Over the last two weeks the House passed more than a dozen bills with overwhelming bipartisan support designed to increase access to specialized training so more Pennsylvanians can move beyond minimum wage jobs and into family sustaining careers. These are all part of the #GoodJobs4PA initiative.
House members will hold a press conference Monday, March 25, at 2:30 p.m. in the Main Rotunda to highlight these efforts and talk about what is next for the House. This event will stream live on PAHouseGOP.com.
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.
Monday, March 25, 2019
Labor and Industry, 10:30 a.m., B-31, Main Capitol
• HB 349 (Rep. Doyle Heffley, R-Carbon): Requires that municipalities, which opt to enforce the Uniform Construction Code (UCC) by using third-party agencies, have at least two or more contracted for UCC administration.
• HB 422 (Rep. Sheryl Delozier, R-Cumberland): Creates a building code official “trainee” program.
• HB 755 (Rep. Marcy Toepel, R-Montgomery): Expands resources for employers and employees in the prevention of and response to workplace sexual harassment.
Gaming Oversight, Noon, G-50, Irvis Office Building
• Public hearing on charitable 50/50 raffle legislation.
Health, Call of the Chair, G-50, Irvis Office Building
• HB 33 (Rep. George Dunbar, R-Westmoreland): Re-enacts the elimination of the general assistance cash benefit program. The state-only funded program was eliminated a part of a 2012 law, which was recently overturned by the courts on procedural grounds.
• HB 427 (Rep. Kerry Benninghoff, R-Centre/Mifflin): Provides that health plans covering treatments for Stage IV, metastatic cancers would be prohibited from excluding or limiting drugs for patients if the drugs are FDA approved and consistent with best practices for Stage IV, metastatic cancer treatment.
• HB 629 (Rep. Kathy Rapp, R-Warren/Crawford/Forest): Requires health insurers to cover treatment plans for Lyme disease or related tick-borne illnesses as prescribed by a patient’s health care practitioner, regardless if the treatment plan includes short-term or long-term antibiotic treatment.
On Monday, session will begin at 1 p.m.
Votes on Second Consideration:
• 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.
• 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.
• HB 247 (Rep. Donna Oberlander, R-Clarion/Armstrong/Forest): Updates unconventional gas well permitting to match developments in the industry to drill longer lateral well bores, thus reducing surface area impact.
• 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.
• HB 756 (Rep. Rich Irvin, R-Hutingdon/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.
• HB 785 (Rep. Kate Klunk, R-York): Amends the Public Employee Relations Act by requiring employees who are not union members to be notified annually that they are not required to pay any money to the union unless they agree to do so. The bill also requires notification of applicants for public jobs of their right to choose whether or not to join the union.
Votes on Third Consideration:
• HB 97 (Rep. Kathy Rapp, R-Warren/Crawford/Forest): Amends the Crimes Code by adding “electronic nicotine delivery systems” (ENDS) to the sections that currently make it illegal to sell tobacco products to minors and, for students, to use tobacco products on school grounds.
• HB 510 (Rep. Paul Schemel, R-Franklin): Allows intergovernmental cooperation to be established by resolution unless the authorizing statute requires an ordinance.
• 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.
• 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.