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 28, 2015


DATE:            September 25, 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 by clicking on the “Research Bills” tab.



Monday, September 28, 2015


Committee Meetings/Hearings

AGRICULTURE AND RURAL AFFAIRS, 1 p.m., Room G-50, Irvis Office Building

  • Public hearing on SB 352 (Sen. Elder Vogel, R-Beaver/Butler/Lawrence): Repeals provisions related to the State Horse Racing Commission and State Harness Racing Commission and establishes the State Horse Racing Commission to regulate horse racing and pari-mutuel operations.


Tuesday, September 29, 2015


Committee Meetings/Hearings

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

  • Public hearing on seizure of illegal gaming devices.

CONSUMER AFFAIRS, 9:15 a.m., Room B-31, Main Capitol

  • Public hearing on HB 1436 (Rep. Robert Godshall, R-Montgomery): Requires that a public utility’s federal income tax expense must be calculated on a “standalone” basis in rate proceedings before the Public Utility Commission.

JUDICIARY, 9:30 a.m., Room 140, Main Capitol

  • Informational meeting on HB 380 (Rep. Tarah Toohil, R-Luzerne): Reduces the length of time for a no-fault divorce based on separation from two years to one year.

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

  • HB 944 (Rep. John Taylor, R-Philadelphia): Amends the Community and Economic Improvement Act with clarifications and changes concerning neighborhood improvement districts.
  • SB 756 (Sen. Judith Schwank, D-Berks): Eliminates sunset provisions of the Commonwealth’s First Industries Program, specifically as the program provisions relate to providing financial tools targeted toward assisting the agriculture industry.



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


Votes on Second Consideration

  • HB 123 (Rep. Sheryl Delozier, R-Cumberland): Requires that any money posted as bail, which would otherwise be returnable, shall first be applied to the payment of any outstanding restitution, fees, fines or costs owed by the defendant in any criminal or delinquency case.
  • HB 608 (Rep. Matt Baker, R-Bradford/Potter/Tioga): Allows the Department of Health to promptly add chemicals used to manufacture illegal drugs to the list of “precursor substances” under the Drug Act.
  • HB 820 (Rep. Jim Cox, R-Berks/Lancaster): Allows subscribers to remain on the “do-not-call” list without re-registering every five years and prohibits telemarketing on legal holidays.
  • HB 1167 (Rep. Bryan Barbin, D-Cambria/Somerset): Requires that Pennsylvania income tax refunds be intercepted by the Department of Revenue to satisfy a filer’s outstanding required restitution payments or other court-ordered obligations.
  • HB 1204 (Rep. Dan Moul, R-Adams): Permits limited winery licensees to obtain a restaurant, hotel or malt/brewed beverages license for offsite premises.
  • HB 1273 (Rep. Scott Petri, R-Bucks): Allows bed and breakfast properties to provide one bottle of PA Preferred alcoholic product to guests as part of the overnight room rate, regardless of whether the bed and breakfast has a liquor license.


Votes on Third Consideration

  • HB 133 (Rep. Thomas Murt, R-Montgomery/Philadelphia): Establishes a bill of rights for individuals with intellectual disabilities or autism.
  • HB 725 (Rep. Ryan Mackenzie, R-Berks/Lehigh): Establishes a pilot education/workforce development program known as CareerBound.
  • 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): Adds persons 75 years or older who request to be excused, judges and magisterial district judges of the Commonwealth and judges of the United States and physician-certified breastfeeding women to the current exemptions from jury duty.
  • 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.


Wednesday, September 30, 2015


Committee Meetings/Hearings

STATE GOVERNMENT, 9 a.m., Room 60, East Wing

  • HB 1348 (Rep. Bryan Cutler, R-Lancaster): Enhances penalties that may be imposed on lobbyists or principals for violations of the Lobbyist Disclosure Law.

AGING AND OLDER ADULT SERVICES, 9:30 a.m., Room B-31, Main Capitol

  • Informational meeting on PACE and PACENET related legislation:
    • HB 190 (Rep. Curtis Sonney, R-Erie): Exclude from the definition of “income” the principal and any interest accrued from a savings bond in determination of eligibility for PACE and PACENET.
    • HB 493 (Rep. Neal Goodman, D-Schuylkill): Eliminates veterans’ benefits from the definition of “income” when determining an individual’s eligibility for the PACE and PACENET programs.
    • HB 777 (Rep. Seth Grove, R-York): Extends a moratorium on increases in income due to a Social Security cost-of-living adjustment for certain individuals enrolled in PACE and PACENET.

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

  • Public hearing on gambling addiction assistance.

HUMAN SERVICES, Call of Chair, Room 60, East Wing

  • HB 1251 (Rep. Thomas Murt, R-Montgomery/Philadelphia): Expands the definition of mental health and intellectual disability to include an individual who has experienced childhood sexual abuse.
  • HB 1295 (Rep. Gene DiGirolamo, R-Bucks): Amends the Methadone Death and Incident Review Act to include deaths and incidents attributable to the use and misuse of Suboxone.
  • HR 424 (Rep. Frank Farry, R-Bucks): Urges Congress to examine existing federal laws relating to sober living arrangements

JUDICIARY, Call of Chair, 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 Wednesday the House will meet at 11 a.m. for legislative business.


Votes on Third Consideration

  • HB 123 (Delozier)
  • HB 608 (Baker)
  • HB 820 (Cox)
  • HB 1167 (Barbin)
  • HB 1204 (Moul)
  • HB 1273 (Petri)


Thursday, October 1, 2015


Committee Meetings/Hearings

LOCAL GOVERNMENT AND URBAN AFFAIRS, 10 a.m., Upper Merion Township Building, Freedom Hall, 175 W. Valley Forge Rd., King of Prussia

  • Joint public hearing on HB 32 (former Rep. Glen Grell, R-Cumberland): Creates a statewide pension system for police officers and HB 974 (Rep. Scott Petri, R-Bucks): Establishes a municipal pension recovery program.


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