Post Session Report, Tuesday, November 17, 2015

SB 146 PN 93 (Yaw): Amends this section to require any passengers in the car involved in the accident to give reasonable assistance, including making arrangements for the injured person to get to a physician not only when the driver is unable to, but also if the driver refuses or neglects to do so. The bill was approved, 48-1.

SB 927 PN 1281 (Scavello): This bill brings Pennsylvania in line with New Jersey in that members appointed to the Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission will be required to receive confirmation by majority vote in the PA State Senate. The bill was approved unanimously, 49-0.

HB 934 PN 1946 (Christiana): Establishes the Keystone Education Yields Success Program (KEYS). The KEYS program is designed to assist eligible perspective students who are currently receiving Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) or Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits. The bill was approved unanimously, 49-0.

SB 1045 PN 1370 (Vulakovich): The legislation amends Title 51 (Military Affairs) by adding section 104 that provides for the character of discharge of an individual from military service that is used for the determination of benefit eligibility under certain programs. The bill was approved unanimously, 49-0.

SB 50 PN 1367 (Schwank): The bill defines Industrial Hemp as “any part of the cannabis sativa L. plant, whether growing or not, with a delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) concentration of not more than 0.3% on a dry weight basis.” Senator Schwank offered Amendment A03866, which was technical in nature. The amendment was agreed to and the bill went over as amended.

HB 683 PN 1427 (Rapp): legislation Amends §1303 of the Taxpayer Relief Act by removing veterans’ disability payments from the definition of “income” that is used to determine eligibility for the Property Tax Rent/Rebate Program (PTRR).

SB 859 PN 976 (Greenleaf): This bill would consolidate the Department of Corrections and the Board of Probation and Parole into the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. Senator Rafferty offered Amendment A04169, which makes several changes to allow for the appropriate law enforcement agency with jurisdiction over community correction centers. It also adds the Office of Victim Advocate to certain portions of the bill. The amendment was agreed to and the bill went over as amended.

SB 860 PN 977 (Greenleaf): This bill makes technical changes to reflect the change in name of the Department and to reflect that the Office of Victim Advocate will reside within the Department instead of the Board of Probation and Parole. Senator Rafferty offered Amendment A04175, which makes several changes to allow for the independence of the office regarding all decision making functions. The amendment was agreed to and the bill went over as amended.

SB 609 PN 1386 (Mensch): Creates the Prostate Cancer Surveillance, Education, Detection and Treatment Act. The Senate concurred in House Amendments, 49-0.

SB 887 PN 1364 (Costa): Amends Title 75 (Vehicle Code) to establish penalties for endangerment, aggravated endangerment, or death of a highway worker, emergency responder or others in work zones. The Senate concurred in House Amendments, 49-0.