Session Weekly Wrap-Up

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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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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