Representative Dave Reed

62nd Legislative District

Pennsylvania House of Representatives

Media Contact: Stephen Miskin

717-705-7173 (Office) 717-756-3936 (Cell) / Twitter: @SAM1963

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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 September 21, 2015


DATE:            September 18, 2015



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, September 21, 2015


Committee Meetings/Hearings

EDUCATION, 11 a.m., Room G-50, Irvis Office Building

  • HB 1383 (Rep. Marguerite Quinn, R-Bucks): Adds language to the Pennsylvania individual income tax return to allow for voluntary donations to the “School District Contribution Fund.”
  • HB 1552 (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.

STATE GOVERNMENT, 11 a.m., Room G-50, Irvis Office Building

  • Public hearing on HB 1506 (Rep. Ryan Warner, R-Fayette/Westmoreland): Establishes English as the official language of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

TRANSPORTATION, 12:15 p.m., Room 205, Ryan Office Building

  • HB 1170 (Rep. Thomas Murt, R-Montgomery/Philadelphia): Highway designation: PVT William H. Walls, U.S.M.C. Memorial Highway.
  • HB 1201 (Rep. John Taylor, R-Philadelphia): Repeals a 1943 law that authorizes the Commonwealth and municipalities to take over public roads and highways constructed by the federal government.
  • HB 1202 (Rep. John Taylor, R-Philadelphia): Repeals a 1943 law that authorizes the Commonwealth to adopt county roads at the resolution of the county commissioners.
  • HB 1317 (Rep. Sheryl Delozier, R-Cumberland): Bridge designation: Corporal Jonathan Dean Faircloth Memorial Bridge.
  • HB 1341 (Rep. Nick Kotik, D-Allegheny): Highway designation: Fred A. Trello Memorial Boulevard.
  • SB 286 (Sen. John Rafferty, R-Berks/Chester/Montgomery):  Amends the Delaware River Port Authority Interstate Compact between Pennsylvania and New Jersey to enact comprehensive reforms.
  • SB 385 (Sen. Dominic Pileggi, R-Chester/Delaware): Reforms and modernizes the Transit Revitalization Investment District Act and identifies an additional funding source.
  • SB 765 (Sen. Michele Brooks, R-Crawford/Mercer/Warren): Amends the Vehicle Code to add “electric utility personnel” and “electric cooperative personnel” to the definition of “emergency service responder.”
  • SB 890 (Sen. John Blake, D-Lackawanna/Luzerne/Monroe): Bridge designation: Colonel Frank Duffy Memorial Bridge.

FINANCE, 12:15 p.m., Room B-31, Main Capitol

  • HB 1332 (Rep. Robert Godshall, R-Montgomery): Makes necessary updates to the Public Pension Program administered by the State Employees’ Retirement System and the Public School Employees’ Retirement System to maintain compliance with the Internal Revenue Code.



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 760 (Rep. Mark Keller, R-Cumberland/Perry): Provides civil liability to veterinarians, veterinarian technicians and veterinary assistants when they report, in good faith, suspected cases of animal cruelty.
  • HB 1195 (Rep. Lynda Schlegel Culver, R-Northumberland/Snyder): Permits motor homes and other recreational vehicles to be financed at lending institutions for up to 20 years.
  • SB 210 (Sen. Stewart Greenleaf, R-Bucks/Montgomery): Exempts from jury duty persons 75 years or older who request to be excused, judges and magisterial district judges of the Commonwealth and judges of the United States.
  • SB 748 (Sen. David Argall, R-Berks/Schuylkill): Eliminates the mandatory escort of super-sized loads by the Pennsylvania State Police and replaces them with certified pilot escorts.
  • SB 897 (Sen. John Rafferty, R-Berks/Chester/Montgomery): Authorizes the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation to grant and convey certain lands situated in Montgomery County.


Votes on Third Consideration

  • HB 62 (Rep. Jerry Knowles, R-Berks/Carbon/Schuylkill): Amends the Fire and EMS Grant Program to change the five-year provision to 10 years for consolidated fire companies to receive an aggregate grant amount.
  • HB 471 (Rep. Jim Marshall, R-Beaver/Butler): Amends the Biofuel Development and In-State Production Incentive Act to remove blending requirements for cellulosic ethanol.
  • HB 813 (Rep. Joe Emrick, R-Northampton): Grants the Pennsylvania governor veto power over actions of the Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission members; specifies the process for the delivery to and return of minutes from the governor; and makes changes to auditing requirements.
  • HB 838 (Rep. James Santora, R-Delaware): Bridge designation: Honorable Nicholas A. Micozzie Bridge.
  • HB 1241 (Rep. Rosemary Brown, R-Monroe/Pike): Amends the definition of “public utility” to exempt water or sewer service provided by a resort owner to users located within the resort boundaries under certain conditions and exempts the provision of service by a municipal corporation outside its corporate boundaries under certain circumstances.
  • HB 1296 (Rep. Kate Harper, R-Montgomery): Expands the permissible financial products in which municipalities, school districts and municipal authorities may invest their general fund moneys.
  • HB 1335 (Rep. John Lawrence, R-Chester/Lancaster): Allows the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission to remove the call box system.
  • HB 1342 (Rep. Rob Kauffman, R-Franklin): Highway designation: James W. Cutchall Memorial Highway.
  • SB 513 (Sen. Thomas McGarrigle, R-Chester/Delaware): Amends the Solid Waste Management Act to allow for the vehicular transportation of leachate discharged from a collection and handling system of a landfill to an offsite facility for the treatment of the leachate.
  • SB 875 (Sen. Camera Bartolotta, R-Beaver/Greene/Washington): Creates the Treated Mine Water Act with provisions for the use of treated mine water for oil and gas development.


Thursday, September 24, 2015



On Thursday the House will meet at 9:30 a.m. for legislative business


Votes on Second Consideration

  • SB 1000 (Sen. Patrick Browne, R-Lehigh): General fund stopgap budget for fiscal year 2015-2016.
  • SB 1001 (Sen. Patrick Brown, R-Lehigh): Amends the Fiscal Code for the fiscal year 2015-2016.


Votes on Third Consideration

  • HB 1195 (Culver)
  • SB 210 (Greenleaf)
  • SB 748 (Argall)
  • SB 897 (Rafferty)


Friday, September 25, 2015


Committee Meetings/Hearings

JUDICIARY, 9 a.m., Room 205, Ryan Office Building

  • HB 323 (Rep. Seth Grove, R-York): Establishes a “Commerce Court” division within the Superior Court to decide business-related appeals and authorizes the creation of similar “Commerce Court” divisions within the Courts of Common Pleas.
  • HB 470 (Rep. Thomas Caltagirone, D-Berks): Permits probation and parole officers to briefly seize an individual under their supervision to determine if the person is in possession of contraband or not complying with the conditions of probation or parole, with no suspicion of a violation needed to justify the seizure and search.
  • HB 623 (Rep. Kerry Benninghoff, R-Centre/Mifflin): Prohibits Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition for certain sex offenses against children.
  • SB 283 (Sen. Dominic Pileggi, R-Chester/Delaware): Amends the Pennsylvania Constitution to eliminate the Traffic Court of Philadelphia.



On Friday the House will meet at 9:30 a.m. for legislative business


Votes on Third Consideration

  • SB 1000 (Browne)
  • SB 1001 (Browne)


Votes on Concurrence

  • HB 224 (Rep. Jim Christiana, R-Beaver/Washington): Requires the Pennsylvania Department of Education to post on its Internet website certain financial information including expenditures, salaries and revenue pertaining to school districts, charter schools, regional charter schools, cyber charter schools and area vocational-technical schools.


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