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Weekly Wrap-Up in the #PAHouse week of march 25, 2019

Bills passed in the PA House during the week of March 25, 2019

Bills heading to the governor

• HB 97 (Rep. Ryan Mackenzie, R-Lehigh/Berks): Releases Project 70 (public land acquisition law) land use restrictions on a parcel of land in the Borough of Topton, Berks County.

Bills heading to the Senate for consideration:

• HB 97 (Rep. Kathy Rapp, R-Warren/Crawford/Forest): Amends the Crimes Code by adding “electronic nicotine delivery systems” (ENDS), or “vaping” devices, to the sections that currently make it illegal to sell tobacco products to minors and, for students, to use tobacco products on school grounds. Vote 196-0.

• HB 510 (Rep. Paul Schemel, R-Franklin): Allows intergovernmental cooperation to be established by resolution or ordinance, rather than solely by ordinance. Vote 196-0.

• HB 511 (Rep. Paul Schemel, R-Franklin): Amends the Second Class Township Code to allow municipalities to take advantage of the provisions in House Bill 510. Vote 196-0.

• HB 512 (Rep. Paul Schemel, R-Franklin): Amends the Third Class City Code to allow municipalities to take advantage of the provisions in House Bill 510. Vote 196-0.

• HB 547 (Rep. Joe Emrick, R-Northampton): Allows First Class townships to pass an annual resolution to set their millage rate, as long as the rate is the same or lower than a prior year. When the millage rate is increased, the township must adopt an ordinance. Vote 196-0.

• HB 548 (Rep. Joe Emrick, R-Northampton): Amends the Borough Code and Third Class City Code to allow officials to set their annual tax millage rate by resolution, as long as the rate is the same or lower than a prior year. When the millage rate is increased, the township must adopt an ordinance. Vote 195-1.

• HB 692 (Rep. Keith Gillespie, R-York): Designates a bridge carrying State Route 4009 in York County over the Conewago Creek as the Staff Sergeant Gary Crone Memorial Bridge. Vote 196-0.

• HB 756 (Rep. Rich Irvin, R-Huntingdon/Centre/Mifflin): Designates a bridge on state Route 453 over the Little Juniata River in Tyrone Township, Blair County, as the Robert E. Gensimore Memorial Bridge. Vote 196-0.

• HB 351 (Rep. Joe Emrick, R-Northampton): Updates the Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Compact to provide the governor with veto power over actions of the commission members of Pennsylvania. New Jersey officials already enacted similar legislation in their state. Vote 175-16.

• HB 447 (Rep. Brett Miller, R-Lancaster): Directs the Department of Transportation to plant vegetation which has been identified by the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources as being native to Pennsylvania. Vote 191-0.

The Pennsylvania House of Representatives returns to session on Monday, April 8, 2019.

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