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 February 8, 2016


DATE:            February 5, 2016



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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, February 8, 2016

Committee Meetings/Hearings

EDUCATION, 10 a.m., Room G-50, Irvis Office Building

  • Public hearing pursuant to HR 102 (Rep. Stan Saylor, R-York): Establishes a select subcommittee on technical education and career readiness to review and make recommendations regarding career training programs.


  • Informational meeting to consider imposing a severance tax on natural gas production.

TRANSPORTATION, 11:30 a.m., Room 205, Ryan Office Building

  • Public hearing on State Police funding through the Motor License Fund.



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 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.
  • HB 1219 (Rep. Judy Ward, R-Blair): Amends the aggravated assault statute to include health care practitioners in a health care facility.
  • HB 1581 (Rep. Becky Corbin, R-Chester): Establishes the crime of strangulation with felony grading.
  • HB 1801 (Rep. Rich Irvin, R-Centre/Huntingdon/Mifflin): Makes an appropriation to the Department of Corrections for the state’s correctional institutions for the 2015-16 fiscal year.
  • HB 1802 (Rep. Marcy Toepel, R-Montgomery): Makes an appropriation to the executive offices for Child Advocacy Centers for the 2015-16 fiscal year.
  • HB 1803 (Rep. Ryan Mackenzie, R-Berks/Lehigh): Makes an appropriation to the Department of Human Services for hospital burn centers for the 2015-16 fiscal year.
  • SB 501 (Sen. John Eichelberger, R-Blair/Cumberland/Franklin/Fulton/Huntingdon): Prohibits public employers in the Commonwealth from deducting “political contributions” from the wages of their employees.
  • 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 for comparison with DNA profiles collected during criminal investigations.


Votes on Third Consideration

  • HB 1260 (Rep. Frank Burns, D-Cambria): Bridge designation: PFC Thomas A. Cooney Memorial Bridge.
  • HB 1371 (Rep. Frank Burns, D-Cambria): Bridge designation: Trooper Herbert A. Wirfel Memorial Bridge.
  • HB 1407 (Rep. Garth Everett, R-Lycoming/Union): Bridge designations: Private Walter L. Smith Spanish-American War Memorial Bridge and Lance Corporal William F. Merrill Vietnam Veterans Highway.
  • 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.
  • HB 1709 (Rep. Thomas Caltagirone, D-Berks): Bridge designation: 65th U.S. Infantry Regiment, Borinqueneers Memorial Bridge.
  • HB 1712 (Rep. Rosemary Brown, R-Monroe/Pike): Provides financial assistance to private dam owners to meet their financial obligations under the Dam Safety and Encroachments Act.
  • HB 1713 (Rep. Tina Pickett, R-Bradford/Sullivan/Susquehanna): Highway designation: Lieutenant Commander John J. Peterman Memorial Highway.
  • HR 659 (Rep. Garth Everett, R-Lycoming/Union): Authorizes and empowers the House Judiciary Committee to investigate the conduct of Attorney General Kathleen Kane and to determine whether she is liable to impeachment.
  • SB 316 (Sen. Mike Folmer, R-Dauphin/Lebanon/York): Amends the Procurement Code to establish requirements for posting of and public access to procurement information and establishes various requirements and parameters applicable to legal services contracts.


Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Committee Meetings/Hearings

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.

STATE GOVERNMENT, 9 a.m., Room B-31, Main Capitol

  • SB 952 (Sen. Andrew Dinniman, D-Chester): Authorizes the conveyance of land in Lower Oxford Township, Chester County.
  • SB 1022 (Sen. David Argall, R-Berks/Schuylkill): Authorizes the conveyance of a permanent sanitary sewer easement and a temporary construction easement in South Heidelberg Township, Berks County.
  • SB 1054 (Sen. Kim Ward, R-Westmoreland): Authorizes the conveyance of land in Derry Township, Westmoreland County.
  • SB 1068 (Sen. Lloyd Smucker, R-Lancaster): Authorizes the release of Project 70 restrictions on land owned by the City of Lancaster, Lancaster County.

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

  • HB 1500 (Rep. Thomas Caltagirone, D-Berks): Expands the power of land banks to enter into partnerships with organizations in the private sector to create local solutions to address the lack of housing for the homeless population in their communities.
  • HB 1501 (Rep. Thomas Caltagirone, D-Berks): Increases the Neighborhood Assistance Tax Credits program from $18 million to $35 million.
  • HB 1788 (Rep. Martina White, R-Philadelphia): Amends the Community and Economic Improvement Act regarding special financing assessments.



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


Votes on Second Consideration

  • 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 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.
  • HB 1797 (Rep. Mark Keller, R-Cumberland/Perry): Amends the Vehicle Code to include the definition and term “autocycle.”
  • SB 479 (Sen. John Gordner, R-Columbia/Luzerne/Montour/Northumberland/Snyder): Designates the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources’ Resource Management Center in Columbia County as the Edward W. Helfrick Resource Management Center.


Votes on Third Consideration

  • HB 395 (Reese)
  • HB 1219 (Ward)
  • HB 1581 (Corbin)
  • SB 501 (Eichelberger)


Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Committee Meetings/Hearings

TRANSPORTATION, 8:30 a.m., Room 140, Main Capitol

  • Public hearing on the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission’s response to traffic tie-up during Winter Storm Jonas.

AGING AND OLDER ADULT SERVICES, 9:30 a.m., Room B-31, Main Capitol

  • Informational meeting on current laws and regulations of assisted living residences in Pennsylvania.


  • HB 1703 (Rep. David Millard, R-Columbia): Amends the Vehicle Code to update all-terrain vehicle (ATV) size restrictions for young operators.

LOCAL GOVERNMENT, 10 a.m., Room 205, Ryan Office Building

  • HB 914 (Rep. Chris Ross, R-Chester): Amends the Sewage Facilities Act to remove a cap on the fee that municipalities may charge for a person installing a permit-exempt septic system.
  • HB 1392 (Rep. Cris Dush, R-Indiana/Jefferson): Authorizes water and sewer municipal authorities to collect a security deposit from new customers before providing service.
  • HB 1409 (Rep. Kathy Rapp, R-Crawford/Forest/Warren): Amends the PA Construction Code Act to require that decisions rendered by a local Uniform Construction Code Board of Appeals be honored by code administrators that might have subsequent jurisdiction over a project.
  • HB 1489 (Rep. Tina Davis, D-Bucks): Establishes safety requirements and the regulation of propane tanks on mobile food vehicles.
  • HB 1605 (Rep. R. Lee James, R-Butler/Venango): Establishes the Heritage Areas Program Act and creates a formal process for the distribution of funding to these areas.



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


Votes on Third Consideration

  • HB 1452 (Gillespie)
  • HB 1722 (Jozwiak)
  • HB 1797 (M. Keller)
  • HB 1801 (Irvin)
  • HB 1802 (Toepel)
  • HB 1803 (Mackenzie)
  • HR 649 (Rep. Jeffrey Pyle, R-Armstrong/Butler/Indiana): Urges Congress and federal agencies to study any proposed acquisition of Norfolk Southern by the Canadian Pacific Railway.
  • SB 479 (Gordner
  • SB 682 (Pileggi)


Thursday, February 11, 2016

Committee Meetings/Hearings

PROFESSIONAL LICENSURE, 9:30 a.m., Room 205, Ryan Office Building

  • Public hearing on HB 1357 (Rep. Jim Christiana, R-Beaver/Washington): Establishes a state licensing program for plumbers.


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