Post Session Report: November 19, 2013

HB 390, PN 401 (O’Brien) – Enables Philadelphia to provide tax relief based on financial need and/or age of longtime owner occupants of residential properties who are living in neighborhoods that have seen large increases in home values as a result of gentrification.  A vote of 48-2 was recorded.

HB 714, PN 805 (Baker) – Amends the identity theft statute to enhance the grading of the offense one degree if the victim is an individual under 18 years of age.  A vote of 50-0 was recorded.

HB 1348, PN 2680 (Sonney) – The bill amends the Medical Practice Act regarding physician supervision of physician assistants.  A vote of 50-0 was recorded.

HB 1351, PN 2681 (Sonney) – The bill amends the Osteopathic Medical Practice Act regarding physician supervision of physician assistants.  A vote of 50-0 was recorded.

SB 411, PN 431 (Kasunic) – This bill amends Title 27 (Environmental Resources), Chapter 81, to provide for and encourage the use of mine water for fracking natural gas wells by providing for liability limitations.  Senator Kasunic offered A03837, a gut and replace amendment providing for use of mine water in gas well development or other beneficial use.  The amendment was agreed to and the bill went over in its order as amended.

HB 1193, PN 2087 (Saccone) – This bill amends the First Class Township Code to allow police officers to serve on their local school board.  Senator Waugh offered amendment A04432 on behalf of Senator Pileggi, which specifies service on a school board of a school district in a second class county.  The amendment was agreed to and the Senate agreed to the bill as amended.

HB 290, PN 2651 (Brooks) – This bill amends the Local Option Small Games of Chance Act to permit new games of chance; provide for prize limits; provide for regulations of the Department of Revenue (DOR); provide for licensing of eligible organizations to conduct small games; further provide for reports by club licensees and distribution of proceeds; further provides for revocation of licenses; and to provide for social card games.  The Senate concurred in House amendments to Senate amendments to the bill by a vote of 47-3.