Weekly Wrap-Up in the #PAHouse week of Jan. 22. 2018

Bills heading to the governor’s desk:

• SB 497 (Sen. Elder Vogel, R-Beaver/Butler/Lawrence): Amends the Solid Waste Management Act to eliminate iron and steel slag from the definition of “residual waste.” Vote: 187-0. SB 497 now goes to the governor’s desk.

• SB 542 (Sen. Patrick Browne, R-Lehigh): Permits pharmacists to dispense emergency prescription refills for up to 30 days pursuant to certain restrictions and allows for refills of medications which are not dispensed or sold in 72-hour supplies. Vote: 187-0. SB 542 now goes to the governor’s desk.

Bills heading to the Senate for consideration or concurrence:

• HB 825 (Rep. Doyle Heffley, R-Carbon): Requires the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs to develop and administer an Internet-based detoxification bed registry with information about available beds at licensed provider’s detoxification and rehabilitation facilities for treatment of individuals experiencing substance abuse emergencies. Vote: 187-0. HB 825 now goes to the Senate for consideration.

• HB 1252 (Rep. Frank Burns, D-Cambria): Bridge designation: PFC Nick Kozorosky Memorial Bridge. Vote: 184-0. HB 1252 now goes to the Senate for consideration.

• HB 1414 (Rep. Stephen Barrar, R-Chester/Delaware): Authorizes the use of flashing yellow and white lights on tow trucks, yellow strobe lights for solid waste collection vehicles, mounted internal blue lights for volunteer firefighters and flashing or revolving lights internally mounted in the passenger compartment of privately owned vehicles used in answering emergency calls when used by certain fire police, and amends the definition of “emergency vehicle.” Vote: 185-2. HB 1414 now goes to the Senate for consideration.

• HB 1773 (Rep. Matt Gabler, R-Clearfield/Elk): Repeals portions of the General Road Law of 1836 relating to private roads. Vote: 156-31. HB 1773 now goes to the Senate for consideration.

• HB 1811 (Rep. Greg Rothman, R-Cumberland): Restricts government use of Automated License Plate Reader Systems. Vote: 184-0. HB 1811 now goes to the Senate for consideration.

• HB 1884 (Rep. Marguerite Quinn, R-Bucks): Requires that the results of imaging studies be provided directly to patients within 20 days if there is a finding of an abnormality which requires follow-up care within three months. Vote: 184-3. HB 1884 now goes to the Senate for consideration.

• HB 1917 (Rep. Frank Ryan, R-Lebanon): Strengthens the current training and oversight of humane society police officers. Vote: 187-0. HB 1917 now goes to the Senate for consideration.

• HB 1926 (Rep. Todd Stephens, R-Montgomery): Highway designation: SPC5 George W. Charters Jr. Memorial Highway. Vote: 184-0. HB 1926 now goes to the Senate for consideration.

• HB 1951 (Rep. Tarah Toohil, R-Luzerne): Prohibits the sale of dextromethorphan to minors. Vote: 184-0. HB 1951 now goes to the Senate for consideration.

• SB 354 (Sen. Robert Tomlinson, R-Bucks): Requires licensees of all boards within the Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs (BPOA) to report any disciplinary action taken by another licensing agency of another state, and any felony or misdemeanor offenses to their licensing board within 30 days. The bill also gives all boards and commissions under BPOA temporary license suspension authority and authorizes the commissioner of the BPOA to expunge minor disciplinary records. House concurred in Senate amendments to House amendments as amended by the House. Vote: 184-0. SB 354 now goes to the Senate for concurrence.

• SB 894 (Sen. Donald White, R-Armstrong/Butler/Indiana/Westmoreland): Highway and bridge designations: Chief Gregory B. Adams Way; Trooper Gary Fisher Memorial Bridge; Corporal Robert J. Sherwood Jr. Memorial Bridge; Paul E. Sweeney Memorial Bridge; Commander Philip F. “Jet” Palmatier Jr. Memorial Bridge; PVT Malon Stanley Memorial Bridge; Lance Corporal Michael L. Freeman Jr. Memorial Highway; Private First Class Dana Edward Diehl Memorial Bridge; and Private Vote: 184-0. SB 894 now goes to the Senate for concurrence.

The PA House returns to session on Monday, February 5 at 1 p.m.

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