What's Happening in the #PAHouse week of may 13, 2019

The #PAHouse is back in session Monday continuing efforts to give government an update with an additional push of #GovtDoneRight reform bills, but also on the move are a handful of bills related to the state budget. Five bills on second consideration Monday apply to the budget process, and a fiscal code bill is scheduled for consideration on Tuesday. Additionally, on Monday the House will consider a bill to “free the wine,” which would open up opportunities for wine sellers to acquire product from suppliers other than the state Liquor Control Board.

The Weekly Schedule

Monday, May 13, 2019

Committee Meetings/Hearings:

Education, 11:30 a.m., Room 205, Ryan Office Building

• HB 355 (Rep. Mike Reese, R-Westmoreland/Somerset): Would update provisions of the Charter School Law related to increasing ethical requirements of members of the board of trustees and administrators of charter schools, and increasing financial transparency of charter schools.

• HB 356 (Rep. Matt Dowling, R-Fayette/Somerset): Would update provisions of the Charter School Law related to charter school facilities, including the use of sectarian facilities, purchase of school district facilities, operation of more than one charter school location, and access to testing facilities.

• HB 357 (Rep. Jesse Topper, R-Bedford/Franklin/Fulton): Would establish uniform processes and procedures related to charter applications, renewals, amendments, enrollment and attendance records.

• HB 358 (Rep. Jim Marshall, R-Beaver/Butler): Would permit charter schools and area vocational-technical schools to enter into dual enrollment agreements with institutions of higher education.

Gaming Oversight, Noon, G-50, Irvis Office Building

• HB 1325 (Rep. Jason Ortitay, R-Allegheny/Washington): Would update sentencing provisions when an individual is convicted of trespass resulting from a violation of state casino or video gaming terminal self-exclusion list.

Insurance, Call of the Chair, B-31, Main Capitol

• HB 924 (Rep. Tarah Toohil, R-Luzerne): Would prohibit discrimination by a life, accident or health insurer based on an insured’s status as a living organ or tissue donor.

• HB 1283 (Rep. Dan Moul, R-Adams): Would provide protections for retirement plan benefits due to pension de-risking.


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

Votes on Second Consideration:

• HB 1346 (Rep. Kurt Masser, R-Northumberland/Columbia/Montour): Would “Free the Wine” by allowing licensed sellers to purchase wine from the private sector and eliminating any price floor requirements.

• HB 855 (Rep. Jim Struzzi, R-Indiana): Would require the Secretary of the Budget to project revenue shortfalls for the fiscal year starting in December and to put amounts in budgetary reserve equal to any shortfall to balance the budget.

• HB 920 (Rep. Stan Saylor, R-York): Would update budget procedures related to unspent appropriations and how these amounts are dealt with at the close of a fiscal year.

• HB 921 (Rep. Eric Nelson, R-Westmoreland): Would require the administration to issue quarterly reports on the amounts committed and awarded from special funds that provide grants and subsidies.

• HB 922 (Rep. Sheryl Delozier, R-Cumberland): Would require the administration to supply additional information as part of governor’s proposed budget.

• HB 923 (Rep. Rosemary Brown, R-Monroe/Pike): Would require the governor to explain the reasons for a state supplemental appropriation request and to make recommendations for cost-savings or other reforms which address the cause of the need of a supplemental appropriation.

• HB 375 (Rep. Neal Goodman, D-Schuylkill): Removes the value of federal veterans’ disability payments and the value of all state service-connected payments from income eligibility calculations for the PACE and PACENET programs.

• SB 441 (Sen. Kristen Phillips-Hill, R-York): Would designate the bridge carrying State Route 2087 over the East Branch of Codorus Creek in York County as the Christopher M. Wrinkle and Tosca Memorial Bridge.

• HB 1335 (Rep. Matt Gabler, R-Clearfield/Elk): Would repeal obsolete portions of the Private Road Law (Act 169 of 1836).

• HB 633 (Rep. Mark Keller, R-Perry/Cumberland): Would require all candidates and political committees that file campaign finance reports with the secretary of the Commonwealth to file the reports electronically.

Votes on Third Consideration:

• HB 615 (Rep. Keith Gillespie, R-York): Would amend the definition of “enforcement officer” in the State Employees Retirement Code to include a Game Commission officer.

• HB 917 (Rep. Lou Schmitt Jr., R-Blair): Would repeal 1929 law authorizing municipalities other than townships to acquire, maintain and operate a hospital.

• HB 1077 (Rep. Jim Marshall, R-Beaver/Butler): Would allow for the transportation of multiple hot ingots a distance up to 125 miles. (Current law limits distance to 25 miles.)

• HB 1237 (Rep. Martin Causer, R-McKean/Cameron/Potter): Would name the bridge that spans the Kinzua Creek in the village of Kushequa, Hamlin Township, McKean County, as the “Vietnam Veterans Memorial Bridge.”

• HB 1324 (Rep. Stephen Barrar, R-Delaware/Chester): Would expand the Pennsylvania National Guard Military Education Program by including the National Guard member’s spouse or child in this benefit program.

• HB 937 (Rep. Neal Goodman, D-Schuylkill): Would designate a bridge in Shenandoah, Schuylkill County, as the Edward Kleha Memorial Bridge.

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Committee Meetings/Hearings:

Human Services, 9 a.m., B-31, Main Capitol

• HB 672 (Rep. Jason Ortitay, R-Allegheny/Washington): Would provide for parental authority over a minor's mental health treatment.

• HB 1052 (Rep. Eric Nelson, R-Westmoreland): Would amend the administrative code to provide for duties of the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs (DDAP) with respect to persons who leave addiction treatment against medical advice.

• HR 193 (Rep. Jeanne McNeill, D-Lehigh): Would direct the Joint State Government Commission (JSGC) to conduct a study on the shortage of mental health providers in the Commonwealth.

Game and Fisheries, 9:15 a.m., G-50, Irvis Office Building

• HB 1188 (Rep. Parke Wentling, R-Mercer/Crawford/Erie/Lawrence): Would remove restrictions on night vision optics for hunting.

• HB 1380 (Rep. Karen Boback, R-Luzerne/Lackawanna/Wyoming): Would provide for fishing license and hunting license reciprocity for active duty military members and disabled veterans.

Children and Youth, 9:30 a.m., Room 60, East Wing

• Public hearing on older foster youth permanency.

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

• HB 397 (Rep. Kurt Masser, R-Northumberland/Columbia/Montour): Would amend the Health Care Facilities Act to allow residents or representative of a resident to place electronic monitoring devices in rooms with appropriate notices and consent of the facility and other residents.

• HB 783 (Rep. Jim Marshall, R-Beaver/Butler): Would establish the infant CPR and Choking Education and Prevention Program.

• HB 1005 (Rep. Jim Cox, R-Berks/Lancaster): Would amend the Achieving Better Care by Monitoring All Prescriptions Program (ABC-MAP) Act to include the administration of naloxone in a patient’s record on the ABC-MAP database.

• HB 1214 (Rep. Jim Struzzi, R-Indiana): Would require pain management clinics to register with the state and enhance specific requirements for pain management clinics.

• HR 268 (Rep. Jim Struzzi, R-Indiana): Would direct Joint State Government Commission to study a variety of behavioral health resources.

Environmental Resources and Energy, 10 a.m., G-50, Irvis Office Building

• Informational meeting on the demand response industry in Pennsylvania.

Urban Affairs, 10 a.m., B-31, Main Capitol

• HB 71 (Rep. Greg Rothman, R-Cumberland): Would allow a landlord to request the issuance of an order for possession immediately after the rendition of judgment.

• HB 122 (Rep. William Kortz, D-Allegheny): Would require disclosure of interior mold in home inspection reports.

• HB 342 (Rep. Angel Cruz, D-Philadelphia): Would increase fines relating to the disposal of waste tires in cities.

Judiciary, Call of the Chair, G-50, Irvis Office Building

• HB 360 (Rep. Jesse Topper, R-Bedford/Franklin/Fulton): Sets age 18 as the minimum age for obtaining a marriage license.

• HB 365 (Rep. Martina White, R-Philadelphia): Would add a new section to crime code addressing long-term trespassing by “squatters”.

• HB 1402 (Rep. Tedd Nesbit, R-Mercer/Butler): Would establish the offense of sexual extortion.

State Government, Call of the Chair, Room 60, East Wing

• HB 1379 (Rep. Jim Rigby, R-Cambria/Somerset): Would repeal a 1935 law which places restrictions to when polo can be played on Sundays.

• HB 1405 (Rep. John Hershey, R-Juniata/Franklin/Mifflin): Would repeal a 1935 law which places restrictions to when tennis can be played on Sundays.

• SB 190 (Sen. Patrick Stefano, R-Fayette/Somerset/Westmoreland): Would authorize the conveyance of land in Somerset Township, Somerset County.

Tourism and Recreational Development

• HB 448 (Rep. Aaron Kaufer, R-Luzerne): Would add additional members to the Pennsylvania Commission for the United States Semiquincentennial.

• HB 787 (Rep. Doyle Heffley, R-Carbon): Would require online hosting platforms that facilitate the booking of overnight lodging in Pennsylvania to register with the Department of Revenue.


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

Votes on Second Consideration:

• HB 1184 (Rep. Stan Saylor, R-York): Would move block grant descriptions and language regarding the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency, which is traditionally contained in the General Appropriations Act, to General Budget Implementation section of the Fiscal Code.

• HB 770 (Rep. Anthony DeLuca, D-Allegheny): Would require pharmacy technicians to be registered with the State Board of Pharmacy.

• HB 1172 (Rep. David Hickernell, R-Lancaster/Dauphin): Would require the licensing boards and commissions under the Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs (BPOA) to provide licensure by endorsement for applicants who hold similar licenses in other states.

• HB 102 (Rep. David Maloney, R-Berks): Would allow for expanded availability of hunter education courses in public schools.

• HB1037 (Rep. John Lawrence, R-Lancaster/Chester): Would clarify the legal status of wedding barns that meet prescribed fire and safety standards.

• HB 1277 (Rep. Jason Ortitay, R-Allegheny/Washington): Would exempt fines, fees and costs under the Dog Law from being transferred to the Judicial Computer System Augmentation Account.

Votes on Third Consideration:

• HB 1335 (Rep. Matt Gabler, R-Clearfield/Elk): Would repeal obsolete portions of the Private Road Law (Act 169 of 1836).

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

• HB 827 (Rep. Jonathan Fritz, R-Wayne/Susquehanna): Would establish the Delaware River Basin Commission Eminent Domain Activity Act to ensure owners of oil and gas estates in the impacted counties are entitled to just compensation by the commission.

• HB 1346 (Masser)

• SB 441 (Phillips-Hill)

• HB 1196 (Rep. Patrick Harkins, D-Erie): Would amend the Public School Code by updating outdated terminology to conform with modern usage.

• HB 321 (Rep. Kate Klunk, R-York): Amends the Abortion Control Act to prohibit the abortion of any child solely due to a diagnosis of possible Down Syndrome.

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Committee Meetings/Hearings:

Finance, 9 a.m., B-31, Main Capitol

• HB 17 (Rep. Frank Ryan, R-Lebanon): Would require that the collection of assessed Personal Income Tax (PIT) be made within 10 years from the date the return was first due.

• HB 857 (Rep. Jennifer O’Mara, D-Delaware): Would allow taxpayers to deduct an amount from their PIT refund to be transferred to the Veterans’ Trust Fund.

• HB 1222 (Rep. Andrew Lewis, R-Dauphin): Would consolidate the Solicitation of Funds for Charitable Purposes Act and the Institutions of Purely Public Charity Act.

• HB 1232 (Rep. George Dunbar, R-Westmoreland): Would amend the fiscal code to update provisions pursuant to the Enhanced Revenue Collection Account.

Human Services/Tourism Recreational Development, 9 a.m., Room 60, East Wing

• Joint public hearing on challenges facing those with disabilities who are traveling.

Aging and Older Adult Services, 9:30 a.m., Room 205, Ryan Office Building

• HB 696 (Rep. Stephen McCarter, D-Montgomery): Would establish the Senior Citizen Retirement Investment Protection Commission.

• HB 956 (Rep. Thomas Murt, R-Montgomery/Philadelphia): Would amend the State Lottery Law to reduce the statutorily mandated rate of return.

Agriculture and Rural Affairs, 10 a.m., B-31, Main Capitol

• HB 1348 (Rep. Barbara Gleim, R-Cumberland): Would protect agritourism business from lawsuits where no party is at fault for injuries or damages.

Commerce, Call of the Chair, Room 205, Ryan Office Building

• HB 719 (Rep. Melissa Shusterman, D-Chester/Montgomery): Would streamline the Second Stage Loan Program.

• HB 1429 (Rep. John Galloway, D-Bucks): Would amend the Loan Interest and Protection Law to provide for pre-foreclosure notices.

• HB 1437 (Rep. Mark Keller, R-Perry/Cumberland): Would update the Rural Jobs and Investment Tax Credit Program.

• HR 248 (Rep. Mark Keller, R-Perry/Cumberland): Would urge Congress to ratify the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement.


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.

More information regarding these votes can be found at PAHouseGOP.com by clicking on the “House Business” tab.

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