Post Session Report: March 7, 2012

SB 1386, PN 1979 (Vogel) – This bill amends the “Air Pollution Control Act” (Act 787 of 1959) to repeal a requirement for controlling Volatile Organic Compounds from gasoline dispensing facilities.  A vote of 38-10 was recorded.

HB 1886, PN 2461 (Saccone) – This bill designates the bridge carrying State Route 136 over the Monongahela River connecting Forward Township, Allegheny County and Monongahela, Washington County as the General Carl E. Vuono Bridge.

HB 934, PN 3166 (Metcalfe) – This legislation amends the Election Code to require each voter to present proof of identification when he or she appears to vote at any election.  The following amendments were offered:

Senator Tartaglione offered A09031, which would exempt elderly and handicapped electors from the ID requirements.  The amendment was defeated 19-29.

Senator Farnese offered A09026, which takes into consideration transgender individuals and photo identification that may not reflect their looks.  The amendment was defeated 20-29.

Senator Hughes offered A09024, which would allow all photo ID that has expired for not less than a year to be used.  The amendment was defeated 20-29.

Senator Kitchen offered A09077, which would allow expired student ID to be used for up to one year.  The amendment was defeated 20-29.

Senator Williams offered A09050, which would require a study to show the impact on minority voters.  The amendment was defeated 20-29.

Senator Schwank offered A09036, which would move the effective date to elections held after December 31, 2012.  The amendment was defeated 21-28.

Senator Williams offered A09079, which would exempt persons that are members of a protected class.  The amendment was defeated 20-29.

Senator Williams offered A09080, which would exempt persons 65 and older.  The amendment was defeated 20-29.

Senator Williams offered A09040, which would provide for religious objectors and allow for the use of any valid non-photo ID.  The amendment was defeated 20-29.

Senator Kitchen offered A09032, which would permit the use of ACCESS cards as valid ID.  The amendment was defeated 20-29.

Senator Williams offered A09025, which would allow for a corroborator to vouch for the ID of a voter.  The amendment was defeated 20-29.

Senator Leach offered A09017, which would increase the hours of operation for PennDOT one week prior to an election and give priority to those persons who need ID to vote.  The amendment was defeated 20-29.

Senator Fontana offered A09078, which would disseminate information requiring ID to vote through mass media, newspapers of high circulation and social media.  The amendment was defeated 20-29.

Senator Kasunic offered A09020, which would allow a person to sign an affidavit if they do not have an ID.  The amendment was defeated 20-29.

Senator Stack offered A09047, which would require the use of electronic ID verification devices.  The amendment was defeated 20-29.

Senator Stack offered A09043, which would provide an exemption for veterans.  The amendment was defeated 21-28.

Senator Stack offered A09048, which would provide for on-site voter registration.  The amendment was defeated 20-29.

Senator Boscola offered A09062, which would provide an exemption for electors in the PA Voter Hall of Fame.  The amendment was defeated 20-29.

Senator Boscola offered A09081, which would require the posting of photo ID requirements at polls an election prior to the effective date of the ID requirement, moving it back to 2013.  The amendment was defeated 22-27.

Senator Costa offered A09023, which would provide for Campaign Finance Reform.  The amendment was defeated 20-29.

Senator Hughes offered A09049, which would require PennDOT to be open during times that polls are open on Election Day.  The amendment was defeated 21-18.

Senator Boscola offered A09065, which would permit the use of Medicare Cards as ID.  The amendment was defeated 21-28.

Senator Hughes offered A09063, which would replace municipal ID with political subdivision to permit ID form public schools.  The amendment was defeated 20-29.

Senator Solobay offered A09029, which would remove the requirement for ID to request and vote by absentee ballot.  The amendment was defeated 19-30.

The bill was approved by a vote of 26-23.

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

The Honorable Vincent J. Gastgeb, Pennsylvania Securities Commission