Post Session Report: June 4, 2012

SB 1115, PN 2203 (Browne) – This legislation amends the Public School Code to establish a new equitable formula to distribute special education funding and an accountability system to ensure effective investment of resources.  A vote of 46-1 was recorded.

HB 1237, PN 1356 (J. Evans) – This legislation amends Title 34 (Game) to provide for the reduced cost-hunting license for members of the Pennsylvania National Guard and Reserves component of the armed forces.  A vote of 47-0 was recorded.

HB 1264, PN 3237 (Parker) – This legislation amends Title 42 (Judicial Code) by adding Section 5920 relating to expert testimony in certain criminal proceedings.  Senator Mary Jo White offered Amendment A11048, which removes portions of the introductory language and further defines qualifications for experts used in trial.  The amendment was agreed to and the bill went over as amended.

SB 1321, PN 3273 (Earll) – This legislation amends Act 47 (Municipal Financial Recovery Act) providing for the restructuring of debt of financially distressed municipalities.  Senator Earll offered Amendment A10774, which was technical in nature.  The amendment was agreed to and the bill went over as amended.

SB 1410, PN 2205 (Ferlo) – This legislation removes the expiration date of Section 1704-B(c) of the Public School Code of 1949.  A vote of 47-0 was recorded.

SB 1464, PN 2205 (D. White) – This legislation amends Article XIV of  the Insurance Holding Companies Law, 40 P.S. §§ 991.1401 – 991.1413, providing for definitions, for acquisition of control of or merger or consolidation with domestic insurer, for acquisitions involving insurers not otherwise covered, for registration of insurers, for standards and management of an insurer within a holding company system and for examination; providing for supervisory colleges and for group-wide supervision for internationally active insurance groups; further providing for confidential treatment, for rules and regulations, for injunctions and certain prohibitions and for sanctions.  Senator Don White offered Amendment A11076, which makes certain technical and substantive changes, including providing exemptions for certain instances of credit reissuance. The amendment was agreed to and the bill went over as amended.

The Senate approved the following executive nominations by a vote of 47-0:

Rae Sprigle Kurland, Board of Trustees of Danville State Hospital
Wolfgang Hrabyk, Board of Trustees of Hamburg Center
Thomas Heck, Council of Trustees of Kutztown University
Ann C. Roman, M.S., CCC-SLP, State Board of Examiners in Speech-Language & Hearing
Susan E. Bortz, Board of Trustees of Torrance State Hospital
Wayne P. McGrew, Board of Trustees of Torrance State Hospital
Edward J. Picchiarini, Board of Trustees of Torrance State Hospital
William F. McCarthy, Board of Trustees of Warren State Hospital