Post Session Report: May 23, 2011

SB 9, PN 152:  This bill requires that individuals prove that they are legal residents of the United States before receiving public benefits.  Senator Scarnati offered amendment A02350 which adds exemptions for older adults and clarifies applicability to the law.  Senator Ferlo also offered amendment A02020 that was technical in nature.  Senator Washington offered amendment A02399 which provides for the victims of domestic violence.  Senator Kitchen offered amendment A02032 that clarifies the exemption for programs for women and children.  Furthermore, Senator Leach offered amendment A02394 which provides an additional exemption for people dealing with human trafficking.  Senator Stack offered amendment A02028 that adds the definition affidavit.  Finally, Senator Solobay offered amendment A02030 which includes National Guard Members’ ID as a valid ID.  All of the amendments were agreed to and the bill went over in its order.

SB 27, PN 1041:  This legislation amends the Unfair Trade Practices and Consumer Protection Law dealing with the section commonly referred to as the Lemon Puppy Law.  Senator Greenleaf offered amendment A02233 which was technical in nature.  The senate agreed to the amendment and the bill went over as amended.

SB 104, PN 1214:  This legislation amends the Fiscal Code to provide for the use of state owned vehicles.  The Department of General Services shall post and maintain on its website a list of vehicles assigned to agency motor pools, state employees, contract employees, independent contractors and the temporary fleet.  A vote of 50-0 was recorded.

SB 151, PN 125:  This bill amends Pennsylvania’s “Air Pollution Control Act” (Act 95 of 1992) to further provide for the distribution of fines and penalties.  A vote of 50-0 was recorded.

SB 326, PN 1176: The legislation amends the Vital Statics Law of 1953 by requiring an issuance of a certificate of stillbirth for any fetal death upon the request of a parent.  A vote of 50-0 was recorded.

SB 448, PN 431:  The bill amends Title 18 (Crimes Code) provision relating to the purchase, consumption, possession or transportation of liquor or malt or brewed beverages by persons under the age of 21.  A vote of 50-0 was recorded.

SB 637, PN 992:  The bill amends Title 62 (Procurement) by requiring public work contractors or subcontractors to verify employment eligibility for employees.  Senator Ward offered amendment A02363 which removes some “Commonwealth agency” and replaces it with “public body.”   The Senate agreed to the amendment and the bill went over as amended.

SB 907, PN 943: This bill amends the Fiscal Code by extending the expiration date of the provisions governing the authority of the State Workers’ Insurance Board to invest money.  Senator Browne offered amendment A02304 that changes the amount of the State Workers’ Insurance Fund assets.  The Senate agreed to the amendment and the bill went over as amended.

Executive Nominations

The Senate approved the following nomination by a vote of 50-0:

Stephen J. Harmelin, Esq., Commonwealth of PA Council on the Arts

Justin Laing, Commonwealth of PA Council on the Arts

James A. West, Jr., Commonwealth of PA Council on the Arts

Hon. Tony L. Phillips, Controller – Northumberland County

Ronald G. Henry, Board of Governors of the State System of Higher Education

Robert S. Taylor, Esq., Board of Governors of the State System of Higher Education

Hon. Paula M. Palmer, Prothonotary and Clerks of Courts – Venango County

Joseph Szafran, Recorder of Deeds – Bucks County

Hon. Kevin P. Gilroy, Treasurer – Northumberland County

Linda L. Kelly, Attorney General