Session Weekly Wrap-Up

Session Wrap-up for the Week of October 18, 2015

The Senate unanimously approved House Bill 138, which amends Title 35 (Health and Safety) to allow first responder organizations to solicit contributions alongside roads and highways. First responder organizations include: fire companies, emergency medical service...

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Session Wrap-up for the Week of October 11, 2015

The Senate unanimously approved House Bill 239, which amends county pension law to clarify how cost-of-living adjustments (COLAs) should be calculated. COLAs are a type of adjustment method for the changes in the cost-of-living index. Under the legislation, COLAs do...

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Session Wrap-up for the Week of September 27, 2015

The Senate unanimously passed House Bill 33, which amends the Pennsylvania Municipalities Planning Code (MPC) to allow up to three community members to be appointed as alternate members to the planning commission. The Pennsylvania MPC provides for the planning,...

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Session Wrap-up for the Week of September 27, 2015

The Senate unanimously passed House Bill 33, which amends the Pennsylvania Municipalities Planning Code (MPC) to allow up to three community members to be appointed as alternate members to the planning commission. The Pennsylvania MPC provides for the planning,...

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

The Senate unanimously passed House Bill 75, which amends the Pharmacy Act to require out-of-state pharmacies to register with the State Board of Pharmacy to provide services to citizens of Pennsylvania. The previous Pharmacy Act did not address out-of-state...

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Session Wrap-up for the Week of July 12, 2015

The Senate voted 45-1 for Senate Bill 404, which would create the Correctional Officers Investigation Procedure Act to provide guidelines and procedures for investigations of correctional officers. The bill defines how the investigation process would be conducted. The...

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Session Wrap-up for the Week of June 28, 2015

In a party-line vote, the Senate voted 30-19 in favor of the 2015-16 state budget legislation. The $29.59 spending plan (House Bill 1192) would have appropriated $1.01 billion more than the previous year. Two of the larger appropriation changes would have been the...

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Session Wrap-up for the Week of June 21, 2015

The Senate unanimously approved House Bill 131, which removes the residency requirement for non-resident veterans, spouses of veterans, and dependants of veterans to receive in-state tuition rates. This would be applied at state universities and community colleges....

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Session Wrap-up for the Week of June 14, 2015

The Senate unanimously passed House Bill 182, which amends the Pharmacy Act to allow pharmacists to give flu shots to children 9-years-of-age or older, with parental consent. The legislation also permits pharmacy interns to administer the shots to children, if...

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Senate Democratic Wrap-up for the week of June 7, 2015

  The Senate unanimously approved Senate Bill 293, which regulates so-called navigators who provide information and advice on health insurance enrollment options. Called the “Navigator Accessibility and Regulation Act,” the measure requires those who help enroll...

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Senate Democratic Wrap-up for the Week of May 31, 2015

  The Senate unanimously approved Senate Bill 78, which would protect animals from kennel owners and their family members who have an animal cruelty record. Under this legislation, applicants applying for a kennel license would have to prove that family members...

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Senate Democratic Wrap-up for the Week of May 10, 2015

  In a 28-19 party line vote, the Senate approved Senate Bill 1, which would have changed the public pension system for teachers and state workers. The proposal would have created a 401k-style pension system for newly hired employees who are members of either the...

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Senate Democratic Wrap-up for the week of May 3, 2015

  The Senate unanimously approved Senate Bill 330 which will provide harsher consequences for property negligence. This bill lowers the required number of code violations from four to two, before a code violation becomes a criminal offense. Law also requires that...

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Senate Democratic Wrap-up for the week of April 19, 2015

  The Senate unanimously approved Senate Bill 385, which would encourage the creation of transportation hubs. The bill, which modernizes Transit Revitalization Investment District (TRID) Act of 2004, was prompted by the current law inabilities to create TRID’s....

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Senate Democratic Wrap-up for the Week of April 12, 2015

  The Senate unanimously approved Senate Bill 43, also known as the “stolen valor act.” This amendment makes fraudulently wearing military uniforms, awards, and medals a summary offense. The bill also specifies that it is illegal for someone to try and obtain...

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Senate Democratic Wrap-up for the Week of March 1, 2015

The Senate unanimously approved Senate Bill 42, which would make it a crime to falsely claim a veteran status on one’s driver’s license application. Under the so-called “stolen valor” bill, if one is caught misrepresenting themselves with this status, the offender can...

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Senate Democratic Wrap-up for the Week of February 22, 2015

  The Senate voted 40-8 for Senate Bill 9, which would require proof of U.S. citizenship for any individual applying for public assistance. Under the bill, known as the “Proof of Citizenship for Receipt of Public Benefits Act,” the state Human Services Department...

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Senate Democratic Wrap-up for the Week of February 1, 2015

  The Senate unanimously approved Senate Bill 210, which would exempt judges and some elderly citizens from jury duty. Under the bill, federal, state and district justices would be exempt from jury duty, along with citizens 75 or older who request to be excused....

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