Weekly Wrap-Up in the #PAHouse week of march 11, 2019

Bills passed in the PA House during the week of March 11, 2019

Bills heading to the Senate for consideration

• HB 284 (Rep. Daryl Metcalfe, R-Butler): Modernizes the state’s History Code, allowing the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission (PHMC) additional powers in obtaining and recovering relevant state records and property. Vote 193-0

• HB 384 (Rep. Josh Kail, R-Beaver/Washington): Increases the fine for driving a vehicle without the proper endorsement for that particular type of vehicle. Currently the fine is $25; under this bill the fine would increase to $200. Vote 193-0

• HB 350 (Rep. Jim Rigby, R-Cambria/Somerset): Changes rules for tracking precious metal sales and helps law enforcement potentially recover stolen property including requiring dealers to possess purchased metals for a minimum of 10 working days and maintaining a copy of their annual license application. Vote 190-5

• HB 277 (Rep. Clint Owlett, R-Bradford/Potter): Designates the Troy Area Veterans Memorial Bridge. Vote 195-0.

• HB 224 (Rep. Tina Pickett, R-Bradford/Sullivan/Susquehanna): Designates the T.W. “Doc” Shoemaker, Jr., Memorial Highway. Vote 195-0.

• HB 65 (Rep. Tommy Sankey, R- Clearfield/Cambria): Designates the Private First Class Steve L. Klosz Memorial Bridge. Vote 195-0.

• HB 66 (Sankey): Designates the United States Army Sergeant Scott O. Henry Memorial Bridge. Vote 195-0.

• HB 235 (Rep. Tarah Toohill, R-Luzerne): Reforms state adoption requirements/witness consent rules for adoption by an incarcerated parent. Currently, due to housing restrictions, inmates often cannot obtain the necessary witness signatures required for a valid consent in adoption proceedings. This bill allows correctional staff to be permitted to witness the consent of the incarcerated parent. Vote 134-56

• HB 387 (Rep. Danielle Otten, D-Chester): Releases Project 70 restrictions on certain land owned by the Commonwealth. Vote 190-0

• HB 407 (Rep. Kurt Masser, R-Northumberland/Columbia/Montour): Updates the definition of “blight” to create a standard definition for the term in each blight remediation bill introduced. This will prevent points of contention as blight remediation progresses. Vote 190-0

The Pennsylvania House of Representatives returns to session at 1 p.m. on Monday, March 18, 2019.

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