Post Session Report: March 8, 2010

SB 1077, PN 1681:  The legislation amends the Construction Code by providing for the requirements of log walls.  Furthermore, it requires the Legislative Budget and Finance Committee to undertake a comprehensive review of the UCC and submit a report on its findings.  A vote of 49-0 was recorded.

SB 766, PN 1617:  This legislation amends the Public School Code to create the “Science Technology Partnerships.”  The program seeks to improve science education in schools by making scientific or technical equipment available to students, augmenting the science curriculum and providing additional professional development opportunities to educators in the sciences.   Senator Robbins offered amendment A5358 which was technical in nature.  The Senate agreed to the amendment and the bill went over in its order.

HB 1533, PN 1900:  The bill amends Title 51 (Military Affairs) by changing the expiration date of the Military Family Relief Assistance Program as well as lists the individuals who are eligible to receive funding from the program.  A vote of 49-0 was recorded.

SB 747, PN 842:  This bill creates a new act known as the Sale of Transportation Lands Act and repeals a provision of The Administrative Code.  Senator Rafferty offered amendment A5795 which establishes a uniform and simplified procedure for disposal of surplus land by the Department of Transportation.  The Senate agreed to the amendment and the bill went over in its order.

SR 215, PN 1542:  SR 215 directs the Legislative Budget and Finance Committee to study the costs to achieve the Chesapeake Bay Program nutrient load reductions required from this Commonwealth’s agricultural sources and to evaluate programs and funding strategies that enhance cost-effective nutrient reductions while protecting the economic viability of this Commonwealth’s agricultural sector.  Senator Brubaker offered amendment A5735 that makes technical changes as well as changes the due date of the report from November 30, 2010 to June 30, 2010.  The Senate agreed to the amendment and the resolution went over in its order.

Executive Nominations

The Senate approved the following nominations by a vote of 49-0:

  • Deborah M. Suder, Council of Trustees of Lock Haven University
  • Seth D. Levy, State Board of Examiners of Nursing Home Administrators
  • Mark J. Wilson, Advisory Committee on Probation
  • Thomas Jay Ellis, Esq., Treasurer – Montgomery County