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Weekly Wrap-Up in the #PAHouse week of February 4, 2019

Bills passed in the PA House during the week of February 4, 2019

• HB 195 (Rep. Eric Nelson, R-Westmoreland)

Title 40/medication synchronization. Medication synchronization allows patients to synchronize their medications in order to receive them on the same day each month, instead of having to make multiple visits to the pharmacy. (195-0)

• HB 233 (Rep. Tim O'Neal, R-Washington)

Second Class County Code/veterans grave decorations. The legislation would enhance current law to require cemeteries to remove flags when they become unsightly or weatherworn after Veteran’s Day, and for the flags to be American made. The proposal allows for a family member to remove and keep the flag from the grave after Veterans’ Day. Additionally, the bill would clarify current law to ensure greater communication between cemeteries, local veterans’ organizations, and county commissioners, who are currently required to provide the flags. The measure applies only to Allegheny County. (194-0)

• HB 264 (Rep. Zach Mako, R-Northampton)

Title 53/Municipal Authorities Act – The legislation would create a system of financial best practices for municipal authorities across the state to use when handling the money they collect. Some of the changes that this legislation would make are: removing any individual names from municipal accounts, creating a standardized procedure for the handling of authority’s funds, and requiring annual audits and fiscal reports to be presented to the authority board. (193-0)

• HB 275 (Rep. Tom Mehaffie, R-Dauphin)

Municipalities Financial Recovery Act/Act 47/Early Intervention Program - Changes name of state’s “Early Intervention Program” to the “Strategic Management Planning Program.” (193-0)

• HB 18 (Rep. Ryan Mackenzie, R-Berks/Lehigh)

Project 70/Borough of Topton, Berks County land swap. (193-0)

• HB 227 (Rep. Matt Gabler, R-Elk/Clearfield)

PA Election Code/petition signatures for school director. The bill proposes to correct an inconsistency in current law that creates different ballot access requirements for candidates for school board within the same school district. (193-0)

The Pennsylvania House of Representatives returns to session on Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019.

PA House Budget Hearings commence on Monday, Feb. 11, 2019. View the schedule and get video links to completed hearings here.

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