Post Session Report :: Wednesday, October 26, 2016

SB 385 PN 2081 (Rafferty): This bill reforms and modernizes the Transit Revitalization Investment District (TRID) Act and provides for an additional funding mechanism under the act. The Senate concurred the House amendments 46-2.

SB 1265 PN 2183 (White): This bill amends the Wage Payment and Collection Law allowing employers the option to pay an employees’ wages in the form of a debit card. The Senate concurred the House amendments 45-3.

HB 319 PN 4123 (Knowles): This bill amends the Unemployment Compensation Law to require testimony during an Unemployment Compensation appeals hearing be recorded and made available upon request.  The bill also makes a fix to Act 60 of 2012 by increasing the number of seasonal workers that may be eligible for unemployment compensation, and increases various fines on employers or persons that violate the Law. The bill was approved 39-8.

HB 1403 PN 4124 (M. Quinn): This bill amends Title 40 (Insurance) to provide for unclaimed life insurance benefits. The bill was approved 48-0.

HB 1496 PN 3918 (Stephens): This bill amends Title 18 (Crimes and Offenses) to address the possession of a firearm during the commission of an offense.  The bill was approved 48-0.

HB 1699 PN 4108 (R. Brown): This legislation sets limits on the dispensing of opioid drugs in hospital emergency departments and urgent care centers in the Commonwealth.  The bill was approved 48-0.

HB 1703 PN 2849 (Millard): This bill updates the state’s restrictions on all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) relating to youth riders. The bill was approved 48-0.

HB 1737 PN 4028 (Maher): This bill provides for the safe destruction of unused household prescription and over-the-counter drugs. The bill was approved 48-0.

HB 1885 PN 4112 (White): This bill mends Titles 42 (Judiciary and Judicial Procedure) and 53 (Municipalities Generally) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes, providing for liability imposed on and eligibility for public benefits of a municipality of refuge. The bill was approved 34-14.

HB 1887 PN 4130 (Ortitay): This bill amends Title 4 (Amusements) to provide for the compulsive and problem gambling program through the Department of Drug and Alcohol (DDAP).  In addition, the bill includes provisions for the local share assessment revenues of gaming money distributions. Senator Corman offered Amendment A10957, which would make technical changes to the bill for clarification purposes, would allow Category 1 licensed facilities in third class counties to use local share money as a match for state grants and remove language from the bill allowing counties to receive credit from agreements formed with a city. The amendment was adopted 47-1 and the bill went over as amended. Senator Corman motioned to suspend Senate rule 12 to proceed to a vote on the bill. The motion was agreed to and the bill as amended was approved 46-1.

HB 1907 PN 4045 (Benninghoff): This bill would amend the Public School Code of 1949 to change truancy requirements for charter schools. The bill was approved 48-0.

HB 2014 PN 3220 (Sankey): This bill authorizes the Department of General Services to convey property located in Lawrence Township, Clearfield County at a price to be determined through competitive bidding. The bill was approved 48-0.

HB 2338 PN 3963 (Gabler): This bill would create the Student Protection Act to support students, who are attending Pennsylvania schools that are accredited by national agencies no longer recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.  The bill was approved 48-0.

SR 421 PN 2178 (Argall): This resolution calls on the President and Congress to review the changes made to the Federal floodplain management regulations. The resolution was adopted, 48-0.

HB 568 PN 3705 (Evankovich): This legislation amends the Pennsylvania Construction Code Act by adding two additional seats to the Uniform Construction Code Review and Advisory Council, extensively revising the code review process and increasing the building permit fee by $1. The Senate concurred the House amendments 47-0.

HB 1437 PN 3952 (Goodman): The legislation amends the Municipal Code and Ordinance Compliance Act by reducing the amount of time a purchaser of a building has to bring any building or structure into compliance from what was 18 months to now 12 months.  The bill also provides for the issuance of certificates and ramifications for failure to comply with requirements. The bill was approved 47-0.

HB 2078 PN 3452 (Phillips-Hill): This bill would provide assistance to active and former members of the military, as well as their spouses, by expediting and reducing fees on teacher certification processes.  Further, the bill would provide for an additional means of removing all teaching certificates from inactive status. The bill was approved 47-0.

HB 2241 PN 3858 (Boback): This bill amends Title 40 by adding a chapter that provides for limitation on retroactive denial of reimbursements to a health care provider during a 24-month period after the date the insurer paid that provider.  The bill was approved 47-0.

HB 2303 PN 3962 (Causer): This bill repeals the Race Horse Industry Reform article from the Administrative Code and inserts it as Chapter 93 in Title 3 (Agriculture). The bill was approved 47-0.

SB 1062 PN 1679 (Rafferty): This bill amends Title 18 (Crimes and Offenses) provide for heightened penalties for home invasion burglaries when a person commits, attempts or threatens to commit a bodily injury crime. The Senate concurred the House amendments 47-0.

SB 356 PN 1689 (Folmer): This legislation defines “farmer” and “farming operations” for the purpose of declaring and filing earned Income Tax. The Senate concurred the House amendments 47-0.

SB 613 PN 2189 (Vance): This legislation amends the Human Services Code regarding the expansion Human Services Block Grant program. The Senate concurred the House amendments 47-0.

SB 1235 PN 2162 (Baker): The bill amends the Underground Utility Line Protection Law to reauthorize the Act. The Senate concurred the House amendments 47-0.

SB 1367 PN 2157 (Yaw): The bill amends Title 35 (Health and Safety) further providing for the prescribing of opioids to minors. The Senate concurred the House amendments 47-0.

SB 1368 PN 2190 (Killion): The bill amends Title 35 (Health and Safety) further providing for safe opioid prescription. The Senate concurred the House amendments 47-0.

HB 263 PN 4122 (Gabler): This bill amends Title 34 (Game) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes to allow hunting with air, chemical or gas powered firearms. The bill was approved 40-7.

HB 1653 PN 2661 (Oberlander): This bill amends Title 62 (Procurement) to create a verification system for diverse and disadvantaged businesses based in the Commonwealth for purposes of encouraging procurement and increasing their competiveness nationally. The bill was approved 47-0.

HB 1785 PN 3356 (Corbin): This legislation requires the preparation and publication of information relating to the influenza vaccine in assisted living and personal care homes in the Commonwealth.  The bill was approved 47-0.

HB 2084 PN 3509 (Snyder): This bill amends Title 61 (Prisons and Parole) to require the Department of Corrections to issue pepper spray to certain officers and employees.  The bill was approved 47-0.

HB 2370 PN 4074 (Moul): Amends the Tax Reform Code (Act 72 of 1972) relating to the Realty Transfer Tax exemption for certain transactions. The bill was approved 47-0.

SB 486 PN 2065 (Argall): This legislation would amend the Recorder of Deeds Fee Law by allowing an optional special deed and mortgage recording fee of $15 to be collected to go towards blight in certain counties. The Senate concurred the House amendments 47-0.

SB 1202 PN 2199 (Yaw): The bill amends the Achieving Better Care by Monitoring All Prescriptions Program (ABC-MAP) Act to provide for continuing education requirements. The Senate concurred the House amendments 47-0.

SB 1282 PN 2066 (Wagner): This legislation amends Title 68 (Real and Personal Property) by adding provisions to clarify the manner in which a county Recorders of Deeds Office may charge fees for the recording of amendments to declarations of condominiums, cooperatives and planned communities. The Senate concurred the House amendments 30-17. Senator Corman motioned to reconsider the vote by which Senate Bill 1282 was concurred. The motion was agreed to and the bill was concurred 29-18.

SB 562 PN 1897 (Gordner): The bill amends the Regulatory Review Act, providing additional legislative oversight of the regulatory review process. The Senate concurred the House amendments 31-16.

SB 881 PN 2198 (Blake): The bill amends Title 66 to clarify the definition of “public utility” by adding the term “wastewater” and amends the definition of “sewage” to reflect this change. The Senate concurred the House amendments 47-0.

Senator Corman motioned to continue Session past 11:00pm, the motion was agreed to.

HB 192 PN 4120 (Gillen): This bill amends the Civil Service Act to require the Civil Service Commission to advertise Pennsylvania law regarding veterans’ preference, disqualify certain individuals from serving on the Commission, and provide for a uniform job application method for Commonwealth positions. The bill was approved 48-0.

HB 946 PN 4111 (Baker): This bill establishes a framework for Pharmacy Benefit Managers (PBMs) and other entities (managed care organizations, third-party payers, or governmental health programs) to conduct audits within a pharmacy. The bill was approved 47-1.

HB 1398 PN 4062 (A. Harris): Amends Title 15 (Corporations and Unincorporated Associations) and Title 54 (Names) to replace the law governing limited liability partnerships, general partnerships, limited partnerships, and limited liability companies, as well as to make conforming changes regarding the names of business associations.  The bill was approved 48-0.

HB 1538 PN 4125 (White): The bill provides for limitations for when a law enforcement officer’s name and identifying information may be released after an event involving the discharge of a weapon or use of force that results in death or serious bodily injury.  The bill was approved 39-9.

HB 1683 PN 4128 (Warner): Allows municipalities to provide volunteer firefighters and EMTs with a waiver from the local Earned Income Tax. The bill was approved 48-0.

HB 1196 PN 4132 (Petri): This bill amends the Liquor Code by redefining contiguous territory for import distributors, beer shipment, distribution regulations and other guidelines relating to permits and licensing. The Senate concurred the House amendments 44-4.