Post Session Report :: Monday, October 17, 2016

Monday, October 17, 2016

SB 535, PN 1973 (Vulakovich) – SB 535 amends Title 75, the Vehicle Code, to allow for the use of radar by local police departments.  Senator Vulakovich offered amendment A10090 which prohibits the issuance of points unless the speed limit was exceeded by at least 10 mph; requires municipalities too post signs at the border indicating local police use radar; requires annual testing; requires a municipality to pass an ordinance authorizing use of radar by local police; and caps revenue generated from citations (excess revenue would be sent to the state).  The amendment was approved by a vote of 48-2 and the bill went over in its order as amended.

SB 1266, PN 1834 (Tomlinson) – The bill amends the Home Improvement Consumer Protection Act to provide for additional consumer protections.  The bill allows the Bureau of Consumer Protection to refuse to give an individual a Home Improvement Contractor registration or revoke a registration under certain conditions.  A vote of 50-0 was recorded.

SB 1271, PN 1837 (Browne) – This bill amends Title 42 (Judiciary and Judicial Procedure) to address the school attendance of a child placed in detention or shelter care.  In the event that a child is placed in shelter care that would result in the child attending a new school, this bill requires the court to ensure that the child remains in the school the child attended immediately prior to placement, unless the court determines that remaining in the same school would be contrary to the child’s safety or well-being.  A vote of 50-0 was recorded.

SB 1300, PN 1904 (Hutchinson) – This bill would amend Title 53 to establish that active military duty will not disqualify a person from fulfilling a residency requirement for holding local elected office.  Senator Hutchinson offered amendment A09647 which provides that a person who is a resident for at least one year prior to deployment will be deemed a resident for the duration of deployment.  The amendment was agreed to via voice vote and the bill went over in its order as amended.

SB 1313, PN 1997 (White) – This bill amends Title 62 (Procurement) to make clarifications to the Guaranteed Energy Savings Act (GESA) program by defining “operating costs,” “energy-related cost savings,” and “energy savings company.”  Senator White offered amendment A10518 which was technical in nature.  The amendment was agreed to and the bill went over in its order as amended.

SB 1330, PN 1978 (Alloway) –  This bill would amend Title 53 to allow lawsuits against Pennsylvania municipalities that enact firearms ordinances more restrictive than state statute.  A vote of 30-19 was recorded.  Senator Rafferty was placed on leave prior to the vote.

SB 1340, PN 2091 (Bartolotta) – This bill authorizes the Department of General Services to convey land located in South Strabane Township, Washington County via a competitive bid process.  It also authorizes DGS to convey land in the City of Washington, Washington County.  A vote of 49-0 was recorded.

HB 1619, PN 2348 (Topper) – The bill permits Pennsylvania to join the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact.  The compact creates another pathway for licensure and does not otherwise change a state’s existing Medical Practice Act.  A vote of 49-0 was recorded.