Representative Dave Reed
62nd Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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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 June 8, 2015
DATE: June 5, 2015
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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 PAHouseGOP.com by clicking on the “Research Bills” tab.
Monday, June 8, 2015
CHILDREN AND YOUTH, 11 a.m., Room B-31, Main Capitol
- HB 1276 (Rep. Kathy Watson, R-Bucks): Clarifies certain provisions in the Child Protective Services Law regarding the criminal background check clearance requirements and child abuse clearance requirements for volunteers who work with children.
LIQUOR CONTROL, 11:30 a.m., Room 205, Ryan Office Building
- HB 1110 (Rep. Kevin Schreiber, D-York): Reduces the food to alcohol sales ratio for economic development liquor licenses from 70 percent to 50 percent.
- HB 1196 (Rep. Scott Petri, R-Bucks): Defines the term “geographically contiguous area” regarding franchise territory for importing distributors.
TRANSPORTATION, 12:15 p.m., Room 60, East Wing
- HB 605 (Rep. Frank Burns, D-Cambria): Bridge designation: Alexander Miller Abercrombie Memorial Bridge.
- HB 871 (Rep. Tommy Sankey, R-Cambria/Clearfield): Allows for the de-titling of vehicles which are recycled by a scrap metal processor.
- HB 1114 (Rep. Cris Dush, R-Indiana/Jefferson): Bridge designation: Summerville Veterans Memorial Bridge.
- HB 1154 (Rep. Dom Costa, D-Allegheny): Repeals the elimination of vehicle registration stickers.
- HB 1278 (Rep. Joe Emrick, R-Northampton): Allows for the sale of in-vehicle entertainment image display devices.
- SB 42 (Sen. Lisa Baker, R-Luzerne/Pike/Susquehanna/Wayne/Wyoming): Establishes penalties for motorists that falsely claim veteran status on the Pennsylvania driver’s license application.
- SB 284 (Sen. Lisa Baker, R-Luzerne/Pike/Susquehanna/Wayne/Wyoming): Authorizes an “Honoring Our Veterans” license plate for motorcycles.
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 222 (Rep. Mike Regan, R-Cumberland/York): Prevents individuals convicted of drug distribution crimes from receiving welfare benefits.
- HB 283 (Rep. Fred Keller, R-Snyder/Union): Excludes retail purchases of gun safes and gun locks from the Sales and Use Tax.
- HB 337 (Rep. Pam Snyder, D-Fayette/Greene/Washington): Requires the Department of Human Services to issue guidelines and adopt rules and regulations regarding a minor’s right to consent to mental health treatment.
- HB 437 (Rep. Thomas Caltagirone, D-Berks): Clarifies sales tax exemption for traffic signal construction.
- HB 1099 (Rep. John Maher, R-Allegheny/Washington): Establishes legal counsel for the Environmental Quality Board.
- SB 494 (Sen. Kim Ward, R-Westmoreland): Repeals the provision in the Flood Insurance Education and Information Act that requires the Insurance Commission to present an annual report to the General Assembly on the flood insurance consumer education plan.
Votes on Third Consideration
- HB 31 (former Rep. Glen Grell, R-Cumberland): Amends the Real Estate Appraisers Certification law to bring Pennsylvania into compliance with updated federal standards regarding appraiser qualifications.
- HB 398 (Rep. Thomas Killion, R-Delaware): Allows the vehicular transportation of leachate discharged from a municipal or private landfill’s collection and handling system.
- HB 854 (Rep. Anthony DeLuca, D-Allegheny): Requires pharmacy technicians to register with the State Board of Pharmacy.
- HB 1071 (Rep. Ryan Warner, R-Fayette/Westmoreland): Amends the Development Permit Extension Act to clarify the coverage of certain development activity and the extension of the tolling period for permits.
Tuesday, June 9, 2015
FINANCE, 9 a.m., RoomG-50, Irvis Office Building
- HB 932 (Rep. Michael Driscoll, D-Philadelphia): Excludes a surviving spouse or minor children who receive benefits under the Emergency and Law Enforcement Personnel Death Benefit Act from paying realty transfer tax if the transfer occurs within five years of the covered person’s death.
- HB 1120 (Rep. Tedd Nesbit, R-Butler/Mercer): Establishes a Sales and Use Tax exemption program for data center equipment purchases.
- HB 1198 (Rep. George Dunbar, R-Westmoreland): Codifies the procedures for filing amended corporate tax returns in Pennsylvania.
- HB 1256 (Rep. Kurt Masser, R-Columbia/Montour/Northumberland): Amends the Local Tax Enabling Act to update the calculation of the maximum Earned Income Tax (EIT) rate that may be used when a school district or municipality eliminates its occupation tax.
STATE GOVERNMENT, 9 a.m., Room B-31, Main Capitol
- HB 316 (Rep. Keith Greiner, R-Lancaster): Creates the Cash Balance Pension Plan Act applicable to certain newly hired, full-time municipal public safety employees.
- SB 622 (Sen. Bob Mensch, R-Berks/Bucks/Montgomery): Removes certain recurring projects from the Legislative Budget and Finance Committee.
- SB 699 (Rep. John Yudichak, D-Carbon/Luzerne): Authorizes the disposition of certain lands situate in Plymouth Township, Luzerne County, subject to Project 70 restrictions.
JUDICIARY, 10 a.m., Room G-50, Irvis Office Building
- HB 97 (Rep. Dom Costa, D-Allegheny): Establishes the Pennsylvania Officer Down Advisory Act to assist, by prompt notification to the public, in the apprehension of those suspected of causing serious injury or death to a law enforcement officer.
- HB 235 (Rep. Doyle Heffley, R-Carbon): Increases the grading of the offense of impersonating a law enforcement officer from a second-degree misdemeanor to a third-degree felony and imposes penalties for the sale of emergency vehicles equipped with flashing lights or audible warning systems.
- HB 308 (Rep. Thomas Caltagirone, R-Berks): Allows a former or retired justice, judge or magisterial district judge who has not served a full term to perform a marriage ceremony.
- HB 338 (Rep. Rosita Youngblood, D-Philadelphia): Provides standing in court to siblings seeking to petition for visitation rights.
- SB 397 (Sen. Richard Alloway, R-Adams/Cumberland/Franklin/York): Privatizes and regulates the bail bondsman industry in Pennsylvania.
- SB 485 (Sen. Joseph Scarnati, R-Cameron/Clearfield/Clinton/Elk/Jefferson/McKean/
Potter/Tioga): Increases the criminal grading for a person who impersonates a doctor of medicine and provides medical treatment, from a second degree misdemeanor to a first degree misdemeanor.
HUMAN SERVICES, Call of Chair, Room G-50, Irvis Office Building
- HB 133 (Rep. Thomas Murt, R-Montgomery/Philadelphia): Establishes a bill of rights for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
- HB 1251 (Rep. Thomas Murt, R-Montgomery/Philadelphia): Amends the Mental Health and Disability Act to expand the definition of mental health and intellectual disability to include victims of childhood sexual abuse.
- HR 183 (Rep. Dan Miller, D-Allegheny): Directs the Legislative Budget and Finance Committee to conduct a study of the current programs for adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders to receive assistance with housing, employment, transportation, financial management and health care.
On Tuesday the House will meet at 11 a.m. for legislative business.
Votes on Second Consideration
- HB 64 (Rep. William Adolph, R-Delaware): Requires the State Board of Psychology and the State Board of Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists and Professional Counselors to have at least one hour of continuing education in the assessment, treatment and management of suicide risks.
- HB 325 (Rep. Mark Keller, R-Cumberland/Perry): Updates the Auctioneer Licensing and Trading Assistant Registration Act by repealing and reorganizing a number of provisions and eliminates the Auction House license.
- HB 347 (Rep. Bernie O’Neill, R-Bucks): Requires insurers to pay EMS claims directly to an EMS agency for 911 calls.
- HB 582 (Rep. Martin Causer, R-Cameron/McKean/Potter): Increases the annual income limit for retired persons receiving social security or other pension to qualify for the discounted $10 vehicle registration fee.
- HB 662 (Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski, D-Luzerne): Establishes the Kinship Caregiver Navigator Pilot Program within the Department of Human Services.
- HB 859 (Rep. Craig Staats, R-Bucks): Exempts transfers of perpetual agricultural conservation easements, historic preservation easements, and recreational use and scenic preservation easements to or between the United States, the Commonwealth or any of their instrumentalities, agencies or political subdivisions from payment of the realty transfer tax.
- HB 898 (Rep. Kevin Boyle, D-Montgomery/Philadelphia): Designates Philadelphia Prison System prisoner transport units and emergency response vehicles operated by the Pennsylvania Turnpike as emergency vehicles, permitting them to use flashing lights and sirens.
Votes on Third Consideration
- HB 222 (Regan)
- HB 337 (Snyder)
- HB 1099 (Maher)
Wednesday, June 10, 2015
AGRICULTURE AND RURAL AFFAIRS, 9 a.m., Room 205, Ryan Office Building
- Informational meeting on Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) and Pennsylvania’s preparations for the possibility of the disease impacting poultry producers.
HEALTH, 9 a.m., Room G-50, Irvis Office Building
- Public hearing to discuss the impact of reinstating the Certificate of Need program which aims to contain health care facility costs and allow coordinated planning of new services and construction.
TOURISM AND RECREATIONAL DEVELOPMENT, 9 a.m., Room B-31, Main Capitol
- Informational meeting with a presentation by Visit Philly.
AGING AND OLDER ADULT SERVICES, 9:30 a.m., Room 39, East Wing
- Informational meeting on:
- HB 142 (Rep. Dave Hickernell, R-Lancaster): Requires the State Department of Aging to establish a statewide registry of perpetrators of abuse, neglect, abandonment or exploitation of older persons in care facilities.
- HB 205 (Rep. Thomas Murt, R-Montgomery/Philadelphia): Prohibits employees of long-term care providers from serving as guardian, agent under a power of attorney, insurance or annuity beneficiary or estate executor of individuals who receive services from a long-term care provider.
- HB 271 (Rep. Jesse Topper, R-Bedford/Franklin/Fulton): Requires the State Attorney General’s Office to notify the Pennsylvania Department of Aging, on a monthly basis, of any investigations and enforcement actions taken within the purview of the Pennsylvania Telemarketer Registration Act that involve a consumer 60 years of age and older.
- HB 647 (Rep. Ted Harhai, D-Westmoreland): Requires the Pennsylvania Commission on Sentencing to provide a sentencing enhancement for a violation of the neglect of a care dependent person that results in the victim’s death.
- HB 1210 (Rep. Daniel Deasy, D-Allegheny): Broadens the definition of “exploitation” under the Older Adults Protective Services Act to include an individual acting under a power of attorney.
On Wednesday the House will meet at 11 a.m. for legislative business.
Votes on Third Consideration
- HB 64 (Adolph)
- HB 325 (Keller, M.)
- HB 339 (Rep. Stephen Barrar, R-Chester/Delaware): Requires that EMS agencies be reimbursed for services provided even if transport to a hospital does not take place.
- HB 347 (O’Neill)
- HB 582 (Causer)
- HB 662 (Pashinski)
- HB 898 (Boyle)
Thursday, June 11, 2015
JUDICIARY, 9 a.m., Room 140, Main Capitol
- Public hearing on Pennsylvania’s death penalty moratorium.
CONSUMER AFFAIRS, 9:30 a.m., Room 418, Main Capitol
- Public hearing on HB 1065 (Rep. Tom Killion, R-Delaware): Addresses the regulation of transportation network services.
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