Session Weekly Wrap-Up

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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Senate Democratic Wrap-up for the Week of October 5, 2014

Senate Democratic Wrap-up for the Week of October 5, 2014 The Senate unanimously approved House Bill 939, which would give struggling families more options, time and flexibility to pay their utility bill. Under the bill, which would re-authorizes Chapter 14 in the...

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Senate Democratic Wrap-up for the Week of July 6, 2014

  The Senate voted 26-22 for House Bill 278, the state’s Fiscal Code. Originally enacted in 1929, the fiscal code defines the powers and duties of the various departments, boards, commissions and row offices as to the collection of taxes and money due to the...

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Senate Democratic Wrap-up for the Week of June 29, 2014

  In a largely party line vote, the Senate voted 26-24 in favor of House Bill 2328, the state’s $29.1 billion budget for fiscal 2014-15. Many Senate Democrats sharply criticized the spending plan, calling it a sham that underfunds schools, job creation and human...

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Senate Democratic Wrap-up for the Week of June 22, 2014

  The Senate unanimously approved House Bill 1090, which would add police stations to the state’s safe haven law. The measure would require police officers working at the police station to accept a newborn from a parent seeking to relinquish it. It would also...

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Senate Democratic Wrap-up for the Week of June 15, 2014

  The Senate voted unanimously for House Bill 43, which would amend the Volunteer Health Services Act, expanding it to include mental health services provided to military personnel and their family. The bill would allow physicians and other health care...

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Senate Democratic Wrap-up for the Week of June 8, 2014

  The Senate unanimously approved House Bill 1559, which would require schools to adopt age-appropriate suicide prevention and exploitation awareness programs. The suicide prevention programs would be geared for students in grades 6 to 12. The exploitation...

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Senate Democratic Wrap-up for the Week of June 1, 2014

  The Senate voted 47-1 in favor of House Bill 1738, which would establish a 15-member Basic Education Funding Commission. Under the bill, the commission would study the state’s basic education funding formula and recommend reforms to the legislature. Some of the...

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Senate Democratic Wrap-up for the Week of June 1, 2014

  The Senate voted 47-1 in favor of House Bill 1738, which would establish a 15-member Basic Education Funding Commission. Under the bill, the commission would study the state’s basic education funding formula and recommend reforms to the legislature. Some of the...

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Senate Democratic Wrap-up for the Week of May 4, 2014

  The Senate unanimously approved Senate Bill 31, which would toughen child abuse reporting requirements in schools. The measure would do away with the separate reporting requirement for schools and mandates that suspected child abuse be reported directly to the...

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Senate Democratic Wrap-up for the Week of April 27, 2014

  The Senate voted 34-16 in favor of House Bill 1513, which would change the Local Tax Enabling Act to make it less ambiguous for municipalities that want to levy a business privilege tax on local companies. The bill would also delete any areas of the current law...

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Senate Democratic Wrap-up for the Week of April 6, 2014

  The Senate unanimously approved Senate Bill 1327, which would amends the Public Official and Employee Ethics Act to prohibit a public official or employee from accepting a cash gift from a lobbyist, principal, or other person seeking to influence official...

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Senate Democratic Wrap-up for the Week of March 30, 2014

  The Senate voted 47-0 on Senate Bill 491, which would change Pennsylvania law dealing with local taxes. If it becomes law, the proposal would make farmer estimated tax provisions the same as those used by the state Department of Revenue, change the due date of...

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Senate Democratic Wrap-up for the Week of March 16, 2014

  The Senate unanimously approved legislation that will allow victims of sexual abuse to file for court-ordered protection regardless of whether a criminal case is prosecuted. Under prior law, orders of protection were available to sexual assault victims only if...

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