Session Weekly Wrap-Up

Senate Democratic Wrap-up for the Week of June 19, 2016

The Senate unanimously approved House Bill 342, which would amend the Election Code to change the number of required signatures for minor party candidates to get on the ballot. The bill would also amend the amount of time major and minor parties have to circulate...

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Session Wrap-up for the Week of June 12, 2016

The Senate voted 45-2 in favor of House Bill 147, which would make amendments to the Pennsylvania Constitution with respect to homestead property. This legislation extends the General Assembly’s authority to grant homestead exclusions, which cannot exceed 100 percent...

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Session Wrap-up for the Week of June 5, 2016

The Senate unanimously approved House Bill 57, which amends the Public Utilities Code to enable natural gas distribution companies to give refunds and recover costs associated with providing natural gas at competitive prices. This legislation allows natural gas...

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Session Wrap-up for the Week of May 15, 2016

The Senate unanimously approved House Bill 150, which amends the Vehicle Code to allow PennDOT to issue a “Share the Road” license plate to help bring awareness to bicycle safety. Individuals may apply for this new plate for their car or truck (weighing less than...

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Session Wrap-up for the Week of May 8, 2016

The Senate voted 26-22 for House Bill 805, which would have amended the Public School Code to allow school districts to furlough employees based first off of performance evaluations and then by their seniority.  The bill would have also allowed the district’s...

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Session Wrap-up for the Week of April 10, 2016

The Senate unanimously approved House Bill 12, which amends Domestic Relations Law to simplify divorce procedures for spousal abuse victims. This legislation enables abuse victims to divorce their spouse without needing the spouse’s consent.  This legislation also...

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Session Wrap-up for the Week of April 3, 2016

The Senate unanimously voted for House Bill 1340, which brings the Pennsylvania Uniform Planned Community Act and the Uniform Condominium Act into compliance with federal standards and clarifies the language for planned communities. The Federal Housing Administration...

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Session Wrap-up for the Week of March 20, 2016

The Senate unanimously approved House Bill 1326, which provides a means to determine the value and operational costs of water and wastewater systems. Public and privately owned water and wastewater utilities are in need of repairs across the state. To pay for these...

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Session Wrap-up for the Week of March 13, 2016

In a near party-line vote, the Senate voted 31-18 in favor of House Bill 1801, which is the Republican crafted supplemental budget bill for the 2015-16 fiscal year. This legislation appropriates additional funding to House Bill 1460, which is the General Appropriation...

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Session Wrap-up for the Week of February 7, 2016

The Senate unanimously approved Senate Bill 489, which would amend the Check Casher Licensing Act of 1998 by lowering the fee for cashing a government check or government assistance check. The bill would also require that fees be posted for public viewing and to allow...

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Session Wrap-up for the Week of January 24, 2016

The Senate voted 43-6 in favor of House Bill 153, which would reduce the size of the House of Representatives from 203 members to 151 members. To change the size of the legislature, a constitutional amendment must pass through both the Senate and the House of...

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Session Wrap-up for the Week of January 17, 2016

The Senate unanimously approved House Bill 158, which amends the Public School Code to give the Secretary of Education more options to issue an emergency declaration concerning schools. This legislation also assists schools and other educational institutions in...

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Session Wrap-up for the Week of December 20, 2015

The Senate unanimously approved House Bill 1332, which amends the State Employees Retirement System (SERS) and the Public School Employees Retirement System (PSERS) codes to comply with federal changes made to the Internal Revenue Code (IRC).  If the state had not...

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Session Wrap-up for the Week of December 13, 2015

The Senate voted 44-6 in favor of House Bill 1198, which amends the Tax Reform Code on the filing process of amended net tax income returns. This legislation amends corporate net income tax forms to improve guidelines and assist procedure and feedback for out-of-state...

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Session Wrap-up for the Week of December 6, 2015

The Senate voted 40-10 in favor of House Bill 530, which would make several changes to the law impacting public and charter schools. Under the bill, the Charter School Funding Advisory Commission would be created to “exam the financing of charter school entities.”...

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Session Wrap-up for the Week of November 29, 2015

The Senate unanimously approved House Bill 907, which amends the Real Estate Tax Sale Law (RETSL) to amend the notice requirements for tax delinquent properties. The RETSL is designed to inform both the owner of tax delinquent property and the general public of the...

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Session Wrap-up for the Week of November 29, 2015

The Senate unanimously approved House Bill 907, which amends the Real Estate Tax Sale Law (RETSL) to amend the notice requirements for tax delinquent properties. The RETSL is designed to inform both the owner of tax delinquent property and the general public of the...

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Session Wrap-up for the Week of November 22, 2015

The Senate unanimously approved House Bill 477, which allows caregivers of children in out-of-home placements to approve or disapprove their child’s participation in age-appropriate activities without prior approval. This bill provides foster children more...

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Session Wrap-up for the Week of November 15, 2015

The Senate voted 36-13 in favor of House Bill 89, which amends Title 42 (Judiciary and Judicial Procedure) to change the automatic retirement age for judges from 70 to 75 years old. This bill is a companion bill to House Bill 90, which provided the constitutional...

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Session Wrap-up for the Week of October 25, 2015

The Senate unanimously passed Senate Bill 526, which would amend the Second Class Township Code to change the dates of when the Annual Township Report and Financial Statements need to be completed and published. This bill would change the Annual Township Report and...

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