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 20, 2017
DATE: March 17, 2017
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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 20, 2017
EDUCATION (House and Senate), 10:30 a.m., Hearing Room #1, North Office Building
- Joint public hearing regarding the federal Every Student Succeeds Act.
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 41 (Rep. Rick Saccone, R-Allegheny/Washington): Enhances requirements for precious metal dealers regarding transaction records, item retention and licensing status, purchases from minors and penalties.
- HB 99 (Rep. David Zimmerman, R-Lancaster): Allows boroughs to make contracts or purchases without requiring advertising, bidding or price quotations in situations deemed emergencies.
- HB 165 (Rep. Rick Saccone, R-Allegheny/Washington): Creates and adds the Pennsylvania Medal of Achievement and the Pennsylvania Veterans Service Award to the list of existing medals, badges and awards that are authorized and presented by the governor in the name of the Commonwealth.
- HB 179 (Rep. Gary Day, R- Berks/Lehigh): Establishes additional penalties for common and contract carriers that provide the transportation of household property between residential dwellings within the Commonwealth and adds an exemption for a moving container company that does not pack or unpack the containers provided.
- HB 188 (Rep. Martin Causer, R-Cameron/McKean/Potter): Increases the annual income limit for retired persons receiving social security or other pension to qualify for the discounted $10 vehicle registration fee.
- HB 204 (Rep. Barry Jozwiak, R-Berks): Authorizes the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs to operate as liaison for the Civil Air Patrol and supervise the expenditures of state funding as well as the maintenance and use of Commonwealth facilities by the Civil Air Patrol.
- HB 215 (Rep. Karen Boback, R-Lackawanna/Luzerne/Wyoming): Establishes the “Honoring Our Women Veterans” special license plate to display on passenger cars or trucks.
- HB 218 (Rep. Stan Saylor, R-York): General fund budget for fiscal year 2017-18.
- HB 247 (Rep. Chris Sainato, D-Lawrence): Changes the “Pennsylvania Veterans’ Memorial Trust Fund” to the “Pennsylvania Veterans’ Monuments and Memorial Trust Fund” and allows the money in the fund, administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, to be used to promote, administer, operate, maintain and complete various monuments and memorials dedicated to Pennsylvania’s veterans and military units.
Votes on Third Consideration
- HB 27 (Rep. Martina White, R-Philadelphia): Prohibits releasing the name and identifying information of a law enforcement officer involved in a discharge of a firearm or use of force during the performance of official duties before an investigation is complete or before 30 days after the incident has occurred, whichever occurs first.
- HB 151 (Rep. Bryan Cutler, R-Lancaster): Amends the Commerce and Trade law to define the term “agent” to include the Department of Community and Economic Development, giving it and its employees the ability to conduct required inspections and monitoring programs managed by the Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority.
- HB 162 (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 177 (Rep. Tina Pickett, R-Bradford/Sullivan/Susquehanna): Exempts structures used to process maple sap from the Uniform Construction Code.
- HB 234 (Rep. Dom Costa, D-Allegheny): Requires each county to establish an internal unit dedicated to the collection of restitution, fines, fees and other court-imposed obligations unless the county chooses to outsource collections.
- HB 236 (Rep. Becky Corbin, R-Chester): Authorizes wage attachment for the satisfaction of restitution, costs and fines, and authorizes additional payment options for the same.
- HB 280 (Rep. Sheryl Delozier, R-Cumberland): Requires that any money posted as bail, which would otherwise be returnable, shall first be applied to the payment of any outstanding restitution, fees, fines or costs owed by the defendant in any criminal or delinquency case.
- HB 285 (Rep. Todd Stephens, R-Montgomery): Requires that correctional facilities make minimum deductions from the wages and personal accounts of inmates who have outstanding restitution or other court-ordered obligations.
- HB 298 (Rep. Sheryl Delozier, R-Cumberland): Amends the Pennsylvania Construction Code to allow the Department of Labor and Industry to create, by regulation, a separate “on-the-job” trainee classification for each building code official certification.
Tuesday, March 21, 2017
FINANCE, 9 a.m., Room B-31, Main Capitol
- HB 46 (Rep. Thomas Caltagirone, D-Berks): Creates an opportunity for taxpayers to donate to pediatric cancer research via their Pennsylvania tax returns.
- HB 291 (Rep. Carl Walker Metzgar, R-Bedford/Somerset): Eliminates Pennsylvania’s inheritance tax for property transfers from a natural parent, adoptive parent, or step-parent to or for the use of their child, if the child is 21 years of age or younger.
- HB 718 (Rep. Fred Keller, R-Snyder/Union): Excludes the retail purchases of gun safes and gun locks from the Sales and Use Tax.
TOURISM AND RECREATIONAL DEVELOPMENT, 9 a.m., Room 205, Ryan Office Building
- Informational meeting with the Department of Community and Economic Development’s Tourism Office on the state’s tourism marketing and promotion programs.
TRANSPORTATION (House and Senate), 9:30 a.m., Hearing Room #1, North Office Building
- Joint public hearing on highly automated vehicles testing legislation.
JUDICIARY, 10 a.m., Room 140, Main Capitol
- HB 203 (Rep. Mark Longietti, D-Mercer): Increases the amount of wages, salary or employee benefits that may be paid directly by an employer to the family of a decedent from $5,000 to $10,000 without requiring letters of administration.
- HB 324 (Rep. Warren Kampf, R-Chester/Montgomery): Protects retirees whose pensions are sold to insurance companies when the Employment Retirement Income Security Act no longer applies.
- HB 352 (Rep. Lynda Schlegel Culver, R-Northumberland/Snyder): Reduces the standard period needed to acquire a title through adverse possession under specified circumstances.
- HB 594 (Rep. Kerry Benninghoff, R-Centre/Mifflin): Prohibits Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition for certain sex offenses against children.
- HB 631 (Rep. Ron Marsico, R-Dauphin): Requires the court to impose a mandatory three-year probation period consecutive to and in addition to any other lawful sentence imposed by the court for a person convicted of a Tier III sex offense under Pennsylvania’s Adam Walsh Act.
- HB 741 (Rep. Todd Stephens, R-Montgomery): Amends provisions in the Judicial Code and Crimes Code regarding mandatory sentencing procedures.
- HB 759 (Rep. Jason Ortitay, R-Allegheny/Washington): Gives courts an additional sentencing provision when an individual is convicted of trespass resulting from a violation of the self-exclusion list.
- SB 261 (Sen. Joseph Scarnati, R-Cameron/Clearfield/Clinton/Elk/Jefferson/McKean/Potter/Tioga): Amends the Judicial Code regarding civil and criminal statute of limitations for child sexual abuse and provides for waivers of sovereign and governmental immunity relating to claims of childhood sexual abuse.
PROFESSIONAL LICENSURE, 10 a.m., Room G-50, Irvis Office Building
- HB 223 (Rep. Curt Sonney, R-Erie): Establishes a continuing education requirement for architects.
- HB 445 (Rep. Nick Miccarelli, R-Delaware): Requires individuals who engage in the independent practice of clinical social work to be licensed clinical social workers.
- HB 454 (Rep. Anthony DeLuca, D-Allegheny): Requires pharmacy technicians to register with the State Board of Pharmacy.
- HB 539 (Rep. Curtis Thomas, D-Philadelphia): Amends the Assessors Certification Act to remove the exemption for counties of the first class (Philadelphia) from requirements regarding assessor certification.
- HB 548 (Rep. Harry Readshaw, D-Allegheny): Requires all licensees under the Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs to report convictions to their licensing board within 30 days.
URBAN AFFAIRS, 10 a.m., Room 205, Ryan Office Building
- HB 595 (Rep. Rosemary Brown, R-Monroe/Pike): Grants the power to investigate and mediate disputes in planned communities, cooperatives and condominiums to the Bureau of Consumer Protection in the Office of Attorney General.
- HB 758 (Rep. Judy Ward, R-Blair): Allows developers and property owners to receive a tax abatement incentive once they apply and are approved to rebuild upon an abandoned or blighted property or in a deteriorated area.
GAME AND FISHERIES, Call of Chair, Room 205, Ryan Office Building
- HB 275 (Rep. Gerald Mullery, D-Luzerne): Authorizes the sale of anterless deer hunting licenses through the Pennsylvania Game Commission’s Pennsylvania Automated Licensing System.
- HB 397 (Rep. David Maloney, R-Berks): Expands the availability of certified hunter education courses in public schools.
- HB 582 (Rep. Keith Gillespie, R-York): Creates a “Volunteer Instructor License” to provide a discounted hunting license for volunteer Hunter Trapper Education (HTE) instructors.
- HB 675 (Rep. Bryan Barbin, D-Cambria/Somerset): Provides an exemption from fishing license requirements for therapeutic recreation programs.
STATE GOVERNMENT, Call of Chair, Room B-31, Main Capitol
- HB 110 (Rep. Ryan Warner, R-Fayette/Westmoreland): Limits the range at which the Commonwealth’s spending may increase each fiscal year based on either the Consumer Price Index or a change in population.
- HB 410 (Rep. Ryan Warner, R-Fayette/Westmoreland): Implements a performance-based budgeting process, which will require all state departments and agencies to justify their budget requests for all existing and proposed activities before they can receive consideration for budget funding.
On Tuesday the House will meet at 11 a.m. for legislative business.
Votes on Second Consideration
- HB 104 (Rep. Robert Godshall, R-Montgomery): Requires a municipal authority to publicly discuss all acquisitions and the sale or transfer of authority-owned water and sewer infrastructure and how the acquisition or sale will benefit the authority’s existing ratepayers.
- HB 114 (Rep. Matt Baker, R-Bradford/Potter/Tioga): Requires the non-custodial parent of children for whom Medical Assistance is sought to enroll the children in their own health insurance plan.
- HB 126 (Rep. Matt Baker, R-Bradford/Potter/Tioga): Permits authorized entities with properly trained employees to maintain a supply of epinephrine auto-injectors and provide or administer them.
- HB 424 (Rep. Kerry Benninghoff, R-Centre/Mifflin): Allows a physician assistant (PA) to sign a death certificate for a patient under his or her care.
- HB 478 (Rep. Tina Pickett, R-Bradford/Sullivan/Susquehanna): Changes the number of hours of psychiatric supervision required for each staff member per week at outpatient psychiatric clinics.
- HB 644 (Rep. Matt Baker, R-Bradford/Potter/Tioga): Places a limitation on funds for federally qualified health centers distributed in accordance with the Community Based Health Care Act.
Votes on Third Consideration
- HB 41 (Saccone)
- HB 99 (Zimmerman)
- HB 165 (Saccone)
- HB 179 (Day)
- HB 188 (Causer)
- HB 204 (Jozwiak)
- HB 215 (Boback)
- HB 247 (Sainato)
- HR 50 (Rep. Kate Harper, R-Montgomery): Requests that the Legislative Budget and Finance Committee commission a study of the financial impact of the Right-to-Know Law on local governments and provide recommendations for improvement of the law while ensuring public access to records and information.
Wednesday, March 22, 2017
HUMAN SERVICES, 8:30 a.m., Room B-31, Main Capitol
- HB 45 (Rep. Robert Godshall, R-Montgomery): Allows eligible, terminally ill patients to use investigational drugs, biological products and devices not yet approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
- HB 381 (Rep. Pam Snyder, D-Fayette/Greene/Washington): Requires the Department of Human Services to issue guidelines and adopt rules and regulations regarding a minor’s right to consent to mental health treatment.
- HB 396 (Rep. Gene DiGirolamo, R-Bucks): Amends the Achieving Better Care by Monitoring All Prescriptions Program Act by requiring prescribers to query the system for each patient every time the patient is prescribed a controlled substance.
- HB 398 (Rep. Gene DiGirolamo, R-Bucks): Ensures that funding continues for essential human services in case of a budget impasse.
CHILDREN AND YOUTH, 9 a.m., Room 39, East Wing
- HB 235 (Rep. Kathy Watson, R-Bucks): Establishes a task force to examine the opioid abuse epidemic’s impact on infants and children.
TRANSPORTATION, 9 a.m., Room 205, Ryan Office Building
- HB 93 (Rep. David Millard, R-Columbia): Highway designation: Stuart Tank Memorial Highway.
- HB 199 (Rep. Seth Grove, R-York): Road designation: Private First Class Donald R. Gise Memorial Road.
- HB 269 (Rep. Thomas Murt, R-Montgomery/Philadelphia): Amends a road designation in Act 159 of 2016 to make a correction.
- HB 283 (Rep. Matthew Baker, R-Bradford/Potter/Tioga): Amends an overpass designation in Act 46 or 2015 to make a correction.
- HB 303 (Rep. Jesse Topper, R-Bedford/Franklin/Fulton): Bridge designation: PFC/POW William G. Koontz Memorial Bridge.
- HB 580 (Rep. Keith Gillespie, R-York): Allows owners of historic military vehicles to obtain Historic Military Vehicle license plates from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.
AGING AND OLDER ADULT SERVICES, 9:30 a.m., Room G-50, Irvis Office Building
- Informational meeting on the Meals on Wheels program.
CONSUMER AFFAIRS, 9:30 a.m., Room 60, East Wing
- Public hearing on the telecommunications industry.
STATE GOVERNMENT, 10 a.m., Room 39, East Wing
- Informational meeting by the Independent Regulatory Review Commission regarding the regulatory review process.
LOCAL GOVERNMENT, 10:30 a.m., Room 205, Ryan Office Building
- HB 16 (Rep. Ryan Mackenzie, R-Berks/Lehigh): Prohibits checks collected by a tax collector from being made payable in the name of an individual and requires the creation of a separate account to be used solely for tax payments.
- HB 266 (Rep. Kate Harper, R-Montgomery): Amends the Pennsylvania Construction Code regarding the number and qualifications of persons serving on municipal boards of appeals.
- HB 360 (Rep. Barry Jozwiak, R-Berks): Changes the composition of the membership of the Municipal Police Officers Education and Training Commission.
- HB 422 (Rep. Matt Gabler, R-Clearfield/Elk): Amends the First Class Township Code to update the eligibility provisions for township offices and to modernize vacancy procedures.
- HB 423 (Rep. Matt Gabler, R-Clearfield/Elk): Amends the Second Class Township Code to address vacancies created as a result of the resignation of an elected official.
VETERANS AFFAIRS AND EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS, Call of Chair, B-31 Main Capitol
- HR 84 (Rep. Frank Ryan, R-Lebanon): Recognizes the Pennsylvania National Guard’s environmental office for winning first place in the Sustainability Team in the 2016 Army National Guard Environmental Awards contest.
- SR 6 (Sen. Randy Vulakovich, R-Allegheny): Establishes a special, bipartisan, bicameral legislative commission to recommend improvements to the delivery of emergency services in the Commonwealth.
On Wednesday the House will meet at 11 a.m. for legislative business.
Votes on Third Consideration
- HB 104 (Godshall)
- HB 114 (Baker)
- HB 126 (Baker)
- HB 424 (Benninghoff)
- HB 478 (Pickett)
- HB 644 (Baker)
Thursday, March 23, 2017
VETERANS AFFAIRS AND EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS (House and Senate), 9:15 a.m., Hearing Room #1, North Office Building
- Joint informational meeting on veteran’s issues.
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