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Senate Democratic Wrap-Up for the Week of April 23, 2018

The Senate unanimously approved House Bill 478, which creates the Outpatient Psychiatric Oversight Act. The measure requires outpatient psychiatric clinics to have a psychiatrist on site for two hours per week of psychiatric time for each full-time equivalent...

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Senate Democratic Wrap-Up for the Week of April 16, 2018

The Senate unanimously approved House Bill 595, which allows a condominium and cooperative lessee the right to assistance from the Bureau of Consumer Protection in the Attorneys General office if the case is a violation regarding a meeting, quorums, voting, proxies,...

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Senate Democratic Wrap-Up for the Week of March 26, 2018

The Senate unanimously approved House Bill 1486, which amends the Storm Water Management Act by creating exemptions for agricultural high tunnels (structures used to grow crops). The legislation details what is considered a high tunnel and outlines the criteria...

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Senate Democratic Wrap-Up for the Week of March 19, 2018

The Senate unanimously approved Senate Bill 313 which would enable domestic abuse victims with protection from abuse (PFA) orders to quickly get out of shared cell-phone contracts. Bill supporters claim that access to a reliable, and secure cellular phone can be...

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Senate Democratic Wrap-Up for the Week of January 28, 2018

The Senate unanimously passed House Bill 359, which adds bear and elk under the mistaken kill provisions of the Game law. The measure provides for a $100 restitution fine and would revoke one’s hunting license unless the following conditions are met: The violation is...

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Senate Democratic Wrap-Up for the Week of January 21, 2018

The Senate approved Senate Bill 373 by a vote of 35-15. Senate Bill 373 would allow dental patients to authorize direct payments of dental insurance benefits to service providers. Insurance contracts issued 120 days after the passing of this legislation would be...

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Senate Democratic Wrap-up for the Week of December 10, 2017

The Senate unanimously approved House Bill 411, which would increase bingo prize limits. The Bingo Law places certain restrictions on charitable bingo.  The measure increases the prize limitations by doubling the current maximum amount allowed per game.  Only licensed...

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Senate Democratic Wrap-up for the Week of November 12, 2017

The Senate unanimously approved House Bill 165, which creates two new military decorations, the Pennsylvania Achievement Medal and the Pennsylvania Veterans Service Award. The measure also permits the governor to present the Pennsylvania Distinguished Service Medal to...

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Senate Democratic Wrap-up for the Week of October 22, 2017

The Senate unanimously approved House Bill 46, which amends the Tax Code to allow taxpayers to contribute to pediatric cancer research through their state personal income tax return. The bill requires the Department of Revenue to offer the option on the income tax...

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Senate Democratic Wrap-up for the Week of October 15, 2017

The Senate unanimously approved House Bill 16, which amends the Local Tax Collection Law to require that checks made payable to local tax collectors be deposited into a separate bank account.  This account may only be used for tax collection purposes and must include...

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Senate Democratic Wrap-up for the Week of October 1, 2017

The Senate unanimously passed House Bill 45, known as “Right to Try” legislation, which allows terminally ill patients to use investigative medical treatments, products, and devices that have not yet been approved by the federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA)....

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Senate Democratic Wrap-up for the Week of July 23, 2017

The Senate voted 35-15 in favor of House Bill 59, which would have instituted work requirements for those who receive government assistance benefits. This legislation would have required the Department of Human Services (DHS) to seek federal approval for changes that...

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Senate Democratic Wrap-up for the Week of July 16, 2017

The Senate unanimously approved Senate Bill 211, which would create a Statewide 2-1-1 System Grant Program. The Pennsylvania 2-1-1 system is a communication system that provides health and human services assistance in certain parts of Pennsylvania.  Currently, the...

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Senate Democratic Wrap-up for the Week of July 9, 2017

The Senate voted 26-23 in favor of House Bill 97, which would make changes to the state’s cyber and charter school law. The bill would: require public and charter school advertisements to clearly indicate the use of public funds for tuition and transportation costs;...

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Senate Democratic Wrap-up for the Week of July 2, 2017

The Senate unanimously passed House Bill 59, which would allow for an adoptive family to make an appeal for adoption assistance.  Families would be authorized to appeal for an adoption subsidy under the Adoption Opportunities Act. This bill allows the parents of an...

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Senate Democratic Wrap-up for the Week of June 25, 2017

The Senate voted 43-7 for House Bill 218, which is the $31.9 billion General Appropriation Bill for the 2017-18 fiscal year. This amount is an increase of $54 million over the fiscal 2016-17 budget. Notable appropriations in this year’s budget include: $2 billion in...

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Senate Democratic Wrap-up for the Week of June 18, 2017

The Senate unanimously passed House Bill 168, which outlaws misrepresenting one’s military service or honors to benefit themselves. This bill makes it a third-degree misdemeanor to falsely present oneself as a member of the military, veteran or recipient of any...

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Senate Democratic Wrap-up for the Week of June 11, 2017

The Senate approved House Bill 1071 by a vote of 28-21. The bill would have prohibited local governments from imposing a ban, fee, surcharge or tax on a recyclable plastic bag supplied by a retailer to a customer at the point of sale. This ban would not have included...

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