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Transportation 2019-2020

The Senate Transportation Committee on Monday, October 19, 2020 and reported out the following bills:

House Bill 2065 (M. White) Expansion of the P3 program for Transportation Projects

Amendment A07384 – make changes to definitions under P3 law (Scavelo moves amendment, Mastriano 2nd – the amendment passes unanimously)

Blake moves, Stefano 2nd, the bill passes unanimously as amended

House Bill 2191 (Schmitt) Richard Geist Memorial Bridge

Sabatina moves, Scavello 2nd, the bill passes unanimously

House Bill 2296 (Mizgorski) Making notification requirement changes for CDL drivers

Amendment A07642 omnibus changes to CDLs, providing for bioptic lenses testing (Sabatina moved, Blake amended – the amendment passes unanimously)

Gordner moves, Bartolotta 2nd, the bill is reported out as amended 

House Bill 2233 (Greiner)  Liquid Fuels Volunteer Fire Company Exemption

Sabatina moves, Bartolotta 2nd, the bill passed unanimously.

The Senate Transportation Committee on Monday, October 5, 2020 to considered the following bills:

Senate Bill 1211 (Bartolotta):  Waives photo ID fees for vulnerable Pennsylvanians.

Moved by Scavello, 2nd by Ward, the bill is reported out unanimously.

Senate Bill 1236 (Pittman):  Designates the PVT William L. Hadden Memorial Bridge.

Moved by Scavello, 2nd by Bartolotta, the bill is reported out unanimously as amended

Amendment 07547 (K. Ward):  An omnibus road-naming amendment that will Include multiple designations

Moved by Gordner, 2nd by Vogel.  The amendment passed unanimously.


The Senate Transportation Committee on Tuesday, September 22, 2020


The Senate Transportation Committee on Wednesday, September 9, 2020 and took the following action:

Senate Bill 1281 (Mastriano and K. Ward): Strengthens the “Steer Clear Law” (Act 20 of 2017), to increase fines, add points.

Added Amendment A07057  – amendment passed unanimously

The bill as amended was moved by Sen. Mastriano and 2nd by Sen. Gordner.  The bill passed unanimously as amended.

Senate Bill 101 (Hutchinson): providing for improvement, reconstruction and maintenance for the rural State highway system

The bill was moved by Sen. Scavello, 2nd by Sen. Ward.  The bill passed 12-2, Senators Farnese and Sabatina opposed.

Senate Bill 845 (Langerholc):  Authorizes electric-powered trucks at 82,000 pounds.

The bill was moved by Sen. Bartolotta, 2nd by Sen. Sabatina.  The bill passed unanimously.


The Senate Transportation Committee on Monday, June 22, 2020 and took the following action:

Reported as committed by a vote of 9-5:

SB 1199, PN 1823 (Aument) – Authorizes autonomous Personal Delivery Devices in pedestrian areas for same-day, last-mile delivery of goods and cargo.

Reported as committed by a vote of 13-1:

SB 1220, PN 1786 (Sabatina) – Reinstates toll collectors and other fare-collection personnel at the PA Turnpike Commission with a retroactive date of June 1, 2020.

The Senate Transportation Committee met on Tuesday, June 9, 2020 and took the following action:

Reported as amended by a vote of 11-3:

SB 793, PN 1094 (Brooks) – Exempts municipal trucks from State bonding requirements. Senator K. Ward offered amendment A06042 which  Creates an omnibus of commercial vehicle issues, including changes to how a dozer blade is hauled, waiving the CDL requirement to operate snow plow trucks in an emergency and eliminating the letters of determination for the at-risk timber industry. The amendment was approved by a vote of 11-3.

Reported unanimously as amended:

HB 364, PN 1974 (Gabler) – Provides the option to install yellow lights on school vehicles. Senator Bartolotta offered amendment 06036 which includes technical changes and modernizes the school bus camera legislation (Act 159 of 2018). The amendment was approved unanimously.

HB 1597, PN 2943 (Gillen) – Designates the ‘Corporal Mahlon L. Fink Iwo Jima Memorial Highway’ in Berks County. Senator K. Ward offered amendment A06048 which creates an omnibus of designations, including H.B. 1870 (Topper), H.B. 1973 (Gregory), H.B. 2000 (Murt), H.B. 2001 (Murt), H.B. 2116 (Dowling), H.B. 2117 (Dowling), H.B. 2256 (O’Mara) and designations from Senators Sabatina, K. Ward and Scavello. The amendment was approved unanimously.

The Senate Transportation Committee met on Tuesday, May 26, 2020 and took the following action:

Reported unanimously as amended:

HB 30, PN 365 (Petrarca) – Allows individuals to donate $6 to the ‘Governor Robert P. Casey Memorial Organ and Tissue Donation Awareness Trust Fund’ during the biennial vehicle registration process.

Senator K. Ward offered amendment A05844 which extends the effective date to 90 days.

HB 1510, PN 1895 (Jozwiak) – Designates the Trooper Wayne C. Ebert Memorial Highway in Berks County.

Senator K. Ward offered amendment A05800 which includes designations from S.B. 1069 (Phillips-Hill), S.B. 1084 (Bartolotta), H.B. 1665 (Staats), H.B. 1849 (Lewis), H.B. 1868 (Gabler), H.B. 1915 (Cook), H.B. 1946 (Hershey) and H.B. 2088 (Snyder).

HB 1710, PN 2583 (Hennessey) – Creates the USA semiquincentennial registration plate.

Senator K. Ward offered amendment A05843 which allows the plate to be purchased annually or biennially during the vehicle registration process.

The Senate Transportation Committee met on Tuesday, May 12, 2020 and took the following action:


The Senate Transportation Committee met on Tuesday, April 28, 2020 and took the following action:

Reported unanimously as committed:

SB 1128, PN 1657 (Baker) –  Amends Title 75 to provide for special circumstances for the payment of fines during a Judicial Emergency.

Reported unanimously as amended:

HB 632, PN 1739 (Rothman) – Amends Title 75 in order to provide for electronic verification of Odometer Disclosure verification.

Senator K. Ward offered amendment A04921 which makes a technical change and extends the period of implementation from 60 to 90 days.

The Senate Transportation Committee met on Thursday, November 22, 2019 and took the following action:

Reported unanimously as amended:

SB 773, PN 1148 (Killion) – An Act amending Title 75 (Vehicles) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes, in general provisions, further providing for definitions; in licensing of drivers, further providing for ignition interlock limited license; in driving after imbibing alcohol or utilizing drugs, further providing for driving under influence of alcohol or controlled substance, for grading, for penalties, for ignition interlock and for mandatory sentencing; and providing for a study of driving under the influence courts.

Senator K. Ward offered Amendment A04011 which removes a provision requiring impounding of vehicles.

The Senate Transportation Committee met on Tuesday, November 19, 2019 and took the following action:

Reported as committed by a vote of 10-1:

SB 954, PN 1371 (K. Ward) – Amending Title 75 (Vehicles) regarding registration of vehicles, further providing for display of registration plate.

The Senate Transportation Committee met on Wednesday, October 30, 2019 and took the following action:

Reported unanimously as amended:

HB 1547, PN 1963 (Pyle) – Designates a highway interchange in Manor Township, Armstrong County, as the “Senator Donald C. White Interchange”.

Senator K. Ward offered Amendment A03617 which adds additional road designations.

The Senate Transportation Committee met on Tuesday, October 29, 2019 and took the following action:

Reported unanimously as amended:

SB 489, PN 525 (Stefano) – An Act amending Title 75 (Vehicles) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes, in fees, providing for reduced fee for veterans.

Senator K. Ward offered amendment A03458 which is a gut-and-replace amendment to provide the following:

  • Amend Title 75, Section 1901 (b) (6): Vehicles registered to an individual who has served in the United States Armed Forces, including a reserve component or the National Guard, and who was discharged or released from such service under conditions other than dishonorable.
  • Amend Title 75, Section 1901 (c) (24): An individual who has served in the United States Armed Forces, including a reserve component or the National Guard, and who was discharged or released from such service under conditions other than dishonorable.

Reported unanimously as committed:

SB 858, PN 1161 (Pittman) – Amending the act of April 9, 1929 (P.L.343, No.176), “Fiscal Code” Section 1798.2-E. Motor License Fund. This legislation would accelerate the gradual step-down for funding the Pennsylvania State Police from the Motor License Fund.

SB 132, PN 109 (Sabatina) – Amends Title 75 (Vehicles) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes, in licensing of drivers, further providing for issuance and content of driver’s license. This legislation would waive the respective fee for all veterans who wish to obtain the veterans distinction prior to renewal.

SB 927, PN 1320 (Mastriano) – Amends Title 75 to streamline the application process in order to receive veteran’s designation on a driver’s license.

The Senate Transportation Committee met on Tuesday, June 25, 2019 and took the following action:

Reported unanimously as amended:

SB 778, PN 1003 (K. Ward) – Amends amending Titles 74 (Transportation) and 75 (Vehicles) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes, in sustainable mobility options, further providing for Public Transportation Trust Fund; and, in Pennsylvania Turnpike, further providing for definitions.

Senator K. Ward offered amendment A02480 which provides technical changes to clarify the Commission’s reductions to support public transportation.

Reported as amended by a vote of 10-4:

SB 744, PN 953 (Langerholc) – Amends Title 75 (Vehicles) to remove seven (7) counties from the state emission inspection program.

Senator K. Ward offered amendment A02376 which provides clarification on notifications regarding the State Implementation Plan.

Reported as amended by a vote of 9-5:

SB 742, PN 919 (K. Ward) – An Act amending Title 75 (Vehicles) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes, to exempt certain model years from vehicle emissions inspections.

Senator K. Ward offered amendment A02385 which provides technical changes to strengthen the State Implementation Plan process.

SB 743, PN 920 (K. Ward) – An Act amending Title 75 (Vehicles) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes, to begin biennial vehicle emissions inspections (every two years).

Senator K. Ward offered amendment A02387 which provides technical changes to strengthen the State Implementation Plan process.

SB 745, PN 922 (Stefano) – An Act amending Title 75 (Vehicles) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes, in inspection of vehicles, further providing for prohibition on expenditures for emission inspection program.

Senator Stefano offered amendment A02389 which provides technical changes to strengthen the State Implementation Plan process.

The Senate Transportation Committee met on Tuesday, June 18, 2019 and took the following action:

Reported unanimously as committed:

SB 114, PN 83 (Boscola) – Amends Title 75 (Vehicles) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes, in miscellaneous provisions, further providing for snow and ice dislodged or falling from moving vehicle. This Act shall be known as “Christine’s Law.

SB 778, PN 1003 (K. Ward) – Amends amending Titles 74 (Transportation) and 75 (Vehicles) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes, in sustainable mobility options, further providing for Public Transportation Trust Fund; and, in Pennsylvania Turnpike, further providing for definitions.

Reported as committed by a vote of 10-4:

HB 915, PN 1487 (Causer) – An Act amending Title 75 (Vehicles) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes, in size, weight and load, further providing for permit for movement during course of manufacture; and, in powers of department and local authorities, further providing for power of Governor during emergency.

Reported as amended by a vote of 13-1:

HB 1077, PN 1628 (Marshall) – Amends Title 75 (Vehicles) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes, in fees, further providing for annual hauling permits; and, in size, weight and load, further providing for maximum gross weight of vehicles and for permit for movement during course of manufacture and providing for permit for movement of hot ingots or hot boxes.

Senator Vogel offered amendment A02007 which removes the provisions for maximum gross weight of electric vehicles. Senator Tomlinson offered amendment A02132 which improves the safety for hauling dozers with blades. Both amendments were unanimously approved.

The Senate Transportation Committee met on Wednesday, June 12, 2019 and took the following action:

Reported as committed by a unanimous vote:

SB 607, PN 675 (Scavello) – The bill amends the Vehicle Code, to allow for the use of radar by local police departments.

SB 748, PN 925 (Bartolotta) – This bill designates a road in Washington County as the Lt. Col. Juanita L. Warman Memorial Highway.

HB 65, PN 69 (Sankey) – This bill designates a bridge in Cambria County as the Private First Class Steve L. Klosz Memorial Bridge

HB 1065, PN 1226 (Dush) – A bridge in Jefferson County will be designated as the CPL James Slagle 2nd Ranger Battalion Army Ranger WWI Memorial Bridge.

Reported as committed by a vote of 13-1:

SB 746, PN 923 (Vogel) – Amends Title 75 (Vehicles) to extend the transition date for new vehicle emissions testing equipment.

Reported as committed by a vote of 9-5:

SB 742, PN 919 (K. Ward) – An Act amending Title 75 (Vehicles) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes, to exempt certain model years from vehicle emissions inspections.

SB 743, PN 920 (K. Ward) – An Act amending Title 75 (Vehicles) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes, to begin biennial vehicle emissions inspections (every two years).

SB 745, PN 922 (Stefano) – An Act amending Title 75 (Vehicles) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes, in inspection of vehicles, further providing for prohibition on expenditures for emission inspection program.

Reported as amended by a vote of 10-4:

SB 744, PN 953 (Langerholc) – Amends Title 75 (Vehicles) to remove seven (7) counties from the state emission inspection program.

Senator K. Ward offered amendment A01845 which provides technical corrections. The amendment passed unanimously.

The Senate Transportation Committee met on Wednesday, April 10, 2019 and took the following actions:

Reported unanimously as committed:

SB 45, PN 21 (K. Ward) – An Act amending the act of May 21, 1937 (P.L.774, No.211), referred to as the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission Act, further providing for emergency vehicles.

Reported as committed by a vote of 10-4:

SB 588, PN 646 (J. Ward/Yaw) – An Act amending Title 75 (Vehicles) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes, in size, weight and load, further providing for permit for movement during course of manufacture; and, in powers of department and local authorities, further providing for power of Governor during emergency.

Reported unanimously as amended:

SB 593, PN 652 (Laughlin) – Designates the Bridge Key 15986, on the portion of Interstate 79 northbound over West 16th Street in the City of Erie, Erie County, as the “Thomas J. Kennedy, Jr. Memorial Bridge.”

Senator K. Ward offered amendment 0854 which designates a bridge in Schuylkill County as the A. Donald Buffington Memorial Bridge.

The Senate Transportation Committee met on Wednesday, April 10, 2019 and took the following actions:

Reported as Committed by unanimous vote:

SB 131, PN 108 (Sabatina) – Amends Title 75 to create a cell-phone ban for novice drivers and to provide additional improvements to mitigate distracted driving.

HB 384, PN 354 (Kail) – Amends Title 75 to create a new penalty for a person who fails to have the proper class of license while operating a vehicle.

The Senate Transportation Committee met on Wednesday, March 27, 2019 and took the following actions:

Reported as Committed by unanimous vote:

SB 109, PN 81 (Yaw) – Amends Title 75 (Vehicles) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes regarding the duty to give information and render aid.

SB 397, PN 379 (Stefano) – Designates the interchange of the Mon-Fayette Expressway, Pennsylvania Route 43 and U.S. Route 119 in North Union Township, Fayette County, as the “Senator Richard A. Kasunic Interchange.”

SB 441, PN 439 (Phillips-Hill) – An Act designating the bridge carrying State Route 2087 over the East Branch Codorus Creek in York County as the Sgt. Christopher M. Wrinkle and Tosca Memorial Bridge.

Reported as Amended by unanimous vote:

SB 338, PN 325 (Langerholc) – Amends Title 75 (Vehicles) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes, in size, weight and load, further providing for width of vehicles. Senator Langerholc offered Amendment A00392 which provides for additional safety provisions.

The Senate Transportation Committee met on Tuesday, February 5, 2019 and took the following actions:

Reported as Committed by unanimous vote:

SB 43, PN 20 (K. Ward) – An Act designating a portion of U.S. Route 30 in Hempfield Township, Southwest Greensburg Borough, the City of Greensburg, and South Greensburg Borough, Westmoreland County, as the J. Edward “Hutch” Hutchinson Memorial Bypass.

SB 117, PN 85 (Langerholc) – An Act designating a bridge on that portion of State Route 3016 (Bedford Street) over Solomon Run in the City of Johnstown, Cambria County, as the Seaman Apprentice Kenneth D. Scaife Memorial Bridge.

Reported as Amended by unanimous vote:

SB 62, PN 194 (J. Ward) – An Act amending Title 75 (Vehicles) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes, in registration of vehicles, further providing for veteran plates and placard. Senator Sabatina offered amendment A035 which lowers the rate from 75% disabled to 70% disabled for a disabled veteran to qualify for a severely disabled veteran license plate.

 

Senator John Sabatina

Senator John Sabatina

Committee Chair