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 March 21, 2016
DATE: March 18, 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 PAHouseGOP.com by clicking on the “Research Bills” tab.
Monday, March 21, 2016
HUMAN SERVICES, 10 a.m., Room G-50, Irvis Office Building
- Public hearing regarding supporting families of loved ones with disabilities.
GAMING OVERSIGHT, 11 a.m., Room B-31, Main Capitol
- Public hearing on HB 1891 (Rep. John Payne, R-Dauphin): Transfers the Department of Revenue’s responsibilities under the Local Option Small Games of Chance Act to the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board.
LABOR AND INDUSTRY, Noon, Room 60, East Wing
- HB 63 (Rep. Fred Keller, R-Snyder/Union): Raises the threshold for the Prevailing Wage Act from $25,000 to $190,000 and creates an annual inflation adjustment to the threshold.
- HB 1234 (Rep. Ron Marsico, R-Dauphin): Amends the Prevailing Wage Act to require at least 51 percent of a project be paid for by public money before it is covered by the law.
- HB 1543 (Rep. David Maloney, R-Berks): Amends the Pennsylvania Construction Code Act to give the Department of Labor and Industry the authority to contract with the International Codes Council to create a Pennsylvania-specific set of code books and require that such code books be available online in “read only” format to the general public.
- HB 1639 (Rep. Cris Dush, R-Jefferson/Indiana): Amends the Prevailing Wage Act to exempt “maintenance work” from the act’s requirements.
TRANSPORTATION, 12:15 p.m., Room 205, Ryan Office Building
- HB 1739 (Rep. Thomas Murt, R-Montgomery/Philadelphia): Highway designation: CPL Carl F. Hynek III Memorial Highway.
- SB 290 (Sen. John Rafferty, R-Berks/Chester/Montgomery): Makes the ignition interlock program mandatory for first-time DUI offenders with high blood alcohol levels while at the same time reducing suspension requirements in certain cases.
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 1561 (Rep. Pam Snyder, D-Fayette/Greene/Washington): Requires PennDOT to establish and enforce specifications for local farmers’ markets and farm stands signs on state highways and allows for the waiver of the permit fee requirement.
- HB 1766 (Rep. Tina Pickett, R-Bradford/Sullivan/Susquehanna): Allows future insurance policy reserves to be based on Principle-Based Reserving (PBR) rather than the current formulaic method.
- SB 61 (Sen. Stewart Greenleaf, R-Bucks/Montgomery): Permits bike medics to operate their bicycles with the same rights and responsibilities as drivers of emergency vehicles.
- SB 1064 (Sen. Lisa Boscola, D-Lehigh/Northampton): Transfers a road in Lehigh County to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.
Votes on Third Consideration
- HB 1703 (Rep. David Millard, R-Columbia): Amends the Vehicle Code to update all-terrain vehicle (ATV) size restrictions for young operators.
- SB 385 (former Sen. Dominic Pileggi, R-Chester/Delaware): Reforms and modernizes the Transit Revitalization Investment District Act and identifies an additional funding source.
- SB 644 (Sen. Mike Folmer, R-Dauphin/Lebanon/York): Requires the Independent Fiscal Office to provide a cost analysis of proposed collective bargaining agreements that are under the governor’s jurisdiction.
Tuesday, March 22, 2016
GAMING OVERSIGHT, 9 a.m., Room 60, East Wing
- Public hearing on HB 1393 (Rep. Ryan Warner, R-Fayette/Westmoreland): Eliminates provisions prohibiting a slot machine licensee from owning more than 33.3 percent of another slot machine license and gives the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board authority to determine an ownership limit based on the licensee’s market share; and HB 1397 (Rep. Tedd Nesbit, R-Mercer/Butler): Removes registration requirements that discourage local businesses from contracting with casinos.
PROFESSIONAL LICENSURE, 9 a.m., Room 205, Ryan Office Building
- Public hearing on HB 1438 (Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski, D-Luzerne): Establishes a state license requirement for music therapists and creates the State Board of Professional Music Therapy Licensing.
STATE GOVERNMENT, 9 a.m., Room G-50, Irvis Office Building
- Public hearing on SB 411 (former Sen. Dominic Pileggi, R-Chester/Delaware): Amends the Right to Know law with several changes and clarifications.
FINANCE, 9:30 a.m., Room B-31, Main Capitol
- Informational meeting on HB 931 (Rep. John Lawrence, R-Chester/Lancaster): Requires legislative approval for the Commonwealth or any of its departments, agencies or authorities to enter into a “lease-backed debt obligation.”
VETERANS AFFAIRS AND EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS, 9:30 a.m., Room 39, East Wing
- HB 1877 (Rep. Stephen Barrar, R-Chester/Delaware): Re-authorizes and extends the Volunteer Fire and Emergency Medical Services grant program.
- HR 264 (Rep. Thomas Murt, R-Montgomery/Philadelphia): Urges Congress to address the health, social and economic needs of female veterans.
JUDICIARY, 10 a.m., Room 140, Main Capitol
- HB 220 (Rep. Mike Regan, R-Cumberland/York): Requires a person to remain in or at his vehicle after being ordered to stop by a police officer.
- HB 443 (Rep. Ted Harhai, D-Westmoreland): Permits the grandchild of a decedent to be reimbursed from the decedent’s bank account assets for funeral expenses paid by the grandchild.
- HB 869 (Rep. Ryan Bizzarro, D-Erie): Requires that after an animal abuser is convicted, the victims of that abuse will be forfeited to an animal shelter.
- HB 1353 (Rep. Dan Moul, R-Adams): Raises the grading of vehicular homicide while driving under the influence and increases the mandatory sentence if the defendant has been previously convicted of driving under the influence or a felony traffic offense.
On Tuesday the House will meet at 11 a.m. for legislative business.
Votes on Second Consideration
- HB 176 (Rep. Seth Grove, R-York): Establishes the Law Enforcement Grant Program Act to provide funds to regional police for vehicle acquisitions, cameras, speed timing devices, uniforms, police equipment, training and personnel costs.
- 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 577 (Rep. Dan Moul, R-Adams): Allows a General Assembly member of the Interstate Commission on the Potomac River Basin to have a designee with full voting rights.
- HB 1704 (Rep. Mark Mustio, R-Allegheny): Amends the Engineer, Land Surveyor and Geologist Registration Law to adopt the title “Engineer Intern,” clarify a continuing education requirement and eliminate two current license exemptions.
- HB 1841 (Rep. Thomas Killion, R-Delaware): Amends the Medical Practice Act to give graduate perfusionists the opportunity, if needed, to take their licensing examination more than once before their temporary graduate license is revoked.
- HB 1842 (Rep. Thomas Killion, R-Delaware): Amends the Osteopathic Medical Practice Act to give graduate perfusionists the opportunity, if needed, to take their licensing examination more than once before their temporary graduate license is revoked.
- HB 1864 (Rep. Julie Harhart, R-Lehigh/Northampton): Amends the Cosmetology Law to clarify that cosmetology schools are permitted to charge the public a reasonable fee for student practice.
- HB 1895 (Rep. Carl Walker Metzgar, R- Somerset/Bedford): Amends the Storage Tank and Spill Prevention Act to address a vacancy on the Underground Storage Tank Indemnification Board.
- SB 879 (Sen. Lisa Baker, R-Luzerne/Pike/Susquehanna/Wayne/Wyoming): Authorizes the Pennsylvania Treasury to establish and maintain the Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) savings account program that allows family members and other persons to make contributions during a taxable year for a designated beneficiary to supplement the costs of qualified disability expenses.
Votes on Third Consideration
- HB 1561 (Snyder)
- HB 1766 (Pickett)
- SB 61 (Greenleaf)
Wednesday, March 23, 2016
CHILDREN AND YOUTH, 9 a.m., Room 60, East Wing
- Public hearing on adoption reform bills:
- HB 1525 (Rep. Scott Petri, R-Bucks): Requires the courts to set a hearing date no more than 20 days after the birth parent(s) file with the court a petition voluntarily relinquishing their parental rights.
- HB 1527 (Rep. Tedd Nesbit, R- Mercer/Butler): Repeals the requirement of an Intermediary Report from the adoption process in Pennsylvania.
- HB 1531 (Rep. Dan Miller, D-Allegheny): Eliminates the requirement of holding a hearing to confirm a consent to an adoption when the birth parent or parents of the child being placed for adoption have executed valid consents to an adoption.
AGING AND OLDER ADULT SERVICES, 9:30 a.m., Room G-50, Irvis Office Building
- HB 791 (Rep. Tim Hennessey, R-Chester/Montgomery): Authorizes school districts to implement programs in which senior citizens volunteer in the school district in which they reside and receive a partial credit against their school property tax in exchange for their services.
- Informational meeting on programs and benefits funded by the Pennsylvania Lottery.
ENVIRONMENTAL RESOURCES AND ENERGY, 9:30 a.m., Room B-31, Main Capitol
LOCAL GOVERNMENT, 9:30 a.m., Room 205, Ryan Office Building
- HB 916 (Rep. Kate Harper, R-Montgomery): Amends the Workers’ Compensation Act to include emergency management team volunteers under a municipality’s workers’ compensation policy.
- HB 1409 (Rep. Kathy Rapp, R-Crawford/Forest/Warren): Amends the Pennsylvania Construction Code Act to require that decisions issued by local Uniform Construction Code boards of appeal be honored by code administrators who might have subsequent jurisdiction over a project.
- HB 1823 (Rep. Kate Harper, R-Montgomery): Amends the Second Class Township Code to clarify the imposition of penalties and late fees for certain township services.
On Wednesday the House will meet at 11 a.m. for legislative business.
Votes on Third Consideration
- HB 176 (Grove)
- HB 577 (Moul)
- HB 1704 (Mustio)
- HB 1841 (Killion)
- HB 1842 (Killion)
- HB 1864 (Harhart)
- HB 1895 (Metzgar)
- SB 879 (Baker, L.)
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