Post Session Report 2016


Post Session Report :: Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Executive Nominations The following nominees were approved, 48-0: Bryan R. Lentz, State Civil Service Commission Syed Ali-Zaidi, Trustee, Clarion University of Pennsylvania Neil R. Weaver, Trustee, Clarion University of Pennsylvania J Alex Hartzler, Trustee, The Pennsylvania State University David M. Kleppinger, Trustee, The Pennsylvania State University

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Post Session Report :: Wednesday, October 26, 2016

SB 385 PN 2081 (Rafferty): This bill reforms and modernizes the Transit Revitalization Investment District (TRID) Act and provides for an additional funding mechanism under the act. The Senate concurred the House amendments 46-2. SB 1265 PN 2183 (White): This bill amends the Wage Payment and Collection Law allowing employers the option to pay an employees’ wages in the form…

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Post Session Report :: Tuesday, October 25, 2016

SB 1311 PN 2061 (Vance): This bill amends Title 23 (Domestic Relations) and Title 42 (Judiciary and Judicial Procedure) to address grounds for involuntary termination of parental rights, definitions pertinent to child protective services, and definitions pertinent to juvenile matters. The Senate concurred the House amendments 48-0. HB 192 PN 1189 (Gillen): This bill amends the Civil Service Act to…

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Post Session Report :: Monday, October 24, 2016

Monday, October 24, 2016 HB 162, PN 3955 (Benninghoff) – This legislation amends Title 23 (Domestic Relations) by permitting an adult adoptee access to their original birth certificate without the consent of their birth parents. It also allows for the birth parents to redact their name from the birth record.  A vote of 47-0 was recorded. HB 928, PN 2409…

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Post Session Report :: Wednesday, October 19, 2016

HB 447 PN 1037 (Saylor): This bill would amend the Landlord and Tenant Act to include provisions that would limit the rent that could be charged by a landlord to one’s estate if an individual died while renting a residential unit. The bill was approved 50-0. HB 683 PN 1427 (Rapp): This bill amends the Taxpayer Relief Act, in senior…

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Post Session Report :: Tuesday, October 18, 2016

SB 286 PN 1437 (Rafferty): This bill amends Act 200 of 1931, which provided for Pennsylvania to enter into a compact with the State of New Jersey to establish the Delaware River Port Authority (DRPA). The Senate concurred the House amendments 37-13. HB 49 PN 2546 (Sainato): This bill extends the $100,000 death benefit that is currently available to other…

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Post Session Report :: Monday, October 17, 2016

Monday, October 17, 2016 SB 535, PN 1973 (Vulakovich) – SB 535 amends Title 75, the Vehicle Code, to allow for the use of radar by local police departments.  Senator Vulakovich offered amendment A10090 which prohibits the issuance of points unless the speed limit was exceeded by at least 10 mph; requires municipalities too post signs at the border indicating local…

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Post Session Report : Wednesday, September 28, 2016

SB 340 PN 2098 (Eichelberger):  This bill reforms the Local Government Unit Debt Act (in Title 53 (Municipalities Generally), which addresses indebtedness and borrowing for units of local government, as well as guarantees of other government entities by local government.  The bill was approved 50-0. SB 341 PN 475 (Blake):  This bill confers explicit jurisdiction upon the State Ethics Commission…

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Post Session Report : Tuesday, September 27, 2016

SB 1086 PN 1509 (Rafferty):  This bill allows the Department of Transportation to suspend registration of motorists who fail to pay tolls on the Turnpike until the motorist makes the payment.  The bill was approved 48-0. SB 1235 PN 1894 (Baker):  This bill amends the Underground Utility Line Protection Law to reauthorize the Act and make a number of updates.…

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Post Session Report :: Monday, September 26, 2016

Monday, September 26, 2016 SB 1155, PN 1998 (Reschenthaler) – SB 1155 amends Title 75 (Vehicles) to create a special registration plate for any person who is a member of the armed forces of the United States, including a member of a reserve component or the National Guard.  The Senate concurred in House amendments to the bill by a vote…

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Post Session Report :: Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Executive Nominations The following nominee was approved, 44-0: Bruce R. Beemer, Attorney General of Pennsylvania

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Post Session Report :: Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Wednesday, July 13, 2016 HB 1605, PN 3730 (James) – This is the Fiscal Code bill which provides for the implementation of the 2016-17 Commonwealth Budget.  It contains a number of provisions, including: the authorization of various fund transfers; reenacts the Cancer, Control, Prevention and Research Act; establishes the Heritage Park Program to allow for partnerships between governmental and nongovernmental…

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Post Session Report : Tuesday, July 12, 2016

HB 325 PN 3084 (M. K. Keller): The bill makes numerous updates to the Auctioneer Licensing and Trading Assistant Registration Act. The bill eliminates ambiguities in current law and makes several updates to better oversee modern business practices. The bill was approved 50-0.  SB 717 PN 1996 (Vance): The bill amends The Professional Nursing Law to provide for changes in…

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Post Session Report :: Monday, July 11, 2016

Monday, July 11, 2016 SB 342, PN 1383 (Folmer) – This legislation reforms the Local Government Unit Debt Act (LGUDA) in Title 53 to regulate the use of qualified interest rate management agreements, commonly known as “swaps” or “derivatives.”  Senator Eichelberger offered amendment A09458, which makes a number of clarifications, eliminates restrictions on the use of multiple indexes, and adds…

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Post Session Report :: Friday, July 1, 2016

Friday, July 1, 2016 HB 59, PN 51 (Baker) – This legislation provides recommended hepatitis C testing for certain individuals living within the Commonwealth.  A vote of 49-0 was recorded. SB 666, PN 1958 (Folmer) – This legislation amends Real and Personal Property (Title 68) to expand the approved voting methods of homeowner association (HOA), condos and cooperatives.  A vote…

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Post Session Report :: Thursday, June 30, 2016

SB 917 PN 1922 (Browne): This bill amends Title 42 (Judiciary and Judicial Procedure) to facilitate the sharing of information among agencies that are involved with child welfare and delinquency cases or the identification of children at risk of abuse or neglect. The Senate concurred the House amendments 50-0.  SB 1104 PN 1896 (Greenleaf): This bill amends to the Probate,…

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Post Session Report :: Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Wednesday, June 29, 2016 HB 2175, PN 3550 (Markosek) – This legislation appropriates money from a restricted revenue account within the General Fund to the Office of the Small Business Advocate for the 2016-17 fiscal year. Funds in this restricted account are derived from assessments on utilities regulated by the Public Utility Commission.  A vote of 50-0 was recorded. HB…

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Post Session Report :: Tuesday, June 28, 2016

SB 703 PN 1638 (McGarrigle): This bill creates the Plumbing Contractors Licensure Act and creates the State Board of Plumbing Contractors for the purpose authorizing plumbers to perform services and supervise apprentices and journeyman plumbers. Senator McGarrigle offered Amendment A09186, which adds provisions to prohibit the State Board of Plumbing from soliciting municipalities to require a plumbing license for individuals…

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Post Session Report :: Monday, June 27, 2016

Monday, June 27, 2016 SB 1283, PN 1960 (Browne) – This legislation would make an appropriation from the General Fund’s restricted revenue account to the Public Utility Commission (PUC).  A vote of 49-0 was recorded. HB 60, PN 1921 (Baker) – This bill amends the Insurance Company Law of 1921 by placing certain cost sharing restrictions on pharmaceutical benefits offered…

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Post Session Report :: Thursday, June 23, 2016

SB 535 PN 492 (Vulakovich): This bill amends Title 75, the Vehicle Code, to allow for the use of radar by local police departments. Senator Vulakovich offered Amendment A08495, which would allow for the use of LIDAR (Laser Infrared Light Devices) by municipal police officers and require training prior to the devices use.  The amendment was agreed to and the…

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Post Session Report :: Wednesday, June 22, 2016

HB 602 PN 716 (Barrar): This bill increases the active duty pay for National Guard personnel from $75 to $100 per day.  The bill was approved 48-0. SB 876 PN 1930 (Gordner): This bill amends the Workers’ Compensation Act to make changes to the claims process under the Uninsured Employers Guaranty Fund (UEGF).  The bill also requires proof of wages…

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Post Session Report :: Wednesday, June 15, 2016

SB 772 PN 1879 (Gordner): This bill amends the Professional Psychologists Practice Act to make several revisions to licensure and practice updates to the Act. The Senate concurred the House amendments 49-0. SB 983 PN 1852 (McGarrigle): This bill amends Title 75 (Vehicles) to allow for the parent or legal guardian of adult children to apply for a special disability…

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Post Session Report :: Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Tuesday, June 14, 2016 SB 1113, PN 1513 (Ward) – This bill amends the Crime Victims Act to add members to the Victim Services’ Advisory Committee and make technical changes.  A vote of 48-0 was recorded. HB 1199, PN 1574 (Taylor) – HB 1199 repeals the 1965 Act authorizing the Department of Highways, with the Approval of Governor, to erect…

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Post Session Report :: Monday, June 13, 2016

Monday, June 13, 2016 HB 147, PN 139 (Maloney) – A joint resolution proposing an amendment to the PA Constitution to extend the General Assembly’s authority to grant homestead exclusions. Under the bill, the exclusion level cannot exceed 100% of the assessed value of each homestead property within a local taxing jurisdiction.  A vote of 45-2 was recorded. SB 163,…

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Post Session Report :: Wednesday, June 8, 2016

SB 61 PN 1846 (Greenleaf): This bill amends Title 75 to permit Bike Medics to operate their bicycles with the same rights and responsibilities as police officers on a bicycle. The Senate concurred the House’s amendments and the bill was approved 50-0. SB 489 PN 1847 (Yaw):  This bill amends the Check Casher Licensing Act of 1998 to lower the…

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Post Session Report :: Tuesday, June 7, 2016

  HB 57 PN 49 (Payne): This bill amends Title 66 (Public Utilities) to provide for the recovery of natural gas costs.  The bill was approved with a vote of 50-0. SB 1195 PN 1677 (White): This bill amends the “Pennsylvania Greenhouse Gas Regulation Implementation Act” to update the deadlines for plan submission. Senator White offered Amendment A08069, which would…

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Post Session Report :: Monday, June 6, 2016

Monday, June 6, 2016 HB 264, PN 3367 (Mustio) – This legislation establishes standards across the Commonwealth for the implementation of carbon monoxide alarms/detectors in care facilities. It shall be known as the Care Facility Carbon Monoxide Alarms Standards Act.  A vote of 48-0 was recorded. SB 428, PN 379 (Ward) – This bill amends Title 18 (Crimes and Offenses)…

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Post Session Report :: Wednesday, May 18, 2016

SB 290 PN 1751 (Rafferty): This bill amends the Vehicle Code (Title 75) to make provisions related to ignition interlock requirements under current law for those who have committed Driving under the Influence (DUI) violations. The Senate concurred the House’s amendments and the bill was approved 50-0. HB 608 PN 3372 (Baker): This bill amends The Controlled Substance, Drug, Device…

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Post Session Report :: Tuesday, May 17, 2016

SB 180 PN 1808 (Greenleaf): This bill amends Title 20 (Probate, Estates and Fiduciaries Code) to update and revise the law relating to organ and tissue donations. The bill was approved 45-3. HB 608 PN 2254 (Baker): This bill amends The Controlled Substance, Drug, Device and Cosmetic Act to provide for authorities of the Secretary of Health dealing involving controlled…

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Post Session Report :: Monday, May 16, 2016

Monday, May 16, 2016 HB 150, PN 2573 (Maloney) – HB 150 directs PennDOT to design and implement a Share the Road registration plate.  A vote of 49-0 was recorded. SB 180, PN 1678 (Greenleaf) – This bill amends Title 20 (Probate, Estates and Fiduciaries Code) to create a framework for public education about organ and tissue donations; further clarifies…

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Post Session Report :: Wednesday, May 11, 2016

SB 1144 PN 1573 (Greenleaf): This bill amends Title 18 (Crimes and Offenses) to prohibit sales to minors of over the counter medicines containing dextromethorphan. The bill was approved 49-0. SB 1229 PN 1763 (Vogel): This bill amends the Administrative Code, to re-add references to the term “Pennsylvania-bred” horses, for the purposes of purse distribution. The bill was approved 49-0. HB…

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Post Session Report :: Tuesday, May 10, 2016

SB 359 PN 1766 (Greenleaf): This bill would address truancy among school students by requiring truancy elimination plans for children of compulsory school age who fail to attend school. The bill was approved 48-0. HB 944 PN 2846 (Taylor): This bill amends Community and Economic Improvement Act (CEIA) to provide for changes to the establishment and management of Neighborhood Improvement…

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Post Session Report :: Monday, May 9, 2016

Monday, May 9, 2016 HB 805, PN 3090 (Bloom) – This bill would amend the Public School Code of 1949 by allowing school districts to furlough employees for economic reasons based on their performance, followed by their seniority. Superintendents may extend the Temporary Professional Employee (TPE) status of an employee to a fourth year.  Senator Aument moved to revert to…

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Post Session Report :: Wednesday, April 13, 2016

HB 12 PN 2472 (Schlossberg): This bill amends Title 23 (Domestic Relations) regarding divorce by mutual consent and counseling requirements. The bill was approved with a vote of 49-0. HB 400 PN 1957 (Gingrich): This bill creates the Work Experience for High School Students with Disabilities Act with the aim of successfully transitioning high school students with disabilities into the…

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Post Session Report :: Tuesday, April 12, 2016

SB 3 PN 1680 (Folmer): This bill creates a free standing act entitled the Medical Marijuana Act.  The act establishes a medical marijuana program under the direction of the Pennsylvania Department of Health (DOH).  Senator Folmer offered Amendment A06783, which makes technical changes to the bill and changes the amount of time medical marijuana organizations are required to retain records…

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Post Session Report :: Monday, April 11, 2016

Monday, April 11, 2016 HB 794, PN 3097 (Gillespie) – This legislation amends the County Code by repealing sections 1770.2 (relating to authorization of excise tax) and 1770.6 (relating to authorization of hotel tax).  It increases the maximum allowable hotel tax rate from 3% to 5% in 3rd through 8th class counties and institutes reforms to the remittance process and tourist promotion…

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Post Session Report :: Wednesday, April 6, 2016

SB 526 PN 1628 (Gordner): This bill amends the Second Class Township Code, Act 69 of 1933 by changing the dates financial reports by auditors are required to be published. The Senate concurred the House’s amendments with a vote of 48-0. SB 644 PN 1089 (Folmer): This bill amends Title 71 (State Government) to require the Independent Fiscal Office (IFO)…

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Post Session Report :: Tuesday, April 5, 2016

SB 374 PN 1641 (Alloway): This bill amends Title 34 (Game) by permitting the Pennsylvania Game Commission to administer the time in which kills are reported.  The bill was approved with a vote of 49-0. HB 794 PN 2459 (Gillespie): This bill amends the County Code to increase the maximum allowable hotel tax rate from 3% to 5% in 3rd…

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Post Session Report :: Monday, April 4, 2016

Monday, April 4, 2016 SB 881, PN 1604 (Blake) – The bill amends Title 66 to clarify the definition of “public utility” and adds the definitions of “resort” and “independently owned user premises”.  A vote of 48-0 was recorded. SB 973, PN 1352 (Scavello) – SB 973 amends Titles 18 (Crimes and Offenses) and 75 (Vehicles) to increase fines for…

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Post Session Report :: Wednesday, March 23, 2016

SB 1122 PN 1536 (Scavello): This bill allows a board of trustees at a community college to appoint up to two trustees from within the county where the campus is located. The bill was approved with a vote of 48-0. SB 1123 PN 1544 (Vogel): This bill amends Title 3 (Agriculture) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes, in weights and measures…

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Post Session Report :: Tuesday, March 22, 2016

SB 983 PN 1219 (McGarrigle): This bill amends Title 75 (Vehicles) to allow a primary caretaker of adult children to receive a special disability plate. The bill was approved with a vote of 48-0. SB 1104 PN 1498 (Greenleaf): This bill amends the Probate, Estates and Fiduciaries Code, Title 20 of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes, and consolidates the Charitable Instruments…

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Post Session Report :: Monday, March 21, 2016

Monday, March 21, 2016 SB 1142, PN 1598 (Yaw) – Amends the Storage Tank and Spill Prevention Act to provide for the Underground Storage Tank Indemnification Board.  A vote of 49-0 was recorded. HB 1319, PN 2219 (Marshall) – This bill establishes a state Treasury administered 529-ABLE Plan account to encourage families to set aside funds for future costs related…

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Post Session Report :: Wednesday, March 16, 2016

HB 1327 PN 2969 (Peifer):  This bill amends the Fiscal Code to provide language for budget implementation for both Act 10A of 2015 and the Supplemental Appropriation (HB 1801) along with other significant policy issues that one or more parties tied to the budget.  The Senate concurred the House’s amendments and the bill was approved with a vote of (30-19).…

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Post Session Report :: Tuesday, March 15, 2016

HB 838 PN 2656 (Santora): This bill renames the Garret Road Bridge in Upper Darby Township, Delaware County, as the Nicholas A. Micozzie Bridge.  The Senate concurred the House’s amendments and the bill was approved with a vote of (49-0). SB 1013 PN 1427 (Hughes):  This bill allows private employers to adopt and use a veterans’ preference employment policy.  The…

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Post Session Report :: Monday, March 14, 2016

Monday, March 14, 2016 SB 1056, PN 1438 (Baker) – This bill amends Title 23 (Domestic Relations) and Title 51 (Military Affairs) to revise the Uniform Deployed Parents Custody and Visitation Act by further addressing custodial responsibility during deployment.  A vote of 49-0 was recorded. SB 50, PN 1420 (Schwank) – Establishes an agricultural pilot program for industrial hemp research…

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Post Session Report :: Wednesday, February 10, 2016

HB 561 PN 634 (Kauffman): The bill amends The Local Tax Enabling Act to exempt all active duty military personnel from local earned income tax. The bill was approved with a vote of (48-0). SB 889 PN 1519 (Baker): The bill amends the Enforcement Officer Disability Benefits Law to provide coverage to enforcement officers and investigators of the Pennsylvania Game…

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Post Session Report :: Tuesday, February 9, 2016

SB 489 PN 429 (Yaw):  The bill amends the Check Casher Licensing Act of 1998 to lower the fee for cashing a government check or government assistance check.  The bill also requires fees to be posted publicly and allows for the recovery of losses due to fraudulent representation. The bill was approved with a vote of (47-0). HB 1296 PN…

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Post Session Report :: Monday, February 8, 2016

Monday, February 8, 2016 SB 568, PN 541 (Greenleaf) – Amends Title 20 (Decedents, Estates and Fiduciaries), relating to guardianships.  A vote of 47-0 was recorded. SB 606, PN 598 (McGarrigle) – This bill amends Title 42 (Judiciary and Judicial Procedure), providing for limited liability for pilots and apprentices.  Senator McGarrigle offered amendment A05867, which changed the effective date of…

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Post Session Report :: Wednesday, January 27, 2016

SB 166 PN 1517 (Greenleaf): The bill amends Title 18 (Crimes Code) regarding dissemination and expungement of criminal history records; and amends Title 42 (Judicial Code) to establish an expungement petition filing fee. The Senate concurred the House amendments (48-0). HB 153 PN 1318 (Knowles): This bill is joint resolution proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the Commonwealth to…

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Post Session Report :: Tuesday, January 26, 2016

HB 1201 PN 1576 (Taylor): This bill authorizes the Department of Highways and counties, cities, boroughs, towns and townships to adopt and take over public roads and highways constructed by the federal government during times of war. The bill was approved with a vote of (47-0).

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Post Session Report :: Wednesday, January 20, 2016

SB 880 PN 1411 (Smucker): This bill amends the Public School Code to delay the implementation of the Keystone Exam as a graduation requirement until the 2018-2019 school year. The bill requires the Department of Education to conduct a study to investigate alternative methods to demonstrate graduation proficiency. The Senate unanimously concurred the House’s amendments. HB 158 PN 2721 (Peifer):…

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Post Session Report :: Tuesday, January 19, 2016

HB 158 PN 692 (Peifer): This bill allows the Secretary of Education to issue an emergency declaration on a school, charter school, county or statewide basis. Senator Smucker offered Amendment A05574, which would require school administrators to require prospective employees to submit a Pennsylvania criminal history check that is no more than five years old and to maintain a copy…

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