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What's Happening in the #PAHouse week of March 12, 2018

Live web streams of House session and the majority of committee meetings are available at PAHouseGOP.com.

The Weekly Schedule

Identified by bill number, the sponsors and summaries for bills scheduled to be considered in committee or on the House floor are posted below. More information regarding these bills can be found at PAHouseGOP.com by clicking on the “Research Bills” tab.

Monday, March 12, 2018

Committee Meetings/Hearings

VETERANS AFFAIRS AND EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS, 11 a.m., Room 205, Ryan Office Building

 HB 1412 (Rep. Stephen Barrar, R-Chester/Delaware): Allows electric distribution companies to develop energy grid storage or micro-grid pilot programs to be approved by the Public Utility Commission.

 SB 552 (Sen. Ryan Aument, R-Lancaster): Changes the name of the “PA Veterans’ Memorial Trust Fund” to the “PA Veterans’ Monuments and Memorial Trust Fund” and enhances the fund to better preserve monuments and memorials dedicated to PA’s veterans and military personnel.

COMMERCE, Noon, Room G-50, Irvis Office Building

 HB 1284 (Rep. Mike Peifer, R-Pike/Wayne): Directs the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development to develop a one-stop-shop online permitting portal for businesses.

 HB 2124 (Rep. Christopher Quinn, R-Delaware): Requires institutions of higher education to send annual letters to students with information on their student loan debt, including estimates of their total debt at graduation and estimated monthly payments.

TOURISM AND RECREATIONAL DEVELOPMENT, Noon, Room 140, Main Capitol

 Informational meeting with the Department of Community and Economic Development’s tourism office and the Pennsylvania Restaurant and Lodging Association on marketing activities and initiatives designed to attract business and leisure travelers to the state.

TRANSPORTATION, Noon, Room 205, Ryan Office Building

 HB 163 (Rep. Rick Saccone, R-Allegheny/Washington): Removes the mandatory driver’s license suspension for convictions for state or federal drug infractions, and terroristic threats by a person ages 21 or younger on school property, during any school-sponsored activity, or while being transported to school related activities.

 HB 1240 (Rep. Jim Marshall, R-Beaver/Butler): Removes the requirement to secure a Recovered Theft Vehicle title when a stolen vehicle has been recovered.

 HB 1446 (Rep. Marguerite Quinn, R-Bucks): Sets statewide and regional goals for alternative energy vehicle refueling stations.

 HB 1699 (Rep. Jim Marshall, R-Beaver/Butler): Amends the Vehicle Code to standardize the current truck-trailer combination width for all trucks at 8 feet, 6 inches (102 inches), while allowing for exemptions for narrow roadways.

 HB 2018 (Rep. Neal Goodman, D-Schuylkill): Highway designation: Francis V. “Angie” McAndrew Memorial Highway.

 HB 2066 (Rep. Matthew Dowling, R-Fayette/Somerset): Clarifies the scenic road designation for the National Road in Southwestern Pennsylvania.

 HB 2067 (Rep. John Taylor, R-Philadelphia): Highway designation: Police Officer Isabel Nazario Memorial Highway.

 HR 76 (Rep. Dan Miller, D-Allegheny): Expresses opposition to the enactment or enforcement of federal driver’s license suspension mandates for drug offenses.

 SB 837 (Sen. Kim Ward, R-Westmoreland): Highway designation: Specialist 4 William J. Kolenc Memorial Highway.

URBAN AFFAIRS, Noon, Room B-31, Main Capitol

 HB 2010 (Rep. Michael O’Brien, D-Philadelphia): Creates a standard definition of “blighted property” for any statute enacted after Sept. 1, 1937.

 HB 2049 (Rep. Dan Moul, R-Adams): Creates the Service Animal Integrity Act to address documentation requirements for service animals in housing, and to establish penalties for misrepresentation.

Session

On Monday, the House will convene at 1 p.m. for legislative business. The members will vote the uncontested calendar and Rule 35 resolutions.

Votes on Second Consideration

• HB 1881 (Rep. Cris Dush, R-Indiana/Jefferson): Bridge designation: Army SPC Christine L. Mayes Memorial Bridge.

• HB 1898 (Rep. James Santora, R-Delaware): Amends the Board of Vehicles Act to address issues regarding used vehicles with unrepaired recalls, prohibit manufacturers from requiring dealers to significantly modify facilities within 10 years of a prior modification, and establishes a temporary license for new vehicle dealers.

• HB 1910 (Rep. John Lawrence, R-Chester/Lancaster): Eliminates the $2 and $6 fees associated with ordering a duplicate vehicle registration card when that vehicle registration card is printed by the applicant.

• 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.

• HB 1964 (Rep. Jack Rader, R-Monroe): Highway designation: Submarine Veterans Memorial Highway.

• HB 1986 (Rep. James Santora, R-Delaware): Highway designation: Deputy Chief Michael P. Morgan Memorial Highway.

Votes on Third Consideration

• HB 153 (Rep. Jerry Knowles, R-Berks/Carbon/Schuylkill): Amends the Constitution of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to reduce the size of the House of Representatives and the size of the Senate.

• HB 1409 (Rep. Parke Wentling, R-Crawford/Erie/Lawrence/Mercer): Amends the Game and Wildlife Code to allow qualified nonresident disabled veterans and former prisoners of war to receive the same licensing discounts and exemptions currently given to resident disabled veterans and former prisoners of war and exempts senior lifetime hunting and furtaking license holders from any permits required to hunt game animals previously allowed under their lifetime licenses.

• HB 1814 (Rep. Mark Keller, R-Cumberland): Clarifies ownership of properties delinquent in real estate taxes and in the process of being sold through the Real Estate Tax Sale Law.

• SB 135 (Sen. Mario Scavello, R-Monroe/Northampton): Allows for the use of leashed tracking dogs to track and recover legally wounded or harvested white-tailed deer, black bear and elk during any open season for deer, bear or elk.

• SB 449 (Sen. Camera Bartolotta, R-Beaver/Greene/Washington): Allows the issuing authority to use a pretrial risk assessment tool when considering bail in a criminal case involving domestic violence.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Committee Meetings/Hearings

STATE GOVERNMENT, 9:30 a.m., Room 140, Main Capitol

 HB 209 (Rep. Kristin Phillips-Hill, R-York): Establishes the Independent Office of the Repealer to review statutes and regulations for possible revision/repeal.

 HB 638 (Rep. Justin Simmons, R-Lehigh/Montgomery/Northampton): Removes the ability of candidates for school board to cross-file nomination petitions.

 HB 1531 (Rep. Jim Christiana, R-Beaver/Washington): Requires agencies to make meeting agendas available to the public prior to all public meetings, requires the agenda to be posted at the location of the meeting and on the agency’s public website, and precludes an agency from taking action of a matter at a given meeting without listing the matter on the meeting’s agenda.

 HB 1792 (Rep. Kerry Benninghoff, R-Centre/Mifflin): Gives the General Assembly the ability to initiate the repeal of any regulation in effect in Pennsylvania by a concurrent resolution.

 HB 1849 (Rep. Stephen Bloom, R-Cumberland): Prohibits discriminatory project-labor agreements.

 HB 1959 (Rep. Greg Rothman, R-Cumberland): Reforms the administration of permits by state agencies by requiring agencies to post information about their permits on their website, creating an accessible tracking system for applicants to track the status of their applications and clearly stating the legal authority that the agency relies on when rejecting a permit application.

JUDICIARY, Call of Chair, Room 205, Ryan Office Building

 HB 973 (Rep. Kurt Masser, R-Columbia/Montour/Northumberland): Changes the frequency and location for meetings of a county jail board of inspectors in an eighth class county.

 HB 1419 (Rep. Sheryl Delozier, R-Cumberland): Establishes a process for those with low-level, non-violent criminal records to have their records sealed from public view.

 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.

 HB 1886 (Rep. Frank Ryan, R-Lebanon): Amends the Decedents, Estates and Fiduciaries Code to require the orphans’ court to identify and take appropriate enforcement action against guardians who are delinquent in filing required annual reports.

 HB 1903 (Rep. Russ Diamond, R-Lebanon): Amends the Decedents, Estates and Fiduciaries Code to expand publication requirements regarding the advertisement of a grant of letters.

 SB 108 (Sen. John Sabatina, D-Philadelphia): Prohibits the discrimination of any potential organ transplant recipient on the basis of a physical or mental disability.

 SB 180 (Sen. Stewart Greenleaf, R-Bucks/Montgomery): Amends the Decedents, Estates and Fiduciaries Code to update and revise the law relating to organ and tissue donations.

 SB 844 (Sen. Donald White, R-Armstrong/Butler/Indiana/Westmoreland): Amends the child custody law to add an additional provision regarding when third parties may file an action for any form or legal or physical custody.

Session

On Tuesday the House will meet at 11 a.m. for legislative business.

Votes on Second Consideration

• HB 456 (Rep. Anthony DeLuca, D-Allegheny): Establishes the Tattoo, Body-Piercing and Corrective Cosmetic Artists Act to establish sterilization, sanitation and safety standards for any business engaged in tattooing or body piercing and creates a central registry within the Department of Health for persons performing tattooing or body piercing and for establishments where such procedures are performed.

• HB 1851 (Rep. Tina Pickett, R-Bradford/Sullivan/Susquehanna): Requires the Pennsylvania Insurance Department to formalize its exam process with best practices.

• HB 2017 (Rep. Frank Ryan, R-Lebanon): Amends the Tax Reform Code to update the definition of “taxable income” for purposes of the Corporate Net Income Tax.

• HB 2121 (Rep. Stan Saylor, R-York): General fund budget for fiscal year 2018-19.

• SB 877 (Sen. Donald White, R-Armstrong/Butler/Indiana/Westmoreland): Amends the Insurance Department Act to allow producers and insurers to offer or give a rebate or inducement at a value of $100 or less to an insured or prospective insured when marketing insurance to that client or prospective client.

• SB 878 (Sen. Donald White, R-Armstrong/Butler/Indiana/Westmoreland): Amends the Insurance Company Law to allow producers and insurers to offer or give a rebate or inducement at a value of $100 or less to an insured or prospective insured when marketing insurance to that client or prospective client.

Votes on Third Consideration

• HB 1881 (Dush)

• HB 1898 (Santora)

• HB 1910 (Lawrence)

• HB 1958 (Rothman)

• HB 1964 (Rader)

• HB 1986 (Santora)

• HR 291 (Rep. Mike Peifer, R-Pike/Wayne): Directs the Department of Revenue, in consultation with the Department of Community and Economic Development and the Independent Fiscal Office, to study the feasibility and potential cost savings associated with replacing the current local earned income tax collection methods with a statewide collection method administered by the Department of Revenue.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Committee Meetings/Hearings

AGING AND OLDER ADULT SERVICES, 9:30 a.m., Room 205, Ryan Office Building

 Informational meeting on licensed long-term care facilities.

LOCAL GOVERNMENT, 9:30 a.m., Room 140, Main Capitol

 HB 1887 (Rep. Lee James, R-Butler/Venango): Increases from $1,000 to $2,000 the value of municipal personal property below which a first class township need not publicly advertise for bids when selling its personal property.

 HB 1888 (Rep. Lee James, R-Butler/Venango): Increases from $1,000 to $2,000 the value of municipal personal property below which a borough or third class city need not publicly advertise for bids when selling its personal property.

 HB 1889 (Rep. Lee James, R-Butler/Venango): Increases from $1,000 to $2,000 the value of municipal personal property below which an incorporated town need not publicly advertise for bids when selling its personal property.

 HB 1890 (Rep. Warren Kampf, R-Montgomery): Establishes a Voluntary Real Estate Sale Verification Pilot Program.

 HB 1990 (Rep. Kate Harper, R-Montgomery): Amends the Consolidated County Assessment Law to provide for training and qualifications of assessment appeal board and auxiliary appeal board members; to establish assessment appeal processes; and to require certain notification to property owners and penalties.

 HB 1991 (Rep. Kate Harper, R-Montgomery): Amends the Consolidated County Assessment Law to further facilitate the existing statutory requirement that building permit information be submitted to the county assessment office.

PROFESSIONAL LICENSURE, 9:30 a.m., Room G-50, Irvis Office Building

 HB 1343 (Rep. Harry Readshaw, D-Allegheny): Authorizes the state professional and occupational licensing boards to allow carryover of excess continuing education credits.

 SB 530 (Sen. Thomas Killion, R-Chester/Delaware): Amends the Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists and Professional Counselors Act to require individuals who engage in the independent practice of clinical social work, marriage and family therapy or professional counseling to be licensed.

 SB 892 (Sen. Guy Reschenthaler, R-Allegheny/Washington): Authorizes students in chiropractic schools to perform, under the direct supervision of a licensed chiropractor, chiropractic activities as part of their clinical training.

Session

On Wednesday the House will meet at 11 a.m. for legislative business.

Votes on Third Consideration

• HB 456 (DeLuca)

• HB 1851 (Pickett)

• HB 2017 (Ryan)

• SB 877 (White)

• SB 878 (White)

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Committee Meetings/Hearings

EDUCATION, 9 a.m., Room 140, Main Capitol

 Public hearing on school safety.

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