Post Session Report: June 30, 2013

SB 259, PN 1290 (Yaw)- Amends the act of July 20, 1979 (P.L.183, No.60), entitled “An act regulating the terms and conditions of certain leases regarding natural gas and oil,” adding definitions; providing for payment information to interest owners for accumulation of proceeds from production, for apportionment and for conflicts; and making editorial changes.  The Senate concurred on House amendments to the bill by a vote of  48-2.

HB 1275, PN 2155 (Adolph)- An Act making appropriations from the Professional Licensure Augmentation Account and from restricted revenue accounts within the General Fund to the Department of State for use by the Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs in support of the professional licensure boards assigned thereto.  A vote of  50-0 was recorded.

HB 1276, PN 1639 (Adolph)-An Act making an appropriation from a restricted revenue account within the General Fund to the Office of Small Business Advocate in the Department of Community and Economic Development.  A vote of 50-0 was rcorded.

HB 1277, PN 1999 (Adolph)- An Act making an appropriation from the State Employees’ Retirement Fund to provide for expenses of the State Employees’ Retirement Board for the fiscal year July 1, 2013, to June 30, 2014, and for the payment of bills incurred and remaining unpaid at the close of the fiscal year ending June 30, 2013.  A vote of 50-0 was recorded.

HB 1278, PN 2000 (Adolph)- An Act making an appropriation from the Public School Employees’ Retirement Fund to provide for expenses of the Public School Employees’ Retirement Board for the fiscal year July 1, 2013, to June 30, 2014, and for the payment of bills incurred and remaining unpaid at the close of the fiscal year ending June 30, 2013.  A vote of  50-0 was recorded.

HB 1279, PN 2001 (Adolph)- An Act making appropriations from the Workmen’s Compensation Administration Fund to the Department of Labor and Industry and the Department of Community and Economic Development to provide for the expenses of administering the Workers’ Compensation Act, The Pennsylvania Occupational Disease Act and the Office of Small Business Advocate for the fiscal year July 1, 2013, to June 30, 2014, and for the payment of bills incurred and remaining unpaid at the close of the fiscal year ending June 30, 2013.  A vote of 50-0 was recorded.

HB 1280, PN 1643 (Adolph)-An Act making an appropriation from a restricted revenue account within the General Fund to the Office of Consumer Advocate in the Office of Attorney General.  A vote of 50-0 was recorded.

HB 1281, PN 1644 (Adolph)- An Act making appropriations from a restricted revenue account within the General Fund and from Federal augmentation funds to the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission for the fiscal year July 1, 2013, to June 30, 2014, and for the fiscal year July 1, 2012, to June 30, 2013.  A vote of 50-0 was recorded.

HB 1282, PN 1645 (Adolph)-An Act making appropriations from the restricted revenue accounts within the State Gaming Fund and from the State Gaming Fund to the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board, the Department of Revenue, the Pennsylvania State Police and the Attorney General for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2013, to June 30, 2014, and for the payment of bills incurred and remaining unpaid at the close of the fiscal year ending June 30, 2013.   A vote of 50-0 was recorded.

HB 1437, PN 2198 (Adolph)- An Act to provide from the General Fund for the expenses of the Executive and Judicial Departments, the State Government Support Agencies and the General Assembly of the Commonwealth, the public debt and the public schools for the fiscal year July 1, 2013, to June 30, 2014, for certain institutions and organizations, and for the payment of bills incurred and remaining unpaid at the close of the fiscal year ending June 30, 2013; to provide appropriations from the State Lottery Fund, the Tobacco Settlement Fund, the Aviation Restricted Account, the Hazardous Material Response Fund, The State Stores Fund, the Milk Marketing Fund, the Home Investment Trust Fund, the Emergency Medical Services Operating Fund, the Tuition Account Guaranteed Savings Program Fund, the Banking Fund, the Firearm Records Check Fund, the Ben Franklin Technology Development Authority Fund, the Oil and Gas Lease Fund, the Home Improvement Account, the Cigarette Fire Safety and Firefighter Protection Act Enforcement Fund, the Energy Conservation and Assistance Fund, the Insurance Regulation and Oversight Fund and the Pennsylvania Racehorse Development Restricted Receipt Account, to the Executive Department; to provide appropriations from the Judicial Computer System Augmentation Account to the Judicial Department for the fiscal year July 1, 2013, to June 30, 2014; to provide appropriations from the Motor License Fund for the fiscal year July 1, 2013, to June 30, 2014, for the proper operation of several departments of the Commonwealth and the Pennsylvania State Police authorized to spend Motor License Fund moneys; to provide for the appropriation of Federal funds to the Executive Department of the Commonwealth and for the payment of bills remaining unpaid at the close of the fiscal year ending June 30, 2013; and to provide for the additional appropriation of Federal and State funds from the General Fund for the Executive Department of the Commonwealth for the fiscal year July 1, 2012, to June 30, 2013, and for the payment of bills incurred and remaining unpaid at the close of the fiscal year ending June 30, 2013.  A vote of  33-17 was recorded.

HB 82, PN 2154 (Ellis)-An Act providing for actions for costs of care of seized animals.  A vote of 47-3 was recorded.

HB 163, PN 2175 (Benninghoff)- amending the act of August 9, 1955 (P.L.323, No.130), known as The County Code, in prothonotary, clerks of courts, clerk of orphans’ court, register of wills, recorder of deeds, further providing for how offices to be held.  A vote of 50-0 was recorded.

HB 1075, PN 2189 (Moul)-An Act amending the act of June 13, 1967 (P.L.31, No.21), known as the Public Welfare Code, changing the name of the Department of Public Welfare to the Department of Human Services and providing for a transition period; in general powers and duties of the Department of Public Welfare, further providing for county human services consolidated planning and reporting; in public assistance, further providing for medical assistance payments for institutional care and for medical assistance benefit packages, coverage, copayments, premiums and rates; in children and youth, further providing for payments to counties for services to children and providing for provider submissions; in intermediate care facilities assessments, further providing for time periods and making editorial changes; in hospital assessments, further providing for authorization and for time period; in Statewide quality care assessment, further defining “net inpatient revenue,” providing for implementation, for administration, for limitations and for expiration; in Pennsylvania Trauma Systems Stabilization, further providing for funding; in kinship care, further providing for scope and for definitions; providing for family finding; and, in human services block grant pilot program, further providing for establishment of human services block grant pilot program, for powers and duties of the department, for powers and duties of counties, for allocation and for use of block grant funds.  A vote of 40-10 was recorded.

HB 1190, PN 2090 (Cutler)- This bill amends the Health Care Facilities Act regarding the way hospitals are licensed and inspected.  A vote of 50-0 was rcorded.

HB 1490, PN 2138 (Ross)-The bill amends Chapter 57 (Taxicabs and Limousines in First Class Cities) of Title 53 by establishing a new budget and fee schedule approval process for the Philadelphia Parking Authority’s taxicab and limousine operations.  A vote of 50-0 was recorded.

SB 351, PN 1222 (Erickson)-Authorizes new or existing municipal authorities to undertake storm water planning, management and implementation.  A vote of 49-1 was recorded.

HB 1141, PN 2200 (Saylor)- An Act amending the act of March 10, 1949 (P.L.30, No.14), known as the Public School Code of 1949, in preliminary provisions, further providing for the Special Education Funding Commission; in school finances, providing for reopening of school district annual budget and further providing for annual budget, additional or increased appropriations and transfer of funds; in grounds and buildings, further providing for limitation on new applications for Department of Education approval of public school building projects; in certification of teachers, further providing for disqualification and providing for professional educator discipline fee; in community colleges, further providing for financial program and reimbursement of payments; in community education councils, further providing for State funding; in school districts of the first class, providing for budget reports; and in reimbursements by Commonwealth and between school districts, providing for basic education funding for 2012-2013 school year and for payment on account of equipment purchased for area vocational-technical schools and school districts, further providing for payments to intermediate units and for special education payments to school districts; providing for assistance to school districts in financial recovery or financial watch status; further providing for Pennsylvania Accountability Grants; and providing for Distance Education Program.  A vote of 34-16 was recorded.

SB 1043, PN 1321 (Browne)- An Act amending the act of April 9, 1929 (P.L.343, No.176), known as The Fiscal Code, in preliminary provisions, further providing for method of payment and method of filing; in Department of Revenue, further providing for transmission of money; in agents for collection, further providing for corporate treasurers; in bonus and tax records, further providing for corporate loans and tax, for municipal loans and tax and for monthly statements by registers of wills; in collections other than by settlement, further providing for driver’s license fees and for amounts payable to State institutions; in procedure for disbursement of money from State Treasury, providing for reimbursement for administrative costs; in special funds, further providing for funding and for transfer and providing for other grants; providing for additional special funds; in general budget implementation, providing for the Motor License Fund; in 2012-2013 budget implementation, further providing for the Department of Public Welfare; in 2012-2013 restrictions on appropriations, further providing for Veterans’ Trust Fund; providing for 2013-2014 budget implementation; providing for 2013-2014 restrictions on appropriations for funds and accounts; in audits, further providing for Race Horse Development Funds; and making related repeals. A vote of 50-0 was recorded.

HB 465, PN 2199 (Mackenzie)- An Act amending the act of March 4, 1971 (P.L.6, No.2), known as the Tax Reform Code of 1971, in tax for education, further providing for definitions, for exclusions from tax, for credit against tax, for licenses and for local receivers of use tax; providing for remote sales reports; providing for special taxing authority; in personal income tax, further providing for definitions, for classes of income and for taxability of partners; providing for tax treatment determined at partnership level and for tax imposed at partnership level; further providing for income of a Pennsylvania S Corporation, for income taxes imposed by other states and for operational provisions; providing for contributions for the Children’s Trust Fund and for contributions for American Red Cross; further providing for general rule, for return of Pennsylvania S Corporation, for requirements concerning returns, notices, records and statements and for additions, penalties and fees; providing for citation authority; in corporate net income tax, further providing for definitions and for reports and payment of tax; in corporate stock and franchise tax, further providing for imposition and for expiration; in bank and trust company shares tax, further providing for imposition of tax, ascertainment of taxable amount and exclusion of United States obligations, for apportionment and for definitions; in realty transfer tax, further providing for definitions, for excluded transactions, for imposition of tax and for acquired company; providing for non-licensed corporation pari-mutuel wagering tax; in film production tax credit, further providing for definitions, and for credit for qualified film production expenses; in educational opportunity scholarship tax credit, further providing for scholarships; repealing provisions relating to coal waste removal and ultraclean fuels tax credit; making an editorial change; in job creation tax credit, further providing for tax credits; providing for city revitalization and improvement zones, for mobile telecommunications broadband investment tax credit, for the innovate in PA Program, for neighborhood improvement zones and for Keystone Special Development Zone program; in inheritance tax, further providing for transfers not subject to tax and for exemption for poverty; in inheritance tax, further providing for liabilities and for deductions not allowed; in procedure and administration, further providing for definitions and for petition for reassessment; providing for the Board of Finance and Revenue; further providing for review by the Board of Finance and Revenue; providing for a report concerning the significant changes in the structure and regulatory environment within the banking industry; and making related repeals. Senator Pileggi offered amendment (A03222) that clarified effective dates.  The amendment was agreed to.  Senator Teplitz offered amendment (A03221)  changing the definition of a city to include all cities of 2A and 3rd Class.  The amendment failed on a party line vote of 23-27. On the bill a vote of  46-4 was recorded.

The Senate approved the following executive nominations by a vote of 50-0.

  • Honorable Correale Stevens, Justice of the Supreme Court, (new appointment)
  • Honorable Sean Logan, Turnpike Commission, (new appointment)
  • Lee M. Steadman, Pa. Council on the Arts, (new appointment)
  • Dr. John E. McCarrin, State Board of Chiropractic, (new appointment)
  • Scott A. Rainey, Civil Service Commission, (new appointment)
  • Anthony J. Lusi, Jr., State Board of Crane Operators, (reappointment
  • D.Raja, PHEAA Board of Directors, (new appointment)
  • David W. Shutter, Professional Standards & Practice Commission, (new appointment)

Council of Trustees, Bloomsburg University:

  • Ramona H. Alley, (reappointment)
  • Honorable Mary Jane Bowers, (new appointment)
  • Charles E. Schlegel Jr., (reappointment)
  • Honorable John E. Wetzel Sr., (new appointment)
  • Patrick Wilson (reappointment)

Council of Trustees, East Stroudsburg University:

  • Dr. Vincent DeFranco, (reappointment)
  • Harry F. Lee, Esquire, (reappointment)
  • Marcus S. Lingenfelter, (reappointment)
  • L. Patrick Ross, (reappointment)
  • Honorable Mario M. Scavello, (new appointment)

Council of Trustees, Slippery Rock University:

  • Matthew J. Lautman, Esquire, (new appointment)
  • Honorable William L. McCarrier, (new appointment)
  • Matthew Shaner, (new appointment)
  • Jeffrey Smith, (new appointment)
  • Robert S. Taylor, (reappointment)
  • Honorable Mary Jo White, (new appointment)