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Weekly Wrap-Up in the #PAHouse week of april 16, 2018

Bills passed by the House of Representatives during the week of April 16, 2018.

Bills heading to the governor’s desk:

• SB 936 (Sen. Donald White, R-Armstrong/Butler/Indiana/Westmoreland): Amends the Workers’ Compensation Act to require the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry (L&I) to adopt an evidence-based prescription drug formulary and requires the Utilization Review Organizations and Peer Review Organizations to be accredited or certified by a nationally recognized organization selected by L&I. Vote: 101-92. SB 936 now goes to the governor’s desk.

Bills heading to the Senate for consideration or concurrence:

• HB 25 (Rep. Ryan Mackenzie, R-Berks/Lehigh): Establishes the CareerBound program, a school-to-work pilot program. Vote: 194-1. HB 25 now goes to the Senate for consideration.

• HB 163 (Rep. Rick Saccone, R-Allegheny/Washington): Eliminates the mandatory driver’s license suspension for state or federal drug/controlled substance convictions, as well as state-imposed suspensions for six other crimes. Vote: 192-3. HB 163 now goes to the Senate for consideration.

• HB 504 (Rep. Alex Charlton, R-Delaware): Creates a limited license for self-service storage facilities to sell content insurance to individuals who rent self-service storage space from the owner of the facility. Vote: 192-0. HB 504 now goes to the Senate for consideration.

• HB 564 (Rep. Karen Boback, R-Lackawanna/Luzerne/Wyoming): Requires students to take a locally developed assessment in civics between grades seven and 12. Vote: 191-4. HB 564 now goes to the Senate for consideration.

• HB 638 (Rep. Justin Simmons, R-Lehigh/Montgomery/Northampton): Removes the ability of candidates for school board to cross-file nomination petitions. Vote: 114-77. HB 638 now goes to the Senate for consideration.

• HB 645 (Rep. Bernie O’Neill, R-Bucks): Amends the Tax Reform Code to increase the amount of available tax credits in the Neighborhood Assistance Program. Vote: 188-7. HB 645 now goes to the Senate for consideration.

• HB 1228 (Rep. Hal English, R-Allegheny): Allows certain sun protection measures for students, including the application of nonprescription sunscreen, during school hours or at a school-sponsored activity. Vote: 195-0. HB 1228 now goes to the Senate for consideration.

• HB 1240 (Rep. Jim Marshall, R-Beaver/Butler): Limits when a vehicle owner must apply for a certificate of title branded as a theft vehicle and establishes restrictions for self-insurers. Vote: 195-0. HB 1240 now goes to the Senate for consideration.

• HB 1539 (Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski, D-Luzerne): Allows a grandparent of a child, or other family member related to the child, to petition a court of common pleas for temporary guardianship of that child when a parent of that child has entered a rehabilitation facility for treatment of a drug or alcohol addiction, or has been subject to emergency medical intervention due to abuse of drugs or alcohol. Vote: 192-0. HB 1539 now goes to the Senate for consideration.

• HB 2030 (Rep. Aaron Bernstine, R-Beaver/Butler/Lawrence): Standardizes the process for billing municipal electric customers in boroughs situate in more than one county. Vote: 106-89. HB 2030 now goes to the Senate for consideration.

• HB 2050 (Rep. Mike Turzai, R-Allegheny): Prohibits abortion based on a diagnosis of Down syndrome. Vote: 139-56. HB 2050 now goes to the Senate for consideration.

• HB 2133 (Rep. Kathy Watson, R-Bucks): Establishes the Kinship Caregiver Navigator Program to provide an informational resource for grandparents who are raising their grandchildren outside the formal child welfare system. Vote: 190-2. HB 2133 now goes to the Senate for consideration.

• HB 2138 (Rep. Matthew Dowling, R-Fayette/Somerset): Amends the Human Services Code to add work requirements for eligible enrollees in Medical Assistance. Vote: 115-80. HB 2138 now goes to the Senate for consideration.

The #PAHouse returns to session on Monday, April 30, 2018.

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