Session Weekly Wrap-Up

Senate Democratic Wrap-Up for the Week of October 15, 2018

The Senate unanimously approved Senate Bill 689, which would have amended the Real Estate Appraisers Certification Act (Act 98 of 1990) by providing for the appointment of two Certified Pennsylvania Evaluators to serve on the State Board of Certified Real Estate...

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Senate Democratic Wrap-Up for the Week of October 1, 2018

The Senate passed Senate Bill 623 by a vote of 47-1. The bill formalizes and further defines laws on Pennsylvania orders for life-sustaining treatment. These orders convert an individual’s end of life wishes regarding health care into a medical order that applies...

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Senate Democratic Wrap-Up for the Week of September 24, 2018

The Senate unanimously approved Senate Bill 891, which is aimed at preventing welfare fraud and abuse of the state’s prescription assistance program. The bill would require the Pennsylvania Department of Aging to cross-check its list of PACE and PACENET beneficiaries...

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Senate Democratic Wrap-Up for the Week of June 18, 2018

The Senate unanimously approved House Bill 17, which amends the state Drug and Alcohol Abuse Control Act to allow for a parent or legal guardian to provide consent over the objection of a minor when medical care or counseling is provided for substance abuse. The bill...

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Senate Democratic Wrap-Up for the Week of June 11, 2018

The Senate unanimously approved House Bill 152, which repeals a section of the insurance company law that allows a surplus or safety fund. The legislation also adds a section allowing for the state Insurance Department to maintain an electronic database of contact...

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Senate Democratic Wrap-Up for the Week of June 4, 2018

The Senate unanimously approved House Bill 352, which reduces the number of years of possession required for adverse possession actions from 21 to 10 years for property that is less than a half-acre and contains a single-family dwelling. An individual must begin a...

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

The Senate approved House Bill 566 by a vote of 43-5. The measure allows a contractor or subcontractor to suspend work on a construction project, without penalty, if they have not received payment per the terms of their contract. Contractors may stop work if 30 days...

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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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