Post-Session Report 2017


Post Session Report :: Monday, June 26, 2017

Monday, June 26, 2017 HB 283, PN 269 (Baker) – House Bill 283 amends Act 46 of 2016 to correctly designate the overpass on State Route 15 over State Route 49 in Lawrence Township, Tioga County, as the Lance Corporal Michael G. Plank Memorial Bridge.  A vote of 50-0 was recorded. SB 630, PN 704 (Reschenthaler) – Establishes the Travel…

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Post Session Report :: Wednesday, June 21, 2017

SB 178 PN 551 (Scavello): This bill amends Title 37 (Historical and Museums) to update procedures for selling or disposing of abandoned property on loan to the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission; further provides for access to older records; and designates the Commission as the administrator of the State Archives.  The bill was approved 50-0. SB 242 PN 984 (Baker):…

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Post Session Report :: Tuesday, June 20, 2017

HB 168 PN 132 (Saccone): This bill amends Title 18 (Crimes and Offenses) to prohibit the fraudulent representation of military service or military decorations to obtain money, property, or other benefits.   The bill was approved 49-0. SB 180 PN 923 (Greenleaf): This bill amends Title 20 (Probate, Estates and Fiduciaries Code) to update and revise the law relating to organ…

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Post Session Report :: Monday, June 19, 2017

Monday, June 19, 2017 SB 144, PN 96 (Yaw) – Allows applicants for Act 537 plan supplements or revisions to use alternate on-lot sewage disposal systems that are permitted by a sewage enforcement officer.  A vote of 50-0 was recorded. SB 553, PN 960 (Rafferty) – This bill amends Title 75 (Vehicle Code) to clarify and reaffirm penalties under the…

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Post Session Report :: Wednesday, June 14, 2017

SB 527 PN 911 (Aument):  This bill amends the act of April 9, 1929 (P.L. 177, No.175) known as the Administrative Code to create the independent Office of Inspector General.  The bill was approved 37-12. SB 553 PN 949 (Rafferty): This bill amends Title 75 (Vehicle Code) to make changes to the ignition interlock law to allow for a person…

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Post Session Report ::Tuesday, June 13, 2017

HB 93 PN 603 (Millard): This bill designates a portion of State Route 93 from the boundary line between Berwick Borough and Briar Creek Borough, Columbia County, to the boundary line between Orangeville Borough and Orange Township, Columbia County, as the “Stuart Tank Memorial Highway.” The bill was approved 49-0. SB 303 PN 317 (Schwank): This bill authorizes the release…

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Post Session Report :: Monday, June 12, 2017

Monday, June 12, 2017 HB 267, PN 226 (Metcalfe) – This criminalizes the offense of theft of secondary metal, which is defined as “wire, pipe or cable commonly used by communications, gas, water, wastewater and electrical utilities and railroads and mass transit or commuter rail agencies, copper, aluminum or other metal, or a combination of metals, that is valuable for…

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Post Session Report ::Tuesday, June 6, 2017

HB 202 PN 161 (Turzai): This bill would reduce the number of required Keystone Exam tests and provide alternative proficiency requirements for career and technical education students. The bill was approved 49-0. SB 434 PN 473 (Argall): This bill amends Title 42 (Judiciary and Judicial Procedure) to establish a new timeline and procedure for claiming title to real property by…

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Post Session Report :: Monday, June 5, 2017

Monday, June 5, 2017 SB 1, PN 902 (Corman) – This legislation establishes new SERS and PSERS pension benefit tiers for new state employees hired on or after January 1, 2019, and for new public school employees hired on or after July 1, 2019.  Chief among these changes would be the elimination of the current defined benefit plan, which would…

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Post Session Report :: Wednesday, May 24, 2017

SB 269 PN 874 (Baker): This legislation amends the Pennsylvania Construction Code Act by adding two additional seats to the Uniform Construction Code Review and Advisory Council, extensively revising the code review process and increasing the building permit fee by 50 cents. The bill was approved 40-10. SB 522 PN 875 (Greenleaf): This bill amends Title 61 (Prisons and Parole)…

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Post Session Report ::Tuesday, May 23, 2017

HB 23 PN 151 (Mackenzie): This bill amends the Primary Stroke Center Recognition Act to include Acute stroke-ready hospital and Comprehensive stroke center as provisions of the act. The bill makes a name change to the act.  The bill was approved 50-0. HB 151 PN 1571 (Cutler): This bill standardizes language among several programs in Title 12 (Commerce and Trade),…

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Post Session Report :: Monday, May 22, 2017

Monday, May 22, 2017 SB 108, PN 82 (Sabatina) – SB 108 bill amends Title 20 (Decedents, Estates and Fiduciaries) to prohibit organ transplant organizations from discriminating against patients on the basis of physical, developmental or mental disability.  A vote of 50-0 was recorded.  The legislation was inspired by Paul Corby of Pottsville. Corby, who has Autism Spectrum Disorder, was…

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Post Session Report :: Wednesday, May 10, 2017

SB 222 PN 820 (Greenleaf): This bill amends Title 42 (Judiciary and Judicial Procedure) in organization and jurisdiction of courts of common pleas, further providing for courts of common pleas. The bill was approved 48-0. SB 289 PN 611 (White): This bill would name a bridge over state Route 22 in Indiana County as the Blairsville Area Veterans Memorial Bridge.…

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Post Session Report :: Tuesday, May 9, 2017

SB 143 PN 95 (Yaw): This bill amends the Storage Tank and Spill Prevention Act to make changes to the Underground Storage Tank Indemnification Board. The bill was approved 50-0. SB 201 PN 278 (Folmer): This bill amends the Tax Reform Code to allow like-kind exchange tax deferrals in Pennsylvania to mirror Internal Revenue Code, Section 1031. The bill was approved 46-4.…

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Post Session Report :: Monday, May 8, 2017

HB 224, PN 426 (Simmons) – This bill would apply the good Samaritan civil immunities under Title 42 Pa.C.S to school bus drivers and school crossing guards who administers an EpiPen to a student.  A vote of 47-0 was recorded. SB 354, PN 710 (Tomlinson) – Senate Bill 354 amends Act 48 of 1993 by requiring individuals with licenses, certificates…

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Post Session Report :: Wednesday, April 26, 2017

SB 8 PN 719 (Folmer): This bill amends Title 4 (Amusements), Title 18 (Crimes and Offenses), Title 30 (Fish), Title 42 (Judiciary and Judicial Procedure), and Title 75 (Vehicles) to address the seizure and forfeiture of property that is related to criminal offenses. Senator Street offered Amendment A00983, which would remove the civil asset forfeiture provision and replace the measure…

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Post Session Report :: Tuesday, April 25, 2017

SB 95 PN 741 (Farnese): This bill amends Title 42 (Judiciary & Judicial Procedure) providing for immunity for constitutionally protected communications. The bill was approved 43-7. Senator Gordner moved to reconsider the vote by which Senate Bill passed 95, the motion was agreed to and the bill was approved with a final vote of 42-8. SB 554 PN 740 (Greenleaf):…

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Post Session Report :: Monday, April 24, 2017

Monday, April 24, 2017 SB 260, PN 240 (Ward) – This bill amends the Crime Victims Act to add members to the Victim Services’ Advisory Committee and make technical changes.  A vote of 49-0 was recorded. SB 554, PN 613 (Greenleaf) – Amends Titles 18 (Crimes & Offenses) and 42 (Judiciary and Judicial Procedure) to address the procedures that can…

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Post Session Report :: Wednesday, April 19, 2017

SB 365 PN 357 (Gordner): This bill increases the threshold for which 2nd Class Townships must seek bids for the sale of township property.  The bill was approved 50-0. SB 250 PN 630 (Ward): This bill amends the Unemployment Compensation Law to provide up to $15 million in funding to the Service and Infrastructure Improvement Fund for calendar year 2017…

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Post Session Report :: Tuesday, April 18, 2017

SB 227 PN 210 (Eichelberger): This bill would provide for a school board to notify a superintendent or assistant superintendent of its intentions to renew his or her contract within 90 days of the contract’s expiration. The bill was approved 50-0. SR 34 PN 624 (Argall): This resolution would provide for a study of the sustainability of the Pennsylvania State…

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Post Session Report :: Wednesday, March 29, 2017

SB 171 PN 147 (Rafferty): This bill amends The Administrative Code to provide for the appointment of Chief Executive Officer of the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission. The bill was approved 37-10. SB 250 PN 615 (Ward): This bill amends the Unemployment Compensation Law to provide up to $15 million in funding to the Service and Infrastructure Improvement Fund for calendar year…

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Post Session Report :: Tuesday, March 28, 2017

SB 133 PN 555 (Ward): This bill would require the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation to request an extension for compliance with the federal Real ID Act of 2005 and provide Pennsylvania with the option to receiving a standard or Real ID-compliant license or identification card. Further, it would repeal the Pennsylvania Real ID Nonparticipation Act of 2012. The bill was…

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Post Session Report :: Monday, March 27, 2017

Monday, March 27, 2017 SB 30, PN 11 (Eichelberger) – This bill amends Title 30 (Fish) by giving the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission the power to set fees for fishing and boating in the Commonwealth (this is currently done by the Legislature). A vote of 47-2 was recorded. SB 192, PN 224 (Stefano) – This bill amends Title 34…

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Post Session Report :: Wednesday, March 22, 2017

SB 169 PN 554 (Laughlin): This bill amends Title 65 (Public Officers) to require lobbyists and lobbying firms to file electronically with the Department of State, and for the Department of State to post all lobbying disclosure forms on its website within seven days of receipt of filing. The bill was approved 47-0. SB 274 PN 264 (Gordner): This bill…

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Post Session Report :: Tuesday, March 21, 2017

SB 169 PN 145 (Laughlin): This bill amends Title 65 (Public Officers) to require lobbyists and lobbying firms to file electronically with the Department of State, and for the Department of State to post all lobbying disclosure forms on its website within seven days of receipt of filing. Senator Costa offered Amendment A00443, which would add the term “affiliated entity”…

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Post Session Report :: Monday, March 20, 2017

SB 123 PN 106 (Scavello): This bill amends Title 34 (Game) to allow hunting on Sundays with birds of prey. The bill was approved 48-0. SB 137 PN 91 (McGarrigle): This bill amends Title 51 (Military Affairs) by having the Department of Military Affairs act as liaison to the Civil Air Patrol. It also amends Title 74 (Transportation) by repealing…

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Post Session Report :: Wednesday, February 8, 2017

SB 3 PN 283 (Brooks): This bill decreases the gestational age at which an abortion can be performed from 24 weeks to 20 weeks. This bill prohibits “dismemberment abortion,” or commonly known as a dilation and evacuation abortion procedure. Senator Schwank motioned the bill be re-referred to the Health and Human Services Committee. The motion failed, 18-32. The bill was…

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Post Session Report :: Tuesday, February 7, 2017

SB 10 PN 295 (Reschenthaler): This bill requires municipalities to enforce certain administrative requests from the federal government, removes municipalities’ of refuge eligibility for certain state programs, and makes municipalities of refuge liable for certain damages. Senator Hughes offered Amendment A00162, which would require the commonwealth to reimburse municipalities for the full cost of any civil judgment imposed attains the…

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Post Session Report :: Monday, February 6, 2017

Monday, February 6, 2017 SB 170, PN 146 (Rafferty) – This Bill amends Act 200 of 1931 to reform the Delaware River Port Authority.  Senator Haywood offered amendment A00096, which would not require DRPA members to be confirmed by the Senate (the Governor would keep his traditional role of appointing members directly).  The amendment failed by a vote of 15-34. …

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Post Session Report :: Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Wednesday, February 1, 2017 SB 261, PN 243 (Scarnati) – This bill amends the Judicial Code regarding civil and criminal statute of limitations for child sexual abuse, and provides for waivers of sovereign and governmental immunity relating to claims of childhood sexual abuse.  A vote of 48-0 was recorded.

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Post Session Report :: Tuesday, January 31, 2017

SB 69 PN 159 (Eichelberger): This bill amends Title 18 (Crimes Code) Section 5511 (regarding cruelty to animals) by adding the term “equine animal” and provides for the lowering of the level of culpability for general animal cruelty offenses. The bill was approved 49-0. SR 6 PN 160 (Vulakovich): This resolution establishes a bipartisan, bicameral legislative commission to study Fire…

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Post Session Report :: Monday, January 30, 2017

Monday, January 30, 2017 SB 138, PN 92 (Yaw) – Amends the Oil and Gas Lease Act to generally provide for the payment of royalties within 90 days after production, to authorize inspection of records to ensure proper payment, and to ensure coverage for joint ventures.  A vote of 48-0 was recorded. SB 139, PN 93 (Yaw) – Creates the…

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Post Session Report :: Monday, January 23, 2017

Monday, January 23, 2017 The Senate approved the following executive nomination by a vote of 48-0: James L. Kifer, Council of Trustees, Clarion University (reappointment)

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