House Answering Call from Helpers and Heroes
The House returns to session this week with a key focus on helping address the challenges mounting against firefighters, emergency medical technicians and other first responders. A total of 90% of our Commonwealth’s fire companies rely on volunteers and their ranks continue to shrink, leaving many communities in a crisis of who will respond to an emergency? This week, the House will vote on nearly 20 bills related to the recommendations from last session's SR 6 Commission.
The Weekly Schedule
Identified by bill number, the sponsors and summaries for votes scheduled in committee or on the House floor are posted below. More information regarding these votes can be found at PAHouseGOP.com by clicking on the “House Business” tab.
Monday, October 21, 2019
Government Oversight, 8:30 a.m., 140 Main Capitol
• Public hearing on investigation 1-2019.
Health and Human Services, 11:00 a.m., 140 Main Capitol
• Public hearing on closure of White Haven and Polk State Centers.
Liquor Control, 11 a.m., 205 Ryan Office Building
• HB 1617 (Rep. Craig Staats, R-Bucks): Would allow old hotel liquor licenses to be converted to a restaurant liquor license for a fee.
• HB 1886 (Rep. Adam Ravenstahl, D-Allegheny): Would allow a club liquor license to remain in safekeeping for up to two years, and subsequent years for an additional fee.
Insurance, 11:30 a.m., 60 East Wing
Informational meeting on HB 1439 and HB 1696.
Transportation, 11:30 a.m., B-31 Main Capitol
• HB 190 (Rep. Chris Quinn, R-Delaware): Would set the minimum threshold for vehicles with light-emitting diodes (LEDs) headlights/taillights to pass an annual safety inspection.
• HB 1597 (Rep. Mark Gillen, R-Berks/Lancaster): Would designate the highway interchange of U. S. Route 222 in Berks County as the Pvt. Mahlon L. Fink Iwo Jima Memorial Highway Interchange.
• HB 1665 (Rep. Craig Staats, R-Bucks): Would designate a bridge on a portion of North Main Street in Bucks County as the Sellersville Veterans Memorial Bridge.
• HB 1719 (Rep. Benjamin Sanchez, D-Montgomery): Would designate a bridge on a portion of S.R. 2034 in Montgomery County as the Capt. Samuel Schultz Memorial Bridge.
• HB 1754 (Rep. Martin Causer, R-Mckean/Cameron/Potter): Would designate a bridge on a portion of S.R. 4021 in Potter County as the Tec 5 C. Virgil Voorhees Memorial Bridge.
• HB 1770 (Rep. Cris Dush, R-Jefferson/Indiana): Would designate a bridge on a portion of S.R. 286 in Indiana County as the SFC Randy McCaulley Memorial Bridge.
• HB 1782 (Rep. Frank Burns, D-Cambria): Would designate a bridge on a portion of S.R. 1002 in Cambria County as the PFC Cyril T. Yeckley Memorial Bridge.
• HB 1825 (Rep. Jeff Wheeland, R-Lycoming): Would extend the calibration testing cycle for non-radar speed timing devices and allows the certificate of accuracy to completed electronically.
• HB 1907 (Rep. Greg Rothman, R-Cumberland): Would designate a bridge over U.S. Route 11/15 in Cumberland County as the Senator Hal Mowery Memorial Bridge.
• HR 539 (Rep. Karen Boback, R-Luzerne/Lackawanna/Wyoming): Would recognize Oct. 20-26, 2019, as “National Teen Driver Safety Week” in Pennsylvania.
Education, 12 p.m., G-50 Irvis Office Building
• HB 434 (Rep. Jared Soloman, D-Philadelphia): Would amend the Public School Code to require the Department of Education to develop and implement a continuing professional education course on cultural awareness.
• HB 1315 (Rep. Barbara Gleim, R-Cumberland): Would require the inclusion of Career Technical Education (CTE) certifications on a student’s high school transcript.
• HB 1881 (Rep. Rob Kauffman, R-Franklin): Would amend the Public School Code to restore arrest powers for school police officers.
• HR 450 (Rep. James Roebuck, D-Philadelphia): Would recognize 2019 as the “International Year of the Periodic Table of Elements.”
• HR 477 (Rep. Liz Hanbidge, D-Montgomery): Would recognize October 2019 as “Civic Education Awareness Month.”
• HR 479 (Rep. Maria Donatucci, D-Philadelphia/Delaware): Would recognize Oct. 11 of each year as the “International Day of the Girl Child.”
• HR 517 (Rep. Ed Neilson, D-Philadelphia): Would designate the month of October 2019 as “Dyslexia Awareness Month.”
• SB 456 (Sen. Camera Bartolotta, R-Beaver/Greene/Washington): Would amend the Private Licensed School Act to clarify that a “multibranch training school” can be in a different county than the primary licensed school.
Finance, 12 p.m., 205 Ryan Office Building
• HB 376 (Rep. Clint Owlett, R-Tioga/Bradford/Potter): Would provide a tax credit to volunteers who purchase firefighting equipment.
• HB 1189 (Rep. Jerry Knowles, R-Schuylkill/Berks/Carbon): Would provide employer tax credits for employing volunteer first responders.
• HR 511 (Rep. Donna Bullock, D-Philadelphia): Would designate the week of Sept. 29-Oct. 5 as “Financial Planning Week.”
• HR 523 (Rep. Robert Matzie, D-Beaver/Allegheny): Would designate the week of Oct. 13–19, 2019, as “Credit Union Week.”
Game and Fisheries, Call of the Chair, 60 East Wing
• SB 147 (Sen. Daniel Laughlin, R-Erie): Would allow for limited expansion of Sunday hunting, and increased penalties for trespass while hunting.
Tourism and Recreational Development, Call of the Chair, B-31 Main Capitol
• HR 452 (Rep. David Millard, R-Columbia): Would recognize Fallingwater and the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy on Fallingwater being named a World Heritage Site.
• HR 478 (Rep. Kathy Rapp, R-Warren/Crawford/Forest): Would recognize John William Heisman, namesake of the Heisman Trophy, on what would have been his 150th birthday.
On Monday, session will begin at 1 p.m.
Votes on Second Consideration:
• HB 1673 (Rep. Frank Farry, R-Bucks): Would expand the types of programs that volunteer fire relief monies can fund, such as Length of Service Awards, which are programs that provide tax-deferred income benefits to active volunteers of a fire service.
• HB 1705 (Rep. Matt Gabler, Clearfield/Elk): Would authorize school districts to offer a property tax credit for volunteer first responders.
• HB 1780 (Rep. Lee James, R-Venango/Butler): Would exempt volunteer fire, rescue and ambulance companies from portions of the Right-to-Know Law.
• HB 1803 (Rep. Marcy Toepel, R-Montgomery): Would require settlements paid as a result of an action taken by an employee of a Commonwealth agency to be included on PennWATCH.
• HR 462 (Rep. Stan Saylor, R-York): Would designate the month of October 2019 as “Fire Prevention Month” and recognize the week of Oct. 6-12, 2019, as National Fire Prevention Week” in PA.
• HR 476 (Rep. Angel Cruz, D-Philadelphia): Would recognize Sept. 15-Oct. 15 as “Hispanic Heritage Month” in Pennsylvania.
• HR 492 (Rep. Wendy Ullman, D-Bucks): Would designate the Month of September 2019 as “Benzodiazepine Addiction Recovery Month” in Pennsylvania.
• HR 496 (Rep. Stephen Kinsey, D-Philadelphia): Would designate Sept. 8-14, 2019, as “Direct Support Professionals Week” in Pennsylvania.
• HR 506 (Rep. Chris Quinn, R-Delaware): Would recognize September 2019 as “Sepsis Awareness Month.”
Votes on Third Consideration:
• HB 269 (Rep. Michael Driscoll, D-Philadelphia): Would amend the Tax Reform Code to provide an exemption from the Realty Transfer Tax for the surviving spouse/children of a first responder.
• HB 732 (Rep. Chris Quinn, R-Delaware): Would amend the Tax Reform Code to provide an exemption from the Realty Transfer Tax for volunteer service providers.
• HB 1048 (Rep. Jerry Knowles, R-Schuylkill/Berks/Carbon): Would remove the annual liquor license surcharge for a national veterans' organization or volunteer fire company.
• HB 1542 (Rep. Stan Saylor, R-York): Would amend the Liquor Code to add days for holders of special occasion permits and provide for other changes regarding special occasion permits.
• HB 1589 (Rep. Steve Samuelson, D-Northampton): Would amend the Liquor Code to extend the hours of operation for public venues and performing arts facilities and enable small movie theaters to qualify for a performing arts facility license.