Protecting Children - Ensuring Their Safety
• Act 89, formerly 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. House concurred in Senate amendments. Vote: 180-1. Now Act 89 of 2018.
• Act 88, formerly HB 1539 (Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski, D-Luzerne): Grants temporary guardianship to grandparents when the parents of the grandchildren are unable to care for them primarily due to substance abuse issues. Vote: 192-0.
Act 110, formerly HB 1822 (Rep. Mike Schlossberg, D-Lehigh): Allows institutions of higher education to establish student mental health and suicide prevention plans and requires the PA Department of Education to create a designation for schools that are certified under the bill’s provisions. Vote: 191-0.
Act 116, formerly HB 1951 (Rep. Tarah Toohil, R-Luzerne): Prohibits over-the-counter sales of dextromethorphan to minors and creates a new summary offense, punishable by a fine of $250-$500, for a person who knowingly sells a DXM product to a minor, for a person who falsely misrepresents his or her age to obtain any quantity of DXM or for a person who purchases a DXM product with the intent to sell it. Vote:184-0.
Act 130, formerly SB 554 (Sen. Stewart Greenleaf, R-Bucks/Montgomery): Requires the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services to establish a set of statewide protocols to provide specialized services and coordinate the delivery of services for sexually exploited children (victims of sexual servitude or sex trafficking by use of force, fraud or coercion). Vote 187-0.
Removing Barriers to Work, Creating Better Economic Opportunities
Act 95, formerly HB 163 (Rep. Rick Saccone, R-Allegheny/Washington): Helping people get to work, this new law removes the federally mandated driver’s license suspensions for drug/controlled substance convictions as well as state-imposed suspensions for five other crimes, while adding a suspension for terroristic threats made against any school property. Vote: 179-1
Act 107, formerly HB 1284 (Rep. Mike Peifer (R-Pike/Wayne): Establishes the PA Business One-Stop Shop under the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) to provide a single online access point to aid current and potential business owners in identifying and securing the necessary business documents associated with establishing and operating a business in the Commonwealth. Vote: 195-0.
Act 111, formerly HB 1840 (Rep. Rob Kauffman, R-Franklin): Improves the state’s Workers’ Compensation laws by reenacting the provision authorizing Impairment Rating Evaluations (IREs) with changes to comply with the PA Supreme Court’s ruling in Protz v. WCAB (Derry Area School District), with a reduction (to 35 percent) of the impairment threshold; and increases the burial benefit in the act from $3,000 to $7,000. Vote: 115-80.
Act 120, formerly HB 2075 (Rep. Alex Charlton, R-Delaware): Authorizes rate recovery by a water public utility for costs incurred to replace customer-owned lead water service lines and damaged wastewater laterals. Vote: 177-0.
Act 131, formerly SB 627 (Sen. Thomas Killion, R-Chester/Delaware): Amends the Tax Reform Code by further defining “taxable income” as it relates to the corporate net income tax and the apportionment of income for corporations transacting business in more than one state. Vote: 185-0.
Act 132, formerly SB 676 (Sen. John Gordner, R-Columbia/Luzerne/Montour/Northumberland/Snyder): Amends the Workers’ Compensation Act to provide for the solvency of the Uninsured Employers Guaranty Fund. Vote: 185-0.
Taxpayer Protection- Responsible Stewardship of Your Money
o VETO #3; HB 83 (Rep. John Lawrence, R-Chester/Lancaster): Requires the administration to use responsible debt management practices by repaying new capital debt using a level principal payment approach, which saves taxpayer dollars by reducing the amount spent on interest. An analysis by House Appropriations Committee staff estimates that this one reform would reduce outstanding general obligation debt by $1 billion over 20 years. Vote: 188-2.
Act 108, formerly HB 1511 (Rep. Marguerite Quinn, R-Bucks): Amends the Tax Reform Code to update and clarify the collection of the hotel occupancy tax from online travel companies. Vote: 137-44.
Educating for Success- Building Opportunity
o VETO #4, HB 2157 (Rep. Seth Grove, R-York): A part of a comprehensive bipartisan package of bills to improve workforce development by advancing career and technical education (CTE). This bill would have made it easier for schools to establish and renew vocational programs. It just codifies an existing pilot program to expedite the classification of instructional programs (CIPs). Vote: 192-0.
Act 82, formerly HB 1386 (Rep. Kristin Phillips-Hill, R-York): Revises the grade levels and age spans for educator instructional certificates. Vote: 194-0.
Act 105, formerly HB 1228 (Rep. Hal English, R-Allegheny): Allows for the use of sunscreen by students during school hours or at a school-sponsored event. Previously, sunscreen was considered an over-the-counter medication by the FDA, therefore requiring a doctor’s order regarding the sunscreen and requiring a nurse to administer it. Vote: 195-0.
Act 121, formerly HB 2124 (Rep. Christopher Quinn, R-Delaware): Requires institutions of higher education to send annual letters to students with information regarding their education loan debt Vote: 180-1.
Act 158, formerly SB 1095 (Sen. Thomas McGarrigle, R-Chester/Delaware): Amends the Public School Code to provide for alternative pathways to high school graduation. Vote: 191-0.
(Sent to the Senate for consideration or concurrence)
• HB 1097 (Rep. Lee James, R-Butler/Venango): Amends the Public School Code to make hands-only cardiopulmonary resuscitation training available to students in grades nine through 12. Vote: 116-71. HB 1097 now goes to the Senate for consideration.
Public Safety/Public Protection- Always a Priority
Act 86, formerly HB 172 (Sen. David Argall, R-Schuylkill/Berks): Creates an automated speed enforcement system (ASES) five-year pilot program for highway work zones and a separate ASES pilot program along Roosevelt Boulevard in the City of Philadelphia.) Vote 173-22.
Act 85, formerly HB 2297, (Rep. John Taylor, R-Philadelphia): An act designating several bridges and highways. Vote: 194-0.
Act 83, formerly HB 1414, (Rep. Stephen Barrar, R-Chester/Delaware): Authorizes special lighting requirements for tow trucks, vehicles used by probation officers in the First Judicial District of Philadelphia, solid waste collection vehicles, privately owned vehicles used in answering emergency calls and internally mounted lights in certain fire police and special emergency response team vehicles. Vote: 194-0.
Act 80, formerly SB 1090 (Sen. Jake Corman, R-Centre/Huntingdon/Juniata/Mifflin): The Timothy J. Piazza Antihazing Law, which strengthens penalties for hazing and ensures that schools have safeguards to protect students. The new law amends the Crimes Code to add a new Antihazing Law, which includes several new criminal offenses, penalties, reporting requirements and immunities related to hazing. Vote: 191-0.
Act 92, formerly HB 44 (Rep. Sheryl Delozier, R-Cumberland): Amends the Protection From Abuse Act in order to provide the court with information regarding whether the defendant has been involved with a child abuse investigation. Vote: 199-0.
Act 94, formerly HB 149 (Rep. Jerry Knowles, R-Berks/Carbon/Schuylkill): Amends the Crimes Code regarding unlawful use of an audio or video recording device in court. House concurred in Senate amendments. Vote: 187-0.
Act 146, formerly SB 915 (Sen. Stewart Greenleaf, R-Bucks/Montgomery): Amends the Judicial Code regarding victim and witness contact and Post-Conviction Relief Act hearings. Vote: 190-0.
Act 147, formerly SB 916 (Sen. Stewart Greenleaf, R-Bucks/Montgomery): Amends the Judicial Code relating to post conviction DNA testing. Vote: 187-3.
Act 102, formerly HB 983 (Rep. John Lawrence, R-Chester/Lancaster): Ensures a victim of domestic violence is not forced to pay alimony pendente lite or spousal support to his or her abuser. Vote: 187-0.
Act 117, formerly HB 1958 (Rep. Greg Rothman, R-Cumberland): Allows for the platooning of certain vehicles and authorizes the use of fully autonomous work-zone vehicles by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation and the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission, and establishes the Highly Automated Vehicle Advisory Committee. Vote: 181-0.
Act 123, formerly HB 2476 (Rep. Dave Reed, R-Indiana): Allows Commonwealth employees to carry and store a lawfully owned handgun and ammunition in a vehicle at a state correctional institution. Vote: 189-2.
Act 133, formerly SB 748 (Sen. Dave Argall, R-Berks/Schuylkill): Creates the Public Safety Facilities Act to statutorily establish notice and procedural requirements for the Department of Corrections and the Pennsylvania State Police to follow whenever either department considers closing a public safety facility. Vote: 175-0.
Act 145, formerly SB 897 (Sen. Patrick Stefano, R-Fayette/Somerset/Westmoreland): Amends the Crimes Code to revise the definition of victim for the purpose of restitution to include government agencies and businesses, as well as individuals. Vote: 191-0.
Act 148, formerly SB 919 (Sen. Art Haywood, D-Montgomery/Philadelphia): Amends the Housing Authorities Law to allow for relocation of victims of domestic or sexual violence in a housing authority. Vote: 179-2.
Act 153, formerly SB 961 (Sen. John Rafferty, R-Berks/Chester/Montgomery): Amends the Vehicle Code regarding homicide by vehicle and aggravated assault by vehicle, driving under license suspension and driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Vote: 184-1.
Act 156, formerly SB 1078 (Sen. Robert Tomlinson, R-Bucks): Allows an agency to hold an executive session to discuss, plan or review matters and records that are deemed necessary for emergency preparedness, public safety or security of property. Vote: 177-0.
Act 157, formerly SB 1092 (Sen. Bob Mensch, R-Berks/Bucks/Montgomery): Amends the Judicial Code to provide a sentence enhancement for a simple assault or aggravated assault committed against a family or household member when the defendant knew the crime was witnessed by a minor who is also a family or household member of the defendant or the victim. Vote: 190-0.
Act 159, formerly SB 1098 (Sen. Patrick Browne, R-Lehigh): Amends the Vehicle Code to create a side stop signal arm speed enforcement system for failure to stop for a school bus with flashing red lights, creates a surcharge for illegally passing a school bus, and establishes the School Bus Safety Grant Program Fund. Vote: 180-1.
(Bills before the Senate for consideration or concurrence)
• HB 2307 (Rep. Tedd Nesbit, R-Butler/Mercer): Amends the Judicial Code regarding victim and witness contact and Post-Conviction Relief Act hearings. Vote: 193-0. HB 2307 now goes to the Senate for consideration.
• HB 2308 (Rep. Tedd Nesbit, R-Butler/Mercer): Amends the Judicial Code relating to post-conviction DNA testing. Vote: 190-3. HB 2308 now goes to the Senate for consideration.
• HB 2437 (Rep. Becky Corbin, R-Chester): Amends the Judicial, Domestic Relations and Crimes Codes by incorporating the offense of strangulation into current law in various contexts. Vote: 193-0. HB 2437 now goes to the Senate for consideration.
• HB 2526 (Rep. Tom Murt, R-Montgomery/Philadelphia): Amends the Crimes Code by adding a section prohibiting the act of female mutilation. Vote: 191-0. HB 2526 now goes to the Senate for consideration.
Act 103, formerly HB 1013 (Rep. Stephen Barrar, R-Chester/Delaware): Requires reimbursement for emergency medical services provided when no transport of a patient occurs and establishes the Quality Eye Care of Insured Pennsylvanians Act. House concurred in Senate amendments. Vote: 187-0.
Act 129, formerly SB 403 (Sen. James Brewster, D-Allegheny/Westmoreland): Changes the composition of the Municipal Police Officers Education and Training Commission. Vote: 182-0.
Health Care and Human Service Programs
o Veto #2; HB 2138 (Rep. Matthew Dowling, R-Fayette/Somerset): Requires the Department of Human Services (DHS) to apply for a waiver from the federal government to institute work requirements for those who enroll in Medical Assistance (MA). To meet the requirement, the person must be employed or attending a job training program for 20 hours a week or more, or complete 12 job training program-related activities in a month. Vote, 115-80.
Act 90, formerly 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. Vote: 194-0.
HB 1233 (Rep. Tom Murt, R-Montgomery/Philadelphia): Establishes a new standard for assisted outpatient mental health treatment for seriously mentally ill individuals. Vote: 181-0.
SB 6 (Sen. Mike Regan, R-Cumberland/York): Amends the Human Services Code to address the valuation of a family vehicle, lottery winnings which are attributable as resources, drug kingpin provisions, Megan’s Law compliance provisions, grading of welfare fraud, use of an access device, and procedure for the replacement of a lost access device. Vote: 124-62.
Act 93, formerly HB 126 (Rep. Ryan Warner, R-Fayette/Westmoreland): Permits authorized entities with properly trained employees to maintain a supply of epinephrine auto-injectors and provide or administer them, and enacts provisions relating to cancer trial access for Pennsylvania patients. Vote: 195-0.
Act 96, formerly HB 353 (Rep. Tedd Nesbit, R-Butler/Mercer): Requires electronic prescriptions of Schedule II, III and IV controlled substances and establishes exceptions to the requirement. House concurred in Senate amendments. Vote: 187-0.
Act 112, formerly HB 1884 (Rep. Marguerite Quinn, R-Bucks): Requires that the results of diagnostic imaging services performed on an outpatient basis be provided directly to patients if the imaging service entity believes a significant abnormality may exist. Vote: 181-0.
Act 126, formerly SB 31 (Sen. Mario Scavello, R-Monroe/Northampton): Establishes the Spinal Cord Injury Research Program and allocates funding from the Tobacco Settlement Fund for appropriate research. Vote: 173-13.
Act 160, formerly SB 1127 (Sen. Ryan Aument, R-Lancaster): Amends the Crimes Code and the Procurement Code in order to create new penalties for trafficking in Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits. Vote: 166-24.
(Bills before the Senate for consideration or concurrence)
• HB 562 (Rep. Maria Donatucci, D-Delaware/Philadelphia): Amends the Pennsylvania Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Screening Act to change the age range of the women who are able to access the screening program. Vote: 1889-0. HB 562 now goes to the Senate for consideration.
• SB 373 (Sen. John Eichelberger, R-Blair/Cumberland/Franklin/Fulton/Huntingdon): Amends the Insurance Company Law to allow for dental insurance checks to be issued to the customer and provider, or direct payment for dental services to a provider. Vote: 186-0. SB 373 now goes to the Senate for concurrence.
• HB 2291 (Rep. George Dunbar, R-Westmoreland): Amends the Human Services Code to exclude certain senior living units from the definition of personal care home. Vote: 191-0. HB 2291 now goes to the Senate for consideration.
• 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 and increases the voluntary contribution under the Casey Fund from $1 to $3. Vote: 193-0. SB 108 now goes to the Senate for concurrence.
Looking Out for Seniors
Act 87, formerly HB 270 (Rep. Frank Farry, R-Bucks): Increases the maximum income limits for PACENET eligibility, changes the Pharmaceutical Assistance Review Board to an advisory board with additional membership and enhanced duties and establishes provisions for medication synchronization. Vote: 176-0.
Act 108, formerly HB 1294 (Rep. Judy Ward, R-Blair): Allows motorcycles to display a special license plate for Purple Heart recipients, creates a new Legion of Merit plate and enables network company drivers to display illuminated signs inside their vehicles. Vote: 187-0.
Act 119, formerly HB 2052 (Rep. Mike Reese, R-Westmoreland): Requires public school entities to provide support services and information to a student when a parent or guardian is deployed for active duty. Vote: 193-0.
Act 139, formerly SB 798 (Sen. Richard Alloway, R-Adams/Cumberland/Franklin/York): Adds one-star and two-star active duty retired generals to the appointee options for the Pennsylvania Military Community Enhancement Commission and requires that an individual who is appointed as an active duty retired general be a resident of the Commonwealth. Vote: 189-0.
Act 149, formerly SB 945 (Sen. Michele Brooks, R-Crawford/Erie/Mercer/Warren): Allows applicants of a two-year vehicle registration to double their donation to the Veterans Trust Fund, when completed online. Vote: 177-0.
o Veto #4, SB 1172 (Sen. Randy Vulakovich, R-Allegheny): Amends the Price Gouging Act to require certain clarifications when the governor issues proclamations declaring a disaster emergency. Vote:193-0.
Act 97, formerly 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. Vote: 192-0
Act 98, formerly HB 544 (Rep. Dan Moul, R-Adams): Amends the state’s recreational use of land liability law to clarify and expand its protections for landowners. House concurred in Senate amendments. Vote: 181-0.
Act 122, formerly HB 2453 (Rep. Brian Ellis, R-Butler): Amends the Check Casher Licensing Act (Act 22 of 1998) to update and modernize the act by outlining additional duties of the Department of Banking and Securities (DOBS), for licensing terms and fees, and for additional suspension and revocation penalties. Vote: 196-1.
Stronger Communities and Local Government
Act 84, formerly HB 1499, (Rep. Mark Keller, R-Cumberland/Perry): Clarifies and updates provisions relating to planned communities, condominiums and cooperatives. Vote: 194-0.
Act 99, formerly HB 99 (Rep. David Zimmerman, R-Lancaster): Allows boroughs to make contracts or purchases without requiring advertising, bidding or price quotations in situations deemed emergencies. House concurred in Senate amendments. Vote: 187-0.
Act 100, formerly 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 and to establish a Realty Transfer Tax exemption. House concurred in Senate amendments. Vote: 175-5.
Act 101, formerly HB 927 (Rep. Jack Rader, R-Monroe): Amends the Municipal Waste Planning, Recycling and Waste Reduction Act to grant municipalities an exemption from establishing a leaf waste collection program provided they meet a population density threshold. Vote: 141-57.
Act 124, formerly HB 2557 (Rep. Greg Rothman, R-Cumberland): Establishes Intergovernmental Cooperation Authorities (ICAs) for certain Cities of the Third Class; provides the powers and duties of these authorities; makes an appropriation; and imposes extensions and limitations on taxing powers. Vote: 185-5.
Act 135, formerly SB 771 (Sen. Thomas McGarrigle, R-Chester/Delaware): Amends the Borough Code and Third Class City Code to provide for concise publication of annual financial reporting information in a newspaper of general circulation. Vote: 182-0.
Act 136, formerly SB 772 (Sen. Thomas McGarrigle, R-Chester/Delaware): Amends the First Class Township Code to provide for concise publication of annual financial reporting information in a newspaper of general circulation. Vote: 182-0.
Act 137, formerly SB 773 (Sen. Thomas McGarrigle, R-Chester/Delaware): Amends Act 253 of 1929 (relating to Incorporated Towns) to provide for concise publication of annual financial reporting information in a newspaper of general circulation. Vote: 182-0.
Act 140, formerly SB 801 (Sen. Scott Hutchinson, R-Butler/Clarion/Forest/Venango/Warren): Permits a borough or third-class city to purchase used personal property from volunteer emergency service organizations without bid. Vote: 181-0.
Act 141, formerly SB 802 (Hutchinson): Permits townships of the first class to purchase used personal property from volunteer emergency service organizations without bid. Vote: 181-0.
Act 142, formerly SB 803 (Hutchinson): Permits townships of the second class to purchase used personal property from volunteer emergency service organizations without bid. Vote: 181-0.
Act 143, formerly SB 804 (Hutchinson): Permits incorporated towns to purchase used personal property from volunteer emergency service organizations without bid. Vote: 181-0.
Act 150, formerly SB 947 (Sen. Scott Hutchinson, R-Butler/Clarion/Forest/Venango/Warren): Amends the Borough Code and Third Class City Code to increase the threshold for the sale of municipal personal property without the need to publicly advertise for bids. Vote: 181-0.
Act 151, formerly SB 948 (Hutchinson): Amends the First Class Township Code to increase the threshold for the sale of municipal personal property without the need to publicly advertise for bids. Vote: 181-0.
Act 152, formerly SB 949 (Hutchinson): Amends Act 34 or 1953 (relating to Incorporated Towns) to increase the threshold for the sale of municipal personal property without the need to publicly advertise for bids. Vote: 181-0.
Act 154, formerly SB 1005 (Sen. John Eichelberger, R-Blair/Cumberland/Franklin/Fulton/Huntingdon): Updates and consolidates the County Code and moves the provisions pertaining to second class A counties into the general code as well. Vote:183-0.
Act 155, formerly SB 1007 (Sen. John Eichelberger, R-Blair/Cumberland/Franklin/Fulton/Huntingdon): Amends the Consolidated County Assessment Law to provide for increased training and qualifications of assessment appeal board and auxiliary appeal board members, to make changes to the assessment appeal process and to provide for certain notifications to property owners and penalties. Vote: 182-0.
(Bills before the Senate for consideration or concurrence)
• HB 104 (Rep. Robert Godshall, R-Montgomery): Requires discussion, at a public meeting, of all acquisitions and sales or transfer of infrastructure by a municipal authority that provides water or wastewater service and establishes an audit requirement. House concurred in Senate amendments as amended by the House. Vote: 181-0. HB 104 now goes to the Senate for concurrence.
Act 85, formerly HB 2297, (Rep. John Taylor, R-Philadelphia): An act designating several bridges and highways. Vote: 194-0.
Act 91, formerly HB 26 (Rep. Martina White, R-Philadelphia): Amends the Vehicle Code to permit organizational registration plates for use on motorcycles; allow for abbreviated portions of an organization’s name on special plates; and establish new specialty plates. Vote: 187-0.
Act 115, formerly HB 1936 (Rep. Parke Wentling, R-Crawford/Erie/Lawrence/Mercer): Makes editorial and reference changes to the Vehicle Code that apply to all-terrain vehicles and extends the sunset date of the weight and size exemption for timber industry vehicles by five years. Vote: 180-0.
Act 134, formerly SB 764 (Sen. John Gordner, R-Columbia/Luzerne/Montour/Northumberland/Snyder): Amends the Board of Vehicles Act to establish a specific chapter for recreational vehicles. Vote: 194-0.
Act 138, formerly SB 796 (Sen. John Gordner, R-Columbia/Luzerne/Montour/Northumberland/Snyder): Eliminates the fee associated with a change of address on a commercial driver’s license if the current address has been changed by a government entity; eliminates duplicate registration fees for applicants who print their own copies; provides for registration of recreational trailers/cargo trailers; addresses transfer of vehicle ownership; and extends logging/forestry bonded roads exemption. Vote: 181-0.
Act 144, formerly SB 888 (Sen. John Rafferty, R-Berks/Chester/Montgomery): Amends the Vehicle Code dealing with parking rules affecting persons with disabilities. Vote: 177-0.
Act 161, formerly SB 1156 (Sen. Bob Mensch, R-Berks/Bucks/Montgomery): An act designating several bridges and highways. Vote: 181-0.
Act 81, formerly HB 783 (Rep. Tedd Nesbit, R-Butler/Mercer): Exempts manufactured homes not previously titled in Pennsylvania from the tax certification requirement. Vote: 194-0.
Act 104, formerly HB 1216 (Rep. Frank Farry, R-Bucks): Amends the Judicial Code to grants civil immunity for entering a motor vehicle to rescue a cat or dog and amends the Crimes Code to define “service, guide or support dog” and to make consistent changes. Vote: 181-0.
Act 113, formerly HB 1885 (Rep. Frank Ryan, R-Lebanon): Amends the Decedents, Estates and Fiduciaries Code to allow the Register of Wills to require a personal representative to post additional security without court approval. Vote: 187-0.
Act 114, formerly HB 1886 (Rep. Frank Ryan, R-Lebanon): Amends the Decedents, Estates and Fiduciaries Code to require the orphans’ courts to identify and take appropriate enforcement action against guardians who are delinquent in filing required reports. Vote: 190-0.
Act 118, formerly HB 2049 (Rep. Dan Moul, R-Adams): Creates the Assistance and Service Animal Integrity Act to address documentation requirements for service animals in housing, and to establish penalties for misrepresentation. Vote: 194-0.
Act 127, formerly SB 299 (Sen. Richard Alloway, R-Adams/Cumberland/Franklin/York): Amends the Pennsylvania Election Code to exempt a sitting Magisterial District Judge (MDJ) from the requirement to file a nominating petition with 100 or more signatures for re-election and to instead allow the filing of a certificate of nomination for re-election, with the proviso that the MDJ incumbent using this procedure may not challenge the nominating petition of another MDJ candidate. Vote: 128-65.
Act 128, formerly SB 353 (Sen. John Rafferty, R-Berks/Chester/Montgomery): Authorizes the conveyance of land and improvements in: East Vincent Township, Chester County; the City of Harrisburg, Dauphin County; Collegeville Borough, Montgomery County; Borough of Chambersburg, Franklin County; the 6th Ward of Washington and partially in South Strabane Township, Washington County; and the Township of Whitemarsh, Montgomery County. Vote: 189-0.
Act 162, formerly SB 1171 (Sen. Michele Brooks, R-Crawford/Mercer/Warren): Defines members and duties of the Nutrient Management Advisory Board and the Agricultural Advisory Board. Vote: 183-2.
Act 163, formerly SB 1205 (Sen. Daniel Laughlin, R-Erie): Requires extensive annual disclosure of an insurance company’s corporate governance practices. Vote: 182-3.
Bills before the Senate for consideration or concurrence:
• HB 1981 (Rep. Ryan Bizzarro, D-Erie): Establishes first-time home buyer saving accounts (FHSA) to allow Pennsylvanians to set aside savings which may be used as a deduction on state income tax toward the eligible costs of purchasing a first home. Vote: 189-1. HB 1981 now goes to the Senate for consideration.
• HB 2303 (Rep. Michael Corr, R-Montgomery): Allows the executor or administrator of a decedent’s estate to elect to file a combined annual income tax return for an estate and revocable trust during the period the estate is open. Vote: 188-0. HB 2303 now goes to the Senate for consideration.