Session Weekly Wrap-Up

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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Senate Democratic Wrap-up for the Week of June 4, 2017

The Senate unanimously approved House Bill 202, which amends the Public School Code to change Keystone Exam requirements and allow for career and technical education (CTE) students to demonstrate proficiency standards through alternate measures. This bill removes...

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Senate Democratic Wrap-up for the Week of May 21, 2017

The Senate unanimously approved House Bill 23, which changes the name of the Primary Stroke Center Recognition Act to the Stroke System of Care Act. The measure also updates previous certification requirements placed on primary stroke centers.  Federal certification...

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Senate Democratic Wrap-up for the Week of May 7, 2017

The Senate unanimously approved House Bill 224, which grants civil immunity to bus drivers and crossing guards who administer Epinephrine Auto-Injectors (EpiPens). Previously, such immunity only applied to school employees, not bus drivers and crossing guards. The...

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

The Senate voted 34-16 in favor of Senate Bill 5, which would prevent local ordinances from superseding state law on firearms and ammunition. An individual would be authorized to file a lawsuit against a municipality that enacted firearm ordnances that are more...

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

Senate unanimously approved Senate Bill 227, which would amend the Public School Code to reduce the number of days a school board has to decide whether or not to renew a contract with a superintendent or assistant superintendent. The bill would trim the number of days...

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Senate Democratic Wrap-up for the Week of March 26, 2017

  The Senate voted 47-2 in favor of Senate Bill 30, which would amend Title 30 (Fish) to enable the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission to set its own fees. Currently, fees for fishing licenses, boat registrations and titles are established by the legislature. ...

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Senate Democratic Wrap-up for the Week of March 19, 2017

The Senate unanimously approved Senate Bill 123, which would allow for the use of falconry techniques for hunting on Sundays. This bill would allow Pennsylvania’ hunters to use birds of prey to hunt on Sundays. With the exception of hunting foxes and coyotes,...

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Senate Democratic Wrap-up for the Week of February 5, 2017

The Senate voted 32-18 in favor of Senate Bill 3, which would amend the Abortion Control Act to provide for the definition of “dismemberment abortion.” This bill would reduce the gestational limit for abortions from 24 weeks to 20 weeks and prohibits dilation and...

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Senate Democratic Wrap-up for the Week of October 23, 2016

The Senate unanimously approved House Bill 1496, which would toughen penalties against felons who illegally possess guns. Under the bill, it would be a first degree felony (10-20 years) rather than a second degree felony (5-10 years) if it is a second offense; or the...

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Senate Democratic Wrap-up for the Week of October 16, 2016

The Senate unanimously approved House Bill 49, which adds a $100,000 death benefit to members of the Pennsylvania Civil Air Patrol. The Emergency and Law Enforcement Personnel Death Benefits Act already provides $100,000 in death benefits to law enforcement officers,...

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Senate Democratic Wrap-up for the Week of September 25, 2016

The Senate voted 43-2 in favor of House Bill 380, which reduces the amount of time required to establish that a marriage is “irretrievably broken.” This measure reduces from two years to one the amount of time a married couple must be separated before their marriage...

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Senate Democratic Wrap-up for the Week of June 26, 2016

The Senate unanimously approved House Bill 59, which requires health care providers to offer hepatitis C testing to people born between 1945 and 1965. The measure requires medical personnel to offer hepatitis C screening test and treatment to individuals who were born...

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