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 April 17, 2017
DATE: April 13, 2017
Live web streams of House session and the majority of committee meetings are available at PAHouseGOP.com. Important information and events may also be viewed by visiting Facebook.com/PAHouseGOP.
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, April 17, 2017
AGING AND OLDER ADULT SERVICES/HEALTH/HUMAN SERVICES, 1 p.m., Room 140, Main Capitol
- Joint public hearing on the proposed consolidation of the Departments of Human Services, Health, Aging, and Drug and Alcohol Programs.
Tuesday, April 18, 2017
CONSUMER AFFAIRS, 9:30 a.m., Room B-31, Main Capitol
- HB 105 (Rep. Jim Cox, R-Berks/Lancaster): Allows subscribers to remain on the “do-not-call” list without re-registering every five years, prohibits telemarketing on legal holidays, and requires a telemarketer using a robocall system to have an opt-out provision during the phone call.
- HB 448 (Rep. Jesse Topper, R-Bedford/Franklin/Fulton): Requires the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General to establish ongoing communication with the Pennsylvania Department of Aging to ensure that consumers who are 60 years of age or older have access to information regarding the prevention of potential patterns of financial exploitation.
- HB 1071 (Rep. Frank Farry, R-Bucks): Prohibits a political subdivision from imposing a ban, fee, surcharge or tax on a recyclable plastic bag supplied by a retail establishment to a purchaser of consumer goods at the point of sale.
- Informational meeting with the Public Utility Commission and the Attorney General’s Office.
EDUCATION, 11 a.m., Room B-31, Main Capitol
- HB 97 (Rep. Mike Reese, R-Somerset/Westmoreland): Changes the formula for funding cyber charter schools, creates a funding commission to make recommendations concerning funding and other matters related to charter schools, and makes other updates to the state’s charter school law.
- HB 205 (Rep. Kristin Phillips-Hill, R-York): Amends the Public School Employees’ Retirement Code to make future Pennsylvania School Boards Association employees ineligible to be members of the Public School Employees’ Retirement System.
- HB 399 (Rep. Joe Emrick, R-Northampton): Requires a teacher preparation program to recommend applicants for certification who meet certain grade point average standards and prohibits teacher preparation programs from requiring education students to obtain a passing score on certain assessments in order to graduate and from including a student’s scores on these assessments as a component of a student’s course grade.
- HB 1022 (Rep. James Roebuck, D-Philadelphia): Amends the Public School Code to provide uniform standards for awarding college credit for prior learning at public institutions of higher education.
INSURANCE, 11 a.m., Room 205, Ryan Office Building
- Informational meeting on air ambulance costs and services.
LIQUOR CONTROL, Call of the Chair, Room G-50, Irvis Office Building
- HB 975 (Rep. Mike Turzai, R-Allegheny): Divests the wholesale system of wine by allowing retailers to negotiate pricing on products and allowing those products to be delivered directly to retail markets; provides additional retail outlets to sell wine; allows wine to be sold in grocery store aisles and be purchased at the point of sale with other goods; and increases the amount of wine which can be sold in a single transaction.
- HB 1075 (Rep. Mike Turzai, R-Allegheny): Divests the wholesale system for both wine and spirits.
On Tuesday, 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 453 (Rep. Frank Ryan, R-Lebanon): Amends the Fiscal Code to require any agency which receives state funds and is being audited by the Auditor General to respond to the audit’s recommendations within 120 days or future funding will be suspended.
- 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.
Votes on Third Consideration
- HB 45 (Rep. Robert Godshall, R-Montgomery): Allows eligible, terminally ill patients to request and use investigational drugs, biological products and medical devices not yet approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
- 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 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 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.
- 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.
- SB 250 (Sen. Kim Ward, R-Westmoreland): Amends the Unemployment Compensation Law to provide $15 million in funding to the Service and Infrastructure Improvement Fund (SIIF) in 2017; allocates the funding and requires monthly reports on expenditures; and requires the Department of Labor and Industry to submit a report on ending reliance on SIIF and submit a funding request for upgrades to the Unemployment Compensation benefit delivery system.
Wednesday, April 19, 2017
VETERANS AFFAIRS AND EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS, 8:45 a.m., Room 60, East Wing
- Informational meeting on veteran service organizations regarding Act 66.
AGING AND OLDER ADULT SERVICES, 9:30 a.m., Room B-31, Main Capitol
- Informational meeting on the PACE program.
HEALTH, 9:30 a.m., Room G-50, Irvis Office Building
- HB 118 (Rep. Aaron Kaufer, R-Luzerne): Encourages existing health care facilities to convert beds to provide medically supervised drug or alcohol detoxification.
- HB 353 (Rep. Tedd Nesbit, R-Butler/Mercer): Mandates the electronic prescribing of opioid medications as a means to prevent diversion due to handwritten prescriptions.
- HB 713 (Rep. Matt Baker, R-Bradford/Potter/Tioga): Amends the Mental Health Procedures Act to establish that a drug overdose necessitates an evaluation of the person’s needs for either mental health or addiction treatment.
- HB 1043 (Rep. Matt Baker, R-Bradford/Potter/Tioga): Requires pain management clinics to register with the Pennsylvania Department of Health and be subject to specific regulations.
STATE GOVERNMENT, 10 a.m., Room 205, Ryan Office Building
- HB 171 (Rep. Rick Saccone, R-Allegheny/Washington): Permits a registered voter of the Commonwealth to be appointed as a watcher in any election district located in Pennsylvania.
- HR 83 (Rep. Brad Roae, R-Crawford/Erie): Directs the Legislative Budget and Finance Committee to implement a study regarding replacement of the House Floor vote-recording system for the House of Representatives.
On Wednesday the House will meet at 11 a.m. for legislative business.
Votes on Third Consideration
- HB 453 (Ryan)
- HB 595 (R. Brown)
Thursday, April 20, 2017
VETERANS AFFAIRS AND EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS, 9:15 a.m., Room G-50, Irvis Office Building
- Public hearing on HB 1013 (Rep. Stephen Barrar, R-Chester/Delaware): Requires emergency medical service agencies to be reimbursed for services provided even if transport to a hospital does not take place.
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