Bills passed in the PA House during the week of Oct. 21, 2019
Bills heading to the Senate for consideration:
• HB 269 (Rep. Michael Driscoll, D-Philadelphia): Would amend the Tax Reform Code to provide an exemption from the Realty Transfer Tax for the surviving spouse/children of a first responder. Vote 199-0.
• HB 732 (Rep. Chris Quinn, R-Delaware): Would amend the Tax Reform Code to provide an exemption from the Realty Transfer Tax for volunteer service providers. Vote 199-0.
• HB 1048 (Rep. Jerry Knowles, R-Schuylkill/Berks/Carbon): Would remove the annual liquor license surcharge for a national veterans' organization or volunteer fire company. Vote 199-0.
• HB 1542 (Rep. Stan Saylor, R-York): Would amend the Liquor Code to add days for holders of special occasion permits and provide for other changes regarding special occasion permits. Vote 199-0.
• HB 1589 (Rep. Steve Samuelson, D-Northampton): Would amend the Liquor Code to extend the hours of operation for public venues and performing arts facilities and enable small movie theaters to qualify for a performing arts facility license. Vote 196-3.
• HB 1705 (Rep. Matt Gabler, Clearfield/Elk): Would authorize school districts to offer a property tax credit for volunteer first responders. Vote 200-0.
• HB 1780 (Rep. Lee James, R-Venango/Butler): Would exempt volunteer fire, rescue and ambulance companies from portions of the Right-to-Know Law. Vote 166-34.
• HB 1803 (Rep. Marcy Toepel, R-Montgomery): Would require settlements paid as a result of an action taken by an employee of a Commonwealth agency to be included on PennWATCH. Vote 200-0.
• HB 1673 (Rep. Frank Farry, R-Bucks): Would expand the types of programs that volunteer fire relief monies can fund, such as Length of Service Awards, which are programs that provide tax-deferred income benefits to active volunteers of a fire service. Vote 196-0.
• HB 1773 (Rep. Jim Struzzi, R-Indiana): Would establish the Tuition Assistance for Active Volunteers Program. Vote 196-0.
• HB 1786 (Rep. Chris Sainato, D-Lawrence): Would establish the First Responder Loan Forgiveness Program under the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency. Vote 196-0.
• HB 1816 (Rep. Lynda Schlegal Culver, R-Northumberland/Snyder): Would increase the loan amounts under the Volunteer Loan Assistance Program (VLAP) and add provisions to enhance the program. Vote 196-0.
• HB 1839 (Rep. Bob Brooks, R-Westmoreland/Allegheny): Would authorize counties to offer a property tax credit for volunteer first responders. Vote 196-0.
• SB 146 (Sen. Michele Brooks, R-Crawford/Erie/Mercer/Warren): Would establish online training programs where applicable for firefighters. Vote 196-0.