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Weekly Wrap-Up in the #PAHouse week of October 15, 2018

Bills passed by the House of Representatives during the week of October 15, 2018.

Bills heading to the governor’s desk:

• HB 26 (Rep. Martina White, R-Philadelphia): Amends the Vehicle Code to permit organizational registration plates for use on motorcycles; allow for abbreviated portions of an organization’s name on special plates; and establish new specialty plates. House concurred in Senate amendments. Vote: 187-0. HB 26 now goes to the governor’s desk.

• HB 99 (Rep. David Zimmerman, R-Lancaster): Allows boroughs to make contracts or purchases without requiring advertising, bidding or price quotations in situations deemed emergencies. House concurred in Senate amendments. Vote: 187-0. HB 99 now goes to the governor’s desk.

• HB 149 (Rep. Jerry Knowles, R-Berks/Carbon/Schuylkill): Amends the Crimes Code regarding unlawful use of an audio or video recording device in court. House concurred in Senate amendments. Vote: 187-0. HB 149 now goes to the governor’s desk.

• HB 163 (Rep. Rick Saccone, R-Allegheny/Washington): Removes the federally mandated driver’s license suspensions for drug/controlled substance convictions as well as state-imposed suspensions for five other crimes, while adding a suspension for terroristic threats made against any school property. House concurred in Senate amendments. Vote: 179-1. HB 163 now goes to the governor’s desk.

• HB 544 (Rep. Dan Moul, R-Adams): Amends the state’s recreational use of land liability law to clarify and expand its protections for landowners. House concurred in Senate amendments. Vote: 181-0. HB 544 now goes to the governor’s desk.

• HB 645 (Rep. Bernie O’Neill, R-Bucks): Amends the Tax Reform Code to increase the amount of available tax credits in the Neighborhood Assistance Program and to establish a Realty Transfer Tax exemption. House concurred in Senate amendments. Vote: 175-5. HB 645 now goes to the governor’s desk.

• HB 1013 (Rep. Stephen Barrar, R-Chester/Delaware): Requires reimbursement for emergency medical services provided when no transport of a patient occurs and establishes the Quality Eye Care of Insured Pennsylvanians Act. House concurred in Senate amendments. Vote: 187-0. HB 1013 now goes to the governor’s desk.

• HB 1216 (Rep. Frank Farry, R-Bucks): Amends the Judicial Code to grants civil immunity for entering a motor vehicle to rescue a cat or dog and amends the Crimes Code to define “service, guide or support dog” and to make consistent changes. House concurred in Senate amendments. Vote: 181-0. HB 1216 now goes to the governor’s desk.

• HB 1233 (Rep. Tom Murt, R-Montgomery/Philadelphia): Establishes a new standard for assisted outpatient mental health treatment for seriously mentally ill individuals. House concurred in Senate amendments. Vote: 181-0. HB 1233 now goes to the governor’s desk.

• HB 1294 (Rep. Judy Ward, R-Blair): Allows motorcycles to display a special license plate for Purple Heart recipients, creates a new Legion of Merit plate and enables network company drivers to display illuminated signs inside their vehicles. House concurred in Senate amendments. Vote: 187-0. HB 1294 now goes to the governor’s desk.

• HB 1511 (Rep. Marguerite Quinn, R-Bucks): Amends the Tax Reform Code to update and clarify the collection of the hotel occupancy tax from online travel companies. House concurred in Senate amendments. House concurred in Senate amendments. Vote: 137-44. HB 1511 now goes to the governor’s desk.

• HB 1884 (Rep. Marguerite Quinn, R-Bucks): Requires that the results of diagnostic imaging services performed on an outpatient basis be provided directly to patients if the imaging service entity believes a significant abnormality may exist. House concurred in Senate amendments. Vote: 181-0. HB 1884 now goes to the governor’s desk.

• HB 1885 (Rep. Frank Ryan, R-Lebanon): Amends the Decedents, Estates and Fiduciaries Code to allow the Register of Wills to require a personal representative to post additional security without court approval. House concurred in Senate amendments. Vote: 187-0. HB 1885 now goes to the governor’s desk.

• HB 1936 (Rep. Parke Wentling, R-Crawford/Erie/Lawrence/Mercer): Makes editorial and reference changes to the Vehicle Code that apply to all-terrain vehicles and extends the sunset date of the weight and size exemption for timber industry vehicles by five years. House concurred in Senate amendments. Vote: 180-0. HB 1936 now goes to the governor’s desk.

• HB 1958 (Rep. Greg Rothman, R-Cumberland): Allows for the platooning of certain vehicles and authorizes the use of fully autonomous work-zone vehicles by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation and the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission, and establishes the Highly Automated Vehicle Advisory Committee. House concurred in Senate amendments. Vote: 181-0. HB 1958 now goes to the governor’s desk.

• HB 2075 (Rep. Alex Charlton, R-Delaware): Authorizes rate recovery by a water public utility for costs incurred to replace customer-owned lead water service lines and damaged wastewater laterals. House concurred in Senate amendments. Vote: 177-0. HB 2075 now goes to the governor’s desk.

• HB 2124 (Rep. Christopher Quinn, R-Delaware): Requires institutions of higher education to send annual letters to students with information regarding their education loan debt. House concurred in Senate amendments. Vote: 180-1. HB 2124 now goes to the governor’s desk.

• HB 2133 (Rep. Kathy Watson, R-Bucks): Establishes the Kinship Caregiver Navigator Program to provide an informational resource for grandparents who are raising their grandchildren outside the formal child welfare system. House concurred in Senate amendments. Vote: 180-1. HB 2133 now goes to the governor’s desk.

• SB 31 (Sen. Mario Scavello, R-Monroe/Northampton): Establishes the Spinal Cord Injury Research Program and allocates funding from the Tobacco Settlement Fund for appropriate research. Vote: 173-13. SB 31 now goes to the governor’s desk.

• SB 627 (Sen. Thomas Killion, R-Chester/Delaware): Amends the Tax Reform Code by further defining “taxable income” as it relates to the corporate net income tax and the apportionment of income for corporations transacting business in more than one state. Vote: 185-0. SB 627 now goes to the governor’s desk.

• SB 676 (Sen. John Gordner, R-Columbia/Luzerne/Montour/Northumberland/Snyder): Amends the Workers’ Compensation Act to provide for the solvency of the Uninsured Employers Guaranty Fund. Vote: 185-0. SB 676 now goes to the governor’s desk.

• SB 771 (Sen. Thomas McGarrigle, R-Chester/Delaware): Amends the Borough Code and Third Class City Code to provide for concise publication of annual financial reporting information in a newspaper of general circulation. Vote: 182-0. SB 771 now goes to governor’s desk.

• SB 772 (Sen. Thomas McGarrigle, R-Chester/Delaware): Amends the First Class Township Code to provide for concise publication of annual financial reporting information in a newspaper of general circulation. Vote: 182-0. SB 772 now goes to the governor’s desk.

• SB 773 (Sen. Thomas McGarrigle, R-Chester/Delaware): Amends Act 253 of 1929 (relating to Incorporated Towns) to provide for concise publication of annual financial reporting information in a newspaper of general circulation. Vote: 182-0. SB 773 now goes to the governor’s desk.

• SB 798 (Sen. Richard Alloway, R-Adams/Cumberland/Franklin/York): Adds one-star and two-star active duty retired generals to the appointee options for the Pennsylvania Military Community Enhancement Commission and requires that an individual who is appointed as an active duty retired general be a resident of the Commonwealth. Vote: 189-0. SB 798 now goes to the governor’s desk.

• SB 801 (Sen. Scott Hutchinson, R-Butler/Clarion/Forest/Venango/Warren): Permits a borough or third-class city to purchase used personal property from volunteer emergency service organizations without bid. Vote: 181-0. SB 801 now goes to the governor’s desk.

• SB 802 (Hutchinson): Permits townships of the first class to purchase used personal property from volunteer emergency service organizations without bid. Vote: 181-0. SB 802 now goes to the governor’s desk.

• SB 803 (Hutchinson): Permits townships of the second class to purchase used personal property from volunteer emergency service organizations without bid. Vote: 181-0. SB 803 now goes to the governor’s desk.

• SB 804 (Hutchinson): Permits incorporated towns to purchase used personal property from volunteer emergency service organizations without bid. Vote: 181-0. SB 804 now goes to the governor’s desk.

• SB 919 (Sen. Art Haywood, D-Montgomery/Philadelphia): Amends the Housing Authorities Law to allow for relocation of victims of domestic or sexual violence in a housing authority. Vote: 179-2. SB 919 now goes to the governor’s desk.

• SB 947 (Sen. Scott Hutchinson, R-Butler/Clarion/Forest/Venango/Warren): Amends the Borough Code and Third Class City Code to increase the threshold for the sale of municipal personal property without the need to publicly advertise for bids. Vote: 181-0. SB 947 now goes to the governor’s desk.

• SB 948 (Hutchinson): Amends the First Class Township Code to increase the threshold for the sale of municipal personal property without the need to publicly advertise for bids. Vote: 181-0. SB 948 now goes to the governor’s desk.

• SB 949 (Hutchinson): Amends Act 34 or 1953 (relating to Incorporated Towns) to increase the threshold for the sale of municipal personal property without the need to publicly advertise for bids. Vote: 181-0. SB 949 now goes to the governor’s desk.

• SB 1007 (Sen. John Eichelberger, R-Blair/Cumberland/Franklin/Fulton/Huntingdon): Amends the Consolidated County Assessment Law to provide for increased training and qualifications of assessment appeal board and auxiliary appeal board members, to make changes to the assessment appeal process and to provide for certain notifications to property owners and penalties. Vote: 182-0. SB 1007 now goes to the governor’s desk.

• SB 1092 (Sen. Bob Mensch, R-Berks/Bucks/Montgomery): Amends the Judicial Code to provide a sentence enhancement for a simple assault or aggravated assault committed against a family or household member when the defendant knew the crime was witnessed by a minor who is also a family or household member of the defendant or the victim. Vote: 190-0. SB 1092 now goes to the governor’s desk.

• SB 1127 (Sen. Ryan Aument, R-Lancaster): Amends the Crimes Code and the Procurement Code in order to create new penalties for trafficking in Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits. Vote: 166-24. SB 1127 now goes to the governor’s desk.

• SB 1205 (Sen. Daniel Laughlin, R-Erie): Requires extensive annual disclosure of an insurance company’s corporate governance practices. Vote: 182-3. SB 1205 now goes to governor’s desk.

• SB 1209 (Sen. Wayne Langerholc, R-Bedford/Cambria/Clearfield): Amends the Sexual Assault Testing and Evidence Collection Act regarding timeframes for the submission of sexual assault evidence. Vote: 189-0. SB 1209 now goes to the governor’s desk.

Bills heading to the Senate for consideration or concurrence:

• HB 104 (Rep. Robert Godshall, R-Montgomery): Requires discussion, at a public meeting, of all acquisitions and sales or transfer of infrastructure by a municipal authority that provides water or wastewater service and establishes an audit requirement. House concurred in Senate amendments as amended by the House. Vote: 181-0. HB 104 now goes to the Senate for concurrence.

• HB 353 (Rep. Tedd Nesbit, R-Butler/Mercer): Requires electronic prescriptions of Schedule II, III and IV controlled substances and establishes exceptions to the requirement. House concurred in Senate amendments. Vote: 18-0. HB 353 now goes to the Senate for concurrence.

• HB 562 (Rep. Maria Donatucci, D-Delaware/Philadelphia): Amends the Pennsylvania Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Screening Act to change the age range of the women who are able to access the screening program. Vote: 1889-0. HB 562 now goes to the Senate for consideration.

• HB 1097 (Rep. Lee James, R-Butler/Venango): Amends the Public School Code to make hands-only cardiopulmonary resuscitation training available to students in grades nine through 12. Vote: 116-71. HB 1097 now goes to the Senate for consideration.

• HB 1981 (Rep. Ryan Bizzarro, D-Erie): Establishes first-time home buyer saving accounts (FHSA) to allow Pennsylvanians to set aside savings which may be used as a deduction on state income tax toward the eligible costs of purchasing a first home. Vote: 189-1. HB 1981 now goes to the Senate for consideration.

• HB 2303 (Rep. Michael Corr, R-Montgomery): Allows the executor or administrator of a decedent’s estate to elect to file a combined annual income tax return for an estate and revocable trust during the period the estate is open. Vote: 188-0. HB 2303 now goes to the Senate for consideration.

• HB 2557 (Rep. Greg Rothman, R-Cumberland): Establishes Intergovernmental Cooperation Authorities (ICAs) for certain Cities of the Third Class; provides the powers and duties of these authorities; makes an appropriation; and imposes extensions and limitations on taxing powers. Vote: 185-5. HB 2557 now goes to the Senate for consideration.

• HB 2615 (Rep. Clint Owlett, R-Bradford/Potter/Tioga): Bridge designation: Troy Area Veterans Memorial Bridge. Vote: 188-0. HB 2615 now goes to the Senate for consideration.

• SB 6 (Sen. Mike Regan, R-Cumberland/York): Amends the Human Services Code to address the valuation of a family vehicle, lottery winnings which are attributable as resources, drug kingpin provisions, Megan’s Law compliance provisions, grading of welfare fraud, use of an access device, and procedure for the replacement of a lost access device. Vote: 124-62. SB 6 now goes to Senate for concurrence.

• SB 353 (Sen. John Rafferty, R-Berks/Chester/Montgomery): Authorizes the conveyance of land and improvements in: East Vincent Township, Chester County; the City of Harrisburg, Dauphin County; Collegeville Borough, Montgomery County; Borough of Chambersburg, Franklin County; the 6th Ward of Washington and partially in South Strabane Township, Washington County; and the Township of Whitemarsh, Montgomery County. Vote: 189-0. SB 353 now goes to the Senate for concurrence.

• SB 373 (Sen. John Eichelberger, R-Blair/Cumberland/Franklin/Fulton/Huntingdon): Amends the Insurance Company Law to allow for dental insurance checks to be issued to the customer and provider, or direct payment for dental services to a provider. Vote: 186-0. SB 373 now goes to the Senate for concurrence.

• SB 403 (Sen. James Brewster, D-Allegheny/Westmoreland): Changes the composition of the Municipal Police Officers Education and Training Commission. Vote: 182-0. SB 403 now goes to Senate for concurrence.

• SB 554 (Sen. Stewart Greenleaf, R-Bucks/Montgomery): Requires the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services to establish a set of statewide protocols to provide specialized services and coordinate the delivery of services for sexually exploited children (victims of sexual servitude or sex trafficking by use of force, fraud or coercion). Vote 187-0. SB 554 now goes to the Senate for concurrence.

• SB 796 (Sen. John Gordner, R-Columbia/Luzerne/Montour/Northumberland/Snyder): Eliminates the fee associated with a change of address on a commercial driver’s license if the current address has been changed by a government entity; eliminates duplicate registration fees for applicants who print their own copies; provides for registration of recreational trailers/cargo trailers; addresses transfer of vehicle ownership; and extends logging/forestry bonded roads exemption. Vote: 181-0. SB 796 now goes to the Senate for concurrence.

• SB 897 (Sen. Patrick Stefano, R-Fayette/Somerset/Westmoreland): Amends the Crimes Code to revise the definition of victim for the purpose of restitution to include government agencies and businesses, as well as individuals. Vote: 191-0. SB 897 now goes to the Senate for concurrence.

• SB 915 (Sen. Stewart Greenleaf, R-Bucks/Montgomery): Amends the Judicial Code regarding victim and witness contact and Post-Conviction Relief Act hearings. Vote: 190-0. SB 915 now goes to the Senate for concurrence.

• SB 916 (Sen. Stewart Greenleaf, R-Bucks/Montgomery): Amends the Judicial Code relating to post conviction DNA testing. Vote: 187-3. SB 916 now goes to the Senate for concurrence.

• SB 961 (Sen. John Rafferty, R-Berks/Chester/Montgomery): Amends the Vehicle Code regarding homicide by vehicle and aggravated assault by vehicle, driving under license suspension and driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Vote: 184-1. SB 961 now goes to the Senate for concurrence.

• SB 1098 (Sen. Patrick Browne, R-Lehigh): Amends the Vehicle Code to create a side stop signal arm speed enforcement system for failure to stop for a school bus with flashing red lights, creates a surcharge for illegally passing a school bus, and establishes the School Bus Safety Grant Program Fund. Vote: 180-1. SB 1098 now goes to the Senate for concurrence.

• SB 1156 (Sen. Bob Mensch, R-Berks/Bucks/Montgomery): Bridge and highway designations: Newstell Marable Sr. Memorial Bridge; Private Raymond Lafayette Naugle Memorial Bridge; Sergeant Kenneth Lee “Buck” Devor Memorial Bridge; PFC Nick Kozorosky Memorial Bridge; Francis V. “Angie” McAndrew Memorial Highway; and Corporal Michael Dennis Cooke Memorial Highway; Central Pennsylvania Vietnam Veterans Memorial Highway; Major Tom Carr Memorial Bridge; Jack Hontz Memorial Bridge; Frank L. Oliver Memorial Highway; Brigadier General Anna Mae V. McCabe Hay Memorial Bridge; First Lieutenant Geoffrey Lawrence Ham Memorial Highway; First Sergeant Alexander Kelly Memorial Bridge; Specialist 4 Reuben Garnett Jr. Memorial Bridge; Lance Corporal Edward Rykoskey Memorial Bridge; H. Donald Whipple Memorial Bridge; Marine Lance Corporal Darrell Magruder Memorial Bridge; First Lieutenant Eric Fisher Wood Jr. Memorial Bridge; Captain David A. Boris Memorial Bridge; Sergeant Melvin R. Wink Memorial Bridge; PFC John Rivers Way; Staff Sergeant Carl Enis Memorial Bridge; Turner Memorial Highway; Richard B. Whitehead Memorial Bridge; and John Emerick Memorial Bridge. Vote: 181-0. SB 1156 now goes to the Senate for concurrence.

• SB 1171 (Sen. Michele Brooks, R-Crawford/Mercer/Warren): Defines members and duties of the Nutrient Management Advisory Board and the Agricultural Advisory Board. Vote: 183-2. SB 1171 now goes to the Senate for concurrence.

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