Workforce Development Package Poised for Final House Vote
The bipartisan package of workforce development bills remains the focus of House Republicans this week. A number of career and technical education (CTE) related bills passed through the education committee and will see floor votes this week. The goal is to open pathways for Pennsylvanians to get timely, relevant and affordable training so they can fill the thousands of vacant, family-sustaining jobs in the Commonwealth right now. Learn more about #GoodJobs4PA here.
The Weekly Schedule
Monday, March 18, 2019
Insurance, 11:30 a.m., B-31, Main Capitol
• HB 328 (Rep. Perry Warren, D-Bucks): Establishes the Flood Insurance Premium Assistance Task Force. The task force would issue recommendations regarding potential programs that provide premium discounts, programs that incentivize local governments to support flood mitigation efforts, and the implementation of any necessary changes to state statute or policy regarding the administration of flood insurance.
Transportation, 12:15 p.m., G-50, Irvis Office Building
• HB 30 (Rep. Joseph Petrarca, D-Westmoreland/Armstrong/Indiana): Increases the optional organ donation check-off contribution for biennial vehicle registration applications and renewals from $3 to $6.
• 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.
• 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.
• 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, Tyrone Township, Blair County, as the Robert E. Gensimore Memorial Bridge.
Labor and Industry, Call of the Chair, G-50, Irvis Office Building
• HB 785 (Rep. Kate Klunk, R-York): Amends the Public Employee Relations Act by requiring employees who are not union members to be notified with each pay 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.
On Monday, session will begin at 1 p.m.
Votes on Second Consideration:
• HB 522 (Rep. Mike Tobash, R-Schuylkill/Dauphin): Establishes the “Career and Technical Education Investment Incentive Program,” which would provide tax credits to businesses that contribute to career and technical partnership organizations.
• HB 265 (Rep. Craig Staats, R-Bucks): Expands an established database that allows students and potential students to plan where courses, programs, certificates, and diplomas transfer among public schools and institutions of higher education.
• HB 297 (Rep. Zachary Mako, R-Northampton/Lehigh): Requires the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) to develop materials outlining workforce needs including training opportunities and future earning potential. Also allows for community colleges and other technical and/or trade schools to attend career/college fairs.
• HB 334 (Rep. Seth Grove, R-York): Requires PDE to establish a standard application for schools to seek approval to establish or renew a classification of instructional program.
• HB 393 (Rep. Patrick Harkins, D-Erie): Requires PDE and the departments of Labor and Industry and Agriculture to develop and maintain a comprehensive online career resource center for students, parents, educators and school officials to provide information on the value and impact of career and technical education (CTE), career pathways, data and statistics on employment opportunities and compensation, postsecondary options, and statewide and regional articulation agreements.
• HB 394 (Rep. Gerald Mullery, D-Luzerne): Requires PDE and the Department of Labor and Industry to conduct a complete inventory of existing workforce development programs at both the secondary and postsecondary levels
• SB 113 (Sen. John DiSanto, R-Perry/Dauphin): Require the forfeiture of pension benefits for public employees who are convicted or plead guilty or no contest to any job-related felony offense.
• HB 751 (Rep. Brad Roae, R-Crawford/Erie): Makes technical changes to the Public Utility Code to update the definition of service line to include water and wastewater; to acknowledge email as a valid form of service; and to ensure utilities pay taxes owed on contributions in aid of construction.
• HB 374 (Rep. Garth Everett, R-Lycoming/Union): Establishes the “Keystone Tree Fund” as a means to fund a tree vitalize program and a riparian forest buffer grant program. The bill allows a person to make a $3 contribution to the fund when electronically renewing a driver's license, ID card or vehicle registration through PennDOT's website.
Votes on Third Consideration:
• HB 370 (Rep. Kate Klunk, R-York): Amends the Agricultural Area Security Law to provide for restrictions, limitations and subdivision on preserved farmland.
• HB 404 (Rep. John Lawrence, R-Chester/Lancaster): Adds the “Tree of Heaven” plant, a favorite food source of the invasive spotted lanternfly, to the list of noxious weeds in Pennsylvania.
• HB 324 (Rep. Keith Gillespie, R-York): Allows municipalities to develop micro-enterprise loans to help start small businesses in blighted downtown communities.
• HB 441 (Rep. Curt Sonney, R-Erie): Allows wind power generation systems on preserved farmland.
• HB 131 (Rep. Barry Jozwiak, R-Berks): Updates the state liquor code to match state definition of “alcoholic cider” to match the federal definition.
• HB 325 (Rep. Daniel Deasy, D-Allegheny): Establishes the “Pennsylvania Distilled Spirits Industry Promotion Board.”
• HB 752 (Rep. Mike Turzai, R-Allegheny): Removes the current price per acre restriction on Game Fund money used for the purchase of land to be used as game lands in a county of the second class.