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 January 25, 2016
DATE: January 22, 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, January 25, 2016
TRANSPORTATION, 12:15 p.m., Room 205, Ryan Office Building
- HB 220 (Rep. Mike Regan, R-Cumberland/York): Amends the Vehicle Code to require a person who has been ordered to pull his vehicle over to not only stop but also remain in or at the vehicle.
- HB 1353 (Rep. Dan Moul, R-Adams): Raises the grading of vehicular homicide while driving under the influence from a felony of the second degree to a felony of the first degree and increases the mandatory sentence from the current three years to five years where the defendant has been previously convicted of DUI or a felony traffic offense such as vehicular homicide or vehicular assault.
- HB 1672 (Rep. Thomas Murt, R-Montgomery/Philadelphia): Nullifies certain indemnity clauses in snow removal contracts.
- HB 1769 (Rep. Gary Day, R-Berks/Lehigh): Establishes penalties for household goods movers that do not comply with the Commonwealth laws and regulations regarding registration and insurance.
JUDICIARY, Call of Chair, Room 205, Ryan Office Building
- HB 1428 (Rep. Warren Kampf, R-Chester/Montgomery): Creates the Fairness in Claims and Transparency Act to address claims made against asbestos-related bankruptcy trusts and for allocation of responsibility in asbestos litigation.
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 1413 (Rep. Doyle Heffley, R-Carbon): Amends the Vehicle Code to allow for a registration fee refund and to eliminate the semi-annual inspection requirements on motor carrier vehicles over 17,000 pounds.
- HB 1418 (Rep. Keith Gillespie, R-York): Establishes a historic military vehicle license plate.
- HB 1581 (Rep. Becky Corbin, R-Chester): Establishes the crime of strangulation with felony grading.
- 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.
Votes on Third Consideration
- HB 1062 (Rep. Thomas Killion, R-Delaware): Repeals the requirement that county nursing homes pay 10 percent of the non-federal cost of services for Medicaid residents cared for in those facilities.
- HB 1087 (Rep. Mike Vereb, R-Montgomery): Provides veto power to the governor over the actions of Pennsylvania’s commissioners on the Delaware River Port Authority Board.
- HB 1091 (Rep. Todd Stephens, R-Montgomery): Amends the Judicial Code regarding sentencing for crimes committed with firearms, and sentences for second and subsequent offenses.
- SB 494 (Sen. Kim Ward, R-Westmoreland): Repeals the provision in the Flood Insurance Education and Information Act that requires the Insurance Commission to present an annual report to the General Assembly on the flood insurance consumer education plan.
Tuesday, January 26, 2016
CHILDREN AND YOUTH, 9 a.m., Room 60, East Wing
- Public hearing on adoption reform bills:
- HB 1524 (Rep. Kathy Watson, R-Bucks): Ensures that birth parents have access to adoption-related counseling services when they are considering relinquishing parental rights and placing a child for adoption, or when they have relinquished parental rights and have consented to place their child for adoption.
- HB 1526 (Rep. Scott Petri, R-Bucks): Shortens the period in which a birth mother, birth father or putative father can revoke his or her consent to an adoption from 30 days to five days.
- HB 1529 (Rep. Tarah Toohil, R-Luzerne): Adds reasonable expenses incurred by a birth mother of a child being place for adoption to the list of expenses that are currently permitted to be reimbursed in an adoption process and paid by the adoptive parents.
GAMING OVERSIGHT, 9 a.m., Room G-50, Irvis Office Building
- HR 619 (Rep. Robert Matzie, D-Allegheny/Beaver): Urges Congress to lift the federal ban on sports betting and allow Pennsylvania to legalize sports betting through its licensed facilities.
TOURISM AND RECREATIONAL DEVELOPMENT, 9 a.m., Room 205, Ryan Office Building
- HB 1703 (Rep. David Millard, R-Columbia): Updates all-terrain vehicle (ATV) restrictions relating to youth riders.
CONSUMER AFFAIRS, 9:15 a.m., Room 140, Main Capitol
- HB 395 (Rep. Mike Reese, R-Somerset/Westmoreland): Includes “government agencies” as a specific class of third party for which customer consent is required prior to gaining access to customer meters and meter data.
- Public hearing on SB 874 (Sen. Thomas McGarrigle, R-Chester/Delaware): Amends the Cemetery and Funeral Merchandise Trust Fund Law by prohibiting “constructive delivery;” providing for return of funds including interest earned if the purchaser cancels the contract prior to performance; and adding to the fund trustee reporting requirements.
JUDICIARY, 10 a.m., Room 205, Ryan Office Building
- HB 1219 (Rep. Judy Ward, R-Blair): Amends the aggravated assault statute to include health care practitioners in a health care facility.
- SB 683 (former Sen. Dominic Pileggi, R-Chester/Delaware): Amends the Law and Justice Code regarding the collection, analysis and use of DNA samples and storage of DNA profiles in the Pennsylvania State DNA Database.
On Tuesday the House will meet at 11 a.m. for legislative business.
Votes on Second Consideration
- 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.
- HB 1103 (Rep. David Zimmerman, R-Lancaster): Exempts “high tunnels” from the requirements of the Storm Water Management Act.
- 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.
- HB 1712 (Rep. Rosemary Brown, R-Monroe/Pike): Establishes the Private Dam Financial Assurance Program to offer financial assurance for dam owners to assist in meeting the financial obligations imposed under the Dam Safety and Encroachments Act.
- HB 1737 (Rep. John Maher, R-Allegheny/Washington): Amends the Waste Tire Recycling Act/Small Business and Household Pollution Prevention Program Act to provide for safe pharmaceutical destruction.
- 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.
Votes on Third Consideration
- HB 1413 (Heffley)
- HB 1418 (Gillespie)
- HB 1581 (Corbin)
- SB 526 (Gordner)
Wednesday, January 27, 2016
AGING AND OLDER ADULT SERVICES, 9:30 a.m., Room G-50, Irvis Office Building
- Informational meeting on the Long Term Care Partnership Program with the Department of Insurance and industry representatives.
GAME AND FISHERIES, 9:30 a.m., Room 60, East Wing
- HB 1452 (Rep. Keith Gillespie, R-York): Creates a “Volunteer Instructor License” to provide a discounted general hunting license for Hunter Trapper Education (HTE) instructors.
- HB 1719 (Rep. Brett Miller, R-Lancaster): Makes the offense of trespass while hunting a primary offense and increases penalties.
- HB 1722 (Rep. Barry Jozwiak, R-Berks): Allows the use of a leashed blood-tracking dog to track white-tailed deer and black bear in an attempt to recover an animal which has been legally killed or wounded.
On Wednesday the House will meet at 11 a.m. for legislative business.
Votes on Third Consideration
- HB 544 (Moul)
- HB 1103 (Zimmerman)
- HB 1661 (Mustio)
- HB 1712 (Brown)
- HB 1737 (Maher)
- SB 898 (Hutchinson)
- SB 899 (Hutchinson)
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