Session Weekly Wrap-Up

Senate Democratic Wrap-Up For the Week of May 24, 2010

The Senate approved legislation that would place restrictions on junior drivers. Under House Bill 67, junior drivers would be prohibited from using cell phones except to call 911. Pointing to the state's seat belt law as a good example of emphasizing education over...

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Senate Democratic Wrap-Up For the Week of May 3, 2010

The Senate unanimously concurred in House amendments to House Bill 48, which would broaden the definitions of “eligible entity” and “public venue.” House Bill 48 would change the definition of eligible entity to allow clubs, recognized by Rotary International, located...

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Senate Democratic Wrap-Up For the Week of October 12, 2010

By a vote of 47-2, the Senate passed a measure to encourage development of low-cost housing using federal funds.  House Bill 60 creates the Pennsylvania Housing Affordability and Rehabilitation Enhancement Program to be administered by the Pennsylvania Housing Finance...

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Senate Democratic Wrap-Up For the Week of September 27, 2010

The Senate passed House Bill 47 with a 35-15 vote.  The measure would create the “Sudden Infant Death Syndrome Education and Prevention Program.” The program would promote public awareness and educate parents on the risk factors and prevention of Sudden Infant Death...

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Senate Democratic Wrap-Up For the Week of June 28, 2010

With a daunting national recession taking its toll on state revenues, the Senate voted 37-13 for a $28.05 billion on-time 2010-11 state budget that holds the line on taxes while cutting over $1 billion in spending beyond what Gov. Ed Rendell proposed in February....

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Senate Democratic Wrap-Up For the Week of June 21, 2010

The Senate unanimously approved Senate Bill 929, which would create the “Higher Education College Textbook Affordability, Accountability and Accessibility Act” to minimize the cost of course materials for students and maintain the quality of education and academic...

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Senate Democratic Wrap-Up For the Week of June 14, 2010

The Senate voted unanimously in favor of Senate Bill 104.  The bill would put restrictions on the use of state vehicles and establish more transparency.   The measure requires state vehicles assigned to employees to have license plates identifying "official use."...

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Senate Democratic Wrap-Up For the Week of June 7, 2010

The Senate passed an amended version of House Bill 48 by a 41-6 vote.  This bill makes numerous changes to the Liquor Code concerning eligible entities, public venues, and hotel licenses. Under this legislation, restaurant owners who hold sacramental wine licenses...

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Senate Democratic Wrap-Up For the Week of April 12, 2010

The Senate unanimously approved legislation that would criminalize the acts of operating a methamphetamine lab and dumping meth waste. Under House Bill 485, operating a meth lab would be considered a second degree felony. However, if the lab is located within 1,000...

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Senate Democratic Wrap-Up For the Week of March 22, 2010

Senate Bill 5 was unanimously approved by the Senate.  The bill would establish the Community-Based Health Care (CHC) Program in the Department of Health to provide grants to community-based health care clinics. Grants would be distributed in a manner that improves...

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Senate Democratic Wrap-Up For the Week of March 15, 2010

The Senate unanimously approved legislation that would require credit insurance companies to promptly refund customer premiums when a policy is terminated before its original expiration date. Current law does not require a policy holder to provide notice to the...

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Senate Democratic Wrap-Up For the Week of March 8, 2010

The Senate unanimously approved legislation that would give the Attorney General concurrent jurisdiction with county district attorneys to investigate and initiate criminal actions involving the sexual abuse of children. Specifically, Senate Bill 260 would give the...

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Senate Democratic Wrap-Up For the Week of February 8, 2010

The Senate unanimously passed legislation that would toughen penalties for the production of methamphetamine and operating a meth lab. Senate Bill 125 would make it a misdemeanor to possess the ingredients used to manufacture meth. The House added amendments to this...

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Senate Democratic Wrap-Up For the Week of February 1, 2010

The Senate unanimously approved legislation that would require defendants to pay court costs without the need for a court order. Senate Bill 1169 would require judges to impose court costs, but even if the judge fails to do so, the costs would still be imposed.  No...

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Senate Democratic Wrap-Up For the Week of January 25, 2010

The Senate unanimously approved legislation that would criminalize the acts of operating a methamphetamine lab and dumping meth waste. Under House Bill 485, operating a meth lab would be considered a second degree felony. However, if the lab is located within 1,000...

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