Post Session Report :: Monday, June 6, 2016

Monday, June 6, 2016

HB 264, PN 3367 (Mustio) – This legislation establishes standards across the Commonwealth for the implementation of carbon monoxide alarms/detectors in care facilities. It shall be known as the Care Facility Carbon Monoxide Alarms Standards Act.  A vote of 48-0 was recorded.

SB 428, PN 379 (Ward) – This bill amends Title 18 (Crimes and Offenses) to authorize evaluations for gambling disorders for those who are convicted of criminal trespass at a gambling facility after self-excluding from such facilities.  A vote of 48-0 was recorded.

SB 1227, PN 1759 (Blake) – Amends the Administrative Code (Act 175 of 1929) to transfer the functions of the Public Employee Retirement Commission.  PERC’s Act 66 of 1981 state pension review functions would be transferred to the Independent Fiscal Office and its Act 205 of 1984 municipal pension functions to the Auditor General Department.  Senator Blake offered amendment A08036, which makes some technical housekeeping changes to the bill and requires the IFO to perform a Risk Transfer Analysis in the financial review of “substantial benefit design changes” for state or school pensions.  The amendment was agreed to and the bill went over in its order as amended.

SB 1166, PN 1625 (Stefano) – This legislation amends Title 34 (Game) to give the Pennsylvania Game Commission the power to establish fees for hunting and furtaking within the Commonwealth.  Senator Stefano offered amendment A08003, which requires the Legislative Budget and Finance Committee to conduct a study of the Game Commission’s revenue and expenditures; requires the Commission to publish rulemaking for fee changes; limits the kind of licenses subject to fee increases; and creates an “ultimate outdoorsman combination license.”  The amendment was adopted by a vote of 47-2 and the bill went over in its order as amended.

SB 1168, PN 1653 (Eichelberger) – This legislation amends Title 30 (Fish) to give the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission the power to establish fees for fishing and boating within the Commonwealth.  Senator Eichelberger offered amendment A08046, which requires the Commission to accept written comments and hold at least one public hearing prior to adopting fee changes.  It also allows the General Assembly to weigh in via concurrent resolution.  The amendment was adopted by a vote of 47-2 and the bill went over in its order as amended.

SB 1221, PN 1839 (Costa) – Provides needed updates to Act 11 of 2004 (Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority Act for Cities of the Second Class) to create more transparency at the Authority, require record keeping that meets the standards of other state agencies, and address governance issues that were raised by the Auditor General’s recent audit.  Senator Costa offered amendment A007813, which provides that if the ICA directs the city to use gaming proceeds for something other than debt relief or pension asset enhancement, the Commonwealth will disperse the gaming proceeds to the city for use as directed by the authority.  The amendment was agreed to and the bill was re-referred to Appropriations.