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 26, 2015
DATE: October 23, 2015
Live web streams of House session and the majority of committee meetings are available at PAHouseGOP.com. Important information and events may also be viewed by visiting Facebook.com/PAHouseGOP.
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 26, 2015
GAMING OVERSIGHT, 9 a.m., Harrisburg International Airport, McIntosh Boardroom, 1 Terminal Drive, Middletown
- Public hearing on slot machines in airports.
EDUCATION (HOUSE AND SENATE), 10 a.m., Hearing Room #1, North Office Building
- Joint House and Senate public hearing on substitute teacher issues.
VETERANS AFFAIRS AND EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS (HOUSE AND SENATE), 10 a.m., Room 156, Main Capitol
- Joint House and Senate public hearing on the Veterans Real Estate Tax Exemption Program.
HEALTH, 11 a.m., Room G-50, Irvis Office Building
- HB 484 (Rep. Kathy Rapp, R-Crawford/Forest/Warren): Directs the Department of Health to establish the Early Childhood Vision Care Education Program.
- HB 1062 (Rep. Thomas Killion, R-Delaware): Repeals statutory provisions that require county nursing homes to pay 10 percent of the non-federal cost of services for Medicaid residents cared for in those facilities.
- HB 1322 (Rep. Aaron Kaufer, R-Luzerne): Requires applicants for general assistance to disclose previous states in which they have collected public assistance and requires the Department of Human Services to notify other states of the change in residency of the applicant.
- HB 1351 (Rep. Matt Baker, R-Bradford/Potter/Tioga): Permits various entities and facilities to have non-patient specific epinephrine auto-injectors on the premises for emergency situations.
- HB 1625 (Rep. Matt Baker, R-Braford/Potter/Tioga): Allows students who are capable of self-managing their diabetes to be permitted to do so; allows trained staff, in addition to a school nurse, to help with diabetes management/medications; and requires the Department of Health to issue diabetes management guidelines and training modules for schools.
INSURANCE, 11 a.m., Room G-50, Irvis Office Building
- HB 1638 (Rep. Mike Tobash, R-Dauphin/Schuylkill): Allows vehicle owners to provide photographs and videos as an option to obtain an appraisal for accident damages.
TRANSPORTATION, 12:15 p.m., Room 60, East Wing
- HB 1229 (Rep. Mark Mustio, R-Allegheny): Overpass designation: Roy F. Johns Jr. Overpass.
- HB 1347 (Rep. Mike Reese, R-Somerset/Westmoreland): Highway designation: James Paul Takitch Honorary Highway.
- HB 1413 (Rep. Doyle Heffley, R-Carbon): Allows the registration fee for a motor carrier vehicle over 17,000 pounds to be returned if the vehicle is stolen or demolished and eliminates the semi-annual inspection requirements for motor carrier vehicles over 17,000 pounds
- HB 1579 (Rep. Kathy Rapp, R-Crawford/Forest/Warren): Bridge designation: Lt. Col. Michael McLaughlin/AMVETS Post 113 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 887 (Sen. Jay Costa, D-Allegheny): Establishes penalties for endangerment, aggravated endangerment or death of a highway worker, emergency responder or others in work zones.
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 44 (Rep. Rick Saccone, R-Allegheny/Washington): Requires that the mandatory sentence for offenses committed with firearms be imposed consecutive to any other sentence imposed by the court.
- HB 414 (Rep. Tim Briggs, D-Montgomery): Amends the Municipal Pension Plan Funding Standard and Recovery Act to require only municipal pension plans with 100 or more active members to be subject to the procurement process and other requirements for professional service contracts.
- HB 1601 (Rep. Mike Vereb, R-Montgomery): Restores mandatory minimum sentences for violent crimes.
- HB 1603 (Rep. Kathy Watson, R-Bucks): Brings Pennsylvania into compliance with changes that have been made to the federal Uniform Interstate Family Support Act.
- HB 1606 (Rep. Jim Christiana, R-Beaver/Washington): Creates a new article in the School Code related to public school web accountability and financial transparency, known as “SchoolWATCH.”
- HB 1632 (Rep. Todd Stephens, R-Montgomery): Restores Pennsylvania’s mandatory minimum sentencing provisions relating to violent crimes committed with firearms in accordance with the United States and Pennsylvania Supreme Court rulings.
- SB 590 (Sen. Robert Tomlinson, R-Bucks): Changes the name of The State System of Higher Education Intellectual Property Act to the State-Owned University Intellectual Property Act and repeals an inconsistent chapter in the act.
Votes on Third Consideration
- HR 540 (Rep. Warren Kampf, R-Chester/Montgomery): Directs the Joint State Government Commission to examine discipline policies in public schools and selected laws and regulations, and to issue a report of its findings and recommendations.
Votes on Concurrence
- HB 138 (Rep. Frank Farry, R-Bucks): Authorizes volunteer first responder organizations to solicit contributions at controlled intersections of highways or roadways with the following stipulations: written permission from the municipality or the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation; liability and workers’ compensation insurance coverage; first aid kit present at all times; and PennDOT-approved safety vests on all solicitors.
- 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.
- HB 1275 (Rep. Bernie O’Neill, R-Bucks): Allows dentists from other states and countries to attend continuing education courses taught in dental schools located in the Commonwealth and allows licensed dentists from other countries to obtain restricted faculty licenses authorizing them to teach in Pennsylvania dental schools.
Tuesday, October 27, 2015
STATE GOVERNMENT, 9 a.m., Room G-50, Irvis Office Building
- HB 1618 (Rep. Mindy Fee, R-Lancaster): Creates the independent Office of State Inspector General.
JUDICIARY, 10 a.m., Room 140, Main Capitol
- Informational meeting on HB 322 (Rep. Mauree Gingrich, R-Lebanon): Provides the court with the additional sentencing provision for an evaluation for gambling disorder when a person violates the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board’s self-exclusion list.
URBAN AFFAIRS/SENATE URBAN AFFAIRS AND HOUSING, 10 a.m., Room 156, Main Capitol
- Joint House and Senate informational meeting on Pennsylvania’s foreclosure process.
On Tuesday the House will meet at 11 a.m. for legislative business.
Votes on Second Consideration
- HB 231 (Rep. Gerald Mullery, D-Luzerne): Authorizes the sale of antlerless deer hunting licenses through the Pennsylvania Automated Licensing System.
- HB 698 (Rep. Jim Marshall, R-Beaver/Butler): Allows disabled individuals permanently confined to a wheelchair to use a motorized wheelchair while hunting.
- HB 1168 (Rep. David Maloney, R-Berks): Requires public school districts, upon request of the Pennsylvania Game Commission, to make a school facility under their control available for the purpose of conducting a hunter education course.
- HB 1233 (Rep. Marguerite Quinn, R-Bucks): Requires that the results of imaging studies be provided directly to patients within 20 days if there is a finding of an abnormality or anomaly which requires follow-up care within three months.
- HB 1336 (Rep. Bryan Cutler, R-Lancaster): Joint resolution amending the Pennsylvania Constitution to replace the partisan judicial election process with a merit selection system for justices to the Supreme Court and judges to the Superior and Commonwealth courts and establishes the Appellate Court Nominating Commission.
- SB 77 (Sen. Richard Alloway, R-Adams/Cumberland/Franklin/York): Makes several changes to permit requirements for hunting dog training areas.
- 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.
- SB 737 (Sen. Scott Hutchinson, R-Butler/Clarion/Forest/Venango/Warren): Allows for the use of semi-automatic rifles or pistols for hunting game in accordance with regulations of the Pennsylvania Game Commission.
Votes on Third Consideration
- HB 44 (Saccone)
- HB 1601 (Vereb)
- HB 1603 (Watson)
- HB 1632 (Stephens)
Wednesday, October 28, 2015
AGING AND OLDER ADULT SERVICES, 9 a.m., Room G-50, Irvis Office Building
- Informational meeting with a presentation by LeadingAge PA regarding their NorthStar 2.0 program.
LOCAL GOVERNMENT, 9:30 a.m., Room 205, Ryan Office Building
- HB 902 (Rep. Chris Ross, R-Chester): Authorizes political subdivisions and municipal and transportation authorities to enter into contracts for services when two consecutive advertisements fail to induce bids.
- SB 775 (Sen. John Eichelberger, R-Blair/Cumberland/Franklin/Fulton/Huntingdon): Consolidates the Third Class City Code into Title 11 of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes and repeals the freestanding Act 317 of 1931.
- SB 785 (Sen. John Eichelberger, R-Blair/Cumberland/Franklin/Fulton/Huntingdon): Amends the Consolidated County Assessment Law regarding the assessment of buildings and establishing certain structures as de minimus.
- SB 791(Sen. John Eichelberger, R-Blair/Cumberland/Franklin/Fulton/Huntingdon): Amends the Second Class Township Code regarding removal of elected township officers.
- SB 793 (Sen. Scott Hutchinson, R-Butler/Clarion/Forest/Venango/Warren): Amends the Second Class Township Code regarding property maintenance codes, reserved powers and the Uniform Construction Code.
TOURISM AND RECREATIONAL DEVELOPMENT, 9:30 a.m., Room 60, East Wing
- HB 544 (Rep. Dan Moul, R-Adams): Amends the state’s recreational use of land liability law in order to expand its protections for landowners and ensure that legal fees are covered for property owners who are found not liable for injuries to recreational users.
URBAN AFFAIRS, 10 a.m., Room B-31, Main Capitol
- HB 944 (Rep. John Taylor, R-Philadelphia): Amends the Community and Economic Improvement Act with several clarifications and changes regarding the management of neighborhood improvement districts in Philadelphia.
- HB 974 (Rep. Scott Petri, R-Bucks): Requires all municipalities with a pension system classified as severely distressed shall develop and carry out a pension recovery plan.
- HB 1437 (Rep. Neal Goodman, D-Schuylkill): Reduces the number of months that a purchaser has to correct known code violations on a property they have purchased.
- HB 1455 (Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski, D-Luzerne): Delegates administration and enforcement of parking ordinances and resolutions to parking authorities in cities of the third class.
- HB 1490 (Rep. Scott Petri, R-Bucks): Allows a municipality to establish a Cultural Improvement District.
On Wednesday the House will meet at 11 a.m. for legislative business.
Votes on Third Consideration
- HB 231 (Mullery)
- HB 698 (Marshall)
- HB 1168 (Maloney)
- HB 1233 (Quinn)
- HB 1336 (Cutler)
- SB 77 (Alloway)
- SB 609 (Mensch)
- SB 737 (Hutchinson)
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