Post Session Report :: Wednesday, June 24, 2015

HB 131 PN 1861 (Barrar): Provides for in-state tuition rates at community colleges and state-related/owned institutions for veterans, their spouses, and their children. The bill was approved, 49-0.

HB 189 PN 1851 (Sonney): Amends the Liquor Code by allowing for the direct shipment of wine to residents of the Commonwealth.  Senator Brewster offered Amendment A02468, which would have the PA Liquor Control Board (PLCB) the ability to increase revenue and profitability, while being able to offer better deals to consumers. Before a vote was taken on the amendment, Senator McIlhinney made a motion to table the amendment. The motion to table was approved 30-19. Senator Williams then made a motion to table the bill. The motion to table the bill was defeated, 19-30. The bill was approved, 31-18.

SB 370 PN 1046 (White): Removes the 5 year sunset provision on consolidated fire companies under the State fire grant program. The bill was approved, 49-0.

SB 663 PN 1092 (Vulakovich): Amends Title 23 (Domestic Relations) to allow for the termination of the parental rights of a father who is convicted of rape of the mother of the child. The bill was approved, 49-0.

SB 737 PN 763 (Hutchinson): Amends Title 34 (Game) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes by further expanding the methods of hunting for certain game. The bill was approved, 49-0.

SB 290 PN 178 (Rafferty): Amends the Vehicle Code (Title 75) to make provisions related to ignition interlock requirements. Senator Rafferty offered Amendment A02385, which clarified some language contained in the bill. The amendment was agreed to and the bill went over as amended.

SB 747 PN 1077 (Vogel): Amends the Medical Care Availability and Reduction of Error (Mcare) Act, further providing for punitive damages; providing for punitive damages study; and imposing duties on the Insurance Commissioner. Senator Stefano, on behalf of Senator White, offered Amendment A02473, which changes the duty of the commissioner in the punitive damage study to report the amount of punitive damages reported to MCARE as being paid by health care providers since March 20, 2015.

SR 138 PN 986 (Vulakovich): Directs the Legislative Budget and Finance Committee to study how much the Commonwealth spends on salaries, compensation and benefits for members of State boards and commissions. The resolution was adopted.

SB 397 PN 1058 (Alloway): Amends Title 42 (Judiciary and Judicial Procedure) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes, in bonds and recognizances, amending provisions relating to professional bondsmen and providing for authorization to conduct business within each county, for forfeited undertaking, for private cause of action and for third party sureties. The bill was approved, 49-0.