Representative Dave Reed

62nd Legislative District

Pennsylvania House of Representatives

Media Contact: Stephen Miskin

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TO:                  Capitol Correspondents, News Editors, Assignment Editors


FROM:            Stephen Miskin

                        Press Secretary to the Majority Leader


SUBJ:              House Action for the Week of April 13, 2015


DATE:            April 10, 2015



House Returns to Session Next Week


The House returns to session on Monday, April 13. Live web streams of House session and the majority of committee meetings are available at Important information and events may also be viewed by visiting


The Weekly Schedule

Identified by bill number, the sponsors and summaries for bills scheduled to be considered in committee or on the House floor are posted below.  More information regarding these bills can be found at by clicking on the “Research Bills” tab.



Monday, April 13, 2015


Committee Meetings/Hearings

STATE GOVERNMENT, 10 a.m., Room G-50, Irvis Office Building

  • Joint public hearing with Senate State Government Committee on HR 63 (Rep. Matt Gabler, R-Clearfield/Elk): Calls for a “Convention of States” to propose amendments to the United States Constitution imposing restraints on federal power and jurisdiction.

HEALTH, 11 a.m., Room 60, East Wing

  • HB 222 (Rep. Mike Regan, R-Cumberland/York): Prevents individuals convicted of drug distribution crimes from receiving welfare benefits.
  • HB 389 (Rep. Donna Oberlander, R-Armstrong/Clarion/Forest): Names a Chief Nursing Officer of the Commonwealth.

INSURANCE, 11:45 a.m., Room B-31, Main Capitol

  • HB 857 (Rep. Tina Pickett, R-Bradford/Sullivan/Susquehanna): Reauthorizes the Pennsylvania Children’s Health Insurance Program through December 31, 2017.

URBAN AFFAIRS, Noon, Room 60, East Wing

  • HB 613 (Rep. Judy Ward, R-Blair): Allows developers and property owners to receive a tax abatement incentive once they apply and are approved to rebuild upon an abandoned or blighted property or in a deteriorated area.
  • HB 664 (Rep. Sue Helm, R-Dauphin/Lebanon): Establishes “Juneteenth National Freedom Day” as an annual observance.
  • HB 773 (Rep. Kurt Masser, R-Columbia/Montour/Northumberland): Reduces the standard period from 21 years to 10 years for bringing an action for the acquisition of title through adverse possession under certain circumstances.
  • HB 792 (Rep. Tom Killion, R-Delaware): Uses revenue from the Realty Transfer Tax to provide funding for the statewide Housing Trust Fund.



On Monday, the House will convene at 1 p.m. for legislative business. The members will vote the uncontested calendar and Rule 35 resolutions.


Votes on Second Consideration

  • HB 72 (Rep. Harry Readshaw, D-Allegheny): Allows the use of “majority rule” regarding disposition of a decedent’s remains.
  • HB 217 (Rep. Mike Regan, R-Cumberland/York): Increases the sentencing range for an individual who commits a robbery while concealing or attempting to conceal all or part of their face during the robbery.
  • HB 342 (Rep. Matt Gabler, R-Clearfield/Elk): Amends the Pennsylvania Election Code to clarify that all candidates for the office of school director will be required to submit 25 signatures for nomination.


Votes on Third Consideration

  • HB 297 (Rep. Eli Evankovich, R-Allegheny/Westmoreland: Prohibits a coroner or medical examiner from releasing information regarding the name of the deceased and cause of death until the next of kin is notified or until 72 hours have elapsed following the determination, unless the results pose a public health emergency.
  • HB 717 (Rep. Tina Pickett, R-Bradford/Sullivan/Susquehanna): Repeals a requirement that the General Assembly be furnished with a print copy of the annual flood insurance report.


Tuesday, April 14, 2015


Committee Meetings/Hearings

CHILDREN AND YOUTH, 9 a.m., Room 60, East Wing

  • Public hearing on HB 162 (Rep. Kerry Benninghoff, R-Centre/Mifflin): Allows Pennsylvania adult adoptees access to their original or amended birth certificate.

FINANCE, 9:15 a.m., Room G-50, Irvis Office Building

  • Public hearing on HB 860 (Rep. Stan Saylor, R-York): Provides significant school district property tax relief through dollar-for-dollar reductions.

GAMING OVERSIGHT, 9:30 a.m., Room B-31, Main Capitol

  • HR 140 (Rep. John Payne, R-Dauphin): Urges the Congress of the United States to oppose H.R. 707 and any other legislation which would prohibit states from authorizing and conducting internet gambling.

JUDICIARY, 10 a.m., Room 140, Main Capitol

  • HB 17 (Rep. Scott Petri, R-Bucks): Requires pension forfeiture if a public employee or public official is convicted or pleads guilty or no defense to any felony offense in addition to those crimes already listed in the Public Employee Pension Forfeiture Act.
  • HB 299 (Rep. Ryan Bizzarro, D-Erie): Amends the Decedents, Estates and Fiduciaries Code to add criminal liability language to the acknowledgement which an agent must sign in order for a power of attorney to be valid and adds an additional condition under which an Area Agency on Aging may seek release of documents through court order.
  • HB 367 (Rep. Bryan Cutler, R-Lancaster): Privatizes and regulates the bail bondsmen industry in Pennsylvania.
  • HB 665 (Rep. Mark Keller, R-Cumberland/Perry): Corrects certain provisions in Act 95 of 2014 relating to commercial powers of attorney.
  • HB 787 (Rep. Karen Boback, R-Lackawanna/Luzerne/Wyoming): Amends the Public Employee Pension Forfeiture Act to provide that immediate forfeiture of pension benefits occurs when a public employee/official enters a guilty plea or no contest or is found guilty by a judge or jury.
  • HB 874 (Rep. Ron Marsico, R-Dauphin): Amends the Crimes and Offenses law regarding harassment, stalking and threat to use weapons of mass destruction, in order to remove special exemptions for a party engaged in an organized labor dispute.

STATE GOVERNMENT, 10 a.m., Room 205, Ryan Office Building

  • HB 743 (Rep. Barry Jozwiak, R-Berks): Requires the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to procure only United States and Pennsylvania flags which are manufactured in the United States.

TRANSPORTATION, Call of Chair, Room 205, Ryan Office Building

  • HB 329 (Rep. Adam Harris, R-Franklin/Juniata/Mifflin): Highway designation: Corporal John S. Valent Memorial Highway.
  • HB 363 (Rep. Thomas Murt, R-Montgomery/Philadelphia): Highway designation: PFC Robert S. Alexander Memorial Highway
  • HB 475 (Rep. William Adolph,R-Delaware): Highway designation: Daniel F. Clark Memorial Highway.
  • HB 501 (Rep. Mark Keller, R-Cumberland/Perry): Bridge designation: Army Pfc. Harold “Sam” E. Barrick Memorial Bridge.
  • HB 629 (Rep. Gerald Mullery, D-Luzerne): Bridge designation: Senior Officer Eric J. Williams Memorial Bridge.
  • HB 696 (Rep. Nick Miccarelli, R-Delaware): Highway name correction: Officers Luke Arlington and J. Horace Callaghan Memorial Highway.
  • HB 720 (Rep. Martin Causer, R-Cameron/McKean/Potter): Bridge designation: Port Allegany Veterans Memorial Bridge.
  • HB 735 (Rep. Sue Helm, R-Dauphin/Lebanon): Bridge designation: Private Warren Snyder Memorial Bridge.
  • HB 779 (Rep. Kurt Masser, R-Columbia/Montour/Northumberland): Highway designation: Staff Sergeant Thomas Allen Baysore Memorial Highway.
  • HB 863 (Rep. Kerry Benninghoff, R-Centre/Mifflin): Bridge designation: Bellefonte Veterans Bridge.
  • HR 168 (Rep. Eli Evankovich, R-Allegheny/Westmoreland): Urges PennDOT to simplify its policy on the documentation required for a name change to a driver’s license or identification card following marriage.
  • SB 79 (Sen. Patrick Stefano, R-Fayette/Somerset/Westmoreland): Bridge name correction: Officer McCray Robb Memorial Bridge.



On Tuesday the House will meet at 11 a.m. for legislative business.


Votes on Second Consideration

  • HB 34 (Rep. Glen Grell, R-Cumberland): Repeals the Pennsylvania Uniform Arbitration Act and replaces it with the Revised Uniform Arbitration Act.
  • HB 272 (Rep. Brandon Neuman, D-Washington): Mandates timeframes and technical requirements for the submission and reporting of sexual assault evidence and establishes new rights for sexual assault victims and their families.
  • HB 341 (Rep. Mauree Gingrich, R-Lebanon): Requires that a property disclosure statement to a residential real estate purchaser include notification of any sinkholes, the location and condition of defined storm water facilities, and whether the purchaser is responsible for the ongoing maintenance of the storm water facilities.
  • HB 423 (Rep. Justin Simmons, R-Lehigh/Montgomery/Northampton): Allows trained school bus drivers, in compliance with employer and school district policy, to administer epinephrine auto-injectors to students.
  • HB 447 (Rep. Stan Saylor, R-York): Prohibits the estate of a deceased tenant from being held liable for any rent accruing from two months after the tenant’s death, or upon surrender of the rental unit and removal of all personal property, whichever is later, and adds provisions for early termination of a lease under certain circumstances.
  • HB 753 (Rep. Lynda Schlegel Culver, R-Northumberland/Snyder): Creates the Pennsylvania Long-Term Care Council under the Pennsylvania Department of Aging and repeals a provision in the Public Welfare Code relating to the Intra-Governmental Council on Long-Term Care.
  • HB 762 (Rep. Brad Roae, R-Crawford/Erie): Authorizes the Pennsylvania Department of Education to enter into an interstate reciprocity agreement governing interstate offerings of postsecondary distance education courses and programs.


Votes on Third Consideration

  • HB 72 (Readshaw)
  • HB 217 (Regan)
  • HB 342 (Gabler)
  • HB 400 (Rep. Mauree Gingrich, R-Lebanon): Establishes the “Work Experience for High School Students with Disabilities” Act.


Wednesday, April 15, 2015


Committee Meetings/Hearings

FINANCE, 9 a.m., Room 140, Main Capitol

  • Public hearing on combined reporting.


  • Agenda to be announced.

AGING AND OLDER ADULT SERVICES, 9:30 a.m., Room G-50, Irvis Office Building

  • Informational meeting with a presentation by the Pennsylvania Association of County-Affiliated Homes (PACAH).

GAME AND FISHERIES, 9:30 a.m., Room 205, Ryan Office Building

  • HB 263 (Rep. Matt Gabler, R-Clearfield/Elk): Removes the prohibition on hunting with an air, chemical or gas cylinder powered weapon.
  • HB 455 (Rep. Mark Keller, R-Cumberland/Perry): Repeals statutory language that conflicts with an individual’s constitutional right to remain silent during questioning and protect against self-incrimination.

CONSUMER AFFAIRS, 9:45 a.m., Room B-31, Main Capitol

  • Informational meeting with an overview of the Attorney General’s Office, Bureau of Consumer Protection.

LABOR AND INDUSTRY, 10:30 a.m., Room 205, Ryan Office Building

  • HB 478 (Rep. Karen Boback, R-Lackawanna/Luzerne/Wyoming): Establishes the Correctional Officers Investigatory Procedures Act to ensure that Pennsylvania’s correctional officers are afforded due process rights and the ability to appeal during disciplinary proceedings.



On Wednesday the House will meet at 11 a.m. for legislative business.


Votes on Third Consideration

  • HB 34 (Grell)
  • HB 272 (Neuman)
  • HB 341 (Gingrich)
  • HB 423 (Simmons)
  • HB 447 (Saylor)
  • HB 753 (Culver)
  • HB 762 (Roae)


Thursday, April 16, 2015


Committee Meetings/Hearings

GAMING OVERSIGHT, 9:30 a.m., Room G-50, Irvis Office Building

  • Public hearing on internet gaming and mobile gaming.

HUMAN SERVICES, 10 a.m., Room 60, East Wing

  • Public hearing on the adult disability services system in Pennsylvania.


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