Post Session Report: June 30, 2014

HB 1945, PN 3813 (Helm) – An Act authorizing the Department of General Services to survey certain lands and buildings situate partly in the City of Harrisburg and partly in Susquehanna Township, Dauphin County; authorizing the Department of Transportation, with the approval of the Governor, to grant and convey to East Liberty Development Corporation certain lands and improvements situate in the City of Pittsburgh, Allegheny County;authorizing and directing the Department of General Services, with the approval of the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs and the Governor, to grant and convey, at a price to be determined through a competitive bid process, certain lands, buildings and improvements situate in the City of Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, and the Borough of Pine Grove, Schuylkill County; authorizing the Department of General Services, with the approval of the Governor to remove and release the restrictive use covenants imposed on certain real property situate in the Borough of Blossburg, Tioga County; authorizing the Department of General Services, with the approval of the Department of Labor and Industry and the Governor, to grant and convey to the Coatesville Area Senior Center, or its successors or assigns, certain lands, buildings and improvements situate in the City of Coatesville, Chester County; authorizing the Department of General Services, with the approval of the Governor, to grant and convey to the Philadelphia Technician Training School certain lands situate in the City of Philadelphia, Philadelphia County; authorizing the Department of General Services, with the approval of the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission and the Governor, to grant and convey to Fort LeBoeuf Historical Society, certain lands situate in the Borough of Waterford, Erie County; authorizing and directing the Department of General Services, with the approval of Millersville University of Pennsylvania of the State System of Higher Education and the Governor, to grant and convey to Penn Manor School District certain lands situate in the Borough of Millersville, Lancaster County, and further authorizing and directing the Department of General Services to accept, in exchange, a conveyance of certain lands situate in the Borough of Millersville, Lancaster County, from the Penn Manor School District; authorizing the Department of General Services, with the approval of the Governor, to remove and release the restrictive use and reversionary covenants imposed on certain real property situate in the City of Scranton, Lackawanna County; partially removing and releasing restrictive use covenants on certain lands situate in Benner Township, Centre County; and authorizing the Department of General Services, with the approval of the Attorney General and the concurrence of the Department of Environmental Protection, to lease to the City of Philadelphia land within the bed of the Delaware River within the City of Philadelphia. The Senate concurred on amendments placed by the House of Representatives. A vote of 50-0 was recorded.

HB 2072, PN 3880 (Murt) – An Act designating a portion of County Line Road separating Montgomery County and Bucks County as the SP4 Ronald C. Smith Memorial Highway; designating a portion of Pennsylvania Route 233 from the northern corporate limits of Newville Borough to the Cumberland County and Perry County line as the Sergeant Timothy L. Hayslett Memorial Highway; designating a bridge on that portion of US 22/US 322 Eastbound over Interstate 81, Susquehanna Township, Dauphin County, as the Chief Warrant Officer Matthew Ruffner Memorial Bridge; designating a portion of Pennsylvania Route 12 in Alsace Township, Berks County, as the Special Warfare Operator Chief (SEAL) Lance M. Vaccaro Highway; designating the bridge on State Route 3023, Johns Road, Johnstown, Cambria County, as the Clara Barton Memorial Bridge; designating the bridge located on State Route 1003, Old York Road, over the Pennsylvania Turnpike, in Fairview Township, York County, as the Staff Sergeant Guy E. Shelley Memorial Bridge; designating the portion of State Route 51, known as Fleming Park Road, that intersects with Coraopolis Road in Kennedy Township, Allegheny County, as the Captain Sean M. Ruane Memorial Highway; designating the bridge crossing the Lackawanna River along 8th Avenue, also known as U.S. Business Route 6, in downtown Carbondale, Lackawanna County, as the 109th Infantry Bridge; designating State Bridge No. 53-0054-0290-0143 carrying S.R. 54 in Mahanoy Township, Schuylkill County, over the Reading and Northern Railroad, as the Cornelius McElhenny Memorial Bridge; designating a bridge on that portion of State Route 66 over the Kiskiminetas River, Leechburg Borough, Armstrong County, as the Veterans Memorial Bridge; redesignating Concord Road (S.R. 3007) in Chester Township, Delaware County, as Judge Robert A. Wright Memorial Road; designating Whitaker Avenue from its intersection with Roosevelt Boulevard in Philadelphia City, Philadelphia County, to the point where it meets East Erie Avenue in Philadelphia City, Philadelphia County, as the 65th Infantry “Borinqueneers” Avenue; designating the section of State Route 45, from the intersection of State Route 26, Segment 0140, Offset 0000, in Pine Grove Mills, Centre County, to U.S. Business Route 322, Segment 0240, Offset 0000, in Boalsburg, Centre County, as the Sergeant Adam Hartswick Interchange; designating a bridge on that portion of 17th Street over State Route 56 in Windber Borough, Somerset County, as the Trooper Joseph Sepp Memorial Bridge; designating a portion of State Route 30 in Philadelphia County as the Betty Ann Townes Memorial Highway; designating a bridge in Greene County as the Lieutenant Colonel Cephus Lee Roupe Memorial Bridge; and designating a bridge on that portion of State Route 2020 over Interstate 81 in the Borough of Dunmore, Lackawanna County, as the 2nd Lieutenant Carol Ann Drazba and Vietnam Veterans Memorial Bridge. The Senate concurred on amendments placed by the House of Representatives. A vote of 50-0 was recorded.

SB 75, PN 2188 (Greenleaf) – Amends Titles 18 (Crimes and Offenses) and 42 (Judiciary and Judicial Procedure) extensively revising the law on human trafficking in the areas of prosecution, prevention, victim protection, evidentiary confidentiality, limitation of actions, victim impact statements and classification of sexual offenses; and making editorial changes. The Senate concurred on amendments placed by the House of Representatives. A vote of 50-0 was recorded.

SB 137, PN 1603 (Gordner) – Amends the Speech-Language and Hearing Licensure Act, further providing for title of act, for short title, for declaration of policy, for definitions, for creation of board, appointment and term of members and officers, for powers and duties of board, for license required and persons and practices not affected and exclusions and for requirements for licensure; providing for certification for audiologists using intraoperative monitoring; further providing for refusal to issue and revocation, for requirement of a medical examination, for renewal fees and records, for limitation of renewal time and new license and for certification to the board; providing for use of title; and further providing for enforcement of certification to board, for impaired professionals, for penalties, for injunction against lawful practice and for appropriation. The Senate concurred on amendments placed by the House of Representatives. A vote of 50-0 was recorded.

SB 193, PN 2209 (Vance) – Amends the Public School Code of 1949, in school health services, further providing for employment of school health personnel. The Senate concurred on amendments placed by the House of Representatives. A vote of 50-0 was recorded.

SB 1187, PN 2210 (Argall) – Amends Title 75 (Vehicles) in registration of vehicles, further providing for period of registration, for person with disability plate and placard, for antique, classic and collectible plates, for veteran plates and placard, for special plates for recipients of Purple Heart, for special plates for Pearl Harbor survivors, for special plates for veterans of Korean War, for special plates for recipients of Korean Defense Service Medal, for special plates for veterans of Persian Gulf War, for wild resource conservation plate, for Appalachian Trail organization registration plates and for preserve our heritage registration plate, providing for Pennsylvania Monuments registration plate and for United States Olympic plate, further providing for zoological plate, providing for Pennsylvania Hunting Heritage registration plates, further providing for special plates for recipients of Expeditionary Forces Medal, for special plates for World War II veterans, for special plates for individuals in the service of the United States Merchant Marine, for special plates for steelworkers, for special plates for veterans of Vietnam Conflict, for Operation Iraqi Freedom veterans plate, for Operation Enduring Freedom veterans plate, for special plates for veterans, for Gold Star Family plate, for special plates for United States military airborne units, and providing for special plates for recipients of Combat Action Badge, Combat Infantryman Badge, Combat Action Ribbon, Combat Action Medal or Combat Medical Badge and for Special “In God We Trust” plates; and, in fees, further providing for personal registration plates.The Senate concurred on amendments placed by the House of Representatives. A vote of 50-0 was recorded.

SB 1312, PN 2211 (Vogel) – Amends Title 75 (Vehicles) in general provisions, further providing for definitions; in certificate of title and security interests, further providing for transfer of ownership of vehicles used for human habitation; in commercial drivers, further providing for definitions, and providing for texting while driving and for handheld mobile telephone; in miscellaneous provisions, further providing for accidents involving death or personal injury; in size, weight and load, further providing for length of vehicles, for conditions of permits and security for damages and for permits for movement of a mobile home or a modular housing unit and modular housing undercarriage; and making an editorial change.The Senate concurred on amendments placed by the House of Representatives. A vote of 49-1 was recorded.

SB 1384, PN 2196 (Gordner) – An Act providing for the highway capital budget project itemization for the fiscal year 2014-2015 to be financed from current revenue or by the incurring of debt.The Senate concurred on amendments placed by the House of Representatives. A vote of 50-0 was recorded.

HB 2280, PN 3595 (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 2281, PN 3596 (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, 2014, to June 30, 2015, and for the payment of bills incurred and remaining unpaid at the close of the fiscal year ending June 30, 2014. A vote of 50-0 was recorded. 

HB 2282, PN 3597 (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 recorded. 

HB 2283, PN 3598 (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 2284, PN 3599 (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, 2014, to June 30, 2015, and for the payment of bills incurred and remaining unpaid at the close of the fiscal year ending June 30, 2014. A vote of 50-0 was recorded. 

HB 2285, PN 3600 (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, 2014, to June 30, 2015, and for the payment of bills incurred and remaining unpaid at the close of the fiscal year ending June 30, 2014. A vote of 50-0 was recorded. 

HB 2286, PN 3601 (Adolph) – An Act making appropriations from the Philadelphia Taxicab and Limousine Regulatory Fund and the Philadelphia Taxicab Medallion Fund to the Philadelphia Parking Authority for fiscal year July 1, 2014, to June 30, 2015. A vote of 50-0 was recorded. 

HB 2287, PN 3618 (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, 2014, to June 30, 2015. A vote of 50-0 was recorded. 

HB 2288, PN 3681 (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, 2014, to June 30, 2015, and for the payment of bills incurred and remaining unpaid at the close of the fiscal year ending June 30, 2014. A vote of 50-0 was recorded.

HB 2328, PN 3895 (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, 2014, to June 30, 2015, 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, 2014; 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 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, 2014, to June 30, 2015; to provide appropriations from the Motor License Fund for the fiscal year July 1, 2014, to June 30, 2015, 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, 2014; and to provide for the additional appropriation of Federal and State funds from the General Fund and the State Lottery Fund for the Executive Department and the Judicial Department of the Commonwealth 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, 2014. This is the $29.1 billion Senate and House Republican negotiated budget. A vote of 26-24 was recorded.

SB 922, PN 2227 (Brubaker) – Amends Titles 24 (Education), 51 (Military Affairs) and 71 (State Government) extensively revising pension provisions: for the Public School Employees’ Retirement System, in the areas of preliminary provisions, of membership, contributions and benefits and of administration and miscellaneous provisions; for military pensions, in the area of military leave of absence; for the State Employees’ Retirement System, in the areas of preliminary provisions, of membership, credited service, classes of service and eligibility for benefits, of School Employees’ Defined Contribution Plan and of contributions, of benefits, administration, funds, accounts, general provisions; providing, as to the revisions, for construction, applicability, funding, amortization, re-amortization, recertification, liability and legal challenge; and providing for task force on pension systems. A vote of 50-0 was recorded.

HB 1177, PN 3870 (Lucas) – Amends Title 53 (Municipalities Generally) further providing for initiative of electors seeking consolidation or merger with new home rule charter.

Senator Scarnati offered amendment A08828 which authorizes airport authorities in counties of the second class to invest in commercial paper. The amendment was agreed to.

Senator Alloway offered amendment A08961 which imposes a 5% hotel tax in a county of the forth class with a population between 149,000 and 152,000. Proceeds to be used for Tourist Promotion Authority (75%) and economic development, historic preservation and the arts and grants to municipalities (25% – split 50% each). The amendment was agreed to.

Senator Tomlinson offered amendment A08947 imposes a 3% hotel tax in a second class township with a population between 60,000 and 61,000 in a county of the second class. The amendment was agreed to.

Senator Argall offered amendment A09011 which imposes a 2% hotel tax in a county of the fourth class with population between 148,000 and 149,000. The amendment was agreed to.

Senator Solobay offered amendment A08965 which imposes a maximum 5% hotel room rental tax in a county of the fourth class by ordinance. The amendment was agreed to.

Senator Williams offered amendment A09004 which authorizes the School District of Philadelphia to implement a cigarette tax and to exempt grants provided by the City of Philadelphia to the School District of Philadelphia based on borrowing from the maintenance of effort provisions of the School Code. The amendment was agreed to and the bill went over as amended.

HB 1337, PN 3894 (Toohil) – Amends Title 42 (Judiciary and Judicial Procedure) in facilities and supplies relating to judicial computer system, further providing for surcharge.

Senator Smith offered amendment A08013 which expands the authorized methods of recording and storing judicial records. The amendment was agreed to and the bill went over as amended.

HB 1772, PN 2525 (Harper) – Amends the Deputy Sheriffs’ Education and Training Act, further providing for title and short title of act and for definitions; renaming the Deputy Sheriffs’ Education and Training Board and further providing for its duties; further providing for the training program and for continuing education; providing for sheriff training requirement; further providing for deputy sheriff training requirement; providing for revocation of certification; renaming the Deputy Sheriffs’ Education and Training Account; and further providing for reimbursement to counties. A vote of 50-0 was recorded.

Executive Nominations:

The following nominees were confirmed by a vote of 50-0:

  • Estella M. Hyde, Pennsylvania Council on Aging (reappointment)
  • John Kordish, Pennsylvania Council on Aging (new appointment)
  • Orla M. Nugent, Pennsylvania Council on Aging (reappointment)
  • Gwendolyn M. Ogle, Pennsylvania Council on Aging (reappointment)
  • Aaron J. Cohen, Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (new appointment)
  • Dr. James E. Barker, State Board of Education (reappointment)
  • Allie Goldstein, Board of Trustees of The Pennsylvania State University (new appointment)
  • Maryann Marotta, Board of Trustees of Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology (new appointment)
  • Dr. Frederick S. Withum, III, Board of Trustees of Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology (new appointment)
  • Regina M. Armitage, Magisterial District Judge – Bucks County (new appointment)
  • Honorable William F. Ward, Judge, Court of Common Pleas, Allegheny County (new appointment)
  • A. Joseph Antanavage, Esquire, Judge, Court of Common Pleas, Berks County (new appointment)
  • Honorable Anthony D. Scanlon, Judge, Court of Common Pleas, Delaware County (new appointment)
  • Honorable Anthony J. Rosini, Judge, Court of Common Pleas, Northumberland County (new appointment)
  • Michael Fanning, Esquire, Judge, Court of Common Pleas, Philadelphia County (new appointment)
  • Abbe F. Fletman, Esquire, Judge, Court of Common Pleas, Philadelphia County (new appointment)
  • Vincent N. Melchiorre, Esquire, Judge, Court of Common Pleas, Philadelphia County (new appointment)
  • Honorable Kenneth J. Powell, Jr., Judge, Court of Common Pleas, Philadelphia County (new appointment)
  • Honorable Roger F. Gordon, Judge, Philadelphia Municipal Court (new appointment)
  • Stephanie Sawyer, Esquire, Judge, Philadelphia Municipal Court (new appointment)
  • George W. Wheeler, Esquire, Judge, Court of Common Pleas, Tioga County (new appointment)
  • David A. Regoli, Esquire, Judge, Court of Common Pleas, Westmoreland County (new appointment)
  • Harry F. Smail, Jr., Esquire, Judge, Court of Common Pleas, Westmoreland County (new appointment)