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 November 16, 2015
DATE: November 13, 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, November 16, 2015
LIQUOR CONTROL, 11 a.m., Room 205, Ryan Office Building
- HB 1690 (Rep. Mike Turzai, R-Allegheny): Privatizes the sale of wine and spirits in the Commonwealth.
CONSUMER AFFAIRS, Call of Chair, Room B-31, Main Capitol
- HB 1436 (Rep. Robert Godshall, R-Montgomery): Requires that the tax expense of a utility permitted to be included in rates consist only of income tax deductions and credits related to the utility’s expenses and investments.
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 322 (Rep. Mauree Gingrich, R-Lebanon): Amends the Crimes Code with an additional provision for an evaluation for a gambling disorder for those violating the Gaming Board’s self-exclusion list.
- HB 1327 (Rep. Mike Peifer, R-Pike/Wayne): Re-authorizes the State Workers’ Insurance Fund.
- HB 1378 (Rep. Duane Milne, R-Chester): Codifies the Enhanced Revenue Collections Account.
- HB 1538 (Rep. Martina White, R-Philadelphia): Prohibits the release of the name and identifying information of a law enforcement officer involved in a firearm discharge or use of force while an investigation is in progress.
- HB 1574 (Rep. Ron Marsico, R-Dauphin): Expands Pennsylvania’s anti-hazing law to make hazing an offense if done to any person as a condition for initiation or admission into any organization and requires public and private secondary schools to enact anti-hazing policies.
- HB 1581 (Rep. Becky Corbin, R-Chester): Establishes the crime of strangulation with felony grading.
- HB 1682 (Rep. Jerry Knowles, R-Berks/Carbon/Schuylkill): Prohibits the use of devices to record video or audio or take photographs in a courtroom or hearing room without the permission of the presiding officer or as permitted by the rules of court.
Votes on Third Consideration
- HB 406 (Rep. Jim Cox, R-Berks/Lancaster): Permits an executor or administrator of an estate to apply for a property tax or rent rebate on behalf on an individual who passes away prior to the end of a given tax year and excludes from the definition of income the first $10,000 of death benefits.
- HB 484 (Rep. Kathy Rapp, R-Crawford/Forest/Warren): Directs the Department of Health to establish the Early Childhood Vision Care Education Program.
- 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.
- HB 1162 (Rep. Peter Schweyer, D-Lehigh): Excludes 50 percent of substitute social security pension benefits from income for the Property Tax Rent Rebate Program for calendar years 2015 and thereafter.
Tuesday, November 17, 2015
COMMERCE, 9:30 a.m., Room B-31, Main Capitol
- Public hearing on HB 1240 (Rep. Marguerite Quinn, R-Bucks): Amends the Solicitation of Funds for Charitable Purposes Act by enhancing the requirements for third party solicitors including a licensure requirement, new disclosure methods, background disclosures, and prohibiting those convicted of certain crimes from soliciting funds.
JUDICIARY, 10 a.m., Room 140, Main Capitol
- HB 391 (Rep. Karen Boback, R-Lackawanna/Luzerne/Wyoming): Establishes a misdemeanor offense for any person who causes false caller identification information to be displayed on a recipient’s telephone with the intent to harass or defraud the call recipient.
- HB 656 (Rep. Kathy Watson, R-Bucks): Creates a sentencing enhancement for certain offenses committed while impersonating a person online.
- HB 1626 (Rep. Kerry Benninghoff, R-Centre/Mifflin): Prohibits the release or disclosure of the addresses of jurors after they have been empaneled for the trial of a case, unless otherwise ordered by the court.
- HB 1691 (Rep. Ron Marsico, R-Dauphin): Enacts provisions to bring Pennsylvania into compliance with the federal Preventing Sex Trafficking and Strengthening Families Act.
- SB 130 (Sen. John Gordner, R-Columbia/Luzerne/Montour/Northumberland/Snyder): Prohibits the practice of allowing those sentenced to community service from purchasing credit toward that service in any form, including gift cards, cash or other forms of remuneration.
- SB 524 (Sen. Joseph Scarnati, R-Cameron/Clearfield/Clinton/Elk/Jefferson/McKean/Potter/Tioga): Creates the Non-Narcotic Medication Assisted Substance Abuse Treatment Grant Pilot Program within the Department of Corrections to provide grants to county correctional facilities with respect to treatment of inmates for drug or alcohol addiction.
STATE GOVERNMENT, 10 a.m., Room 205, Ryan Office Building
- HB 1484 (Rep. Mark Gillen, R-Berks/Lancaster): Requires the Department of General Services to comply with several recommendations regarding the preservation and construction of “Soldiers’ Grove” and the Medal of Honor Memorial Gardens.
HEALTH, Call of Chair, Room G-50, Irvis Office Building
- HB 498 (Rep. Thomas Murt, R-Montgomery/Philadelphia): Adds Nonketotic Hyperglycinemia (NKH) to the list of disorders for newborn screening.
- HB 682 (Rep. Thomas Murt, R-Montgomery/Philadelphia): Amends the Clean Indoor Air Act by eliminating exceptions to the statewide smoking ban and allowing local governments to enact smoke-free ordinances more protective than state law.
- HB 1282 (Rep. Bryan Cutler, R-Lancaster): Establishes the Health Care Professional Transparency Act which requires that an advertisement for a health care service identify the type of license, certification, registration or permit held by the individual who will perform the health care service. The advertisement also must be free from deceptive or misleading information.
On Tuesday the House will meet at 11 a.m. for legislative business.
Votes on Second Consideration
- 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 and second class A.
- HB 1490 (Rep. Scott Petri, R-Bucks): Allows a municipality to establish a Cultural Improvement District.
- SB 490 (Rep. Lisa Baker, R-Luzerne/Susquehanna/Wayne/Wyoming): Requires Senate of Pennsylvania confirmation of the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency director.
Votes on Third Consideration
- HB 322 (Gingrich)
- HB 1327 (Peifer)
- HB 1538 (White)
- HB 1574 (Marsico)
- HB 1581 (Corbin)
- HB 1682 (Knowles)
- HR 424 (Rep. Frank Farry, R-Bucks): Urges Congress to examine existing federal laws relating to sober living arrangements/recovery housing and to examine the impact of current laws on persons in recovery and on communities.
- HR 527 (Rep. Stephen Barrar, R-Chester/Delaware): Urges Congress to enact the Toxic Exposure Research Act of 2015.
Wednesday, November 18, 2015
INSURANCE, 9 a.m., Room B-31, Main Capitol
AGING AND OLDER ADULT SERVICES, 9:30 a.m., Room B-31, Main Capitol
- HB 190 (Rep. Curt Sonney, R-Erie): Excludes from the definition of “income” for PACE and PACENET eligibility the principal and any interest accrued from a savings bond.
- 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.
- Informational meeting for a presentation from the APPRISE Program.
LOCAL GOVERNMENT, 9:30 a.m., Room 205, Ryan Office Building
- HB 1325 (Rep. Mark Mustio, R-Allegheny): Amends the Second Class Township Code to give townships the authority to implement storm water management ordinances and to assess a fee to fund the planning, management, implementation, construction and maintenance of storm water facilities.
- HB 1394 (Rep. Mark Mustio, R-Allegheny): Amends the Borough Code to give boroughs the authority to implement storm water management ordinances and to assess a fee to fund the planning, management, implementation, construction and maintenance of storm water facilities.
- HB 1533 (Rep. Jack Rader, R-Monroe): Amends the Municipal Waste Planning, Recycling and Waste Reduction Act to add a population density requirement for large municipalities that have to create recycling programs.
- HB 1647 (Rep. Kate Harper, R-Montgomery): Amends the Consolidated County Assessment Law to prohibit a taxing district from appealing the valuation of property that is eligible for a homestead exemption.
- HB 1661 (Rep. Mark Mustio, R-Allegheny): Amends the First Class Township Code to give townships the authority to implement storm water management ordinances and to assess a fee to fund the planning, management, implementation, construction and maintenance of storm water facilities.
- SB 526 (Sen. John Gordner, R-Columbia/Luzerne/Montour/Northumberland/Snyder): Amends the Second Class Township Code regarding the completion and publication of the annual township report and financial statement.
- SB 898 (Sen. Scott Hutchinson, R-Butler/Clarion/Forest/Venango/Warren): Amends the Second Class County Code to expand the anti-windfall provisions to cover any special tax created through a referendum.
- SB 899 (Sen. Scott Hutchinson, R-Butler/Clarion/Forest/Venango/Warren): Amends the Consolidated County Assessment Law to expand the anti-windfall provisions to cover any special tax created through a referendum.
PROFESSIONAL LICENSURE, 10 a.m., Room 39, East Wing
- SB 685 (Sen. Jake Corman, R-Centre/Huntingdon/Juniata/Mifflin): Allows visiting sports team physicians to provide medical care to their players and coaches while in Pennsylvania without obtaining a temporary Pennsylvania medical license.
- SB 686 (Sen. Jake Corman, R-Centre/Huntingdon/Juniata/Mifflin): Allows visiting sports team physicians to provide medical care to their players and coaches while in Pennsylvania without obtaining a Pennsylvania medical license.
On Wednesday the House will meet at 11 a.m. for legislative business.
Votes on Third Consideration
- HB 1455 (Pashinski)
- HB 1490 (Petri)
- SB 490 (Baker)
Thursday, November 19, 2015
GAME AND FISHERIES/TRANSPORTATION, 10 a.m., Room 205, Ryan Office Building
- Joint informational meeting for the Fish & Boat Commission to present its plan to use funds from the Oil Company Franchise Tax.
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