Weekly Wrap-Up in the #PAHouse week of april 8, 2019

Bills passed in the PA House during the week of April 8, 2019

Bills heading to the Senate for consideration:

• HB 86 (Rep. David Maloney, R-Berks): Requires the POW/MIA flag to be flown on state grounds and buildings when the American flag is also being flown and when the POW/MIA flag can be reasonably accommodated at the location. Vote 198-0.

• HB 276 (Rep. Sheryl Delozier, R-Cumberland): Known as Marsy’s Law, the bill adds a victim’s bill of rights to the Pennsylvania Constitution. Vote 190-8.

• HB 349 (Rep. Doyle Heffley, R-Carbon): Requires municipalities that opt to enforce the Uniform Construction Code (UCC) by using third-party agencies to have at least two or more contracted for UCC administration. Vote 114-84.

• HB 502 (Rep. John Hershey, R- Juniata/Franklin/Mifflin): Grants to crime victims the right to attend any proceeding relating to their cases, unless the court expressly determines that attendance would materially alter the victims’ testimony. Vote 197-1.

• HB 739 (Rep. Jeanne McNeill, D-Lehigh): Authorizes the transfer of title for certain Project 70 lands owned by Lehigh County to Whitehall Township, Lehigh County. Vote 198-0.

• HB 807 (Rep. Frank Ryan, R-Lebanon): Specifies that the annual salary of deputy adjutant generals and general officers in command positions permanently employed by the Commonwealth is to be equivalent to the federal military base pay. Vote 198-0.

• HB 859 (Rep. Stephen Barrar, R-Delaware/Chester): Extends the 911 statute ($1.65 surcharge) for another four years, to June 30, 2023. Vote 198-0.

• HB 223 (Rep. Tina Pickett, R-Bradford/Sullivan/Susquehanna): Authorizes the conveyance of land in Asylum Township, Bradford County. Vote 197-0.

• HB 279 (Rep. Karen Boback, R-Luzerne/Lackawanna/Wyoming): Provides civil immunity for any damage that may be done to a vehicle when forceful entry is necessary to rescue a child. Vote 197-0.

• HB 288 (Rep. Justin Simmons, R-Lehigh/Montgomery/Northampton): Known as Caylee’s Law, the bill increases the penalty for concealing the death of a child from a first-degree misdemeanor to a third-degree felony, punishable by up to seven years imprisonment and/or a fine of up to $15,000. Vote 197-0.

• HB 315 (Rep. Thomas Murt, R-Montgomery/Philadelphia): Establishes the offense of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). Vote 196-1.

• HB 422 (Rep. Sheryl Delozier, R-Cumberland): Creates a building code official “trainee” program. Vote 196-1.

• HB 503 (Rep. Garth Everett, R-Lycoming/Union): Allows victims and witnesses with intellectual disabilities or autism to submit out-of-court statements rather than face their perpetrators in court. Vote 186-11.

• HB 504 (Rep. Natalie Mihalek, R-Allegheny/Washington): Shields rape victims from irrelevant cross examination by ensuring that prior sexual assaults or other prior acts of victimization against a rape victim cannot be used at trial for the purpose of attacking the victim’s character. Vote 197-0.

• HB 505 (Rep. Rob Kauffman, R-Franklin): Expands the types of crimes in which out-of-court statements by child victims or child witnesses could be admitted by the court, avoiding further trauma for the affected children. Vote 193-4.

• HB 629 (Rep. Kathy Rapp, R-Warren/Crawford/Forest): 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. Vote 158-34.

• HB 684 (Rep. Curt Sonney, R-Erie): Excludes the cashing of savings bonds for seniors age 65 and older from being counted towards income when applying for lottery-funded programs. Vote 193-0.

• HB 754 (Rep. Wendi Thomas, R-Bucks): Ensures any individual enrolled in PACE and PACENET as of Dec. 31, 2018, remains eligible if their maximum income limit is exceeded due solely to a Social Security cost-of-living adjustment. Eligibility would expire at the end of 2021. Vote 193-0.

• HB 962 (Rep. Mark Rozzi, D-Berks): Extends the statute of limitations for civil suits for childhood sexual abuse until the victim reaches the age of 55, eliminates the statute of limitations for filing criminal charges, and waives the Commonwealth's sovereign immunity and governmental immunity related to childhood sexual abuse. Vote 187-5.

• HB 963 (Rep. Jim Gregory, R-Blair): Amends Article I, Section 11 of the Pennsylvania Constitution to provide for a two-year window in which civil lawsuits alleging childhood sexual abuse may be filed in court notwithstanding any otherwise applicable statute of limitations defense. Vote 177-15.

The Pennsylvania House of Representatives returns to session on Monday, April 15, 2019.

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