What's Happening in the #PAHouse week of march 18, 2019

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

Committee Meetings/Hearings:

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.

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Committee Meetings/Hearings:

Tourism and Recreational Development, 9 a.m., 205, Ryan Office Building

• Presentation by the PA Parks and Forests Foundation on its 2018 report.

Aging and Older Adult Services, 9:30 a.m., B-31, Main Capitol

• Informational meeting on PACE Prescription Drug Program.

Commerce and Labor and Industry, 9:30 a.m., 140, Main Capitol

• Joint informational meeting with the auditor general regarding his recent performance audit on PA Workforce Systems.

Human Services, 9:30 a.m., G-50, Irvis Office Building

• HB 316 (Rep. Clint Owlett, R-Tioga/Bradford/Potter): Establishes a task force on the opioid abuse epidemic’s impact on children and infants.

• HR 147 (Rep. Jim Gregory, R-Blair): Directs the Joint State Government Commission to conduct a comprehensive review of unused properties, buildings and facilities owned by the Commonwealth and how to repurpose them for use as facilities appropriate for addiction treatment and recovery supports, and to issue a report.

Judiciary, 9:45 a.m., 437, Main Capitol

• A panel of judges will provide an overview of state criminal justice procedure and comment on proposed criminal justice reform initiatives.

Environmental Resources and Energy, 10 a.m., 205, Ryan Office Building

• 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.

Joint Legislative Conservation Committee, 10 a.m., 108, Irvis Office Building

• Informational meeting on bike tourism initiatives along PA Route 6.

State Government, Call of the Chair, G-50, Irvis Office Building

• HB 86 (Rep. David Maloney, R-Berks): Requires the POW/MIA flag to be flown on state grounds and buildings when the American flag is also being flown and when the POW/MIA flag can be reasonably accommodated at the location.

• HB 739 (Rep. Jeanne McNeill, D-Lehigh): Authorizes the transfer of title for certain Project 70 lands owned by Lehigh County to Whitehall Township, Lehigh County.

• SB 130 (Sen. John Gordner, R-Columbia/Luzerne/Montour/Northumberland/Snyder): Authorizes the release of a use restriction and reversionary interest affecting certain real property situate partly in the Township of Mahoning and partly in the Borough of Danville, County of Montour.


On Tuesday, session will begin at 11 a.m.

Votes on Second Consideration:

• HB 395 (Rep. James Roebuck Jr., D-Philadelphia): Allows CTE programs or a cluster of programs to establish occupational advisory committees at the Intermediate Unit (IU) level to serve multiple school districts or Career and Technical Centers (CTCs).

• HB 396 (Rep. James Roebuck Jr., D-Philadelphia): Requires each local Workforce Development Board (WDB) to include in its membership at least one administrator of a Career and Technical Center whose attendance area is covered by the service area of the WDB.

• HB 584 (Rep. William Kortz, D-Allegheny): Creates a specific fishing license exemption for participants in organized therapeutic fishing activities.

• HB 617 (Rep. Keith Gillespie, R-York): Provides for a discounted general hunting license for Hunter Trapper Education (HTE) instructors by creating a “Volunteer Instructor License.”

• HB 280 (Rep. R. Lee James, R-Venango/Butler): Increases the periods of time allotted for parties to appeal the determination of an Unemployment Compensation (UC) Service Center and the decision of a UC referee.

• HB 425 (Rep. Ryan Mackenzie, R-Lehigh/Berks): Creates CareerBound, a program to strengthen the connection between Pennsylvania’s students and the next generation of high-priority careers.

• HB 64 (Rep. Harry Readshaw, D-Allegheny): Amends the Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs Act, allowing professionals to carry over accrued continuing education credits for biennial terms.

• HB 138 (Rep. Christopher Quinn, R-Delaware): Provides further qualifications for license and examinations for physical therapists and physical therapist assistants.

• HB 330 (Rep. Joe Emrick, R-Northampton): Makes technical corrections to the Property Tax Relief Act.

Votes on Third Consideration:

• HB 522 (Tobash)

• HB 265 (Staats)

• HB 297 (Mako)

• HB 334 (Grove)

• HB 393 (Harkins)

• HB 394 (Mullery)

• SB 113 (DiSanto)

• HB 751 (Roae)

• HB 374 (Everett)

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Committee Meetings/Hearings:

Local Government Commission, 8:45 a.m., Room 14, East Wing

• Reorganizational meeting/monthly business meeting.

Agriculture and Rural Affairs (House and Senate), 9 a.m., Hearing Room #1, North Office Building

• Joint public hearing on PA Farm Bill proposal.

Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness, 9:15 a.m., G-50, Irvis Office Building

• HB 529 (Rep. Barry Jozwiak, R-Berks): Further enhances and will help maintain support of the PA Wing of the Civil Air Patrol.

• HB 807 (Rep. Frank Ryan, R-Lebanon): Specifies that the annual salary of deputy adjutant generals and general officers in command positions permanently employed by the Commonwealth is to be equivalent to the federal military base pay.

Judiciary, 9:30 a.m., 140, Main Capitol

• Informational meeting with the Pennsylvania State Police providing an update on Policy AR 7-14 (detaining foreign nationals).

Labor and Industry, 9:30 a.m., B-31, Main Capitol

• Public hearing on HB 349, updating the state’s construction code.

Urban Affairs, 9:30 a.m., 205, Ryan Office Building

• Informational meeting with PIDC on opportunity zones and Pennsylvania Opportunities.


On Wednesday, session will begin at 11 a.m.

Votes on Second Consideration and Third Consideration are TBA

All of House session and most committee meetings stream live on PAHouseGOP.com.

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