What's Happening in the #PAHouse week of sept. 16, 2019

Continuing a path to success the House established this spring and summer, members will return to Harrisburg this week focused on efforts to address a variety of issues important Pennsylvanians. So far this year, the House has passed more than 240 bills, and together with the Senate sent 90 bills to the governor’s desk, 77 of which were signed into law. This marks the most successful start to a session in the last 30 years.

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.

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Committee Meetings/Hearings:

Transportation, 11 a.m., B-31 Main Capitol

• Informational meeting on road construction materials.


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

Votes on Second Consideration:

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

• HB 518 (Rep. Jason Ortitay, R-Allegheny/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.

• HB 1100 (Rep. Aaron Kaufer, R-Luzerne): Would create the Energy and Fertilizer Manufacturing Tax Credit.

• HB 1069 (Rep. Aaron Bernstine, R-Lawrence/Beaver/Butler): Would require the posting of agendas by state agencies prior to public meetings wherein official business is conducted.

Votes on Third Consideration:

• HB 1671 (Rep. Michael Peifer, R-Pike/Wayne): Would make various updates to the state’s Tuition Account Program (PA 529), including allowing funds to be used for the payment of qualified education expenses for attendance at eligible elementary or secondary educational institutions.

Wednesday, Sept. 18

Committee Meetings/Hearings:

Human Services, 9 a.m., 60 East Wing

• HB 730 (Rep. Angel Cruz, D-Philadelphia): Would amend the Newborn Child Testing Act of 1965 to streamline and create a dedicated funding source for the Newborn Child Screening and follow-up program.

• HB 1220 (Rep. Angel Cruz, D-Philadelphia): Would direct the Department of Health (DOH) to make information regarding Cytomegalovirus (CMV) available on the department’s publicly accessible website.

• HB 1704 (Rep. Aaron Bernstine, R-Lawrence/Beaver/Butler): Would allow for eligible behavioral health patients to be automatically enrolled in a local behavioral health managed care organization and receive eligible services while medical assistance applications are being reviewed.

• SB 675 (Sen. Michele Brooks, R- Crawford/Mercer/Warren): Would require the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs (DDAP) to develop a certification for Office Based Addiction Treatment (OBAT) prescribers of buprenorphine.

State Government, 9 a.m., G-50 Irvis Office Building

• Public hearing on redistricting.

Education, 10 a.m., B-31 Main Capitol

• Informational meeting with Center for Regional Politics at Temple University on school funding.

Tourism and Recreational Development, 10 a.m., 205 Ryan Office Building

• Informational meeting with the National Memorial Trail Alliance on progress to date, the potential impact on the Commonwealth, and the current movement in the U.S. House and Senate to recognize the National Trail.


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

• 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 847 (Rep. Justin Walsh, R-Westmoreland): Would prohibit the use of electronic benefit transfer (EBT) cards to purchase tobacco and tobacco products.

• HB 301 (Rep. Gerald Mullery, D-Luzerne): Would increase the penalty for the illegal use of body-gripping traps outside of a watercourse, waterway, marsh, pond or dam.

• HB 327 (Rep. Perry Warren, D-Bucks): Modifies language in law allowing municipalities to hold a referendum to allow the sale of liquor.

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

Votes on Third Consideration:

• HB 365 (White)

• HB 518 (Ortitay)

• HB 1069 (Bernstine)

Thursday, Sept. 19

Committee Meetings and Agendas TBA

Session is scheduled for 11 a.m.

All of #PAHouse session and most Committee meetings will stream live on PAHouseGOP.com.