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, April 16, 2018
JUDICIARY, 10:30 a.m., Room 205, Ryan Office Building
Public hearing on public safety, gun laws and violence.
EDUCATION, 11 a.m., Room B-31, Main Capitol
HB 2155 (Rep. Stephen Bloom, R-Cumberland): Removes barriers for qualified career and technical educators by streamlining requirements, reducing the amount of credit hours and increasing the amount of professional experience.
HB 2156 (Rep. Mike Tobash, R-Dauphin/Schuylkill):.Promotes public-private partnerships by allowing tax credits for donations aimed at promoting educational opportunities to fill workforce needs, and allows for equipment purchases, scholarships for career training programs and apprenticeship training.
HB 2157 (Rep. Seth Grove, R-York): Expedites and simplifies the process by which new programs are approved which allows training to keep up with regional workforce needs, and increase awareness of how to incorporate STEM activities into CTE programs, allowing students to receive credit for their participation.
HB 2158 (Rep. Zachary Mako, R-Lehigh/Northampton): Requires the Pennsylvania Department of Education to develop materials outlining workforce needs, including training opportunities and future earning potential, and allows community colleges and other technical and/or trade schools to attend career/college fairs.
HB 2159 (Rep. Craig Staats, R-Bucks): Repurposes the Transfer and Articulation Oversight Committee (TAOC) to oversee, maintain and update an online tool for students which includes all courses with articulation agreements between secondary and post-secondary schools as well as between post-secondary institutions.
HB 2203 (Rep. Patrick Harkins, D-Erie): Creates an online one-stop-shop, overseen by Department of Education, in consultation with the Department of Labor and Industry and the Department of Agriculture, for students, parents, educators, and school officials to provide information about the value and impact of CTE, career pathways, data and statistics on employment opportunities and compensation, and postsecondary options and statewide and regional articulation agreements.
HB 2204 (Rep. Gerald Mullery, D-Luzerne): Encourages the Department of Education and the Department of Labor and Industry to conduct a complete inventory of existing workforce development programs at both the secondary and postsecondary levels with emphasis on opportunities for business-education partnerships and share best practices with these entities.
HB 2205 (Rep. James Roebuck, D-Philadelphia): Creates occupational advisory committees for programs or clusters of programs to be established at the Intermediate Unit level to serve multiple school districts or CTCs to reduce the burden on local industry and school entities.
HB 2206 (Rep. James Roebuck, D-Philadelphia): Requires local Workforce Development Boards (WDB) to include administrators of career and technical centers whose attendance area is covered by the service area of the WDB or representatives appointed from a local school district.
INSURANCE, 11 a.m., Room 60, East Wing
HB 1800 (Rep. Eric Nelson, R-Westmoreland): Allows pharmacies the ability to synchronize multiple medication fill dates by prohibiting insurers from denying coverage for prescriptions filled by medication synchronization on the basis that it is a partial fill of the prescription.
LABOR AND INDUSTRY, 11:30 a.m., Room G-50, Irvis Office Building
Public hearing on HB 1781 (Rep. Fred Keller, R-Snyder/Union): Creates a process to certify whether an individual is an independent contractor for the purposes of worker’s compensation.
HEALTH, Noon, Room 205, Ryan Office Building
HB 1659 (Rep. Mike Tobash, R-Dauphin/Schuylkill): Prohibits the Department of Human Services from applying for, accepting or renewing waivers of the work requirements for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program without prior approval of the General Assembly.
HB 1997 (Rep. Aaron Bernstine, R-Beaver/Butler/Lawrence): Establishes a deemed eligibility program for in-patient behavioral health services.
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 504 (Rep. Alex Charlton, R-Delaware): Creates a limited license for self-service storage facilities to sell content insurance to individuals who rent self-service storage space from the owner of the facility.
• HB 1539 (Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski, D-Luzerne): Allows a grandparent of a child, or other family member related to the child, to petition a court of common pleas for temporary guardianship of that child when a parent of that child has entered a rehabilitation facility for treatment of a drug or alcohol addiction, or has been subject to emergency medical intervention due to abuse of drugs or alcohol.
• HB 2133 (Rep. Kathy Watson, R-Bucks): Establishes the Kinship Caregiver Navigator Program to provide an informational resource for grandparents who are raising their grandchildren outside the formal child welfare system.
• SB 108 (Sen. John Sabatina, D-Philadelphia): Prohibits the discrimination of any potential organ transplant recipient on the basis of a physical or mental disability.
• SB 180 (Sen. Stewart Greenleaf, R-Bucks/Montgomery): Amends various provisions regarding donations of human organs, tissues and eyes and addresses donation of vascularized composite allografts.
• SB 630 (Sen. Guy Reschenthaler, R-Allegheny/Washington): Establishes the Travel Insurance Modernization Act to reform insurance licensure requirements relating to travel retailers who offer travel insurance coverage.
Votes on Third Consideration
• HB 25 (Rep. Ryan Mackenzie, R-Berks/Lehigh): Establishes the CareerBound program, a school-to-work pilot program.
• HB 163 (Rep. Rick Saccone, R-Allegheny/Washington): Eliminates the mandatory driver’s license suspension for state or federal drug/controlled substance convictions, as well as state-imposed suspensions for six other crimes.
• HB 564 (Rep. Karen Boback, R-Lackawanna/Luzerne/Wyoming): Requires students to take a locally developed assessment in civics between grades seven and 12.
• 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.
• HB 1228 (Rep. Hal English, R-Allegheny): Allows certain sun protection measures for students, including the application of nonprescription sunscreen, during school hours or at a school-sponsored activity.
• HB 1240 (Rep. Jim Marshall, R-Beaver/Butler): Limits when a vehicle owner must apply for a certificate of title branded as a theft vehicle and establishes restrictions for self-insurers.
• HB 2030 (Rep. Aaron Bernstine, R-Beaver/Butler/Lawrence): Standardizes the process for billing municipal electric customers in boroughs situate in more than one county.
• HB 2050 (Rep. Mike Turzai, R-Allegheny): Prohibits abortion based on a diagnosis of Down syndrome.
• HB 2138 (Rep. Matthew Dowling, R-Fayette/Somerset): Amends the Human Services Code to add work requirements for eligible enrollees in Medical Assistance.
• HR 390 (Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski, D-Luzerne): Directs the Joint State Government Commission to study the trend of grandfamilies in Pennsylvania and report its findings to the General Assembly.
• HR 431 (Rep. Kristin Phillips-Hill, R-York): Urges the Auditor General to audit the Education Technology Program and the Education Technology Fund (E-Fund) and issue a report of the findings.