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 to and the bill went over as amended.

SB 237, PN 722 (Tartaglione) – This legislation amends Title 42 as it pertains to fines for vehicle offenses.  A vote of 48-0 was recorded.

SB 866, PN 2235 (Ward) – This legislation extends the sunset provision of the Volunteer Fire Company and Volunteer Ambulance Service Grant Act.  Senator Ward offered Amendment A11352, which makes technical and substantive changes, including permitting additional funds transfers for the Fire Company Grant Program.  The amendment was agreed to and the bill went over as amended.

SB 1255, PN 2170 (Robbins) – This legislation amends Tile 25 (Elections) to create the Uniform Military and Overseas Voters Act.  A vote of 48-0 was recorded

HB 1264, PN 3643 (Parker) – This legislation amends Title 42 (Judicial Code) by adding Section 5920 relating to expert testimony in certain criminal proceedings.  A vote of 48-0 was recorded.

The Senate approved the following Executive Nominations by a vote of 48-0:

Martin C. Levin, CPA, MBA; State Board of Accountancy
Pat Halpin-Murphy, Pennsylvania Cancer Control, Prevention & Research Advisory Board
Elizabeth R. Kremer, Board of Trustees of Danville State Hospital
Bruno Klaus, Council of Trustees of East Stroudsburg University
Brigadier General Roy E. Uptegraff, III, Major General, Pennsylvania Air National Guard
Colonel Carol A. Eggert, Brigadier General, Pennsylvania Army National Guard
Colonel Andrew P. Schafer, Jr., Brigadier General, Pennsylvania Army National Guard
Colonel George M. Schwartz, Brigadier General, Pennsylvania Army National Guard
Colonel Wilbur E. Wolf, III, Brigadier General, Pennsylvania Army National Guard
Brigadier General John L. Gronski, Major General, Pennsylvania Army National Guard
James A. Laughman, Board of Trustees of Norristown State Hospital
Jesse Topper, State Board of Nursing
Lisa M. Hegedus, State Board of Optometry
Joseph Gerdes, State Board of Pharmacy
Jeff C. Wheeland, State Planning Board
John J. Barber, Board of Trustees of Polk Center
The Honorable Jill E. Rangos, Advisory Committee on Probation
Sean R. Ryan, Advisory Committee on Probation
The Honorable Bob Thomas, Advisory Committee on Probation
Joseph J. McGettigan, Sr., State Real Estate Commission
W. Greg Rothman, MAI, MRICS, CPE, CCIM; State Real Estate Commission
Edward J. Cernic, Sr., State Transportation Commission