Post Session Report: October 17, 2012

SB 79 PN 2431 (Greenleaf): Amends Title 42 (Judicial Code) to enact the Uniform Interstate Depositions and Discovery Act (UIDDA), applying to any civil action brought in another state or territory for which discovery is sought in Pennsylvania. The bill was approved unanimously.

HB 235 PN 4233 (Clymer): An act to promulgate legislation to provide for the posting of information relating to the National Human Trafficking Resource Center and establishing duties on the Department of Labor and Industry, and other officials in the Commonwealth. The bill was approved unanimously.

HB 272 PN 4222 (Hess):  Creates a freestanding act, the Lyme and Related Tick-Borne Disease Surveillance, Education, Prevention and Treatment Act. The bill was approved unanimously.

SB 709 PN 730 (Solobay): Amends Title 35 (Health and Safety) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes, further providing for funds of volunteer firefighters’ relief associations. The bill was approved unanimously.

HB 815 PN 4234 (Grove): Amends Title 18 (Crimes Code) by adding a criminal offense of “transmission of sexually explicit images by minor” and amending the existing child pornography statute to reflect this addition. The bill was approved 37-13.

HB 898 PN 954 (Toepel):  Amends Section 6111(h) of Title 18 (Crimes Code) relating to the sale or transfer of firearms. The bill was approved unanimously.

HB 1718 PN 3804 (Creighton): Amends the Pennsylvania Municipalities Planning Code (MPC) regarding the time period to dispute the amount of review fees for projects, the amount of financial security held at the end of a project and arbitration over disputed fees. The bill was approved unanimously

HB 1719 PN 3805 (Creighton): Amends the Municipality Authorities Act (MAA) within Title 53 (Municipalities Generally) regarding the amount of financial security held at the end of a project, the time period to dispute the amount of review fees for projects and arbitration over disputed fees. The bill was approved unanimously

HB 1794 PN 2472 (Mustio): Establishes the HIV-Related Testing for Sex Offenders Act. The bill was approved unanimously

HB 1840 PN 4061 (Bear): Amends the Steel Products Procurement Act to require the Department of General Services (DGS) to prepare a list of exempt machinery and equipment steel products. The bill was approved unanimously

HB 1857 PN 4236 (Simmons): Amends Title 53 as follows; Amends the Local Government Unit Debt Act to expand the use of voter approval of borrowing in home rule counties and municipalitiesAmends the Consolidated County Assessment Law by making technical corrections. Adds new Section 8563 (relating to tax rates) to control the rate of tax levied on real estate after Philadelphia’s reassessment based on Actual Value Initiative (AVI) to prevent substantial tax increases for property owners. Sen. Stack made a motion to revert to prior printer’s number. That motion was denied, 5-44. The bill was approved 45-4.

HB 1884 PN 4224 (Stern):  Authorizes the following “Project 70” and Armory transactions. The bill was approved unanimously.

HB 1970 PN4216 (Vulakovich): Permits trailer mounted portable traffic control signals to be transported to and from job sites in tandem and exempts them from registration. The bill was approved unanimously.

HB 1991 PN 4174 (Cutler): This legislation would require the Department of Public Welfare (DPW) and the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) to verify eligibility for recipients receiving energy assistance through the Low Income Heating Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) or the Low Income Weatherization Program (LIWP) through various means as articulated in Sections 432.19 and 432.23 of the Public Welfare Code. The bill was approved 31-18.

HB 2116 PN 3445 (Tallman): Amends the Local Tax Collection Law to provide for the transition from elected township treasurers to elected tax collectors in first class townships, and to make editorial changes. The bill was approved unanimously.

HB 2270 PN 3448 (Watson):  Establishes the Alzheimer’s disease State Planning Committee, which will develop and submit an Alzheimer’s Disease State Plan to the General Assembly within one year of its formation. Sen. Browne offered Amendment A13867, which would regulate tanning beds and the amendment was adopted 48-1. The bill was approved 48-1.

HB 2366 PN 4085 (Mackenzie): Amends Chapter 41 (Weights and Measures) of Title 3 PACS (Agriculture) by transferring the responsibility to inspect parking meters from the Department of Agriculture to any local government unit that makes use of such meters, and by prohibiting the inspection of truck-mounted fuel oil meters and retail motor fuel pumps by certified examiners of weights and measures. The bill was approved 47-2.

HB 2369 PN 3774 (Truitt): Amends the Department of Banking Code of 1933 to upgrade and modernize, further providing for the general scope of supervision and exercise of discretion, for disclosure of information, and providing for the implementation of the Consumer Financial Protection Act of 2010. The bill was approved 47-2.

HB 2370 PN 3763 (Metzgar): Amends the Loan Interest and Protection Law, further providing for residential mortgage rates and for effect on inconsistent acts. The bill was approved unanimously.

HB 2371 PN 4151 (Maher): Amends Title 75 (Vehicle Code) to provide for definitions and for uses of special vehicles. The bill was approved unanimously.

HB 2372 PN 4219 (Hickernell): Amends Title 75 (Vehicles) to provide for certain agricultural vehicle registration requirements and for length of vehicles. The bill was approved unanimously.

HB 2400 PN 4083 (Marsico): Amends Title 18 (Crimes Code) to update Pennsylvania’s Wiretap Act. The bill was approved unanimously.

HB 2407 PN 3670 (Hackett): Amends the Older Adult Protective Services Act to allow the Department of Aging flexibility in the fingerprinting method used for all background checks for potential employees of facilities. The bill was approved unanimously.

HB 2428 PN 4076 (Pyle): Requires that PennDOT place a U.S. military veteran’s designation on driver’s licenses and/or ID cards. The bill was approved unanimously.

HB 2530 PN 4056 (Tallman): Amends the PA Construction Code Act to ensure that individual municipalities enforcing the Uniform Construction Code (UCC) can enter into agreements to designate, or create, a joint UCC board of appeals with another municipality, or municipalities. The bill was approved unanimously.

HB 2565 PN 4058 (Major): Amends Chapter 57 (Food Safety) of Title 3 (Agriculture) by exempting on-farm sales of honey from food licensing and registration. The bill was approved unanimously.

HB 2626 PN 4226 (Benninghoff): A freestanding act that establishes the Promote Employment across Pennsylvania Program (PEP). The bill was approved 33-16.

HB 2630 PN 4235 (Maher): Creates the Animal Euthanasia Method Act and makes a related repeal. The bill was approved unanimously.

SB 390 PN 2490 (Brubaker): Amends Title 75 (Vehicles) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes, in size, weight and load, further providing for width of vehicles. The bill was approved unanimously.

SB 850 PN 2475 (Greenleaf): Amends Titles 18 (Crimes Code) to address sentencing of minors for murder, provide for the Office of Victim Advocate, and to provide for expungement of juvenile recordsamends Title 42 (Judicial Code) regarding sentencing enhancement for 3rd degree murder where the victim is under age 13; and amends Title 61 (Prisons and Parole Code) regarding parole review. The bill was approved 37-12.

HB 2591 PN 3980 (Godshall):  Amends Title 51 (Military Affairs) relating to retirement rights and Title 71 (State Government) relating to the State Employees’ Retirement System (SERS). The bill was approved unanimously.

SB 941 PN 2419 (Corman): Amends Title 18 (Crimes Code) to increase the fines for public drunkenness and underage drinking. The bill was approved unanimously.

SB 1225 PN 2411 (Pileggi):  Amends Title 24 (Educationto recodify and update the Library Code (Act 188 of 1961). The bill was approved unanimously.

SB 775 PN 2506 (Pileggi): Amends Title 44 (Law and Justice Code) relating to DNA Detection of Sexual Offenders and Other Offenders. The bill was approved 44-5.

Executive Nominations

The following nominees were confirmed unanimously:

The Honorable Gerald J. Pappert, Banking and Securities Commission
Odelfa Preston, State Civil Service Commission
Peter Barsz, State Tax Equalization Board
Daniel Guydish, State Tax Equalization Board
Anthony Pinizzotto, State Tax Equalization Board
James Zurick, Esq., Workers’ Compensation Board

The following nominee was confirmed 48-1:

Alan Novak, State Horse Racing Commission