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Weekly Wrap-Up of Action in #PAHouse week of april 30, 2018

Bills passed by the House of Representatives during the week of April 30, 2018

Bills heading to the governor’s desk:

• HB 478 (Rep. Tina Pickett, R-Bradford/Sullivan/Susquehanna): Specifies the number of hours of psychiatric supervision required for each full-time staff member per week at outpatient psychiatric clinics. House concurred in Senate amendments. Vote: 190-0. HB 478 now goes to the governor’s desk.

Bills heading to the Senate for consideration or concurrence:

• HB 209 (Rep. Kristin Phillips-Hill, R-York): Establishes the Independent Office of the Repealer to review statutes and regulations for possible revision/repeal. Vote: 108-83. HB 209 now goes to the Senate for concurrence.

• HB 1237 (Rep. Dawn Keefer, R-York): Establishes an enhanced review process for major regulations that impose substantial cost burden on the Commonwealth. Vote: 101-89. HB 1237 now goes to the Senate for concurrence.

• HB 1659 (Rep. Mike Tobash, R-Dauphin/Schuylkill): Amends the Human Services Code pertaining to work requirement waivers in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Vote: 108-79. HB 1659 now goes to the Senate for concurrence.

• HB 1782 (Rep. Sheryl Delozier, R-Cumberland): Authorizes the use of alternative rate mechanisms by public utilities. Vote: 191-1. HB 1782 now goes to the Senate for concurrence.

• HB 1792 (Rep. Kerry Benninghoff, R-Centre/Mifflin): Gives the General Assembly the ability to initiate the repeal of any regulation in effect in Pennsylvania by a concurrent resolution and prohibits that regulation from being promulgated in the future unless authorized by law. Vote: 105-82. HB 1792 now goes to the Senate for concurrence.

• HB 1800 (Rep. Eric Nelson, R-Westmoreland): Allows pharmacies the ability to synchronize multiple medication fill dates by prohibiting insurers from denying coverage for prescriptions filled by medication synchronization on the basis that it is a partial fill of the prescription. Vote: 192-0. HB 1800 now goes to the Senate for concurrence.

• HB 1843 (Rep. Seth Grove, R-York): Requires the State Treasurer to develop and maintain a publicly accessible online transparency portal with information relating to the Commonwealth’s finances. Vote: 178-12. HB 1843 now goes to the Senate for consideration.

• HB 1887 (Rep. Lee James, R-Butler/Venango): Increases from $1,000 to $2,000 the value of municipal personal property below which a first-class township need not publicly advertise for bids when selling its personal property. Vote: 190-0. HB 1887 now goes the Senate for consideration.

• HB 1888 (Rep. Lee James, R-Butler/Venango): Increases from $1,000 to $2,000 the value of municipal personal property below which a borough or third-class city need not publicly advertise for bids when selling its personal property. Vote: 190-0. HB 1888 now goes to the Senate for consideration.

• HB 1889 (Rep. Lee James, R-Butler/Venango): Increases from $1,000 to $2,000 the value of municipal personal property below which an incorporated town need not publicly advertise for bids when selling its personal property. Vote: 190-0. HB 1889 now goes to the Senate for consideration.

• HB 1959 (Rep. Greg Rothman, R-Cumberland): Reforms the administration of permits by state agencies. Vote: 112-75. HB 1959 now goes to the Senate for concurrence.

• HB 1960 (Rep. Brian Ellis, R-Butler): Requires each state agency to designate an employee as the agency’s regulatory compliance officer. Vote: 116-72. HB 1960 now goes to the Senate for concurrence.

• HB 1997 (Rep. Aaron Bernstine, R-Beaver/Butler/Lawrence): Establishes a deemed eligibility program for in-patient behavioral health services. Vote: 192-0. HB 1997 now goes to the Senate for concurrence.

• HB 2066 (Rep. Matthew Dowling, R-Fayette/Somerset): Clarifies the scenic road designation for the National Road in southwestern Pennsylvania. Vote: 190-1. HB 2066 now goes to the Senate for consideration.

• HB 2155 (Rep. Stephen Bloom, R-Cumberland): Establishes new vocational instructional certification requirements. Vote: 192-0. HB 2155 now goes to the Senate for consideration.

• HB 2156 (Rep. Mike Tobash, R-Dauphin/Schuylkill):.Creates the Career and Technical Education (CTE) Partnership Tax Credit Program which allows a tax credit to business firms that contribute to nonprofit career and technical partnership organizations. Vote: 183-7. HB 2156 now goes to the Senate for consideration.

• HB 2157 (Rep. Seth Grove, R-York): Expedites and simplifies the process by which new programs are approved which allows training to keep up with regional workforce needs, and increase awareness of how to incorporate STEM activities into CTE programs, allowing students to receive credit for their participation. Vote: 192-0. HB 2157 now goes to the Senate for consideration.

• HB 2158 (Rep. Zachary Mako, R-Lehigh/Northampton): Requires the Pennsylvania Department of Education to develop materials outlining workforce needs, including training opportunities and future earning potential, and allows community colleges and other technical and/or trade schools to attend career/college fairs. Vote: 192-0. HB 2158 now goes to the Senate for consideration.

• HB 2159 (Rep. Craig Staats, R-Bucks): Repurposes the Transfer and Articulation Oversight Committee (TAOC) to oversee, maintain and update an online tool for students which includes all courses with articulation agreements between secondary and post-secondary schools as well as between post-secondary institutions. Vote: 192-0. HB 2159 now goes to the Senate for consideration.

• HB 2203 (Rep. Patrick Harkins, D-Erie): Creates an online one-stop-shop, overseen by Department of Education, in consultation with the Department of Labor and Industry and the Department of Agriculture, for students, parents, educators, and school officials to provide information about the value and impact of CTE, career pathways, data and statistics on employment opportunities and compensation, and postsecondary options and statewide and regional articulation agreements. Vote: 192-0. HB 2203 now goes to the Senate for consideration.

• HB 2204 (Rep. Gerald Mullery, D-Luzerne): Requires the Department of Education and the Department of Labor and Industry to conduct a complete inventory of existing workforce development programs at both the secondary and postsecondary levels with emphasis on opportunities for business-education partnerships and to share best practices with these entities. Vote: 191-0. HB 2204 now goes to the Senate for consideration.

• HB 2206 (Rep. James Roebuck, D-Philadelphia): Requires local Workforce Development Boards (WDB) to include administrators of career and technical centers whose attendance area is covered by the service area of the WDB or representatives appointed from a local school district. Vote: 191-0. HB 2206 now goes to the Senate for consideration.

• HB 2213 (Rep. Dan Moul, R-Adams): Allows an adoptive family to appeal the amount of an adoption subsidy provided under the Adoption Opportunities Act. Vote: 190-0. HB 2213 now goes to the Senate for consideration.

• 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: 126-65. SB 180 now goes to the Senate for concurrence.

• SB 630 (Sen. Guy Reschenthaler, R-Allegheny/Washington): Establishes the Travel Insurance Modernization Act to reform insurance licensure requirements relating to travel retailers who offer travel insurance coverage. Vote: 186-2. SB 630 now goes to the Senate for concurrence.

The Pennsylvania House of Representatives returns to session on Tuesday, May 22, 2018.

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