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What's Happening in the #PAHouse week of april 15, 2019

#PAHouse Continues to Speak Up for Crime Victims

This week the House will wrap up the bulk of bills in the bi-partisan crime victim protection package of legislation. By Wednesday, the four recommendations made by the grand jury investigating sexual abuse within the Catholic Church that were turned into House bills will have faced floor votes. The first two recommendations were passed through legislation last week.

Monday, April 15, 2019

Committee Meetings/Hearings:

Consumer Affairs, 9 a.m., 140 Main Capitol

• Public hearing on HB 11 Nuclear Power with panelists representing electric power generators and resources.

Children and Youth, 12 p.m., Room 60, East Wing

• HB 835 (Rep. Joseph Petrarca, D-Westmoreland/Armstrong/Indiana): Amends the Child Protective Services Law (CPSL) to allow county child welfare caseworkers to access a child’s medical, school and other records during the course of an investigation into suspected child abuse.

• HB 1051 (Rep. Todd Stephens, R-Montgomery): Amends the Child Protective Services Law to increase the penalties for mandated reporters who continue to fail to report suspected child abuse; and broadens the “continuing course of action” provision.

Judiciary, 12:30 p.m., G-50, Irvis Office Building

• HB 1171 (Rep. Tarah Toohil, R-Luzerne): Specifies that civil confidentiality agreements do not cover communications with law enforcement.

Agriculture and Rural Affairs, Call of the Chair, Room 60, East Wing

• HB 881 (Rep. Mindy Fee, R-Lancaster): Would permit the use of certain unused money in the Agricultural Conservation Easement Purchase Fund for grants for succession planning to ensure that agricultural operations continue on land subject to preserved farmland.

• HB 915 (Rep. Martin Causer, R-McKean/Cameron/Potter): Clarifies that milk haulers can travel on highways during a declaration of disaster emergency.

SESSION:

On Monday, session will begin at 1 p.m.

Votes on Second Consideration:

• HB 706 (Rep. Keith Greiner, R-Lancaster): Permits the executor or administrator of a decedent’s estate to elect to file a combined annual income tax return for an estate and revocable trust during the period the estate is open.

• HB 779 (Rep. David Hickernell, R-Lancaster): Amends the tax reform code to provide an exclusion from Sales and Use Tax (SUT) for sales by nonprofit organizations supporting youth development programs.

• HB 561 (Rep. Sheryl Delozier, R-Cumberland): Allows minors to perform music in a licensed establishment so long as the minor is not compensated and is supervised by a parent or guardian.

• HB 947 (Rep. Peter Schweyer, D-Lehigh): Amends the Liquor Code to provide consistency for the hours of operation for limited distilleries and breweries.

• HB 1045 (Rep. David Hickernell, R-Lancaster): Amends the tax reform code to provide an exclusion from Sales and Use Tax (SUT) for sales by nonprofit organizations supporting youth development programs.

• SB 9 (Sen. Gene Yaw, R-Bradford/Lycoming/Sullivan/Susquehanna/Union): Designates the Eastern Hellbender as the state amphibian.

Votes on Third Consideration:

• HB 103 (Rep. David Maloney, R-Berks): Amends the Municipalities Planning Code to establish procedures and rules for nonbuilding lots as part of municipalities’ Subdivision and Land Development Ordinances.

• HB 763 (Rep. Tim O’Neal, R-Washington): Amends the Liquor Code to allow club license holders to sell six-packs to their members.

• HB 808 (Rep. Tom Mehaffie, R-Dauphin): Authorizes the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) to establish the fees charged by the agency.

• HB 854 (Rep. Torren Ecker, R-Adams/Cumberland): Ensures that the offense of strangulation is as fully incorporated into our body of laws as other similarly violent and threatening offenses.

• HB 991 (Rep. Wendi Thomas, R-Bucks): Amends the Public Employee Pension Forfeiture Act to establish that the provision relating to committing sex offenses applies to all public employees and public officials.

• HB 30 (Rep. Joseph Petrarca, D-Westmoreland/Armstrong/Indiana): Allows for increasing the contribution amount for The Governor Robert P. Casey Memorial Organ and Tissue Donation Awareness Trust Fund.

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Committee Meetings/Hearings:

Children and Youth, 9 a.m., B-31, Main Capitol

• Public hearing on state of foster care programs.

State Government, 9 a.m., Room 60, East Wing

• HB 57 (Rep. Jonathan Fritz, R-Susquehanna/Wayne): Would eliminate the following boards and commissions on basis of being outdated.

• Interstate Rail Passenger Advisory Council

• Pennsylvania Public Television Network Commission

• Industrial Resource Center Strategic Advisory Board

• Small Business Advocacy Council

• Advisory Committee on Probation

• Joint Committee to Review Cost of Living

• Legislative Representative for Collective Bargaining

• Pennsylvania Quality Leadership Awards Council

• Tobacco Use Prevention and Cessation Advisory Committee

• The Weather Modification Board

• HB 283 (Rep. Justin Simmons, R-Lehigh/Montgomery/Northampton): Amends the Right-to-Know Law to permit a state or local agency to charge additional fees for the search, review and duplication of records that have been requested and will be used for a commercial purpose.

• HB 985 (Rep. Frank Ryan, R-Lebanon): Clarifies which types of audits the Department of the Auditor General shall conduct, and what professional qualifications each department employee shall possess in order to work on these various types of audits.

• HB 1053 (Rep. Frank Ryan, R-Lebanon): Requires that all state agencies be subject to an initial performance audit.

• HB 1174 (Rep. Matthew Dowling, R-Fayette/Somerset): Would repeal Act 49 of 1933 which, “Prohibits individuals and associations from playing or engaging in baseball or football games before 2:00 pm, and after 6:00 pm on Sundays.”

• HB 1175 (Rep. Matthew Dowling, R-Fayette/Somerset): Would repeal Act 99 of 1973 which states,“this act suspends sports, musical, theatrical and dramatic performances before 1:00 pm on Sundays throughout Pennsylvania.”

• HB 1179 (Rep. Jonathan Fritz, R-Susquehanna/Wayne): Would repeal laws from 1933 which regulate when music can be played on Sundays.

• HB 1180 (Rep. Jonathan Fritz, R-Susquehanna/Wayne): Would repeal laws from 1935 which regulate when movies can be played on Sundays.

• HB 1181 (Rep. Jonathan Fritz, R-Susquehanna/Wayne): Would add further protections to help safeguard our constituents when there is a data breach.

Urban Affairs, 9 a.m., 205, Ryan Office Building

• Informational meeting on HB 71.

Commerce, 9:30 a.m., Room 140, Main Capitol

• HB 858 (Rep. Rosemary Brown, R-Monroe/Pike): Would create the Incentive Based Savings Program Act to authorize and permit financial institutions to conduct savings promotion programs.

• HB 1166 (Rep. Barry Jozwiak, R-Berks): Increases pilot fees on the Delaware River and Bay.

Human Services, 9:30 a.m., G-50, Irvis Office Building

• HB 596 (Rep. Doyle Heffley, R-Carbon): Would establish a Detoxification and Addiction Treatment Bed Registry, as administered by DDAP.

• HB 1024 (Rep. Jack Rader Jr., R-Monroe): Would specify that a person does not need to test positive for drugs in order to begin addiction treatment.

• HR 74 (Rep. Angel Cruz, D-Philadelphia): Concurrent resolution recognizing the rights of individuals with cognitive disabilities to technology and information access.

• HR 216 (Rep. F. Todd Polinchock, R-Bucks): Calls for the Joint State Government Committee to form a task force and advisory committee to study ways the Commonwealth can forge the next link in the chain of care for people struggling with an addiction.

Judiciary, 10 a.m., Room 140, Main Capitol

• Informational meeting focused on magisterial district judge safety issues.

Labor and Industry, Call of the Chair, Room 205, Ryan Office Building

• HB 68 (Rep. Frank Ryan, R-Lebanon): Amends the Unemployment Compensation (UC) Law to extend the time period for an employer to request relief from charges from 15 to 30 days.

SESSION:

On Tuesday, session will begin at 11 a.m.

Votes on Second Consideration:

• HB 592 (Rep. Rich Irvin, R-Huntingdon/Centre/Mifflin): Designates a portion of State Route 305 in Huntingdon County as the Private Harold E. “Jim” Knode Memorial Bridge.

• HB 833 (Rep. Clint Owlett, R-Tioga/Bradford/Potter): Would require all applicants and recipients of Medical Assistance, as a condition of eligibility, to cooperate with the Department of Human Services (DHS) in securing medical support from the noncustodial parent of any child for whom medical assistance is sought or provided.

• HB 970 (Rep. Michael Peifer, R-Pike/Wayne): Requires all agencies with employees or contractors that have access to federal tax information to comply with enhanced security procedures.

• HB 1051 (Rep. Todd Stephens, R-Montgomery): Amends the Child Protective Services Law to increase the penalties for mandated reporters who continue to fail to report suspected child abuse; and broadens the “continuing course of action” provision.

• HB 1058 (Rep. Kathy Rapp, R-Warren/Crawford/Forest): Would require information to be given to a woman on the option of perinatal hospice care after she is diagnosed with a life-threatening fetal anomaly.

• HB 1171 (Rep. Tarah Toohil, R-Luzerne): Specifies that civil confidentiality agreements do not cover communications with law enforcement.

Votes on Third Consideration:

• HB 706 (Greiner)

• HB 561 (Delozier)

• HB 947 (Schweyer)

• HB 1045 (Hickernell)

• SB 9 (Yaw)

• HB 538 (Rep. Marty Flynn, D-Lackawanna): Establishes a state income tax exemption for Olympic prize winnings and medals received from the United States Olympic Committee on account of competition in the Olympic Games or Paralympic Games.

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Committee Meetings/Hearings:

Agriculture and Rural Affairs, 9 a.m., Room 140, Main Capitol

• Public hearing on Pennsylvania dairy industry.

Finance, 9 a.m., G-50, Irvis Office Building

• HB 93 (Rep. Seth Grove, R-York): Would require Pennsylvania to move to a zero-based and performance-based budget process.

• HB 948 (Rep. Peter Schweyer, D-Lehigh): Would increase the penalty for aggravated assault against public transportation employees.

• HB 1079 (Rep. Jack Rader Jr., R-Monroe): Would repeal 1901 law related to exemption from capital stock tax.

• HB 1080 (Rep. Zach Mako, R-Northampton/Lehigh) Would repeal 1927 law related to capital stock tax.

• HB 1081 (Rep. Aaron Kaufer, R-Luzerne): Would repeal 1931 law related to capital stock in corporations.

• HB 1083 (Rep. Thomas Sankey, R-Clearfield/Cambria): Would repeal portions of 1927 law related to capital stock and franchise tax, and 1811 law related to settlements of public accounts.

• HB 1084 (Rep. Keith Greiner, R-Lancaster): Would repeal 1913 law related to personal property tax.

• HB 1085 (Rep. Aaron Bernstine, R-Lawrence/Beaver/Butler): Would repeal 1935 law related to personal property tax.

• HB 1086 (Rep. Seth Grove, R-York): Would repeal 1937 law related to store and theater tax.

• HB 1087 (Rep. Tedd Nesbit, R-Mercer/Butler): Would ensure homeschooled students have equal access to vocational-technical school training.

Urban Affairs, 9 a.m., 205, Ryan Office Building

• HB 342 (Rep. Angel Cruz, D-Philadelphia): Would impose penalty of $5,000 per tire for every tire illegally dumped.

• HB 619 (Rep. Sue Helm, R-Dauphin/Lebanon): Would establish June 19 as "Juneteenth National Freedom Day" as an annual observance for the Commonwealth.

Tourism and Recreational Development/Transportation, 9:30 a.m., Hearing Room 1, North Office Building

• Joint informational meeting on anti-litter initiatives.

Environmental Resources and Energy, 10 a.m., B-31, Main Capitol

• Informational meeting on recycling industry and how industry has been impacted by China, as well as any free-market solutions.

SESSION:

On Wednesday, session will begin at 11 a.m.

Votes on Second Consideration and Third Consideration are TBA.

Live web streams of House session and the majority of committee meetings are available at PAHouseGOP.com.

Identified by bill number, the sponsors and summaries for votes scheduled in committee or on the House floor are posted. More information regarding these votes can be found at PAHouseGOP.com by clicking on the “House Business” tab.

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