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 January 22, 2018
DATE: January 19, 2018
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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, January 22, 2018
LOCAL GOVERNMENT (HOUSE AND SENATE), 9:30 a.m., Room 140, Main Capitol
- Joint public hearing on municipal pensions.
LABOR AND INDUSTRY, 11 a.m., Room G-50, Irvis Office Building
- Informational meeting on Uninsured Employers Guarantee Fund (UEGF).
- SB 936 (Sen. Donald White, R-Armstrong/Butler/Indiana/Westmoreland): Amends the Workers’ Compensation Act to require the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry (L&I) to adopt an evidence-based prescription drug formulary and requires the Utilization Review Organizations and Peer Review Organizations to be accredited or certified by a nationally-recognized organization selected by L&I.
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 1252 (Rep. Frank Burns, D-Cambria): Bridge designation: PFC Nick Kozorosky Memorial Bridge.
- HB 1811 (Rep. Greg Rothman, R-Cumberland): Restricts government use of Automated License Plate Reader Systems.
- HB 1846 (Rep. Brian Ellis, R-Butler): Amends the Breach of Personal Notification Act to require notification of a breach from the entity where the breach occurred to the affected consumer and requires entities to develop policies to safeguard and discard personal information.
- HB 1847 (Rep. Michael Driscoll, D-Philadelphia): Amends the Credit Reporting Agency Act to eliminate credit freeze fees and provide monitoring and free credit reports after a security breach has occurred.
- HB 1926 (Rep. Todd Stephens, R-Montgomery): Highway designation: SPC5 George W. Charters Jr. Memorial Highway.
- SB 894 (Sen. Donald White, R-Armstrong/Butler/Indiana/Westmoreland): Highway and bridge designations: Chief Gregory B. Adams Way; Trooper Gary Fisher Memorial Bridge; Corporal Robert J. Sherwood Jr. Memorial Bridge; Paul E. Sweeney Memorial Bridge; Commander Philip F. “Jet” Palmatier Jr. Memorial Bridge; PVT Malon Stanley Memorial Bridge; Lance Corporal Michael L. Freeman Jr. Memorial Highway; Private First Class Dana Edward Diehl Memorial Bridge; and Private Charles W. “Bill” Roher Memorial Bridge.
Votes on Third Consideration
- HB 1951 (Rep. Tarah Toohil, R-Luzerne): Prohibits the sale of dextromethorphan to minors.
Tuesday, January 23, 2018
STATE GOVERNMENT, 9 a.m., Room G-50, Irvis Office Building
- HB 153 (Rep. Jerry Knowles, R-Berks/Carbon/Schuylkill): Amends the Constitution of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to reduce the size of the House of Representatives.
FINANCE, 9:30 a.m., Room 205, Ryan Office Building
- HB 994 (Rep. Seth Grove, R-York): Amends the Tax Reform Code to clarify the imposition of the gross receipts tax on telephone, telegraph and mobile telecommunications companies.
- HB 1098 (Rep. Michael Peifer, R-Pike/Wayne): Amends the Local Tax Enabling Act related to the consolidated collection of local income taxes.
GAME AND FISHERIES, 9:30 a.m., Room 60, East Wing
- HB 997 (Rep. Dave Reed, R-Indiana): Reduces safety zones for trapping activities undertaken within a permanent waterway, using traps submerged in water.
- HB 1409 (Rep. Parke Wentling, R-Crawford/Erie/Lawrence/Mercer): Extends the reduced fee for hunting and furtaking licenses to non-resident disabled veterans and former prisoners of war.
- SB 135 (Sen. Mario Scavello, R-Monroe/Northampton): Allows for the use of leashed tracking dogs to track and recover legally wounded or harvested white-tailed deer, black bear and elk during any open season for deer, bear or elk.
CHILDREN AND YOUTH, 10 a.m., Room B-31, Main Capitol
- HB 1527 (Rep. Todd Stephens, R-Montgomery): Amends the Child Protective Services Law to specifically require mandated reporters to report suspected child abuse whenever they personally witness an abusive act to an identifiable child.
JUDICIARY, 10 a.m., Room 140, Main Capitol
- HB 348 (Rep. Anthony DeLuca, D-Allegheny): Requires that the mandatory sentence imposed for an offense committed with a firearm be imposed consecutively, not concurrently, to any other sentence imposed by the court.
- HB 979 (Rep. Karen Boback, R-Lackawanna/Luzerne/Wyoming): Establishes a misdemeanor offense for any person who causes false caller identification information to be displayed on a recipient’s telephone with the intent to harass or defraud the call recipient.
- HB 1974 (Rep. Hal English, R-Allegheny): Amends the Pennsylvania Crime Victims Act to increase a victim’s right to be present during trial proceedings.
- HB 1979 (Rep. Paul Schemel, R-Franklin): Removes the sunset date for the 20-year statute of limitations on actions on “instruments under seal.”
- HB 2016 (Rep. Sheryl Delozier, R-Cumberland): Clarifies that, in the occurrence of a disaster declaration issued by the governor, the prohibition against open carrying of an otherwise lawful firearm only applies if the disaster declaration expressly declares that such a prohibition is required to maintain public safety.
- SB 449 (Sen. Camera Bartolotta, R-Beaver/Greene/Washington): Allows a court of common pleas to use a risk assessment tool when determining whether to allow bail in a criminal case involving domestic violence.
TRANSPORTATION, Call of Chair, Room 205, Ryan Office Building
- HB 976 (Rep. Kurt Masser, R-Columbia/Montour/Northumberland): Permits owners of vehicles with factory-removable doors to drive the vehicles on roadways of the Commonwealth with the doors removed upon notification to the motor vehicle insurer.
- HB 1910 (Rep. John Lawrence, R-Chester/Lancaster): Eliminates the $2 duplicate registration fee from online vehicle registration renewals when the applicant prints the registration.
- HB 1958 (Rep. Greg Rothman, R-Cumberland): Allows for the platooning of certain vehicles and authorizes the use of fully autonomous work-zone vehicles by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation and the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission.
- HR 385 (Rep. Doyle Heffley, R-Carbon): Directs the Legislative Budget and Finance Committee to conduct a study on the feasibility of providing two additional passenger rail trips daily between Pittsburgh and Harrisburg and its impact on existing freight rail service.
On Tuesday the House will meet at 11 a.m. for legislative business.
Votes on Second Consideration
- HB 1414 (Rep. Stephen Barrar, R-Chester/Delaware): Authorizes the use of flashing yellow and white lights on tow trucks, yellow strobe lights for solid waste collection vehicles, and mounted internal blue lights for volunteer firefighters, and amends the definition of “emergency vehicle.”
- HB 1773 (Rep. Matt Gabler, R-Clearfield/Elk): Repeals portions of the General Road Law of 1836 relating to private roads.
- HB 1884 (Rep. Marguerite Quinn, R-Bucks): Requires that the results of imaging studies be provided directly to patients within 20 days if there is a finding of an abnormality which requires follow-up care within three months.
- HB 1917 (Rep. Frank Ryan, R-Lebanon): Strengthens the current training and oversight of humane society police officers.
- SB 497 (Sen. Elder Vogel, R-Beaver/Butler/Lawrence): Amends the Solid Waste Management Act to eliminate iron and steel slag from the definition of “residual waste.”
- SB 542 (Sen. Patrick Browne, R-Lehigh): Permits pharmacists to dispense emergency prescription refills for up to 30 days pursuant to certain restrictions and allows for refills of medications which are not dispensed or sold in 72-hour supplies.
Votes on Third Consideration
- HB 1252 (Burns)
- HB 1811 (Rothman)
- HB 1846 (Ellis)
- HB 1847 (Driscoll)
- HB 1926 (Stephens)
- HR 519 (Rep. Matt Baker, R-Bradford/Potter/Tioga): Recognizes pornography as a public health hazard leading to societal harm.
- SB 894 (White)
Votes on Concurrence
- SB 354 (Sen. Robert Tomlinson, R-Bucks): Requires licensees of all boards within the Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs (BPOA) to report any disciplinary action taken by another licensing agency of another state, and any felony, misdemeanor and drug- or alcohol-related summary convictions to their licensing board within 30 days. The bill also gives all boards and commissions under BPOA temporary license suspension authority and authorizes the commissioner of the BPOA to expunge minor disciplinary records.
Wednesday, January 24, 2018
STATE GOVERNMENT, 8:30 a.m., Room 205, Ryan Office Building
- Public hearing on HB 1849 (Rep. Stephen Bloom, R-Cumberland): Establishes the “Open Contracting Act” and prohibits the use of project labor agreements on public construction projects.
PROFESSIONAL LICENSURE, 9 a.m., Room G-50, Irvis Office Building
- Informational meeting on nurse practitioner collaborative agreements.
VETERANS AFFAIRS AND EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS (HOUSE AND SENATE), 9 a.m., Hearing Room #1, North Office Building
- Joint public hearing: the Deputy Adjutant General for Veterans Affairs; the Commandants from the six Veterans Homes; the State Veterans Commission; and the Pennsylvania War Veterans Council.
On Wednesday the House will meet at 11 a.m. for legislative business.
Votes on Third Consideration
- HB 1414 (Barrar)
- HB 1773 (Gabler)
- HB 1884 (Quinn, M.)
- HB 1917 (Ryan
- (SB 497 (Vogel)
- SB 542 (Browne)
Thursday, January 25, 2018
JUDICIARY, 10 a.m., Reading Regional Airport, Main Terminal, 2501 Bernville Road. (Rt. 183), Reading
- Public hearing on the safety and wellbeing of individuals at Pennsylvania’s community corrections facilities.
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