Post Session Report 2012


Post Session Report: October 17, 2012

SB 79 PN 2431 (Greenleaf): Amends Title 42 (Judicial Code) to enact the Uniform Interstate Depositions and Discovery Act (UIDDA), applying to any civil action brought in another state or territory for which discovery is sought in Pennsylvania. The bill was approved unanimously. HB 235 PN 4233 (Clymer): An act to promulgate legislation to provide for the posting of information relating to…

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Post Session Report: October 16, 2012

SB 341, PN 2473 (Greenleaf) – This bill amends Title 3 (Agriculture) by adding a Subchapter 41 to provide for the authorization of an automotive fuel testing and disclosure program.  The Senate concurred in House amendments to the bill as further amended by the Senate by a vote of 49-0. SB 1115, PN 2474 (Browne) – Senate Bill 1115 amends the Public…

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Post Session Report: October 15, 2012

HB 1310, PN 3893 (Toepl) – This bill amends the act of April 12, 1951 (P.L.90, No.21), known as the Liquor Code, to provide privately owned ski resorts with liquor licenses regardless of county quotas. A concurrence vote of 49-0 was recorded. SB 1298, PN 2410 (Smucker) – This legislation amends the PA Farmland and Forest Land Assessment ACT (Clean and Green)…

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Post Session Report: October 3, 2012

HB 1121 PN 4147 (Reichley): Amends Title 18 by creating the offense of recruiting criminal gang members, and amends Title 42 to provide for a sentence enhancement for crimes committed to further the interests of a criminal gang. The bill was approved 45-3. SB 1303 PN 2450 (Williams): Amends Section 696 (Distress in School Districts of the First Class) of the Public…

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Post Session Report: October 2, 2012

SB 1546, PN 2434 (Gordner) – This legislation repeals the Act of June 27, 1947 (the State Tax Equalization Board Law), and moves the Board under the purview of the Department of Community and Economic Development.  The Senate concurred in House amendments to Senate amendments as further amended by the Senate by a vote of 49-0. SB 444, PN 2433 (Earll) –…

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Post Session Report: October 1, 2012

SB 819, PN 1115 (Robbins) – This legislation removes certain employee positions with the State Veterans Homes under the PA Department of Military and Veterans Affairs from being classified under the Civil Service Commission. A vote of 29-20 was recorded. SB 903, PN 2385(Rafferty) – This legislation amends amending Title 18 (Crimes and Offenses) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes, further providing…

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Post Session Report: September 25, 2012

HB 728, PN 3887 (Barrar) – This legislation amends the Combustible and Flammable Liquids Act of October 18, 2000 by adding a subsection providing for further regulations and safety requirements for emergency fuel shut-off devices.  A vote of 49-0 was recorded. SB 1092, PN 1270 (Greenleaf) – This bill amends provisions of the Probate, Estates and Fiduciaries Code (Probate Code), Title 20…

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Post Session Report: September 24, 2012

Previously tabled bills were added to the active calendar. No votes were taken.  

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Post Session Report: June 30, 2012

SB 9 PN 2348 (Scarnati): Establishes the Proof of Citizenship for Receipt of Public Benefits Act. The Senate concurred in House Amendments  by a vote of 39-10. SB 367 PN 2349 (D. White): Providing for indigenous mineral resources development; and imposing powers and duties on the Department of General Services and the State System of Higher Education. The Senate concurred in House…

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Post Session Report: June 29, 2012

SB 1466, PN 2335 (Corman) – This bill is the Republican-negotiated General Appropriations bill for fiscal year 2012-13. Senate Republicans offered comments in support of the spending plan, noting that it makes restorations to Education funding, helps create jobs through business investment and tax breaks, and allows us to live within our means. Senators Costa and Hughes said they will ultimately…

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Post Session Report: June 28, 2012

HB 208, PN 3491 (Reed) – This bill amends Title 75 by increasing the penalty for accidents resulting in the death of the victim.  A vote of 49-0 was recorded. HB 254, PN 3443 (Grove) – The bill amends Title 75, Vehicle Code, further providing for learner’s permits.  Senator Pileggi offered Amendment A12779, which expands the use of red light cameras to…

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Post Session Report: June 27, 2012

HB 869 PN 907 (Marsico): Authorizes funeral directors to display flashing or revolving purple lights on any funeral processional vehicle which is being driven in a funeral procession. Sen. Mensch offered Amendment A12699, which regarded illuminating decals was approved 45-4 and the bill was reported as amended. HB 1055 PN 3577 (Mustio): Creates a freestanding act to regulate the professional employer organization…

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Post Session Report: June 26, 2012

HB 75, PN 3827 (Marsico) – Amends Titles 18 (Crimes and Offenses), 42 (Judiciary and Judicial Procedure) and 44 (Law and Justice) to further provide for failure to comply with registration of sexual offenders.  A vote of 49-0 was recorded. HB 1343, PN 3828 (Baker) – House Bill 1343 creates the Commonwealth Higher Education Modernization Act and makes several repeals.  A vote…

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Post Session Report: June 25, 2012

HB 823, PN 3792 (Scavello) – This bill amends the Pennsylvania Municipalities Planning Code (Act 247 of 1968) by requiring municipalities to give monthly notice of finally-approved residential developments or planned residential developments to school superintendents for the purposes of anticipating the impact on that school district.  A concurrence vote of 49-0 was recorded. SB 100, PN 2272 (Greenleaf) – This legislation…

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Post Session Report: June 20, 2012

SB 161, PN 2297 (Brubaker) – This legislation amends the PA Constitution giving the General Assembly exclusive power in writing laws providing for the qualifications of institutions of purely public charity.  A vote of 46-1 was recorded. HB 608, PN 592 (Brooks) – This bill amends the Surface Mining Conservation and Reclamation Act (Act 418 of 1945) to provide for the use…

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Post Session Report: June 19, 2012

HB 807, PN 3586 (Sonney) – This bill amends the “Biofuel Development and In-State Production Incentive Act” to provide for blending and registration requirements and for establishing penalties for violations of the act.  A vote of 48-0 was recorded. SB 920, PN 2301 (Browne) – This legislation creates the “Carbon Monoxide Alarm Standards Act,” which regulates the installation, maintenance and requirements of…

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Post Session Report: June 18, 2012

SB 244, PN2202 (Kasunic) – This bill amends Article XIV (relating to School Health Services) of act of March 10, 1949 (P.L. 30, No. 14), known as the Public School Code by adding a new section relating to cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).  A vote 48-0 was recorded. SB 941, PN 1116 (Corman) – This bill amends Title 18 further providing for public drunkenness…

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Post Session Report: June 13, 2012

SB 375, PN 2278 (Pileggi) – This legislation amends Title 53 to provide that municipal authorities may not expend funds for purposes not related to their mission. The Senate concurred in House amendments by a vote of 47-0. SB 1433, PN 2257 (Gordner) – This legislation establishes the Homeowner Assistance Settlement Act.  The Senate concurred in House amendments by a vote of…

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Post Session Report: June 12, 2012

SB 8, PN 2269 (Folmer) – This legislation is titled the Pennsylvania Health Information Technology Act.  This initiative was known as PHIX (Pennsylvania Health Information Exchange) under the prior administration.  A vote of 47-0 was recorded. SB 866, PN 2270 (Ward) – Extends the sunset provision of the Volunteer Fire Company and Volunteer Ambulance Service Grant Act.  A vote of 47-0 was…

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Post Session Report: June 11, 2012

SB 8, PN 2196 (Folmer) – This legislation is titled the Pennsylvania Health Information Technology Act.  This initiative was known as PHIX (Pennsylvania Health Information Exchange) under the prior administration.  Senator Folmer offered Amendment A11117, which makes technical and substantive changes, and includes language prohibiting the act from interfering with a patient’s access to their medical records.  The amendment was agreed…

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Post Session Report: June 6, 2012

SB 155 PN 129 (Folmer): This bill providing for securing loads in vehicles. The bill was unanimously approved. SB 1465 PN 2059 (Dinniman): This bill designates a portion of State Route 3 in West Chester Borough, Chester County, as the Senator Robert J. Thompson Highway; and designating the Pottstown Pike Bridge over the French Creek in South Coventry Township, Chester County, as…

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Post Session Report: June 5, 2012

SB 1310, PN 2234 (Gordner) – The legislation amends the Unemployment Compensation Law by permitting the Pennsylvania Economic Development Financing Authority to issue bonds if the issuance to repay federal advances, including interest, would result in a savings to the employers of the Commonwealth.  In addition, an Unemployment Compensation Amnesty Program will be authorized to partially waive unpaid interest debt in…

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Post Session Report: June 4, 2012

SB 1115, PN 2203 (Browne) – This legislation amends the Public School Code to establish a new equitable formula to distribute special education funding and an accountability system to ensure effective investment of resources.  A vote of 46-1 was recorded. HB 1237, PN 1356 (J. Evans) – This legislation amends Title 34 (Game) to provide for the reduced cost-hunting license for members of the…

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Post Session Report: March 28, 2012

Senate Bill 10 PN 173 (Scarnati): Amends the Article III of the Pennsylvania Constitution providing for the freedom to provide one’s own health care with the exception of providing indemnity and medical benefits to injured workers and prohibits the enactment of any law to the contrary. Sen. Kitchen offered Amendment A09472, which would have not allowed Medicare or Social Security to…

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Post Session Report: May 23, 2012

HB 804 PN 3561 (Masser): Amends the Judicial Code (Title 42) to provide an exemption from jury duty. The bill was approved unanimously. HB1091 PN 1188 (Harkins): Designates a portion of State Route 955 in Lawrence Park Township, Erie County as the Michael D. Crotty Memorial Parkway. The bill was approved unanimously. SB 1492 PN 2197 (Smucker): Establishes a new Article XV-G (Open Campus Initiatives) in the…

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Post Session Report: May 22, 2012

SB 817, PN 1830 (Baker) – This legislation amends Title 42 (Judiciary and Judicial Procedure) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes, providing for the use of restraints on juveniles during court proceedings.  The Senate concurred in House amendments to the bill by a vote of 48-0. HB 165, PN 3560 (J. Evans) – Amends Title 18 (Crimes Code) by imposing a criminal penalty…

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Post Session Report: May 21, 2012

HB 165, PN 3272 (J. Evans) – This bill amends Title 18 (Crimes Code) by imposing a criminal penalty upon the owner or co-owner of a dog that injures a service dog used by an individual with a disability.  Senator Eichelberger offered Amendment A10273, which provides for further definitions, and expanded language pertaining to civil penalties and restitution.  A vote of…

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Post Session Report: May 9, 2012

SB 1466, PN2165 (Corman) – This legislation is the General Appropriations bill as proposed by the Governor for fiscal year 2012-13.  Senator Kitchen offered Amendment A10355, which increases funding for employment and training and supportive services for cash assistance recipients by $150 million.  The amendment was defeated 18-29.  Senator Ferlo offered Amendment A10357, which would restore $84 million in funding to…

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Post Session Report: May 8, 2012

SB 1225 PN 2159 (Pileggi) – This legislation codifies the Library Code in consolidated statute form to improve the readability of the Library Code and reconciles conflicts between the Library Code and regulations that have been issued under it.  A vote of 47-0 was recorded. SB 1382 PN 1891 (Solobay) – This bill designates the interchange at the intersection of Route 136…

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Post Session Report: May 7, 2012

SB 1225, PN 2128 (Pileggi) –   This bill codifies the Library Code in consolidated statute form to improve the readability of the Library Code and reconciles conflicts between the Library Code and regulations that have been issued under it.   On behalf of Senator Costa, Senator Williams offered Amendment A10211, which is technical in nature.  The amendment was agreed to.  Also on…

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Post Session Report: March 7, 2012

SB 1386, PN 1979 (Vogel) – This bill amends the “Air Pollution Control Act” (Act 787 of 1959) to repeal a requirement for controlling Volatile Organic Compounds from gasoline dispensing facilities.  A vote of 38-10 was recorded. HB 1886, PN 2461 (Saccone) – This bill designates the bridge carrying State Route 136 over the Monongahela River connecting Forward Township, Allegheny County and…

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Post Session Report: May 2, 2012

SB 1067, PN 2127 (Alloway) – This bill amends Title 75 to further define “emergency vehicle.”  A vote of 46-0 was recorded. SB 1144, PN 2077 (Ward) – This bill amends the Health Security Act by prohibiting insurers from setting fees for non-covered insurance services.  A vote of 46-0 was recorded. SB 1177, PN 1420 (Solobay) – This bill designates an interchange on…

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Post Session Report: May 1, 2012

HB 61, PN 29 (Metzgar) – Amends Title 42 (Judicial Code) by extending the period of time which a collection agency has to collect fines, costs and restitution, from 180 days to 48 months.  A vote of 41-4 was recorded. SB 1351, PN 1873 (Vance) – The bill amends the Vital Statistics Law of 1953 by permitting a certified registered nurse practitioner (CRNP)…

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Post Session Report: April 30, 2012

SB 157, PN 2076 (Fontana) – This legislation creates a Task Force on Homeless Children’s Education that is charged with examining the educational needs and status of homeless children in this Commonwealth in order to develop and recommend a statewide proposal to provide a strong educational foundation for homeless children.  A vote of 44-0 was recorded. SB 466, PN 455 (Browne) – This legislation…

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Post Session Report: April 3, 2012

SB 110, PN 2051 (Smucker) – This bill amends Title 74 (Transportation) to require that certain information be provided about the use of the Commonwealth’s aircraft and the information would be maintained on PennDOT’s website.  The Senate concurred in House amendments by a vote of 49-0. SB 730, PN 2034 (Gordner) – The bill amends the Second Class Township Code (P.L. 103,…

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Post Session Report: April 2, 2012

SB 341, PN 2036 (Greenleaf) – This bill amends Title 3 (Agriculture) by adding a Subchapter 41 to provide for the authorization of an automotive fuel testing and disclosure program.  A vote of 49-0 was recorded. HB 823, PN 3060 (Scavello) – This bill amends the Pennsylvania Municipalities Planning Code (Act 247 of 1968) by requiring municipalities to give monthly notice of finally-approved residential…

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Post Session Report: March 27, 2012

SB 818, PN 2007 (Baker) – This legislation amends Title 42 (Judiciary and Judicial Procedure) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes, in juvenile matters, providing for disposition information.  The Senate concurred in House amendments to Senate amendments by a vote of 48-0. SB 86, PN 1680 (Greenleaf) – This bill amends both Title 75 (Vehicles) and Title 18 (Crimes) as it pertains to…

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Post Session Report: March 26, 2012

SB 1036, PN 1301 (Vance) – This bill amends the Liquid Fuels Tax Municipal Allocation Law, further providing for allocated money.  A vote of 48-0 was recorded. SB 1200, PN 2009 (Folmer) – This bill amends Title 62 (Procurement), further providing for sole source procurement and for emergency procurement.  Senator Folmer offered Amendment A09332, which was technical in nature.  The Senate agreed…

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Post Session Report: March 14, 2012

SB 209 PN 1981 (M. White): Establishes a new Article XVI-C (Equity in Interscholastic Athletics Disclosure) in the Public School Code of 1949 requiring public school entities report athletic opportunities afforded male and female students annually on a disclosure form established by the Department of Education beginning October 15, 2013. The bill was approved unanimously. B 884 PN 2003 (Greenleaf): Amends the…

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Post Session Report: March 13, 2012

HB 424, PN 3197 (Godshall) – Amends Act 72 of 1983 (The Public Adjuster Licensing Law) regarding administration and enforcement of public adjusters.  A vote of 48-0 was recorded. SB 623, PN 2002 (Tomlinson) – Amends Title 62 (Procurement) by creating a new chapter (Veteran-Owned Small Businesses) to provide for veteran-owned small business participation in procurement contracts with Commonwealth agencies.  A vote…

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Post Session Report: March 12, 2012

SB 276, PN 1977 (Argall) – This legislation amends the Downtown Location Law to expand the factors that should be considered when determining where to local a state office facility and requires that the agency coordinate with local historical and economic development entities.  A vote of 48-0 was recorded. HB 424, PN 1977 (Godshall) – This legislation amends Act 72 of 1983…

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Post Session Report: March 6, 2012

SB 1301, PN 1803 (Williams) – This bill amends Title 53 (Municipalities Generally) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes, in assessments of persons and property, to add definitions of boards of the Homestead Property Exclusion to include the body with responsibility for the making of assessments of real property in Philadelphia.  A vote of 48-0 was recorded. SB 1302, PN 1831 (Williams) –…

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Post Session Report: March 5, 2012

SB 1049, PN 1717 (Kasunic) – This bill would amend Title 30 (Fish) to provide the Fish and Boat Commission with license issuing flexibility.  A vote of 48-0 was recorded. SB 1324, PN 1945 (Yaw) – This bill amends Title 42 (Judiciary) providing for actions regarding titles involving subsurface mineral rights.  Senator Yaw introduced amendment A09008, which was technical in nature.  The amendment was…

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Post Session Report: February 8, 2012

SB 405 PN 1534 (Browne):Amends § 301.1 of The Local Tax Enabling Act to clarify when a political subdivision may levy a business privilege tax (“BPT”). Senator Blake offered Amendment A05908, which would amend the BPT. The amendment was defeated 19-37. The bill was approved 34-16. HB 149 PN 2574(Payne): Provides for an “In God We Trust” specialty registration plate for…

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Post Session Report: February 7, 2012

SB 1237, PN 1918 (Pileggi) – This bill amends the Keystone Opportunity Zone, Keystone Opportunity Expansion Zone and Keystone Opportunity Improvement Zone to allow designation of any unused Keystone Opportunity Expansion Zones and extends tax exemptions to any parcel of land adjacent to a current Keystone Opportunity Zone (KOZ) if it will create at least 200 new jobs.  The Senate concurred…

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Post Session Report: February 6, 2012

HB 1950, PN 2837 (Ellis) – This bill amends Title 58 (Oil and Gas), pertaining to Marcellus Shale gas drilling.  The Senate approved a motion to insist on its amendments which were non-concurred in by the House and sent the bill to a conference committee.  Senators Scarnati, Mary Jo White and Yudichak were named as conferees. SB 117, PN 1908 (D. White)…

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Post Session Report: January 25, 2012

HB 1294, PN 3007 (Godshall) – Amends Title 66 (Public Utilities) further providing for the recovery of the costs of distribution system improvement projects.  A vote of 49-0 was recorded. HB 1582, PN 2999 (Taylor) – Amends Title 53 (Municipalities Generally) to grant authorities that have created business improvement districts (BID) the option of assessing residential condominiums in the same manner they…

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Post Session Report: January 24, 2012

SB 52, PN 1896 (Greenleaf) – Amends Title 75 (Vehicles) to provide for the operation of neighborhood electric vehicles on certain highways within the Commonwealth.  A vote of 41-9 was recorded. HB 170, PN 114 (Miller) – Amends Title 75 (Vehicles) as it pertains to the proper use of pedalcycles on the roadway and the passing of pedalcycles by motor vehicles.  A…

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Post Session Report: January 23, 2012

SB 1252, PN 1532 (Blake) -Redesignates the Davis Street Bridge over I-81 at Exit  182, Moosic Borough, Lackawanna County as the Andrew A. Pompey and Durando J. Pompey Memorial Bridge.  A vote of 50-0 was recorded. SB 1375, PN 1889 (Gordner) -Amends the Unemployment Compensation Law to provide for Pennsylvania’s eligibility to receive the 60-day extension of federal unemployment compensation.  A vote…

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Post Session Report: January 18, 2012

SB 1252, PN 1532 (Blake) -Redesignates the Davis Street Bridge over I-81 at Exit  182, Moosic Borough, Lackawanna County as the Andrew A. Pompey and Durando J. Pompey Memorial Bridge.  A vote of 50-0 was recorded. SB 1375, PN 1889 (Gordner) -Amends the Unemployment Compensation Law to provide for Pennsylvania’s eligibility to receive the 60-day extension of federal unemployment compensation.  A vote…

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Post Session Report: January 17, 2012

HB 169, PN 2819 (Delozier) – The legislation amends the Local Option Small Games of Chance Act by clarifying several definitions, details on prize limits, proceeds for club licensees, as well as specifications for enforcement and penalties.  Senator Earll offered Amendment A08093, which makes changes to the fee structure, payout ceilings, reporting requirements and eligible uses for the funds generated; allows…

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