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Weekly Wrap-Up in the #PAHouse week of sept. 23, 2019

Bills passed in the PA House during the week of Sept. 16, 2019

Bills in the hands of the Governor:

• HB 265 (Rep. Craig Staats, R-Bucks): Would help improve career and technical education opportunities for students in the Commonwealth by: expanding an established database that allows students and potential students to plan where courses, programs, certificates and diplomas transfer among public schools and institutions of higher education; requiring school entities to allow representatives from community colleges and other technical and/or trade schools to attend career/college fairs; requiring the development and distribution of materials outlining workforce needs, including training opportunities and future earning potential; and increasing flexibility for innovative secondary career and technical education programs.

Bills heading to the Senate for consideration:

• HB 1246 (Rep. Robert Freeman, D-Northampton): Would require compliance with ethics statutes for Act 47 coordinators appointed to assist financially distressed municipalities. Vote 199-0.

• HB 1662 (Rep. Gene DiGirolamo, R-Bucks): Would amend and rename the Methadone Death and Incident Review Act to include deaths and incidents attributable to the use and misuse of buprenorphine. Vote 199-0.

• HB 1055 (Rep. Kate Klunk, R-York): Would establish the Independent Office of the Repealer to review statutes and regulations for possible revision/repeal. Vote 103-98.

• HB 1104 (Rep. Tarah Toohil, R-Luzerne): Would require the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) to establish a registry for abandoned manufacturing sites across the Commonwealth. Vote 197-2.

• HB 1243 (Rep. Robert Freeman, D-Northampton): Would amend the Main Street Act to allow DCED to extend the current grants for costs related to hiring the Main Street manager for an additional five years. Vote 199-0.

• HB 1410 (Rep. Todd Stephens, R-Montgomery): Would amend the Transit Revitalization Investment District Act to create a Military Installation Remediation Program. Vote 144-54.

The Pennsylvania House of Representatives is scheduled to return to session at 1 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 21, 2019.