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 October 5, 2015
DATE: October 2, 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, October 5, 2015
INSURANCE, 11 a.m., Room 60, East Wing
- Informational meeting on the State Worker’s Insurance Fund (SWIF).
TRANSPORTATION, Noon, Room B-31, Main Capitol
- 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.
- HB 1540 (Rep. Pam Snyder, D-Fayette/Greene/Washington): Amends a bridge designation: Army Specialist (instead of Corporal) Richard W. Kowalewski Jr. Memorial Bridge.
- 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.
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 46 (Rep. Robert Godshall, R-Montgomery): Authorizes the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services to conduct unannounced inspections of child daycare facilities.
- HB 969 (Rep. Brandon Neuman, D-Washington): Establishes the offense of “phishing,” the act of attempting to acquire personal information under false pretenses via electronic communication.
- HB 1310 (Rep. Maria Donatucci, D-Delaware/Philadelphia): Prohibits 911 centers from releasing certain identifying information regarding a 911 caller.
- SB 925 (Sen. John Rafferty, R-Berks/Chester/Montgomery): Updates language for the qualification standards for commercial driver learner’s permits and commercial driver’s licenses in conformity with new regulations issued by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.
Votes on Third Consideration
- HB 321 (Rep. Curtis Thomas, D-Philadelphia): Amends the Assessors Certification Act to remove the exemption for counties of the first class (Philadelphia) from requirements regarding assessor certification.
- HB 971 (Rep. Carl Metzgar, R-Bedford/Somerset): Eliminates Pennsylvania’s inheritance tax for property transfers from a natural parent, adoptive parent, or step-parent to or for the use of their child, if the child is 21 years of age or younger.
- 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.
- HB 1411 (Rep. John Taylor, R-Philadelphia): Amends the Eminent Domain Code to bring it into compliance with revisions made by Congress to the Uniform Relocation Assistance and Real Property Acquisition Policies Act.
- 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.
Votes on Concurrence
- HB 823 (Rep. Keith Greiner, R-Lancaster): Makes corrections and updates to Act 164 of 2014 regarding basic and continuing education for tax collectors.
Tuesday, October 6, 2015
FINANCE, 8:30 a.m., Room 205, Ryan Office Building
- Public hearing on suggested changes to the Local Tax Enabling Act.
AGRICULTURE AND RURAL AFFAIRS, 9 a.m., Room B-31, Main Capitol
- HB 967 (Rep. Russ Diamond, R-Lebanon): Creates an agricultural pilot program for industrial hemp research that allows hemp to be grown or cultivated by the Department of Agriculture or an institution of higher education.
- HB 1265 (Rep. John Lawrence, R-Chester/Lancaster): Requires milk dealers to provide the specific dollar amount of state-mandated premium on the written statement that accompanies each payment for milk.
GAMING OVERSIGHT, 9:30 a.m., Room 60, East Wing
- Public hearing on prevention of underage gaming.
HEALTH, 10 a.m., Room 39, East Wing
- Informational meeting – Gateway Health.
STATE GOVERNMENT, 10 a.m., Room G-50, Irvis Office Building
- HB 1084 (Rep. Kristin Phillips-Hill): Removes future employees of the Pennsylvania School Boards Association from being eligible for public pension benefits in the Pennsylvania School Employees Retirement System.
On Tuesday the House will meet at 11 a.m. for legislative business.
Votes on Second Consideration
- HB 323 (Rep. Seth Grove, R-York): Allows establishment of a “Commerce Court” program within the Superior Court to decide business-related appeals and authorizes the creation of similar “Commerce Court” programs within the Courts of Common Pleas.
- HB 470 (Rep. Thomas Caltagirone, D-Berks): Permits parole and probation officers, when made a condition of probation by the court, to conduct a brief detention and search of the person and property of someone under their supervision to ensure compliance with the terms of their release.
- HB 623 (Rep. Kerry Benninghoff, R-Centre/Mifflin): Prohibits Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition for certain sex offenses against children.
- HB 1348 (Rep. Bryan Cutler, R-Lancaster): Increases penalties that may be imposed on lobbyists or principals for violations of the Lobbyist Disclosure Law.
Votes on Third Consideration
- HB 46 (Godshall)
- HB 969 (Neuman)
- HB 1310 (Donatucci)
- SB 925 (Rafferty)
Wednesday, October 7, 2015
HEALTH, 9 a.m., Room 60, East Wing
- HB 946 (Rep. Matt Baker, R-Bradford/Potter/Tioga): Creates a Pharmacy Audit Integrity Act to specify procedures for auditing pharmacy records by pharmacy benefit managers.
- HB 947 (Rep. Matt Baker, R-Bradford/Potter/Tioga): Establishes basic registration requirements for pharmacy benefit managers.
- SB 609 (Sen. Bob Mensch, R-Berks/Bucks/Montgomery): Directs the Department of Health to establish a task force for the purpose of investigating, raising awareness and making recommendations concerning prostate cancer and related prostate cancer conditions.
AGING AND OLDER ADULT SERVICES, 9:30 a.m., Room G-50, Irvis Office Building
- Informational meeting with a presentation by the Legislative Budget and Finance Committee on its published report of last session’s Elder Abuse Task Force study.
GAMING OVERSIGHT, 9:30 a.m., Room 205, Ryan Office Building
- Public hearing on innovative gaming technologies.
On Wednesday the House will meet at 11 a.m. for legislative business.
Votes on Third Consideration
- HB 323 (Grove)
- HB 470 (Caltagirone)
- HB 623 (Benninghoff)
- HB 1348 (Cutler)
Thursday, October 8, 2015
LABOR AND INDUSTRY, 10 a.m., Room G-50, Irvis Office Building
- Public hearing on HB 1176 (Rep. Sheryl Delozier, R-Cumberland): Requires employers in the Commonwealth to provide reasonable workplace accommodations for pregnant employees that do not present an undue hardship on the employer; and HB 1100 (Rep. Mary Jo Daley, D-Montgomery): Requires employers in the Commonwealth to provide workplace accommodations for nursing mothers, provided they do not impose an undue hardship on an employer with less than 50 employees.
VETERANS AFFAIRS AND EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS (HOUSE AND SENATE), 10 a.m., Room 60, East Wing
- Joint House and Senate informational meeting with General Frank J. Grass of the National Guard Bureau in Washington, D.C., providing an update on potential force restructuring.
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