Post Session Report: July 1, 2014

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

HB 2334, PN 3896 (Adolph) – House Bill 2334 is the Commonwealth’s non-preferred appropriation to the Pennsylvania State University for fiscal year 2014-2015. It will take effect July 1, 2014, or immediately, whichever is later.  A vote of 50-0 was recorded.

HB 2335, PN 3701 (Adolph) – House Bill 2335 is the Commonwealth’s non-preferred appropriation to the University of Pittsburgh for fiscal year 2014-2015. It will take effect July 1, 2014, or immediately, whichever is later.  A vote of 50-0 was recorded.

HB 2336, PN 3702 (Adolph) – House Bill 2336 is the Commonwealth’s non-preferred appropriation to Temple University for fiscal year 2014-2015. It will take effect July 1, 2014, or immediately, whichever is later.  A vote of 50-0 was recorded.

HB 2337, PN 3703 (Adolph) – House Bill 2337 is the Commonwealth’s non-preferred appropriation to Lincoln University for fiscal year 2014-2015. It will take effect July 1, 2014, or immediately, whichever is later.  A vote of 50-0 was recorded.

HB 2338, PN 3704 (Adolph) – House Bill 2338 is the Commonwealth’s non-preferred appropriation to the University of Pennsylvania for fiscal year 2014-2015. It will take effect July 1, 2014, or immediately, whichever is later.  A vote of 50-0 was recorded.

HB 278, PN 3901 (Baker) – This legislation initially established the MA reimbursement rate for inpatient and outpatient services provided by critical access hospitals, but was amended out of the bill thus maintaining the discretion of DPW to use the existing formula or establish a revised formula.  The bill as amended by the Senate Appropriations Committee also sets forth fiscal transactions for Fiscal Year 2014-2015 including numerous transfers, suspensions of other certain transfers, various appropriations, deposits and earmarks. A vote of 26-24 was recorded.

SB 1085, PN 2212 (Smucker) – This bill makes comprehensive changes to charter school entities and their governance.  Senator Dinniman offered amendment A09042, which would require a fiscal note to accompany any State Board of Education proposal to the IRRC.  The proposal aims to eliminate unfunded mandates.  Senator Smucker made a motion to table the bill which ultimately prevailed.  A vote of 37-12 was recorded on the bill.

SB 1135, PN 1686 (Hughes) – This legislation amends the Public Housing Authorities Law requiring local housing authorities to give preference to veterans and families of active duty military when leasing public housing.  A vote of 50-0 was recorded.

HB 1177, PN 3899 (Lucas) – This legislation adds language to provisions in law regarding a referendum on the formation of a of local government study commission to study consolidation/merger of municipalities. The language would stipulate that when a question is placed on the ballots of two or more municipalities to consolidate or merge and create a home rule charter, the vote would be determined by the total number voting within all affected municipalities.  Amendments to the bill also allow for the implementation of hotel room excise taxes, a cigarette tax for the school district of Philadelphia and the types of investments permitted by certain airport authorities.  A vote of 38-12 was recorded.

HB 1337, PN 3900 (Toohil) – This bill amends §3733.1 of the Judicial Code, Title 42 of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes, to increase the surcharge dedicated to civil legal services by $1 and to make the surcharge permanent.  A vote of 49-1 was recorded.

SB 1423, PN 2142 (Mensch) – Extends Volunteer Loan Assistance Program to include “heavy duty trucks” as eligible for the program.  A vote of 50-0 was recorded.

HB 2107, PN 3866 (Murt) – Creates a new provision in the Crimes Code entitled Unlawful Dissemination of Intimate Image in order to prohibit what is commonly referred to as “revenge porn”; and creates a civil cause of action in the Judicial Code based upon that practice.  A vote of 50-0 was recorded.

HB 2111, PN 3841 (Marshall) – The legislation, known as the Down Syndrome Prenatal and Postnatal Education Act or “Chloe’s Law,” requires health care practitioners to provide up-to-date information regarding Downs Syndrome to expectant parents of a child that tests positive for the genetic disorder.  A vote of 50-0 was recorded.

HB 2244, PN 3884 (Micozzie) – The bill is a supplement to the Highway-Railroad and Highway-Bridge Capital Budget Act for 1982-1983, Act 235 of 1982.  A vote of 50-0 was recorded.

HB 2355, PN 3897 (Adolph) – House Bill 2355 provides for the Capital Budget Act of 2014-2015.  A vote of 50-0 was recorded.

SB 622, PN 2222 (Ward) – The legislation provides for the licensure and regulation of debt settlement services providers.  The Senate concurred in House amendments to the bill by a vote of 50-0.

SB 1185, PN 2194 (Vulakovich) – The bill amends the Second Class County Code to allow revenues received from autopsies to defray the costs of staff, equipment and supplies.  The Senate concurred in House amendments to the bill by a vote of 50-0.

SB 1194, PN 2127 (White) – This legislation amends the Public School Code relating to cooperative police service agreements and provides for the sale of unused and unnecessary lands and buildings.  The Senate concurred in House amendments to the bill by a vote of 50-0.

HB 2169, PN 3718 (Gabler) – This bill amends Title 34 (Game) to reauthorizes the Special Elk Conservation License and creates a new second license to be utilized by the Pennsylvania based non-profit elk organization that manages the Elk Country Visitor Center in Pennsylvania.  A vote of 50-0 was recorded.

SB 1001, PN 2154 (Folmer) – This bill amends Title 57 (Notaries Public) to eliminate the requirement that applicants for Notary Public have their application endorsed by their state Senator, and to allow the Department of State to require applicants to submit criminal history information.  The Senate concurred in House amendments to the bill by a vote of 50-0.

SB 1255, PN 2195 (Erickson) – This legislation establishes the implementation of programs enhancing storm water best management practices.  The Senate concurred in House amendments to the bill by a vote of 50-0.