Post Session Report :: Wednesday, October 25, 2017

HB 178 PN 2609 (Day):  This bill would further provide for fire, emergency evacuation and security drills to be held in schools and school buses.  Further, it would provide for administrative and fiscal provisions to be amended into the Public School Code.  The Senate concurred the House amendments 35-15.

HB 46 PN 1033 (Caltagirone):  This bill amends the Tax Code to provide for voluntary contributions to pediatric cancer research via the personal income tax return. The bill was approved by a vote of 50-0.

SB 625 PN 1288 (Brooks): This bill requires the POW/MIA flag to be displayed at all Commonwealth roadside rest areas and welcome centers. The bill was approved by a vote of 50-0.

SB 676 PN 1289 (Gordner):  The bill amends the Workers’ Compensation Act to reform the Uninsured Employers Guaranty Fund (UEGF) and strengthen liability and compensation provisions for out-of-state employers. The bill was approved by a vote of 50-0.

SB 822 PN 1046 (Schwank): This bill requires the POW/MIA flag to be displayed anywhere the United States flag is displayed on Commonwealth grounds or buildings, where both can be reasonably accommodated. The bill was approved by a vote of 50-0.

SB 935 PN 1280 (Scarnati):  This bill institutes a term limit of 8 years for executive director of the Fish and Boat Commission. The bill was approved by a vote of 34-16.

HB 1388 PN 2633 (Irvin):  This bill reauthorizes the Pennsylvania Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) through 2019. The bill was approved by a vote of 37-13.

HB 1490 PN 2163 (Turzai):  The bill amends Title 66 (Public Utilities) by establishing a new chapter which places the services provided by an authority of the City of the Second Class that offers water or wastewater service to customers under the jurisdiction of the Public Utility Commission (PUC) effective January 1, 2018. Senator Vulakovich offered Amendment A02815, which would amend the definition of “authority.”  The amendment was agreed to.  Senator Fontana offered Amendment A03586, which would change the enactment date for certain provisions within the bill.  The amendment was agreed to.  The bill went over as amended.  Later in the evening Senator Corman motioned that the Senate consider the bill (PN 2650) notwithstanding the provisions of Senate Rule 12.  The motion carried and the bill was approved by a vote of 49-0.

SB 540 PN 579 (Mensch): This bill would provide for participation in a musical performance with veterans to serve as an acceptable excuse for school absence.  Senator Mensch offered Amendment A04549, which would amend the definition of a “state assessment” and provide for student excuses.  The amendment was agreed to. The bill as amended was agreed to.

SR 227 PN 1278 (Aument): The concurrent resolution is directed at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to quickly act on a proposed rule-making by the United States Department of Energy (DOE).  Senator Aument offered Amendment A04556, which would technical changes to the bill.  The amendment was agreed to.  The resolution was adopted 42-8, as amended.

HB 785 PN 2632 (Saylor):  This bill amends the Capital Facilities Debt Enabling Act by changing: the debt structure and issuance procedures; debt and project release limits; public disclosure for redevelopment assistance projects; and provides for implementation of the 2017-18 capital budget.  The Senate concurred the House amendments 50-0.

SB 651 PN 1284 (Browne):  This bill provides for the Capital Budget Project Itemization Act of 2017-2018.  The Senate concurred the House amendments 50-0.

HB 542 PN 2598 (Thomas): This bill amends the Tax Code for the purpose of implementing the 2017-18 budget.  The Senate concurred the House amendments 29-21.

SB 936 PN 1281 (White): This bill requires the Department of Labor & Industry to adopt an evidence-based prescription drug formulary to set standards for the prescription of medications under the Worker’s Comp program.  Senator Street offered Amendment A04462, which would have replaced the legislation with alternative amendments to the Workers’ Compensation Act, specifically related to the prescription of medication.  The amendment was defeated, 20-30.  The bill was approved by a vote of 34-16.

HB 271, PN 2652 (Ortitay): Provides for gambling expansion in Pennsylvania.  Senator Corman motioned that the Senate consider the bill notwithstanding the provisions of Senate Rule 12.  The motion carried and the Senate proceeded to concur in House amendments to the bill as further amended by the Senate.  The vote to concur was 31-19.

SB 181, PN 1086 (Mensch): This bill provides for performance-based budgeting and tax credit review.  The Senate concurred in amendments placed by the House to the bill by a vote of 50-0.