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 November 23, 2015


DATE:            November 20, 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, November 23, 2015

Committee Meetings/Hearings

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

  • Informational meeting on proposed long term managed care by the Department of Human Services.

VETERANS AFFAIRS AND EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS, 11:45 a.m., Room 205, Ryan Office Building

  • HR 581 (Rep. Lynda Schlegel Culver, R-Northumberland/Snyder): Urges the President of the United States and Congress to support the Permanent Department of Veterans Affairs Choice Card Act.
  • SB 1045 (Sen. Randy Vulakovich, R-Allegheny): Standardizes the definition of veteran.
  • SB 1046 (Sen. Randy Vulakovich, R-Allegheny): Standardizes the process for promotion on the retired list of the Pennsylvania National Guard.


  • SB 352 (Sen. Elder Vogel, R-Beaver/Butler/Lawrence): Reforms Pennsylvania’s race horse industry.

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

  • HB 1199 (Rep. John Taylor, R-Philadelphia): Repeals the 1965 law authorizing the Department of Highways to erect and maintain a bridge over the Monongahela River.
  • HB 1200 (Rep. John Taylor, R-Philadelphia): Repeals a 1903 law requiring railroads under bridges or viaducts to pay maintenance fees.
  • HB 1476 (Rep. Karen Boback, R-Lackawanna/Luzerne/Wyoming): Makes it unlawful for an individual to knowingly make, distribute, sell, install or reinstall a counterfeit or nonfunctional airbag.
  • HB 1577 (Rep. Cris Dush, R-Indiana/Jefferson): Bridge designation: Airman Second Class Gerald Emmett Johnson Memorial Bridge.
  • HB 1660 (Rep. Dave Reed, R-Indiana): Bridge designation: Sergeant James Robert Pantall Memorial Bridge.
  • HB 1673 (Rep. Curt Sonney, R-Erie): Exempts a recreational trailer over 10,000 pounds from having to be registered in combination with its towing vehicle and creates a tier of registration fees for recreational trailers based on weight.
  • 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 398 (Sen. Donald White, R-Armstrong/Butler/Indiana/Westmoreland): Redesigns driver’s license and identification card applications regarding the organ donor designation.



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 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 state 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.
  • HB 1581 (Rep. Becky Corbin, R-Chester): Establishes the crime of strangulation with felony grading.
  • HB 1618 (Rep. Mindy Fee, R-Lancaster): Creates the independent Office of State Inspector General.
  • SB 3 (Sen. Mike Folmer, R-Dauphin/Lebanon/York): Allows health care providers to recommend the use of cannabis for medical purposes.
  • 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.


Votes on Third Consideration

  • 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 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.
  • 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 880 (Sen. Lloyd Smucker, R-Lancaster): Delays implementation of the Keystone Exam as a graduation requirement until the 2018-19 school year and requires the Pennsylvania Department of Education to investigate alternatives to the Keystone Exam.


Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Committee Meetings/Hearings

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

  • SB 442 (Sen. Mike Folmer, R-Dauphin/Lebanon/York): Requires all Commonwealth agencies to note when tax monies are used for advertising with the statement: “Paid for with Pennsylvania taxpayer dollars.”

URBAN AFFAIRS, Call of Chair, Room 205, Ryan Office Building

  • 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.



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


Votes on Second Consideration

  • HB 1633 (Rep. Tina Pickett, R-Bradford/Sullivan/Susquehanna): Moves the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) from the Pennsylvania Insurance Department to the Department of Human Services.
  • 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.


Votes on Third Consideration

  • HB 190 (Sonney)
  • HB 493 (Goodman)
  • HB 777 (Grove)
  • HB 1581 (Corbin)
  • HB 1618 (Fee)
  • SB 3 (Folmer)
  • SB 685 (Corman)
  • SB 686 (Corman)


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