Representative Dave Reed

62nd Legislative District

Pennsylvania House of Representatives

Media Contact: Stephen Miskin

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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 April 3, 2017


DATE:            March 31, 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 by clicking on the “Research Bills” tab.



Monday, April 3, 2017

Committee Meetings/Hearings

LIQUOR CONTROL, 11:30 a.m., Room G-50, Irvis Office Building

  • HB 438 (Rep. Mike Reese, R-Somerset/Westmoreland): Establishes a Spirit Expanded Permit, allowing restaurant and hotel liquor license holders to sell up to four unopened bottles of spirits in a single transaction for off-premise consumption.
  • HB 991 (Rep. Adam Harris, R-Franklin/Juniata/Mifflin): Creates a Pennsylvania Retail Franchise Store License which permits qualified retailers to sell wine and spirits for off-premise consumption.

LABOR AND INDUSTRY, Noon, Room B-31, Main Capitol

  • HB 409 (Rep. Eli Evankovich, R-Allegheny/Westmoreland): Amends the Pennsylvania Construction Code to make comprehensive changes to the process used by the Uniform Construction Code Review and Advisory Council to evaluate and adopt building code updates.



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 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 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.
  • 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.
  • HB 785 (Rep. Stan Saylor, R-York): Amends the Capital Facilities Debt Enabling Act.


Votes on Third Consideration

  • 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 271 (Rep. Jason Ortitay, R-Allegheny/Washington): Permits gaming tablets at international airports and requires the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs to maintain one problem gambling toll-free number that all casinos must use.
  • 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.


Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Committee Meetings/Hearings

HEALTH, 9:30 a.m., Room G-50, Irvis Office Building

  • HB 125 (Rep. Matt Baker, R-Bradford/Potter/Tiogoa): Requires the use of a certain credentialing application form for health care providers seeking to become credentialed by a health insurer and grants provisional credentialing to eligible applicants if a health insurer fails to issue a credentialing determination within 30 days after receiving the completed form.
  • HB 239 (Rep. Marcy Toepel, R-Montgomery): Establishes a Rare Disease Advisory Council within the Pennsylvania Department of Health.
  • HB 358 (Rep. Matt Baker, R-Bradford/Potter/Tioga): Enacts the Volunteer Health Care Practitioner Act.
  • HB 508 (Rep. Jim Cox, R-Berks/Lancaster): Prevents convicted sex offenders who are non-compliant in their Megan’s Law registry requirements from receiving welfare benefits.

JUDICIARY, 10 a.m., Room 140, Main Capitol

  • HB 90 (Rep. David Zimmerman, R-Lancaster): Amends the Crimes Code to expand the current offense of ethnic intimidation to include law enforcement officers, firefighters and emergency medical services providers.
  • HB 217 (Rep. Rob Kauffman, R-Franklin): Increases the grading of offenses relating to endangering the welfare of children to reflect the degree of risk and the age of the child victim.
  • HB 267 (Rep. Daryl Metcalfe, R-Butler): Amends the Crimes Code to add the offense of theft of secondary metal.
  • HB 489 (Rep. Thomas Quigley, R-Montgomery): Directs the Pennsylvania Commission on Sentencing to provide for a sentence enhancement for committing the offense of indecent exposure when a person under the age of 16 is present.
  • HR 131 (Rep. Bryan Cutler, R-Lancaster): Authorizes the House Judiciary Committee to investigate the conduct of Lancaster County Sheriff Mark Reese and determine whether he is liable to impeachment.
  • 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.

STATE GOVERNMENT, 10 a.m., Room B-31, Main Capitol

  • HB 453 (Rep. Frank Ryan, R-Lebanon): Amends the Fiscal Code to require any agency receiving state funds to respond to an audit within 120 days or funding will be suspended.



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


Votes on Second Consideration

  • HB 16 (Rep. Ryan Mackenzie, R-Berks/Lehigh): Amends the Local Tax Collection Law to prohibit tax payments to an account in the name of an individual and requires the creation of a separate account to be used solely for tax payments.
  • HB 46 (Rep. Thomas Caltagirone, D-Berks): Creates an opportunity for taxpayers to donate to pediatric cancer research via their Pennsylvania tax returns.
  • HB 235 (Rep. Kathy Watson, R-Bucks): Establishes a task force to examine the opioid abuse epidemic’s impact on infants and children.
  • 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 397 (Rep. David Maloney, R-Berks): Expands the availability of certified hunter education courses in public schools.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • HB 741 (Rep. Todd Stephens, R-Montgomery): Amends provisions in the Judicial Code and Crimes Code regarding mandatory sentencing procedures.


Votes on Third Consideration

  • HB 223 (Sonney)
  • HB 445 (Miccarelli)
  • HB 539 (Thomas)
  • HB 548 (Readshaw)
  • HB 594 (Rep. Kerry Benninghoff, R-Centre/Mifflin): Prohibits Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition for certain sex offenses against children.
  • HB 595 (Brown, R.)
  • 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 758 (Ward)
  • HB 785 (Saylor)


Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Committee Meetings/Hearings


  • Joint public hearing on the consolidation of the Departments of Human Services, Health, Aging, and Drug and Alcohol Programs.

EDUCATION, 9 a.m., Room G-50, Irvis Office Building

  • Informational meeting on private colleges and universities in the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Pennsylvania.


  • Informational meeting on HB 520 (Rep. Mark Mustio, R-Allegheny): Allows Allegheny County to levy a fee of up to 2 percent on hotel room rentals, with the revenue earmarked for a sports commission, the county film office, and tourism and convention programs.

CONSUMER AFFAIRS, 9:30 a.m., Room 60, East Wing

  • Public hearing on the One Call System

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

  • HB 144 (Rep. Dan Moul, R-Adams): Amends the Solicitation of Funds for Charitable Purposes Act by outlining what does not constitute fundraising activities relating to exemption from registration.
  • HB 674 (Rep. Aaron Berstine, R-Beaver/Butler/Lawrence): Amends the State Lottery Law to allow for a Pennsylvania lottery winnings intercept for state delinquent taxes and outstanding court costs, and requires a determination as to whether a winner receiving public assistance remains eligible.

COMMERCE, 10 a.m., Room B-31, Main Capitol

  • HB 584 (Rep. Keith Gillespie, R-York): Establishes Community Development Authorities to acquire blighted land for leasing to micro-enterprises and provide loans to micro-enterprises.
  • HB 780 (Rep. Ryan Mackenzie, R-Berks/Lehigh): Establishes licensure and regulation of mortgage servicers.

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

  • Informational meeting with a presentation by the Department of General Services regarding its administration of the laws under the jurisdiction of the State Government Committee and to describe related programs and policies.



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


Votes on Third Consideration

  • HB 16 (Mackenzie)
  • HB 235 (Watson)
  • HB 266 (Harper)
  • HB 360 (Jozwiak)
  • HB 397 (Maloney)
  • HB 422 (Gabler)
  • HB 423 (Gabler)
  • HB 582 (Gillespie)
  • HB 675 (Barbin)
  • HB 741 (Stephens)
  • 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.


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