Post Session Report: June 30, 2011

SB 151, PN 1426 (Pileggi):  This legislation amends Pennsylvania’s “Air Pollution Control Act” (Act 95 of 1992) to further provide for the distribution of fines and penalties.  A vote of 49-0 was recorded.

HB 1696, PN 2260 (Saccone):  This legislation provides for a temporary moratorium of court-ordered countywide reassessments.  A vote of 38-11 was recorded.

HB 1727, PN 2192 (Adolph):  This legislation provides for the Commonwealth’s non-preferred appropriations to the University of Pittsburgh.  A vote of 49-0 was recorded.

HB 1728, PN 2193 (Adolph):  This legislation provides for the Commonwealth’s non-preferred appropriations to Temple University.  A vote of 49-0 was recorded.

HB 1729, PN 2194 (Adolph):  This legislation provides for the Commonwealth’s non-preferred appropriations to the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Veterinary Medicine and Center for Infectious Disease.  A vote of 49-0 was recorded.

HB 1730, PN 2195 (Adolph):  This legislation provides for the Commonwealth’s non-preferred appropriations to Lincoln University.  A vote of 49-0 was recorded.

HB 1731, PN 2222 (Adolph):  This legislation provides for the Commonwealth’s non-preferred appropriations to Penn State University and also directs moneys from the Agricultural College Land Script Fund be appropriated to Penn State University.  A vote of 49-0 was recorded.

HB 66, PN 30 (Staback):  This legislation designates the bridge on SR1012 over the Lackawanna River in Archbald Borough, Lackawanna County as the Police Chief Thomas J. Malone Memorial Bridge.  A vote of 49-0 was recorded.

HB 345, PN 300 (Petri):  This legislation designates bridge carrying SR 322 over the Shenango River in Jamestown Borough, Mercer County as the Staff Sergeant David M. Veverka Veterans Memorial Bridge.  A vote of 49-0 was recorded.

HB 562, PN 2092 (Gillen):  This legislation amends the Agriculture Security Law of 1981 to provide the definition of contiguous acreage and nullifies the existing definition.  A vote of 49-0 was recorded.

HB 917, PN 980 (Stern):  This legislation designates the bridge carrying SR 2014 over the Beaverdam Branch of the Juanita River in Hollidaysburg, Blair County as the Sgt. 1st Class Daniel Lightner Memorial Bridge.  A vote of 49-0 was recorded.

HB 960, PN 2258 (Gingrich):  This legislation amends the Public Welfare Code to provide for a fraud detection system, mandatory drug testing for public assistance individuals convicted of drug-related felonies, co-payment schedule for children enrolled in subsidized child care, inmate medical costs, expediting rulemaking authority among other aspects.  Senator Costa requested that his remarks from the previous session day – outlining the caucus’ concerns with this legislation – to be forwarded and noted in today’s records.  A vote of 35-15 was recorded as amended.

HB 1219, PN 1329 (Hess):  This legislation designates the bridge carrying SR 2011 over the East Branch of Sideling Hill Creek in Monroe Township, Bedford County as the Donald H. Clark Memorial Bridge.  A vote of 49-0 was recorded.

HB 1448, PN 1738 (Ross):  This legislation amends Act 566 of 1955 regarding the creation of the office of township manager in an incorporated town and further provide the duties.  A vote of 49-0 was recorded.

HB 1449, PN 1739 (Ross): This legislation amends theBorough Code §1141 and §1142 regarding the creation of and duties of the office of borough manager.  A vote of 49-0 was recorded.

HB 1549, PN 2221 (Masser):  This legislation amends the County Code to adjust the population thresholds of fifth and sixth class counties and further provide for the election of certain county officers in counties advancing from fifth to fourth class.  A vote of 49-0 was recorded.

SB 101, PN 1427 (Smucker): This legislation amends the Sunshine Act to increase penalties for violations. A concurrence vote of 50-0 was recorded.

SB 260, PN 1400 (Erickson): This legislation amends the Confidentiality of HIV-Related Information Act by allowing individuals to opt out of HIV testing and for documentation requirements.  A concurrence vote of 50-0 was recorded.

SB 552, PN 1442 (Brubaker):  This legislation amends the Workforce Development Act by providing that the Department of Labor and Industry work with State and regional workforce and economic development agencies to identify industry clusters that will be targeted for workforce and economic development investments.  A concurrence vote of 50-0 was recorded.

SB 419, PN 1405 (Tomlinson): This legislation amends the Board of Vehicles Act by allowing for the sale of motorcycles on Sundays. A concurrence vote of 50-0 was recorded.

SB 907, PN 1452 (Browne):  This legislation amends the Fiscal Code adding the 2011-12 budget implementation language and making related repeals.  Senator Costa and other Democratic senators expressed concern and disappointment that no agreement on a Marcellus Shale impact fee was reached for inclusion into this legislation.  A concurrence vote of 33-17 was recorded.

SB 448, PN 1458 (Rafferty):  This legislation amends the Crimes Code provision relating to the purchase, consumption, possession or transportation of liquor or malt or brewed beverages by persons under the age of 21.  A concurrence vote of 49-0 was recorded.

SB 330, PN 1459 (Scarnati):  This legislation amends the Taxpayer Relief Act (Act 1 of Special Session 1 of 2006) by extends installment payment provisions for school taxes to small businesses and providing for public referendum.  Senator Costa stated his objection to the narrow manner in which the legislation was crafted, noting that it would limit the scope of the school district’s ability to address the problems that it faces.  A concurrence vote of 32-17 was recorded.

Executive Nominations

The Senate unanimously approved the following nomination:

Harris Gubernick, Board of Pardons