Weekly Wrap-Up in the #PAHouse week of jan. 20, 2020

Bills passed in the PA House during the week of Jan. 20, 2020

Bills in the hands of the governor

• SB 60 (Sen. Kristin Phillips-Hill, R-York): Would increase penalties relating to human trafficking and enhance funding for programs/services for trafficking victims. Vote 183-4.

Bills heading to the Senate for consideration

• HB 283 (Rep. Justin Simmons, R-Lehigh/Montgomery/Northampton): Would amend the Right-to-Know Law to permit a state or local agency to charge additional fees for the search, review and duplication of records that have been requested and will be used for a commercial purpose. Vote 177-15.

• HB 1737 (Rep. Austin Davis, D-Allegheny): Would grant the same protections to land banks that are presently given to redevelopment authorities when they are dealing with brownfields. Vote 192-0.

• HB 1981 (Rep. Parke Wentling, R-Mercer/Crawford/Erie/Lawrence): Would consolidate statutory language relating to the PA Historical and Museum Commission (PHMC) into the History Code. Vote 192-0.

• HB 2088 (Rep. Pam Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington): Would designate the Sheriff Brian A. Tennant Memorial Bridge in Greene County, the PFC Joseph Frank Duda Memorial Interchange in Fayette County, and the CPL Denny Ray Easter Memorial Interchange in Fayette County. Vote 192-0.

• HB 2116 (Rep. Matthew Dowling, R-Fayette/Somerset): Would designate a bridge on a portion of State Route 669 in Somerset County as the Sergeant Stephen M. Minick Memorial Bridge. Vote 192-0.

• HB 2117 (Rep. Matthew Dowling, R-Fayette/Somerset): Would designate the bridge on a portion of State Route 2004 in Somerset County as the Airman Michael L. Menser Memorial Bridge. Vote 192-0.

• HB 161 (Rep. Barry Jozwiak, R-Berks): Would reclassify the offense of trafficking of infants as a first-degree felony from a first-degree misdemeanor. Vote 187-0.

• HB 2174 (Rep. Natalie Mihalek, R-Allegheny/Washington): Would prohibit defendants from introducing evidence of a human trafficking victim’s past sexual victimization and allegations of past sexual victimization in any prosecution related to human trafficking. Vote 187-0.

• HB 2175 (Rep. Meghan Schroeder, R-Bucks): Would expand the list of sexual offenses whereby an expert may testify in sexual assault cases. Vote 187-0.

• HB 2176 (Rep. Marci Mustello, R-Butler): Would add certain prohibited activities that, if committed, constitute the crime of unlawful contact with a minor. Vote 187-0.

• HB 2177 (Rep. Valerie Gaydos, R-Allegheny): Would expand the list of sexual offenses that require offenders to attend and participate in a Department of Corrections program of counseling and therapy designed for incarcerated sex offenders. Vote 187-0.

• HB 2178 (Rep. David Rowe, R-Union/Snyder): Would amend Pennsylvania’s child custody statute to require that a court consider whether a party or member of that party’s household has been convicted of human trafficking prior to awarding child custody to that party. Vote 187-0.

The Pennsylvania House of Representatives returns to session at 1 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 3, 2020.