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 May 8, 2017
DATE: May 5, 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, May 8, 2017
STATE GOVERNMENT, 10 a.m., Room G-50, Irvis Office Building
- Public hearing on HB 466 (Rep. Jim Marshall, R-Beaver/Butler): Gives full police powers to sheriffs and deputy sheriffs who have completed the same type of training as municipal police officers.
EDUCATION, Noon, Room 205, Ryan Office Building
- HB 524 (Rep. Will Tallman, R-Adams/Cumberland): Brings the state statute regarding military recruiter access to school students into alignment with the federal No Child Left Behind Act.
- HB 679 (Rep. Jason Ortitay, R-Allegheny/Washington): Requires the Pennsylvania Department of Education to establish a central repository of online courses accessible to school entities, nonpublic schools, home education programs and the general public.
- HB 857 (Rep. David Zimmerman, R-Lancaster): Defines an “online school,” amends the definition of a “private academic school” to include online schools and permits the licensure of online schools.
- HB 1305 (Rep. Kathy Rapp, R-Crawford/Forest/Warren): Requires professional educators providing secondary transition services to special education students to complete training developed by the Pennsylvania Department of Education.
- SB 227 (Sen. John Eichelberger, R-Blair/Cumberland/Franklin/Fulton/Huntingdon): Increases the number of days in which a school board must decide whether or not it plans to renew the contract of a superintendent or assistant superintendent.
HUMAN SERVICES, Noon, Room 60, East Wing
- HB 119 (Rep. Aaron Kaufer, R-Luzerne): Requires the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs to certify drug and alcohol recovery houses in order to receive public funding.
- HB 122 (Rep. Aaron Kaufer, R-Luzerne): Establishes the Project Lazarus Commission consisting of legislators and administration officials charged with developing a best practice model to help counties build comprehensive programs to address the opioid crisis.
- HB 211 (Rep. Stephen Bloom, R-Cumberland): Establishes the Statewide 2-1-1 System Grant Program within the Department of Human Services to facilitate dissemination of health and human service information.
- HB 875 (Rep. Stephen Kinsey, D-Philadelphia): Establishes the Office for People with Disabilities Act.
- HR 17 (Rep. Frank Burns, D-Cambria): Requests the Congress of the United States to urge the Food and Drug Administration to reverse its directive allowing OxyContin to be prescribed to children 11 to 16 years of age.
STATE GOVERNMENT, Noon, Room G-50, Irvis Office Building
- SB 133 (Sen. Kim Ward, R-Westmoreland): Establishes the REAL ID Compliance Act and repeals the REAL ID Nonparticipation Act.
TRANSPORTATION, Call of Chair, Room 205, Ryan Office Building
- HB 108 (Rep. Ryan Warner, R-Fayette/Westmoreland): Highway exit designation: Staff Sgt. John P. Wanto Vietnam Veteran Exit.
- HB 109 (Rep. Ryan Warner, R-Fayette/Westmoreland): Highway exit designation: Lance Corporal Russell W. Naugle Vietnam Veteran Exit.
- HB 154 (Rep. Will Tallman, R-Adams/Cumberland): Bridge designation: Sgt. Adam C. Schoeller Memorial Bridge.
- HB 181 (Rep. Gary Day, R-Berks/Lehigh): Highway designation: Captain Mark T. Resh Memorial Highway.
- HB 603 (Rep. Carl Walker Metzgar, R-Bedford/Somerset): Allows for a vehicle that is operated by an engine fueled primarily by compressed or liquefied natural gas to exceed the gross vehicle weight limits and any axle weight limits, not to exceed a maximum of 2,000 pounds.
- HB 928 (Rep. Barry Jozwiak, R-Berks): Reduces penalties for most cases of possession of small amounts of marijuana from a misdemeanor to a summary offense.
- HB 952 (Rep. Pam Snyder, D-Fayette/Greene/Washington): Bridge designation: PFC Brent A. McClellan Memorial Bridge.
- HB 1049 (Rep. Marcia Hahn, R-Northampton): Creates a tiered penalty system for driving on a suspended license as a result of driving under the influence (DUI) related offenses.
- HB 1219 (Rep. Dave Reed, R-Indiana): Bridge designation: Sgt. Robert Eugene Goodlin Memorial Bridge.
- HB 1244 (Rep. Mike Carroll, D-Lackawanna/Luzerne): Bridge designation: Specialist Dale J. Kridlo Memorial Bridge.
- HB 1270 (Rep. Michael Hanna, D-Centre/Clinton): Bridge designation: U.S. Navy SOC David M. Collins Veterans Memorial Bridge.
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 118 (Rep. Aaron Kaufer, R-Luzerne): Encourages existing health care facilities to convert beds to provide medically supervised drug or alcohol detoxification.
- 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 352 (Rep. Lynda Culver, R-Northumberland/Snyder): Reduces the standard period from 21 years to 10 years for bringing an action for the acquisition of title to real property through adverse possession under certain circumstances.
- HB 411 (Rep. Kate Klunk, R-York): Amends the Bingo Law to increase bingo prize limits, allow the daily operation of bingo, permit advertisement of prize amounts and make other omnibus changes.
- HB 454 (Rep. Anthony DeLuca, D-Allegheny): Requires pharmacy technicians to be registered with the State Board of Pharmacy.
- HB 542 (Rep. Curtis Thomas, D-Philadelphia): Requires remote sellers making sales in Pennsylvania to notify purchasers that sales or use tax is due on nonexempt purchases and that Pennsylvania requires the purchaser to pay the tax due on the purchaser’s tax return.
- HB 653 (Rep. Kurt Masser, R-Columbia/Montour/Northumberland): Establishes an accelerated foreclosure process for vacant and abandoned properties.
- HB 782 (Rep. Tedd Nesbit, R-Butler/Mercer): Expedites Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board approval requirements for businesses that provide non-gaming goods and services to casinos.
Votes on Third Consideration
- HB 105 (Rep. Jim Cox, R-Berks/Lancaster): Allows subscribers to remain on the “do-not-call” list permanently, prohibits telemarketing on legal holidays, and requires a telemarketer using a robocall system to have an opt-out provision during the phone call.
- 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 938 (Rep. Eli Evankovich, R-Allegheny/Westmoreland): Amends the Solid Waste Management Act to exempt iron and steel slag from the definition of “residual waste.”
- 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.
Tuesday, May 9, 2017
FINANCE, 9:30 a.m., Room 60, East Wing
- HB 645 (Rep. Bernie O’Neill, R-Bucks): Amends the Tax Reform Code to increase the amount of available tax credits in the Neighborhood Assistance Program.
HEALTH, 9:30 a.m., Room G-50, Irvis Office Building
- HB 174 (Rep. Matt Baker, R-Bradford/Potter/Tioga): Requires health insurers to cover treatment plans for Lyme disease or related tick-borne illnesses as prescribed by a patient’s health care practitioner, regardless if the treatment plan includes short-term or long-term antibiotic treatment.
- HB 877 (Rep. Tarah Toohil, R-Luzerne): Establishes a uniform statewide time period for the distribution of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefit.
- HB 1176 (Rep. Dan Miller, D-Allegheny): Directs the Pennsylvania State Police to develop a concussion protocol to be used by all police departments to protect a law enforcement officer who suffers or who may have suffered a head impact or head injury while on the job.
LABOR AND INDUSTRY, 9:30 a.m., Room B-31, Main Capitol
- Public hearing on HB 1014 (Rep. Fred Keller, R-Snyder/Union): Amends the Unemployment Compensation Law to define “willful misconduct” and “voluntary quit.”
COMMERCE, 10 a.m., Room 39, East Wing
- HB 1213 (Rep. Warren Kampf, R-Chester/Montgomery): Places additional restrictions on when taxing districts have the right to appeal an assessment.
STATE GOVERNMENT, 10 a.m., Room 60, East Wing
- HB 14 (Rep. Jerry Knowles, R-Berks/Carbon/Schuylkill): Prohibits any institution of higher education in Pennsylvania that holds itself out as a “sanctuary campus” from receiving appropriations from the Commonwealth.
- HB 922 (Rep. Will Tallman, R-Adams/Cumberland): Removes future employees of the Susquehanna River Basin Commission from the State Employees Retirement System.
- HB 1175 (Rep. Bryan Cutler, R-Lancaster): Increases penalties that may be imposed on lobbyists or principals for violations of the Lobbyist Disclosure Law.
- HR 287 (Rep. Aaron Bernstine, R-Beaver/Butler/Lawrence): Condemns the Syrian government’s chemical weapons attack on Khan Sheikhoun, Syria, and President Bashar al-Assad for Syria’s ongoing and historical use of chemical weapons against the Syrian people; and urges the Congress of the United States to consider and approve an authorization for the use of military force to allow for additional military action in Syria for the purpose of deterring further use of chemical weapons in Syria and the world.
JUDICIARY, Call of Chair, Room 205, Ryan Office Building
- HB 111 (Rep. Bryan Cutler, R-Lancaster): Joint resolution amending the Pennsylvania Constitution to replace the partisan judicial election process with a merit selection system for justices to the Supreme Court and judges to the Superior and Commonwealth Courts and establishes the Appellate Court Nominating Commission.
- HB 149 (Rep. Jerry Knowles, R-Berks/Caron/Schuylkill): Prohibits the use of devices to record video or audio or take photographs in a courtroom or hearing room without the permission of the presiding officer or as permitted by the rules of court.
- HB 561 (Rep. Rick Saccone, R-Allegheny/Washington): Eliminates the sunset provision in the Crimes Code regarding issuance of administrative subpoenas in investigations involving child sexual exploitation or abuse.
- HB 781 (Rep. Tedd Nesbit, R-Butler/Mercer): Repeals the Pennsylvania Uniform Arbitration Act and replaces it with the Revised Uniform Arbitration Act.
- HB 1008 (Rep. Jeff Pyle, R-Armstrong/Butler/Indiana): Allows former mayors to retain the ability to solemnize marriages if they resign their position to hold a new elected office.
LIQUOR CONTROL, Call of Chair, Room G-50, Irvis Office Building
- HB 1033 (Rep. Brian Ellis, R-Butler): Creates a Wine Enhanced Permit and a Spirits Enhanced Permit to allow a permit holder to sell unlimited quantities of wine and/or spirits for consumption off the premises.
On Tuesday the House will meet at 11 a.m. for legislative business.
Votes on Second Consideration
- HB 187 (Rep. Curt Sonney, R-Erie): Provides a preserved farmland owner with at least 50 acres the ability to grant a right-of-way to install a wind power generation.
- HB 239 (Rep. Marcy Toepel, R-Montgomery): Establishes a Rare Disease Advisory Council within the Pennsylvania Department of Health.
- HB 331 (Rep. Stephen Bloom, R-Cumberland): Amends the Tax Reform Code to permit tax deferrals for certain like-kind exchanges.
- HB 332 (Rep. Seth Grove, R-York): Amends the Tax Reform Code to allow small businesses to deduct losses recorded in one year against income recorded in subsequent years.
- HB 333 (Rep. Eric Nelson, R-Westmoreland): Amends the Tax Reform Code to permit an expense deduction for the cost of certain business property.
- HB 602 (Rep. Barry Jozwiak, R-Berks): Amends the Pennsylvania Game Code to allow the use of a leashed blood-tracking dog to track white-tailed deer in an attempt to recover an animal which has been legally killed or wounded.
- HB 790 (Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski, D-Luzerne): Repeals the Noxious Weed Control Law and establishes the Controlled Plant and Noxious Weed Act.
Votes on Third Consideration
- HB 118 (Kaufer)
- HB 205 (Phillips-Hill)
- HB 352 (Culver)
- HB 411 (Klunk)
- HB 454 (DeLuca)
- HB 542 (Thomas)
- HB 653 (Masser)
- HB 782 (Nesbit)
Wednesday, May 10, 2017
AGRICULTURE AND RURAL AFFAIRS, 9 a.m., Room 60, East Wing
- Informational meeting with a presentation by the Secretary of Agriculture on budget and priorities for the Department of Agriculture.
AGING AND OLDER ADULT SERVICES, 9:30 a.m., Room G-50, Irvis Office Building
- HB 270 (Rep. Frank Farry, R-Bucks): Increases the maximum income limits for PACENET eligibility and changes the Pharmaceutical Assistance Review Board to an advisory board with additional membership and enhanced duties.
- HB 296 (Rep. Curt Sonney, R-Erie): Excludes from the definition of “income,” the principal and any interest accrued from a savings bond in determination of eligibility for PACE and PACENET.
- HB 425 (Rep. Eric Nelson, R-Westmoreland): Extends a moratorium on increases in income due to a Social Security cost-of-living adjustment for certain individuals enrolled in PACE and PACENET.
- HB 673 (Rep. Neal Goodman, D-Schuylkill): Eliminates veterans’ benefits from the definition of “income” when determining an individual’s eligibility for the PACE and PACENET programs.
LIQUOR CONTROL (H)/LAW AND JUSTICE (S), 9:30 a.m., Hearing Room #1, North Office Building
- Joint House and Senate public hearing on pricing of products.
LOCAL GOVERNMENT, 9:30 a.m., Room 205, Ryan Office Building
- HB 477 (Rep. Kate Harper, R-Montgomery): Requires municipalities to host publicly noticed meetings when considering selling or leasing a sewer or water system.
- HB 479 (Rep. Paul Schemel, R-Franklin): Allows intergovernmental cooperation by resolution unless the authorizing statute requires an ordinance.
- HB 480 (Rep. Paul Schemel, R-Franklin): Amends the Second Class Township Code to delete the phrase “by ordinance” from the provisions governing intergovernmental cooperation agreements.
- HB 481 (Rep. Paul Schemel, R-Franklin): Amends the Third Class City Code to delete the phrase “by ordinance” from the provisions governing intergovernmental cooperation agreements.
- HB 641 (Rep. Seth Grove, R-York): Establishes an optional senior property tax freeze program.
- HB 913 (Rep. Garth Everett, R-Lycoming/Union): Authorizes the Town of Bloomsburg to implement storm water management ordinances and to assess a fee to fund the planning, management, implementation, construction and maintenance of storm water facilities.
- HB 914 (Rep. Garth Everett, R-Lycoming/Union): Gives boroughs the authority to implement storm water management ordinances and to assess a fee to fund the planning, management, implementation, construction and maintenance of storm water facilities.
- HB 915 (Rep. Garth Everett, R-Lycoming/Union): Gives townships the authority to implement storm water management ordinances and to assess a fee to fund the planning, management, implementation, construction and maintenance of storm water facilities.
- HB 916 (Rep. Garth Everett, R-Lycoming/Union): Gives cities of the third class the authority to implement storm water management ordinances and to assess a fee to fund the planning, management, implementation, construction and maintenance of storm water facilities.
- HB 1269 (Rep. Thomas Quigley, R-Montgomery): Grants municipal authorities which serve five or more municipalities, an additional five years to begin certain construction projects.
PROFESSIONAL LICENSURE, 9:30 a.m., Room B-31, Main Capitol
- Public hearing on HB 863 (Rep. Greg Rothman, R-Cumberland): Amends the Real Estate Licensing and Registration Act to increase the educational requirements for the salesperson license and to authorize brokers and salespersons to prepare Broker Price Opinions.
VETERANS AFFAIRS AND EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS, 10 a.m., Room 39, East Wing
- HB 824 (Rep. Stan Saylor, R-York): Creates a new chapter establishing a “National Guard Youth Challenge Program.”
- HB 1013 (Rep. Stephen Barrar, R-Chester/Delaware): Requires reimbursement for emergency medical services provided when no transport of a patient is initiated.
On Wednesday the House will meet at 11 a.m. for legislative business.
Votes on Third Consideration
- HB 187 (Sonney)
- HB 239 (Toepel)
- HB 274 (Marsico)
- HB 331 (Bloom)
- HB 332 (Grove)
- HB 333 (Nelson)
- HB 602 (Jozwiak)
- HB 790 (Pashinski)
Thursday, May 11, 2017
TRANSPORTATION, 10 a.m., Room 140, Main Capitol
- Public hearing on the governor’s proposal to charge per capita for state police coverage in local communities.
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