Bills passed by the House of Representatives during the week of June 4, 2018
Bills heading to the governor’s desk:
• HB 564 (Rep. Karen Boback, R-Lackawanna/Luzerne/Wyoming): Requires school entities to administer, at least once to students during grades seven through 12, a locally developed assessment in civics. House concurred in Senate amendments. Vote: 167-27. HB 564 now goes to the governor’s desk.
Bills heading to the Senate for consideration or concurrence:
• HB 129 (Rep. Jim Cox, R-Berks/Lancaster): Prohibits individuals convicted of drug distribution crimes from receiving certain public assistance benefits. Vote: 137-58. HB 129 now goes to the Senate for consideration.
• HB 2131 (Rep. Thomas Quigley, R-Montgomery): Requires the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation to plant native species of vegetation along highways in Pennsylvania where feasible. Vote: 194-1. HB 2131 now goes to the Senate for consideration.
• HB 2152 (Rep. Rosemary Brown, R-Monroe/Pike): Authorizes home health and hospice agencies to properly dispose of unused prescription medications following a patient’s discharge or death. Vote: 189-0. HB 2152 now goes to the Senate for consideration.
• HB 2154 (Rep. Martin Causer, R-Cameron/McKean/Potter): Establishes the Conventional Oil and Gas Wells Act which relates to conventional wells and well sites only and establishes a bounty program therein for plugging abandoned wells that will reduce methane emissions in the Commonwealth. Vote: 111-84. HB 2154 now goes to the Senate for consideration.
• SB 667 (Sen. Patrick Stefano, R-Fayette/Somerset/Westmoreland): Allows a land bank jurisdiction located in a county of the second class A through eighth class to designate a redevelopment authority, which was created for the jurisdiction, as the land bank. Vote: 195-0. SB 667 now goes to the Senate for concurrence.
• SB 851 (Sen. David Argall, R-Berks/Schuylkill): Clarifies ownership of properties delinquent in real estate taxes and in the process of being sold through the Real Estate Tax Sale Law. Vote: 195-0. SB 851 now goes to the Senate for concurrence.