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Weekly Wrap-Up in the #PAHouse week of March 18, 2019

Bills passed by the PA House of Representatives during the week of March 18, 2019

Bills heading to the governor’s desk for his signature:

• SB 113 (Sen. John DiSanto, R-Perry/Dauphin): Requires the forfeiture of pension benefits for public employees who are convicted or plead guilty or no contest to any job-related felony offense. Previously, some job-related crimes did not require forfeiture of public pension; this bill closes the loophole. Passed House Tuesday with a 194-1 vote and was concurred by the Senate on Wednesday

Bills heading to the Senate for consideration:

• HB 131 (Rep. Barry Jozwiak, R-Berks): Updates the state liquor code definition of “alcoholic cider” to match the federal definition. Vote 194-0.

• HB 324 (Rep. Keith Gillespie, R-York): Allows municipalities to develop micro-enterprise loans to help start small businesses in blighted downtown communities. Vote 192-2.

• HB 325 (Rep. Daniel Deasy, D-Allegheny): Establishes the “Pennsylvania Distilled Spirits Industry Promotion Board.” Vote 185-9.

• HB 370 (Rep. Kate Klunk, R-York): Amends the Agricultural Area Security Law to provide for restrictions, limitations and subdivision on preserved farmland. Vote 194-0.

• 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. Vote 194-0.

• HB 441 (Rep. Curt Sonney, R-Erie): Allows wind power generation systems on preserved farmland. Vote 185-9.

• 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. Vote 194-0.

• 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. Vote 195-0.

• HB 334 (Rep. Seth Grove, R-York): Requires Pennsylvania Department of Education to establish a standard application for schools to seek approval to establish or renew a classification of instructional program. Vote 195-0.

• 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. Vote 195-0.

• 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. Vote 162-34.

• 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. Vote 195-0.

• 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. Vote 193-0.

• HB 138 (Rep. Christopher Quinn, R-Delaware): Provides further qualifications for license and examinations for physical therapists and physical therapist assistants. Vote 193-0.

• 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. Vote 193-0.

• 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. Vote 193-1.

• HB 330 (Rep. Joe Emrick, R-Northampton): Makes technical corrections to the Property Tax Relief Act. Vote 193-0.

• 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. Vote 194-0.

• 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). Vote 194-0.

• 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. Vote 194-0.

• 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. Vote 192-1.

• HB 584 (Rep. William Kortz, D-Allegheny): Creates a specific fishing license exemption for participants in organized therapeutic fishing activities. Vote 193-0.

• 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.” Vote 193-0.

The Pennsylvania House of Representatives will convene in voting session at 1 p.m. on Monday, March 25.

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