Weekly Wrap-Up in the #PAHouse week of may 6, 2019

Bills passed in the PA House during the week of April 29, 2019

Bills heading to the Senate for consideration

• HB 57 (Rep. Jonathan Fritz, R-Susquehanna/Wayne): Would eliminate the following boards and commissions on basis of being outdated: Vote 114-77.

  • Interstate Rail Passenger Advisory Council
  • Pennsylvania Public Television Network Commission
  • Industrial Resource Center Strategic Advisory Board
  • Small Business Advocacy Council
  • Advisory Committee on Probation
  • Joint Committee to Review Cost of Living
  • Legislative Representative for Collective Bargaining
  • Pennsylvania Quality Leadership Awards Council
  • Tobacco Use Prevention and Cessation Advisory Committee
  • The Weather Modification Board

• HB 332 (Rep. Seth Grove, R-York): Would authorize “Commerce Court” programs within the Superior Court and county-level Courts of Common Pleas to decide business-related cases. Vote 125-67.

• HB 619 (Rep. Sue Helm, R-Dauphin/Lebanon): Would establish June 19 as “Juneteenth National Freedom Day” and make it an annual observance for the Commonwealth. Vote 191-0.

• HB 860 (Rep. Brett Miller, R-Lancaster): Would amend the Right-to-Know Law to exempt agency financial institution account numbers and information regarding dependents of agency dependents from public access; and to expand the exemption for personal financial information. Vote 191-0.

• HB 1058 (Rep. Kathy Rapp, R-Warren/Crawford/Forest): Would require information to be given to a woman on the option of perinatal hospice care after she is diagnosed with a life-threatening fetal anomaly. Vote 116-76.

• HB 24 (Rep. John Lawrence, R-Chester/Lancaster): Would require the principal for new issuances of state debt to be repaid in equal amounts over the (generally) 20-year term of the bond. Currently, the state uses a repayment scheme with lower principal payments in the first few years, with much higher principal payments as the loan matures. Vote 197-0.

• HB 632 (Rep. Greg Rothman, R-Cumberland): Would permit the use of electronic power of attorney documents for transferring a vehicle’s title to an insurance company. Vote 197-0.

• HB 800 (Rep. Mike Turzai, R-Allegheny): Would increase the amount of tax credits available under the Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) program by $100 million (to $210 million). Vote 111-85.

• HB 880 (Rep. Andrew Lewis, R-Dauphin): Lowers the debt ceiling for the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP) by $100 million per year, starting in 2022, until the ceiling reaches $2.65 billion in 2026. Vote 104-92.

• HB 915 (Rep. Martin Causer, R-McKean/Cameron/Potter): Would clarify that milk haulers can travel on highways during a declaration of disaster emergency. Vote 136-61.

• HB 1021 (Rep. Torren Ecker, R-Adams/Cumberland): Would allow either or both chambers of the General Assembly to intervene as a party in a judicial proceeding where a statute is alleged to be unconstitutional. Vote 112-85.

• HB 1062 (Rep. Michael Peifer, R-Pike/Wayne): Would repeal a 1941 law related to 1940s construction regulations in the Pocono Mountains region. Vote 197-0.

• HB 1092 (Rep. Keith Gillespie, R-York): Would repeal Act 577 of 1951, which authorized the construction of toll bridges on the Susquehanna River in Dauphin, Perry, Lancaster and York counties. Vote 197-0.

• HB 1305 (Rep. Jeff Pyle, R-Armstrong/Butler/Indiana): Would repeal Act 14 of 1963, which authorized construction of a highway and bridge. Vote 197-0.

• HB 423 (Rep. Jesse Topper, R-Bedford/Franklin/Fulton): Would amend the Liquor Code regarding local option ballot questions for alcohol manufacturers. Vote 197-0.

• HB 1166 (Rep. Barry Jozwiak, R-Berks): Increases pilot fees on the Delaware River and Bay. Vote 197-0.

• HB 1281 (Rep. Joshua Kail, R-Beaver/Washington): Would designate the Interstate-376 bridge over the Ohio River in Vanport Township, Beaver County, as the Richard L. Shaw Memorial Bridge. Vote 197-0.

• SB 115 (Sen. Tom Killion, R-Chester/Delaware): Would enhance CPR training instruction available to students in grades nine through 12. Bill was amended in education committee, so returns to the Senate for concurrence. Vote 197-0.

The Pennsylvania House of Representatives will return to voting session at 1 p.m. on Monday, May 13, 2019.

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