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Weekly Wrap-Up in the #PAHouse week of jan. 13, 2020

Bills passed in the PA House during the week of Jan. 13, 2020

Bills in the hands of the governor

SB 690 (Sen. Scott Hutchinson, R-Butler/Clarion/Forest/Venango/Warren): Would increase from $1,500 to $6,000 the value of municipal real property below which an incorporated town need not publicly advertise for bids when selling its real property. Vote 196-0.

· SB 691 (Sen. Scott Hutchinson, R-Butler/Clarion/Forest/Venango/Warren): Would increase from $1,500 to $6,000 the value of municipal real property below which a second-class township need not publicly advertise for bids when selling its real property. Vote 196-0.

· SB 692 (Sen. Scott Hutchinson, R-Butler/Clarion/Forest/Venango/Warren): Would increase from $1,500 to $6,000 the value of municipal real property below which a borough or third-class city need not publicly advertise for bids when selling its real property. Vote 196-0.

Bills heading to the Senate for consideration:

HB 44 (Rep. Pam Snyder, D-Washington/Fayette): Would require that a corrections officer employed by the Department of Corrections provide a written statement, or testify, regarding whether an inmate should be paroled. Vote 194-0.

· HB 726 (Rep. Anthony DeLuca, D-Allegheny): Would amend the Judicial Code to require consecutive mandatory sentences for crimes committed with firearms. Vote 102-91.

· HB 916 (Rep. Todd Stephens, R-Montgomery): Would require a person arrested for a second or subsequent DUI with a high rate (.10-.159 BAC) or highest rate (.16 or higher BAC) of alcohol within a 10-year period to be fitted with a continuous alcohol monitoring device. Vote 142-51.

· HB 1870 (Rep. Jesse Topper, R-Bedford/Franklin/Fulton): Would designate a bridge on a portion of State Route 1036 in Bedford County as the Sergeant David Leon Barber Memorial Bridge. Vote 193-0.

· HB 1915 (Rep. Bud Cook, R-Washington/Fayette): Would designate the bridge on a portion of State Route 8042 over U.S. Route 40 in Washington County as the SFC Thomas McDonough Memorial Bridge. Vote 193-0.

· HB 1913 (Rep. Cris Dush, R-Indiana/Jefferson): Would designate a bridge on that portion of State Route 2003 over Mahoning Creek in Big Run Borough, Jefferson County, as the SP4 James Wise Jr. and PFC James Wingert, USMC Memorial Bridge. Vote 193-0.

· HB 1973 (Rep. Jim Gregory, R-Blair): Would designate a bridge on a portion of State Route 4027 over the Bald Eagle Creek in Blair County as the Cpl. Donald L. Westley Memorial Bridge. Vote 193-0.

· SB 742 (Sen. Kim Ward, R-Westmoreland): Would exempt from emissions inspection requirements new vehicles up to eight years from the year of manufacture. Vote 193-0.

· HB 523 (Rep. Gary Day, R-Lehigh/Berks): Would amend the Private Road Act to require homeowners that access their properties through a private road to contribute to the maintenance of the road. Vote 195-1.

· HB 918 (Rep. Lou Schmitt, R-Blair): Would repeal an 1857 law making an appropriation from the State Treasury to the Farmer’s High School, now known as The Pennsylvania State University. Vote 196-0.

· HB 1069 (Rep. Aaron Bernstine, R-Lawrence/Beaver/Butler): Would require the posting of agendas by state agencies prior to public meetings wherein official business is conducted. Vote 196-0.

· HB 1277 (Rep. Jason Ortitay, R-Allegheny/Washington): Would exempt fines, fees and costs under the Dog Law from being transferred to the Judicial Computer System Augmentation Account. Vote 196-0.

· HB 1408 (Rep. Andrew Lewis, R-Dauphin): Would repeal the Sunday Sports Law which prohibits the playing of football and baseball during certain hours of the day on Sunday. Vote 196-0.

· HB 1796 (Rep. Martina White, R-Philadelphia): Would increase the authorized net operating loss (NOL) carry-forward period for businesses with certain tax liabilities in the City of Philadelphia from three years to 20 years. Vote 196-0.

· HB 1830 (Rep. Mindy Fee, R-Lancaster): Would repeal a 1978 law establishing the MILRITE council. Vote 196-0.

· HB 2073 (Rep. Dan Moul, R-Adams): Would modernize and recodify the First Class Township Code. Vote 196-0.

· HB 37 (Rep. Rosemary Brown, R-Monroe/Pike): Would prohibit a person from operating a motor vehicle on a highway or trafficway in this Commonwealth while using

an interactive wireless communications device while the vehicle is in motion. Vote 120-74.

· HB 408 (Rep. Craig Staats, R-Bucks): Would require the notification of a deceased service person to counties and county contact information to families. Vote 194-0.

· HB 908 (Rep. Jack Rader, R-Monroe): Would allow local governments to properly maintain open space land regardless of the way the land was acquired. Vote 194-0.

· HB 1003 (Rep. Keith Gillespie, R-York): Would strengthen the PA Fish and Boat Commission’s (PFBC) ability to enforce the marking of low head or run-of-the-river dams. Vote 194-0.

· HB 1187 (Rep. Parke Wentling, R-Mercer/Crawford/Erie/Lawrence): Would broaden the allocation of proceeds from Lake Erie fishing permits issued by the PFBC. Vote 194-0.

· HB 1860 (Rep. Mark Longietti, D-Mercer): Would allow boroughs of all sizes to create a redevelopment authority. Vote 173-21.

· HB 2000 (Rep. Tom Murt, R-Montgomery/Philadelphia): Would designate a portion of County Line Road in Montgomery County as Captain William J. Ahlum Memorial Highway. Vote 194-0.

· HB 2001 (Rep. Tom Murt, R-Montgomery/Philadelphia): Would designate a portion of County Line Road in Montgomery County as the Specialist 4 Harold E. Cashman Memorial Highway. Vote 194-0.

· HB 2106 (Rep. Michael Puskaric, R-Allegheny/Washington): Would repeal the PA Civil Disorder Authority and property insurance assessment to pay for authority bonds. Vote 194-0.

· SB 906 (Sen. John Yudichak, I-Carbon/Luzerne): Would institute a moratorium on the closure of the Polk and White Haven state centers. Vote 139-55.

The Pennsylvania House of Representatives returns to session at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020.