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What's Happening in the #PAHouse WEEK OF SEPT. 28, 2020

The state House returns to session on Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020, to vote on issues of importance.

Ensuring Our Children Have the Best Educational Opportunities

In the five-month stabilizing budget we passed, and the governor signed earlier this year, public education was fully funded for the entire year with the intention of providing schools the necessary tools to reopen to in-person education. While the administration has refused to work with the people’s representatives in crafting any plan in response to the pandemic, school leaders have decried the lack of clear guidance to help them safely reopen schools. Instead, they have received conflicting and inconsistent guidance, mandates, recommendations and orders.

With Pennsylvania’s students back to school in various models of learning, it is imperative the General Assembly take steps to ensure they have the certainty of attaining the best educational opportunities. Weeks ago, it was unclear if traditional public schools in Pennsylvania would follow the law and provide required busing to non-public school students. Recent administration guidance, as has been typical of their education response, has been less than clear.

Next week, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives will take up measures to ensure these students have the transportation they are entitled to and teachers can recertify their licenses during the pandemic.

Enhancing Pennsylvania’s COVID-19 Response

While Pennsylvanians continue to recover from the effects of COVID-19 and related shutdowns, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives will take up a number of bills in committee and on the floor next week to help bolster our state response to the pandemic, help those who may be at risk for losing their living space, and better ways to ensure health care services are maintained.

Lawmakers across the Commonwealth remain committed to responding to the effects of this pandemic in a swift and serious way that reflects the needs and voices of our constituents.

Bills can be researched here.

Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020

Committee Meetings/Hearings

• HUMAN SERVICES, 9 a.m., Room G-50, Irvis Office Building

o Informational meeting on updates and improvements regarding care of children residing at Devereux Behavioral Health facilities in PA.

• JUDICIARY, 9:30 a.m., Room 140, Main Capitol

o HB 175 (Rep. Kate Klunk, R-York): Amends Title 53 (Municipalities Generally), in municipal police education and training, further providing for powers and duties of MPOTEC and establishing the Police Department Grant Program.

o HB 486 (Rep. Karen Boback, R-Luzerne/Wyoming): Amends Title 18 (Crimes and Offenses), in offenses against the family, to create a penalty for failing to report a missing child.

o SB 976 (Sen. Mike Regan, R-Cumberland): Amends Title 42 (Judiciary and Judicial Procedure) to codify state Veterans Courts.

o SB 1170 (Sen. Wayne Langerholc, R-Cambria): Amends Title 42 (Judiciary and Judicial Procedure) to permit the Commonwealth to call expert witnesses in cases of domestic violence in order to explain victim behavior.

o SB 1193 (Sen. Pat Browne, R-Lehigh): Amends the Sheriff and Deputy Sheriff Education and Training Act to provide an increase in funding for the Sheriff and Deputy Sheriff Education and Training Account.

• PROFESSIONAL LICENSURE, noon, Room B-31, Main Capitol

o HB 100 (Rep. Jesse Topper, R-Bedford): Amends the Professional Nursing Law to provide for the modernization of the Professional Nursing Law – Certified Registered Nurse Practitioners.

• APPROPRIATIONS, Call of the Chair, Room 140, Main Capitol

o Agenda to be announced.

• HEALTH, Call of the Chair, Room G-50, Irvis Office Building

o HB 2202 (Rep. Kate Klunk, R-York): Amends the Tobacco Settlement Act to create a new classification under Medical Assistance for Workers with Disabilities.

o SB 273 (Sen. Judy Ward, R-Blair): Amends the Community-Based Health Care Act to remove the cap on funds which can be obtained by federally qualified health centers (FQHCs).

o HB 2476 (Rep. Seth Grove, R-York): Amends the Human Services Code to expand healthcare outcome programs.

o HB 2857 (Rep. Dawn Keefer, R-York): Amends the Human Services Code to create an annual enrollment period for recipients to choose their Medicaid plan.

• LABOR & INDUSTRY, Call of the Chair, Room B-31, Main Capitol

o SB 94 (Sen. Scott Martin, R-Lancaster): Amends the Workers Compensation Act to provide workers compensation for integral members of fire companies.

o SB 594 (Sen. Wayne Langerholc, R-Cambria): Amends the Workers Compensation Act to require employers who have a certified safety committee as part of their workers’ compensation program to include information about the risks associated with the use of opioids.

o SB 935 (Sen. Wayne Langerholc, R-Cambria): Amends the Fire and Panic Act, further providing for standards for Class VI buildings.

Session

On Tuesday the House will meet at 1 p.m. for legislative business.

Votes on Second Consideration

• HB 980 (Rep. Dave Hickernell, R-Lancaster): Amends Title 51 to provide for the composition of the State Veterans Commission.

• HB 2103 (Rep. Barry Jozwiak, R-Berks): Amends the Patient Test Result Information Act to exempt specific cardiac testing from current notification requirements.

• HB 2331 (Rep. John Galloway, D-Bucks): Amends the Human Services Code to provide for a Mental Health Care Services Clearinghouse.

• HB 2673 (Rep. Louis Schmitt, R-Blair): Act authorizing the Department of General Services, with the approval of the governor and the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, to grant and convey, at a price to be determined through a competitive bid process, certain lands, buildings and improvements situate in Allegheny Township, Blair County.

• HB 2674 (Rep. Louis Schmitt, R-Blair): Act authorizing the Department of General Services, with the approval of the governor and the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, to grant and convey, at a price to be determined through a competitive bid process, certain lands, buildings and improvements situate in Allegheny Township, Blair County.

• HB 2779 (Rep. Chris Quinn, R-Delaware): Act providing for retaining health care innovations during the COVID-19 pandemic and imposing duties on the Joint State Government Commission.

• HB 2792 (Rep. Wendi Thomas, R-Bucks): Act providing for a long-term care medical director registry and imposing duties on the Department of Health and the Department of Human Services.

Votes on Third Consideration

• HB 862 (Barrar)

• HB 2561 (Culver)

• HB 2584 (Topper)

• HB 1348 (Gleim)

• SB 1216 (Langerholc)

Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020

Committee Meetings/Hearings

• ENVIRONMENTAL RESOURCES & ENERGY, 9 a.m., Room 60, East Wing

o HB 707 (Rep. David Zimmerman, R-Lancaster): Amends the Pennsylvania Safe Drinking Water Act to clarify that religious institutions are not public water systems when they are relying upon their own privately own water wells as their water source.

o HB 2002 (Rep. Aaron Kaufer, R-Luzerne): An act repealing "An act imposing a State tax on anthracite coal; providing for the assessment and collection thereof; and providing penalties for the violation of this act."

o HB 2197 (Rep. Cris Dush, R-Jefferson): Act amending the Covered Device Recycling Act to have the photo-voltaic modules of solar panels added to the list of items covered under the Act.

• HEALTH, 9 a.m., Room 140, Main Capitol

o Public hearing on Treatment Options in PA for COVID-19 - Part I.

• FINANCE, 9:30 a.m., Room 205, Ryan Office Building

o Informational meeting on overview of the fiscal condition of the Commonwealth with the Treasury Department and the challenges faced by Pennsylvanians when preparing for their retirement.

• AGING & OLDER ADULT SERVICES, 10 a.m., Room G-50, Irvis Office Building

o HB 2867 (Rep. Gary Day, R-Berks): Amends Title 35 (Health and Safety) to make several updates to address issues related to COVID-19 in long-term care facilities.

• ENVIRONMENTAL RESOURCES & ENERGY, 10 a.m., Room 60, East Wing

o Informational meeting on spill reporting requirements under the Clean Streams Law and SB 619.

• TRANSPORTATION, 10 a.m., Room B-31, Main Capitol

o HB 2646 (Rep. Parke Wentling, R-Mercer/Crawford): Amends Title 75 (Vehicles) to provide language updates relative to “Pedalcycles with Electric Assist.”

o SB 745 (Sen. Pat Stefano, R-Fayette): Amends Title 75 (Vehicles) to reform Pennsylvania’s vehicle emissions testing program.

o SB 1281 (Sen. Doug Mastriano, R-Adams/Franklin): Amends Title 75 (Vehicles) to strengthen Pennsylvania’s “Steer Clear” law.

• LOCAL GOVERNMENT, Call of the Chair, Room G-50, Irvis Office Building

o HB 2093 (Rep. Todd Polinchock, R-Bucks): Act restricting local government from certain regulation of agritourism.

o SB 494 (Sen. Scott Martin, R-Lancaster): Amends "An act authorizing political subdivisions, municipality authorities and transportation authorities to enter into contracts for the purchase of goods and the sale of real and personal property where no bids are received," to authorize political subdivisions and authorities to enter into contracts for services when two consecutive advertisements fail to induce bids.

• APPROPRIATIONS, Call of the Chair, Room 140, Main Capitol

o Agenda to be announced.

• INSURANCE, Call of the Chair, Room B-31, Main Capitol

o SB 1195 (Sen. Mario Scavello, R-Monroe): Amends the Insurance Company Law further providing for reinsurance credits.

Session

On Wednesday the House will meet at 11 a.m. for legislative business.

Votes on Second Consideration

• HB 2352 (Rep. Seth Grove, R-York): Amends the Human Services Code to create a Pennsylvania False Claims Act.

• HB 2478 (Rep. Bill Kortz, D-Allegheny): Amends Title 75 to provide a civil penalty in place of license suspension for driving without a license.

• HB 2724 (Rep. Donna Oberlander, R-Clarion): Amends Act 586 of 1966 to clarify that only public entities can pursue prescriptive easements for the benefit of the public.

• HB 2825 (Rep. Jim Rigby, R-Cambria): Act designating the bridge, identified as Bridge Key 8680, carrying State Route 3055 over Stonycreek River in the City of Johnstown, Cambria County, as the City of Johnstown Firefighters Memorial Bridge.

• HB 2862 (Rep. Sheryl Delozier, R-Cumberland): Amends the Department of Banking and Securities Code to strengthen the independence of the Banking Fund.

• HB 2868 (Rep. Sue Helm, R-Dauphin/Lebanon) Amends the Fiscal Code to strengthen the CARES Act Mortgage and Rental Assistance Program.

• SB 940 (Sen. John DiSanto, R-Dauphin/Perry): Amends the Municipal Code and Ordinance Compliance Act to define a condemnation order and specify it shall be filed against a property and filed with the county tax claim bureau and recorder of deeds.

• SB 952 (Sen. Mike Regan, R-York/Cumberland): Amends Title 51 to update the Veterans Preference law.

• SB 995 (Sen. Dan Laughlin, R-Erie): Amends Title 75 to provide for the width of multipurpose agricultural vehicles.

• SB 1199 (Sen. Ryan Aument, R-Lancaster): Amends Title 75 further providing for Highly Automated Vehicle Advisory Committee and providing for personal delivery devices.

Votes on Third Consideration

• HB 980 (Hickernell)

• HB 2103 (Jozwiak)

• HB 2331 (Galloway)

• HB 2673 (Schmitt)

• HB 2674 (Schmitt)

• HB 2779 (Quinn)

• HB 2792 (Thomas)

Thursday, Oct. 1, 2020

Committee Meetings/Hearings

• HEALTH and LABOR & INDUSTRY, 9:30 a.m., Room 140, Main Capitol

o Joint public hearing on impact of actions taken by the PA Department of Health on Pennsylvania's employers.

• EDUCATION, 10 a.m., Room 205, Ryan Office Building

o HB 1342 (Rep. Rosemary Brown, R-Monroe): Amends the Public School Code to provide for create prekindergarten vision screenings, and also modifies the current school vision screening schedule.

o HB 2696 (Rep. Clint Owlett, R-Tioga/Bradford/Potter): Amends the Public School Code to establish the Back on Track Education Scholarship Account Program.

o SB 530 (Sen. Scott Martin, R-Lancaster): Amends the Public School Code to require a student who is convicted or adjudicated delinquent of sexual assault to be expelled at the victim’s request, if they are enrolled in the same K-12 school district.

o SB 869 (Sen. Doug Mastriano, R-Franklin/Adams): Amends the Public School Code to establish a moment of silence in our schools coinciding with the anniversary of Sept. 11th.

• TOURISM & RECREATIONAL DEVELOPMENT, 10 a.m., Room G-50, Irvis Office Building

o HR 1001 Rep. Doyle Heffley (R-Carbon): Concurrent resolution encouraging the International Olympic Committee to reinstate Jim Thorpe as the sole gold medal winner of the pentathlon and the decathlon events of the 1912 Olympic games in Stockholm, Sweden.

o Immediately following the voting meeting will be an informational meeting on HB 1706, which provides for the registration of off-highway motorcycles.

• APPROPRIATIONS, Call of the Chair, Room 140, Main Capitol

o Agenda to be announced

Session

On Thursday the House will meet at 11 a.m. for legislative business.

Votes on Second Consideration:

• HB 100 (Rep. Jesse Topper, R-Bedford): Amends the Professional Nursing Law to provide for the modernization of the Professional Nursing Law – Certified Registered Nurse Practitioners.

• HB 2832 (Rep. Matt Dowling, R-Fayette): Amends the Administrative Code providing for event venue indoor space operation.

• SB 273 (Sen. Judy Ward, R-Blair): Amends the Community-Based Health Care Act to remove the cap on funds which can be obtained by federally qualified health centers (FQHCs).

• SB 976 (Sen. Mike Regan, R-Cumberland): Amends Title 42 (Judiciary and Judicial Procedure) to codify state Veterans Courts.

Votes on Third Consideration:

• HB 2352 (Grove)

• HB 2862 (Delozier)

• HB 2868 (Helm)

• SB 952 (Regan)

All of House session and most House committee meetings will stream live on PAHouseGOP.com.