PN 545 (Rafferty) – This bill would amend Title 75 as it pertains to driving under the influence.  A vote of 49-0 was recorded. SB 775, PN 1602 (Pileggi) – This bill amends Title 44 (Law and Justice) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes to expand the list of eligible criminal offenses for which DNA testing is required; expand DNA testing…
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Post Session Report: November 16, 2011

SB 390 PN 1793 (Brubaker) The bill would create a vehicle classification of “custom farm service implement of husbandry” and provide an exemption from registration for this vehicle class when operated within the increased distance limitation of 50 miles between farmers’ farms and between a farm and an agribusiness center. The bill was unanimously approved. SB 1264 PN 1779 (Baker) The bill establishes and…
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Post Session Report: November 15, 2011

SB 390, PN 1681:  This bill amends Title 75 (Vehicles) by creating a vehicle classification of “custom farm service implement of husbandry” and provides an exemption from registration for this vehicle class when operated within the increased distance limitation of 50 miles between farmers’ farms and between a farm and an agribusiness center.  Senator Brubaker offered amendment A6302 which removed…
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Post Session Report: November 14, 2011

SB 473, PN 468 (Vance) – This legislation would amend Title 30 (Fish) to reduce the days deployed service requirement necessary to qualify for a one-dollar resident fishing license.   A vote of 49-0 was recorded. SB 853, PN 870 (Baker) – This legislation would amend Title 34 (Game) to reduce the days deployed service requirement necessary to qualify for a one-dollar resident…
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Post Session Report: November 1, 2011

SB 444, PN 1737 – This bill amends the Local Option Small Games of Chance Act by increasing the prize limits for games, and making several additional changes.  A vote of 46-4 was recorded. HB 563, PN 619 – This bill amends Title 75 by creating an exemption for land owners who authorize the use of his/her property for the purpose of…
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Post Session Report: October 31, 2011

SB 286, PN 1667 (Gordner) – The bill amends the Incorporated Towns Contracts Act (Act 34 of 1953) by increasing the threshold at which these incorporated towns must use competitive bidding and public advertising and providing for annual increases.  A vote of 49-0 was recorded. SB 342, PN 549 (Greenleaf) – This bill amends the Occupational Therapy Practice Act further providing for…
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Post Session Report: October 26, 2011

Senate Bill 1 PN 1711(Piccola): Senate Bill 1 establishes a new Article XXV-B (Opportunity Scholarships and Educational Improvement Tax Credit) to provide for public to public and nonpublic school choice programs, reestablishes the Educational Improvement Tax Credit Program with amendments and makes changes to the Charter School Law. Senator Hughes offered Amendment A05824, which add a 4 year pilot program…
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Post Session Report: October 25, 2011

HB 290, PN 2626- The legislation amends the Second Class County Code  to increase non-bid contract maximums and to provide for the annual indexing and adjusting of these figures for inflation.   A vote of 49-0 was recorded. SB 367, PN 1670 – This bill is known as the “Indigenous Mineral Resources Development Act” imposes certain powers on the Department of General…
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Post Session Report: October 24, 2011

HB 278, PN 2419 (Keller) – Amends the Second Class Township Code to increase non-bid contract maximums and to provide for the annual indexing and adjusting of these figures for inflation.  A vote of 49-0 was recorded. HB 279, PN 2420 (Keller) – Amends the First Class Township Code to increase non-bid contract maximums and to provide for the annual indexing and…
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Post Session Report: October 19, 2011

SB 560 PN 728 (Mensch): Establishes the State Military College Legislative Appointment Program. The bill was approved, 45-5. SB 850 PN 1691 (Greenleaf): Amends the Crimes Code to establish the criminal offense of cyber bullying. The bill was unanimously approved. SB 961 PN 1074 (Tomlinson): Would allow people the ability to access coroner reports according to the procedures placed in the Right-to-Know Law…
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Post Session Report: October 18, 2011

SB 1151, PN 1665 – The legislation amends the Municipalities Financial Recovery Act to create a new chapter that provides for fiscal emergencies and receivership for Cities of the Third Class.  The Senate concurred in House amendments, as amended by the Senate, by a vote of 37-13 SB 100, PN 1668 – This bill amends the Judicial Code, Title 42, and the…
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Post Session Report: October 17, 2011

SB 100, PN 1329 (Greenleaf) – This legislation Amends the Judicial Code, Title 42 of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes, and the Prisons and Parole Code, Title 61, to make changes relating to the powers and duties of the Pennsylvania Commission on Sentencing; provide for sanctions for probation violations; modify the eligibility requirements for alternative sentencing and pre-release programs; establish a comprehensive…
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Post Session Report: September 28, 2011

Senate Bill 957 PN 1535(Tomlinson): The bill amends the Osteopathic Medical Practice Act by providing for the licensure of athletic trainers. The bill was unanimously approved. Senate Bill 967 PN 1536(Tomlinson): The bill amends the Medical Practice Act by providing for the licensure of athletic trainers. The bill was unanimously approved. Senate Bill 1167 PN 1604(Baker): Amends Title 51 (Military…
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Post Session Report: September 27, 2011

SB 281, PN 1583 – The bill amends the County Code (Act 130 of 1955) by increasing the threshold at which counties must use competitive bidding and public advertising and providing for annual increases. A vote of 48-0 was recorded. SB 282, PN 1584 – The bill amends the Third Class Cities Code (Act 317 of 1931) by increasing the threshold at…
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Post Session Report: September 26, 2011

HB 9, PN 2179 – This bill amends Title 75, Vehicles, as it pertains to junior drivers and children as passengers.  A vote of 42-7 was recorded. SB 281, PN 1553 – The bill amends the County Code (Act 130 of 1955) by increasing the threshold at which counties must use competitive bidding and public advertising and providing for annual increases.  Senator…
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Post Session Report: September 21, 2011

SB 162, PN 1568 – The bill amends the Breach of Personal Information Notification Act by requiring that a State agency, county, school district or municipality notify subjects of breaches of security of their system within seven days of discovery.  Furthermore, the Attorney General’s Office must be notified within three days when it occurs to a State agency or a district…
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Post Session Report: September 20, 2011

HB 378, PN 342 – This bill amends the Civil Service Act by requiring one member of the Civil Service Commission be a veteran.  A vote of 48-0 was recorded. HB 712, PN 726 – This measure designates a portion of SR 997 in Franklin County as the Sgt. Edward W. Shaffer Memorial Highway.  A vote of 48-0 was recorded. SB 162,…
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Post Session Report: June 30, 2011

SB 151, PN 1426 (Pileggi):  This legislation amends Pennsylvania’s “Air Pollution Control Act” (Act 95 of 1992) to further provide for the distribution of fines and penalties.  A vote of 49-0 was recorded. HB 1696, PN 2260 (Saccone):  This legislation provides for a temporary moratorium of court-ordered countywide reassessments.  A vote of 38-11 was recorded. HB 1727, PN 2192 (Adolph):  This legislation provides…
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Post Session Report: June 29, 2011

HB 67, PN 66:  This bill amends Title 18 (Crimes and Offenses) providing for the offense of greyhound race simulcasting.  A vote of 50-0 was recorded. HB 78, PN 2241:  This legislation would amend Title 30 (Fish) to increase the grading and penalty for the offense of homicide-by-watercraft while operating under the influence of alcohol or drugs.  A vote of…
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Post Session Report: June 28, 2011

SB 1062, PN 1444 (Corman): This legislation appropriates the total sum of $66,189,000 from the State Gaming Fund and restricted revenue accounts with the State Gaming Fund to the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board, the Department of Revenue, the Pennsylvania State Police, and the Office of Attorney General for costs related to oversight of the gaming industry for FY 2011-12.   A concurrence…
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Post Session Report: June 27, 2011

SB 1155, PN 1435 (Piccola):  This legislation amends the Municipalities Financial Recovery Act to provide new provisions that apply specifically to Cities of the Third Class including the establishment of a management board if a city fails to adopt the coordinator’s plan and a prohibition against filing for bankruptcy. Senator Piccola introduced Amendment 04412, which would re-apply this legislation to all…
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Post Session Report: June 26, 2011

SB 1122 (Corman): provides for the Commonwealth’s nonpreferred appropriation to the Pennsylvania State University for fiscal year 2011-2012. Sen. Corman offered A03769, which restored funding to 19%. The amendment was agreed to, 30-20. The bill went over as amended. SB 1123 (Corman): provides for the Commonwealth’s nonpreferred appropriation to the University of Pittsburgh for fiscal year 2011-2012. Sen. Corman offered A03770, which…
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Post Session Report: June 23, 2011

HB 144, PN 711: This legislation amends the PA Farmland and Forest Land Assessment Act, also known as Clean and Green, to provide for corrective language regarding when roll-back taxes are due when an oil or gas well is drilled on land enrolled in Clean and Green. HB 143, PN 317:  The bill amends the PA Farmland and Forest Land…
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Post Session Report: June 22, 2011

Senate Bill 200 PN 1403 (Browne): requires the Department of Health and the Department of Education to develop and post on their Internet websites guidelines and other relevant materials to educate students participating in athletics and their parents or guardians and coaches about the nature and risk of concussion and head injury, including risks associated with continuing to play or practice…
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Post Session Report: June 21, 2011

HB 148, PN 2144: The bill amends the Liquor Code (Act 21 of 1951) by adding definitions making happy hour times more flexible, and provides for the creation of a new off-premises catering license. A vote of 50-0 was recorded. SB 200, PN 1332:  This bill establishes standards for the management of concussions and traumatic brain injuries to student athletes…
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Post Session Report: June 20, 2011

HB 40, PN 1038:  The bill amends Titles 18 (Crimes and Offenses) and 42 (Judiciary and Judicial Procedure) relating to the use of force in self-protection and the protection of others; provides protection from civil liability for the lawful use of force; amends a provision of the Crimes Code relating to the grading of theft offenses for stolen firearms; and…
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Post Session Report: June 17, 2011

SB 1030, PN 1365:  The legislation amends the Unemployment Compensation Law by increasing the amount of credit weeks a claimant must have to be eligible for unemployment compensation benefits as well as the payment threshold.  The bill also requires that an employee must be making an active search for employment as well as register into the PA CareerLink System in…
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Post Session Report: June 15, 2011

SB 1006 PN 1304(Vogel): The bill amends the Controlled Substance, Drug, Device and Cosmetic Act by adding subclasses to include Salvia Divinorum, Salvinorin A, Divinorin A, synthetic marijuana, synthetic cocaine/heroin and 2C as Schedule I controlled substances. The Senate concurred in house amendments by a vote of 50-0. SB 1086 PN 1333 (Piccola): This legislation amends the Library Code by establishing a new…
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Post Session Report: June 14, 2011

SB 1062 PN 1325 (Corman): An Act making appropriations from the restricted revenue accounts within the State Gaming Fund and from the State Gaming Fund to the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board, the Department of Revenue, the Pennsylvania State Police and the Attorney General for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2011, to June 30, 2012, and for the payment of bills…
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Post Session Report: June 8, 2011

SB 314 PN 1295 (Tomlinson): Amends Title 75, Vehicle Code, pertaining to electronic wireless communications devices. The bill was approved 41-8. SB 366 PN 351 (D. White): Amends the Board of Vehicles Act, further providing for definitions, for licensure and for State Board of Vehicle Manufacturers, Dealers and Salespersons. The bill was unanimously approved. SB 732 PN 1185 (Vance): Creates the Department of…
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Post Session Report: June 7, 2011

SB 3, PN 1286:  This legislation prohibits health insurance policies sold through the Pennsylvania Health Insurance Exchange from covering elective abortions.  A vote of 37-12 was recorded. SB 227, PN 991:  The legislation amends the Public Welfare Code by requiring proof of general liability insurance when applying for a registration certificate as well as the posting and providing in writing…
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Post Session Report: June 6, 2011

SB1055, PN1191 (Corman): Appropriates the Governor’s requested amount to fund the administrative costs of the State Employees Retirement System (SERS) for the 2011-12 fiscal year. The bill would appropriate $27,320,000 for the general government operations of SERS.  This appropriation is at the Governor’s requested amount contained in his March budget proposal. The bill was unanimously approved. SB 1056, PN 1192 (Corman): Appropriates…
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Post Session Report: May 24, 2011

SB 1030, PN 1239 (Gordner): Amends the Unemployment Compensation Law. The bill adds Section 302.1 which specifies the provisions by which employers are granted relief from charges for benefits that were awarded to ineligible claimants. Sen. Boscola offered Amendment A02416, which would not accept debit cards or benefit cards issued by a federal or state government agency for unemployment compensation benefits. The…
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Post Session Report: May 23, 2011

SB 9, PN 152:  This bill requires that individuals prove that they are legal residents of the United States before receiving public benefits.  Senator Scarnati offered amendment A02350 which adds exemptions for older adults and clarifies applicability to the law.  Senator Ferlo also offered amendment A02020 that was technical in nature.  Senator Washington offered amendment A02399 which provides for the…
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Post Session Report: May 11, 2011

SB 104, PN 1187:  This legislation amends the fiscal code to provide for the use of state owned vehicles.  Senator Boscola offered amendment A02143 which deals with reporting to the department.  The Senate agreed to the amendment and the bill went over in its order. SB 468, PN 723:  This bill amends Title 75 (Vehicles) to allow for special registration…
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Post Session Report: May 10, 2011

Senate Bill 330 PN 980 (Scarnati): This legislation requires that a school board adopt a resolution to authorize the collection and payment of school real property taxes from small business owners in installments. The bill was approved unanimously. Senate Bill 612 PN 1188 (Folmer): Amends the Act of March 10, 1949 (P.L. 30, No. 10), known as the Public School Code of…
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Post Session Report: May 9, 2011

SB 224, PN 1169:  The bill amends the Public School Code by expanding the list of convicted offenses that prohibit a person from being employed in a public or private school, intermediate unit or area vocational-technical school.  The bill also requires school employees to report convictions for criminal offenses immediately to school administrators.  Senator Kitchen offered amendment A01955 which reduces…
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Post Session Report: March 8, 2011

SB 79, PN 64:  Amends the Judicial Code (Title 42) to enact the Uniform Interstate Depositions and Discovery Act (UIDDA).  A vote of 47-0 was recorded. SB 273, PN 769:  An act also known as the “Castle Doctrine” to amend titles 18, (Crimes Code), and 42, (Judiciary Code), for use of force in self protection, for use of force for…
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Post Session Report: April 5, 2011

SB 302, PN 279: This bill amends the Keystone Recreation, Park and Conservation Fund Act (Act 50 of 1993) to provide for additional reporting requirements.  A vote of 50-0 was recorded. SB 303, PN 280: This bill amends the Hazardous Sites Cleanup Act (Act 108 of 1988) to provide for additional funding from civil penalties.  A vote of 50-0 was recorded.…
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Post Session Report: May 4, 2011

SB 419, PN 405: The bill amends the Board of Vehicles Act by allowing for the sale of motorcycles on Sundays.  A vote of 50-0 was recorded.
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Post Session Report: May 3, 2011

SB 5, PN 989:  The legislation establishes the Community-Based Health Care (CHC) Program in the Department of Health to provide grants to community-based health care clinics.  The bill was unanimously approved. SB 224, PN 193:  Eliminates the five year prohibition from working with a public school for a person convicted of certain criminal offenses enumerated in the law in order…
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Post Session Report: May 2, 2011

SB 58, PN 43:  This bill would establish the Sexual Violence Victim Protection Act that authorizes a victim of sexual violence to petition the court for relief requesting protection from a defendant.   A vote of 50-0 was recorded. SB 274, PN 250:  The legislation allows for the transfer of a permit between a licensed mentor hunter and a youth hunter…
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Post Session Report: April 27, 2011

SB 260, PN 237:  The legislation amends the Confidentiality of HIV-Related Information Act by allowing individuals to opt out of HIV testing and for documentation requirements.  A vote of 50-0 was recorded. SB 745, PN 744:  This bill amends the Rail Freight Preservation and Improvement Act (Act 119 of 1984) to add broadening language as it pertains to grant work. …
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Post Session Report: April 26, 2011

Senate Bill 101 PN 153 (Smucker): The legislation amends the Sunshine Act to increase penalties for violations. The legislation was approved 48-2. Senate Bill 105 PN 982 (Browne): Establishes the Pennsylvania Web Accountability and Transparency Act, or PennWATCH. The legislation provides for the establishment of a searchable budget database-driven Internet website detailing certain information concerning taxpayer (i.e. state) expenditures and investments. The…
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Post Session Report: April 13, 2011

SB 357, PN 347: This legislation amends the Borough Code to allow for the sale of personal property by online or electric auction.  A vote of 50-0 was recorded. SB 358, PN 348:  This legislation amends the First Class Township Code to allow for the sale of personal property by online or electric auction.  A vote of 50-0 was recorded. SB…
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Post Session Report: April 12, 2011

Senate Bill 377 PN 1520 (Everett): Amends the Pennsylvania Uniform Construction Code (UCC) to add provisions related to manufactured housing and log walls of residential structures. The bill also revises the process by which the latest triennial revisions of the UCC are reviewed and adopted by the UCC Review and Advisory Council (RAC). The bill removes the requirement for the installation…
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Post Session Report: April 11, 2011

SB 264, PN 241:  The legislation amends Title 51 (Military Affairs) by allowing for the Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs to arrange for burial details for veterans at the Washington Crossing National Cemetery.  A vote of 49-0 was recorded. SB 456, PN 443:  This bill amends the County Code by mandating that flag holders may not be removed…
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Post Session Report: April 6, 2011

SB 304 PN 281 (M. White): Amends the act of January 8, 1960 (1959 P.L.2119, No.787), known as the Air Pollution Control Act, further providing for public review of State implementation plans. The bill was unanimously approved. SB 325 PN 981 (Baker): An Act providing for gas and hazardous liquids pipelines and for powers and duties of the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission;…
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Post Session Report: March 1, 2011

Senate Bill 110 PN 174 (Smucker): This bill amends Title 74, Transportation, as it pertains to public logs of flights on State owned or operated aircraft. The Senate approved this bill unanimously. Senate Bill 163 PN 148 (Baker): This bill names a bridge in Wayne County. The Senate approved this bill unanimously.
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Post Session Report: March 9, 2011

SB 71, PN 56:  This bill amends Title 18 (Crimes and Offenses) to prohibit the simulcasting of greyhound racing within the Commonwealth.  A vote of 47-0 was recorded. SB 242, PN 209:  The legislation designates the bridge over Barclay Run in the Borough of Somerset as the Trooper Stephen R. Gyurke Memorial Bridge.  A vote of 47-0 was recorded. SB…
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Post Session Report: March 7, 2011

SB 159 PN 440 (Robbins): An Act authorizing the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to join the Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children; providing for the form and enforcement of the compact; imposing additional powers and duties on the Governor, the Secretary of the Commonwealth and the compact commissioner; and establishing the State Council on Interstate Educational Opportunity for Military Children.…
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Post Session Report: March 2, 2011

SB 199, PN 170 – The bill designates a section of Interstate 78 in Berks County as the CMSgt. Richard L. Etchberger Memorial Highway.  A vote of 45-0 was recorded.  SB 265, PN 242 – This bill amends the “Coal and Gas Resource Coordination Act” (Act 214 of 1984) to add definitions, change minimum distance requirements between producing gas wells, and coordinate gas…
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Post Session Report: February 28, 2011

SB 110, PN 174 – This bill amends Title 74, Transportation, as it pertains to public logs of flights on State owned or operated aircraft. Senator Smucker offered amendment A0709 which was technical in nature.  The Senate agreed to the amendment and the bill went over as amended. SB 387, PN 373 – The legislation allows all licensing agents to sell reduced-fee…
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Post Session Report: February 14, 2011

Executive Nominations The Senate approved the following nomination by a vote of 46-0: Morgan K. O’Brien, Commonwealth Trustee of the University of Pittsburgh
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